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Trail cam in San Gabriels spots four lions together (video)

lion-martinez-glendora.jpg Robert Martinez's camera above Glendora captures family of cougars in the daylight — followed by a night visitor.

Chinese millionaires are buying mansions in Arcadia

arcadia-bloomberg.jpg Bloomberg Businessweek examines the latest influx of Chinese capital to transform a corner of the San Gabriel Valley.

A mariachi funeral for Nati Cano (video)

nati-cano-funeral-hernandez.jpg Mariachi Los Camperos members perform a final tribute to the troupe's founder and leader.

Most ridiculous palm weed ever?

UselessPalmtree.jpg This fan palm is trying to poke out of a storm drain in Altadena. Click to see it bigger.

Gentrification of Grand Central Market

gcm-limes-iris.jpg As the market's owner shifts to attract more upscale downtowners, lower-end vendors and their customers lose out.

Why I love LA and the Bay Area

christensen_alma.jpeg In an interview with the Northern California magazine Bay Nature, Jon Christensen has the pleasure of talking about why he loves the Bay Area and LA.

Altered landscapes offer hope in the Anthropocene

stringfellowsaltonsea.jpg Two California lakes: the Salton Sea, a festering manmade disaster in the desert, and Tulare Lake, a phantom lake, dried up by agriculture in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Not the first places one might expect to find hope in the Anthropocene.

Original, intact model of Garden of Allah located in the Valley*

garden-of-allah-model.jpg Alison Martino's Vintage LA community on Facebook has turned up another gem. It has been seen before, but check out the video.

La Opinión converts to tabloid, redesigns site

la-opinion-cover-91614.jpg The Spanish language daily newspaper rolled out an all-new look this week. There's now a section of English language news on the website.

Cedd Moses will take over Union Station's vacant Harvey House diner

fred-harvey-franklin-ave.jpg Look for a brew pub kind of experience in about a year. The deal is for 20 years.

How hot is it? Bear in the pool hot (video)

bear-in-pool-monrovia.jpg Fifteen minutes in a Sierra Madre swimming pool then back to the forest. Watch the video.

'Django Unchained' actress cuffed by LAPD after refusing to show ID*

daniele-watts-detained.jpg Daniele Watts, who is black, and her white husband posted on Facebook they were rousted for being affectionate on Ventura Boulevard and deemed to be a suspected prostitute and john.

A field guide to the future former birds of LA

Allens_Hummingbird_FInch-FlickrCC.jpg This weekend the Allen's Hummingbirds sparred around our feeders in Venice as usual. It's a sight likely to become more rare and perhaps even vanish in the future. The Allen's Hummingbird is climate endangered. Something is going out of the air in LA.

Jane Pisano to retire from Natural History Museum of LA

NHMLA_IMG_4868_edit.jpg As president, Pisano oversaw the transformation of NHMLA. She will stay on until a replacement is named.

Hurricane Norbert weakens, won't send us much weather

hurr-norbert-track.jpg The former hurricane Norbert heading into Baja California is now a tropical storm with winds down around 50 miles an hour. Expect big swells to continue on our beaches.

Mapping the dogs of LA: Chihuahuas named Bella still rule

dogsofla_top10-kcrw.jpg KCRW gathered up as much available public data as they could get on the breeds and names of dogs in Los Angeles County -- it's surprisingly difficult to get -- and produced an interesting list of the most popular dogs.

New views of the Academy museum in Miracle Mile

academy6AFTER-curbed.jpg The draft EIR is out and shows that Renzo Piano's giant ball remains in the plan and that a big Oscar statue may take over the old May Co.'s iconic sculpture at Wilshire and Fairfax.

Untrammeled thoughts on wilderness, land, water, and civil rights at 50

Noa Batle.jpg There are a lot of reasons to reconnect the dots between the Civil Rights Act, the Wilderness Act, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which all turn 50 this year. The arc of the history in which these three pieces of legislation represented signal turning points is long and still unfinished.

Burbank lion cubs now in the Inland Empire

BurbankLions-leno-scw.jpg The cougar kittens that were extracted from under a car in Burbank in 2011 — saved from curious residents who were poking at them with broomsticks — now live at a sanctuary in Riverside. An update.

Palm weed family downtown

palm-weed-family.jpg Palm tree zoo? It's almost as if the three fan palm young 'uns have come to visit a jailed parent.

City archive photos put to immediate good use

pe-viaduct-fletcher.jpg Image database we posted about yesterday includes this 1928 view of the corner of Riverside and Fletcher drives, showing a long-gone Pacific Electric Red Cars viaduct.

John Lennon for Tower Records on the strip (video)

tower-records-circa-1988.jpg Lennon taped a promotional spot for the Tower Records store on Sunset Strip in 1974, reportedly while in studio at KHJ radio.

Surf's up. Sort of

SM Beach lifeguard high surf1 8-14 - Copy.JPG Unlike the south-facing beaches, the sand at Santa Monica was relatively undisturbed by the high-wave action courtesy Hurricane Marie. But lifeguards were on high alert.

Producer's 'detention' by BHPD creates big backlash

charles-belk-msnbc.jpg Charles Belk was at an Emmy event in Beverly Hills when he went out to feed his meter. He was stopped by police, cuffed and taken away as a bank robbery suspect. He says its about walking while black and his Facebook post has gone huge.

Photos from the LA city archives now online

lachs-1st-street-bridge-1890s.jpg The Los Angeles City Historical Society has put a growing database online of selected official photographs from the Los Angeles City Archives. More than 600 images now, and the project's Anna Sklar tells me more are coming.

Dodgers' most notorious historical moment reexamined

marichal-roseboro-annotated.jpg In a pretty remarkable piece at Deadspin, Los Angeles author David Davis annotates the famous photo of the Juan Marichal assault of John Roseboro in the summer of Watts and fills in the backstory.

The butterflies of Griffith Park: A tale of extinction and survival

cloudy tailed-copper.jpg "A Hollywood drama of butterfly extirpation and persistence over a century of urbanization," reads the headline on a recent scientific study in the Journal of Insect Conservation. The story that unfolds offers glimmers of hope for the rich biological diversity that lives amongst us in Los Angeles.

Strange jellies washing up on LA beaches

Velellas-htb.jpg By-the-wind sailors are related to the Portuguese man-of-war but without the painful sting. Here's a primer from Heal the Bay as the strange Pacific wildlife year continues.

Sunkist leaving the Valley for, well, Valencia

Sunkist_LynneTucker.jpg The Sunkist building on Riverside Drive in Sherman Oaks has been a visual landmark beside the Ventura Freeway for 45 years. "A symphony in concrete," the LA Conservancy says.

Bat watching in Hemet

bats-inhemet-socalwild.jpg Every summer day at dusk, thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats blast out from under a bridge beside an orange grove in Riverside County.

Water rationing in California has a long, tough history

cascades-in-spray.jpg Southern Californians may like their lawns, but the State Water Board's new fines for a host of wasteful practices are long overdue. History tells us so, Josh Sides writes.

At KCON, it's all about the K-pop

kpop-crowd.jpg Fans ignored the heat to watch their favorite Korean pop stars chat and mingle at KCON, billed as the largest North American event dedicated to "all things hallyu."

If you're working Paul McCartney, plan to go vegan

beatles-stadium-1966.jpg IATSE workers are first told "NO ONE is to bring meat of any kind" to Sunday's McCartney show at Dodger Stadium. The tone has softened a bit, but because McCartney is vegan the menu will be too.

Harry Shearer: Nixon prepares to resign (video)

harry-shearer-nixon.jpg On this day in 1974, President Richard Nixon delivered a live TV address from the White House revealing he would resign. Harry Shearer reenacts the final minutes.

Animated Pacific hurricane winds as art

wind-grafic-grab.jpg This screen grab barely does justice to the beauty of the animated graphic. Click to enjoy.

Tweet of the day: Hawaii Red Cross

hilo-red-cross-truck.jpg "The Hawaii Red Cross disaster truck in Hilo was stolen last night. Please call 9-1-1 if seen."



Ridiculous palm weeds
palm-weed-family.jpgIt's almost as if the three fan palm young 'uns have come to visit the palm tree zoo. Or a jailed parent. Bigger
Sky and palm
sky-and-palm.jpgGreat skies we had one day. #DTLA. Bigger on Facebook
Take our picture Gary Leonard
gary-crowd-at-lapl.jpg Gary Leonard photo of the audience at his Central Library conversation with Kevin Roderick. Bigger
Scythed chariot
Second Street, Santa Monica Place3 8-14 - Copy.JPGSpotted in Santa Monica by Ellen Alperstein. More
Fans at KCON
kpop-emoting.jpg Fans swoon at LA's big Korean music festival. More photos by Iris Schneider
Sylmar ranchette
rancho-temblor-sylmar.jpgSylmar ranch still evokes the disaster of 1971.
Under the 405
under-405-parthenia.jpgHomeless' belongings parked in the shade under the freeway on Parthenia Street in North Hills. LA Observed photo
DTLA strand
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On a pleasant summer Friday, the fountain in Grand Park becomes a concrete beach. See bigger / Joel Sappell
Mazursky's table at Farmers Market
mazursky-table.jpgLots and lots of dick jokes. Watch
Mental health 'emergency' on Skid Row
deon-joseph-dtla.jpgSenior lead officer Deon Joseph has seen it bad. But not like this. Post
Route 66 at the Autry
rte-66-Dixon.jpgThe story of Route 66 could not be more mixed in with the story of Los Angeles. Some highlights
At home with Olivia Munn
olivia-munn-vogue-grab.jpgFast answers to 73 questions from Vogue magazine. Video
Union Station at 75
union-station-construction-acp.jpgPalm trees were planted even before the 1939 opening. Story and photos
Van Nuys Boulevard, 1972
van-nuys-blvd-mack-girls.jpgClub night cruising photos we haven't seen before. Take a look
LA does too have seasons
jacaranda-close-vdt.jpgSuch as jacaranda blooming season. Veronique de Turenne
La Placita
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Front door of Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles on a Saturday morning. LA Observed.
Streetscape: High clouds over LAPD
highlcouds-lapd-bldg-pal.jpgHard to take a picture in this town without getting a palm tree. Bigger
Van Nuys church
Central Lutheran Church surrounded by palm trees. View bigger
Streetscape
La Placita
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Front door of Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles on a Saturday morning. LA Observed.
Streetscape
alphacast-foundry-santa-fe-.jpgAlpha Cast Foundry casts molten metal about 200 feet from the DTLA hipsters at Stumptown Coffee on Santa Fe Avenue. LAO.
Streetscape: Stoner Avenue
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Stoner Avenue in West Los Angeles.
Stained glass
stained-glass-eave.jpgWhen on Wilshire, remember to look up. At Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. LA Observed photo.
Arts District color
color-jg-hewitt-street.jpgSpatters of color on the sidewalk outside the former Al's Bar on Hewitt Street. Judy Graeme/click the pic to enlarge.
Mission Road in Boyle Heights
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Mission Road, Boyle Heights. See bigger.
La Brea Avenue
labrea-shop-dino.jpgDinosaur head next to the sidewalk in a shop on La Brea Avenue. See larger.
Exposition Park lawn
expo-park-friday-eve-lao.jpgNice light on a Friday evening in front of the Memorial Coliseum. LA Observed photo.
Sidewalk art
cat-san-vicente.jpgSan Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood. LA Observed photo.
Streetscape: DTLA
streetscape-6thstreet.jpgEast 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles. LA Observed photo.
Streetscape: Emmy campaign signs
emmy adsIn LA, even the political campaign lawn signs are for Hollywood. Veronique de Turenne
Oscars on Wilshire

oscars-civlavia-rhoffman.jpgRodney Hoffman's Flickr stream of photos from Ciclavia includes Oscar statuettes outside the academy's future museum. See more.

Sidewalk piñatas
pinatas-dtla-jg.jpgPiñatas for sale on Olympic Boulevard at Central Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Judy Graeme. See bigger.
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