Weekend reads

  • Councilman Tony Cardenas told Controller Laura Chick Friday to "get out of my face." DN
  • LAT reporter Martha Groves describes in first-person detail (plus slideshow) the ordeal of recovering from a serious knee injury she suffered on last summer's South America ski trip with ex-mayor Richard Riordan.
  • New York Times shouldn't have been fooled, again, by "Love and Consequences," says the paper's public editor in a column.
  • Steve Lopez discovers that the Craigslist free ads are a forum for prostitution. LAT
  • Need a primer on the Las Lomas controversy that isn't too deep or challenging? Here it is.
  • Robert C. J. Parry argues against the LAPD's plans to make the SWAT unit less of a brotherhood. LAT Opinion
  • 36 hours in Pasadena with the bureau chief for the New York Times. NYT Travel
  • Blogger Carolyn Kellogg in Istanbul. Pinky's Paperhaus
  • Caitlin Flanagan says the trend of teenagers driving less and staying close to their parents more is a good one. NYT Op-Ed
  • The newest Valley street is Costco Drive. Here in Van Nuys
  • Enjoying an unexpected silence in the city, "Not absolute, deafening silence, but that the usual background urban noise orchestra took a tacet for a few measures and allowed the sound of a gentle breeze to take a solo." Militant Angeleno
  • Shana Ting Lipton enlightens her blog readers on "the smell," that "perhaps thrice-in-a-lifetime sexual chemistry that is SO intense that you practically want to devour each other."

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Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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