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Prince's admirers gather in South Los Angeles to remember and celebrate

Dozens of fans gathered in South Los Angeles on Thursday to pay homage to pop icon Prince with a musical celebration that united generations of listeners.Prince Roger Nelson was found dead at his Paisley Park compound outside of Minneapolis earlier in the day.  He was 57.In L.A., he was honored...

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  • 5 great places to eat in South L.A.

    5 great places to eat in South L.A.

    Some Angelenos don't venture east of La Brea. Similarly, many rarely make it south of the 10 Freeway. Those who head south of Rodeo Road on Crenshaw Boulevard are rewarded with smoky barbeque joints serving large helpings of greens and corn bread; island cuisine from Jamaica, Belize and other parts...

  • Kickin' it Ol' School: Earlez Grille's version of LAUSD coffee cake

    Kickin' it Ol' School: Earlez Grille's version of LAUSD coffee cake

    If you grew up in the Los Angeles, your fond memories of high school may include the warm coffee cake served mornings in district cafeterias — a dense, fragrant confection of yellow cake dusted with a sandy topping of cinnamon sugar, plain but comforting, especially when you chased it with a gulp...

  • Jonathan Gold: Barbecue you need to be eating right now

    Jonathan Gold: Barbecue you need to be eating right now

    Barbecue may be a religion in the South, but this time of year, it is everywhere in Los Angeles -- in backyards, storefronts, suburban chains, farmers markets and barrel smokers in church parking lots. Here are a few places we like a lot. No reservations required. Bigmista’s Barbecue Can the downtown...

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  • Andre D. Wagner's stirring photographs tell it like it is

    Andre D. Wagner's stirring photographs tell it like it is

    Andre D. Wagner is a young photographer with an old soul. He shoots black-and-white film and prints his pictures, by his own hand, on a scale (11 x 14 and 16 x 20 inches) that, these days, is conspicuous in its modesty. The intimate size matters. It matches the tenderness of his approach toward...

  • Q&A with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on L.A., Amtrak

    Q&A with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on L.A., Amtrak

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx came to Los Angeles on Thursday to urge Congress to keep money flowing for state highway, bridge and transit projects. In two weeks, unless Congress acts, federal officials' ability to give money to state and local governments will expire, which could...

  • 14-month-old girl allegedly abducted is returned, relative tells LAPD

    14-month-old girl allegedly abducted is returned, relative tells LAPD

    Los Angeles police said they were trying to confirm a family member's report that a 14-month-old girl who had allegedly been abducted by her father in South Los Angeles on Tuesday was returned safely. Police received a phone call Wednesday morning from a relative who said the girl had been returned,...

  • Father accused of abducting 14-month-old daughter

    Los Angeles police are searching for a man who is accused of snatching his 14-month-old daughter Tuesday from her grandmother's home, authorities said. Around 4 p.m., Randy Green, 29, entered a home in the 3300 block of Stocker Place in Leimert Park and abducted his daughter, said LAPD Officer...

  • 2 shot, wounded near Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

    2 shot, wounded near Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

    A car-to-car shooting Sunday afternoon near Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza left two men wounded, authorities said. A gunman in a sport utility vehicle opened fire at three men in a gray minivan shortly before 5 p.m. near Crenshaw Boulevard and Stocker Street, Los Angeles Police Department Det. Gerald...

  • Datebook: Art of the column, visions of Hell, California's dark history

    Datebook: Art of the column, visions of Hell, California's dark history

    The architecture of the column re-interpreted, California’s dark history of lynchings reenacted and an artist who takes pictures of Hell (literally). Plus, figurative paintings that rely on the minimal and a group show that straddles generations. Here’s what we have in the Datebook this week: “Henry...

  • How the dense grids of artist Charles Gaines took the ego out of art
    How the dense grids of artist Charles Gaines took the ego out of art

    When Charles Gaines was in elementary school in Newark, N.J., one of his teachers noticed that this son of a construction worker and seamstress was skilled at drawing. 

    “My teacher told my mom that she should encourage me to go into art because I could be the ‘first black artist,' “ Gaines remembers...

  • The sense of adventure in Lakwena Maciver's universe
    The sense of adventure in Lakwena Maciver's universe

    Seven recent paintings by London-based artist Lakwena Maciver, who often goes by just her first name, fairly shout. They’re homemade street signs, a deft cross between commercial logos and personal emblems.

    Lakwena paints in flat colors on wood panels. The hues are as bright as a Technicolor rainbow.

    ...

  • Ezell Ford autopsy, LAPD chief disclose new details of shooting
    Ezell Ford autopsy, LAPD chief disclose new details of shooting

    A South Los Angeles man who was killed in a police shooting in August was shot in the back at close range during what LAPD Chief Charlie Beck described Monday as a violent struggle over an officer's gun.

    The new details about the shooting came as an autopsy report released Monday showed that Ezell...

  • Mark Bradford's Art + Practice to bring art, social services to Leimert
    Mark Bradford's Art + Practice to bring art, social services to Leimert

    The eastern side of Degnan Boulevard and West 43rd Place in Leimert Park at first glance seems like just another crestfallen Los Angeles block. Doors are closed. Gates are shut. Plywood obscures the windows on an ornate Art Deco-era structure topped by a stupa-like tower. 

    But walk closer and you'll...

  • CicLAvia kicks off for first time in South L.A.
    CicLAvia kicks off for first time in South L.A.

    The 11th CicLAvia bike festival officially kicked off Sunday morning, marking the first time that the car-free route will wind through South Los Angeles.

    Thousands of bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters and pedestrians are expected to ride or walk the six-mile route along Martin Luther King...

  • Cooler weather may boost crowds at South L.A.'s first CicLAvia
    Cooler weather may boost crowds at South L.A.'s first CicLAvia

    The cooler weather predicted for Sunday may encourage more bicyclists, walkers and skateboarders to participate in CicLAvia compared with the brutally hot day in October when the car-free rolling street party was last held, organizers say.

    “It is supposed to be 25 degrees cooler than in October,...

  • 5 great places to eat in South L.A.
    5 great places to eat in South L.A.

    Some Angelenos don't venture east of La Brea. Similarly, many rarely make it south of the 10 Freeway. Those who head south of Rodeo Road on Crenshaw Boulevard are rewarded with smoky barbeque joints serving large helpings of greens and corn bread; island cuisine from Jamaica, Belize and other parts...

  • Kickin' it Ol' School: Earlez Grille's version of LAUSD coffee cake
    Kickin' it Ol' School: Earlez Grille's version of LAUSD coffee cake

    If you grew up in the Los Angeles, your fond memories of high school may include the warm coffee cake served mornings in district cafeterias — a dense, fragrant confection of yellow cake dusted with a sandy topping of cinnamon sugar, plain but comforting, especially when you chased it with a gulp...

  • Works of defiant beauty by Samuel Levi Jones
    Works of defiant beauty by Samuel Levi Jones

    Riveting new work by Samuel Levi Jones, at Papillion, is hot and cool at once, the result of aggressive action as well as a deliberate, formal intelligence.

    This isn't the only polarity at play. Jones generates several different varieties of friction, all of them fueling the work's quietly rumbling...

  • Michael Brown protests: 'It does remind me of 1992,' says LAPD chief
    Michael Brown protests: 'It does remind me of 1992,' says LAPD chief

    Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck praised the city's generally peaceful response to a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the death of a young black man, saying three arrests had been made but no major incidents or property damage were reported.

    Beck grew emotional...

  • Michael Brown protester handcuffed outside LAPD headquarters
    Michael Brown protester handcuffed outside LAPD headquarters

    A man was handcuffed by Los Angeles police during an early morning protest outside LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

    About 100 protesters had gathered on 1st Street in front of the headquarters in a largely peaceful protest when a shoving match broke out between a wall of police officers...

  • Charter schools break law by making parents volunteer, report says

    Scores of California charter schools require parents to volunteer as a condition for their child’s enrollment in violation of state law, according to a report by a civil rights organization.

    Public Advocates, a California nonprofit law firm and advocacy group, surveyed about half of the state’s...

  • L.A. County won't file criminal charges over work at Ridley-Thomas home
    L.A. County won't file criminal charges over work at Ridley-Thomas home

    Los Angeles County prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges in connection with taxpayer-funded work performed at Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' home.

    The district attorney's office said in a memorandum released Monday that county officials told investigators that the remodeling of Ridley-Thomas'...

  • City leaders want South L.A. to get Promise Zone federal grant status
    City leaders want South L.A. to get Promise Zone federal grant status

    Stung by South Los Angeles' exclusion from a program that gives communities a leg up in qualifying for millions of dollars in development grants, business, education and religious leaders from the region are banding together for a second try at winning a federal Promise Zone designation.

    Such a...

  • 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...

  • Play festival heralds impending revival of L.A.'s Vision Theatre
    Play festival heralds impending revival of L.A.'s Vision Theatre

    A decade and a half has passed since Los Angeles city officials first resolved to renovate and reinvigorate the Vaudeville-era Vision Theatre as an arts hub for Leimert Park, itself a historic hub of black culture in L.A.’s Crenshaw District.

    To show that the long-envisioned new beginning is finally...

  • Leimert Park rally protests beating by CHP officer

    Civil rights activists are rallying in Leimert Park on Saturday to demand that Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey file charges against a California Highway Patrol officer who was captured on video punching a woman on the 10 Freeway.

    Officer Daniel Andrew has been stripped of his duties...

  • Crenshaw choir director returns to classroom as inquiry continues
    Crenshaw choir director returns to classroom as inquiry continues

    Crenshaw High School’s longtime choir director, who was reassigned while under investigation by the Los Angeles Unified School District, returned to the classroom on Tuesday as an inquiry into possible misconduct continues.

    Iris Stevenson, who leads Crenshaw’s award-winning choir, was removed from...

  • Gang code of silence compounds a family's heartbreak
    Gang code of silence compounds a family's heartbreak

    I spent Sunday night at a candlelight vigil, held to mark the anniversary of a young man's shooting death and nudge anyone who knows anything to come forward.

    I heard a grieving mother beg the crowd for tips that might help police and watched burly high school football players drop to their knees...

  • Datebook: Punk design, Tokyo photos, paintings by Marsden Hartley
    Datebook: Punk design, Tokyo photos, paintings by Marsden Hartley

    The European years of a key American artist at LACMA, Japanese photography at the Getty, and an assortment of summer group shows that touch on everything from light to L.A. to rock 'n' roll. It’s happening all over our sun-baked metropolis:

    "Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings 1913-1915," at...

  • Jonathan Gold: Barbecue you need to be eating right now
    Jonathan Gold: Barbecue you need to be eating right now

    Barbecue may be a religion in the South, but this time of year, it is everywhere in Los Angeles -- in backyards, storefronts, suburban chains, farmers markets and barrel smokers in church parking lots. Here are a few places we like a lot. No reservations required.

    Bigmista’s Barbecue

    Can the downtown...

  • Best barbecue? Says who?
    Best barbecue? Says who?

    On its website today, OpenTable.com announced the top 30 barbecue restaurants in the U.S., a list that includes local restaurants Gus’s, Naples Rib Company and Boneyard Bistro. The votes were culled from 16,000 reviews from what the company calls "verified diners," people who both made and kept...

  • Baseball: Dorsey earns first City title appearance in 42 years

     The Dorsey Dons haven't won a City Section baseball championship since 1958 and haven't appeared in a final since 1972. But one drought has definitely ended.

    On Monday night at USC, the Dons earned a spot in Saturday's 10 a.m. Division II championship game at Dodger Stadium with an 8-5 victory...

  • Mayor, L.A. Unified announce citywide summer learning program
    Mayor, L.A. Unified announce citywide summer learning program

    As part of an effort to close what Mayor Eric Garcetti says is a skills gap in the Los Angeles workforce, officials announced a new summer program Tuesday to provide online and in-person classes to a wide range of young and older students.

    The Summer of Learning program, a collaboration between...

  • L.A. is bogged down in trying to save its historic structures
    L.A. is bogged down in trying to save its historic structures

    Los Angeles' Historic Preservation Overlay Zone ordinance, passed in 1979, allows a neighborhood to petition the city for designation as a historic district. If the designation is approved, any significant changes to structures within the zone require special approval from a panel made up of residents,...

  • Soaring home prices spur a resurgence near USC
    Soaring home prices spur a resurgence near USC

    The hot housing market and a rail line push young professionals to the West Adams, Leimert Park areas

  • D.A. probes work on Ridley-Thomas' garage
    D.A. probes work on Ridley-Thomas' garage

    Records show that the county was charged $6,239 to perform work that included replacing interior walls and other modifications as part of a security project.

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  • A turning point for Leimert Park Village
    A turning point for Leimert Park Village

    Plans for a commuter rail station in what was once known as the West Coast Harlem are stirring hopes of a resurgence but also worries that it will be more commercial than cultural.

  • Popular choir director who performed for Obama put in 'teacher jail'
    Popular choir director who performed for Obama put in 'teacher jail'

    Parents, students and community members rallied Friday in front of Crenshaw High School against the removal of the school’s longtime choir director, who was reassigned while under investigation by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

    Iris Stevenson, who leads Crenshaw’s award-winning choir,...

  • Ridley-Thomas obtains building permit to renovate garage
    Ridley-Thomas obtains building permit to renovate garage

    L.A. County supervisor's request comes after a Times report that county-paid crews did work on the garage without city permits.

  • Mark Ridley-Thomas acknowledges home improvements by county workers
    Mark Ridley-Thomas acknowledges home improvements by county workers

    L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas says he reimbursed the county for work done in addition to the installation of a taxpayer-funded security system.

  • Metro breaks ground on $2-billion Crenshaw light-rail line
    Metro breaks ground on $2-billion Crenshaw light-rail line

    Officials celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for the $2.06-billion north-south Crenshaw Line that will connect the Mid-City Expo Line with the South Bay's Green Line. 

    "This is a day that Angelenos deserve, a great day for L.A., a day to move America forward," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti...

  • Work at Ridley-Thomas' residence went beyond security system
    Work at Ridley-Thomas' residence went beyond security system

    Taxpayer-funded project to install the system at L.A. County supervisor's residence included other improvements, interviews and records show.

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