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September 14, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Time for your close-up, Mr. Germ. A professor at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed a smartphone attachment that enables the imaging of objects one-thousandth the width of a human hair. In a paper published recently in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano , senior author Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering, said he and colleagues used the device to photograph single human cytomegalovirus particles.
September 9, 2013 | By David Ng
A group of 74 photographs by the late Richard Avedon has been donated to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem as part of a joint gift from Leonard Lauder, the Richard Avedon Foundation and art dealer Larry Gagosian. The donation includes portraits of notable personalities as well as a 20-by-8 foot photographic mural of Allen Ginsberg's family.  Lauder initiated the gift and brought on board the foundation and Gagosian, who represents the collection, according to the museum. "We believe that Richard Avedon, who was so proud of his Jewish identity, would be very happy to see this important body of work exhibited in Jerusalem," said James Martin, executive director of the Richard Avedon Foundation, in a statement.
August 21, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles prosecutors opted not to file charges against Clippers forward Lamar Odom in connection with a reported battery and grand theft arrest involving a paparazzo in Hollywood, officials said Wednesday. Instead, Odom would be required to attend a city attorney's hearing that can include a warning to avoid future run-ins or an order to attend counseling. The incident, captured on video last month, took place on El Cerrito Place near Franklin Avenue. It showed Odom confiscating a rolling bag believed to contain camera equipment from a photographer who asked him questions about whether he was having an extramarital affair.
August 20, 2013 | By David Ng
A collection of early photographs of the Beatles taken by Astrid Kirchherr will go on display in a West Hollywood gallery starting in September. "The Early Beatles Collection," scheduled to run at the Leica Gallery from Sept. 7 to Oct. 19, will feature images Kirchherr took during the filming of "A Hard Day's Night" in 1964 for Stern Magazine, as well as some of the images she took of the musicians during their Hamburg, Germany, period in 1960. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times Kirchherr is a German photographer who followed the Beatles during their formative years.
August 20, 2013 | By David Wharton
Three days after a photograph of two Russian athletes kissing on the medal stand made international news, the women insisted they were not protesting their country's anti-gay legislation. The picture showed sprinters Kseniya Ryzhova and Yulia Gushchina giving each other a peck after their team had won the 400-meter relay at the track and field world championships in Moscow. "Yesterday I got calls from probably 20 different media outlets and instead of congratulating us for the gold medal, they decided to insult me and Yulia and the entire federation,” Ryzhova said, according to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
August 16, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Rapper Kanye West won't face any felony charges over his altercation with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office on Friday declined to file felony assault and attempted  robbery charges against the singer and referred the issue to the L.A. city attorney to see if the incident warranted a misdemeanor charge. West, who has long maintained a hostile stance toward paparazzi and even rapped about his contempt for the media, was captured on video July 19 wrestling the photographer to the ground.
August 15, 2013
Barbara Rossier Special education expert Barbara Rossier, a special education expert who became one of the namesakes of USC's school of education after she and her husband pledged $20 million to it, died Sunday, the university announced. A resident of Villa Park, she was 78 and died of lung cancer. The couple's 1998 pledge to what then became formally known as the USC Barbara J. and Roger W. Rossier School of Education was the largest ever made to an American education school at the time.
August 15, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
Scrubbed clean and sanded around the edges, "Standing Up" is a sanitized version of Brock Cole's '80s young adult novel "The Goats. " It's a curious entry in director D.J. Caruso's filmography, a benign kids movie in a career that launched with the edgy crime drama "The Salton Sea" more than a decade ago and has grown increasingly more accessible in the years since. Perhaps it's meant to be a work his kids can watch, but it's unclear who this blandly titled drama is aimed at - devoid as it is of humor or any real hazard and lacking the provocative undertones of its source material.
August 12, 2013 | By David Ng
A set of 100 photographs by the late Irving Penn is being donated to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. The photos, which are being given by the Irving Penn Foundation, include rare street photographs dating from the 1930s and '40s, images of post-war Europe, and portraits of celebrated figures including Truman Capote, Agnes de Mille and Langston Hughes. The Smithsonian said all of the prints in the set were created while Penn was alive and were personally approved by him. The museum said it will organize an exhibition devoted to Penn, consisting of approximately 160 works, that will open in the fall of 2015, followed by a tour.
August 6, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC said Tuesday that receiver Marqise Lee did not break NCAA rules last January when he signed autographs in Florida that have been offered for sale. Lee, who won the Biletnikoff Award, attended the Bowl Championship Series title game, where the Orange Bowl Committee honored national award winners. The NCAA reportedly is investigating whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel , the Heisman Trophy winner, received payment for autographs he signed while in Miami. Dave Roberts , USC's vice president for athletic compliance, said in a statement that the university had "received an inquiry that floated Marqise Lee's name and the autograph signing situation in Miami that has been in the news lately.
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