Posted On: 1:52 p.m. | December 31, 2013
By Ann M. Simmons
Dec. 31, 2003. I remember that day as if it were yesterday.
I was serving a temporary stint in the Baghdad bureau of the Los Angeles Times. It was New Year’s Eve and a group of foreign journalists and Iraqi staffers decided to ring in 2004 at Nabil’s restaurant, a popular hangout for journalists, contractors, embassy personnel and foreign aid workers.
Some of us... View Post»
Posted On: 2:57 p.m. | December 30, 2013
Farmers, ranchers and onetime loggers were among those who packed a church community room here in August to listen to a former state lawmaker convey his vision of a cleaved — and more governable — California.
The theme was familiar, the resonance deep for those convinced that relentless regulation is strangling the economy of this northern border county. But this time, a tall man... View Post»
Posted On: 10:39 p.m. | December 27, 2013
As 2013 draws to a close, Framework looks back on an eventful year, documented by the photojournalists of the Los Angeles Times.
Enjoy. View Post»
Posted On: 1:44 p.m. | December 24, 2013
Ido Kedar, a 17-year-old San Fernando Valley boy, thought for years to be completely out of touch with the outside world, has emerged as an essayist and spokesman for autism. He uses a letter board and an iPad to communicate insights regarding his life, education and God. He self-published a book and lectures at autism conferences about the hidden potential of others who are just like him. View Post»
Posted On: 5:00 a.m. | December 23, 2013
Brazil struggles toward progress. Mile after mile on Brazil’s Highway 222 is lined with eucalyptus groves where rain forest once stood. These fast-growing trees are planted to feed the hundreds of charcoal camps that pepper the deforested landscape. View Post»
Posted On: 5:00 a.m. | December 20, 2013
In it's heyday, celebrities such as Cary Grant, Lucille Ball and Fred Astaire would linger in the box seats at Hollywood Park, on Sunday, they will run their last race. View Post»
Posted On: 5:00 a.m. | December 19, 2013
It's the busy season for dance.
Ballet schools, local companies and touring troupes present variations of "The Nutcracker" in late November and December. Some productions are fully staged, while others are excerpts. The classic ballet to Tchaikovsky's beloved music is more than a holiday mainstay. It's populated with an abundance of roles, giving stage time to young and eager dancers with... View Post»
Posted On: 9:06 p.m. | December 17, 2013
It's a grueling 15-hour day for Carmen Mendoza and her children as they leave home before dawn and trek to far-flung schools and work. But they expect a payoff someday. View Post»
Posted On: 10:32 a.m. | December 17, 2013
Several Los Angeles Times photojournalists were among those who risked their lives to chronicle the war in Iraq. The team included Don Bartletti, Bryan Chan, Carolyn Cole, Robert Gauthier, Rick Loomis, Luis Sinco, Wally Skalij and Brian van der Brug. Steve Stroud, The Times’ deputy director of photography, shepherded the process of dispatching the photographers, steering their coverage and... View Post»
Posted On: 4:53 p.m. | December 16, 2013
It was during a weekend hike in November with my grown son Max along a well-worn trail at an elevation of 1600 feet in the Santa Ynez Mountains when we both smelled the unmistakable odor of something that had died. We both dismissed the smell as likely from a poor rodent that had met its end.
The following day we watched closely as a turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) soared on the thermals and... View Post»
Posted On: 9:03 p.m. | December 15, 2013
More than 500 Santas, a few reindeer and one gingerbread man blanketed downtown LA, and surrounding bars of interest for Santacon LA 2014. View Post»
Posted On: 5:00 a.m. | December 13, 2013
Scores of Catholics of Mexican and Central American descent crowd into La Placita Church in downtown Los Angeles for one of several Masses held in conjunction with El Dia De La Virgen De Guadalupe. View Post»
Posted On: 7:04 p.m. | December 11, 2013
I met sculptor Charles Dickson, 66, while he was working on the piece, “Dance of the Wood Nips,” at his studio in Compton. The sculpture, made from a rare piece of Monkey Pod tree, captures women holding up a portal to the sky.
“In this piece I wanted to talk about the human spirit in relationship with nature,” Dickson said. View Post»
Posted On: 5:01 p.m. | December 5, 2013
I was the Johannesburg bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times in the early 2000s.
My first opportunity to be in the same room with liberation icon Nelson Mandela came when I attended a gathering of Jewish businessmen where Mandela was expected to be the keynote speaker.
The room buzzed with excitement as the crowd anxiously awaited the arrival of this larger-than-life figure. A hush fell... View Post»
Posted On: 9:33 a.m. | December 4, 2013
The road to the abandoned gold mining town of Seneca, Calif. is six miles long, mostly dirt and gravel, snaking along a ridge hundreds of feet above the north fork of the Feather River.
The road ends in a clearing, where a plaque declares that “gold was found in 1851 and a wild mining town was born,” with a nearby post office, hotel, blacksmith and a steady supply of gold-hungry miners.
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Posted On: 1:50 p.m. | December 3, 2013
A photographer's assignment gets edited down for the newspaper and online. Details and moments significant to the photographer often don't make the cut. "Outtakes" presents a selection of those images. We welcome comments and discussion. View Post»