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Olympic sprint champion Florence Griffith Joyner died after suffering an epileptic seizure, according to autopsy results released Thursday, and her family and friends say they hope the findings will put to rest rumors that drug use contributed to her death. Griffith Joyner died last month in her sleep at age 38. Her husband, Al Joyner, bitterly criticized those who suggested that she took performance-enhancing drugs.
April 27, 2014 | By Rick Schultz
There was a sense of occasion at the Alex Theater in Glendale on Saturday night when Jeffrey Kahane led the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in works by Hannah Lash, Chopin and Haydn. The day before, Kahane announced he would be leaving his post after the 2016-17 season, making his run as music director an even 20 years, the longest in the ensemble's history. The farewells began after intermission when the orchestra's executive director, Rachel Fine, announced that at the end of his tenure he would be named the orchestra's first conductor laureate.
March 17, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A teenage girl was found guilty Tuesday of helping two men kill popular young actor Merlin Santana, making a clean sweep for prosecutors, who earlier won convictions against her two codefendants. Monique King lied to her two accomplices by saying the actor had made sexual advances toward her; she also helped them get away after they shot Santana, said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler.
April 27, 2014
Re “Low on lodging, L.A. tourism lags,” Business, April 23, and “L.A.'s room service: City should be more selective with downtown tax breaks, some say,” April 19 On the one hand, you've got the article about hotel construction firms saying they can't build without multiyear tax breaks. Then there's the story about L.A. lacking sufficient lodging and tourism lagging. One development officer says his firm is “very bullish on Los Angeles.” If these companies are so bullish on L.A. , they should not be asking for handouts every time they want to construct a hotel in an area that is in desperate need of them.
June 5, 1989 | JANE APPLEGATE, Times Staff Writer and
Very, very early, on a few special mornings, James Miscoll quietly climbs a restricted staircase from his 51st-floor office at the Bank of America Tower. There he stands, relishing his priceless, private view of Los Angeles. "It's no place for acrophobes," laughs Miscoll, who is the bank's top-ranking executive in Southern California. As the Los Angeles skyline reaches new heights, more and more companies eager for quarters that reflect their lofty status are willing to pay up to $50 a square foot--a third or more above the going rate for more earthbound office space.
October 5, 2006 | Jessica Gelt, Special to The Times
THE girl on screen is petite, almost boyish, with cropped blond hair and black-framed glasses. "Mount Washington, a seemingly peaceful neighborhood smack-dab in the middle of fast-paced Highland Park," she says. "Full of Vietnam survivors, stray cats, speed addicts and sorcerers. The only home I've ever had," she concludes wistfully. The girl is 16-year-old Anabel Curry, and her short film, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?
January 9, 1996
We asked readers to tell us what they want in a new stadium or arena ("If We Build It, Will They Come?", Dec. 12) and they spoke loud and clear on one priority: better access. In particular, proximity to mass transit, or at least better control of traffic and easier parking. Others e-mailed new features they would like or suggested locations. One ex-Raider fan with a long memory simply tore out a map of the San Gabriel Valley, drew an X over Irwindale and scrawled: Build Stadium Here.
February 19, 1990 | From Wire Service Reports
Nadia Comaneci confirmed rumors that she tried to kill herself at age 15 by drinking bleach, according to Life magazine's March issue. Comaneci said she was hospitalized for two days and was "glad because I didn't have to go to the gym," according to the magazine. It had been rumored, and the 1984 film "Nadia" indicated, that Comaneci attempted suicide at the height of her fame in 1977 after scoring perfect 10s in the Montreal Olympics in 1976. She had denied the rumors, however.
November 4, 2004 | Nick Anderson and Faye Fiore, Times Staff Writers
Even as the presidential campaign ended with a triumph for President Bush on Wednesday, armchair strategists and capital insiders were still scratching their heads over exit poll results on Tuesday that strongly, and erroneously, suggested Democratic Sen. John F. Kerry was going to the White House. "The 7-Hour Presidency of JFK2" was the ironic day-after headline on Slate's Web log called "kausfiles."
March 17, 1995
Los Angeles has put some teeth in an ordinance that made it illegal to steal bottles, cans and other items from the city's curbside recycling bins. The City Council voted Wednesday to spend $64,000 to step up enforcement of the city's anti-scavenging ordinance, earmarking $15,000 for a police crackdown in the West San Fernando Valley and setting aside $49,000 for a possible expansion of the police patrols citywide.
April 26, 2014 | Lisa Boone
More than 40 dealers from around the world, including Los Angeles-based Danish Modern Noho, Loft Thirteen and Reform Gallery, will convene at 3Lab Studios on Saturday and Sunday for the Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale. As with year's past, the 27th annual event offers one-of-a-kind 20th century furnishings and accessories, including a Danish rosewood sideboard by Arne Vodder from exhibitor Midcentury LA, a mahogany table base by Gio Ponti from Roark Modern of New York and a huge Gambone Italy ceramic charger from Vangard 21 of Los Angeles.
April 26, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Snoop Dogg has a few choice words for Donald J. Sterling, embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Unfortunately, almost none of them are fit for publication in a family newspaper's blog. On the heels of an audio recording obtained by TMZ which the website says captures the Los Angeles business magnate upbraiding his girlfriend for “associating with black people” and “taking pictures with minorities” at Clippers games, the erstwhile Doggfather blasted Sterling with his own obscenity-packed videotaped rejoinder posted on Instagram on Saturday.
April 26, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
A recording that purports to show Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments has generated swift condemnations. The Clippers have also responded, saying Sterling is not a racist. It's not the first time Sterling has been the subject of criticism over racial issues. Sterling is known for his various charity events that have benefited organizations that help the needy, including nonprofits serving the local Latino and African American communities. The Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP had been scheduled to give Sterling the group's Lifetime Achievement Award at its May 15 banquet at the Biltmore Hotel.
April 26, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival may have wrapped up last week, but still unfurling in Coachella's Pueblo Viejo District is an ambitious project that has brought together about a dozen muralists and international contemporary artists. "Coachella Walls," which has no formal connection to the Goldenvoice-produced festival, is billed as an "arts-driven community revitalization project. " Its organizers are Coachella-based Date Farmers Art Studios, a.k.a., the artists Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez, who grew up in the area and now show their work at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles.
April 26, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
His is a name that has appeared in this publication's pages hundreds of times - as an author and as a subject. It's a name that calls up notions of the Latino struggle for civil rights and the radical Chicano movement in Los Angeles. It's also a name that initially made filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez groan when someone suggested the life behind the name as a subject for his next documentary. The legacy of former Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist Ruben Salazar has reached folklore heights since the journalist's suspicious death in 1970 at age 42. And therein lies Rodriguez's point of contention.
April 25, 2014 | By Sara Lessley
“Patriots” or “domestic terrorists”? “Citizen soldiers” or “disenfranchised militiamen”? “Honest businessman” or “freeloader?” It seems many are firmly on one side or the other when it comes to the standoff between 67-year-old cattleman Cliven Bundy (and his armed sympathizers) and the Bureau of Land Management over his cattle grazing on public land in Nevada. As Times staff writers John M. Glionna and Richard Simon wrote this week : “Bundy has his critics, but to supporters, his case is a symbol of everything wrong with America.
January 1, 1989
Recently in San Pedro a splendid monument honoring our merchant seamen was erected. This dramatic sculpture of two working sailors will remind us of our maritime history. It was designed by Jasper D'Ambrosi, born and raised in the harbor area. I cannot help but compare this successful work of art with the "Steel Cloud" monument proposed for downtown Los Angeles. That project, unfortunately, looks like a massive junkyard, and would overwhelm a dark freeway tunnel--more like a message of traffic despair.
January 11, 2007
Re "Roots of anger," Current, Jan. 7 Tanya K. Hernandez's piece is filled with sweeping generalizations and accusations. She is way off when she refers to the killings and assaults by Latino gang members on unsuspecting African Americans as a "Latino ethnic cleansing of African Americans from multiracial neighborhoods." The people who are committing these horrendous acts are not representative of the Latino community. These delinquents are gang members. It is mind-boggling that Hernandez came up with the ignorant conclusion that the entire Latino culture is to blame.
April 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Most film productions tend to spend a lot of time shooting a relatively narrow range of subject matter. "One Day on Earth" takes a slightly different approach. "Think globally, film locally" could be the motto for "Earth," a crowd-sourced film project originally founded to document a single 24-hour period with video snapshots from around the world. After holding three such events since 2010, the project's creators are now zooming in further with "Your Day. Your City. Your Future," a similar 24-hour collaboration that will take place across 11 American urban centers, including Los Angeles, and explore the issues and cultures poised to define cities over the next 20 years.
April 24, 2014 | By Tim Logan
In another sign that the hot Southland housing market is throttling down, homes here are staying on the market longer lately. The share of houses that have been listed for sale for at least two months climbed in the Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire and Ventura regions of Southern California compared with a year ago, according to an analysis by real estate website Trulia . Thanks to perennially tight supply, Southern California housing...
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