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February 20, 2011 | Ann M. Simmons
Outfitted in his trademark cowboy hat and long black overcoat, Lloyd Wilkins took a stroll down West Bennett Street in Compton on a recent weekday morning, engaging residents along the way. "Hey, man, she's a beauty," Wilkins said as horse trainer Ricardo De La Torre approached atop a pristinely groomed quarter horse. A short time later two other riders sauntered by, greeting Wilkins with a wave. "This is what I'm talking about," Wilkins said, gesturing toward the equestrians.
August 15, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The city begins a five-phase streetlight replacement project today along the western end of Ventura Boulevard, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Public Works. The $1.35-million project, stretching from Corbin Avenue to Valley Circle Boulevard in Woodland Hills, will take the Bureau of Street Lighting five years to complete, said public works spokesman Robert Reed.
June 3, 2009 | Corina Knoll
The bodies of two men believed to have been electrocuted while stealing copper wiring were found early Tuesday on an abandoned driving range in Riverside County, authorities said. San Jacinto police and county firefighters received a report of fireworks in the 900 block of Idyllwild Drive about 1:20 a.m., but instead discovered a fire near a transformer, said Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
December 18, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Penny Puckett came to Slab City and fell in love. After four years of "bumming around and hopping freight trains," the 25-year-old from Kansas City arrived at this hardscrabble section of the Imperial Valley desert and immediately embraced its sense of liberation from society's rules and norms. What others might view as desolation and deprivation, Puckett saw as a way to reduce life to its essence: water, food and shelter (plus Internet and cellular phone service). PHOTOS: Slab City "Slab City people have a great need to live with just the bare necessities and are happy about it," she said.
March 5, 2006 | Kim Christensen, Times Staff Writer
Thomas Kinkade is famous for his luminous landscapes and street scenes, those dreamy, deliberately inspirational images he says have brought "God's light" into people's lives, even as they have made him one of America's most collected artists. A devout Christian who calls himself the "Painter of Light," Kinkade trades heavily on his beliefs and says God has guided his brush -- and his life -- for the last 20 years.
February 22, 2007 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
Southern California Edison Co. is taking a first step toward supporting municipal wireless Internet networks after holding up such projects in cities throughout the region for more than 18 months. The state's second-largest power utility has agreed to let EarthLink Inc. build a small network using Edison streetlights in Santa Ana as part of a wider-ranging trial of wireless gear. "This is long overdue," said Esme Vos of, an authority on such high-speed wireless projects.
November 3, 1996
The age-old question "Am I my brother's keeper?" was eloquently answered in Celeste Fremon's insightful article ("Can Hollywood Save Crazy Ace?" Oct. 6). I worked teaching classes within the prison system for several years before such programs were dismantled by the government. I came to know many young men who sincerely wanted to change their lives but needed help in order to do so. The trend away from rehabilitative programs in the prisons is a step in the wrong direction. Let Robert (Crazy Ace)
April 2, 2007 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
About four years ago, members of the Presidents Row Neighborhood Assn. of Venice decided they wanted more streetlights. Like many places in Los Angeles, their neighborhood had never been fully rigged for lights. That was annoying on several fronts, particularly to those who walked their dogs at night or grew weary of waiting for lost pizza deliverers.
Judy Brandon was controlled by drugs and alcohol. Ellis Ware was in prison for robbery and drug possession. Carlos De La Torre was gangbanging. Mortez Bradley sold rock cocaine--for every piece he sold, he'd chip off a sliver for himself. All four are now putting in long hours as production assistants on feature films, television shows, commercials and music videos.
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