CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2011 |
Police were trying to determine a motive Monday in the execution-style slaying of a 30-year-old man who worked as an MTV musical coordinator, whose body was discovered on a sidewalk in the Mid-Wilshire district. The killing at about 1 a.m. Sunday of Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir stunned family members, co-workers at the music network and residents in a neighborhood lined with palm trees and manicured lawns not far from the Miracle Mile. "We are all in terrible shock, and would appreciate anyone with any information regarding his final hours to come forward," Ben-Meir's sister Alexis said Monday evening in an email.
April 19, 2011 |
Forget lettuce and spinach. Start thinking mallow, purslane and amaranth. Even if you've never heard of these greens, they could be all around you, according to an interesting NPR piece on urban foraging. The story follows expert forager Sam Thayer around Washington, D.C., as he plucks and nibbles on uncommon salad ingredients, including weeds like shepherd's purse and sow thistle as well as Siberian elm seeds. He finds them in the unlikeliest of places -- reclaiming an abandoned garden box, sprouting near chain-link fences. And, barring the risk of dog pee and pesticide, they're pretty good for you -- according to the story , more nutritious than your grocery store greens.
April 6, 2011 |
Work has commenced on a long-anticipated upgrade of one of the biggest shopping centers in downtown Los Angeles, its owners said Tuesday. Crews are carving into the former 7th & Fig retail center in a $40-million upgrade intended to enhance its connection to the busy sidewalks around 7th and Figueroa streets, landlord Brookfield Office Properties said. "We're really opening it up to the streetscape and urban fabric so it's not as insular as it once was," said Ed Hogan, national director of leasing for New York-based Brookfield.
March 29, 2011
For more than two decades, California cities have gone to court to settle tensions between residents and day laborers who solicit work from public sidewalks. The issue is now before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. This particular case involves a 1989 Redondo Beach ordinance that bans individuals from standing on streets, sidewalks, curbs, alleys, highways or medians to solicit or attempt to solicit employment, business or contributions from drivers. At the same time, it prohibits motorists from stopping in traffic or parking to hire someone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2011 |
I was five minutes into my skid row ride-along when I wound up alone in an idling police van, watching LAPD Officer Deon Joseph handcuff a drunk for raising a ruckus inside the Union Rescue Mission. We had barely gotten rolling again when the security guard at a residential hotel across the street flagged him down. A tenant, recently paroled, was accused of stealing his neighbor's welfare benefits card. I went inside with Joseph this time. A few minutes later, I saw a speeding patrol car whiz by outside.
January 24, 2011 |
They struck shortly after dawn on a weekday morning this month, taking bulldozers, backhoes and sledgehammers to the Noor Masjid mosque. But the stealth tactics by municipal workers fell short: Well before they finished razing the building, 1,000 Muslim protesters had gathered, and things got ugly. Across town a few hours later, the city's public works department was busy again, this time leveling the Hindu Pushp Vihar temple. Followers clashed with police, devotees sang to the gods and protesters blocked a main road, sparking massive traffic jams.
January 20, 2011
Chinaberry Sidewalks Rodney Crowell Random House: 272 pp., $24.95
January 20, 2011 |
Rodney Crowell has conducted a respectable if unspectacular career as a progressive country jack-of-all-trades, writing, performing and producing commercial hits and critically respected works for himself and such collaborators as Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash. The revelation of Crowell's new memoir is that this seemingly stable adult emerged from a childhood awash in abuse and violence. In his debut as an author, he labors hard to explain that transformation, scouring the rocky landscape of his early years in search of keys and clues.
December 29, 2010 |
They're on the streets at all hours, the motorcycle deliverymen slicing through traffic in their race against the clock, defying both the law and common sense to get their cargo delivered on time. Run a few red lights? Pull a last-second dash across six lanes of traffic? No problem. And if the zigzag through gridlock fails, there's always the sidewalk; pedestrians know to stay out of the way. "It's not that I want to deliberately disobey traffic laws, but when you have customers breathing down your neck, it's really hard not to," deliveryman Bang Chang-min said.
December 27, 2010 |
The blizzard that has shut down the East Coast calls for some warnings about playing in or even walking on snow and ice. The American Assn. of Orthopedic Surgeons (and really, those docs should know) has some advice to share with the hundreds of thousands of Americans who will get injured this year. An association report on winter sports found snowboarding the No. 1 injury sport (164,002) and sledding, snow tubing and tobogganing a close second (160,020) in 2007. Here are some safety tips from the Health Notes blog of the Newport News Daily Press and practical advice on avoiding snow sport injuries from the AAOS.