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July 5, 1989 | Researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
The names of many Los Angeles streets have changed repeatedly over the years, reflecting the city's transformation from a tiny Mexican colonial town to a booming metropolis. Some streets, predictably, honor war heroes and explorers. But others have been named for trees, actors, land developers and--in one case--the proximity of a bullfighting ring. These days, it is not easy to change the name of a street.
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BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
Talk of Silicon Valley losing steam was put on hold as two technology titans, Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc., tallied better-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenue. Apple's stock climbed more than 7% in after-hours trading after it reported that sales of iPhones blew past Wall Street's projections. Facebook's shares spiked 4% after it said ad revenue rose 82% year over year. Although many tech stocks slid in recent weeks, the robust financial results demonstrated that, at least for now, the underlying businesses of these two leading companies remain strong.
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TRAVEL
April 2, 2010 | By James Dorsey
One of the great side benefits of visiting Japan is the food, especially the sushi and sashimi. But for those travelers willing to go the extra mile, there is a little-known city where visitors go to feed the locals rather than to dine among them. The city of Nara lies south of Kyoto, less than two hours from Tokyo by train, but to travel here is to journey back in time. From 710 to 784, it was the capital of Japan and known as Heijo-Kyo. Today it is a beautiful city of 370,000, full of temples and shrines and home to one of the world's largest wooden buildings and one of the largest known statues of Buddha.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
The nation's largest motorcycle company has reported stronger-than-expected first-quarter results for 2014. Harley-Davidson Inc., which trades on the New York Stock Exchange as HOG, on Tuesday reported net income of $265.9 million against revenue of $1.73 billion, up from a 2013 first-quarter report of net income of $224.1 million against revenue of $1.57 billion. Among its strongest sellers?  The Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special and its new Breakout were the No. 1 and No. 2 top selling motorcycles in America for 2013, the company said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
January 7, 2013
There is already a proposed county parcel tax for storm water cleanup headed toward a special ballot this spring, and a city sales tax proposal on the coming March 5 ballot. Now, Los Angeles City Councilmen Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino are proposing a street repair bond for the May election. It would add an average of $24 to the typical home's annual property tax bill for 20 years and would, the proponents say, raise the money needed to address a 60-year repair backlog. It's hard to get excited about yet another fee to pay for services already expected of city government.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times
As part of the 2013 National Homeland Security Conference, a team of LAPD officers from the Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau demonstrated a "response to a weapons of mass destruction device" in the streets of downtown Los Angeles. ALSO: Four small, early morning earthquakes shake South Bay Police find evidence linked to homicide in La Brea Tar Pits Why is San Onofre nuclear plant closing? How much will this cost?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By KTLA
A 10-year-old horse found wandering on San Bernardino streets could be up for adoption next week, officials said Thursday. The mixed breed horse was found Wednesday in the vicinity of Macy and Mesa streets, where it was rescued by animal control officers, KTLA-TV reported. The horse, nicknamed "Sunny dayz are coming," was severely malnourished, the TV station said. It gave birth about six months ago and was about 250 pounds underweight, rescuers said. Her owner had not been located and could face criminal charges for neglect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2013
A Times analysis of street inspection data found wide disparities in road quality among the city's 114 neighborhoods. The streets in the newer development of Playa Vista, which the city's database gives the highest ranking with an average grade of B, scored 80% higher than those in Silver Lake, which ranks among the worst with a D-minus average. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the Times analysis and L.A. road conditions with Times writer Ben Poston. The differences are not driven by wealth or political power.
OPINION
March 22, 2014
Re "Higher levy could pay for roads," March 19 No one likes to pay taxes. But the reality is that taxes are a government's primary source of revenue to pay for much-needed services. It is foolish to think that L.A. shouldn't raise its sales tax to repair roads until it cuts salaries and benefits for city workers. The repair and maintenance of sidewalks and streets is a duty of the city, which is required to pay any judgments rendered for a breach of that duty - like slip-and-fall injuries caused by buckled sidewalks.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
On this warm Easter Sunday morning, New York street artist Jason Shelowitz (a.k.a. Jay Shells) is on the streets of Inglewood. He pulls over his rented silver Chevy at the bustling intersection of Imperial Highway and Western Avenue, hip-hop prattling on the car stereo. Then he grabs a step ladder from the back seat, adjusts his black “Rap” baseball cap and races across three lanes on foot. Now on the traffic island, cars whizzing by on both sides, he eyeballs a pole sporting a “One Way” street sign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Hundreds of pet owners are expected to attend Saturday's 84th annual Blessing of the Animals in downtown Los Angeles. The event is "held in grateful recognition of the tremendous services given to the human race by the animal kingdom," church officials said. The free event takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on Olvera Street. The ceremony dates back to the 4th century, when San Antonio De Abad was named the patron saint of the animal kingdom and began to bless animals to promote good health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2014 | Bloomberg News
Gene Estess, a broker who gave up the pay and perks of Wall Street for a second career helping New York City's homeless, has died. He was 78. He died April 9 at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., according to his wife, Pat Schiff Estess. The cause was lung cancer, diagnosed about six months ago. Raised in Illinois on the Mississippi River, Estess found himself unable to ignore the inequality on the streets of New York. He remained interested in poverty and homelessness while living in the leafy suburb of Armonk in Westchester County and working as an options specialist at L.F. Rothschild & Co., an investment bank and brokerage firm.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
While Jon Hamm's "Mad Men" character Don Draper tends to bottle up his emotions, the actor Jon Hamm is very free with his -- so free he's helping "Sesame Street" explain a few emotions to its young audience.  With the help of the resident "Sesame Street" TV host, Murray, Hamm runs through "frustrated," "guilty" and "amazed. " Check it out in the video above. It's about time someone explained "amazed," honestly, given the word's frequency of use these days.  With "guilty," well, we're happy to see Hamm re-creating that one without the stereotypical celebrity mug shot accompaniment!
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
There's something delightfully strange and counterintuitive about the way time operates in the opening chapters of Michael Lewis' new book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. " Lewis describes a new kind of Wall Street gold rush. In the entirely automated, pre- and post-crash stock market of the first two decades of the 21st century, human traders have become superfluous. Stocks are bought and sold inside computers, and a new brand of high-frequency trader is making a fortune thanks to a precious new commodity - speed.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 13 - 19, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Orphan Black In anticipation of next week's season premiere, series star Tatiana Maslany and others reflect on the first season of the sci-fi drama. 8 p.m. BBC America Ripper Street In the season finale, murdered corpses are discovered in a slum tenement and a boxing championship reveals vengeful feelings within the police force.
WORLD
June 15, 2013 | From Times staff and wire reports
TEHRAN -- Wild celebrations broke out on Tehran streets  Saturday evening when the Iranian Interior Ministry confirmed centrist cleric Hassan Rowhani's presidential election victory,  throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners to consolidate and safeguard their grip on power. An enormous gathering of chanting and cheering supporters flooded  the center of Tehran  where Rowhani's headquarters were located. Many of them wore purple T-shirts or scarves, the color of his campaign.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
On a soundstage in the heart of Hollywood this week, a chicken was giving directions to Mindy Kaling. The chicken, perched on the shoulder of "The Mindy Project" star, squawked off a couple of instructions to the crew, then muttered, "My mom would be so proud of me ... if she wasn't stew. " The chicken was located on the hand of director Joey Mazzarino, and it wasn't just any chicken. It was a "Sesame Street" Muppet chicken. PHOTOS: Families that changed TV   Although Sesame Street is an imaginary address, most people realize the TV show "Sesame Street" shoots in New York City.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"It's the same case -- do the same thing!" So barks Ice Cube to Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the new expletive-filled red-band trailer for their upcoming buddy-cop comedy "22 Jump Street," which finds the latter two once again starring as goofball narcs Jenko and Schmidt. The line functions as marching orders for the undercover duo, who busted a high-school drug ring in the 2012 surprise hit "21 Jump Street" and this time around are sent to do the same at a college. (Watch the new red-band "22 Jump Street" trailer here ; parental guidance suggested.)
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