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April 6, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO — The ragged effigy of a fallen leader dangles from a lamppost over the remnants of a dying revolution. Those left from the uprising that swelled through Tahrir Square last year and brought down Hosni Mubarak live in tents, harassed and cursed, but mostly forgotten. TV cameras no longer perch on balconies; the great banners have been spooled away. The slogans of rebellion have been pressed onto T-shirts, and tourists, their expressions saying they somehow expected more, take pictures, trying to summon the images that captivated the world those many months ago. But the joy has turned sullen, and the nation has slipped back to the burdens of life while these defiant few still hunker with their placards and rage.
April 5, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
In a move that seems designed to keep Occupy L.A.demonstrators from resuming nighttime protests at the park outside City Hall, a Los Angeles city councilman is calling for the park's hours of operation to be shortened and for rules regarding tents to be clarified. Councilman Jose Huizar on Wednesday introduced a motion that asks the city attorney to prepare an ordinance that would "help protect and maintain" the park by limiting the hours it's open to between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. The previous hours of operation were 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. The 1.7-acre park is expected to reopen in May, after city crews finish a nearly $400,000 restoration job. It has been closed since December, when police arrested hundreds of demonstrators who had been camped there as part of a national protest against income inequality and other economic and social issues.
April 5, 2012 | By David Horsey
Is the  Occupy Wall Street movement going to transform America or dither and disappear? Chicago on May Day will be one place to look for answers. Plans were laid through the winter to gather 50,000 protesters in the city on that day to confront the simultaneous summits of NATO and the G8. There's one big glitch in the program though; the Obama administration has moved the G8 summit - the gathering of diplomats and financial wizards from the leading industrialized nations - to Camp David, Md. For an army of activists whose core critique is aimed at the corruption and greed of bankers, financiers and their political patrons, the G8 meeting was a perfect foil.
March 3, 2012 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
Alex Weinschenker was born 23 years ago last month. He was his parents' only child, and he was beautiful. He had a sparkle in his eye and as a small boy in Hancock Park, he loved reading "The Lorax" and "The Phantom Tollbooth," and making three-dimensional cities out of paper and tape. He was so smart, but different. He did not go with the flow. Less than one year into UC Santa Cruz, he declared himself done with formal education. "You're always taking the hard road," said his father, Greg, to which he replied, "No, I'm taking the road less traveled.
January 8, 2012
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December 24, 2011 | By Sarah Peters, Los Angeles Times
Occupy Orange County protesters have agreed to end overnight camping at the Irvine Civic Center in January, but the movement will continue in other forms, a lawyer working with the group said. "What is not correct is that it is being characterized as us ending the occupation," said attorney Greg Diamond. "We expect that we are moving the occupation, and that may be as little as moving to the sidewalk or it could be to another city, to foreclosed houses or other properties. It can be a lot of things that may or may not happen ... " Protesters will end overnight camping at Alton Parkway and Harvard Avenue, where between 20 and 30 tents have been for the last eight weeks, at noon Jan. 11, according to the latest amendment between the group and city officials posted on the city website . So far, the encampment has been largely peaceful and only one arrest has occurred, which was due to public intoxication, said Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen.
December 18, 2011 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
"Any camp," the artist and architectural visionary Constant Nieuwenhuys once argued, "is a form, however primitive, of a city. " There were times when 2011 seemed to be unfolding as a test of that proposition. Thanks to the Occupy Wall Street protests that began in Zuccotti Park in New York and spread quickly to Los Angeles and other cities, rising frustration over income inequality began to take on an unmistakable architectural and urban form. Forget the blobs, boxes, starchitects and destination buildings that dominated much of the last decade.
November 27, 2011 | By Teresa Watanabe, Howard Blume and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Activists and L.A. officials faced difficult choices over the next phase of the Occupy L.A. movement as a 12:01 Monday deadline approached for the departure of nearly 700 protesters from an encampment on City Hall grounds. On Sunday evening, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reiterated an ultimatum that the city's tolerance of the eight-week occupation would end at midnight. "While Occupy L.A. has brought needed attention to the economic disparities in our country, an encampment on City Hall grounds is simply not sustainable indefinitely," he said in a statement.
November 27, 2011 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
The white neon clock at the park couldn't be missed. It was 10:03 p.m. At the northeast entrance to Lincoln Park in Long Beach, a handful of people were on the move. Some were dragging a blue tarp from the grass to the sidewalk along Pacific Avenue while others were folding chairs. Nearby, sleeping bags were laid out, side by side, on the concrete. This is the nightly ritual for Occupy Long Beach. Unlike other demonstrators across the country, the three dozen or so Long Beach loyalists leave the ground they've staked as protest central by 10 p.m. to avoid violating a city ordinance that prohibits overnight camping in parks.
November 19, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
Portland Mayor Sam Adams, the first openly gay man to lead a major American city, is no stranger to street protest - he's been in the middle of more than he can count. He's battled for bike lanes, railed against social services funding cuts and led the charge for green buildings. Now, he's the progressive mayor of one of the nation's most progressive cities - and his police force recently stormed in riot gear through a camp full of true believers. "It turned into a brawl over Porta Pottis and crime," Adams said glumly last week at City Hall, not far from where the abandoned parks of Occupy Portland stood empty and forlorn, surrounded by makeshift chain-link fences.
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