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August 11, 1991
The Home Improvement item: "Shed Provides Handy Storage," (June 23) released a torrent of memories for me. In 1963 my family had a very similar tool shed that, as my playhouse, I imagined to be my cowboy bunkhouse, barn and office for my "great construction projects." But in that era of urban renewal, my parents lost the argument with a very persistent building inspector to save the shed from demolition. You see, although it sat on a cement yard, it did not have a cement foundation and thus did not meet city codes!
April 26, 2014 | By Anne Colby
What would Los Angeles look like if it were a landscape of ever-changing native plants instead of one composed of evergreen lawns and shrubs? L.A. artist Fritz Haeg set out to help people visualize Southern California this way. "In Los Angeles, we've tended to promote landscapes that look the same all the time," Haeg says. "Not only the same within radically different landscapes from the coast to the desert but also looking the same throughout the year. " Last October, Haeg launched Wildflowering L.A. Working with the Los Angeles Nomadic Division, or LAND, he recruited participants to plant wildflowers on 50 diverse, viewable sites countywide.
October 10, 1990
It was most interesting reading "Drought Drives Wildlife to the City" by staff writer Steve Padilla. I must take issue with Mr. Padilla's statements that although an "opossum may not be dumber than a box of rocks, they are not a whole lot smarter." The reason these "opossums just stared ahead before slowly padding away" is that they are nocturnal animals and are practically blind in the daytime. I've caught them in my shed in the daytime, usually inside a drawer or a dark corner and they reacted exactly as mentioned in the article when released.
March 27, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Patrick Stewart is great to follow on Twitter, even more so lately as he posts daily pics of himself and pal Ian McKellen while they count down the remaining days of their "Two Shows in Rep" run on Broadway. Stewart and McKellen playing Skee-Ball , Stewart and McKellen on a skyscraper with New York City unfolding behind them, Stewart and McKellen on the boardwalk -- all with black bowlers firmly in place. (The buddies are appearing together in a double-shot of "Waiting for Godot" and "No Man's Land" at the Cort Theatre.)
February 13, 1986
Upon reading your recent story on the plight of Steven Tondre, the homeowner in Rancho Palos Verdes, my complete sympathies are with him. His problems with a simple shed (a necessity in his case) are totally unnecessary. I think that the local government is not responding responsibly to the needs of one of its citizens. I believe that both cases ought to be dropped and further expenditures of taxpayers' money should be stopped. MICHAEL ROTH San Pedro
March 6, 1986
I want to commend Gerald Faris for the article on Steve Tondre's shed. I can sympathize with anyone who has the need for taking such security measures to protect his property for any reason. I would hope that the employees and the council members of Rancho Palos Verdes would help citizens and not allow a situation such as this to become so bitter. I guess what I am trying to say is, there is something wrong with this situation when some reasonable solution can't be worked out without going to court.
April 21, 1989
An explosion and fire destroyed a 20,000-square-foot chemical storage shed at a recycling plant here Thursday morning, injuring several employees and incinerating at least two motor vehicles. The blast rocked this high-desert town in San Bernardino County and hurled a column of smoke and flame hundreds of feet into the air, according to witnesses. Jim Hyland, a dispatcher with the Hesperia Fire Department, said it was not immediately determined what caused the blast. He said it took 25 firefighters about three hours to extinguish the blaze at the Can Heaven plant in an industrial area of town.
December 16, 1989
President Bush says he sent envoys to China hoping our countries could find common ground. We have found it. It's called Tian An Men Square--where Chinese shed blood--and Americans shed tears. Partly in mourning. Partly in shame. ROBERT A. FRUGE Los Angeles
June 16, 1989
A badly decomposed box of dynamite was found in a storage shed in El Cajon on Thursday, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. The box, containing 85 sticks of the explosive, was discovered Thursday afternoon by James Ellar, 41, in an old shed behind a house at 2475 Sloan Canyon Road, sheriff's deputies said. The dynamite had belonged to Ellar's grandfather, a blaster who died five years ago. Bomb detectives, who neutralized the dynamite before removing it from the site, are expected to destroy the explosives today, a department spokesman said.
June 20, 1991
George Bush shed tears of compassion over his decision to send American personnel into battle. I could not help but notice that there were no tears shed for those on the other side who would be killed by "smart bombs" dropped on them by his order. Buckley sheds tears of compassion during eulogies for departed friends. However, I would like to know if he and President Bush cried at all for the untold thousands of dead men, women and children in the ruins of Baghdad. SUZANNE A. CHAPMAN Orange
March 12, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker and Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she would not seek a third term, forgoing a campaign that would have required her to challenge the state's term limits measure. The Republican had left open the option of running this year, despite the overwhelming weight of legal opinion against it. She became governor in 2009 when Democrat Janet Napolitano left office to join President Obama's Cabinet, and Brewer won reelection the following year. The state limits governors to two terms, and most legal experts said her first partial term counted toward the limit.
March 7, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. -- The accuser in the sexual assault court-martial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair testified Friday that she continued to have sex with the general for two years after she says he threatened in Iraq to kill her and her family if she revealed what became a three-year affair. The accuser, a military intelligence captain, told a court-martial panel that she continued to have sex with Sinclair because she believed she had no other option, and also feared the general might fire her. "I felt the best way to move forward was to continue sleeping with him," the captain said during a sometimes tearful hour on the witness stand.
March 7, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Like young bucks at a county fair kissing booth, states are lining up for a chance to court Tesla Motors and its planned $5-billion battery factory. But fair warning, fellas: The intoxicating fragrance of Musk and his money masks a cold business heart. Already a loser in the race for this California girl's affections, though, is, well, California. Oh, sure, we're good enough to design and build the company's eco-luxe Model S. And Californians bought more than one-third of the $70,000-and-up cars last year.
January 31, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
 SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Roderick Wright's felony verdict by a jury this week has been a major topic of news in gambling-oriented newspapers and chat rooms, with the consensus being his legal problems are a setback for efforts to legalize Internet poker in California. That is because Wright, a Democrat from Inglewood, has been chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, which handles all gambling bills, and he is the author of multiple bills over the years seeking to allow state-sanctioned poker and other games on the Internet.
January 10, 2014 | By Gary Schmitt
It would be difficult to believe that China's leaders didn't expect a negative reaction from its neighbors and the United States when it announced the creation of an expansive air defense identification zone over the East China Sea in late November. But that raises the question of why those leaders are behaving the way they are when China has so many domestic problems that need urgent attention, and when China's continued growth and ability to deal with those problems depends on a stable international order.
January 7, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. Leaders of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art say a campaign launched less than 10 months ago to quintuple its endowment to $100 million has met its goal, prompting them to keep the campaign going with a new goal of $150 million. They see the achievement as a turning point after five years of financial instability that has led to budget and staffing cuts, including a winnowing of the curatorial staff from eight to the current two through layoffs or resignations.
February 3, 1990
When Geraldo Rivera confessed at the convention of the National Assn. of Television Program Executives, ("Geraldo Turns Up His Nose at Sensationalism," Jan. 18), that he "strayed," did he shed tears? Hurry, the world wonders. VAL RODRIGUEZ, Signal Hill
December 18, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
'Tis the season for nonprofit arts organizations to make year-end pitches to potential donors who might be induced to spread some comfort and joy while perhaps locking in a nice income tax deduction. The most naked plea of all is probably the one above from L.A.'s Antaeus Company, the North Hollywood classical stage troupe that last year launched a tradition of posting humorous year-end fundraising videos on its website's homepage and on YouTube. This year's title is “Naked Actors Need Costumes” - a message driven home by more than a dozen members of the Antaeus acting ensemble who make a full-frontal appeal to viewers to send money so the nonprofit company can meet its manifold needs, not least of which is cladding performers more appropriately.
December 10, 2013 | By Amy Dawes
"I broke her down and had her do it again and again, saying 'Go deeper, go deeper,' until she was worn out emotionally. Then I asked how she felt, and she said she understood that [an abusive slave owner] could take her body but not her soul, and she started to cry. " Casting director Francine Maisler is describing her quest to put together five minutes of audition tape that would persuade director Steve McQueen that Lupita Nyong'o, an unknown actress, had what it took to embody Patsey, a field worker who obsesses a monstrous plantation owner (Michael Fassbinder)
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