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October 6, 2008
"Between Friends" joins Calendar today, one of the comics we're letting readers sample as a possible replacement for "For Better or for Worse," which is now in reruns. For the next five weeks, we'll sample "Between Friends," by Sandra Bell-Lundy. After that we'll sample two more comics, then we'll make a selection. Send comments to comics@
September 21, 2008
For all victims "It is eye-opening to read about a random group of strangers who died, the likes of whom you probably meet every day without knowing their dreams and aspirations, the weaknesses that make them human, the people in their lives. I just hope that it doesn't confirm the notion that each of us is most appreciated when we're dead. Look out for each other and embrace the present. " -- Bill Christopher Aiken "My dear brother. . . . I remember running away with you a couple of times.
July 6, 2008 | Catharine Hamm
We recently asked you, our readers, about your favorite vacation destinations in the West. We hoped you would send us some hidden gems -- and you did. We've whittled down more than 100 submissions to 12, and now we're evaluating which of those dozen will make our final list. Will it be the place where you need a jacket even if it's 90 degrees outside? Will it be that hidden little lake that families swoon over? To see the finalists -- and offer your opinion -- go to
June 5, 2008
The photo: The classic struggle for a rebound, for an NBA title. The 1984 photograph of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird at the Forum has become emblematic of the three NBA Finals played in the 1980s between the Lakers and Boston. It was The Times' inspiration for the cover of this special section. Get a poster of the cover on Artist Roberto Parada's painting of Andrew Bernstein's classic photograph - modernized with Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce - is available to download as a PDF poster exclusively at latimes.
May 23, 2008 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Eat your heart out, Bobby Flay. These sleek, shiny grills and accessories from Viking -- the Rolls-Royce of kitchen appliances -- will have neighbors scaling your fence in hot pursuit of the wafting smell of smoked rib-eyes. Jeff Black, whose family has owned California Home Spas & Patio in Long Beach for 31 years, offers tips on how to burn a hole in your wallet and get your grill on: -- Who says bigger isn't better?
April 24, 2008 | By Susannah Rosenblatt, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
"You just come in to Laguna Beach, brand new?" Police Officer Jason Farris asked the weathered man in the brown, floppy hat. Lolling at the edge of the city bus depot -- bedroll, canteen and cane plunked by his side -- the man stiffened warily. But Farris was undeterred. Less than 15 minutes later, Johnny, as the man calls himself, was chattering about life as a tattoo artist as he flashed the cop photos of his former wife. So unfolded another morning for Farris, Laguna Beach's newly minted community outreach officer.
April 13, 2008
Readers share their sentiments after the final L.A. Then and Now column by reporter Cecilia Rasmussen, who recently retired from The Times. A collection of Rasmussen's columns can be found at -- "You've cleared up many mysteries for me, shined the light on the end of whispered snippets of gossip, which were always accompanied by rolled eyes, pursed lips or even a knowing smile." -- Pat -- "Thank you for the wonderful article that you wrote regarding the Savannah Memorial Park Cemetery for us in 2006.
February 15, 2008 | Thomas S. Mulligan and Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writers
Russ Stanton, a 10-year veteran of the Los Angeles Times who has been in charge of invigorating its website, on Thursday became the newspaper's 14th editor. Stanton will lead a staff chafing from the recent exit of its third editor in less than three years and worried about job cuts. Former Editor James O'Shea and Publisher David D. Hiller parted ways Jan. 21 after a disagreement over whether the editorial budget should shrink.
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