Posted On: 8:37 a.m. | August 27, 2011
The recently abandoned Overland Motel is crumbling, vacant dirt lots define downtown, and the desert outpost's last auto dealership has finally given up the ghost, adding to the decline of the hapless hamlet baking in the California sun.
Needles, Calif., was never a salubrious desert destination; rather, it's a last stop for gasoline before crossing into neighboring Nevada, with motorists... View Post»
Posted On: 10:39 a.m. | August 26, 2011
Los Angeles Times photographers took to the street as triple-digit temperatures hit the region and a heat alert was declared in Los Angeles County.
The high temperature on Thursday was 105 in Lancaster, 103 in Burbank, and downtown Los Angeles topped out at 90 degrees. Along the coast, the Santa Monica Pier recorded a high of 71 degrees while Ventura was 75. View Post»
Posted On: 4:30 a.m. | August 24, 2011
Forcados are Portuguese-style bullfighters who do not use capes or swords.
They rely instead on brotherhood and synchronized steps. They are the boy-band version of bullfighters: They don’t try to kill the bull. They jump on its head, pull its tail and spin it into a dizzy stupor. View Post»
Posted On: 6:34 p.m. | August 20, 2011
She went from go-go dancer to trucking company owner, and now she helps the poor.
Rose Rios is 65 and goes into the worst parts of South Los Angeles to give people money, blankets, clothes and food for her Cover the Homeless Ministry, an organization she started a decade ago. She runs it by herself out of her home, with little to no help from others. Donations fill nearly every room of her... View Post»
Posted On: 4:40 p.m. | August 15, 2011
The House of Davids has been an L.A. landmark of sorts ever since singer Norwood Young put a line of statues in his yard in 1997. Now he's selling. He's done with the Davids.
The well-known white house in Hancock Park is listed at $2.1 million.
It has a pool, sauna and steam room, a home theater with a bar, six bedrooms and six baths and 19 Michelangelo's Davids lined up along the curve... View Post»
Posted On: 9:12 p.m. | August 14, 2011
Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park is strikingly beautiful. Recently, three young hikers from a Modesto-area church climbed over a safety railing and were swept to their deaths over the 317-foot drop-off. View Post»
Posted On: 5:48 p.m. | August 12, 2011
This summer, an exhibit at the Mission San Juan Capistrano unveils its rarely seen treasures — restored artwork and rare historical and religious artifacts, which include a document signed by President Abraham Lincoln.
Built in 1782, the newly restored "Serra's Church" at Mission San Juan Capistrano is the oldest building in California still in use. Documents show that Father Junipero... View Post»
Posted On: 4:53 p.m. | August 11, 2011
Jose Luis Diaz, a 41-year-old U.S. citizen originally from Mexico, has created an odd kind of American success story: His Fiesta Cab Co., with its 31 licensed cars, is a perfectly legitimate business that serves a mostly illegitimate clientele.
Read Richard Fausset's story View Post»
Posted On: 3:58 p.m. | August 10, 2011
They wake up to the Russian national anthem and gather near the main stage lined with huge portraits of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his boss (on paper, at least), President Dmitry Medvedev, where they do their morning exercises to music interrupted periodically by recorded quotations from both leaders.
As the day goes on, they are taught how to keep secrets from journalists, how to be... View Post»
Posted On: 8:00 a.m. | August 8, 2011
Arkasha Stevenson dropped by the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles to capture the mood, expression and atmosphere of this music education program for girls ages 8 to 17. The mission of the camp is to mentor girls in music while boosting self-esteem and instilling a sense of empowerment. What she came away with is a whimsical look at young girls getting their rock on. Take a look. View Post»
Posted On: 8:21 a.m. | August 6, 2011
I was on assignment in Africa for 6 weeks. The famine was not a story that we had originally planned to cover but when I arrived in Kenya and read about the plight of the Somalia refugee’s -who walked some 200 miles looking for food and safety- I contacted my editors who agreed we needed to tell their story. View Post»
Posted On: 5:45 p.m. | August 5, 2011
Ryan Hizon, 22, was recently killed in Afghanistan. A Los Angeles resident since his teens, he wasn’t a U.S. citizen, nor were his parents. But under a program that allows the families of soldiers killed in action to quickly become citizens, his parents were given a final gift from their son.
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Posted On: 10:30 p.m. | August 4, 2011
The U.S. Open of Surfing finishes up this weekend in Huntington Beach. The event attracts the world's best surfers and a horde of super-long telephoto lenses and photographers. Surfing certainly isn't one of the easier sports to photograph. There's a few technical issues with equipment. The need for expensive cameras and lenses to capture surfers in the distance is the first problem, not to... View Post»
Posted On: 8:56 p.m. | August 4, 2011
She was Jewish, but to survive in wartime Warsaw, 18-month-old Natalie Weinstein needed a Christian name. Her father wrote a new name on a
piece of paper and then left her on a stranger's doorstep, hoping she would be taken in. He then snuck into the Warsaw ghetto where fellow
Jews gave him shelter. When the war was over, Weinstein learned that every member of his family had been murdered.... View Post»
Posted On: 2:44 p.m. | August 2, 2011
The Nike U.S. Open of Surfing is underway and continues through Sunday in Huntington Beach, which calls itself Surf City U.S.A. The annual event attracts more than half a million fans and the top surfers in the world, as well as skateboarders and BMX riders who will join the action this weekend. View Post»
Posted On: 6:23 p.m. | August 1, 2011
Never mind that the federal government designated the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site last year and “one of the most contaminated bodies of water in the nation.” The Brooklyn waterway is the latest, hottest, coolest spot in a city that won't sleep until it's completely gentrified. The sediment, once described as looking like black mayonnaise, is thick with metals, coal tar and PCBs, and... View Post»