It's time again for the annual ritual in Los Angeles County — the mass burial of unclaimed or indigent individuals left in the coroner's morgue.
Life, cultures, architecture, geography, neighborhoods, history, demographics, urbanism, nature, the environment. And anything else.
The female puma known as P-19 is nursing three cubs born a few weeks ago in the Malibu Springs area, the National Park Service said today on Facebook. Two females and a male; DNA is being tested to determine the father.
A former storefront in place since World War II has been removed on 6th Street to expose a courtyard between wings of the Pacific Mutual Building. Pain Quotidien and Tender Greens are coming soon.
Fascinating Column One in the LA Times this morning about two researchers with time on their hands. They mapped some — but a lot — of the swimming pools in and around Los Angeles.
Anchovies beget sea lions, pelicans, dolphins and now the whales. Lots of them. Meanwhile: South Bay paddlers are told to stop bothering the great white sharks.
Like something from a bad B science fiction movie, the sudden appearance of Jerusalem crickets has caused fear and freaking out among humans who know little about this big-headed, bumbling and lumbering creature.
Two decades ago, librarian Carolyn Kozo Cole found, time and again, that vast swaths of the city's people and ethnic story were not represented in the LAPL's photo collection. Out of her exasperation grew a project to copy thousands of family photos and take oral histories. It remains a signature achievement of the LA Public Library.
Tibby Rothman returns to the LA Weekly with a piece on all that has been lost as Venice transforms from "an island off the coast of Los Angeles" into what the locals endure today: "They went to bed one night living in a community and woke up in an ad."
Steve Winter's night photos of a deer, a bobcat, a coyote and a human out in the brush — as well as P-22 in front of the Hollywood sign — accompany the December story, now online.
Senator John F. Kennedy's helicopter lands on the front lawn at the Ambassador Hotel, possibly in 1960. (The Ames Brothers are on the marquee at the Cocoanut Grove.)
Los Angeles photographer Sungjin Ahn has captured some marvelous images of Joshua trees against the desert and the sky and put them into a lovely Vimeo time lapse.
"When he lowered his antlers to me, I wanted to keep my vitals protected and my head down."
True. We need big plans to guide LA toward environmental sustainability. But we need lots of little plans and action too.
The goal for Walt Disney Concert Hall was to shake the dust off classical music and architecture and engage the contemporary world and popular culture, they agree.
Los Angeles historian Jim Beardsley, a scholar in the work of architect Ross G. Montgomery, says his man produced a rendering for the hall ten years before the building opened.
With maximum sustained winds of 195 mph, Super Typhoon Haiyan (as it is known elsewhere) "is thought to be the strongest storm to ever make landfall anywhere in the world in modern records." President Aquino of the Philippines urged the nation to prepare.
A unusual chapel facing Wilshire Boulevard on the VA campus in West Los Angeles looks worse every time I check in on it. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building was built with separate Protestant and Catholic chapels and is one of the oldest structures on Wilshire Boulevard.
UC Berkeley planning Ph.D. student Fletcher Foti animated the data from household travel surveys showing how people move throughout the day, hour by hour. You can view the population by income and mode of travel.
The actual headline at Atlantic Cities is "More Billionaires Live in Beijing Than in Los Angeles." Check out the data.
Timothy Corrigan, author and interior designer, explains Southern California's fascination with chateau-style decor.
Analysis of the mountain lion struck and killed while crossing the freeway in Agoura Hills in early October shows that it came from outside the current Santa Monica Mountains cougar population.
He designed and built a world-class sewer system. He built the parks we still use. He fought for and won the battle to make the L.A. River a municipally owned utility. But the ex-mayor is too-often remembered, if at all, as a villain.
Part 2 of an excerpt adapted from "San Fernando Valley: America's Suburb" for the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
The key words here are rotting balls of fish flesh and corpse wax. Bon appetit.
A couple of the chapters in my book on the San Fernando Valley deal with the Los Angeles Aqueduct and how abundant water changed the city and the valley. It holds up, I'm pleased to say. For this week's anniversary, here's an adapted version.
The LA Aqueduct centennial is this week. When a peace agreement is finally signed at Owens Lake, we'll really have cause for celebration.
The UC Santa Barbara researchers who dissected tissue from the mysterious 18-foot oatfish that washed up last month on Catalina Island found some interesting parasites along for the ride.
The newest northern white-cheeked gibbon — born Monday at the Santa Clarita center — will be on display at this Saturday's open house and fundraiser.
Mountain lion photographed during the day in the San Gabriels. More on Griffith Park's P-22. And it's tarantula mating season, so step lively.
The way the online world, the media and local institutions abuse both the subject of LA history and the generally lazy news trope of anniversary stories, it's surprising this doesn't happen more.
If the salmonella contamination at Foster Farms tells consumers anything, it's that we're all pretty much on our own when it comes to food safety.
Conditions out in the Pacific add up to a third straight off year for rainfall. But you never know — normal is such a squishy concept here.
The first webcam to stream live video of wild California condors — the largest land birds in North America — warns that the feeding scenes from the Big Sur wilderness can be graphic.
Heal the Bay says the female Stejneger's Beaked Whale was covered in shark bites, but there was no apparent indication of how it had died.
New York Times video says that Mayor Eric Garcetti "connected with Mexican-Americans at a recent celebration in the city."
They take their time about it and appear to be settling in for a long night or perhaps two. Robert Martinez sure has a knack for putting his trail cameras in the right place.
In case you missed it
Walking in LAMichael Schneider's Great LA Walk marked its eighth year with an 18-mile trek from Echo Park Lake to the bluffs in Santa Monica.
Griffith Park mountain lionCougar P-22 walking past Steve Winter's night camera with the Hollywood sign behind. National Geographic story
Drawers holding letterpress type at Iron Curtain Press pop-up store in Westwood Village, part of the Hammer Museum's Arts ReSTORE LA project. Bigger
Historic Wilshire chapel1899 design on VA land has separate Protestant and Catholic chapels. President McKinley was there. Bigger
Visiting bloggerAnna Sklar says Fred Eaton deserves a second look in LA history. Here: Old Pershing Square, which he designed. Native Intelligence
Book excerpt: LA, the Valley and waterPart one of a two-part adaptation timed to the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and the city's new era. Read
LAX behind the scenesHow Lufthansa Cargo works: shipping a Corvette to Europe. Read
Wacko counterDisplay counter inside Wacko, the store on Hollywood Boulevard. Photo by Judy Graeme. Bigger
Learning to love LAThe editors of Boom: A Journal of California asked writer Bob Sipchen and his son Rob to defend LA's right to exist. Which they did. Read
Hot Dog StickSunday afternoon, Santa Monica Beach boardwalk. Bigger
Valley Relics museum to openTommy Gelinas plans to show his memorabilia, photos, signage and documents in Chatsworth starting in October. Read
Clifton's Silver Spoon
On the back of a classic Los Angeles address, visible only across a parking lot, is a reminder of the once popular Clifton's cafeteria empire. More
OK, let's talk about the weatherJust because LA is not a desert doesn't mean it's not getting hotter. Tim Rutten surveys the climate picture. Read
Ideas for Grand ParkHere are some ways that Grand Park could be made more grand. Iris Schneider
Rock and roll ResedaA weekend exhibit presented the photographic history of Reseda as a hotbed of rock. More
LA freeways re-envisionedArtist re-maps the freeway system as a subway network. Bigger
Mission Road in Boyle Heights
Mission Road, Boyle Heights. See bigger.
La Brea AvenueDinosaur head next to the sidewalk in a shop on La Brea Avenue. See larger.
Exposition Park lawnNice light on a Friday evening in front of the Memorial Coliseum. LA Observed photo.
Streetscape: Emmy campaign signsIn LA, even the political campaign lawn signs are for Hollywood. Veronique de Turenne
Oscars on Wilshire
Rodney Hoffman's Flickr stream of photos from Ciclavia includes Oscar statuettes outside the academy's future museum. See more.
Sidewalk piñatasPiñatas for sale on Olympic Boulevard at Central Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Judy Graeme. See bigger.
Streetscape: Mar Vista marketA day of sunshine brought out a crowd to the Sunday farmers market on Grandview Avenue. Bigger
Truck and pallets
Porter Street, south of Downtown Los Angeles. LA Observed photo. See bigger
A choir of Mennonites prepares to sing on the Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk on Saturday afternoon. See larger. Photo by Judy Graeme.
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