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  • Plant experts hope for a drought of invasives in 'water-wise' yards

    Plant experts hope for a drought of invasives in 'water-wise' yards
    Many Californians appear to be taking up Gov. Jerry Brown's call for the removal of 50 million square feet of lawn energetically and enthusiastically. But all that energy may be misplaced: As homeowners and businesses seek out drought-tolerant, low-water plants at local nurseries and big-box garden departments, they may unwittingly be picking up invasive plants that wreak havoc on the state's ecology.
  • Two angels: One a city, the other a daughter

    My lovely and patient older daughter picked up the dinner check the other night, a giant cause of alarm for her mother and me. We immediately called a doctor, insisted on taking her temperature, checking her pulse. She stuck out her tongue. It was quite a...

    Home of The Times: They found a Fickett house, bought into the neighborhood

    Home of The Times: They found a Fickett house, bought into the neighborhood
    It didn't take long for Jacyln Ferber to decide to buy a sun-drenched 1959 ranch house designed by Modernist architect Edward Fickett. "I knew it was the house for us right away," she says. Others, apparently, agreed. In 10 days there were five...

    The whole thing began at '0'

    L.A. Affairs chronicles the current dating scene in and around Los Angeles. If you have comments or a true story to tell, email us at home@latimes.com. We pay $300 a column. The text said: "Had an emergency, I'm in the hospital." My first thought...

    Barbara Bestor's 18-unit Blackbirds: Architectural high density living in Echo Park

    Barbara Bestor's 18-unit Blackbirds: Architectural high density living in Echo Park
    As developer Casey Lynch leads a tour of the new 18-unit Blackbirds housing project in Echo Park, he stops in the central courtyard for a moment. "We call it a living street," he says, taking it in. "It feels good to be out here." Blackbirds, named...