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January 27, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
YANJI, China - After the North Korean coal mine where she worked stopped paying salaries, Park Kyung Ok tried her hand at business. Buttons and zippers, candy and dried squid, fabric, plastic tarpaulins, men's suits and cigarettes. "I sold just about everything," said Park, 44. But it wasn't until she started hawking methamphetamine in 2007, she said, that she was able to earn a living. Methamphetamine, known as orum, or "ice," is a rare commodity manufactured and sold in North Korea, where most factories sit idle, the equipment rusted or looted.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Getting the strangers to open up wasn't easy. But Jesus Rodriguez, a high school senior, pressed on, clipboard and questionnaire in hand. He and about 15 other students spent Thursday evening at MacArthur Park, interviewing people about their lives, their well-being and the health of their neighborhood. Their responses will be the basis for an intricate art installation to be displayed at the park in the fall. For Rodriguez, 18, the exercise was eye-opening. He spent two hours approaching random men and women, some of them homeless.
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BUSINESS
May 5, 2012 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
There are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom. Both men bought tickets that gave them unlimited first-class travel for life on American Airlines. It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets. Passes in hand, Rothstein and Vroom flew for business. They flew for pleasure. They flew just because they liked being on planes. They bypassed long lines, booked backup itineraries in case the weather turned, and never worried about cancellation fees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
To some in Canoga Park, the Xposed Gentlemen's Club is an unwelcome neighborhood landmark. Residents complain about its sultry billboards featuring scantily clad women. The LAPD tried - and failed - to shut it down, citing complaints of violence, prostitution and drug use. There was a shooting in the parking lot last year; a man's throat was slit in the club a few years back. But the strip club has survived, and its management has made an unusual move - seeking seats on the very same neighborhood council that has been a forum for complaints about it. The owner and two employees of the club ran for seats on the council last month, and one was elected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Tucked between Sunset and San Vicente boulevards lies a leafy Brentwood neighborhood whose ranch homes, driveway basketball hoops and occasional picket fence are a far cry from the nearby luxe enclaves of Bel-Air and Beverly Park. Yet this tract of upper-middle-class Los Angeles is in the midst of a change — a heightened version of the transformation that has turned other parts of the Westside from neighborhoods that were once merely prosperous into playgrounds for the superrich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
Sgt. Victor Arellano drove slowly through the hills of Echo Park, cruising by the places where he had seen the guys hanging out in the past. There was the market painted bright yellow with large green letters spelling out "BEER WINE" and the hidden staircase nearby. The graffitied stretch of pavement along Preston Avenue and the house where a known gangster lives. A few hours into his evening shift and the LAPD gang officer still hadn't spotted any members of the Echo Park Locos.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Move over Silver Lake and Los Feliz. Eagle Rock has the buzz this year, according to a new report. Eagle Rock was named the second “hottest” neighborhood in the United States by real estate brokerage firm Redfin. The list measures “the greatest growth in popularity over the last four months” based on page views and Realtor comments, according to Redfin. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America This list is composed of lesser-known neighborhoods with easy commutes to nearby cities.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
The other day, I dropped off some books at the little library in the neighborhood. I came across it a few weeks ago: a two-shelf hutch set back from the sidewalk, on the edge of someone's property, with a sign urging passers-by to take or leave a book. I love these informal book sites , which seem to be popping up all over ; a friend has one on her street. What they signify is one of the great benefits of reading: not to be alone so much as to become part of a community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
A man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon and police were searching for the gunman after bullets tore through a residential neighborhood in Pico-Union, officials said. A man in his 20s walked up to another man near  Union Avenue and 18th Street, fired several shots at him and ran away, said Los Angeles Police Department Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas. Vanegas didn't have information on whether the men knew each other but characterized the shooting as gang-related.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Residents in a Bellflower neighborhood were told to stay indoors Wednesday afternoon after reports of gunshots. About 1:10 p.m., a person called 911 from a home in the 17600 block of Virginia Avenue then hung up, but not before the dispatcher heard a woman screaming and indications that a gun could be involved, Sheriff's Sgt. David Sprengel said. Deputies, including the SWAT team, rushed to the area and heard several shots and locked down the neighborhood. The female 911 caller and possibly one other person fled from the home as authorities showed up, leaving the gunman inside alone, Sprengel said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
An oil operation that sent noxious fumes into a South Los Angeles neighborhood has agreed to spend about $700,000 on upgrades to prevent future hazardous emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. The settlement capped a four-month investigation by the EPA into Allenco Energy Inc. that was prompted by hundreds of complaints of chemical odors, respiratory ailments, nosebleeds and other health problems in the University Park community, about a half-mile north of USC. "The company must notify the EPA that they have completed the improvements at least 15 days before reopening," said Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Banc of California, a growing community bank in Irvine, is doubling its footprint in Southern California as it joins a new wave of smaller California banks pushing to expand into regional players in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the Great Recession. Banc of California said Wednesday that it agreed to buy 20 Popular Community Bank branches from struggling Popular Inc. in Puerto Rico, adding them to its 18 branches from Los Angeles to San Diego. The new branches would be in lightly banked Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
A man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon and police were searching for the gunman after bullets tore through a residential neighborhood in Pico-Union, officials said. A man in his 20s walked up to another man near  Union Avenue and 18th Street, fired several shots at him and ran away, said Los Angeles Police Department Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas. Vanegas didn't have information on whether the men knew each other but characterized the shooting as gang-related.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Recently completed, this clean-line contemporary is the new kid on a block of older homes in the Beverly Grove area. Among its au courant features are a biometric entry, a glass-walled wine preservation room and such green features as repurposed wood and a reflective roof. Location: 128 S. Almont Drive, Los Angeles 90048 Asking price: $3.4 million Year built: 2014 House size: Four bedrooms, six bathrooms Lot size: 5,397 square feet Features: Oak floors, high ceilings, remote-controlled linear fireplace, security cameras, floor-to-ceiling windows, terrace, walk-in master closet, tankless water heater, swimming pool, gated driveway About the area: Last year, 185 single-family homes sold in the 90048 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.2 million, according to DataQuick.
OPINION
April 2, 2014 | By David C. Williams
Drive through the dilapidated main strip in Terry, Miss., and it's easy to see that the town of 1,063 is a hardscrabble place. And last month, life there got harder when the last bank branch in town closed, leaving in the lurch residents who have long depended on it as a convenient place to manage their money. The same thing is happening in countless other small towns and inner-city neighborhoods across the country, which have been left behind as banks adjust to new financial realities by shuttering branches by the thousands.
TRAVEL
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - As you roll into this urbane beach city you can easily understand why most soccer fans will choose to be based here, if possible, during the FIFA World Cup, the sport's premiere international competition that begins June 12. Brazil's former capital and a resurgent cosmopolitan city, Rio has most of the urban offerings you would expect in a major destination, such as museums, restaurants and night life. But it's really the city's natural beauty and bright blue skies that make the trip worthwhile and make visitors more likely to forgive the high prices, lackluster service and spontaneous logistical breakdowns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A mountain lion was spotted strolling near a northwest hillside neighborhood in Glendale. A resident saw the animal about 11 p.m. Thursday moving north on Larco Way, where it briefly stopped to stare at him and then meandered away, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told Times Community News. Animal control officers with the Pasadena Humane Society, which serves Glendale, were notified of the sighting and will be distributing fliers in the neighborhood, advising residents what to do if they see a mountain lion, spokeswoman Ricky Whitman said.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi
Before the shooting, David Serbeck and Reginald Campos were pillars of their community, living at opposite ends of an unfinished development here at the edge of Salt Lake City's sprawl. Serbeck, a genial 37-year-old father of two and former Army sniper, welcomed new arrivals to the neighborhood by offering to help install their sprinkler systems or work on their yards. Campos, a 43-year-old CPA and father of four, tried to forge a community in his neighborhood by warning new residents about a spate of mailbox thefts and lobbying authorities to investigate the incidents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
Utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday it expects federal officials to bring criminal charges against the company in connection with a 2010 gas pipeline blast that devastated a San Bruno neighborhood and killed eight people. PG&E said it was negotiating with the U.S. attorney's office for some type of resolution but provided few details. A spokesperson for the office in San Francisco declined to comment on the investigation or say what if any charges were being considered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Crews worked Tuesday to fix a fingertip-sized hole in an underground pipe that allowed about 1,200 gallons of crude oil to seep onto a quiet residential street in Wilmington. Phillips 66, which earlier in the day said it was almost positive that it was not to blame for the leak, later took responsibility and put the blame on one of its out-of-service pipes. Don Ellis, a hazardous-materials specialist with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said that when an underground oil pipeline is withdrawn from use, it is supposed to be capped and the material inside vacuumed out. Janet Grothe, a spokeswoman for Phillips 66, said the company would investigate why oil remained in the pipe, which she said was taken out of service before Phillips 66 acquired it. Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, who was touring the area, said the pipe had been withdrawn from service in 1998.
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