Heat, weed and Kid Cudi: Looking back at the best photos of November

Free Britney supporters celebrate, scream and jump.
#FreeBritney supporters celebrate after hearing that a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge had formally ended Britney Spears’ conservatorship, which had controlled her for nearly 14 years.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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November unlocked an array of unforgettable, visual moments. A strict conservatorship ended with a celebration, clogged ports stood still and a swimming superstar celebrated her 100th birthday with a dip in the pool.

Times staff photographers documented these stories and brought readers closer to the life unfolding across the country and around the world. Here is a selection of the best imagery published this month.

A "Black Towns Matter" message is seen on a road.
Independence Heights in Houston, which features a “Black Towns Matter” message, is one of the oldest Black communities in Texas where more homes could be taken for I-45 and I-610 freeway expansions. In the mid-20th century, the federal interstate highway program was notorious for building new roads through Black and Latino neighborhoods, a practice that displaced hundreds of thousands of families and ruined long-standing communities.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Diane McClinden, 63, and her dog sit in front of a fan.
Diane McClinden, 63, and her dog Frankie try to stay cool in their trailer in Almar Acres RV Park in Desert Hot Springs. “It’s pretty miserable here,” McClinden said on a day when temperatures reached 97 degrees. “I don’t know what the first electric bill will be. I’m scared,” she said.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Ernest Siva, 84, closes his eyes for a portrait.
Ernest Siva, 84, is one of the last remaining oral historians of the Indigenous Serrano language. “My great-grandfather told his family: ‘You have to remember your culture and language, or else you’ll be left a wandering tribe,’” he said.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
Lil Uzi Vert performs in the middle of the crowd.
Lil Uzi Vert performs in the middle of the crowd on the final day of the three-day Day N Vegas hip-hop music festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Bill Crawford, a diabetic and double amputee, lies in his bed in his living room in Watts, Calif.
Bill Crawford, a diabetic and double amputee, lies in his bed in his living room in Watts. Because of delays in treatment, Crawford hasn’t been able to get approval for the physical therapy he needs to walk on his prosthetic legs, which have been sitting in his garage for nearly two years.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
The Port of Los Angeles is backed up with incoming cargo ships waiting offshore.
The Port of Los Angeles is backed up with incoming cargo ships waiting offshore. The port was set to begin operating around the clock on Oct. 13.
(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)
Rapper Kid Cudi's success has expanded beyond music to acting and to the creation of his own fashion line.
Rapper Kid Cudi’s success has expanded beyond music to acting and to the creation of his own fashion line.
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
The Colorado River cuts through the Grand Canyon as seen from the Hopi Viewpoint on the South Rim at dusk.
The Colorado River cuts through the Grand Canyon as seen from the Hopi Viewpoint on the South Rim at dusk. The second-most popular of America’s national parks, the Grand Canyon attracts about 6 million visitors annually.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Gondola operations supervisor Vincent Valencia closes large steel doors at the Panorama Gondola summit station.
Gondola operations supervisor Vincent Valencia closes large steel doors at the Panorama Gondola summit station as a storm bears down atop Mammoth Mountain. For much of the last 18 years, Valencia has lived alone at the summit — a frozen world that is lashed regularly by the harshest weather California has to offer.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Ludernilce Peixoto Costa, 43, embraces her daughter Adrielly, 6, at their home on the outskirts of Manaus, Brazil.
Ludernilce Peixoto Costa, 43, embraces her daughter Adrielly, 6, at their home on the outskirts of Manaus, Brazil. Peixoto works at one of the city’s main hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. She lost both of her parents to COVID-19. Her father died in the ICU where she works, holding her hand.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
June Spencer, 6, daughter of cinematographer Alice Brooks, right, stands on the red carpet.
June Spencer, 6, daughter of cinematographer Alice Brooks, right, stands on the red carpet of the 2021 AFI Fest Opening Night Gala Premiere of Netflix’s “tick, tick … BOOM!” at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
As dusk settles in, Sammy Potter rubs his feet inside his one-man tent.
As dusk settles in, Sammy Potter rubs his feet inside his one-man tent after a day of hiking more than 25 miles with Jackson Parell along the Pacific Crest Trail in Plumas National Forest in Little Grass Valley, Calif. The Stanford students are attempting to complete the Triple Crown of hiking in one calendar year.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Kyzir White touches a lightning orb.
Los Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Kyzir White touches a lightning orb on his way to the field to play the Vikings at SoFi Stadium.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
UCSB student Kris Hotchkiss sits in a van borrowed from a close friend.
UCSB student Kris Hotchkiss lives in a van borrowed from a close friend. California faces a statewide student housing crisis, with some UCSB students forced to live in vehicles and hotels. The crisis led the UCSB campus to move forward with a plan to build a massive 4,500-bed dorm with tiny rooms and few windows — dubbed “Dormzilla” — which sparked widespread student protests, national headlines and the resignation of the consulting architect.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Governor Gavin Newsom lifts his chin to the sun while attending a press conference.
Gov. Gavin Newsom lifts his chin to the sun while attending a news conference after visiting a COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot clinic and taking a tour of tiny houses for homeless vets. The governor was trying to highlight the state’s ongoing efforts to increase vaccination rates and promote booster shots for eligible populations.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
George Hodgin, CEO of Biopharmaceutical Research Company, stands inside a room where marijuana is being grown.
George Hodgin, CEO of Biopharmaceutical Research Co., stands inside the room where marijuana is being grown for federally approved drug trials. The result could be an entirely new generation of medical marijuana that is scientifically tested and dispensed with the oversight and precision of conventional pharmaceuticals.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Doing the backstroke, Maurine Kornfeld swims at 6:30 a.m. at Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena.
Doing the backstroke, Maurine Kornfeld swims at 6:30 a.m. at Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena. Kornfeld, known to her team as “Mighty Mo,” turned 100 in November.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
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