- Jane Fonda's third act: "I never thought this is where I'd be at this point in my life — 73, shacked up with somebody in the music business," she laughs. "But here I am."
- The crop of students moving through college right now includes the largest group of mixed-race people ever to come of age in the United States, and they are only the vanguard: the country is in the midst of a demographic shift driven by immigration and intermarriage.
- Gustavo Dudamel continues to wow on the L.A. Philharmonic's European tour.
- The L.A. Times Travel section began a new series of neighborhood tours with Downtown, though the first and last stops recommended — the Natural History Museum and the Derby Dolls' Doll Factory — are not located in Downtown.
- In praise of garden guru Lili Singer and the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants.
- Verdugo Village is a new place on the map, sort of, along Verdugo Road in Glassell Park.
- Dennis Cozzalio of Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule explains why he had to very reluctantly miss screenings by the New Beverly Cinema and the Wright Stuff II series.
- The Hoover Dam bypass bridge over the Colorado River is now open and provides the best views of the dam.
- Chris Brown has completed a domestic violence counseling program required as part of the singer's guilty plea to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in L.A. nearly two years ago.
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