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OPINION
June 9, 2013
Re "Theft saves a treasure," Column One, June 6 When I read about horticulturist Randy McDonald's surreptitious clipping from the lotus bed at Echo Park Lake years ago, I had hoped for a better ending. Finding out he charged the city $30,000 for plants grown from the city-owned ones he stole wilted my enthusiasm. Based on his description of how he got these plants in the first place, it's clear he knew he was doing something wrong. To profit off this deed for eight years and then tell city officials to "stop bickering around" and "buy it from me" to replenish the lake is appalling.
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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?
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BUSINESS
October 23, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Simplify, then add lightness was the well-worn philosophy that Lotus' founder, the late Colin Chapman, imbued into all of his products. For 2013, it would seem the company is simplifying, then adding an automatic transmission. The company announced that it will be adding an automatic transmission to the options list on the 2013 Evora S, a sublime hunk of metal powered by a 345-horsepower, supercharged Toyota motor. Review: Lotus Evora S Because automatic transmission likely sounds too blase for a sports car company like Lotus, it calls this transmission Intelligent Precision Shift (IPS)
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Christina Aguilera is finally ready to jump back into making music. After months of unconfirmed rumors, the singer announced her comeback record, “Lotus,” will hit stores Nov. 13. Aguilera, who is turning heads (and her chair) on NBC's singing competition “The Voice,” will premiere the album's lead single “Your Body” on Friday. The track, which was written and produced by hit-makers Max Martin and Shellback and co-written by Savan Kotecha, will hit digital retailers Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times Pop Music Critic
Los Angeles beat producer Flying Lotus has been building up to the release of his new album, "Until the Quiet Comes," for the last few months. The follow-up to his acclaimed "Cosmogramma" arrives  Oct. 2, and on Thursday morning, he debuted a short film as a teaser, featuring as its soundtrack snippets of three new songs. Directed by Kahlil Joseph, the exquisitely rendered, visually striking -- and at times horrifyingly real -- short takes place in an empty Nickerson Gardens swimming pool during a daytime tragedy, and during another shooting on a red-skied summer night, and features images that stab at the heart of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2009
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 1998 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Grande 4-Plex's "Documentary Days," composed of three films each screening one week, begins today with Laurel Chiten's beautiful and moving "The Jew in the Lotus." The film takes its title from a book written by Rodger Kamenetz on the spiritual rebirth he experienced when he accompanied a group of rabbis for a historical meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. When Dr. Marc Lieberman, a Buddhist convert, organized the meeting, he invited Kamenetz to come along.
TRAVEL
October 15, 2006
I'VE been publisher of the Fairfield (Iowa) Daily Ledger for more than 15 years. I've seen dozens of reporters from metro dailies and national television try to tell the story about "small town Iowa meets Maharishi TM." Carina Chocano nailed it ["A Lotus Amid the Iowa Corn," Sept. 10]. Unraveling the Fairfield and Maharishi Vedic City story is hard enough for people who live here, let alone a reporter visiting for a few days. You got it. Congratulations. JEFF WILSON Fairfield, Iowa Send letters to Travel, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., L.A., CA 90012; travel@latimes.
BUSINESS
April 21, 1988 | LAWRENCE J. MAGID, LAWRENCE J. MAGID is a Silicon Valley-based computer analyst and writer
Lotus 1-2-3 has been surpassed. A new spreadsheet program, called Surpass, does everything the leading spreadsheet does, plus a lot more. Surpass is one of several programs designed to compete with 1-2-3, which has dominated the spreadsheet market since it was introduced in 1983. A spreadsheet program allows you to enter words, numbers and formulas on a grid of rows and columns. If any number is changed, all formulas that depend on that number are automatically recalculated.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By August Brown
Flying Lotus and Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator seem like artists who could most benefit from an alternative, online-centric music video awards show. Each indie act is known for visually striking clips and an outsider aesthetic that riffs on a universe of musical and pop cultural references. So maybe fans should take their criticism of the YouTube Music Awards seriously. Each act lambasted the new ceremony  - at which Tyler is expected to perform on Nov. 3 - as essentially an extension of the same mindless top-40 shenanigans as the VMAs (via Spin ; note, language advisory)
AUTOS
September 13, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
It's a scenario we've all encountered. One beautiful woman is chasing you in a helicopter, while another sits next to you in your brilliant white Lotus Esprit. The bullets are flying, the road is ending, and somehow you, James Bond, need to get yourself out of this sticky situation in one piece. So you drive the car off the nearest dock into the drink. Such was the scene in the 1977 film "The Spy Who Loved Me," starring Roger Moore and a unique Lotus that transformed into a functioning submarine.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Electronic dance music is here to stay. What was once dismissed as the disco of the '90s has evolved through technology and a host of talented, determined DJs into a genre of music with as many subcategories as rock 'n' roll. That rich variety was on full display this past weekend at the annual Hard Summer festival, which attracted an estimated 70,000 electronic music fans over two days to L.A. State Historic Park in Chinatown. The stand-out star Saturday night was L.A.'s own Flying Lotus, who best represented the flexible future of EDM with his performance-based set of fluid a cappella raps juxtaposed with hazy, jazz-fueled riffs and hypnotic beats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
What do you do when an old friend undergoes an expensive and major surgery, remains in seclusion for two years and now is stripping off most of the bandages? In the case of Echo Park Lake, hundreds of Angelenos turned out Saturday to celebrate and welcome back the beloved body of water and surrounding parklands after a $45-million, two-year renovation. They ambled down retopped pathways, photographed new beds of lotus plants, climbed playground equipment and marveled at the clarity of the lake water, which used to be a notoriously dark stew of toxic runoff.
OPINION
June 9, 2013
Re "Theft saves a treasure," Column One, June 6 When I read about horticulturist Randy McDonald's surreptitious clipping from the lotus bed at Echo Park Lake years ago, I had hoped for a better ending. Finding out he charged the city $30,000 for plants grown from the city-owned ones he stole wilted my enthusiasm. Based on his description of how he got these plants in the first place, it's clear he knew he was doing something wrong. To profit off this deed for eight years and then tell city officials to "stop bickering around" and "buy it from me" to replenish the lake is appalling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times
Randy McDonald darted his eyes between the lotus bed and a pack of police officers, wondering if he could get away with it. He figured it was worth a try and walked from Echo Park Lake back to his car. After opening the glove compartment, he pulled out a hacksaw blade and stuck it into his back pocket. He tugged his T-shirt to cover it and returned to the lake. He worked his way through the thick crowd of revelers gathered for the 28th annual Lotus Festival and then crouched down at the water's edge.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1986
Lotus Development Corp. said its second buyback program would repurchase about 10% of the company's outstanding common stock. Last month Lotus completed a previous share repurchase plan begun in February, in which the company bought 1.65 million shares. The computer software and information services company said it would partly finance the stock repurchase through a $30-million debt offering.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2008 | Bloomberg News
A Lotus sports car featured in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" sold Monday for $166,000 in London. The white 1976 Lotus Esprit was sold on the telephone to a collector from Atlanta, who described himself as "a Lotus and James Bond aficionado," the Bonhams auction house said. The Esprit comes complete with a faux surface-to-air-missile button on the gearstick.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013
Steven Ellison's (a.k.a. Flying Lotus) fourth full-length album, "Until the Quiet Comes" comes after 2010's "Cosmogramma" and a sea change in the American electronica scene. "Cosmogramma" was indebted to the astral free-jazz legacy of his family (his aunt is Alice Coltrane and his cousin is saxophonist Ravi Coltrane). It raised his profile considerably, featuring contributions from Erykah Badu and Radiohead's Thom Yorke. "Until the Quiet Comes" is a sleeker, uncluttered pivot from that sound.
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