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August 15, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
For the record, "Music Man Murray" has tried his best to keep his rare 400,000-album collection intact. Murray Gershenz has spent 72 years amassing his music trove, after all. He has century-old operatic performances captured on Edison cylinder tubes, 1930s-era Big Band crooners on fragile 78-rpm discs, early rockers on 45s, show tunes on LPs and pop artists on cassette tapes and CDs. The collection is crammed into homemade shelves in...
April 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
The Chicago Cubs are not happy with how a cake created in honor of Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary was disposed of following a charity event on Wednesday. A 400-pound replica of the century-old ballpark, created by the bakery made famous on the reality TV show "Cake Boss," was on display at the Cubs-Tampa Bay Rays game Wednesday before being transported to the Cubs Charities Bricks & Ivy Ball fundraiser at the Field Museum that night. At some point, the (wise) decision was made by the team not to serve a cake that had been sitting outside all day. Most of it wasn't edible anyway.
March 14, 1988
Congratulations to Alan Miller for his informative article on the garbage crisis, "Trash Time Bomb" (Part I, Feb. 28). As I was quoted, there is no "one way" to solve this problem. The alternatives mentioned in the article certainly enumerate the variety of tools we have to help us diminish and dispose of the 39 million tons of garbage generated each year by Californians. But, even though the Legislature is passing laws to require more recycling, the development of biodegradable containers by industry and further review of the waste to energy process, public support is vital if we are to succeed in our efforts to diminish our trash.
April 18, 2014 | By Michele Bigley
MAKAWAO, Maui - "Don't ask for anything while you are in this canyon," Sydney Smith, my guide and a longtime Hawaii resident, said as we balanced precariously on rocks, descending deep into Maliko Gulch. "A film crew was once here, set up a tripod, lights, models and was just about to take photos, when the photographer said, 'Now we just need some wind.' A powerful gust came whooshing through the valley, knocking down the tripods and light reflectors. And then like that" - she snapped her fingers - "the wind vanished.
October 10, 2010 | Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Trash A Novel Andy Mulligan David Fickling/Random House: 240 pp., $19.99 Popular young adult fiction is dominated by fantasy and tales that trade in the tropes of high school hierarchy and unrequited love. So it's refreshing when a book takes us into the largely unexplored Third World and the experiences of its unprivileged, as is the case with "Trash," a gem of a young adult debut from author Andy Mulligan. Told in multiple first-person voices, primarily from the points of view of "dumpsite boys" who spend their days wading barefoot through piles of waste ?
January 12, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
December 29, 2012
Re “ Pot farms take dirty toll ,” Dec. 23 Some years back I purchased a copy of biologist George Wuerthner's guide “California's Wilderness Areas: Mountains and coastal ranges.” As a Southern California native, I was not familiar with geographic locales outside my immediate area, so reading the volume and looking at the beautiful color photos instilled an incredible sense of fascination with California's far north and its incredibly rich...
January 29, 1989
I strongly disagree with the Los Angeles Times editorial supporting the trash-burning plant in San Marcos ("Board Should Reopen Talks on Trash Plant," Jan. 22). Your stance ignores the environmental impact caused by incineration. The air quality in San Diego County is continuing to deteriorate. Furthermore, this type of plant will contribute to the greenhouse effect, which is threatening our globe. Also worth consideration is the fact that trash incineration creates highly toxic ash, which is becoming an environmental problem for disposal as well.
October 2, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Nick Young is trying to get Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant to return to the court as soon as possible. There's one good way to do that -- put him down. "I've been talking trash to him a little bit to get out there," Young said. "I'm just waiting for him to get out there so I can go at him, you know, stop dodging me. " Young may be motivational, but he's not delusional. "I can talk trash now because he can't do nothing right now," Young said of Bryant, who is recovering for a torn Achilles' tendon.
September 29, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Whether it's banana peels or bald tires, frozen-food containers or soda cans, Americans make 250 million tons of garbage each year. What happens to all our castoffs after we haul them out to the curb is the subject of "Trash Inc.: The Secret Life of Garbage," a one-hour documentary airing Wednesday on CNBC. "I can't tell you how many pairs of pants and shoes I've gone through, traipsing through these dumps and landfills," said Carl Quintanilla, the Emmy-winning CNBC reporter who spent his summer wading through refuse from New York and Pennsylvania to Nevada, Hawaii and Beijing to learn where garbage goes, who handles it and what's at stake economically and environmentally.
April 15, 2014 | Soumya Karlamangla
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law Tuesday an overhaul of the city's trash collection program for businesses and large apartment buildings. Advocates say it will keep some garbage out of landfills by increasing recycling, create jobs and reduce truck traffic. Just before signing the Zero Waste L.A. ordinance, Garcetti called the plan "groundbreaking" and said it fit with his back-to-basics agenda. "There's nothing more basic in the city than trash collection," he said.
April 10, 2014 | By David Ng
The security guard is an art critic? A painting that recently sold at auction in Hong Kong for about $3.7 million is feared to have been thrown out in the trash, according to reports from China.  "Snowy Mountain" by contemporary Chinese artist Cui Ruzhuo was sold by the Chinese firm Poly Auction at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Hong Kong. The ink painting, which depicts a snowy mountainscape, sold for 28.8 million Hong Kong dollars.  ART: Can you guess the high price? Officials in Hong Kong are reportedly searching landfills after the South China Morning Post said security footage shows a guard kicking the painting to a pile of garbage.
April 2, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to overhaul the way garbage is collected from tens of thousands of businesses and apartment complexes in what city officials, labor leaders and environmental activists described as a groundbreaking plan to put L.A. at the forefront of landfill waste reduction. "This is going to be the most exacting, the most ambitious, gold-standard waste recycling system not just in the country, but in the world," said Greg Good, Mayor Eric Garcetti's director of infrastructure and a former project director with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy.
April 1, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to overhaul the way garbage is collected from tens of thousands of businesses and apartment complexes in what supporters described as an ambitious bid to put Los Angeles at the forefront of reducing landfill waste nationwide. "This is really about environmental justice," said Councilman Jose Huizar, who backed the plan. "It's about moving the city to get away from landfills, to show the world that the second largest city in the country is doing its best to recycle and to improve the air quality in our great city.
March 31, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Hoping to make Los Angeles a national leader in steering trash away from landfills, the City Council is poised to approve a sweeping and controversial transformation of garbage collection for tens of thousands of businesses and apartment buildings. The new system, which tightens city control over the commercial trash-hauling market, is expected to win approval Tuesday. Proponents say that the changes, backed by environmental and labor organizations, will keep more garbage out of landfills, cut down on truck traffic and make the industry safer for workers.
March 29, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Police are searching for a man they believe killed a woman, stuffed her body in a trash bin and wheeled it for miles to his ex-girlfriend's house. The ex-girlfriend discovered the body around 10 p.m. Friday and walked to the LAPD's 77th Street station to report it, said watch Cmdr. Rudy Alaniz. The victim was described as a Latina in her mid-20s. The suspect, who wasn't identified by police, was described as being in his mid-30s. Alaniz said details on where the trash bin came from were not immediately available.
November 28, 2012
Re "A toxic battleground," Nov. 25 Residents of Kettleman City, Calif., claim that toxic waste dumped into a nearby landfill is responsible for illnesses, birth defects and even some children's deaths. Consider India, where crowding in parts of the country forces some citizens to live in waste dumps. Consider the lights of Las Vegas, other lights and store TVs, which are on all the time as if it were a divine right. Consider the ocean being treated as a sewer. Consider the problem of world population growth: thousands of years to reach 1 billion people (1810)
Tom Binns has pioneered the junk-jewelry genre, making treasures out of trash and trashing treasures -- silver collars etched with the words "statement piece," triple strands of mismatched pearls the size of gum balls, asymmetrical crystal chokers with neon-paint graffiti, forks bent into cuff bracelets. Before there were outsized, tangled chain necklaces at Target and jumbled pearls at J.
March 26, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Detroit's efforts to once again become a vibrant and self-sustaining city has gained some cachet with L.A. residents, says Detroit native Tiffany Allison. She sees that with her jewelry line,  Detroit Trash . She is the granddaughter of an antiques dealer and learned from him the value of lots of tiny items, "little bits of history," as she calls them. They include Masonic star pendants from a jewelry store that burned down, keys to auto workers' lockers and metal ID tags for the workers' tools, high school class rings, carnival prizes and miniature license plates.
March 18, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 21-year-old woman whose naked body was found on a conveyor belt at an Anaheim trash-sorting facility may have spent her last days and nights inside a second-floor motel room on a densely packed stretch of Beach Boulevard. Jarrae Nykkole Estepp had become a regular in the aging commercial district in recent weeks, walking the busy boulevard. Only blocks from Disneyland, the street is defined by strip malls, fast-food restaurants and motels from a bygone era. Detectives said their efforts to retrace Estepp's final steps in the hope of finding her killer have brought them to the neighborhood, long known as a haven for prostitution.
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