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January 17, 2010
Plans begin for Jackson park Work is expected to begin this year on a 100-acre Michael Jackson entertainment complex in Gary, Ind., that would include a museum, performing arts center, hotel, golf course and theme park inspired by the pop singer's Neverland Ranch. "Everything is in the planning stages at this point, but we're moving on a fast track, and we're looking forward to actually breaking ground sometime in 2010," said Odie Anderson, president of the Jackson family project in the pop singer's hometown.
December 9, 2009 | By Chris Lee
The black-and-white photos of Michael Jackson are remarkable not only as previously unreleased images of one the last half-century's most photographed men. They also reveal much about the pop superstar's abiding impulses: his impish sense of humor, his fealty to yesteryear's master showmen and his concern about his own place in the pop culture firmament. FOR THE RECORD: Michael Jackson: An article about a new Michael Jackson coffee table book in Wednesday's Calendar section stated that the performer won five American Music Awards last month, including artist of the year.
September 30, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
Michael Jackson was never a fixture on the county fair circuit, but his Neverland rides now are on a never-ending tour. The attractions he set up in his estate's private amusement park have been auctioned off and are being trucked from carnival to carnival, pitched as a chance to take a spin on a piece of history. At the far end of the midway at the Tulare County Fair in the Central Valley this month, signs announced: "Michael ride here! This is one of Michael Jackson's rides from Neverland Ranch!"
July 12, 2009 | Geoff Boucher and Elaine Woo
Michael Jackson was fascinated by celebrity tragedy. He had a statue of Marilyn Monroe in his home and studied the sad Hollywood exile of Charlie Chaplin. He married the daughter of Elvis Presley and told her that he expected to die just like her father, lost and alone behind mansion gates. When Jackson did meet his own untimely death on June 25 at age 50, he left a legacy more complicated than any of those past icons. As a child star, he was so talented he seemed lit from within; as a middle-aged man, he was viewed as something akin to a visiting alien who, like Tinkerbell, would cease to exist if the applause ever stopped.
July 8, 2009 | Nicole Santa Cruz
The hundreds of Michael Jackson fans, media and souvenir hawkers outside Staples Center on Tuesday made for quite a circus. And then, out of nowhere, another circus arrived. A real circus. Just before dawn Tuesday, onlookers were treated to the sight of 11 Asian elephants being herded three miles from a train stop to an enclosure at the arena where the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is set to begin performances today.
July 4, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Ever since Michael Jackson died, Al Williams' family had begged him to take them to Neverland Ranch. And each day, Williams, 42, a roofer from San Bernardino, said no, that there were too many people crowded outside Neverland's gates. On Thursday night, he finally gave in. Williams, his wife, Josie, and their two children woke up at 4 a.m. Friday and piled into their burgundy Scion for the roughly three-hour drive to Jackson's fabled Santa Barbara County hideaway.
It was while I was bumpily making my way across a rope bridge in a quiet corner of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch on Thursday morning -- next to an elaborate treehouse crowned with a ship's wheel, and overlooking a bronze sculpture of smiling children -- that I finally figured out what the late entertainer's compound represents from an architectural point of view. Jackson didn't commission Neverland's Tudor-style main house.
July 2, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Desiree Crossley, her two daughters and a friend left Lancaster in their PT Cruiser at 1 a.m. Wednesday to be among the first in line for what they thought would be a public memorial for Michael Jackson at his Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County. About 5 a.m., they began pitching their tent on the side of Figueroa Mountain Road, taking turns hammering in stakes and trying to keep warm. They packed a portable toilet, heater and plenty of food and water to last them. But at 2:30 p.m.
July 1, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Among the unanswered questions surrounding Michael Jackson's death is: Where will services for the pop icon be held? There has been talk of Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County, Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles or some combination of the two, but nothing has been finalized. On Tuesday afternoon, the Jackson family continued planning a memorial event, including the possibility of a public ceremony at Staples Center followed by a funeral procession to Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, Calif.
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