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September 3, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
After Greg Harty rolls out of bed in his Sherman Oaks apartment, he grabs a cup of coffee and starts his work day at a desk in the corner of his living room. His assignment: Watch three episodes of "Modern Family. " As the hit sitcom plays, the aspiring screenwriter opens another window on his laptop and pulls up a spreadsheet. He begins picking labels - his employer, Netflix, calls them tags - to describe what he sees. The comedy: "quirky. " The humor: "light dark. " The tone: "humorous," "irreverent" and "heartfelt.
June 21, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Former members of the Metro Transit Assassins tagging crew will not have to pay the city of Los Angeles millions of dollars for graffiti cleanup, but a few could be subject to the same restrictions placed on gang members under an agreement reached with the city attorney. The settlements, announced Wednesday, resolve a landmark lawsuit filed by City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, who sought to treat taggers as gang members by restricting their behavior through an injunction. The lawsuit against 11 alleged members of the crew was filed in June 2010 in response to a quarter-mile-long "graffiti bomb" of the taggers' acronym along the Los Angeles River.
March 18, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
The flood channel near Interstate 10 has been scarred by hundreds of graffiti tags and, like a wound that never heals, treated countless times with drab paint. Beneath the layers of beige and gray are jagged markings that dominate San Bernardino Police Sgt. Dwight Waldo's world. He has tracked them for two decades - chasing taggers through back alleys, recovering hundreds of weapons from their hangouts and memorizing, then forgetting, more than 5,000 tags. What many in law enforcement once viewed as petty vandalism, mostly the work of teens with spray cans, early on became something more to Waldo.
April 20, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Richard Winton and David Ng, Los Angeles Times
The Museum of Contemporary Art expected to make some waves when it launched "Art in the Streets," billed as the first major U.S. museum survey exhibition on graffiti and street art. But the LAPD said the show has also become a target of taggers who want to leave a mark of their own outside the Little Tokyo exhibition space where the show opened Sunday. In a city considered one of the birthplaces of street art, the exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA has intensified an already fierce debate about whether something that is illegal can also have artistic value.
November 26, 2010 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Mid-City Arts, the street-art gallery attached to a spray paint supply store that brought us last year's big tagger-gone-legit debut show by Chaka, has gone the same route with another artist who grabbed the public's attention before being grabbed by the authorities. The show is "Rick Ordonez: Kitty Litter. " FOR THE RECORD: A subheadline on an earlier online version of this article erred in calling the show "Kitty Liter. " Ordonez made his name in graffiti circles as Atlas ?
November 16, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A man was shot at by two gang associates after he tried to stop them from tagging a wall in La Puente, authorities said. The man was driving by an apartment complex in the city about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when he saw two men spray-painting a wall. He pulled his car up behind theirs, but before any exchange of words, the vandals got into their car and drove off, authorities said. The man, 36, drove away in the opposite direction; but before long, the men made a U-turn and started chasing him, authorities said.
November 14, 2010 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The afternoon sun sears Louie Mesa as he stands on cracked pavement in a black ball cap, black T-shirt and dark jeans. The sweat on his brow doesn't seem to bother him. He's savoring his canvas. The battered wall in front of him may be a hodgepodge of bright colors and scattered patterns from taggers past, but on this slate Mesa sees a dream. He's been in this spot for hours, arriving at 9:30 a.m. after a restless night, painting from memory a piece of art that has been sketching itself out in his mind for days.
May 28, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A 74-year-old man dubbed the oldest vandalism suspect ever arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department — after authorities said he put "slap tags" in Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses — pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor vandalism. John Scott appeared in a downtown courtroom wearing a nylon Nike sweat suit and black loafers and carrying a vinyl Samsonite briefcase bearing his trademark orange and black bumper sticker that asks "Who is John Scott?"
May 22, 2010
Coach and critic Re "Jackson enters the immigration arena," May 18 Lakers coach Phil Jackson's habitual, meandering doublespeak long ago confirmed that sports success is no proof of superior intellect. Of what value is so-called deep thinking when the crucial companion skill for intelligible articulation is absent? His political views on complex issues like immigration are best taken lightly or ignored. Even in his team sport, he was very slow to recognize that depending on a single player for 90% of what is needed to gain a championship is a mistake.
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