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Bob Pool

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Bob Pool retired in 2014 from the Los Angeles Times, where he had been a general assignment reporter on the Metro staff since 1983. While newsgathering, he’s been shot at (the gunman told sheriff’s deputies it was “a warning shot”), sued (the case was thrown out) and assaulted (a firefighter pulled the attacker off). He also spent one month of December as a mall Santa for a holiday series. A Los Angeles-area resident since 1958, he has a journalism degree from San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN).

Recent Articles

  • Historic Lummis House faces an uncertain future

    Historic Lummis House faces an uncertain future

    He walked into Los Angeles a bigger-than-life figure and built a legacy with his own hands and imagination on the edge of the Arroyo Seco. Charles Fletcher Lummis spent 143 days hiking from Cincinnati to get to Los Angeles in 1885, an odyssey he chronicled in dispatches to his hometown newspaper...

  • Downtown L.A. speakeasy rests easy — for now

    Downtown L.A. speakeasy rests easy — for now

    The booze flowed freely during Prohibition in the basement speakeasy at the Rosslyn Hotel annex in downtown Los Angeles. And the illegal bar's customers flowed freely as well, relying on a marble-lined tunnel beneath 5th Street to discreetly come and go. "I'm sure that in the past you can imagine...

  • At this permanent haunted house, Halloween terror reigns

    At this permanent haunted house, Halloween terror reigns

    There's a permanent scary Halloween haunted house in Thousand Oaks. Bruce Stanton and his friends show up every October to unlock its doors and lead people through "Blood Manor," the "Mineshaft" and a creepy execution scene where a man appears to be hanged with a loud clank. The 15-year-old Reign...

  • Elderly L.A. woman vanishes, is found alone in Maine four years later

    Elderly L.A. woman vanishes, is found alone in Maine four years later

    Sarah Cheiker had lived in the small bungalow in the Fairfax district for decades, first with her mom and then by herself. But one day in 2008 she vanished, and a bulldozer showed up to demolish her longtime home. "I was shocked. We figured she was dead," said Jim Caccavo, who had been Cheiker's...

  • Egyptian teenager who skipped flight home seeks U.S. asylum

    Egyptian teenager who skipped flight home seeks U.S. asylum

    An Egyptian teenager who refused to return home following an international high school science fair staged five months ago has filed for U.S. political asylum. Abdullah Assem was 17 when he skipped a flight to Cairo on May 18 at the conclusion of the weeklong Intel International Science and Engineering...

  • Hundreds protest climate change along 2 miles of Wilshire Boulevard

    Hundreds protest climate change along 2 miles of Wilshire Boulevard

    Hundreds of people protesting climate change picketed street corners Saturday along a 2-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The spread-out rally was one of seven staged in cities across California as a preview of a demonstration expected to draw as many as 400,000 on Sunday in New...

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