During the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympic Games, a dramatic moment came when 84 grand pianos appeared in the peristyle of the Coliseum and began to play George Gershwin.
LA Times staffers are restless about halted delivery of bottled water in the newsroom. Plus a veteran NPR voice dies, a SoCal media voice gets married, and more on Mission & State.
Shelly Sterling is close to receiving the go-ahead on her sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer.
Richard Hilton guided his final walking tour of old Van Nuys on Saturday -- so I just had to go along.
NBC4's honors included for investigative reporting and for regularly scheduled daily evening newscast. Channel 4's Mary Harris also won the Emmy for news writing for the seventh time.
Lightning strikes at the water line are very rare here. Which is fortunate, because they are scary.
Christensen and Gold
Our modern water systems have made it not only possible, but virtually inevitable, that we should forget where our water comes from and the responsibilities it carries. Myth and art may be our best ways back into that understanding.
Flint will be based in the LA bureau of the Journal. He covered media for the WSJ for seven years before joining the Times.
Al Martinez on Everything Else
A judge's ruling that declares capital punishment unconstitutional in California causes Martinez to wonder if we are beginning to weary of the savagery and he hopes for the dawning of a new day of compassion.
The male gray wolf that walked around in far northern California for a year or so looking for a mate — unsuccessfully — has fathered puppies with the mate he found back in Oregon's Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Between the Brentwood high-roller breakfast and Trade-Tech, President Obama made a stop on Fairfax to have lunch and swap some stories.
Awesome video over downtownEvery familiar building, landmark, roofline and mural, photographed via quadcopter by Ian Wood. Watch
Streetscape: Under the 405Homeless' belongings parked in the shade under the freeway on Parthenia Street in North Hills, in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. LA Observed photo
Big Tomy'sCorner of Sawtelle and Pico, near the Sawtelle district in West LA. Click to enlarge. LAO photo
In case you missed it
More locations and the surf report on the LA Observed weather page
Sign of the print apocalypse?News boxes on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana. Bigger
Kimono exhibit at LACMA"Kimono for a Modern Age" presents more than 30 of the traditional garments. Curator Sharon S. Takeda walks us through.
On a pleasant summer Friday, the fountain in Grand Park becomes a concrete beach. See bigger / Joel Sappell
Blue on blue
Mono Lake on July 4 — no sign of the drought. More bigger photos
Mazursky's table at Farmers MarketLots and lots of dick jokes. Watch
New girl in townJanie Taylor retired as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet this year and moved to Los Angeles. Native Intelligence
Route 66 at the AutryThe story of Route 66 could not be more mixed in with the story of Los Angeles. Some highlights