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March 6, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
What's left behind when a writer dies? Well, his furniture, of course. The ottoman where he rested his feet after a day's work. The big chair where he sat to read, the lamp nearby. And, of course, his books. Elmore Leonard, the great crime writer, died Aug. 20 at the age of 87. Thursday morning at his home in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills and through the weekend, many of those possessions will be up for sale. The estate sale at Leonard's home at 2192 Yarmouth Road will include “First edition and/or signed books, furniture, lamps, linens, rugs, garden accessories, outdoor furniture and more,” according to the website EstateSales.net.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By KTLA
Police are searching for a carjacker who ordered a man and his 7-year-old daughter into their truck at gunpoint outside a library in Pacoima on Monday, and then forced them to withdraw cash from an ATM before ditching them at a freeway interchange. The incident unfolded at about 3 p.m. when the man approached the father and daughter as they were walking into the library at Haddon Avenue and Van Nuys Boulevard, according to Los Angeles police Sgt. Charles Coleman. The carjacker pulled out a gun and ordered them to get back into their Toyota Tundra and drive to another city, where they were forced to withdraw money from an ATM, Coleman told KTLA-TV . The carjacker then dropped the man and his daughter off at the interchange between the 5 and 14 freeways.
OPINION
February 26, 2014
Re "Some libraries too quiet," Feb. 24 Imagine a city where at every school there is a fully staffed library bustling with students throughout the day. Imagine even extending the school library's hours so students, staff and parents can make use of it beyond the school day. Monica Ratliff, a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education, is correct to lead an exploration of what has happened to L.A.'s school libraries....
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Vandals have been systematically defacing copies of books by and about Anne Frank in public libraries in Tokyo, according to Japanese media reports Friday. More than 250 copies Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and other books about the Dutch Holocaust diarist have reportedly been found with pages ripped out at 31 public libraries across the city since January. "Books related to Ms. Anne Frank are clearly targeted, and it's happening across Tokyo," city official Mitsujiro Ikeda told the Associated Press.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Huntington Library has purchased the extensive photographic trove of Ernest Marquez, a descendant of Mexican land grantees who owned what became Santa Monica and Rustic canyons and parts of Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica. Amassed over a 50-year period, the 4,600-image compilation includes rare photos of 1870s Santa Monica and Los Angeles. “The group of photographs is the best and most comprehensive collection of its kind in private hands,” said Jennifer A. Watts, curator of photographs at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Huntington Library has purchased the extensive photographic trove of Ernest Marquez, a descendant of Mexican land grantees who owned what became known as Santa Monica and Rustic canyons and parts of Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica. Amassed over 50 years, the 4,600-image compilation includes rare photos of 1870s Santa Monica and Los Angeles. "The group of photographs is the best and most comprehensive collection of its kind in private hands," said Jennifer A. Watts, curator of photographs at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
After several years in the fiscal wilderness, the Los Angeles Public Library, and California libraries in general, are mounting a comeback. On Jan. 12, Sunday hours were restored at eight of the system's 72 regional branches and at the Central Library downtown. Back in the dark days of 2010, when it seemed everyone was still trying to climb out of the hole of the Great Recession, I visited a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in East Hollywood. It was the same one where my immigrant father learned to read English in 1962.
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 11, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Nine Los Angeles public libraries will once again open their doors on Sundays. Following several years of budget-related closures, downtown's Central Library and all eight regional libraries will now be open from 1 to 5 p.m., beginning this Sunday. Celebrations are scheduled at each of the libraries, with Mayor Eric Garcetti and other civic leaders attending a ribbon cutting and special activities starting at 12:30 p.m. FOR THE RECORD: Library hours: A brief article in the Jan. 12 California section about nine Los Angeles public libraries opening on Sundays said all 64 branch libraries are open Mondays through Saturdays.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The nation's first all-digital, book-free public library system has opened in San Antonio, with patrons lining up to peruse on online catalog on Apple touch screen computers and check out books on e-readers. Library mavens from across the U.S. and from as far away as Hong Kong came to view the library this week, according to an Associated Press report. "I told our people that you need to take a look at this. This is the future," Mary Graham, vice president of South Carolina's Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce told the AP. "If you're going to be building new library facilities, this is what you need to be doing.
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