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  • A decade later, wounds have healed, but the memory remains raw

    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
  • Mandela — truly a man of the people

    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...

    Black smoke from refinery is non-emergency, officials say

    Wilmington Refinery: Black smoke seen billowing into the sky in the Wilmington area of the Los Angeles Harbor on Saturday afternoon was from a non-emergency flaring operation at the a Conoco Phillips Refinery and did not require a response from fire...

    Agricultural pest is targeted in Santa Clarita Valley

    Agricultural pest is targeted in Santa Clarita Valley
    State agricultural officials have declared war on the Oriental fruit fly in the Santa Clarita Valley after five flies were trapped there over two days last month. The action is the first for the Santa Clarita area but is one of several in Southern...

    Cyclists gain access to Santa Clarita Valley nature trail

    Cyclists gain access to Santa Clarita Valley nature trail
    Cyclists are praising the county’s decision to grant them access to a popular Santa Clarita Valley nature trail, despite the objections of hikers’ groups. Bikes were prohibited from Canyon Trail in Newhall’s Placerita Canyon Natural...