Posted On: 6:30 p.m. | July 19, 2011
Moonfaced, 17 and, right now, teary, Genesis Diaz is the student body president of Ramona High. In her right hand she clutches a diploma. In her arms she holds a baby -- her baby -- mop-topped Amanda, 18 months. No one bats an eye.
Ramona High, you see, is as unusual a public school as exists in Los Angeles. For over five decades, it has been an all-girls school. It caters exclusively to... View Post»
Posted On: 7:54 p.m. | July 18, 2011
Derek Thomas, 19, had been heading home to San Diego from a high-altitude training camp in Mammoth when the vehicle he was in crashed. When he arrived by emergency jet at the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills, he was unconscious. Third-degree burns covered more than 85% of his body -- his face, his neck; his back, his arms; his stomach, chest and legs.
Doctors gave him a 1% chance to... View Post»
Posted On: 9:35 a.m. | July 18, 2011
Times video journalist Jeff Amlotte spent the weekend camping out in his pickup truck along the 405 Freeway to record images for a time lapse video of the partial demolotion of the Mulholland Drive brige. The bridge is being removed to make way for a widening of the freeway below. The freeway was shutdown for about 2 days and the expected traffic tie-up was dubbed "Carmageddon." Here Amlotte... View Post»
Posted On: 8:13 a.m. | July 18, 2011
After months of intensive training and preparation, doctors, nurses and staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Sunday carefully moved almost 200 young patients into the new $636-million Marion & John E. Anderson Pavilion. View Post»
Posted On: 8:12 p.m. | July 16, 2011
A prestigious neurology clinic has launched an unprecedented study of professional fighters' brains with the goal of advancing research to improve various treatments for brain damage.
"We know what permanent brain damage looks like in its final stages, but we know so little about what causes it and what happens during cumulative trauma," said Maureen Peckman of the Cleveland Clinic. Peckman... View Post»
Posted On: 10:47 p.m. | July 15, 2011
[Watch the time lapse video of "Carmageddon"]
Interstate 405, the freeway known simply as the 405, was built as a bypass of Interstate 5 and is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the nation.
It begins in Irvine at the El Toro Y, where the two freeways divide, with the 405 following a more southerly route through Orange County and into Los Angeles County, generally paralleling the Pacific... View Post»
Posted On: 12:46 p.m. | July 12, 2011
Former First Lady Betty Ford's body was flown Wednesday to Grand Rapids, Mich., for a funeral and burial Thursday on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Museum.
Memorial services for Ford were held Tuesday in Palm Desert.
Ford was born Elizabeth Anne Bloomer in Chicago on April 8, 1918. Her husband served as president from 1974 to 1977. She died Friday at 93 in a hospital in Rancho Mirage.... View Post»
Posted On: 7:41 a.m. | July 12, 2011
The Lake County Passion Play was founded among picturesque, isolated hills by the Rev. Philip Ryan 31 years ago.
This year, with the county struggling with foreclosures, bankruptcies and one of the highest unemployment rates in California, staging the spectacle of Christ's final days has been especially difficult, Ryan said.
The 150-member cast of sinners and saviors, virgins and vagrants... View Post»
Posted On: 3:25 p.m. | July 11, 2011
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Los Angeles International Airport late Friday afternoon, alighting from a Royal Canadian Air Force A310 that flew them in from Calgary after their eight-day tour of Canada, stepping into the bright, welcoming sunshine of a Southern California summer day.
They were greeted by Gov. Jerry Brown, his wife, Anne Gust Brown, L.A. Mayor Antonio... View Post»
Posted On: 8:15 p.m. | July 8, 2011
It seems like I needed a trip back to my photography roots. The good old days when film was king. How about a quick shout-out for the Kodak Tri-X 400? I must have shot a million rolls of the stuff.
I go back to the Kodak Brownie days, taking photos looking through a muddled viewfinder trying to capture the action. Next came dropping off the film at my local camera store and waiting for those... View Post»
Posted On: 5:55 p.m. | July 8, 2011
The southern capital, Juba, is bustling with jubilant citizens and dignitaries as they celebrate the independence of the Republic of South Sudan after a generations-long war that left more than 2 million people dead. View Post»
Posted On: 6:37 p.m. | July 5, 2011
The graduates were the last remaining students who had attended Locke High before it became a charter school three years ago. The “original” Locke students, as they’ve come to be known, were placed in the Launch to College Academy, a school within a school that shrank with each passing class and, with this graduation, now disappears altogether.
The two counselors, too, are bidding... View Post»
Posted On: 4:41 p.m. | July 4, 2011
Catholics have long created their own sacred spaces here. They build altars in parking lots, chapels in shopping malls, grottos in back alleys and shrines in weed-choked vacant lots.
The Virgen de Guadalupe was said to have appeared for the first time in the 1500s, to a poor Indian named Juan Diego along a sloped hill near Mexico City. Somber, hands in prayer, draped in the red and green of... View Post»
Posted On: 9:39 p.m. | July 3, 2011
A fight is on to prevent several out-of-state companies from attempting to convert lands near the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve and the Portal Ridge area into an industrial-scale energy production facility, such as the Tehachapi Wind Farms. View Post»
Posted On: 1:28 p.m. | June 26, 2011
The Electric Daisy Carnival, a three day rave being held in Las Vegas this weekend is expected to draw over 70,000 people each night. The annual music festival previously took place at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum in downtown Los Angeles, but partially as a result of last summer's death of a 15-year-old girl who had attended the party and the resulting scrutiny, the company that produces the... View Post»
Posted On: 10:51 p.m. | June 24, 2011
Applications to the Orange County High School of the Arts, the alma mater of "Glee" star Matthew Morrison, have been soaring.
Seniors from the Santa Ana charter school recently performed their season finale show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. View Post»