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January 12, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff and Fox 40, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Amid record dry conditions around California, more than 100 people with the Muslim Community of Folsom prayed for rain during an event at Folsom Lake Saturday. The event came as officials across California have been expressing concern about drought-like conditions. For example, downtown Los Angeles had the driest year since 1877, when official measurements began. And only a trace amount of rain has fallen since Jan. 1, according to the National Weather Service. The Northern California event came at Folsom Lake, which has been receding to new record levels.
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BUSINESS
January 11, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A red-brick driveway leads to this Paul Revere Williams-designed Tudor set along the water of Toluca Lake. The elegant formal entry and the library, with its wood-beam ceiling and built-in bookcases, are in keeping with the architect's traditional style. Location: 9956 Toluca Lake Ave., Toluca Lake 91602 Asking price: $8 million Year built: 1938 House size: Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, 7,228 square feet Lot size: 1.02 acres Features: Dark wood flooring, recessed lighting, leaded windows, intricate molding, curved staircase, bar, wine cellar, covered patio, outdoor fireplace, gazebo, swimming pool, private dock About the area: In the first half of 2013, 84 single-family homes sold in the 91602 ZIP Code at a median price of $842,000, according to DataQuick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Assemblyman Mike Gatto and his family pleaded for the public's help Tuesday in the shooting death of their father, Joseph Gatto, a well-known artist and retired teacher found shot to death in his Silver Lake home. Flanked by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other officials, the Gattos announced that the city had offered a $50,000 reward for information about their father's death. The L.A. City Council unanimously approved the reward Tuesday morning. “My father gave so much to our community,” Mike Gatto said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Top of the Lake BBC Warner, $34.98 The New Zealand TV miniseries "Top of the Lake" is a different kind of mystery-procedural - more like a cross between "Twin Peaks" and "The Killing" than an episode of "Law & Order. " Credit the creators: writer Gerard Lee and writer-director Jane Campion, the latter of whom is best known for her Oscar-winning film "The Piano. " Here Campion tones down her arty, elliptical style and conforms to television conventions, telling a slow-burning but fairly gripping story about a big-city police detective (Elisabeth Moss)
SPORTS
January 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Lakers tonight VS. UTAH When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 13-19; Jazz 11-24. Record vs. Jazz: 0-1. Update: The Lakers lost at Utah last week, 105-103, on a put-back dunk by Derrick Favors with 2.1 seconds left. The Jazz scored a season-high 25 fastbreak points that night. Rookie point guard Trey Burke continues to post solid numbers for Utah, averaging 13.8 points and 5.1 assists before Thursday's game against Milwaukee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles detectives are investigating whether a man found dead in the MacArthur Park Lake was a victim of foul play. Police were called to the park about 8:25 p.m. Monday after an unidentified body was found, said LAPD Officer Sara Faden. The body was found closer to the Wilshire Boulevard side of the park. The deceased person was male, but police had no immediate information about his approximate age or the condition in which he was found, Faden said. Officials from the coroner's office were also investigating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Nancy Smith and her family were strolling around Echo Park Lake on Thursday when they noticed an odd, brown patch in the water. Smith visited the lake as recently as August and recalled that back then, its bright green lotus plants shot into the air. But on the day after Christmas, the wilted bed of bronze flowers before her drooped onto the water like a sea of broken miniature umbrellas. "I've walked around this park in the winter and I don't remember it ever quite looking like this," said Smith, 56, a lawyer from La Crescenta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
When Echo Park Lake reopened earlier this year after a $45-million makeover, locals flocked to see the newly installed lotus plants, which were making their return to the lake after a mutiyear absence.   So this winter, some passersby have looked at the lake and become alarmed. For weeks now, the bright green lotus leaves that once shot into the air have become brown and wilted. The bed of flowers now droop onto the water like a sea of broken miniature umbrellas. The scene has left some residents and visitors wondering: Did the plants die again?
TRAVEL
December 19, 2013 | By Irene Lechowitzky
Presto change-o; now you see it, now you don't. If you're looking for an undiscovered, secluded escape hidden from view yet minutes from the bustling center of San Marcos and its restaurants, bars and entertainment, Lake San Marcos is for you. My husband hurt his back last month and wanted a slow-paced weekend to relax. We came to the right place: Leisure is king in this mellow enclave tucked away on a lake in a quiet residential neighborhood in northern San Diego County. Here, paddle boats rule the lake, and golf is the preferred "action" sport.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor and the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners announced a deal on Wednesday to acquire IMG Worldwide Inc., the sports and media entity that represents stars such as NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and singer Taylor Swift . Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but people familiar with the matter said WME is paying private equity firm Forstmann Little about $2.3 billion for the...
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