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November 12, 2010 | Hector Tobar
Billy the elephant is living large. Excuse the pun, but I think in this case it's more than apt. The Los Angeles Zoo pachyderm has been freed from his relatively cramped enclosure into one that's more than 10 times bigger. Teams of workers have built Billy a waterfall to bathe in, a rolling hillside to climb and a serpentine corridor to walk through. For rest and relaxation, he's got a new, hangar-sized paddock. With heated floors and hanging catwalks for his keepers, the entire structure looks like something out of a Spielberg epic.
October 31, 2010 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck spent five years making his first film, "The Lives of Others," a dark, independently financed, German-language political thriller with no instantly recognizable stars that he wrote, directed and produced and went on to win the foreign film Oscar. For his follow-up, he chose "The Tourist," a romantic caper from Sony Pictures pairing two of Hollywood's most famous faces: Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. The film, due in theaters Dec. 10, was shot in glamorous locales including Paris and Venice, but to accommodate Depp's busy filming schedule, Von Donnersmarck had to complete the movie in less than a year.
October 1, 2010 | By Charlie Amter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Hollywood is awash in recently opened bars and clubs right now, but two brand new destinations near Hollywood & Highland are using a fresh approach to woo night owls: experiential entertainment. At new clubs Premiere Supper Club and Supperclub Los Angeles at the Vogue , guests interact with friendly staffers (who are sometimes in character) and take in light theater-inspired entertainment. It's the latest bid for your club dollar. "The two things I'm best at [are] theater and night life," said Premiere's principal owner, Vinny Laresca, last month inside his 5,000-square-foot bilevel lounge.
August 6, 2010 | David Lazarus
Summertime … and the roamin' is easy. Navy ROTC Midshipman John Preis went on a nifty training mission last month, traveling from Okinawa to Guam via nuclear-powered submarine. After he returned to Los Angeles, he got a welcome-home gift from Verizon Wireless: a bill for nearly $1,300. Sky-high cellphone bills are all too common at this time of year, as people head overseas on trips and overlook roaming charges that can run in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
August 4, 2010 | By Scott Gold and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
On a Monday morning in the spring of 2007, a prosecutor named Truc Do stood to tell a jury about the world in which Chester Turner had killed — and to offer a requiem for a dark chapter in the heart of Los Angeles. Turner lived with his mom on Century Boulevard, drank fortified wine and made a sporadic living delivering pizzas and selling crack. His murderous binge, which took the lives of 10 women, began in 1987, a perilous time in South Los Angeles. Jobs had vanished.
July 26, 2010 | By Martin Miller, Los Angeles Times staff writer
In 1908, a travel guide described Camp Roosevelt in Yellowstone National Park as a place that offered "the pleasures of the outdoor life with the little inconveniences reduced to a minimum." More than a century later, our family of four certainly found this to be true of the same site, which today is known as Roosevelt Lodge. Perhaps we were most grateful for the simple way our Roughrider cabin — so named for its minimalist comforts, consisting of four hard walls, two double beds, electricity, minimal heat and no bathroom — successfully kept out the inconvenience of a black bear roaming between the various cabins at night.
July 3, 2010 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
It's not easy being one of the most photographed women in the world. There are the come-ons from men, like the celebrity who just couldn't take no for an answer. There is the pressure to look perfect, flowing frock arranged just so and head held high as the sun threatens to melt your makeup or the rain soaks your ringlets. There is the physical strain of standing for hours on end as people stare in wonderment, occasionally tapping you to be sure you're real. And just try carrying that spiked headpiece and glowing torch — the trademarks of your fame — on board a plane nowadays.
June 11, 2010 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Some of those enormous marine reptiles prowling the Earth's prehistoric seas may have had a surprising edge in their search for prey, researchers say. They may have been warm-blooded. In a study published online Thursday in the journal Science, French scientists explored whether three types of marine predators — ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and mosasaurs — might have been able to maintain their body temperature internally, much the way that mammals and birds do. Two of them appear able to have done so. The findings add to growing evidence that so-called warm-blooded animals and cold-blooded animals coexisted much further back on the evolutionary tree than scientists had believed — breaking some long-held ideas about evolution.
May 8, 2010 | By Alison Bell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Elias J. "Lucky" Baldwin, the flamboyant founder of Arcadia, was no stranger to controversy. When pushing for cityhood in 1903, he was accused of illegally inflating population figures. Others claimed he wanted to create a city only for the purposes of "ribaldry, racing, gambling and gaming." And then there was his love life. A womanizer who married four times, his extramarital exploits made for sensational headlines. But who would have ever guessed that Baldwin's antics could still make waves today, and that all the fuss would involve birds?
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