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When John Cox first visited the internment camp where about 10,000 Japanese-Americans were forcibly relocated during World War II, he was shocked--not by what he saw, but by what he didn't see. "There was nothing," the 16-year-old Northridge Boy Scout said of his trip last year. "There was just these two guard shacks and a few walls still standing. There's really nothing but a memorial plaque to tell you what really happened here."
April 21, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Tim Curry, who is known for his restoration of older homes, has sold a house in Los Feliz for $3.2 million. The 1928 Spanish-style home was renovated during his ownership while maintaining its period details. The 3,365 square feet of living space includes a study/office, a den, a breakfast room, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. There's a guesthouse, a basement and indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Towering palms stand beside the swimming pool on the nearly one-third-acre lot. Curry, 68, has done voice work since 2012 for the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” series  as well as “Randy Cunningham: 9thGrade Ninja.” He is known for his starring role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)
January 6, 2014
'Columbia in the 1930s: Recent Restorations' Where: Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, 7 p.m. Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and Feb. 14 Cost: $9 Information: UCLA Film & Television Archive,
April 19, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Steelhead trout once packed the natural pools of Southern California's spawning rivers - that is, until the waterways were transformed into concrete drainage canals in the 1930s to protect the burgeoning flatlands from flooding. The last steelhead in the Los Angeles River was a 25-incher caught off a bridge in Glendale in 1940, two years after that stretch was paved. Today, the region's steelhead population hovers around 500 - 10% of what it was seven decades ago. "The good news is that steelhead are remarkably resilient if given half a chance," Jerry Schubel, president and chief executive of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, said last week as crews were installing plumbing and temperature controls in an exhibit he said was designed to "reveal some of the secrets of this fish and inspire conservation.
November 21, 1992 | JEFFREY WELLS
Several new restorations are either completed or in the works: * "The Guns of Navarone," the 1961 World War II adventure starring Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and David Niven. Columbia has been funding the restoration for more than two years. As supervised by UCLA Archives preservation chief Bob Gitt, the work has proceeded slowly and has focused on sound and image restoration. "Navarone" will be the opening-night attraction for UCLA's annual Festival of Restoration, to be held in April.
A key stretch of the Santa Clara River could be taken out of private hands and run by the government to promote wildlife and nature parks under an ambitious new environmental recovery plan. The proposal, unveiled Monday, seeks to acquire and restore 6,400 acres of some of the best remaining stream-side habitat in Southern California.
December 17, 1993 | Associated Press
Talks aimed at ending years of legal battles over cleaning up the Florida Everglades collapsed Thursday amid sharp disagreement between U.S officials and the sugar industry. The failure to reach agreement dashed hopes that had been raised last July when Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt announced an accord with sugar growers that was designed to be a framework for ending the dispute.
March 22, 1997 | DADE HAYES
The Portal of the Folded Wings, built in 1924 next to what is now Burbank Airport, has been selected as one of 20 statewide winners of the annual Preservation Design Awards. The California Preservation Foundation honored the Valhalla Memorial Park monument in its restoration category. The monument is the only San Fernando Valley winner and one of five in Los Angeles.
September 19, 1995 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Capping more than 12 years of planning and $18 million worth of improvements, the city this week celebrates the completion of renovation of its two historic train depots and the opening of a pedestrian bridge linking them. The Fullerton station, which serves more than 900 Amtrak and Metrolink passengers a day, has long been a transportation hub, city officials said. And both depots recently were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. "We're a junction here," said Terry M.
February 17, 1992 | Kevin Thomas
If you missed seeing the 1952 "Singin' in the Rain" at the Hollywood Bowl in August, 1990, you'll have another chance to see it in restored form when it begins a one-week run Friday at the Nuart. A fresh viewing only confirms its stature as one of the greatest of all musicals, co-directed and co-choreographed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly.
April 15, 2014 | By Lanhee J. Chen
The recent defeat of an effort to reinstitute affirmative action in admissions to California's public colleges and universities demonstrates the political power of Asian American voters and challenges the conventional wisdom about their partisan loyalties. The defeat is a reminder that Asian Americans can have a decisive impact on political and policymaking processes. Perhaps more important, it suggests that if education is a key issue that drives Asian American voters, the Democratic Party may not be able to reliably count on their support in the future.
April 14, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
At the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department headquarters, a winding hallway leads to an unexpected oasis. Surrounded by trees, with a built-in grill and tables, the patio is an ideal place for a barbecue. Until recently, though, only a select few enjoyed it, smoking cigars and fashioning it into their own private hangout. In his first week as interim sheriff, John Scott announced that the cigar patio, as it was called, would be open to all employees. A contest would be held to choose a new name and smoking would no longer be allowed.
April 3, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The Turkish government late Thursday ordered Internet service providers to restore access to Twitter, lifting a two-week ban on the microblogging site a day after the nation's highest court ruled it illegal and an infringement on free speech. An official from the office of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that "the decision to block access to Twitter has been rescinded," the Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website. Erdogan's government blocked access to Twitter on March 20 after the San Francisco-based social media company refused to remove tweets that included YouTube video links showing what appeared to be Turkish government ministers and members of Erdogan's inner circle engaged in corrupt practices.
March 23, 2014 | Louis Sahagun
Trying to restore its luster as a tourist destination, this cozy harbor town is undergoing its most ambitious overhaul since chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. built the town's signature feature in 1929: Avalon Casino. More than half a dozen projects are underway or planned in the 2-square-mile community, including a museum, hotel, spa, aquatic facility, chapel and wine-tasting room. Renovations are planned for the island's golf course, and the oceanfront beach club is expanding.
March 23, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
LOS ALGODONES, Mexico - The mighty Colorado River, which over millenniums has carved the Grand Canyon, does an unusual thing when it gets south of the Arizona-Mexico border. It dies. The Morelos Dam - sitting on the international boundary - serves as its headstone, diverting nearly all of the river water into an aqueduct that serves agriculture as well as homes in Tijuana. South of the dam, the river channel travels about 75 miles to the Gulf of California. Except when filled by rains, the channel is bone dry. But starting Sunday, the river will flow again, part of an unprecedented experiment by U.S. and Mexican officials.
March 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
The gig: Ray Adamyk, 52, is president of Spectra Co., a Pomona firm that has played a major role in restoring such prominent historic buildings as the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, the Catalina Casino in Avalon and the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In his view, preservation and environmentalism are two sides of the same coin. "The greenest building is one that already exists," he said. "I think people want to see old buildings restored. " Early days: Adamyk was born in England and reared in Canada, where he enjoyed physically demanding sports in his school days.
July 18, 1998 | Associated Press
A cemetery that is considered the nation's most significant black burial ground is being restored a year after it was destroyed by vandals. The cemetery at Rossville African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is in a community called Sandy Ground on Staten Island. Free black oystermen from Maryland established it in the early 1800s. The community, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad, is a symbol of strength for many blacks today.
September 20, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
The recent restoration of a community mural depicting Mexican and Chicano history will be celebrated Saturday at the Salvation Army Anaheim Temple Corps. Damaged by graffiti several months ago, the 6-foot-tall, 106-foot-wide "Nuestra Experiencia en el Siglo Viente" (Our Experience in the 20th Century) mural on an a wall adjacent to the Salvation Army's parking lot was restored by local artist Emigdio Vasquez.
March 21, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter is working to get its service back up and running in Turkey after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pulled the plug on the social network. “We stand with our users in Turkey who rely on Twitter as a vital communications platform,” Twitter's policy team said in a tweet on Friday. “We hope to have full access returned soon.” The ban was prompted by links posted to Twitter of audio clips that appeared to incriminate Erdogan in corruption ahead of local elections.
March 21, 2014 | By David Kelly
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.  - Since moving to Colorado from Southern California three years ago, I've come to hate winter. Scalding baths, wool blankets, the dog snoozing on my feet - nothing takes the edge off the bitter cold. It lingers in the air, in the bones and, most of all, in the soul. Then a friend told me about a place three hours from Denver guaranteed to rocket my moribund core temperature through the roof. I set off on a dark January morning in a raging blizzard.
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