YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsRocks


November 12, 1986 | United Press International
A gemstone broker fished a dusty rock from a Tupperware dish at an Arizona mineral show and paid $10 for what his trained eye knew to be the world's largest star sapphire, valued at $2.28 million. Roy Whetstine of Longview said he bought the sapphire at a rock and gemstone show last February in Tucson. He came home with what he named the Life and Pride of America, a star sapphire weighing 1,905 carats in the rough that has been appraised at $2.28 million.
April 26, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Guitarist Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction and "Ink Master" fame has put his Hollywood loft up for sale at $899,000. The 1,570-square-foot unit features black glass-beaded wallpaper in the entry, 15-foot ceilings, blackout curtains and views of the Capitol Records building and the Hollywood sign. "It was one big space," said decorator Heidi Toll, who worked with Navarro to design the loft. So they carved out rooms within the open-plan space by using different finishes and features.
March 21, 2012 | By Susan Brenneman
  In order to link something an icon will appear.   Now how to upload a picture.
April 25, 2014 | Jonathan Gold
The night of the lunar eclipse, I was having a late supper at Red Medicine out on Wilshire, a few tables over from a man who had decided to dress as Jesus for the evening, a slender young man with long, straight hair and white robes flowing around his ankles. I can't be sure, but I think he ordered the tasting menu. After dinner, I walked outside in time to see the last sliver of the moon disappear into the Earth's shadow. An elderly man plucked at my arm, eager to know what I was looking up at, and I pointed at the moon, at Mars shining bright and pink in its penumbra.
December 27, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
AMMAN, Jordan -- A heavy blast rocked central Beirut on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 70 others, according to the Lebanese Health Ministry. A former government minister was among the dead, his political faction said. Plumes of black smoke billowed into the air, and television images showed scenes of blazing wreckage and scattered debris. The dead former minister was identified as Mohamad Chatah, according to his Future Movement political faction.
January 10, 2013
Catch the British alt-rock band Keane at the Pantages with opening act Youngblood Hawke. Known for its synth-driven sound and infectious hooks, Keane is touring in support of its latest release, Strangeland. The Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. Ticket prices vary. (323) 468-1770;
October 20, 2012
Re "Killings at border draw scrutiny," Oct. 18 It's hard to comprehend that our Border Patrol agents fire live ammunition at rock throwers, sometimes with deadly consequences. One solution would be to have agents be required to carry two weapons: one weapon loaded with live rounds, the other with rubber bullets. The guards could then protect themselves while having the option of repelling rock attacks with less-than-deadly force. Richard Parr Santa Monica ALSO: Letters: The assessor scandal and Prop.
May 30, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Death Valley National Park officials are investigating the theft of several of the rocks that mysteriously roam across a remote ancient lake bed known as the Racetrack Playa. Rocks of various sizes -- from baseball to basketball -- scoot across the 2.5-mile-long, oval-shaped mudflat on the north end of the park, leaving tracks that are straight, curved and even looped. Some tracks extend up to 600 feet. Geologists theorize that the rocks slide after rain moistens the top few centimeters of the lake bed and a high wind pushes them around.
November 10, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
During a 17-day tour of Turkey this fall, Arthur Hoyle and his wife, Mimi, visited Cappadocia, a region known for its unique rock formations, many of which have been carved into dwellings over the millennia. Outside of Uchisar, Hoyle captured this scene. "Just as I snapped a photo of the distant town, a flock of pigeons flew in front of me," he said. The Pacific Palisades resident used a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS6. To submit your photos, click the upload button below. When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.
October 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A North Hollywood neighborhood was evacuated Tuesday morning after a mysterious explosion blew out nearby windows and shook residents from their sleep. The explosion occurred about 12:30 a.m. inside the cab of a pickup truck in the back of a home in the 11300 block of Miranda Street, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Mike Kammert. Police and firefighters arrived about the same time and found the truck with its roof blown open and at least one propane tank inside the truck. Kammert said the LAPD bomb squad was at the scene to determine what exploded.
April 24, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The "American Idol" Top 6 made like Donny and Marie Osmond, circa 1976, and went a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll (the perfect fresh reference for pulling in that young demographic the show's been aiming hard for this season) on Wednesday night, though not in that order. It was a drawn-out, slackish evening that felt every bit of its two hours and more. Sections between performances were filled with noisy coach banter and appearances by the band R5 and a very sedate Grumpy Cat. The extremely non-frisky, permanently bemused feline was held by host Ryan Seacrest, kissed by contestant Caleb Johnson, imitated by Jennifer Lopez and awkwardly carried on for a final appearance by Randy Jackson, who exclaimed, "The dawg holding the cat!
April 23, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Far from the dust of the Coachella Valley, Napa Valley will host its own mega-music concert called Bottlerock for three days at the end of May. BottleRock , now in its second year, will feature such notables as the Cure , OutKast and Eric Church . Milliken Creek Inn & Spa in Napa, Calif., offers packages starting at $2,560 for those who want to rock out in style. The inn sits about a mile from the Napa Valley Expo, where the music fest will be held May 30-31 and June 1. Other performers to be featured: LL Cool J with DJ Z-Trip, Heart (yes, from the 1980s)
April 23, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
When Adrianne Wadewitz became a Wikipedia contributor 10 years ago she decided to use a pseudonym, certain that fellow scholars at Indiana University would frown on writing for the often-maligned "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. " But Wadewitz eventually came out as a Wikipedian, the term the encyclopedia uses to describe the tens of thousands of volunteers who write and edit its pages. A rarity as a woman in the male-centric Wikipedia universe, she became one of its most valued and prolific contributors as well as a force for diversifying its ranks and demystifying its inner workings.
April 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc, This post had been corrected. See note below for details.
Rescuers had to airlift a rock climber out of Yosemite National Park after he suffered major injuries in a 30-foot fall Sunday, authorities said. A 26-year-old man from Palo Alto, Calif. was climbing with a partner Sunday morning and was about halfway up the Higher Cathedral Spire, one of a series of near-vertical granite pinnacles, according to Officer Andrea Brown of the California Highway Patrol's Air Operations Division. He reportedly fell about 30 feet and was unable to move without excruciating pain, Brown said.
April 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
If you're on your way to or from the sun-baked Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend and get the urge to become a hotel owner, you may be in luck -- as long as you have at least $10,000 to spend.  Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is seeking at least $1.5 million in online crowdfunding from individuals to bring new acts to the hotel, make improvements to its Rock Spa and maybe add a nightclub. Perks for investors will include free use of the hotel-owner poolside cabana, 25% discounts on room rates and free room upgrades.
April 16, 2014 | By Corina Knoll and Jeff Gottlieb
Robert Rizzo, the city administrator who oversaw an era of corruption and graft in one of Los Angeles County's poorest cities, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in state prison. Rizzo stared straight ahead, his palms pressed against the defense table as the sentence was read. “Mr. Rizzo, you did some very, very bad things for a very long time,” Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy told the former Bell city administrator. The judge said Rizzo transformed himself into a “godfather of sorts” in Bell, an all-powerful ruler who plundered the city's treasury to pay lavish salaries and dole out loans to fellow employees.
July 14, 2010 | Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
An enormous fire tore through a complex of industrial buildings in South Los Angeles early Wednesday, igniting explosions, collapsing walls and leaving two firefighters with minor injuries. The blaze rocked the neighborhood with debris-laden blasts, according to Eric Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. It took more than 200 firefighters several hours to contain the fire. Firefighters were still at the scene when the sun rose Wednesday, Scott said. Six task forces and up to 100 firefighters are expected to remain at the scene throughout the day because one of the structures may contain dangerous metal alloys, including titanium and magnesium.
March 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Riverside firefighters rescued a man Monday from Mt. Rubidoux who may have been trapped under rocks for days. Ramon Llamas told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that he was hiking with his dog shortly before 8:30 a.m. when the German shepherd-chow mix pulled him over to some rocks off the main trail. There, Llamas said, he saw a man whose foot was trapped. Llamas gave the man some water and flagged down other hikers to call for help, the newspaper reported. Firefighters told the newspaper that the man was alert but seriously dehydrated.
April 15, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
When David Crosby wrote “Déjà Vu,” the song that would become the title track for the 1970 debut by rock supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, it was a meditation on recurrence. When Crosby sang on stage Monday night at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, the song's recurring refrain “And I feel like I've been here before,” it was personal memory, plain and simple. Crosby is one of many important rock figures who got their start on the Troubadour's stage, and for him that was nearly a half century ago. “The Byrds -- right there,” he said, pointing to the stage from his perch on anupstairs sofa between sets at the second of five sold-out solo shows this week at the venerable club.
April 13, 2014 | By James Barragan
During the Q&A session of a Saturday panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, "The Fault In Our Stars," author John Green revealed two favorite lines that he's written. Both are from his first book, "Looking for Alaska. " The first is from the character Miles "Pudge" Halter feeling inadequate in the face of the girl he admires, Alaska Young: "If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane. " The author revealed two additional secrets about that line. He almost cut it out of the final version of the text, thinking it was too cheesy, and the original version compared people to 'precipitation" instead of "rain.
Los Angeles Times Articles