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Garcettis out of state on vacation again

The City Council returned this week from a summer recess, but the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti informed the media that "Mayor Garcetti will be traveling with his family out of the state from July 25 until August 4."

How Finding My Father's iPhone Helped Me Mourn His Death

I recently flew down to the Virgin Islands to bury my father. As I was sifting through his very few belongings in the tiny room he had been inhabiting for the last 25 years, I found an old iPhone. It was like opening a treasure chest filled with digital artifacts -- emails, photos, apps, music. Show More Summary

California firefighters battle 200 new wildfires in a single week

California firefighters have responded to more than 200 new wildfires in the last week alone, a pace that officials say shows no signs of slowing.

Truman Capote's typewriter added to Soboroff collection

Capote purchased the Smith-Corona electric here in 1970 and kept it in his writing room at the Bel Air home of close friend Joanne Carson. It was used for Capote's last three books.

They Are Children

Children are "fleeing for their lives," according to journalist Sonia Navario, who has investigated the root causes, circumstances, and plight of vulnerable migrants who have been traveling -- often by themselves at enormous risk --Show More Summary

Can Sex Work Make More Sense Than Working at Walmart? Hell, Yes

This morning, this article popped up in my Facebook feed: "Why Prostitution Can Make More Sense Than Working at Walmart." Yeah. No kidding. I agree. In the piece, former male prostitute David Henry Sterry, details how he exchanged...Show More Summary

Suspects in fatal beating of USC grad student could face death penalty

A group of teenagers who were arrested in a deadly attack on a USC graduate student as he walked home from a study group could be charged with murder and special circumstances including robbery, a crime that could potentially bring the death penalty, police said Monday.

Camping By a Pool in the Mojave Desert Was the Weirdest Night of My Life

There is a hidden swimming pool in the Mojave Desert, an eleven-by-five-foot wide minimalist structure designed by an artist and titled the "Social Pool" -- and it is open to anyone who has a day to spare, Google Maps and the ability to follow directions. Show More Summary

The Truth Behind My Travel Photos

Over the past year, I went tango dancing in Buenos Aires, wine-tasting in Santiago, caving in Easter Island, waterfall chasing in Japan, rickshaw riding through Delhi, clubbing in Uruguay, ice climbing in Patagonia, bushwalking along...Show More Summary

Firefighters continue to battle Northern California, Yosemite blazes

Firefighters continued to make progress Monday night battling a Northern California wildfire after banishing a private drone from the skies as water-dropping helicopters made repeated assaults on the flames.

30 years ago today: 'Rhapsody in Blue' in the Coliseum

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.

Parents arrested on suspicion of leaving 3-year-old girl in hot car

A Fullerton father and mother were arrested on suspicion of leaving their 3-year-old daughter in a hot car while they went inside a mall, police said.

Herbalife stock plunges after earnings miss estimates

Los Angeles nutritional products company Herbalife reported a lower-than-expected profit for the second quarter and investors hammered its stock in after-hours trading.

West Hollywood approves $86-million park renovation

Rooftop swimming pools, a $3-million “grand staircase” and multiple children’s play areas are features of an ambitious remodel of West Hollywood Park approved last week by city officials.

Did the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs hit at just the wrong time?

Bad timing can be deadly. The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs smashed into Earth during a period of environmental turmoil when the ancient food web was vulnerable to collapse, according to a new analysis in the journal Biological Reviews.

Premiere of WGN America's 'Manhattan' draws in 1.8 million viewers

The series premiere of WGN America's second original drama, "Manhattan," drew 1.8 million viewers Sunday night across the network and on Tribune’s 14 metered market local stations.

KFWB going all sports, LA Times needs water, more media notes

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.

Donna Tartt's Pulitzer winner 'The Goldfinch' lands at Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has acquired film rights to Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Goldfinch," The Times has confirmed.

USC student fatally beaten with baseball bat; 4 teens arrested in case

Four teenagers were arrested in Thursday's deadly attack on a USC graduate student as he walked home from a study group, with police saying the incident was one of at least two robberies the group attempted that day.

To induce weight loss, which neurons switch satiety on and off?

In their hunt for a switch in the brain that turns on and off the drive to eat, obesity researchers have come up with a bright idea: They have tried a relatively new technique to activate or suppress certain neurons' electrical activity -- introducing tiny molecular lights called optogenetics...

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