April 20, 2008 |
At a time when tourists visited the Grand Canyon in stagecoaches, they did their souvenir shopping at a tent set up by a man named John George Verkamp. It was 1898, before the Grand Canyon was a national park, before there was a National Park Service and before Arizona was even a state. Not many had the means to visit the mile-deep gorge, so it was mostly just a handful of adventurers, prospectors, the American Indians whose people had lived there for centuries, and the Verkamps. These days, the Grand Canyon has luxury lodges and cute coffee shops.
October 22, 1999 |
It's hard to imagine that pockets of small-town America exist in the spread and sprawl of Southern California. But they do here and there. Montrose, a tiny community in Glendale snuggled in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains, offers that small-town spirit and ambience. It's a step back in time with its 1950s bowling alley, the 50-year-old independent Faye's Department Store, tree-lined streets, quaint shops, service-oriented merchants and a weekly farmers market.
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November 12, 2009 |
Los Angeles Police Department detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying an armed man who has robbed more than a dozen sandwich and retail shops in South Los Angeles. The man, whom authorities have dubbed the "Left-Handed Eyeglass Bandit," typically walks in the front door of a business, draws a small-caliber revolver with his left hand and demands money from the clerk. Police described the robber as an African American man in his 30s, who is 5 feet 10 and weighs between 160 and 190 pounds.
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January 21, 2010 |
Growing up next door to Chuy Carburetors in Cypress Park meant Christian Martin got his bicycle tires filled up by brotherly mechanics and, when he got older, his car battery jumped for free. Over the years, additional mom-and-pop auto shops cropped up in his neighborhood, just north of where the 110 and 5 freeways intersect, and Martin, 30, says he'd welcome more. "It's convenient, and they're local so they won't try to rob you," he said. "They're just part of the neighborhood."
February 2, 1986 |
Visitors to bustling Mexico City seem to find the Zona Rosa, or Pink Zone, irresistible. This neighborhood, 13 square blocks in the center of the city, boasts the finest hotels and restaurants. And the shopping is superb. The Zona Rosa is an enclave of European influence and sophistication, suggested by its street names--Londres, Hamburgo, Florencia, Genova and others.
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October 8, 2012 |
May was tough for Darlene Williams. Her unemployment benefits ran out. She paid her rent of $1,116 in June out of the $2,000 left in her life savings. In July, her church kept a roof over her head. In August, the Actors Fund did. In September, a friend handed her $1,200. Now it's October. The rent's past due. Williams wobbles on the cliff's edge. You would not know it by her bearing, which is regal - shoulders back, spine straight, head held high - or by her cheerful, put-together look.
June 27, 1989 |
Goldsmiths and jewelers shut their shops for a second day here Monday to protest increasing robberies. Shop owners held a rally to demand police protection.
November 7, 2010 |
The sunsets are good, as you might expect on the west coast of Maui. But is Lahaina really where you go to hear echoes of the old whaling days and the early missionaries? Or is it a cheesy tourist town? The answer is yes to both. On an island full of natural wonders, most of downtown Lahaina (population: about 9,100) is neither natural nor wonderful. But Front Street, its main drag, has an undeniable vitality. Running right along the waterfront, it seethes with T-shirt shops, boutiques, snack shops and a batch of galleries sporting the psychedelia of Peter Max, the saturated photographic panoramas of Peter Lik and the whales of Wyland.
August 15, 1999 |
"OK, all together now: John-ka-NAK-a-NAK-a, too-ri-ay!" My two kids and I, and 15 or so other rhythm-challenged people, are hauling away at a long, heavy rope, more or less in sync with the sea chantey we're singing, putting our backs into raising a sail that looks--and feels--approximately the size of North America.
July 3, 1985
A 100-foot-long tile facade on a row of Sherman Oaks shops in the 1300 block of West Moorpark Street crashed down onto the sidewalk this morning, injuring one woman and trapping 28 people inside stores, Fire Department officials said. The woman, who was not immediately identified, was taken to Sherman Oaks Community Hospital with minor injuries. Shoppers and storekeepers were freed after firemen cleared away debris. Cause of the incident is under investigation.