Posted On: 2:00 a.m. | September 5, 2011
Julius English works as a behavioral therapist for children with special needs and, over the years, has developed a magical touch. The 39-year-old has a learning disability, but basketball has helped him push his limits.
Eric Calhoun doesn’t play baseball, but he’s the biggest fan at college and minor league parks across the Southland. The 37-year-old has been going to games for almost... View Post»
Posted On: 3:49 p.m. | September 1, 2011
Dr. Arthur C. Bartner has been the colorful director of the USC Marching Band since 1970. Though he used to say he would retire when Pete Carroll left USC he now says he'll stay forever. View Post»
Posted On: 3:22 p.m. | September 1, 2011
A storm near Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand has created a strong southwest swell that is hitting the Southern California coast.
Pedestrians had to take take quick steps back as waves crashed over Strand Way in Oceanside. The portion of the popular oceanfront street was closed after a pedestrian walking through puddles reported being shocked.
Familiar spots like the Wedge in... View Post»
Posted On: 2:34 p.m. | August 30, 2011
Today is Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
Posted On: 7:00 a.m. | August 29, 2011
John Peterson has kept the Hollywood emblems gleaming for 15 years. With 2,412 stars, that's 110 a day and a full-time job. View Post»
Posted On: 6:00 a.m. | August 29, 2011
For nine months, firefighters from Rescue 5 dug through the ruins of the World Trade Center searching for bodies. Among the dead were 11 men from the elite Staten Island rescue company who had raced toward the smoking towers on Sept. 11. Few remains were ever found. Flags covered empty caskets. Basic answers – such as where they were when they died – proved elusive. New faces filled the... View Post»
Posted On: 7:45 a.m. | August 28, 2011
Photographing Hollywood celebrities is often a challenging job for a Los Angeles Times photographer. View Post»
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»