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  • Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization

    Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization

    City engineers, public works officials and developers stood on a hilltop just north of downtown on a recent weekday and gazed at a low-lying railroad yard dotted with weeds on the far side of the Los Angeles River channel. To the uninitiated, it was a mildly depressing vista of concrete, unwanted...

  • Dodger Stadium: Go for the game, stay for the meatballs and cannoli

    Dodger Stadium: Go for the game, stay for the meatballs and cannoli

    A few hours before the first pitch of the Dodgers vs. Phillies game Wednesday, Tommy Lasorda sat eating a bowl of meatballs smothered in red sauce at a table behind Tommy Lasorda's Trattoria, one of the new concession stands at Dodger stadium. People stopped to stare at the former Dodgers third-base...

  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

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  • L.A. Cathedral High is investigating alleged hazing incident

    The L.A. Cathedral High administration has launched an investigation into an alleged hazing incident from Tuesday afternoon, principal Brother John Montgomery said Thursday. Ten students have been suspended, including eight football players who will miss Friday's game against St. Francis. Montgomery...

  • Dodger Stadium fight: 'You heard his skull hitting the concrete,' witness says

    Dodger Stadium fight: 'You heard his skull hitting the concrete,' witness says

    A man who said he witnessed Friday night's fight outside Dodger Stadium said that he saw one man rush up to another and punch him in the head, causing him to fall backward and hit his head on the ground. Sean Gould was walking out of the stadium with a friend when they saw a group of about a dozen...

  • Dodger Stadium fight leaves one person critically injured, LAPD says

    Dodger Stadium fight leaves one person critically injured, LAPD says

    Los Angeles police are looking for the people involved in a fight outside Dodger Stadium after Friday's playoff game that sent one fan to the hospital with critical injuries. Few details were available Monday, including the gender or age of the person who was injured. LAPD Officer Matthew Ludwig...

  • Starting times set for opening playoff games at Dodger Stadium

    Starting times set for opening playoff games at Dodger Stadium

    OK, you can plan your lives now. Major League Baseball has set the starting times of the Dodgers’ opening two playoff games at Dodger Stadium. SIGN UP for the free Dodgers Dugout newsletter >> The Friday opener against the Mets in the National League Division Series has been scheduled to begin...

  • The San Francisco Giants get their own craft beer -- why not the L.A. Dodgers?

    The San Francisco Giants get their own craft beer -- why not the L.A. Dodgers?

    The morning after a marathon 14-inning affair that underscored the often bitter, always compelling enmity between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, pioneering craft brewery Anchor Brewing Co. announced the release of a commemorative beer celebrating the 2014 Champion San Francisco...

  • Datebook: Vintage pix of Hollywood and master drawings from Italy

    Datebook: Vintage pix of Hollywood and master drawings from Italy

    The naturalistic works of a Renaissance Master. Art that is all about flatness. And an installation that explores notions of family and memory by queer artists and others. Plus: a painter gets her due in Laguna Beach, murals go up in Long Beach, and a photographer’s vintage images of Hollywood...

  • Summer in the city
    Summer in the city

    Oftentimes the best photos come from looking around.  

    This picture by Lara Dildy paints an idyllic and dreamy look at Dodger Stadium. Equipped with only her iPhone and creative eye, she could not help but notice the afternoon light cascading over the contrasting red shirts against the greens of...

  • Drought spurs sports to look at water use on fairways and fields
    Drought spurs sports to look at water use on fairways and fields

    That spot down the fairway, just past the dogleg, might be perfect for a new bunker. Jack Nicklaus imagines a hazard that would force golfers to choose.

    Lay up short or try to hit over?

    "Heaven forbid somebody would have to think," Nicklaus says with a smile. "Especially a golfer."

    It is a cool...

  • Amgen bike race will close streets Sunday in L.A., Pasadena
    Amgen bike race will close streets Sunday in L.A., Pasadena

    Several area streets will be temporarily closed early Sunday as the largest cycling race in America concludes its final leg, with the course extending from downtown Los Angeles through Highland Park and into Pasadena.

    The 724-mile Amgen Tour of California, which began in Sacramento on May 10, will...

  • Firefighters douse 2-acre brush fire in Elysian Park
    Firefighters douse 2-acre brush fire in Elysian Park

    Firefighters extinguished a two-acre brush fire barely half an hour after it began in Elysian Park on Wednesday morning.

    The fire started about 8:48 a.m. in the 1300 block of Broadway, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, according to Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

    ...

  • Dodgers: 75 citations but no arrests in tailgating crackdown
    Dodgers: 75 citations but no arrests in tailgating crackdown

    Los Angeles police officers cited 75 people on the Dodgers' opening day on Monday but made no physical arrests, officials said Tuesday.

    The majority of the citations -- 60 -- were for drinking in public, said Officer Drake Madison, a department spokesman. Nine people were cited for urinating in...

  • Dodgers opening day traditions hampered by tighter restrictions
    Dodgers opening day traditions hampered by tighter restrictions

    Rafael Gutierrez and his friends spared no expense for this year's Dodgers opening day.

    They wanted to have a blast at Elysian Park before the game — hiring a party bus to chauffeur them down from Oxnard, a brass band and a taco guy.

    But like many fans Monday, Gutierrez was surprised to find dozens...

  • Billy DeLury, a Dodgers fixture for 66 years, dies at 81
    Billy DeLury, a Dodgers fixture for 66 years, dies at 81

    Billy DeLury, a Brooklyn native who joined the Dodgers in 1950 and never left, died Saturday, the team announced.

    On the verge of his 66th season, he was 81.

    DeLury, who hadn't been feeling well, checked into a hospital the day before his death, according to the Associated Press.

    As the son of...

  • County to distribute $25,000 reward in Dodger Stadium beating of Bryan Stow
    County to distribute $25,000 reward in Dodger Stadium beating of Bryan Stow

    Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay $25,000 to four people who gave information to law enforcement that helped lead to the arrest of two men who were convicted of the savage beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium in 2011.

    Stow, a paramedic from Northern California,...

  • Record-breaking heat puts brakes on some marathon runners
    Record-breaking heat puts brakes on some marathon runners

    For panting runners and walkers nearing the 20-mile marker of the Los Angeles Marathon, the cool mist of a fire hose felt like a blessing.

    "Thanks, you guys!" one man shouted as he strode through the spray. "Yes! Oh, God, yes!"

    More than 22,000 people raced from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica on...

  • La Cañada High boys' soccer plays well, but loses to No. 1 seed in regional
    La Cañada High boys' soccer plays well, but loses to No. 1 seed in regional

    Soccer: Spartans hold own against Division III's top team, falling to Cathedral in regional quarterfinal, 2-0.

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    Soccer: Spartans hold own against Division III's top team, falling to Cathedral in regional quarterfinal, 2-0.

  • Last glance: A juicy show by Michael Parker at HRLA
    Last glance: A juicy show by Michael Parker at HRLA

    The news release for "Juicework," the most recent exhibition at Human Resources gallery in L.A.'s Chinatown, said to "come thirsty." Well, they weren't kidding.

    Michael Parker's sprawling installation consisted of a series of stations where visitors could have a seat at a shrine-like split-board...

  • Making juice with Michael Parker at HRLA gallery
    Making juice with Michael Parker at HRLA gallery

    L.A. artist Michael Parker created an installation at the Human Resources gallery in Chinatown that involved ceramics, water and juicing.

  • Datebook: Conceptual grids, earthy caves and lots of Italian masters
    Datebook: Conceptual grids, earthy caves and lots of Italian masters

    The mathematical works of an L.A. conceptualist. A cave that seems to emerge from a gallery floor. And an exhibition that is all about wetness. Plus: shows on feminism, ceramics and a rare gathering of European paintings. There’s lots to do in the Southland this week. Here’s what we’ve got in the...

  • Dodger Stadium parking: $10 in 2013, $15 in 2014, $20 in 2015
    Dodger Stadium parking: $10 in 2013, $15 in 2014, $20 in 2015

    On Thursday, in a news release announcing the start of single-game ticket sales, the Dodgers tucked this sentence into the last paragraph: "Parking at the gate day of game is $20."

    That price was $15 last year, and $10 the year before that. In a city built by the car culture, with mass transit...

  • Soylent, all-in-one foodmaker now based in L.A., raises $20 million
    Soylent, all-in-one foodmaker now based in L.A., raises $20 million

    Soylent Co., the Los Angeles start-up that makes a powdery food substance with a sweeping nutritional composition, has raised $20 million in additional venture capital, the company announced Wednesday.The components of basic staples including dairy, grains, fruit and vegetables are combined into...

  • Glendale's Brandon McCarthy returns to Los Angeles
    Glendale's Brandon McCarthy returns to Los Angeles

    Baseball: Nine-year pitching veteran signs four-year deal with hometown Dodgers.

  • Marines storm Dodger Stadium in exercise seeking 'high-value target'
    Marines storm Dodger Stadium in exercise seeking 'high-value target'

    If Marines deploying next year are ordered to assault an enemy stronghold and capture a high-value target, they can say they practiced at Dodger Stadium.

    Dodger Stadium was the site Monday night of a simulated raid by Marines from the Camp Pendleton-based 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

    A “raid...

  • Datebook: Surfboards and noise rock for the holiday weekend
    Datebook: Surfboards and noise rock for the holiday weekend

    A show that’s all about surf, a noise rock band downtown and an artist’s view of L.A. as told by installation. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is quiet, but there are still things to do. Here’s what we have in the Datebook:

    “Jeff Ho: The Board” at C. Nichols Projects. For its annual holiday surf...

  • Datebook: Mushroom clouds, FBI files, land art and lots of photography
    Datebook: Mushroom clouds, FBI files, land art and lots of photography

    Photographers who documented landscape, street scenes and the San Fernando Valley’s pornography industry, plus an exhibition that brings together L.A. and Latin America, abstractions made with books, and a show about the artistic interventions of an Italian architect. Also, a 1976 work of video...

  • St. Francis High football responds in second half for 52-41 league win over Cathedral
    St. Francis High football responds in second half for 52-41 league win over Cathedral

    Football: Golden Knights rally from 13-point deficit for key Angelus League victory.

  • Boys' soccer: Cathedral will travel to Florida for tournament

    With nine players back from its section championship soccer team, L.A. Cathedral has put together an ambitious schedule and will travlel to Florida in January to compete in the Montverde Academy Soccer tournament.

    Montverde hasn't lost in the last four years.

    Cathedral won the Southern Section...

  • Angelus League preview: Favored St. Francis High ready for new league, some new foes
    Angelus League preview: Favored St. Francis High ready for new league, some new foes

    Football: Looking for first league crown since 1997, No. 1-ranked Golden Knights open with Harvard-Westlake, one of four ranked teams in division.

  • Here's the most hypocritical remark made yet about Dodgers TV fiasco
    Here's the most hypocritical remark made yet about Dodgers TV fiasco

    Time Warner Cable, which paid more than top dollar to secure Dodgers telecasts well into the future and then managed to prevent millions of Dodger fans from seeing the games on TV during this (possibly) pennant-winning season, is backing down.

    As my colleague Meg James reports, TWC will broadcast...

  • Paul McCartney at Dodger Stadium: Fit, giddy and in vintage form
    Paul McCartney at Dodger Stadium: Fit, giddy and in vintage form

    One by one we rolled toward Dodger Stadium, in Hyundais, Jeeps and Teslas amid stretch limousines and black SUVs. We arrived via every avenue, more than 50,000 strong, part of a mass pilgrimage to see Paul McCartney. The last time he played the stadium was 1966, as a Beatle in the middle of a maelstrom.

    ...

  • Fatal crash on 110 Freeway near downtown causes small roadside fire
    Fatal crash on 110 Freeway near downtown causes small roadside fire

    A fatal single-car crash on the northbound 110 Freeway caused a small roadside fire early Tuesday that clogged traffic through downtown for the morning commute, authorities said.

    The incident in Elysian Park occurred shortly before 7 a.m. One person inside the vehicle was pronounced dead at the...

  • Dodgers ordered to pay beaten fan $14 million: 'It's finally over'
    Dodgers ordered to pay beaten fan $14 million: 'It's finally over'

    The nearly $18-million awarded to Giants fan Bryan Stow by a jury on Wednesday was "like a big weight" off the shoulders of his family, his mother said outside court.

    "I couldn't believe it," Ann Stow said after the verdict was read in Judge Victor E. Chavez's courtroom. "It was like a big weight...

  • Dodgers, not McCourt, found liable in Bryan Stow beating case
    Dodgers, not McCourt, found liable in Bryan Stow beating case

    Bryan Stow may never fully comprehend the nearly $18 million awarded him Wednesday by a Los Angeles jury.

    Over the last six weeks, the brain-injured 45-year-old often forgot why his parents were absent from their Capitola, Calif., home and asked when they planned to return.

    "When the trial is finished,"...

  • Dodgers found partly liable in brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow
    Dodgers found partly liable in brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow

    A Los Angeles jury today ruled that the Dodgers are partly liable for the devastating injuries to Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was attacked in a stadium parking lot after an opening day game in 2011, and must pay millions to cover his medical bills and other expenses.

    The two men who attacked Stow,...

  • Dodgers found partly liable in brutal beating of Giants fan

    A Los Angeles jury ruled that the Dodgers are partly liable for the devastating injuries to Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was attacked in a stadium parking lot after an opening day game in 2011, and must pay millions to cover his medical bills and other expenses.

    The two men who attacked Stow, Louie...

  • Judge in Bryan Stow civil suit orders jurors to continue deliberating
    Judge in Bryan Stow civil suit orders jurors to continue deliberating

    The jurors tasked with deciding whether the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt were responsible for the brutal 2011 beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow told a judge Wednesday that they were deadlocked, but were ordered to continue deliberating.

    Word of the impasse came during the...

  • Jury to continue deliberations in Bryan Stow suit against Dodgers
    Jury to continue deliberations in Bryan Stow suit against Dodgers

    Jurors tasked with determining whether the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt were responsible for San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow's brutal 2011 beating were ordered to resume deliberations Thursday after indicating they were deadlocked in the case.

    Word of a possible stalemate came in...

  • Jury deadlocked in Bryan Stow suit against Dodgers told to continue
    Jury deadlocked in Bryan Stow suit against Dodgers told to continue

    A Los Angeles jury said Wednesday it was deadlocked over whether the Los Angeles Dodgers organization was responsible for the devastating injuries suffered by a Giants fan beaten during the 2011 home opener at Dodgers Stadium.

    But the judge in the case ordered the jury to return for further deliberations.

    ...

  • Morgan Peck's hand-held haiku in clay captivates
    Morgan Peck's hand-held haiku in clay captivates

    Morgan Peck's ceramic sculptures at Jancar Jones are modest in scale and hardly radical in reach, but there's something fearless and free about them that is deeply appealing. Two unglazed stoneware pillars (16 and 17 inches tall) stand at just the slightest tilt, with eager but reticent authority,...

  • Bobby Castillo dies at 59; former Dodger pitcher taught Valenzuela screwball
    Bobby Castillo dies at 59; former Dodger pitcher taught Valenzuela screwball

    Bobby Castillo, the man who taught Fernando Valenzuela the screwball, helping put into motion one of the most memorable periods in Los Angeles Dodgers' history, died Monday. He was 59.

    Castillo, who pitched in the majors for nine years and was a member of the Dodgers' 1981 World Series championship...

  • Dodgers find plenty of offense in 6-0 win over Cardinals
    Dodgers find plenty of offense in 6-0 win over Cardinals

    KEY MOMENT: The Dodgers scored their first two runs in the fourth inning, which Yasiel Puig led off with a walk. Adrian Gonzalez countered the Cardinals' defensive shift with a bunt single down the third-base line, which set up a run-scoring hit by Matt Kemp. Gonzalez later scored on a sacrifice...

  • Jury begins deliberating in Bryan Stow civil trial
    Jury begins deliberating in Bryan Stow civil trial

    What happened to Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day in March 2011, leaving him with lifelong injuries, was either a crime of heated passion that was over in a matter of seconds or a preventable security lapse hours in the making.

    Lawyers for Stow, the Santa Cruz paramedic and San Francisco...

  • Dodgers: Bryan Stow must accept some responsibility
    Dodgers: Bryan Stow must accept some responsibility

    What happened to Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on opening day in March 2011, leaving him with devastating lifelong injuries, was either a crime of heated passion that was over in a matter of seconds, or a preventable security liability nearly three hours in the making.

    Lawyers for Stow, the Santa...

  • Bryan Stow in court as Dodger beating trial nears an end
    Bryan Stow in court as Dodger beating trial nears an end

    Bryan Stow returned to Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday morning for what is expected to be the final day of testimony in his lawsuit against the Dodgers.

    The San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in an opening day beating three years ago sat in a wheelchair about 10 feet...

  • MLB found stadium security inadequate, former Dodgers executive says
    MLB found stadium security inadequate, former Dodgers executive says

    In the wake of Bryan Stow's beating, Major League Baseball sent a letter to the Los Angeles Dodgers that said security at its stadium was believed to be insufficient, a former Dodgers executive testified Friday.

    Peter Wilhelm was the chief financial officer for the Dodgers when they took on the...

  • No evidence Dodgers could have prevented attack on Stow, expert says
    No evidence Dodgers could have prevented attack on Stow, expert says

    The Dodgers had an impressive security plan in place the day Bryan Stow was beaten outside the stadium and there is no evidence the organization could have prevented the attack, a sports facility and event management consultant testified Thursday.

    Bill Squires, who was once the vice president and...

  • Bryan Stow jurors take surprise Dodger Stadium tour
    Bryan Stow jurors take surprise Dodger Stadium tour

    The jury in the Bryan Stow civil case toured Dodger Stadium Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Superior Court judge presiding over the case told the Los Angeles Times.

    Judge Victor E. Chavez said he made the arrangements after a juror requested to see the stadium up close.

    “I decided it would be...

  • LAPD detective is suspected of racial, vulgar comments
    LAPD detective is suspected of racial, vulgar comments

    Los Angeles police officials are investigating allegations that a veteran detective made racially charged comments about shooting black men and disparaged several superiors with vulgar insults during a training lecture given to other cops.

    Frank Lyga, a veteran investigator assigned to the LAPD's...

  • Bryan Stow witness says only the Yankees had more security
    Bryan Stow witness says only the Yankees had more security

    A former Major League Baseball security expert testified Tuesday that opening day 2011 at Dodger Stadium boasted one of the largest security forces he had ever seen.

    “The only time I saw a larger police presence was at the Yankee World Series 2009,” said Robert Campbell, a former Secret Service...

  • Bryan Stow's medical costs, lost wages could top $37 million
    Bryan Stow's medical costs, lost wages could top $37 million

    Attorneys for Bryan Stow closed their case against the Dodgers on Monday with the testimony of an accountant who estimated that the lifetime tab for Stow’s medical care and lost wages could exceed $37 million.

    The San Francisco Giants fan beaten on Opening Day three years ago suffered severe brain...

  • The Dodgers' arguing? That's just what a family does, Mattingly says
    The Dodgers' arguing? That's just what a family does, Mattingly says

    The Dodgers' management made its call on Don Mattingly last year. The powers that be loved how he ran the clubhouse. They did not love how he ran a game. So they fired his handpicked bench coach, Trey Hillman, and replaced him with Tim Wallach.

    The Dodgers also gave Mattingly a contract extension....

  • Frank McCourt testifies security was 'top priority' at Dodger Stadium
    Frank McCourt testifies security was 'top priority' at Dodger Stadium

    Shortly after sitting in the witness chair Friday, Frank McCourt was presented with an aerial photo of Chavez Ravine.

    "Do you recognize this place?" an attorney asked. McCourt threw a quick glance at the image of Dodger Stadium surrounded by parking lots before replying in his Boston accent, "Yes,...

  • Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt testifies safety was 'top priority'
    Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt testifies safety was 'top priority'

    Summoned to the witness stand Friday morning in a lawsuit brought by a San Francisco Giants fan brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium, former team owner Frank H. McCourt testified that fan safety was “the top priority” in his organization.

    But, he told jurors hearing evidence in a civil suit brought...

  • Dodgers responsible for attack on Giants fan, consultant testifies
    Dodgers responsible for attack on Giants fan, consultant testifies

    Bryan Stow more than likely would have avoided being beaten in a Dodger Stadium parking lot had the organization followed its security policies and procedures, a risk management and security consultant testified Thursday.

    Hired by the plaintiffs, Gil Fried said he reviewed the Los Angeles Dodgers’...

  • Doctors testify about Bryan Stow's loss of intellectual capacity
    Doctors testify about Bryan Stow's loss of intellectual capacity

    Before his head cracked against pavement, before the foot kicked his head, before surgeons removed part of his skull, before the seizures, the blood clots, the hemorrhaging — Bryan Stow, according to an expert, had the brain function of a college-educated man.

    But now his IQ rests at about 75,...

  • Don Normark, who photographed Chavez Ravine residents, dies at 86
    Don Normark, who photographed Chavez Ravine residents, dies at 86

    In late 1948, before the bulldozers came, 19-year-old photography student Don Normark stumbled upon a tranquil enclave of poor Mexican Americans in the hills above downtown Los Angeles.

    Its residents eyed him curiously at first, this skinny man with a box camera who didn't speak Spanish. Yet he...

  • Bob Welch dies at 57; faced Reggie Jackson in classic World Series duel
    Bob Welch dies at 57; faced Reggie Jackson in classic World Series duel

    He provided the Dodgers with an iconic moment: a fresh-faced rookie blowing away baseball's most feared hitter in a David vs. Goliath World Series duel before a roaring capacity crowd in Chavez Ravine.

    Bob Welch striking out the New York Yankees' Reggie Jackson in Game 2 of the 1978 World Series...

  • Jury hears Bryan Stow's friend's 911 call
    Jury hears Bryan Stow's friend's 911 call

    The punch came hard and fast. The sound was nauseating.

    "It was a crack, a sickening crack — fist hitting bone. That's the only way that I can describe it," Corey Maciel said Tuesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.

    His friend Bryan Stow was felled in an instant.

    "I heard his head hit the asphalt...

  • Judge says effect of bad teachers 'shocks the conscience'
    Judge says effect of bad teachers 'shocks the conscience'

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu tentatively ruled Tuesday that key job protections for California teachers violated students’ rights to equal educational opportunity. Treu struck down state laws that grant teachers tenure after two years, require seniority-based layoffs and govern...

  • Security staff was short at game where Bryan Stow beaten, guard says
    Security staff was short at game where Bryan Stow beaten, guard says

    A former Dodgers security guard testified Monday that the security team was short-staffed the night San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was attacked and that he feared for his own safety.

    Although attorneys for the Dodgers have made repeated references to March 31, 2011, marking the then-largest...

  • Dodgers' security chief quit after cuts in LAPD officers
    Dodgers' security chief quit after cuts in LAPD officers

    The head of security for the Dodgers left the organization for a year in part because he disagreed with the team's decision to reduce the number of uniformed off-duty officers at games, according to court testimony Thursday.

    It's a subject that lies at the heart of the civil trial that pits beating...

  • Datebook: Boxing painters, teen idols and John Altoon's short career
    Datebook: Boxing painters, teen idols and John Altoon's short career

    The humorously erotic works of John Altoon ... a charming documentary about a boxing painter and his put-upon wife ... art that is all about surveillance ... and the the space-age drawings of Suzanne Wright. In my weekly Datebook, I'll publish a selection of worthwhile culture events for the weekend...

  • Dodgers: Assigned security was elsewhere when Bryan Stow was attacked
    Dodgers: Assigned security was elsewhere when Bryan Stow was attacked

    The two security guards assigned to the Dodger Stadium parking lot where San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten were in a different area at the time of the attack, testimony revealed Thursday.

    According to security records introduced in an ongoing civil trial that accuses the Los Angeles...

  • 'Like it happened yesterday,' says beating victim Bryan Stow's mother

    Joseph Lagano shifted in his seat. He asked to take a minute. His voice became shaky.

    Then he answered the question: What did he see that night in the Dodger Stadium parking lot? 

    “I saw a guy fall -- the back of his head, stiff as a board -- his head on the pavement, and lie motionless,” Lagano,...

  • Hope dims for historic bridge
    Hope dims for historic bridge

    A public battle has erupted over the fate of an aging bridge spanning the Los Angeles River, with less than a week remaining before the city is expected to start demolition.

    Neighborhood activists and architects had envisioned turning the old Riverside Drive span into a "bridging green space" through...

  • Dodgers' Don Mattingly, Andre Ethier say all is well after blowup
    Dodgers' Don Mattingly, Andre Ethier say all is well after blowup

    All together now, it’s a family affair. . . .

    And you know how families are, right? All tight and loving one moment, down each others’ throats another, then back to love and kisses the next. A darting comment followed by a big smooch.

    Teams can be like that, though we know there are still all kinds...

  • Witnesses describe effect of Bryan Stow's injuries from beating
    Witnesses describe effect of Bryan Stow's injuries from beating

    In a San Francisco hospital, a physical therapist forced Bryan Stow's legs through a range of motions.

    "Tell me if you want me to stop," she said as she worked.

    Then it came: "Stop." The first word the former paramedic had said in five months since blood filled his brain after he was beaten in...

  • Garcetti thanks President Obama for 'listening' on L.A. River project
    Garcetti thanks President Obama for 'listening' on L.A. River project

    With new backing from the federal government, city officials celebrated a step forward Thursday for a $1-billion plan to revitalize a strip of the Los Angeles River. After originally pushing for a cheaper $453-million plan, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced this week that it now supports...

  • Army Corps to recommend $1-billion L.A. River project
    Army Corps to recommend $1-billion L.A. River project

    Federal officials gave a major boost Wednesday to the city's plans to turn the Los Angeles River into an urban oasis for recreation and an inviting locale for new commercial and residential development.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it has decided to recommend approval of an ambitious,...

  • Jury selection begins in Bryan Stow's suit against Dodgers, McCourt
    Jury selection begins in Bryan Stow's suit against Dodgers, McCourt

    Sitting in a wheelchair in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday, Bryan Stow slowly shook hands with his attorney. His buzz cut revealed a scar that stretched over his skull.

    Beside him were family members, appearing for the first day of jury selection in the civil trial that accuses the Los...

  • Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization
    Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization

    City engineers, public works officials and developers stood on a hilltop just north of downtown on a recent weekday and gazed at a low-lying railroad yard dotted with weeds on the far side of the Los Angeles River channel.

    To the uninitiated, it was a mildly depressing vista of concrete, unwanted...

  • Willard Ford's live-work space in Chinatown up for grabs
    Willard Ford's live-work space in Chinatown up for grabs

    Among the more interesting live-work spaces to come on the market in downtown L.A. this spring is Willard Ford’s Kim Sing Theatre, which is listed at $4.5 million.

    Yes, the owner is A-list actor Harrison Ford’s son. He’s made a go of using the place in Chinatown for events, as a retail showroom...

  • The Dodgers TV debacle shows the peril in the AT&T/DirecTV deal
    The Dodgers TV debacle shows the peril in the AT&T/DirecTV deal

    My colleagues Jim Peltz and Bill Plaschke both reviewed the ongoing fiasco of the Dodgers' TV rights deal this weekend. Both came to the same conclusion--that it's a disaster for the ball club and for the fans. Frankly, who could look at the facts and conclude anything else?

    But the Dodgers debacle...

  • Is there really any reason for Dodgers' concern over Kenley Jansen?
    Is there really any reason for Dodgers' concern over Kenley Jansen?

    Getting a little nervous about Kenley Jansen?

    Worried he’s not pushing the radar gun close to 100 mph? That his 0-2 record, 4.58 ERA and 1.70 WHIP are less than pedestrian? That just maybe he’s actually hurt and no one is admitting it?

    “I think Kenley is fine physically,” said Dodgers Manager Don...

  • Jury awards former LAPD recruits more than $12 million in injury case
    Jury awards former LAPD recruits more than $12 million in injury case

    A jury Monday awarded more than $12 million to a group of former Los Angeles police recruits who were forced out of the LAPD after suffering injuries in the department's training academy.

    The verdict comes as the department struggles to attract sufficient numbers of recruits into its ranks and...

  • Dodger Stadium: Go for the game, stay for the meatballs and cannoli
    Dodger Stadium: Go for the game, stay for the meatballs and cannoli

    A few hours before the first pitch of the Dodgers vs. Phillies game Wednesday, Tommy Lasorda sat eating a bowl of meatballs smothered in red sauce at a table behind Tommy Lasorda's Trattoria, one of the new concession stands at Dodger stadium. People stopped to stare at the former Dodgers third-base...

  • Proposed L.A. County budget shifts money to jails, foster care reform
    Proposed L.A. County budget shifts money to jails, foster care reform

    The $26-billion spending plan calls for adding more than 1,300 positions, including nurses, social workers and staff for the Sheriff's Department's inspector general.

  • KPMG auditor should get 3 years for insider trading, prosecutors say
    KPMG auditor should get 3 years for insider trading, prosecutors say

    Prosecutors want former KPMG auditing partner Scott London to serve three years in federal prison for giving confidential information about his firm’s clients to a friend, who used the tips to make more than $1 million in illegal stock-trading profits.

    London pleaded guilty to insider-trading last...

  • On Dodgers' opening day, plenty of blame to go around
    On Dodgers' opening day, plenty of blame to go around

    Urinating fans, a reopened gate, higher parking fees and a TV blackout are among the team's PR problems as the season begins.

  • Dodgers home opener to unveil stadium upgrades, traffic adjustments
    Dodgers home opener to unveil stadium upgrades, traffic adjustments

    Fans heading to Dodger Stadium on Friday for the team's home opener against the San Francisco Giants can expect a number of changes in areas such as traffic management, amenities and security measures.

    The team’s new ownership, which includes former Laker Magic Johnson, has also invested more than...

  • Bryan Stow case: Dodger Stadium had 'culture of apathy,' MLB says
    Bryan Stow case: Dodger Stadium had 'culture of apathy,' MLB says

    A "culture of apathy and indifference" among game-day staffers at Dodger Stadium was among the problems identified by Major League Baseball in an assessment of the 2011 beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow.

    In a motion filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week, attorneys for Bryan Stow asked to...

  • Residents cry foul as Dodgers reopen an old way to the stadium
    Residents cry foul as Dodgers reopen an old way to the stadium

    In 1996, residents saw traffic improve when Dodger Stadium's Scott Avenue gate was closed. Now they're afraid of being squeezed again.

  • 5.1 earthquake: Vin Scully calls it during Dodgers game
    5.1 earthquake: Vin Scully calls it during Dodgers game

    Vin Scully was calling the Freeway Series at Dodger Stadium when the 5.1 earthquake Friday night made some news.

    The quake occurred during the 6th inning.

    "A little tremor in the ball park," Scully said. "I am not sure if the folks felt it, but we certainly felt it here."

    "A tremor and only that...

  • Daylight saving time brings a twist to L.A. Marathon
    Daylight saving time brings a twist to L.A. Marathon

    The L.A. Marathon, being held Sunday morning, usually bring concerns about traffic and street closures.

    But this year, there is an added issue: The beginning of daylight saving time.

    Clocks should spin forward at 2 a.m. Sunday.

    Tracey Russell, the marathon's chief executive, told The Times' Rene...

  • L.A. Marathon: Plan for widespread street closures, warm weather
    L.A. Marathon: Plan for widespread street closures, warm weather

    As runners and walkers make their way from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica during Sunday's L.A. Marathon, motorists will face widespread rolling street closures that will surround the route.

    The street closures will be in various places in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. 

    ...

  • Bryan Stow attackers indicted on federal weapons charges
    Bryan Stow attackers indicted on federal weapons charges

    The men who pleaded guilty last month to the brutal Dodger Stadium beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow have been indicted by a federal grand jury on a weapons charge, according to court documents.

    According to an indictment filed Wednesday, the grand jury charged Louie Sanchez and Marvin...

  • Two get prison time for beating S.F. Giants fan at Dodger Stadium
    Two get prison time for beating S.F. Giants fan at Dodger Stadium

    Judge calls defendants 'complete cowards' after they plead guilty to beating Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium.

  • Los Angeles is among the top 10 U.S. cities for income inequality
    Los Angeles is among the top 10 U.S. cities for income inequality

    Los Angeles is among the top 10 U.S. cities with the widest gulf between the rich and poor, a Washington think tank reported Thursday.

    The upper 5% of Los Angeles residents earned more than 12 times what the bottom 20% took in,  Alan Barube, who studies social policies affecting low-income families...

  • LAPD recruits endure tough training, then hit reality on the streets
    LAPD recruits endure tough training, then hit reality on the streets

    The LAPD academy class was a mix of people from different backgrounds struggling to make it through training together. For those who did, the streets of L.A. took the challenge to a new level.

  • Boys' basketball: 16 teams selected for Open Division playoffs

    The Southern Section named the 16 teams on Friday for its new Open Division playoffs. The final seedings and pairings won't be announced until Sunday.

    Nervous coaches waited around their computers until the selections were posted at 1 p.m. on Friday. There were coaches who preferred not to be selected...

  • New MOCA chief Philippe Vergne lays out his vision in first interview
    New MOCA chief Philippe Vergne lays out his vision in first interview

    The Museum of Contemporary Art named Philippe Vergne as its new museum director late Wednesday, and in his first interview after the announcement, Vergne talked about his work to date and what he hopes to bring to MOCA.

    “The artists and ideas I’ve committed to over the years are the embodiment...

  • Shopping in downtown Los Angeles, the new mall alternative
    Shopping in downtown Los Angeles, the new mall alternative

    Irony of L.A. No. 467: Holiday shoppers looking to avoid mall madness can find their respite in the heart of the city — downtown Los Angeles. Certain parts of downtown are easier to navigate on weekends, at least during daylight hours. People are fewer. Parking can be easier. Most important: Downtown's...

  • Corporations increasingly spying on nonprofits, group says
    Corporations increasingly spying on nonprofits, group says

    Corporations are increasingly spying on nonprofit groups they view as potential threats with little fear of retribution, according to a new report by a corporate watchdog group.

    The large companies employ former Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, FBI, military and police officers...

  • What does it take to be a true-blue Dodger fan?
    What does it take to be a true-blue Dodger fan?

    What lengths will a true-blue Dodger fan go to in order to help the team win?

    Some don't change their underwear for luck. Some wear special shoes and hats.

    "We don't bring Mom," Jeremy Green told me at Dodger Stadium, where I met him and his two sons, Colby and Parker, on Wednesday.

    "She's a big-time...

  • For the true-blue Dodgers faithful, years of ritualized fandom
    For the true-blue Dodgers faithful, years of ritualized fandom

    Parents start children early with traditions that soon become sacrosanct — to be continued rain or shine, win or loss.

  • 'Rally Bear' banned from Dodger Stadium: 'I got my point across'
    'Rally Bear' banned from Dodger Stadium: 'I got my point across'

    The "Rally Bear" who danced atop the St. Louis Cardinals dugout this week has been banned from Dodger Stadium for six months, he says.

    The 50-year-old man who wore the "Rally Bear" costume, Mark Monninger of Rancho Cucamonga, said he pulled the stunt to promote the idea of the Dodgers' getting...

  • 'Rally Bear' banned from Dodger Stadium for six months after stunt
    'Rally Bear' banned from Dodger Stadium for six months after stunt

    The man who donned a bear costume for a frantic dance atop the St. Louis Cardinals dugout Monday night in Game 3 of the National League championship series says he's been banned from Dodger Stadium for six months.

    The 50-year-old man behind "Rally Bear," Mark Monninger of Rancho Cucamonga, said...

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    Driving to Dodger Stadium? Here's how to skip the traffic jam

    Need a reason to carpool to next week's playoff games at Dodger Stadium?

    More than 20,000 cars parked Monday night before the Dodgers played the Atlanta Braves. Parking lots filled up, and hundreds of drivers without parking passes were turned away.

    To reduce the chaos, carpools of four or more...

  • They've been 'Hall of Fame bookends' on Dodger airwaves for 55 years
    They've been 'Hall of Fame bookends' on Dodger airwaves for 55 years

    Spanish-speaking counterpart to the legendary Vin Scully, announcer Jaime Jarrin gives lyrical play-by-plays. His fame was belated, and humility is his hallmark.

  • Dodgers-Braves Game 4: LAPD reports few arrests, citations
    Dodgers-Braves Game 4: LAPD reports few arrests, citations

    Los Angeles police said there were few problems with the hometown crowd following the Dodgers' dramatic come-from-behind victory Monday night at Chavez Ravine.

    “The game went smooth, we didn’t have any issues,” said Officer Gregory Baek.

    Police made seven misdemeanor arrests and issued eight citations...

  • Dodgers' hot season fires up the faithful
    Dodgers' hot season fires up the faithful

    Invigorated by the team's wins and its new owners' decisions, Dodgers fans thrill to the playoffs and happily muse about next year.

  • Gang injunction granted in Echo Park

    A Los Angeles County court granted a permanent injunction Thursday against six gangs in Echo Park and its surrounding neighborhoods, according to the city attorney’s office.

    The injunction seeks to prohibit known members of the Big Top Locos, Crazys, Diamond Street Locos, Echo Park Locos, Frogtown...

  • Clayton Kershaw emotional about Mattingly's decision to pull him
    Clayton Kershaw emotional about Mattingly's decision to pull him

    Clayton Kershaw sat on the Dodgers bench, looking up at Manager Don Mattingly and an assistant coach. Up until that point Kershaw had dominated the Yankees lineup three times through. Eight innings. No runs. Five hits. Five strikeouts.

    The game would ultimately end in a 3-0 Dodgers defeat, but...

  • Dodgers' Matt Kemp not expected to return from injury on time
    Dodgers' Matt Kemp not expected to return from injury on time

    It might be a good thing the Dodgers didn’t shed an outfielder before the trade deadline. Before Wednesday’s game against the Yankees, oft-injured center fielder Matt Kemp was limping around the clubhouse.

    He has been on the disabled list with a left ankle sprain since July 22 and won’t be ready...

  • After controversy, Dodgers end ambulance deal with LAFD
    After controversy, Dodgers end ambulance deal with LAFD

    Following criticism from city fire commissioners and union leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers are dropping a plan to staff home games with city firefighters and ambulances.

    The deal came under fire last week after LAFD officials acknowledged it required shifting on-duty units from other parts of...

  • L.A. River sustained minimal damage in freeway fire, experts say
    L.A. River sustained minimal damage in freeway fire, experts say

    The Los Angeles River sustained minimal, temporary damage from burning gasoline after a tanker truck overturned at the 2 and 5 freeways, said officials with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.  

    The tanker was carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline when it overturned Saturday morning at the...

  • LAFD union chief calls for ending ambulance deal with Dodgers
    LAFD union chief calls for ending ambulance deal with Dodgers

    The union representing rank-and-file Los Angeles city firefighters has called on the LAFD to end its agreement to provide ambulances at Dodger Stadium home games, an arrangement that has come under fire since officials acknowledged it required shifting on-duty units from other parts of the city...

  • Plenty of folks still hot about illegal fireworks
    Plenty of folks still hot about illegal fireworks

    But for a few "don't you have anything better to write about" comments, my column about illegal fireworks being set off by amateurs has generated many more complaints about — illegal fireworks.

    "How you could omit Highland Park from your article astounds me," wrote a resident of that community....

  • Fire commissioners criticize LAFD's ambulance deal with Dodgers
    Fire commissioners criticize LAFD's ambulance deal with Dodgers

    A draft contract for the Los Angeles Fire Department to continue providing medical care at Dodger Stadium came under criticism from fire commissioners after department officials disclosed that the arrangement has required shifting on-duty units from other areas and will ask taxpayers to foot part...

  • Dodgers reliever Jose Dominguez brings 100-mph heat in MLB debut
    Dodgers reliever Jose Dominguez brings 100-mph heat in MLB debut

    Sunday afternoon at Chavez Ravine was hot, but Dodgers reliever Jose Dominguez was hotter in his major league debut against the Philadelphia Phillies.

    The 22-year-old Dominican fireballer retired Delmon Young, Ben Revere and Carlos Ruiz in order in the eighth inning, hitting 101 mph twice and 100...

  • Yasiel Puig closes out record-setting first month
    Yasiel Puig closes out record-setting first month

    June at Dodger Stadium has felt like a giant, monthlong party. They may as well name it Yasiel Puig month.

    Puig capped off his first calendar month as a Major Leaguer in predictable four-for-five fashion Sunday including a bloop triple, a double and two stolen bases. The only surprise came when...

  • Dodgers have Kyle Kendrick's number
    Dodgers have Kyle Kendrick's number

    The Dodgers own Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.

    Their starting lineup Sunday had a career .348 batting average, .402 on-base percentage and .596 slugging percentage split against the right-handed Kendrick (7-4, 3.46 earned-run average), who took the mound for Philadelphia as the Dodgers went for...

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