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: 1:52 p.m. | December 5, 2013
I was an 8-year-old boy growing up in Cape Town in the shadow of Table Mountain when Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was found guilty of treason in the winter of 1964, and escaping the gallows, was sentenced to life in prison.
As a privileged white child, I was unaware of the significance of what had happened and of the injustice the iron fist of apartheid wielded.
Nelson Mandela, together with... View Post»
Posted On: 10:41 a.m. | December 5, 2013
In Thursday's Pictures in the News, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies show portraits of themselves in Monterey Park before they went on a weight loss program. Their goal was to lose 10% of their weight in 10 weeks with the help of the Lindora weight loss program.
Washington, D.C.: First lady Michelle Obama reacts as Ashtyn Gardner, 2, from Mobile, Ala., loses her balance when... View Post»
Posted On: 12:31 a.m. | December 5, 2013
David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen of rock band Van Halen celebrate their return to Southern California at the Long Beach Arena. View Post»
Posted On: 9:10 p.m. | December 4, 2013
Shortly after leaving the Los Angeles Times in 2009 photographer Lori Shepler welcomed a stray cat with thumbs and a short, stubby tail into her home. Within a few months City the Kitty was appearing in videos and gaining Facebook fans by the thousands. City the Kitty has gone on to appear in numerous television shows, and he has a YouTube channel with over 1.5 million views and 150 videos.
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Posted On: 10:03 a.m. | December 4, 2013
Wednesday's Pictures in the News begins in Florida with the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex in Cape Canaveral. This is SpaceX's first commercial launch from its central Florida launch pad and the first commercial flight from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in over four years. 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: 12:25 a.m. | December 4, 2013
Golfer looks for his ball after his drive sliced onto the practice range. View Post»