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  • Art that makes a public spectacle of itself

    Art that makes a public spectacle of itself
    A giant bulb atop the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood that goes on and off for no apparent reason. A letter denying a Mexican citizen a visa, plastered across the fa├žade of the Geffen Contemporary. A billboard on Fairfax advertising a used 1994...
  • Westwardly mobile

    LOUIS ADAMIC called it "the enormous village." Carey McWilliams said it was "the most priggish community in America." Both were describing Los Angeles at the beginning of the 20th century, a municipality of vast potential and vast contradictions that...
  • It is rocket science

    1800s -- 1841 William Wolfskill planted the first local commercial orange groves on 2 acres east of what is now Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles. 1881 On Dec. 4, the Los Angeles Times began publication as the Los Angeles Daily Times. The first...
  • Martin Eli Weil dies at 68; restoration architect and founding member of the L.A. Conservancy

    Martin Eli Weil dies at 68; restoration architect and founding member of the L.A. Conservancy
    Martin Eli Weil, a leading restoration architect and a past president of the Los Angeles Conservancy who was involved in the restoration of landmark structures such as the El Capitan Theatre and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Storer House in the...
  • Marvin Rand dies at 84; photographer cataloged L.A. architectural history

    Marvin Rand dies at 84; photographer cataloged L.A. architectural history
    Marvin Rand, a photographer whose images captured more than five decades of Los Angeles' architectural history, including landmark works by Irving Gill, Charles and Henry Greene and Watts Towers creator Simon Rodia, died Saturday at his Marina del Rey...
  • James Flournoy dies at 93; pioneering African American politician

    James Flournoy, the Republican candidate for California secretary of state in 1970 who was the first African American nominated by either major party for a partisan statewide office, has died. He was 93. Flournoy died Feb. 21 of heart failure at his home...
  • Robert M. Takasugi dies at 78; Japanese American federal judge had been interned in World War II relocation camp

    U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi, a survivor of a World War II relocation camp for Japanese Americans who was known for his compassion for victims of injustice and his calm demeanor in the face of sometimes outrageous courtroom antics, has died....
  • Inola Henry dies at 66; teacher and California Democratic activist

    Inola Henry dies at 66; teacher and California Democratic activist
    Inola Henry, an educator, teachers union leader and longtime Democratic Party activist on the local, state and national levels, died July 26 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 66. The cause was a heart attack, according to her son, Carl. Henry was well...
  • Tommy Jacquette dies at 65; South L.A. activist helped found the Watts Summer Festival

    Tommy Jacquette dies at 65; South L.A. activist helped found the Watts Summer Festival
    Tommy Jacquette, who channeled a simmering rage to become one of South L.A.'s most important social activists, died this week of complications from cancer, his daughter said. He was 65. Jacquette died Monday at his home in Watts, not far from where the...
  • Body in dry ice was in small tub

    Body in dry ice was in small tub
    When police found a plastic, 2-by-3-foot bin at the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel last month, they were looking for drugs. But they found something far different when they reached into the container. As they rummaged inside the plastic tub, they came...
  • Mexico drug cartels buying public support

    The small houses of the Independencia neighborhood climb a hill that rises from the bone-dry Santa Catarina riverbed. Gang graffiti proliferate the higher you go, until they completely cover the cinder-block walls with slogans, threats and declarations....