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June 28, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Hospital bills piling up? Can you paint? Draw? Sculpt? Dance? Sing? Act? At Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, you can whack $40 off your health bill for each hour you spend working on a mural or offering  some other artistic service. (The AP video above tells the story.) Here's more about the program in the hospital's news release and an article in the New York Daily News. Hold up, though: You have to be an uninsured person making a living as an artist to register for the bartering program, called the Lincoln Art Exchange, the press release explains.  Actors, musicians, poets, dancers and writers can all qualify.
August 30, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Along old U.S. Route 66, the once-kitschy Overland Motel is crumbling, vacant lots pock downtown and, as if this remote desert outpost weren't suffering enough, the last car dealership folded up and left behind a blanket of empty asphalt. Not a pretty picture for travelers who might pull off the highway for a burger or to spend the night. Then, about five months ago, a man with a sun-stained face and paint-crusted fingernails drifted in, and the tiny old railroad town of Needles started looking a little brighter.
November 21, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO - Strange game for the Lakers. First one in a while. Maybe they were tired from back-to-back games. Maybe they've got a weird issue about winning on the road. Actually, there shouldn't be any excuses. They lost to the lowly Sacramento Kings. Period. PHOTOS: Lakers vs. Kings The team that can barely hang on to its ZIP Code had no problem shipping out the Lakers on Wednesday, 113-97, at Sleep Train Arena. "If we want to go 'Showtime,' they just closed the whole theater on us," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said.
February 12, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
An impressively long line of classic lowriders from throughout Southern California and beyond joined the funeral procession that began at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in East Los Angeles and ended at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. On a flatbed truck behind the hearse at the head of the parade Feb. 5 was one of the icons of the lowriding world: "Gypsy Rose," a fuchsia-colored 1964 Chevy Impala whose body is adorned with hand-painted, multihued roses and whose hot-pink interior includes swivel seats in the front and a cocktail bar and two small light fixtures in the back.
February 20, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
If you like paint, you'll like "Richard Jackson: Ain't Painting a Pain," the artist's 40-year retrospective exhibition at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. It's awash in the stuff. Thick, brightly colored paint oozes like mortar from between thousands of canvases stacked like bricks into a kind of room-size temple, and it's smeared in rainbows that unfurl across white walls. It's shot from a pellet gun at a big drawing and out of the rear ends of carousel animals toward spinning canvases and sculptures on surrounding walls.
December 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg vetoed New York City Council legislation that would have made more landlords remove lead paint from apartments where children could be poisoned from exposure to the toxic metal. Council Speaker Gifford Miller called the veto a "serious, serious mistake." Bloomberg said the legislation exposed the city and landlords to lawsuits, would be costly to carry out and might result in housing discrimination against families with children.
November 1, 1998
I could not believe what I read Oct. 26 ("Volunteers Paint Over Vandalism"). Some of the residents were actually complaining when Cal State Fullerton fraternity members volunteered and painted over graffiti in the Valencia Drive and Lemon Street neighborhood because the paint did not match? These are college students making a difference near the community in which they live. I commend them for taking the time out of their day and supplying the materials with their own money. How dare the residents complain when these people are trying to make their neighborhood look better.
May 12, 1996 | PETER H. KING
No one ever said graffiti taggers were smart. Not long ago, in Washington, D.C., they painted the usual gibberish on a stone mansion at 1500 Rhode Island Ave. This is a handsome old palace that has been the home of a secretary of state, a Russian count, Alexander Graham Bell and, since 1940, the National Paint and Coatings Assn. The current occupant is a trade group that lobbies mightily against any and all legislative attempts to restrict the sale of spray paint.
November 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Police in Vietnam's capital have armed themselves with paintball guns to brand and track robbers and illegal motorbike racers. The guns will be used to pelt thieves and racers with red, yellow and green dyes, said Tran Quoc Hung, administrative head of police in Hanoi. The guns, with a range of 33 feet, will help police track fast-moving riders who could otherwise dart unnoticed into a sea of other bikes.
September 9, 1989
A dispute over a can of spray paint may have ignited racial tensions and led to a brawl at the Fenner Canyon Youth Conservation Camp, resulting in 10 inmates being treated for injuries at hospitals in the Antelope Valley, authorities said Friday. About 32 inmates--mostly Latinos and Asians--who were involved in the Thursday night melee were transferred Friday to a maximum-security youth training facility in Chino, said Simon Cabrera, assistant superintendent at Fenner.
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