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April 10, 2011 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
The contenders included Corona, an English bulldog known for her extreme snoring, and Chulis, a prissy poodle from Guadalajara who loves to watch King Kong movies. There was also Tripod, a brown-eyed mutt rescued from the streets of Compton, where he scavenged on three legs. One by one, the canines lined up at Resurrection Parish in Boyle Heights on Saturday for the community's first-ever dog show: pit bulls from Pico Rivera, Chihuahuas from Downey and boxers from Covina, all ready to compete for a trophy and neighborhood bragging rights.
March 21, 2011 | By Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times staff photographer
Spring in Yosemite unfolds like the complex opening movement of a symphony that becomes increasingly frenzied. Fortunately, the conductor has done this for an eternity, so there are no false notes. From my front-row seat to this masterpiece, I see - and photograph - Yosemite's rebirth for this, the third part of a four-part series that has allowed me to make pictures of the park in every season. (Summer, the final installment, will appear June 20 in the Travel section.) Fall and winter in Yosemite are noteworthy for what disappears.
December 17, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
The legacy of this weekend's box office seems certain to be a victory for a visual effects-heavy event movie over a sophisticated adult comedy and a children's animated tale. "Tron: Legacy," Walt Disney Studios' big-budget resurrection of the 1982 cult favorite, is strongly expected to be the most popular movie this weekend in the U.S. and Canada. People who have seen pre-release audience surveys say it should take in about $50 million, a solid but not spectacular start for such a highly anticipated movie.
December 12, 2010 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
States and nuclear facilities that want to ship material to Yucca Mountain have sued to resurrect the plan the Obama administration wants to kill. 'It is like in a zombie movie, where you shoot off its arms and then its head and it still comes after you,' says a Nevada official. In the middle of the Nevada desert, jackrabbits and snakes keep watch over an abandoned, 5-mile-long shaft bored into a mountain. The tunnel was the first step in the Energy Department's Yucca Mountain project, where it once hoped to store more than 70,000 tons of highly radioactive waste from the nation's nuclear reactors.
December 6, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
The big jet looks forlornly out of place perched in the near-deserted suburban lot, as if it just skidded off a nearby airport runway or crash-landed minutes ago. But this plane has long been grounded, a retired icon of a bygone golden age of air travel. The 4-decade-old former Pan Am jet, the first commercial Boeing 747 ever built, could well be ensconced in an aviation museum, maybe next to the celebrated planes piloted by the Wright brothers or Charles Lindbergh. Instead, it sits on a lot 25 miles northeast of Seoul, far from its U.S. birthplace, an ignominious end to a storied career.
August 23, 2010 | By Mark Phelan
Almost accidentally, Joe Bortz became the custodian of a fleet of forgotten automotive masterpieces. Along the way, he became an expert on General Motors Co.'s history and a staunch believer in its future. The retired Chicago biochemist and restaurateur is a self-described automotive archeologist, rescuing classic concept cars from junkyards and forgotten warehouses. "The world's finest designers did their best work in Detroit in the 1950s and '60s," Bortz said. "A century from now, these cars will be recognized as the Picassos and Rembrandts of their time.
June 17, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
The city of Compton owes the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department $5.7 million for law enforcement services and an additional $100,000 in late fees for failing to pay its bill, authorities said. Compton's financial problems come as the city plans to eliminate its contract with the Sheriff's Department and reorganize its own police force. The city already has put away almost $20 million for startup costs. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Compton has ignored verbal and written requests from the department for payment.
May 4, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
With its burned-out lawn and overgrown bushes, the corner lot next to Bethel Tabernacle Church in Venice struck sculptor Robin Murez as ripe for resurrection. So Murez laid plans to turn the church-owned lot into a pocket park with an in-ground labyrinth, where neighbors could gather to chat, and aging churchgoers could park cars there during suppers and Bible study. "A labyrinth is a very serene place made for spiritual meditation," Murez said. "The neighborhood needs some healing.
May 3, 2010 | By William Douglas Lansford
(Sunday's episode of "The Pacific" — the eighth of the 10-part HBO miniseries — depicted the death of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone during the first day of fighting on Iwo Jima. William Lansford, a Marine and Angeleno, also fought that day in Iwo Jima and recalls his friendship with the famous Marine gunnery sergeant and his last day.) In late 1944, after two years in the Pacific as a Marine with Carlson's Raiders, I rotated stateside and received a 30-day furlough.
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