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December 16, 1995 | The Washington Post
The closed section of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House would be transformed into "America's town square" under a plan made public Friday that attempts to create a more active, visually attractive gathering place. A 13-member panel of nationally known architects and planners, brought together by the National Park Service, suggested a series of new park, educational and commercial uses that, if adopted, would revive a historic but relatively lifeless area of downtown.
February 9, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Maxim Lugovoi stands in the town square, dressed in a Lightning McQueen costume and holding a palette of colorful face paints. At 22, his job during these Olympics is to engage spectators, paint their home country's flag on their cheeks and make them feel welcome. "German? Austrian? Swiss?" he asks the rare passerby in English. "Come, come, come. I help you. I make you happy for this big day. " FRAMEWORK: View the best images from the Sochi Olympics Lugovoi pitches his face-painting services as if his very livelihood depends upon it - and in many ways it does.
August 2, 1992 | KATHIE JENKINS
Two nights after the riots ended, Mauro Vincenti sat up in bed--he had an idea. The owner of downtown's Rex Il Ristorante thought he knew how to make the city a better place. His plan: Throw a huge festival of food, music and art in a Central L.A. location. "If we can get everyone together," he said passionately, "even for a moment, we have helped a bit." And after the festival, what then?
June 12, 2013 | By David Horsey
In principle, the National Security Agency's vast data collection operation is troubling, but, in the age of Google and Facebook, it feels like having just one more Big Brother in a growing family of Big Brothers. In response to the revelation that the NSA is scooping up metadata on every call placed on Verizon, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against chief members of the Obama administration's national security team. The ACLU's deputy legal director, Jameel Jaffer, said, "This dragnet program is surely one of the largest surveillance efforts ever launched by a democratic government against its own citizens.
July 7, 1989 | S. J. DIAMOND
It was an intriguing announcement, heralding the building of the nation's biggest shopping mall, and the only one including a full amusement park--a branch of Knott's Berry Farm's Camp Snoopy. Snoopy aside, the three-level, 78-acre "Mall of America" set to open in the fall of 1992 in Bloomington, Minn., will offer up to 800 stores, 18 theaters and 100 restaurants.
July 21, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
Undaunted by the potentially high price tag, the San Fernando City Council endorsed taking a closer look at a revitalization project that would create a town square in the city's downtown commercial district. The council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency, on Monday voted to allocate up to $10,000 to hire a consultant to analyze the financial pros and cons of the project, provided that the Pacoima-based developer pays half the cost.
Officials see Piru Town Square as a tribute to the community's rich history and resilience, and a sign of future prosperity. Those aspirations were voiced Saturday as about 150 county officials and local residents gathered at groundbreaking ceremonies for the $2.2-million project. "It's a fabulous day in Piru and a long-awaited day," said Marty Robinson, a Ventura County regional development administrator, who is working on the project.
With its still-working corner soda fountain, historic Craftsman homes and "festival of balloons" parade on the Fourth of July, South Pasadena has always been a quaint, cozy suburb. But one thing has always been missing from the city snuggled at the western end of the San Gabriel Valley: a town square. Plans are underway, however, to transform land in downtown South Pasadena into a sort of central piazza.
In the past, a shockingly large number of intimidated Americans did not venture inside bookstores, where the only activity was quiet browsing, and authors remained a mysterious lot. It's a different world now. Bookstore/cafes remain open until late at night and provide a variety of interactive events for kids and adults. Hundreds turn out to meet touring politicians, celebrity authors and literary icons who spend hours talking to customers and signing books.
It's easy to forget about Piru. Long overshadowed by neighboring Fillmore, this dusty town of 1,800 had its heyday as a bustling railroad stop more than a century ago. In recent decades it has looked more like an abandoned Mayberry, its quaint Main Street lined with boarded-up shops and lunch counters. Motorists whiz by on California 126 never knowing the community near Magic Mountain exists. But Santa Clara Valley tourism promoters say that this is about to change.
March 12, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
"Excuse me, miss? Why is this rock so special?" questioned the puzzled man, bundled in a heavy sweat shirt, a steaming cup of coffee in one hand. It was close to 3 a.m. on Saturday and the 340-ton boulder, after traveling for 11 nights through city streets, was on its victory lap, inching up Wilshire Boulevard to its destination at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Hundreds of people were running on the sidewalk alongside the shining, custom-built...
September 8, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Registration is now open for the 27th Annual Catalina Island Triathlon , Nov. 5 (a Saturday) at Middle Beach in Avalon . . . . Tri-tip and BBQ chicken are on the menu for Friday's Moonlight Hike at Mt. Baldy . Tickets ($16) are limited. Click here for info . . . . The L.A. Athletic Club's Noir Soiree  Oct. 7 includes a photo exhibition, wine tasting and fashion show . Early-bird tickets are $48 (through Sept. 18) . . . . Portland's Oregon Zoo offers discounted $4 admission on the second Tuesday of each month, down from the usual $10.50.
June 9, 2011 | David Karp
Early on a recent morning, Diana Rodgers, manager of the Mar Vista farmers market, drove north for two days of farm visits in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, including to three berry growers in Nipomo. When she arrived, the farms offered gorgeous vistas of rolling dunes and sun glinting off the Pacific, with cool breezes, delicious raspberries and mind-bogglingly aromatic Mara des Bois strawberries. Rogers chatted amiably with the vendors, some of whom she had known for many years, about their families and their crops.
June 19, 2009 | Associated Press
Universal Studios staged a homecoming Thursday for Courthouse Square. The outdoor set, best known as the town square from the "Back to the Future" films, welcomed the first backstage tour tram since it was destroyed a year ago when a fire ripped through the back lot. Roofers using a blowtorch accidentally started the blaze, which also destroyed the King Kong attraction, a video vault and other outdoor sets. Stilt walkers dressed as hippies, members of the USC marching band and actors portraying such characters as Eddie Murphy's Nutty Professor and Doc Brown from the "Back to the Future" films emerged from the courthouse during a ceremony to welcome the first tram, which was christened with a bottle of champagne.
February 26, 2009 | Tracy Wilkinson
The people of Villanueva said they'd had enough. Men in cowboy hats, women with hand-scrawled signs, children on bikes -- they gathered outside town and blocked the main interstate highway. "If you can't do it, quit!" they told their police force. They demanded that the army take over. The army rolled into this town in Zacatecas state last month and ordered the police to stand down and surrender their weapons. They did. Things only got worse.
November 11, 2007 | Lark Ellen Gould, Special to The Times
Like almost everything else in Las Vegas, the city has taken a favored pastime and turned it into a type of gold. Nowadays, shopping is not just about finding a blouse or a pair of shoes. It is about passing into a sort of browsers' twilight zone. Shops in Las Vegas are seeing 50,000 people a day stroll by to catch the mall-made action -- opera arias performed in St.
October 19, 1986 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
The memory of three Kansas women who changed the course of history is kept alive in three small towns in this Midwest state. One woman persuaded Abraham Lincoln to grow a beard, another hacked saloons with hatchets, and the third was the first woman mayor of any town or city in the United States. Carry Nation, the "loving home defender" who waged war against drinking, is the best known of the trio.
Bill Mahan was a neighborly guy, always eager to pitch in to help a friend in this rustic patch of farm country. No favor was too big, no job too hard. He was the guy to call to unclog a sewer, to fix some faulty wiring, to run a backhoe to dig a ditch. He had nimble hands and a big heart and folks knew he'd get the job done. Often, he didn't even ask for money. "Bill would do anything in the world for you," says a onetime employer, Jim Boes. "And he could do just about anything."
April 30, 2006 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
In the late afternoon, after the shops have closed and the egrets have returned to their nest in the old smokestack, the streets are quiet except for the rattle of gray-haired women balancing groceries on handlebars and pedaling bicycles along the Black Elster River. Their hair flying, their bikes' spokes shining, the women of this town have glided through wars and decades of communism; they've raced through history with loaves of bread and bunches of flowers.
November 3, 2005
CLAREMONT IS easy to find on a map: 30 miles east of downtown L.A., on the county border. Its position on the political chart is a lot harder to pinpoint these days. College towns are traditionally liberal bastions, and the home of the Claremont Colleges has long been no exception. When I attended Claremont High, my ex-hippie teachers encouraged students to start underground newspapers, organize walkouts to protest racism on campus and included "massage circles" in the curriculum.
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