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February 15, 2014 | By Hugh Hart
Growing up in a working-class London suburb beset by dull classes and endless winters, Dean Stockton often escaped into a dream vision of California fueled in equal measure by "Back to the Future" and the skateboard bible Thrasher magazine. "When I was 12 or 13," he recalls, "I watched this guy in 'Back to the Future' holding onto the back of a car skateboarding down beautiful-looking streets in the sunshine and I was like: 'That's where I need to be!'" Decades later, Stockton, who signs his work as "D*Face," finally made it to Southern California, bringing with him a cheeky anything-is-fair-game aesthetic.
February 13, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
This year's streak of nasty weather is wreaking havoc on the economy, causing plunging worker productivity, soaring heating bills, canceled flights, damaged crops and frozen hiring. But the bitter conditions, which last month left thousands stranded in Atlanta and this week is pounding the eastern part of the country with snow, have dealt a particularly severe blow to retailers. The tempests couldn't have come at a worse time. In January, as businesses struggled through a weak post-holiday period in a month that already tends to be slow, industry sales slid by their largest margin in 18 months.
February 12, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
The 2nd Street tunnel is the latest flash point between drivers and bicyclists in downtown L.A. Both sides claim it as a key route into and out of downtown. With the addition of buffered bike lanes, drivers bemoan the loss of a driving lane and increased backups through the tunnel. You wouldn't know any of that, though, from this photo by Lizette Carrasco of a deserted tunnel on Friday night. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
February 11, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - The happiest 10th-place finisher in the history of the Olympics sat on her motionless sled in the middle of the ice. Her race was over, but she didn't want to leave. She pounded the slush. She waved to her weeping family. She climbed above the finish line and began to boogie. "Everybody was chanting, 'Dance, dance, dance,'" Kate Hansen said. "I'm so grateful to be here, I didn't want to be that kind of person to just walk away. " FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi And so the luger who once flew down the streets of La Cañada on a skateboard charmingly skidded through the Sanki Sliding Center on Tuesday night with a whoosh of perspective.
February 10, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Having recently completed a first-ever tour of South Africa along with dates in Australia and New Zealand, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band have come home. The group will get back out on the road in the U.S. with a run of shows in the South, Midwest and Northeast beginning April 8 in Cincinnati. The band's 15 shows will take it through 10 states, including a May 3 stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Other tour stops include Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and Connecticut.
February 8, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK - Adam Selman presented his sophmore women's collection on the 22 nd floor of a TriBeCa office tower here Thursday during New York Fashion Week, adding outerwear and layering pieces to his athletic-meets-the-street flavored eponymous label. The inspiration: Selman, who has created costumes for a laundry list of big-name performers (most notably Rihanna, with whom he collaborated for her line, River Island) looked to current events for his second collection. “There was this hiker who was hiking in the French Alps about four months ago,” Selman said backstage during the presentation, “and found a box [full of jewelry]
February 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man was found on a South Los Angeles sidewalk early Friday morning with a single gunshot wound to the head, police said, marking the first homicide of the year for Vermont Square. The body was found near the intersection of West 53rd Street and South Budlong Avenue at about 2 a.m. after Los Angeles police officers responded to calls of shots fired. He was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim An official with the Los Angeles County coroner's office said the man has not been identified.  The man was approximately 25 years old, said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.
February 4, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Poor Benedict Cumberbatch. Just because he plays brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes on TV, everyone expects him to be some kind of genius, when the truth is he struggles to comprehend basic arithmetic.  OK, not really, but that's the joke that the "Sherlock" star and unlikely sex symbol gamely played along with during a visit to "Sesame Street. " There, he came face to face with the dastardly "Murray-arty," who presented the actor with the "mind-bending challenge" of determining whether there were more apples or oranges on the table in front of him. (Seriously, that whole mystery with the soldier in "The Sign of Three" was a cakewalk compared with this.)
February 4, 2014 | By David Colker
As far back as 1968, rising star Christopher Jones - who seemed to have everything at 26, including sensitive good looks, adoring fans and a steady stream of film offers - said he wasn't much devoted to acting. "I think of acting as only a means to an end," Jones, who was often compared to James Dean, said in a Los Angeles Times interview. "Acting's just my work. " Later that year Jones starred in the youth rebellion film "Wild in the Streets" and had a major role as a British officer in David Lean's 1970 epic "Ryan's Daughter.
January 30, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
With plans for a motion picture museum relocated to Wilshire Boulevard, another vast complex of apartments, offices and stores may be coming to the heart of Hollywood in the block just south of the ArcLight Cinema complex. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the group that puts on the Oscars, scrapped plans for a museum there and sold the full city block near Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street to Los Angeles developer Kilroy Realty Corp. for $46 million. The proposed project, valued at as much as $285 million, underscores the ascendancy of the Vine Street neighborhood around Hollywood and Sunset boulevards, where billions of dollars' worth of development has been completed or planned in recent years.
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