November 20, 2011
You can fly from LAX to Lagos, the onetime capital of Nigeria, for $910 round trip, including all taxes and fees, on KLM. The special fare is subject to availability; you must stay over a Saturday night. The fare is available for travel from Jan. 1 to March 29, 2012. Info: KLM , (800) 225-2525. Source: Airfarewatchdog.com
June 5, 2011 |
Reporting from Lagos, Nigeria — The white house on Gbemisola Street has a circular grave with a granite pyramid instead of a headstone and no name. It isn't needed. Everyone here knows Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigeria's revered protest musician arrested by Nigeria's military rulers some 200 times for his defiant lyrics, jailed and beaten on countless occasions. He's been dead 14 years, but Nigerians still go misty-eyed at Fela's name. He's loved not just for his music but because he was one of the few brave enough to attack the country's loathed military rulers.
January 3, 2010 |
A small town house with sweeping views in the center of a gently curving complex designed by architect Allyn E. Morris has come on the market. Built in 1973, the three-story, 44-unit Lago Vista encompasses two buildings that arc roughly 120 degrees around a hillside overlooking Echo Park's lake. The units have balconies with views of Silver Lake, the San Gabriel Mountains and downtown Los Angeles. Although not as celebrated as some of his fellow Modernists, Morris -- who died last year -- left a rich legacy of innovation by delving into the design theories of Modernist maverick Rudolph Schindler, according to architect Alan Hess, author of numerous books on architecture.
June 25, 2007 |
Away from the noise and hustle and stink, the shriek of energy, the never-ending buzz that is Lagos, a man reclines on a gravestone, serenely reading a book. His name is Immortal, and he sells life insurance. He says he is waiting for an angel. "I just come here to relax," says Immortal Emenike, 40, from his unexpected haven in Trinity Cemetery in Olodi Apapa neighborhood. "I like the serenity, the fresh air. It's very hard to find in Lagos."
March 11, 2007 |
The words "guilty pleasure" surely were invented for circumstances such as these: taking a shower at the colonial-era Lagos Lawn Tennis Club after a sweaty afternoon in Ajegunle, aka the Jungle, Africa's biggest slum. An unhappy spit of land shared by as many as 5 million people, Ajegunle is a few miles, and a world away, from the club. There, children make their way home from school along rutted dirt roads lined with waist-high mounds of peanut shells, plastic bags and rotting food.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2007 |
A 15-year-old boy was shot Monday, but details of the incident were sketchy. Authorities said the shooting occurred about 3:20 p.m. near the intersection of John F. Kennedy Drive and Thyme Place in the vicinity of Vista del Lago High School. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley in critical condition with at least one gunshot wound to the upper body.