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  • National Zoo panda cam shuts down! Bad idea!

    National Zoo panda cam shuts down! Bad idea!
    We knew the federal government shutdown would mean going without some things. Getting¬† a passport. Going to a national park. But to deprive us of the the ¬†National Zoo’s panda cam just seems cruel — especially at a time when giant panda Mei...
  • Superstar story teller to appear in Highland Park

     
    Donald Davis, a widely beloved story teller, will be performing in Highland Park Sept. 11 at 7 pm in the Elm Place Middle School auditorium. (more details) I've been lucky enough to cross paths with Davis at least half a......
  • Joni Gordon dies at 75; Newspace gallery owner nurtured L.A. art

    Joni Gordon dies at 75; Newspace gallery owner nurtured L.A. art
    Joni Gordon, an art world novice who bought a failing Melrose Avenue gallery, Newspace, 37 years ago and turned it into an incubator for Los Angeles' contemporary art scene, has died. She was 75. Gordon died Sept. 11 in Bend, Ore., 10 days after a...
  • Killing unadoptable cats is a cruel, ineffective approach

    Killing unadoptable cats is a cruel, ineffective approach
    A recent study by researchers at the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been all over the news recently. The study claims cats kill birds and mammals with abandon, and that trap-neuter-return — the nationally...
  • Shuttle's end

    Shuttle's end
    April 26 Countless Americans watched the transport of Discovery, the space shuttle, to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. It was often described as a bittersweet event. As I watched, I could imagine a sad face on the base...
  • Getting up close and personal with Space Shuttle Atlantis

    Getting up close and personal with Space Shuttle Atlantis
    Atlantis is ready for its close-up. The orbiter that made the final flight of NASA's shuttle program now is in a new $100-million home created for it at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The 90,000-square foot attraction — called Space...
  • Endeavour Exhibit Opens at California Science Center

    Endeavour Exhibit Opens at California Science Center
    LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- If you missed the shuttle Endeavour's trip through the streets of Los Angeles, you can see it in person starting on Tuesday. That's when the California Science Center will open the doors to the display pavilion housing the retired...
  • How to make the most of a trip to the nation's capital

    How to make the most of a trip to the nation's capital
    A spring break in the nation's capital is a rite of passage for some families, but if the airfare from the West Coast to the East has stretched your vacation budget, take heart. Many places are free, thanks to government funding (although the sequester...
  • Family's racial history comes into focus

    Family's racial history comes into focus
    On a warm late September evening in one of the nicer high-rises on Chicago's Marine Drive, Brenda Fredericks peered over her glasses and surveyed a large group of relatives from her husband's family, many of whom she had never met before. Some were...
  • Alexander Graham Bell auction halted; Smithsonian disputes 'gift'

    Alexander Graham Bell auction halted; Smithsonian disputes 'gift'
    This post has been corrected. Please see below for details. A historic archive documenting Alexander Graham Bell’s attempt in the early 1900s to build a kite-like aircraft that would allow humans to fly was pulled back from an auctioneer’s...
  • Animal sculptures at LAX shed light on household trash

    A glowing red elephant, two blue-green oxen and an orange and pink camel trudge beside passengers as they exit the Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley Terminal. Closer inspection of the life-size sculptures reveals the elephant’s...