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March 8, 2014 | By Justin George
They're known as Arabbers and their profession as Arabbing - words that are supposed to evoke the nomadic life of a street merchant. Arabbers sell fruit and vegetables from horse-drawn carts, much as the first Arabbers did when the profession took root in Baltimore after the Civil War as a way to provide blacks with work. Once a thriving niche with more than 40 stables across the city, the trade has declined to just three stables. The job of guiding a horse and a day's worth of inventory through city streets has always been hazardous.
March 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
In years past, the predawn bike race on the L.A. Marathon route just hours before the start of the foot race allowed cyclists an exhilarating dash across town, from Silver Lake to Santa Monica, on 26 miles of dark and empty streets. The Marathon Crash Race, as it was called, was a rare opportunity for bicyclists to commandeer the usually traffic-snarled streets of the city. It was also potentially perilous; city officials were not terribly happy to have cyclists - some of whom would finish the course in about 50 minutes - speeding down streets that had not yet been completely closed off to traffic.
March 7, 2014 | By Carla Hall
So is the predawn bicycle sprint down the route of the L.A. Marathon off or on on Sunday? Looks like it's more off than on. Never officially sanctioned by the city of Los Angeles, officials kind of went along with it for the last few years that Don Ward and his group, Wolfpack Hustle  - which organizes bike rides and races  - put together the increasingly popular Marathon Crash Race, as it was called. The Police Department, according to Ward himself, did a great job working with him to keep the streets safe for racers, drivers and the “fun ride” participants who set off right after the racers got going.
March 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
As runners and walkers make their way from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica during Sunday's L.A. Marathon, motorists will face widespread rolling street closures that will surround the route. The street closures will be in various places in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.  To try to ward off congestion and commuter frustration, marathon officials have issued a course closure grid , a map of additional streets that will be closed on Sunday and various other maps and tools to navigate across the county on Sunday.
March 5, 2014
Re "A shortage of new homes as builders struggle," March 2 The real reason that new homes are not being built here and across the country is because Wall Street hedge funds have gobbled up available housing stock and are either using them for rentals or holding them un-inhabited, as in Las Vegas, to drive up the market. For these uber-wealthy people, housing is a commodity like gold to be speculated with. They are not investing in new development because they are betting on driving housing prices up by creating a false scarcity.
March 4, 2014 | By Christopher Goffard
A convicted cocaine dealer now accused of raping a 14-year-old Arizona girl and luring her into prostitution went on trial Tuesday in Orange County's first test of a year-old law that increases the punishment for human trafficking. Chuncey Tarae Garcia, 33, could face 28 years to life in prison if convicted on felony counts of human trafficking of a minor, pimping a minor and forcible rape, with enhancements stemming from the girl's age and Garcia's prior convictions on drug charges.
March 3, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- In his fall collection shown at Paris Fashion Week on Sunday, Riccardo Tisci, the man who turned Bambi print sweatshirts and fierce magnetic tusk earrings into trends, turned his attention away from the street and toward a new sophistication. Where his last few runway shows were full-on entertainment extravaganzas with live musical guests and model choreography, this one was more intimate. The straightforward runway presentation put the spotlight on the clothes, or more specifically, the fine details.
March 2, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
"Will you still love me, when I'm no longer young and beautiful?" So asks the musical question in a Lana Del Rey song used as a refrain throughout the recent adaptation of "The Great Gatsby. " In some sense it is a question that Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the title role, has seemed to be asking audiences ever since the explosive fame of "Titanic" made him an international superstar. DiCaprio is a double Oscar nominee for "The Wolf of Wall Street," as both actor and producer, and along with "Gatsby," the roles showcase him as an artist at a new peak of his powers.
March 1, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Bright and early on Jan. 16, Terence and Rachel Winter woke up to discover they had made Oscars history. As the Academy Award nominations were announced, Terence, a multiple Emmy-winning writer-producer who created HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," scored an Oscar nod for adapted screenplay for "The Wolf of Wall Street. " And Rachel, whose filmography skews toward smaller, indie productions, landed a nomination as a producer of "Dallas Buyers Club," in the running for best picture this year.
March 1, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Growing up, Christopher Navarro used to listen to himself talking on a hand-me-down Kmart cassette tape recorder, then re-record his voice until he had perfected the audio clip. Now 38, the Northern California native channels his childhood pastime in his career as an automatic dialogue replacement mixer, meaning he re-records dialogue by actors in a sound studio during post-production. Though his name won't be read among the official Oscar nominees this Sunday, the ADR mixer for Audio Head and the Formosa Group has his work in four of the nine best picture contenders: "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "Her" and "The Wolf of Wall Street.
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