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January 7, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Seema Mehta
A divided Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to add a cross back to the county's official seal, despite warnings the decision would invite legal challenges. The proposal to change the seal, which appears on flags, vehicles and written communications with residents, was advanced by board members Michael D. Antonovich and Don Knabe and picked up a required third vote from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The cross will be added to a small depiction of the San Gabriel Mission now in the seal.
December 9, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
It's been 22 years since Ukrainians sent the Soviet Communist Party packing and resumed self rule after almost seven decades of Russian domination and enforced incorporation into the Soviet Union. So why are Ukrainian protesters targeting statues of Vladimir Lenin, the Bolshevik leader whose vision of a communist-ruled superpower has been dead for a generation? The Kremlin officially lost its grip on Ukraine with Kiev's 1991 declaration of independence in the months before the Soviet Union dissolved into its 15 constituent republics.
December 3, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Over the decades, the city of Los Angeles has named more than 1,000 noteworthy spots as architectural and historic landmarks: the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, the Theme Building at LAX, the entry gates of Chinatown. And now it has Der Wienerschnitzel. On Tuesday, the City Council added the nondescript, flat-roofed drive-through, the first of the more than 350 opened by the Wienerschnitzel chain, to its registry of historic-cultural monuments. Less than 600 square feet in size, the Wienerschnitzel outlet in Wilmington isn't much to look at. It's emblazoned in the colors of ketchup and mustard.
November 19, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The Bluelace Project, which launched on Tuesday via a Kickstarter campaign, wants to make blue shoelaces a symbol of support for American manufacturing that is as visible and instantly recognizable as the yellow ribbon symbolizes support for U.S. troops. The effort, spearheaded by Jake Bronstein (founder and chief executive of the made-in-America Flint and Tinder underwear brand) aims to raise $25,000 by Dec. 19 so that it can fire up the machines and manufacture a run of blue-hued, 51-inch shoelaces -- and inspire some enthusiasm for made in America merchandise.
October 25, 2013 | By Bob Pool
"Hogwash!" was the cry when Neil, Sierra Madre's beloved pot-bellied pig, was cited for being overweight. Specifically, an animal control officer labeled him a hog, which is illegal to possess in the town northeast of Pasadena. The officer had actually been sent to the Montecito Avenue neighborhood to investigate reports of a noisy rooster, which is also illegal in Sierra Madre. But when she looked over the picket fence into the yard next door, past the mailbox painted with a fanciful pig's head, she noticed Neil rooting around in the dirt.
October 9, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The federal government's partial shutdown has led to a partial return of furloughed workers, including some workers needed to investigate an outbreak of salmonella in chicken. One of the ironies of the shutdown is how the politics have been presented. In their drive to end it, lawmakers and others highlight the important work that has been put on hold in the political dispute, especially the loss of key services to families of veterans, consumers and workers whose lives are made better by government inspections.
September 26, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- What will Twitter choose as its ticker symbol? The smart money is betting on “TWTR.” At least, that's according to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas. They are leaning toward “TWTR” with odds of 5 to 6 over “TWIT” 3 to 1, according to the New York Post . “BIRD” and “EGG” have long odds (as they should), with odds of 35-1 and 50-1, respectively. Las Vegas is also betting that Twitter will list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange.
September 21, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA opened Saturday's game at the Rose Bowl in its version of the missing-man formation. The Bruins' offense sent 11 players on to the field for their first offensive play against New Mexico State, then called receiver Shaquelle Evans back to the sideline. Nick Pasquale was the symbolic starter at receiver. Pasquale died Sept. 8 when he was struck by a car. He had been an inspiration to the Bruins in the year-plus he had been on the team. "Whatever he had to do for the team, he did it," Evans said.
September 19, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Johnny Laboriel, a legendary Mexican rock 'n' roll singer and icon for the Afro-Mexicano community, has died in Mexico City, a representative said. He was 71. He died early Wednesday at his home after an extended stay in the hospital for treatment of prostate cancer, the Rev. Jose de Jesus Aguilar, who administered the last rites, said via his Twitter account. Laboriel's specialty was to reinterpret American hits of the 1960s, classics like "Poison Ivy" and "Yakety Yak," translated into Spanish and sung with buoyant enthusiasm and an infectious smile.
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