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A homeless encampment on Saturday on Virgil Avenue, beside the Hollywood Freeway in what the blue signs call Wilshire Center.
A new report concludes that LA "has among the slowest, most expensive internet services in the industrialized world."
One pilot was killed and another injured when Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed in the desert north of the company's base at the Mojave Air and Space Port.
Bloomberg Businessweek examines the latest influx of Chinese capital to transform a corner of the San Gabriel Valley.
Walt Mossberg, the former Wall Street Journal tech columnist now writing for the start-up Re/Code, sort of parodies the hype and sort of joins in outside the Apple store in downtown Palo Alto.
Silicon Valley "is one of the most amazing places on the planet," says Chris O'Brien on his way to three years in France.
There goes the view of the Jesus Saves neon sign and the rooftop panorama from the Ace Hotel.
Homeless' belongings parked in the shade under the freeway on Parthenia Street in North Hills, in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.
Deon Joseph, a senior lead officer in the LAPD's Central Area, has had enough. Skid Row, where he has worked for 16 years, has "once again become an outdoor asylum without walls."
The Hot Property blog is back on the A-list at LA Times.com, with a new hire and a newsroom memo to explain it all.
The buyer is reportedly Anthony Gonzalez of the band M83. No sales price has been reported yet.
The New York Times' Fashion and Style section deems it an actual trend and pegs the coverage to Leo DiCaprio buying the old Dinah Shore estate.
The Cheviot Drive home where Ray Bradbury lived and wrote for 50 years has been listed for sale at $1.495 million. It's open on Sunday.
The U-2 was developed and built at Burbank Airport and played a major role in the Cold War. CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers, shot down over the USSR in 1960 and swapped for a KGB spy, later died flying the KNBC news chopper.
Here's as sure a sign as any about the extent of the California snowfall drought.
The only question is how bad. A Texas newspaper says many of the jobs appear headed to West Plano, outside Dallas.
Russ Mitchell will guide coverage of Silicon Valley and tech companies, and write for the paper's Tech Now blog.
The site at 9900 Wilshire Boulevard, just west of the Beverly Hilton hotel, would come fully approved for construction of a luxury condo project, says the LA Times.
Sometimes, roadside attractions render the journey the destination
Broad tells Los Angeles Magazine the city needs "better political leadership and better citizen and corporate leadership than it’s had." He also confirms he is still trying to buy the LA Times.
"Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection" is in the view of the judges 2013’s most illuminating and compelling nonfiction book about community and human connectedness.
Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysa announced Monday that analysis of satellite data confirms that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 flew south over the Indian Ocean after changing course and could...
Kimi Yoshino succeeds Marla Dickerson, who left the Times for the Wall Street Journal.
The prime minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, informed Parliament on Thursday morning that satellite images appear to show debris in the ocean under a likely flight path of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Photographers are noting the abrupt closure today of Calumet's Hollywood store, along with the shutdown of all other American stores in the Chicago-based photo supply chain. An LA photog explains why it matters.
Deluxe has been a major player in the production of movies on film and in digital post-production. But film is fading away.
Chmielewski will join ex-Wall Street Journal tech writers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at Re/Code.
Mark Lacter and LA Biz ObservedMark Lacter created the LA Biz Observed blog in 2006 and posted until his death on Nov. 13, 2013. His 10,000-plus posts are archived here.
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Millard Sheets muralArtist's work goes from home to the Huntington.
The WarwickCirca 1928 residential building on North Sycamore Avenue.
Day of the Dead
Festivities at Hollywood Forever cemetery. Iris Schneider
Ficus vs sidewalkTree wins on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.
Garden envyVeronique de Turenne has a case. Here in Malibu
Wilshire RoyaleAnother sweet LA street image from Kevin McCollister. East of West LA
Honor for HahnCity Hall East is now named for former mayor James Hahn. Read
Yosemite fire cam
Wildfire smoke over Half Dome, viewed from Sentinel Dome. Bigger. Yosemite Conservancy.
Made in America sceneMayor Garcetti with Jay-Z, Beyonce and Steve Aoki at the music festival in Grand Park. Photo on Aoki's Instagram feed.
Giant floating duckyThe big rubber duck was the most photographed thing about the tall ships festival recently held in San Pedro. Photo: Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Ridiculous palm weedsIt's almost as if the three fan palm young 'uns have come to visit the palm tree zoo. Or a jailed parent. Bigger
City of LA historical photosMen on a storm drain project near the Baldwin Hills in the Depression. More images from newly digitized collection
Dancers auditionTryouts for LA's Barak Ballet. Photo by Judy Graeme
Weird Pacific summerCool, strange jellies are washing up on on LA beaches. Fauna
Take our picture Gary LeonardGary Leonard photo of the audience at his Central Library conversation with Kevin Roderick. Bigger
Curator's guide to HuntingtonLearn about the redone gallery of American art. Native Intelligence
Voices of LAKamau Daáood recites poetry backed by a klezmer jazz ensemble at Breed Street Shul. Iris Schneider