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March 3, 2014 | By David A. Keeps
New York interior designer Celerie Kemble felt right at home at the recent opening party for Designers House at HD Buttercup in L.A.'s historic Helms Bakery building. “Here the designer gets to put together the things we've labored for years to create,” said Kemble, who selected furniture and accessories from her Henredon and Maitland Smith collections to decorate her signature space. “This is how I would put together a room for myself or one of my clients.” Designers House launched simultaneously as a Los Angeles retail space and as a website selling high-end, limited-quantity home furnishings from well-known interior designers.
March 3, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
"Is this a church?" Sidonie Smith said as she stood outside Grant Elementary in Santa Monica. "I'm so excited about the impact it will have on our community. I've been praying for a church to come here for 40 years. " Not all residents share Smith's enthusiasm. Since late January, some neighbors have expressed dissatisfaction with the arrangement between City of God church and its landlord, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Six district campuses allow larger churches to rent space when schools aren't in session.
March 1, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
Wearing a nitrogen-powered jet pack, Dale Gardner stepped from the space shuttle, alone and untethered, 224 miles above Earth. Armed with a 5-foot probe called a stinger, Gardner drifted toward a wayward satellite, the Westar 6, which was spinning slowly, 35 feet away. When he got close enough Gardner inserted the stinger into the orbiter's spent rocket nozzle and brought it to a halt. "I got it," he exclaimed. The mission to salvage the Westar and another communications satellite, the Palapa B-2, in November 1984 marked a high point of the space shuttle program, feeding a growing sense of NASA's infallibility that would end just a year later, when the Challenger exploded just after launch over Florida.
February 28, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
The rainstorm that hit Southern California has generated photos of flooded streets and small mud flows in fire-ravaged hillside neighborhoods. But some of the most dramatic images have come from space. The National Weather Service, NASA and other organizations have released images showing the size of the storm as it churns in the Pacific Ocean. Here are some examples. While some parts of Southern California have seen the sun peek through the clouds Friday morning, officials say more rain is on the way. Between Friday and Saturday night, weather officials expect  two to four inches of rain to fall on the coasts and valleys and four to eight inches in the foothills and mountains.
February 25, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
North Korea appears to be missing in an image taken from space. NASA says of the nighttime image, taken from the International Space Station: "North Korea is almost completely dark compared to neighboring South Korea and China. The darkened land appears as if it were a patch of water joining the Yellow Sea to the Sea of Japan. " Capital city Pyongyang has a population of more than 3 million, yet is a tiny island of light. The dictator-ruled nation is in the dark in more ways than one. Electricity is sporadic and unreliable, with those who have it often receiving power only a few hours a day, according to U.S. News & World Report.
February 24, 2014 | By Amina Khan
For a brief moment last September, a flash on the moon shone about as bright as the North Star, Polaris,  giving away the biggest crash from a space rock hitting the lunar surface ever caught on camera, astronomers say. The discovery -- "the brightest and longest confirmed impact flash," according to the study authors -- was detailed in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and reveals that perhaps 10 times as many small rocky bodies...
February 21, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - Marielle Thompson heard a voice, someone calling "inside," up high on the course in the women's ski-cross final at the Winter Olympics. It was her Canadian teammate, Kelsey Serwa. Thompson gave Serwa a little space on the first turn. The four-woman final on Friday featured the two Canadians, Anna Holmlund of Sweden and France's Ophelie David. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "We definitely try to help each other," said the 21-year-old Thompson, who is three years younger than Serwa.
February 19, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
When the weekend rolls around, many locals in Belmont Shore don't even bother to leave home. At least not in their cars. Parking in "the Shore" is so notoriously difficult that residents are accustomed to circling the neighborhood, block by block, in search of a parking spot, and consider themselves lucky to find one close to home. It became so bad that businesses agreed 25 years ago to tax themselves to increase parking spots and the city formed a neighborhood parking commission to tackle the problem, handing over local parking meter revenue to help pay for a solution.
February 19, 2014 | By Carla Hall
Anyone who thinks the U.S. space program is done with and permanently parked at the California Science Center in the form of the space shuttle Endeavour hasn't heard NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and aerospace engineer Camille Alleyne (yes, a rocket scientist) talk about the International Space Station. Which is what they were doing on a very earthbound mission this week in Los Angeles to promote NASA's involvement in the space station and the exhibit, “Destination: Station,” showcasing what it's like to live aboard the International Space Station.
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