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July 24, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
At the height of Whitney Barry's marriage, she had a beautiful walk-in closet with more than 50 pairs of designer shoes, cashmere sweaters and handbags. Now, she's a divorced mother of two who has had to downsize her closet. But she's had help. She consigned designer pieces for The Divorcee Sale, a fashion event that has been held in Los Angeles, and for the first time this weekend in Orange County. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Meredith Israel, a New York woman with stage-four breast cancer.
July 9, 2011 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Edna Aliewine, a small woman who left a large imprint on South Los Angeles as founder of the Watts/Willowbrook Christmas Parade and co-creator of the Watts walk of fame, died at her home Tuesday. She was 90 and had lymphoma, her family said. The longtime Watts resident "got a lot of things done," said former U.S. Rep. Mervyn Dymally, who knew Aliewine for five decades. "She started a project, and you joined or the train would leave the station. " Aliewine stood by her community through two riots, adopting as her slogan "Don't move, improve.
January 30, 2011 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
In West Hollywood, critters are king. Stores are forbidden to sell dogs and cats, there's a ban on de-clawing felines and a city ordinance states that animals are not "owned" ? they are cared for by guardians. On Saturday, residents rallied around yet another animal-friendly campaign, this one directed at local apparel shops. Nearly 200 people crowded onto the northwest corner of Crescent Heights and Santa Monica boulevards to demand that the West Hollywood City Council prohibit the sale of fur in town.
November 6, 2010 | By Jack Leonard, Abby Sewell and Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
A former police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed man on an Oakland train station platform was sentenced Friday to two years in prison, sparking outrage from relatives and supporters of the victim who denounced the punishment as too lenient. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry said evidence in the racially charged case showed that the shooting was an accident caused when Johannes Mehserle mistakenly reached for a firearm instead of an electric Taser weapon he meant to use. As Perry spoke, the victim's mother rushed from the courtroom with other relatives and supporters.
October 8, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
A doyenne of Southern cooking, Nathalie Dupree, is the latest addition to an already memorable race for a U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina.?? Republican Sen. Jim DeMint is popular in the state, despite remarks like those he reinforced last weekend -- that gays and single women in sexual relationships should not be schoolteachers. He believes such issues should be decided locally. ?DeMint is favored for reelection after an unemployed, unknown Democrat, Alvin Greene, won his party's primary earlier this year.
May 1, 2010 | By Steve Harvey, Los Angeles Times
Before KNX-AM (1070) offered "all news, all the time," and before KFWB-AM (980) promised to give you "the world" in 22 minutes, there was XTRA-AM (690). XTRA made its debut May 6, 1961, when the Hollywood Reporter called it the nation's first all-news radio operation. It was also one of the most unusual. First, it wasn't based in the United States; it was located in Tijuana, and occasionally the studio received surprise visits by farm animals and reptiles. XTRA didn't have a reporter in the U.S., let alone Southern California.
March 10, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Melanie Oudin was a happy girl Tuesday morning. She was announcing her newest marketing deal, with Virgin Mobile USA cellphones, and what 18-year-old doesn't like a new cellphone? And not to put any pressure on Oudin, but Virgin Mobile will donate $1 million to homeless youth organizations should Oudin win the U.S. Open in next September. That would be a pretty gigantic accomplishment for Oudin, who is content for now to be the highest-ranked American woman entered in the BNP Paribas Open, which begins with women's main draw play Wednesday and men's on Thursday.
March 7, 2010 | By Ross Simonini
Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty Poems Tony Hoagland Graywolf: 100 pp., $15 paper Despite being a poet, Tony Hoagland has maintained an unprejudiced relationship with language. With the same casual delivery as his contemporaries, Dean Young and David Berman, he walks the line between the high poetic and the mass-media idiom, seemingly unaware that the line even exists. His poetry expresses itself not just as a significant art, but as the best kind of entertainment.
December 29, 2009 | By Diana Wagman
Katharine Weber has a way with historical fiction. She brilliantly dramatized the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in "Triangle." She brought us into the worlds of art history and Vermeer in "The Music Lesson." In "The Little Women," she took a new look at Louisa May Alcott's Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth. "True Confections" is her most delectable novel yet, a book that interweaves a history of candy, chocolate in particular, with a sweeping story of America's immigrants, race relations and religion from before World War II to the present day. Written in the form of an affidavit, "True Confections" is narrated by Alice Tatnall Ziplinsky, a woman trying to clear her name.
December 21, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
Reporting from Tehran and Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Tens of thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets today in Qom, Iran's main theological center, to mourn the passing of the country's top dissident cleric, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who died late Saturday at the age of 87. Witnesses described a steady procession of mourners walking from Montazeri's home to the shrine of Fatemeh Masoumeh, where Montazeri was laid to...
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