CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2012 |
Mall parking lots were packed with after-Christmas shoppers. But nowhere were the lines longer than at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple, where thousands of people came to exchange their guns for Ralphs gift cards. Cars queued up for blocks at the drive-through events, with the city giving cards worth up to $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to $200 for assault weapons. There was a bit of haggling involved, but the guns were all taken.
December 19, 2012 |
Two hundred investigative leads, 300 interviews, more than 200 pieces of evidence. Yet when the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the results of its expansive investigation into why Wade Michael Page, 40, killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., its perspective on his motives consisted of four sentences. "The FBI investigation indicates Wade Michael Page acted alone and was not assisted in committing this violent crime killing six and wounding four other victims," the FBI's statement said in November.
November 19, 2012 |
The Psychic Temple, a long-abandoned Long Beach landmark that is one of the city's oldest commercial structures, will be converted to office space as redevelopment attracts new residents and businesses to downtown. Advertising agency InterTrend Communications will start making improvements this week on the brick building at 224 E. Broadway near Long Beach Boulevard. It is converting the top two floors that were formerly residential spaces into offices for the firm and preparing the ground floor and basement for retail tenants such as a restaurant.
November 18, 2012 |
The Psychic Temple, a long-abandoned Long Beach landmark that is one of the city's oldest commercial structures, will be converted to office space as redevelopment attracts new residents and businesses to downtown. Advertising agency InterTrend will start making improvements this week on the brick building at 224 E. Broadway near Long Beach Boulevard. It is converting the top two floors that were formerly residential into offices for the firm and preparing the ground floor and basement for retail tenants such as a restaurant.
November 4, 2012 |
TIKAL NATIONAL PARK, Guatemala - The woman in the shorts shrieked, grabbed her ankle and crumpled to the ground as though she'd been shot. And in a sense she had. "A bullet ant," surmised José Elias, our unflappable guide. "If they sting you, the pain will last 24 hours. Take care. " We left the stricken woman to her friends and plunged deeper into Guatemala's steamy jungle. Birds sang madly, chaotically. Emerald billed toucans alighted in the treetops. The spooky cry of a howler monkey echoed through the forest.
October 28, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - A simple, ancient ritual is threatening the delicate security balance atop Jerusalem's most sacred plaza: Jews are praying. On most days, dozens - sometimes hundreds - of Jewish worshipers ascend to the disputed 36-acre platform that Muslims venerate as Al Aqsa mosque and Jews revere as the Temple Mount with an Israeli police escort to protect them and a Muslim security guard to monitor their movements. Then, they recite a quick prayer, sometimes quietly to themselves, other times out loud.
October 11, 2012 |
It's a new era in Myanmar as the country opens up to political reforms - and to a growing number of tourists. Long isolated and little known to Westerners, the country once known as Burma offers a window on life in Asia before the advent of Starbucks and W hotels. Friendly Planet Travel offers a 13-day tour called Mystical Myanmar with airfare from Los Angeles for $3,299 per person -- and an extra $100 discount for those who book soon. The tour starts with a flight to the former capital Yangon via Taipei, Taiwan.
October 1, 2012 |
CHENNAI, India - Kesavan's father and grandfather were caretakers who sold candles and performed basic rituals at their local makeshift temple attended by fellow Dalits, or members of the so-called untouchable caste. In India, these structures are omnipresent around sacred trees, on sidewalks, abutting overpasses. So when the government of southern India's Tamil Nadu state offered to train Hindus as priests regardless of their caste - a calling traditionally limited to upper-caste Brahmins - he leaped at the opportunity.
September 13, 2012 |
"Little Birds" stars Juno Temple and Kay Panabaker in a story about the messy business, for teenage girls already on the margins, of breaking away. Theirs is a case of innocence not simply lost but crushed like a cigarette under the heel of a shoe. It is a promising and frustrating first feature from writer-director Elgin James. Breathtaking moments give way to boring ones; searing emotions vie with the exceedingly bland. The one constant in this drama is the incredible beauty James brings to bad places, working with standout cinematographer Reed Morano, who gave 2008's "Frozen River" such a bleak chill.
September 10, 2012 |
When Wade Page began his shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Aug. 5, he got the drop on the first officer who responded to the scene, shooting Lt. Brian Murphy 15 times. But he didn't get the drop on the second officer, Sam Lenda, who felled Page with a long-distance rifle shot to the stomach. New video released on Monday by Oak Creek, Wis., police and Milwaukee County prosecutors show police dashboard camera images of the shooting, which left six dead and four seriously wounded.