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From wildlife to pets: The fate of urban nature?

square-hawk-crop.jpg A lively multispecies gathering at the infamous Mountain Mermaid Inn in Topanga Canyon raised the question: What happens when we are the owner of animals and all wildlife are pets? This is what we are learning now.

Michel Richard, 68, formative LA chef

michel-richard.jpg The French-born chef built a national empire after his two hit Los Angeles eateries.

1932 Olympics tourist map

1932olympicsmap-beschloss.jpg Historian Michael Beschloss has an active Twitter presence and posted this stylized map to the sights of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

How Chicken Boy got to Highland Park

chicken-boy.jpg Vice revisits the story of how designer Amy Inouye saved Chicken Boy from the landfill.

KCRW investigates LA restaurant worker abuse

kcrw-investigates-grafic.jpg Longtime LA investigative reporter Karen Foshay rolls out her first series for KCRW, a five-parter on the treatment of workers in LA restaurants.

Angeles Crest is one audacious highway

angeles-crest-aaa.jpg The highway in the San Gabriel Mountains lets you drive 66 miles through "some of the most difficult terrain in the U.S."

Sports Museum of LA opens to the public

sportsmuseum-jerseys.jpg Gary Cypres' shrine to sports history (mostly baseball) is right up there with Eli Broad's Grand Avenue temple of art as proof of one man's passion.

For sale: Innards of one Sports Arena

sports-arena-seats.jpg The furnishings, seats, office equipment, scoreboard and even the hockey dasher boards of the old LA Sports Arena go at auction on Wednesday.

Donald Trump piñatas in DTLA

trump-pinatas-dtla.jpg Donald Trump piñatas are a staple at shops in the Los Angeles piñata district these days.

Two Metro lines for two different LAs

bill-300.jpg Two proposed commuter rail lines explain much about race, economic class and political clout in Los Angeles County.

30-story tower planned at foot of Baldwin Hills raises a fuss

lacienga-jefferson-renderin.jpg This is the kind of completely new development turn for Los Angeles that should get a thorough debate in the political arena but that rarely does.

Meet P-48, P-49, P-50, P-51 and P-52

p48-49.jpg New mountain lion kittens have been tagged in two litters in the Santa Susana Mountains.

Flower District cat

flower-district-cat-800-jg.jpg 8th Street and Wall in the Flower District.

One Santa Fe getting a redo already

one-santa-fe-with-cars.jpg The start white and red apartment complex in the Arts District will get a softer look under new ownership.

KPCC, KCRW & SoCal News Group to swarm homeless on Wednesday

homeless-tent-fashion-distr.jpg Joint attention to the homeless issue will be on the same day as 70+ Bay Area news organizations focus their coverage on the problem.

Jukebox repair man of West Pico Boulevard

junebox-repairman.jpg Magdi Hanna never saw a jukebox growing up in Egypt. Now he is one of the last to repair the icons of 20th century America.

Video: It's a bear's life

bear-bradbury-pool-kabctv.jpg Bear playing in the swimming pool in Bradbury during Sunday's heat.

Is Hansen Dam park the most Mexican corner of LA?

Hansen-Dam-laopinion.jpg La Opinión says the Sunday scene of families, horses and bands is like a rural Mexican village.

City Hall vigil for Orlando victims Monday night

city-hall-night-alt.jpg The Los Angeles LGBT Center has announced a a vigil and a rally for victims of the Orlando mass shooting and their families at 7 p.m. Monday at Los Angeles City Hall.

When Van Nuys was a name downtown too

barclay-garyleonard.jpg Before it was a boulevard and a suburban community, Van Nuys was a name from LA's past that people should know.

AltaSea at the Port of LA plans unveiled

Gensler-AltaSea-1.jpg Another phase in the remake of San Pedro's waterfront had the wraps taken off.

Hawaiian history pays a visit to LACMA

lacma-dancers1.jpg The museum's newest exhibition explores featherwork items from the era in Hawaii that predates the cultural carnage that followed the Christian missionaries.

Extra pickles with this movie, please*

Sheldon-Cohen-320.jpg A writer/producer serves up some film promotion and a side of fries.

Expo Line to Santa Monica opened Friday at noon

bus-service-expo-line.jpg Train service returns to the beach city for the first time since 1953, though the old Red Cars were dead long before that.

The richest man in Los Angeles is still...

LA-Cover-20160516.jpg The Los Angeles Business Journal's annual exercise of estimating net worth has again tabbed Patrick Soon-Shiong as number one. Here are the top 10.

CBS This Morning follows Jonathan Gold around (video)

jgold-cbs-grab-walking.jpg Correspondent Lee Cowan went out on rounds along Pico Boulevard with Gold for a piece pegged to the documentary, "City of Gold."

Face painting in the DTLA piñata district

face-painting-cookie.jpg Sunday afternoon on East Olympic Boulevard.

SI: The finest baseball announcer that ever lived

si-cover-vin-scully-crop.jpg This is the piece you want to read as the games tick away in our time with Vin Scully.

Miss you, Mom

Pearl and Ellen 1976 copy.jpg This year, I won't be able to wish my mother a happy Mother's Day.

Still just Burbank Airport to many of us

united-airport-opens-1930.jpg Bob Hope has been a dumb name for an airport for 12 years. So they are going with Hollywood Burbank (again.)

Yamashiro closure plan leaves weddings in disarray

yamashiro-inner-garden.jpg The old owner is still fighting eviction by the Chinese buyer of the Hollywood hillside landmark.

California observed: 40 million and counting

405-looking-north.jpg The state's population is officially nudging 40 million and Los Angeles has gone over four million.

Sheriff's chief of staff resigns over racist email jokes

sheriff-car-lao.jpg Tom Angel forwarded derogatory jokes and as criticism built, McDonnell couldn't save him.

Bernie's first time on TV: 'Looks like the village idiot'

bernie-sanders-in-1972.png The time was 1972. Sanders says, "I would never vote for a bum like that!”

For first time, panel urges parole of Leslie Van Houten

van-houten-in-jail-color.jpg Before the former Charles Manson follower could actually get parole, the full state parole board and Gov. Jerry Brown would have to approve.

Moody desert

a.m. Blueridge Court 4-8-16.jpg It's damp, it's gray, it's oh-so-welcome weather in the preternaturally sunny desert.

Rooftop pool
eastern-columbia-pool.jpgDowntown's Eastern Columbia building.
Vin Scully's 67th opening day
vin-scully-opener-2016-ocampo.jpgNo words needed.
Homework table
verve-homework-table.jpgThe communal table at Verve Coffee Roasters on Spring Street is always packed.
iglesia-aposento-alto-sv.jpgIglesia Aposento Alto. Cantara Street in Sun Valley.
LA's ghost streets
la-ghost-streets.jpgWriter Geoff Manaugh observes the shapes of blocks, yards and homes that reveal the existence of old streets. More
Down by the river
la-river-egyptiangeese-sklar.jpgEgyptian geese in the Los Angeles River channel near the 6th Street Viaduct. Photo: Anna Sklar.
Griffith Observatory in the '30s
griffith-observatory-30s-bentley.jpgDon Bentley submitted this family snapshot. Not much growth on those hills.
Lines of miscommunication
now:under:no.jpgOnly in LA: Steve Harvey's latest column.
mannequin-heads-jg.jpgLast chances on La Brea Avenue. Photo by Judy Graeme. See bigger
Future of Cities
foc-cocktails.jpgAbout 500 people turned out for new group's first LA leadership summit.
Dorothea Lange's LA photos
dorothea-lange-la-mexican-quarter.jpgDowntown's "Mexican quarter" in 1936. Images
Visiting mom at Clifton's
cliftons-workers-rr.jpg Visiting mom's ashes, that is.
Trains in Santa Monica
expoline-clear-train-sm.jpgTrains return to Santa Monica (for testing) after 60 years.
The edge
ocean-vdt.jpg The view at the edge of the continent. Veronique de Turenne
LA's newest mountain lions
p-43-kitten.jpgKittens P-43 and P-44 caught and tagged.
LA's lizard season
baby-lizard-nhmla.jpgBaby lizards are all around in August. Story
Studying LA coyotes
coyote-dtla-nps.jpgWhere two Central LA coyotes go. Map
Rare frogs surviving
red-legged-frog-nps.jpgCalifornia red-legged frogs are thriving in the Santa Monicas again.
The Warwick
the-warwick.jpgCirca 1928 residential building on North Sycamore Avenue.
Little Tokyo
1st-street-little-tokyo.jpgA weekend on 1st Street.
Ficus vs sidewalk
sidewalk-eaten-by-tree.jpgTree wins on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.
La Placita
Front door of Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles on a Saturday morning. LA Observed.
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
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
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.