| Jan 31, 2009
| 7:32 PM
Back in 1973, the country was in the grip of economic woes. A beleaguered Republican president was overseeing an unpopular war abroad and gradually had lost the support of the American people.
The musical response from Merle Haggard at the time was "If...
| May 18, 2008
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cherie Morton was, among other things, a bingo player. She played it regularly and, as colleague Millie Slamin recalled, seemed to always leave a game with either a cash or door prize.
"We used to tease her," Slamin said....
| May 26, 2008
Out of the post-Reconstruction rubble, Col. Allen Allensworth, a retired African American army chaplain, pieced together a dream.
In 1908, Allensworth, a prominent Los Angeles resident, along with several other enterprising African American men (and...
| Jan 7, 2008
The storm system that has pounded California since last week was expected to weaken today into a series of sporadic but intense showers, with the possibility of more rain Tuesday night.
Emergency preparedness officials, who had geared up for the worst in...
| Feb 19, 2008
| 10:30 AM
On an uninviting swatch of arid desert, marked by sagebrush and mesquite trees just east of the California border, the winds of war blew together the fates of two beleaguered peoples.
In a now familiar tale, 120,000 Japanese Americans were removed from...
| Nov 2, 2008
Voters hoping to avoid long election day lines found themselves standing in one that lasted nearly five hours Saturday in Norwalk.
A crush of early-bird balloters swarmed the Los Angeles County registrar's office, where 100 voting booths filled a tent on...
| Jul 18, 2010
As UC Davis physicist and geologist John Rundle ponders the map of recent California earthquakes, he sees visions of a doughnut even Homer J. Simpson wouldn't like.
The doughnut is formed by pinpointing the recent quakes near Eureka, Mexicali and Palm...
| Jun 24, 2009
Many shoppers at the Hollywood and Santa Monica farmers markets well remember Circle C Ranch for the outlandishly long lines that formed to buy its Persian mulberries. Others fondly recall the connoisseur-quality fruit -- jammy Adriatic figs, super-...
| Sep 24, 2010
Is the world ready for a major new pomegranate variety? We'll soon see whether Angel Red, touted as having softer seeds than conventional varieties, fulfills the great hopes of its discoverer and the many farmers who have rushed to plant it, as it...
| Apr 30, 2010
"Cherries!?" Almost everyone who passed the Murray Family Farms stand at the Santa Monica farmers market on Wednesday blurted out this word in varied tones of delight, surprise, and skepticism. Delight at the sight of the first stone fruit of the season;...
| Sep 11, 2008
| 2:34 PM
Showers! a counselor commanded. All the boys around me began to strip until they stood naked at the edge of the institutions showers. Lets go! a second counselor shouted. One! Two!
I froze. Barely seven years old, lost among rows of beds in an...
| Aug 26, 2009
| 11:02 AM
BAKERSFIELD -- A man accused of biting out his 4-year-old son's eyes is not competent to stand trial.
That's according to a Kern County Superior Court judge who ruled Tuesday that Angelo Mendoza should instead be hospitalized in a mental health facility....