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November 11, 2012 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
For 65 years, an obelisk-like monument has stood over Boyle Heights on Cesar Chavez Avenue, a tribute to Mexican Americans who gave their lives in war for the United States. Then, sometime in October, thieves struck, making off with one of the large bronze plaques that had been affixed to the Mexican American All Wars Memorial in 1947. They also took two smaller ones nearby. The likely motive is money: The metal may be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars to an unscrupulous recycler who could bale it with other scrap and ship it overseas.
October 12, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
A granite slab marking the grave of a California Highway Patrol officer has disappeared from a Santa Cruz cemetery, the fourth attack on his memorials in the 10 years since he died in the line of duty. The plaque commemorating Officer John Pedro went missing from Oakwood Memorial Park over the weekend, authorities said. A solar light illuminating his grave also was stolen, but there was no damage elsewhere. "To have his grave desecrated like this is beyond belief," said CHP Officer Rich Valdez, a colleague of Pedro's at the agency's office in Aptos.
September 16, 2012 | By Richard S. Ginell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
KINGS MOUNTAIN, Calif. - Nestled in the heavily wooded mountains 30 miles south of San Francisco is the El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve - a gorgeous piece of redwood country, an out-of-the-way alternative to overcrowded Muir Woods to the north. If you park on Skyline Boulevard and hike about a mile down the Fir Trail - once a logging road - you will come upon Resolution Trail, a narrow path that winds its way down through a series of steep ravines populated by redwoods and madrone trees.
August 1, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Didn't spot it at first outside the place where Jackie Robinson grew up, where he learned to run, threw oranges from neighbors' trees, first fired a baseball under the tutelage of three older brothers, one of whom would star in the most famous Olympics of all. Didn't spot it till it was mentioned by Robinson's sister-in-law Delano, who still lives in that same working-class area between the Rose Bowl and John Muir High. "Did you see the plaque?" she asked. Well, no, even looking for it. Maybe not for a plaque exactly, but something designating this as one of the most historic streets in America.
December 7, 2011 | Lee Romney
Ronnie Stewart bent down along the sidewalk beneath West Oakland's regional transit station and gingerly slid a prototype plaque into place. After more than two decades of cajoling, his Walk of Fame was finally taking shape. A trail of granite markers adorned with musical notes and this city's signature oak tree soon will decorate 7th Street, bearing the names of 84 rhythm-and-blues greats who in the 1940s turned this now mostly barren corridor into a "Harlem of the West. " "Twenty-one years.
September 28, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
He came to their rescue when they were between a rock and a hard place. So it's fitting that Hugh Hefner will be honored with a boulder for helping the Trust for Public Land acquire Cahuenga Peak, the mountaintop next to the Hollywood sign. Leaders of the trust said Tuesday they plan to place plaques on large boulders to thank the Playboy magazine founder and two others who stepped up at the last moment to donate $1 million each to acquire the peak from its Chicago-based owners.
September 25, 2011 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
They're stealing this small town's history. The bronze plaques that marked the wheres and noted the whos and whispered the back story of Selma, "raisin capital of the world," are disappearing. Gone are the testaments that an elementary school was a public works project built during the Great Depression and that the women's club has stood since 1911. There are no longer etched letters gracing the town mural in loving memory of Mr. Snodgrow, or a bronzed list of those who donated money to build the church hall at St. Joseph's.
September 13, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Keeping cholesterol in check may not just be good for your heart--a study finds that people who have high cholesterol may at greater risk for brain plaques, which are associated with Alzheimer's disease. In the study, published today in the journal Neurology , brain specimens were examined from 147 autopsies that were done between 1998 and 2003. Among the Japanese participants all were free from signs of dementia when they were tested in 1988, but 34% were diagnosed with dementia before they died.
June 4, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Six weeks after two historic plaques were stolen from the entrance to one of Hollywood's most famous neighborhoods, Los Angeles police are launching an investigation. The delay was because no one had yet filed a formal crime report about the missing bronze "Hollywoodland Est. 1923" markers, which were pried from the stone gateway to the historic residential area beneath the Hollywood sign. Residents say they attempted to file a theft report on April 16 after they noticed the plaques' disappearance but were not allowed to because the markers are considered Los Angeles city property.
April 27, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Residents living on the narrow lanes beneath the Hollywood sign have quarreled for months over small directional signs pointing tourists to a place where the iconic Tinseltown symbol can be viewed and photographed. The road signs benefited homeowners on the street that dead-ends at the locked fire road that leads to Mt. Lee and the Hollywood sign. Unfortunately, the signs funneled sightseers and tour buses onto other nearby streets. Then the signs mysteriously disappeared. Whether that's a crime depends on which street you live on. But now real thieves have stolen two signs that nearly everyone in the hillside neighborhood mourns losing: the historic 1923 "Hollywoodland" bronze plaques that marked the stone gateway to the community.
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