| Apr 27, 2011
Singer in the punk band X-Ray Spex
Poly Styrene, 53, the braces-wearing singer who belted out "Oh bondage, up yours!" with the punk band X-Ray Spex, died Monday, according to a statement on her website.
Styrene, whose real name was...
| Jul 1, 2010
The Torrance farmers market is in full bloom: pluots mottled with patches of red and green, bottles of fresh-pressed pomegranate juice, eggplants as thick as tree trunks. Weekenders huddle under canopies clutching pupusas and plates of pad Thai, the...
| Jun 27, 2010
Known for his tall tales and a brush with the homicidal Manson family in the 1960s, Robert "Ballarat Bob" Dunlap was one of the last Death Valley prospectors who dynamited and burrowed through the Panamint Valley in search of riches.
Dunlap died of...
| Sep 22, 2010
Irving Ravetch, a two-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter — for "Hud" and "Norma Rae," written with his wife and collaborator, Harriet Frank Jr. — has died. He was 89.
Ravetch died Sunday of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in...
| Jul 10, 2010
Benny Powell, a veteran jazz trombonist who played with Count Basie from the early 1950s to the early 1960s, taking a solo turn in the band's 1955 recording of "April in Paris," has died. He was 80.
Powell died June 26 at Roosevelt Hospital in New York...
| Aug 5, 2010
With the penetrating scent of lemon grass fused with garlic and roasted chiles trailing behind him, a waiter sets a khan tohk on our table at the new Lum-Ka-Naad. It's a sort of northern Thai omakase, a mini banquet packed with lush, wild flavors. It is...
| Mar 10, 2011
Mike Starr, the former Alice in Chains bass player who went public with his drug problems on the reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab," was found dead in a Salt Lake City house Tuesday, nine years after the rock band's singer died of an overdose. Starr was...
| Dec 5, 2010
C. SCOTT LITTLETON
at Occidental College
C. Scott Littleton 77, a longtime Occidental College anthropology professor and department chairman known for his studies of comparative Indo-European mythology and folklore, Arthurian...
| Jul 30, 2010
Goji berries, the much-hyped "superfruit" native to China, touted for their medicinal properties and surprisingly delicious too, are now available for the first time as fresh fruit at local farmers markets.
The berries, which sometimes still have their...
| Mar 10, 2011
Eddie Brandt's obsession with the movies was evident in his North Hollywood home, which he transformed into an indoor-outdoor theater by installing a film projector on a tiny loft with windows and pointing it toward his yard.
Saturday night was movie...
| Aug 21, 2010
Mario Obledo, who grew up on welfare and later ran the California agency that administered it when he became the state's highest-ranking Mexican American official, died Wednesday in Sacramento. He was 78.
The cause was a heart attack, said his wife, Keda...