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March 6, 2014 | By David Ng
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on Thursday as part of his three-day California trip.  The visit is expected to cause traffic delays near the museum, which is on Pico Boulevard in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood. The delays are expected to last through the early afternoon. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which runs the museum, has long planned to build a similar museum in Jerusalem. The project has experienced delays, partly because of a dispute over the site, which was a Muslim cemetery.  PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The Jerusalem museum has an estimated price tag of about $100 million. Netanyahu has been a vocal supporter of the Jerusalem site and is a friend of Wiesenthal Center founder and dean Rabbi Marvin Hier.  On Thursday, Netanyahu is expected to address local Jewish leaders at the museum.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford paid a visit to L.A. City Hall, but Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was nowhere to be found. Not because he was avoiding Ford, who got into a political pinch back home after admitting to crack cocaine use, but because Garcetti was in Mexico on a business trip. "Every city I go to, I go to City Hall," Ford said Monday, surrounded by his handlers on the steps of City Hall. "I just pop in to say hi. " Surprised City Hall security personnel escorted Ford and his entourage to Garcetti's office but were soon turned away.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
It was the day after the Oscars, but the happiest, most relieved Angeleno on Monday was probably Mayor Eric Garcetti. Why? Because he just happened to be on a trade mission to Mexico on the day Toronto Mayor Rob Ford came to Los Angeles. Ford - who was famously caught on video smoking crack cocaine and later admitted his drug use and the occasional drunken stupor - said he was in town for an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show. He popped into City Hall for a visit with his fellow politicians and “councilors,” Catherine Saillant reported . Ford apparently wandered the building, followed by security and his entourage, who managed to snap photos of his meetings with Councilmen Mitch O'Farrell and Tom LaBonge.
WORLD
March 4, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine -- U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday paid emotional tribute to “these brave Ukrainians” who stood up to autocracy -- some at the cost of their lives -- in the deadly culmination of a three-month rebellion that drove President Viktor Yanukovich into Russian exile. Picking his way through the piles of firewood, scrap metal, bricks and tires mounded on Independence Square and nearby thoroughfares, Kerry laid flowers at shrines to the dozens killed in the final days of the uprising that caused Yanukovich to flee after agreeing to a government of national unity and early elections.
WORLD
March 3, 2014 | Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
The Kremlin power play in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region escalated Sunday with Russian-backed authorities ordering Ukrainian army and navy units to surrender their weapons as an outraged international community warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that he risks censure for violating Ukraine's sovereignty. The United States accused Moscow of reinforcing an estimated 6,000 naval and ground troops in Crimea with additional personnel and announced that Secretary of State John F. Kerry would fly to Kiev, Ukraine's capital, on Tuesday in a show of support for the beleaguered Ukrainian government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, in a political pinch back home after admitting to crack cocaine use, paid an unexpected visit to Los Angeles City Hall on Monday, wandering the marble hallways in search of Mayor Eric Garcetti or anyone willing to sit down with him. "Every city I go to, I go to City Hall," he said brightly, surrounded by his handlers on the steps of City Hall. "I just pop in to say hi. " Surprised City Hall security personnel escorted Ford and his entourage to Garcetti's office but were soon turned away. Garcetti is in Mexico this week, hoping to drum up business on his first international trip since taking office.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Hollywood Boulevard was quiet on the Monday morning after the Oscars. The parties were over, the limos were gone, and the only people in the street were crew members taking down displays and picking up trash. But 3,000 fans were lined up outside the lobby of the Dolby Theatre, where the "Live" staff had spent all night turning the Oscar stage into the set for the annual "Live With Kelly and Michael After Oscar Show. " "We take over the theater at midnight," joked Michael Gelman, the show's executive director.
IMAGE
February 28, 2014 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Beckoning warmth, longer days, the open road. Wasting time, getting lost, letting curiosity be your guide. It's the season of wanderlust. So is it any wonder that for spring collections, many designers looked to the world of travel for inspiration? The destinations that inspired were far and wide, from the countryside of Japan (Joseph Altuzarra's sexy pencil skirts slit sky-high, in menswear-inspired ticking stripes or indigo patchwork silks inspired by traditional Japanese boro clothing)
IMAGE
February 28, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Opening the door of Rene Holguin's RTH store on La Cienega and stepping into the piñon incense-scented space is like stumbling upon the souvenir shop of your dreams. A native of El Paso, Holguin learned leather crafting from his boot-maker father. He started his label in 2010 with accessories - cowhide leather flower pins and fringe necklaces, bandanna tote bags and felt hats - all evoking treasures you might find on a road trip. That vision has since evolved into a lifestyle collection, including unisex shirts and shirtdresses, shawls, jackets and denim, with a timeless, utilitarian cool.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is scheduled to tour a revived train station in the Midwest on Wednesday to extol the benefits of federal spending on light-rail, roads and bridges as he tries to prod Congress to take up a major transportation bill this year. During a visit to St. Paul, Minn.'s freshly renovated Union Depot, Obama is to outline a four-year, $302-billion transportation plan, the White House said. If Congress doesn't act to renew infrastructure programs, more than 700,000 jobs will be at risk, Obama plans to say. The president's warning may be a bit premature.
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