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Parrots heal LA veterans, and the other way too

parrot-care-parrot.jpg At the VA campus off Wilshire Boulevard, damaged birds and veterans are getting over their PTSD.

Lindsey Jacobellis wins her 10th X Games gold

lindsey-jacobellis-10th.jpg The American snowboarder who we like at LA Observed added Sunday to her legacy as the woman with the most X Games medals.

How LACMA located an authentic zoot suit

zoot-suit-lacma-640crop.jpg For an exhibition on menswear fashion through the years, a zoot suit seemed essential to include.

The story behind one cool LA map

Greater-LASMALL.jpg In this map, it's the mountains and the relationship of the ranges and rivers that make it special.

Media notes: The final WWLA and more

warrenolney-zocalo.jpg Warren Olney's nightly KCRW show about Los Angeles news ends tonight. Plus items from all over.

Steve Barr of Green Dot also may oppose Garcetti

steve-barr-flickr.jpg Steve Barr in photo by Kris Krug on Flickr via LA Weekly. Add Green Dot Charter Schools founder Steve Barr to the menu of candidates that might run against Mayor...

'Lost LA' series debuts Wednesday on KCET

LOSTLA-subwayterm.jpg New series about Los Angeles and history hosted by Nathan Masters is a co-production with the USC Libraries.

Kings broadcaster Bob Miller out for heart surgery*

bob-miller-leave.jpg Miller is in his 43rd season, second to Vin Scully among local play-by-play guys.

Negligence to blame in Porter Ranch, AQMD says

porter-ranch-well-earthworks.jpg Civi lawsuit blames SoCal Gas for the three-month methane leak in Aliso Canyon

Mitchell Schwartz (who?) says he'll run against Garcetti

mitchell-schwartz-640.jpg He's a Democratic strategist and environmentalist and a neighbor of the mayor's in Windsor Square.

Gold Line opens in March, Expo in May*

expo-line-cc-overhead.jpg Just in time, perhaps, because rail ridership is dropping in Los Angeles, not rising.

How Metro rail could reach the new NFL stadium someday

inglewood-nfl-googlemap.jpg There could be a train to the Inglewood stadium but the current earliest date is 2035.

6th Street Viaduct closes for good on Wednesday

6th-st-viaduct.jpg They have been talking about it so long, the neighborhoods on both sides have changed.

Bookstore closing: Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd

travelersbooks.jpg The proprietors of Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd Street announced to customers via email that they are in the process of shutting down. The closing clearance sale begins today and...

Feds looking at small donations to Nury Martinez

nury-martinez-campaign.jpg Some details are getting out about the federal criminal investigation that seems to involve City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and her staff. City Hall reporter David Zahniser reports in the LA...

Alarcon convictions overturned on appeal

Thumbnail image for richard-alarcon-2013-dn.jpg Former LA City Councilman state lawmaker Richard Alarcon and his wife have already served their sentences in a case about where they officially lived for voting purposes.

Treasure hunt for trees from the Gold Rush era

apples-felixgillet.jpg I love the California history behind this story of fruits and nuts.

Video of Aliso Canyon gas leak taken down*

sherman-englander-alisocyn.jpg Aides for elected officials get to go where news cameras can't. But the Gas Co. got Sherman to take the videos down.

Small, quirky fixes that might help us get around

bike-path-santa-monica.jpg A bike ferry across Marina del Rey? A pedestrian entrance to Dodger Stadium? Might work!

El NiƱo is doing its job nicely — up north

total-accum-moisturejan172016.jpg Rivers are high, snow pack is deep and new storms are coming. Los Angeles, however, remains one of the driest places in the state.

An LA King and his abusive dad

patosullivan-blackandblue.jpg "From the moment I got my first pair of hockey skates at five years old, I got the living shit kicked out of me every single day." No one intervened.

Glenn Frey, 67, co-founder of the Eagles (video)

glenn-frey-eagles-site.jpg Not many top bands with more certifiable Los Angeles roots than the Eagles, who met Linda Ronstadt at the Troubadour, became her band and with her blessing went out and dominated the 1970s.

Monday notes: Politics, media and place

p-46-47-lions.jpg Developments at Porter Ranch. Penske buys Indiewire. Univision buys the Onion. A fake Politico reporter. Local finalists for the National Book Critics Circle. And much more.

New fear in Porter Ranch: Blowout of the well

porter-ranch-gas-well.jpg "If the wellhead fails," says a physical sciences professor, "It will be a horrible, horrible problem."

Ahwahnee Hotel, Curry Village to get new names

ahwahnee-hotel.jpg Majestic Yosemite Hotel and Half Dome Village just don't sound like Yosemite. Fix it.

'The Revenant' and 'Mad Max' lead Oscar nominations

spotlight-keaton-mcadams-oscars.jpg All the nominated actors are white and two are from Spotlight: Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo.

New mountain lion kittens: P-46 and P-47 (video)

p-46-47-smiling.jpg A male and a female were born in the western Santa Monicas in November or December.

Carolyn Kellogg named LA Times books editor

carolyn-kellogg-lat-320.jpg She has been the section's writer and, for now, is the only staffer remaining. "Her job will go beyond the printed word to explore ideas, film, art and society," the memo says.

Our favorite hazardous LA sidewalk, now with cones

now-with-cones-prosser-sidewalk.jpg The sidewalk on Prosser Avenue in Rancho Park has been a trip-and-fall waiting to happen since at least 2012. We have the pictures.

Garcetti names Wendy Greuel to homeless commission

greuel-clinton-langers-gary.jpg Wendy Greuel with Bill Clinton at Langer's Deli during the 2013 mayoral campaign. Photo: Gary Leonard. Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel were City Hall allies, and I believe friends, before...

LA Weekly loses film critic Amy Nicholson too

amynicholson2013.jpg They are hiring. LAist is also looking for an editor-in-chief, and another former LA blogger-in-chief is in the news.

Our big tsunami will come direct from Alaska

tsunami-hazard-sign.jpg The Semidi segment of the subduction zone in the Aleutian Islands points right at us and is "too quiet."

KCRW ending 'Which Way, LA?' as Olney cuts back

warren-olney-2007-marc-goldstein.jpg Warren Olney will remain as host and executive producer of "To the Point" and add a weekly interview segment during the NPR news.

News and notes for a Tuesday

rhymes-with-orange.jpg Selected items from the media, our in box and other LA Observed sources.

California's secret water blogger is a she

calif-aqueduct-stay-out.jpg The writer of On the Public sat down with Peter H. King of the LA Times after seven years of anonymity.

Lalo Alcaraz on how to make it in Hollywood*

BordertownTeam-crop-320.jpg You too can be an overnight success after 20 years, says the writer on the new Fox show "Bordertown."

Streetscape: Railroad Rolls

rolls-vargo.jpg Roger Vargo spotted this undressed Rolls-Royce today beside the railroad tracks near City Terrace.

Scientists who help write the movies

ant-man-wsj.jpg The Wall Street Journal features Clifford V. Johnson, the USC theoretical physicist who is also a blogger and an adviser on plausible plot twists.

Beck calls for charges against officer in Venice shooting

chief-beck-grab-ezellfordpresser.jpg It's the first time the LAPD chief has recommended charges in the killing of an unarmed suspect.

LA's river homeless in the New Yorker

homeless-lacty-photo.jpg When the first storms thrown our way by El Niño were bearing down last week, the Los Angeles-based staff writer for the New Yorker, Dana Goodyear, went out and gave...

David Bowie, 69, dead after fight with cancer

david-bowie-bw.jpg Bowie's social media accounts posted tonight that the musician and actor has died after an 18-month fight with cancer.

Audio: Final hour of KFWB in 1968 (with jingles)

Hitching-on-Sunset-640.jpg Popular LA deejay Gene Weed signs off one of the top music stations of its time. The next day, KFWB went all news.

SoCal Connected returns for 7th KCET season*

socal-connected-cast-2016.jpg New season of the award-winning series debuts on Jan. 27 with Val Zavala back as anchor and EP.

LA Times alums join bigger Kaiser Health News*

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Chad Terhune and Russ Mitchell are the latest former Times journalists at the expanding nonprofit.

End of the week desk clearing

tumbleweed-lafd.jpg Next for Porter Ranch, Year 30 of the homeless crisis, a busy week for the LAFD and more.

Michael Hamilburg, literary agent, was 82

michael-hamilburg.jpg Michael Hamilburg was the book agent for Jim Morrison, Jackie Robinson, Vincent Bugliosi and many other writers — as well as a number of Los Angeles journalists through the years....

Mt. Waterman to open for first time in 5 years

mt-waterman-lift-2010.jpg LA's closest ski area doesn't make snow so it's all about the weather.

Frank Armitage, 91, Disney Imagineer and illustrator

frank-armitage-disney.jpeg His career included work with David Alfaro Siqueiros, illustrating for "Sleeping Beauty" and "Fantastic Voyage," and murals for Disneyland and other Disney parks.

P-22 captured for check-up: looking good

p-22-close-dec2015.jpg Griffith Park mountain lion is over the mange and up to 123 pounds. Still no mate, however.

Clinton visiting LA today for money

kermit-la-brea-closer.jpg Three stops including San Gabriel and at the Jim Henson studios on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood.

Jill Stewart to leave LA Weekly and more media notes

jill-stewart-twitter.jpg Managing editor will run the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative in LA. Also: what the LA Times wants in its next California politics editor.

Governor declares Porter Ranch gas leak a disaster

socalgas-cap.jpg Several state agencies are ordered to take a role in getting SoCal Gas to stop the methane venting above Aliso Canyon.

Classic LA radio station KFWB sold, to go foreign language

kfwb-jack-harry-warner.jpg Once LA's rock powerhouse, after going all-news the station promised "you give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world."

Judge now vacates ALL of T.J. Simers' jury award

simers-howard-grab.jpg Judge William A. MacLaughlin apparently didn't get to finish his thought when he vacated part of the $7.1 million award against the LA Times on Monday.

Serious kudos for the LA Review of Books

tom-lutz-book-club.jpg The Chronicle of Higher Education piles on the praise, saying there's now "an LARB style" of reviewing.

Raiders, Rams and Chargers formally ask to move to LA

stadium-inglewood-hks.jpg This is the first time since LA's National Football League teams left town that things have actually gotten this far.

Judge cuts $2.1 million from TJ Simers' jury award

simers-howard-grab.jpg The LA Times remains on the hook for $5 million, even though the judge found there was no evidence that the sports columnist was forced out.

Musso & Frank to open on Sunday nights

musso-and-frank-nbcla.jpg Only five hours for supper, but it's enough time for the hard-core Musso's types to run in for a martini and a steak.

Bob Flick, 84, retired news producer for KNXT and NBC*

Flick survived the attack on journalists covering Jonestown that killed Rep. Leo Ryan in 1978 and helped to start "Entertainment Tonight."

Why, does something look different?

lao-front-grab-jan42015.jpg It's true. Once again I have tweaked the look of the LA Observed front page for the new year. Details inside.

News and notes: 2015 into 2016

rose-parade-garcetti-instagram.jpg Notes and news items that amassed during the holiday break around here.
Clinton fundraises in LA
kermit-la-brea-closer.jpg Jim Henson Studios on La Brea became a presidential campaign stop on Thursday.
Brown declares disaster area
porter-ranch-sign.jpgThe natural gas leak above Porter Ranch now qualifies for various government actions. Story
Wet coyote
wet-coyote-vdt.jpgSpotted between the storms at Here in Malibu.
Performing arts with cheer
guys-dolls-kevin-parry.jpgDonna Perlmutter closes out 2015 with productions downtown and on the Westside.
Junkyard down
upick-firetruck-560.jpgAfter 53 years, Sun Valley's Aadlen Brothers and U-Pick Parts cleans out. Photos