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April 1, 2014 | By Jason La
Karol Franks photographed wisteria flowers hanging from an adobe building near her home in the South Pasadena area Feb. 26. " The wisteria vine is very old and twisted and produces fabulous blooms every spring," Franks said. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
April 1, 2014 | By Chris Foster
The expectations for UCLA football have not been this lofty, or attainable, in ages. The season maps out in a way in which goals are achievable, whether it's a spot in the four-team national championship playoff or a Saturday in December when quarterback Brett Hundley is photographed clutching the Heisman Trophy. The Bruins open the season in Virginia, giving East Coast folks a look at the team and the star at the controls of its offense. There is a marquee game against Texas at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium.
April 1, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Spring is the season for garden tours, and Southern California has an abundance of them. Here is a selection of 2014 spring tours to mark on your calendar. Be sure to check organizers' websites for more information and updates because some events sell out. Most are rain-or-shine. April 5-6: More than 40 gardens in the Los Angeles region are featured in the annual self-guided tour organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members $15, nonmembers $20. (818)
March 31, 2014 | By Chris Foster
When UCLA opens spring football practice at the crack of dawn Tuesday - 7 a.m. - the Bruins can be thankful the sun has not set on quarterback Brett Hundley's college career. It makes things a little easier. "You think?" Coach Jim Mora said, laughing. Hundley's decision to put off the NFL draft for another year has UCLA gearing up for a Heisman Trophy campaign rather than a quarterback competition between Jerry Neuheisel and Asiantii Woulard. "Hundley For The Heisman" will be a well-used phrase around Westwood this year.
March 31, 2014 | By Chris Barton
The Bad Plus has taken on many different guises over its career, tapping the songs of Aphex Twin, Ornette Coleman and Black Sabbath along with its own to craft a sound rooted in jazz but most consistent with a genre called the Bad Plus. Now, for the ninth studio recording, the trio of pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King is taking on an orchestra. A piano trio tackling Stravinsky's knotty masterpiece "The Rite of Spring" may sound audacious. But the trio has been here before, delivering a stout take on the composer's "Variation d'Apollon" on the 2009 album "For All I Care.
March 31, 2014 | By David Ng
After a two-year stay, Marilyn Monroe is saying farewell to Palm Springs. "Forever Marilyn," the three-story-tall sculpture by artist Seward Johnson, will be dismantled this week so that the leggy tourist attraction can be shipped to its next location, the Grounds for Sculpture in central New Jersey. But there is already talk of bringing the blond bombshell back to Palm Springs -- permanently. Some local leaders believe the artwork embodies the city's glamorous history, and they want to purchase it. "We are determined to bring Marilyn back to us 'forever.'  It is where she belongs," said  Aftab Dada, chairman of PS Resorts, a local tourism organization that helped to pay for the sculpture's visit.
March 31, 2014 | By Susan Denley
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released a spring portrait of themselves with baby Prince George and Lupo the cocker spaniel gazing out a window at Kensington Palace. [The Cut] Model Miranda Kerr was shot wearing nothing but stockings by Mario Testino for GQ UK's May edition. Inside, the estranged wife of actor Orlando Bloom kind of overshares about her sex life. [Racked] Bag Snob bloggers Tina Craig and Kelly Cook will sell their own line of bags on HSN. [WWD]
March 29, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
For the last time, the Dodgers could say “It's only an exhibition game.” Which for Dan Haren works out just fine. Haren did not enjoy his finest outing in the Dodgers' final spring-training game, a 6-2 loss to the Angels on Saturday in Anaheim where he pitched only two innings but made them memorable. Haren gave up six runs and six hits, including two home runs and three doubles. All is a prelude to his first start, Wednesday in San Diego. “Obviously, the results stunk, but at least I got my work in and now I'll get out there on Wednesday,” Haren said.
March 29, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Nelson Agholor briefly stopped to say hello to a couple of former teammates Saturday at the Coliseum. Former All-American receiver Robert Woods , now of the Buffalo Bills, was there to watch the Trojans go through their first scrimmage drill of spring practice. Marqise Lee , the 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner and projected first-round NFL draft pick, also roamed the sideline. After exchanging pleasantries with both, Agholor went out and showed them that he was ready to step into the role as USC's next top receiver.
March 29, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Wearing a dark blue traditional Iranian garment, Roxanna Ameri followed the rhythm of the music as she marched with others outfitted in festive shades of red, green and purple. Ameri, 18, was among hundreds of Iranians who flocked to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last weekend for the sixth annual Iranian New Year celebration, hosted by the Farhang Foundation, a nonprofit that celebrates Iranian art and culture in Southern California. March 20 commemorates both the first day of spring and the Iranian holiday Nowruz, which translates to "new day. " The holiday, which ends Sunday in the U.S. and on Tuesday in Iran, is a time for Iranians across the globe to gather with family and friends to celebrate spring and the rebirth of nature.
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