CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2008 |
It started as a drive-by shooting on a mostly deserted stretch of the 101 Freeway about 3:15 a.m. Despite the early hour, the Los Angeles Police Department received several reports of shots fired. Officers found a car on a center median downtown, specked with bullet holes, its 25-year-old driver clinging to life. The southbound freeway was closed -- and remained closed for nearly eight hours, making the morning commute a nightmare. "This is a real whodunit," Police Lt. Paul Vernon said.
November 16, 2008 |
It's understandable why Americans these days are thinking twice about venturing south of the border. A wave of gruesome violence, much of it related to drug trafficking, has swept Mexico in the last two years, leaving thousands dead. Popular tourist venues haven't gone unscathed. Last summer, armed assailants shot up a town in northern Mexico that's a gateway to the spectacular Copper Canyon region, killing 13 people.
November 2, 2008
It's always disappointing to read the architectural reviews in The Times because your reviewers don't seem to understand the bigger picture of Los Angeles ["No Time for Fancy Work -- Let's Get Local" by Christopher Hawthorne, Oct. 26]. After the Industrial Revolution, people moved to L.A. because they did not want Chicago, San Francisco or New York. They invented a new city, which is still what we are today. We are just experiencing growing pains. We now cannot have a big backyard for everybody, so L.A. will continue its "quick evolution."
September 1, 2008 |
Ol' Blue eyes did it his way -- and so now has Michael Feinstein. When he began kicking around ideas recently for a new album, the singer and recording artist who carries a torch for the Great American Songbook initially dismissed a suggestion that he do a Frank Sinatra tribute. There were too many on the market already, he thought, and most simply copied legendary performances, sometimes note for note. Why bother? But then Feinstein, who is also a music historian and curator, came up with a novel idea: Why not make an album of classic pop standards that Sinatra never got around to recording during his golden years in the 1950s at Capitol Records on Hollywood and Vine?
July 20, 2008 |
Hit: If Ben Curtis came to your front door one morning, you probably wouldn't recognize him, but he's the 2003 British Open champion and a whiz at this links riddle. He finished eighth last year, shot a remarkable 70 in the sunny horror Saturday, and wowed spectators with an eagle on No. 3 -- nine-iron from 165 yards -- that he presumed bunker-bound until cheering budded in the distance. "All of a sudden we walked 10 more yards and they went crazy," he said. Miss: If you're English and you're going to shank your second shot on No. 15 and visit the gorse and lose your ball, it probably helps just a tad to find Queen Elizabeth's second son standing there.
July 17, 2008 |
Suzy Shealy was one of those preppy Southern moms whose artistic streak found expression in what she calls "crafty-type things": cross-stitched towels, Christmas ornaments, knitted scarves. It was stuff to give away at school auctions or offer to neighbors, stuff with little hearts and frills, the comforting, precious visual language of mother-love.
June 15, 2008 |
Now in its fourth season, Real Salt Lake is still looking to make its mark in Major League Soccer, its solid crowds and soon-to-open stadium in Sandy, Utah, notwithstanding. Unlike Chivas USA, which also joined the league in 2005 and has twice made the playoffs -- winning the Western Conference title last season -- Real Salt Lake has yet to play a postseason game. This year looks little different.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2008 |
Edward N. Lorenz, the MIT meteorologist whose efforts to use computers to increase the precision of weather forecasts inadvertently led to the discovery of chaos theory and demonstrated that precise long-range forecasts are impossible, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, Mass. He was 90. Lorenz was perhaps best known for the title of a 1972 paper, "Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly's Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?"
April 13, 2008
"The Talking T. Rex" Ron Roy Have you ever seen a talking T. rex? Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose have a friend, Jud Wheat, who has one. Jud comes to Green Lawn and gives a show with Tyrone the T-rex. The money he raises is for a dinosaur museum. All of the money is hidden in a secret compartment inside Tyrone. But after the show all of the money is gone! To find out where the money went read this book! The book was great! It held me to the end. My favorite part was when the money disappeared.