A Year in Focus | 2014
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A Year in Focus | 2014

A Year in Focus | 2014
The Metro Gold Line runs along the edge of the Los Angeles State Historic Park, also known as “the Cornfield,” located north of downtown Los Angeles. The 32-acre park is situated near the Los Angeles River but is separated from the stream by a series of fences and railroad tracks. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Protesters advocating for human rights and an overhaul in immigration laws carry a giant American flag as they march south on Broadway across the 101 Freeway. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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A couple enjoy the sunset at Echo Park Lake. With the neighborhood’s gentrification, gang members are moving elsewhere. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Two LAPD officers ride their mounts around Griffith Park Observatory during a search for a suspect. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Thousands of people gather at the Chuan Thien Hau Temple in Los Angeles’ Chinatown in celebration of Chinese New Year. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
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Fans dance as Classixx performs at the Made in America Festival in downtown Los Angeles. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Strollers pass a building in Venice that has at least a dozen video surveillance cameras, an effort to make the Venice boardwalk area safer. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A giant rubber duck passes through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival L.A. The six-story-tall duck was created by artist Florentijn Hofman. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
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A color guard presentation at Coronado by Beachmaster Unit 1 marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing at Normandy. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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Lupita Nyong’o hugs her supporting actress Oscar for her role in the film “12 Years a Slave.” (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Mariachi Toros de Carlos Parra acknowledges the crowd at a festival at Mariachi Plaza. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Palm trees, blue skies and stylish patrons on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. (Christina House / For The Times)
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Graduating UC Irvine students show their excitement for President Obama’s appearance during the university’s 50th commencement ceremony.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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UCLA’s Mossi Johnson makes a catch as USC safety Gerald Bowman tries to stop him at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig signs autographs for fans during spring training at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Mara, a 10-year-old hippo, and her calf at the L.A. Zoo. It was the first hippo birth in 26 years at the zoo. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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The Dalai Lama greets Maria Shriver and Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts before the Tibetan spiritual leader’s speech at the Forum. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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A 28-foot-tall, 600-pound Oscar statue made of fiberglass and steel travels down Hollywood Boulevard. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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A plane flies over the newly renovated entertainment venue the Forum in Inglewood. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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L.A. City Hall is framed by Robert Graham’s sculpture “Dance Door” at the Music Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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Grammy-nominated music producer, EDM musician and DJ Steve Aoki at his Las Vegas-area home.

 (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
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Robin Williams’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame becomes a makeshift memorial after the actor’s suicide. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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A bird’s-eye view from the Goodyear blimp of the U.S. flag as it unfurls during opening day ceremonies at Dodger Stadium. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performs as fireworks explode at the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and Opening Night Concert. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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Waves crash along the shore as the congregation of Our Lady of Guadalupe Hermosa Beach Catholic Church celebrates sunrise Mass on Easter Sunday. (Patrick T. Fallon / For the Times)
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Puddles form during brief showers on the opening weekend of the 101st Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Canada. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Cyclists participating in CicLAvia whiz past a @PinDropParty in the 2nd Street tunnel in downtown Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon / For the Times)
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Actor Jon Bernthal on his role in the World War II film “Fury": “You ... go to this unbelievably vulnerable place, knowing it’s going to break you.” (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
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A kindergarten class at Olympic Primary Center learns its ABCs by making a video. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Professional surfer Laird Hamilton uses a standup paddle board to ride the waves at Surfrider beach next to the Malibu Pier. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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For generations, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been the no-nonsense voice of a brand of rock that resonates. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
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Sheila Kuehl celebrates a slim lead in the supervisor’s race, dancing with retiring U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman in Santa Monica. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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Zev Yaroslavsky is surrounded by boxes as he prepares to leave after replacing Supervisor Ed Edelman in 1994. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Gov. Jerry Brown, with glasses of reclaimed water, promotes Proposition 1’s water projects. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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The cast performs in a dress reheasal of L.A. Opera’s production of “Billy Budd” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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Workers dismantle the KTLA tower to make way for a 14-story office building. It was originally built in 1925 for Warner Bros. affiliate KFWB. (Christina House / For The Times)
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Actor Adrien Brody, who performed magic as a youth, jumped at the chance to play the famous magician in History’s “Houdini.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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An airplane drops fire retardant on a large hilltop home that caught fire near Cal State San Marcos. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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Firefighters retreat after a propane tank explodes behind a residence on Country Club Drive in Escondido. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Protesters are detained on Alvarado Street by LAPD officers. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
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French-born Marion Cotillard has staked out an enviable international career, with a leading lady’s glamour and a character actress’ versatility. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Host Ellen DeGeneres helps out at the Oscars telecast after a delivery from pizza chain Big Mama’s & Papa’s. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is welcomed as he is introduced at Staples Center. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Kobe Bryant grabs control of the ball in a game against the Warriors at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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President Barack Obama waves to the crowd at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
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A new sound system at the Hollywood Bowl is designed to enhance the musical quality. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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Gustavo Dudamel, right, leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic through the monumental Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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A blossoming ensemble from Sue Wong at Style Fashion Week. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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Sisters Este, from left, Alana and Danielle are the band Haim, born and raised in Los Angeles. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
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Andrew Friedman joined the Dodgers front office after a decade with the Tampa Bay Rays. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, with Yasiel Puig, is the Dodgers’ unofficial ambassador. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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After nearly a year in Afghanistan, David Duran, an Army National Guard officer, reunites with daughter Luz Divina at Gates Elementary in Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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A volunteer carries a tray of food to guests at the Midnight Mission feast. More than 3,000 people asked to help. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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Vin Scully, famed Dodgers play-by-play broadcaster, leads the Tournament of Roses parade as its grand marshal. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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A skateboarder rides on the California Clock Co.'s float in the 123rd Rose Parade. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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UCLA players warm up before start of the game against crosstown rival USC at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A Metro Gold Line train travels east from the city center as dusk descends on Los Angeles. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A pair of Metro Gold Line trains cross a bridge over the Los Angeles River north of downtown. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Muralist EyeMax wears a sombrero while spray-painting a mural in the Garment District. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Jennifer Lopez takes a moment from her whirlwind schedule, which includes movies, music, Mom duties, “Idol” judging, performances and more. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Visitors to Sea World San Diego get a close-up view of an orca. The theme park has 10 of the whales. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
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Team USA fans erupt during the World Cup match between the U.S. and Belgium at a viewing party at Redondo Beach pier. (Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times)
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USA fans react as the U.S. soccer team loses to Belgium in the World Cup at a viewing party at Redondo Beach pier. (Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times)
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Leonora McFee gets ready for her wedding on Valentine’s Day inside skid row’s San Julian Park. She met her husband-to-be on skid row in 2004. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
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A mural on San Julian Street near 6th in the heart of the downtown area known as skid row prompts conversation and debate. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Black Gardy escorts his longtime friend Leonora McFee to her wedding to Mack Turnage in skid row’s San Julian Park on Valentine’s Day. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
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Pomona Officer Chris Lewis embraces his wife, Cynthia, at a vigil for slain Officer Shaun Diamond. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
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Cody Wertz smokes a cigarette in the “Safe Parking” lot in Santa Rosa. He and his girlfriend are living in his station wagon. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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A cheer goes up as the Los Angeles City Council approves a resolution urging a Fresno fruit grower to recognize a union contract. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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Former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, a candidate for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, takes a photo with some of her many supporters. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Outgoing Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, far right, laughs at a joke made by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center, as Yaroslavsky is honored by the Los Angeles City Council. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
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Though placed in what was considered the toughest World Cup group, the U.S. national team has prevailed as some European powerhouses have wilted. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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A couple swing dances during Union Station’s 75th anniversary celebration. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Cows graze along the headwaters of the Upper Owens River near Big Springs. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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Jeff Childs, right, a skid row resident for 10 years, greets General Jeff Page on 7th Street. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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A surfer dives from his board after riding a large wave generated by Hurricane Marie off Baja California. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
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Tyler Wright is on a high after she wins the women’s surfing final at the Vans U.S. Open at the Huntington Beach pier. (Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times)
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Filipe Toledo celebrates after winning the final round of the men’s surfing main event at the Vans U.S. Open at the Huntington Beach pier. (Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times)
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Skateboarders practice their routines in the Vans Pro Bowl. (Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times)
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Visitors survey the scene at the Hello Kitty Con 2014 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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“Escape Velocity,” a nearly 40-foot-tall astronaut creation by Poetic Kinetics, is reflected in Phillip K. Smith’s Reflection Fields at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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About 3,000 flags of the United States and other nations flutter in the wind sweeping over the hill at Pepperdine University in Malibu, to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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South Pasadena couple Greg and Jerilyn Chun used a Page & Turnbull architect to dramatically transform their home from a nondescript kit house into a stately Mediterranean Revival 3,100-square-foot family residence with tower. (Christina House / For The Times)
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A view of L.A.'s Arts District from the intersection of Traction Avenue and East 3rd Street. (Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times)
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American University Prep students unwind in one of the school’s unconventional hotel dorm rooms. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Music fans watch Steve Aoki perform at the Made in America Festival in downtown Los Angeles.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Jason Laird, 24, a ranger with the Wildlands Conservancy, navigates the Santa Ana River. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
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The Pike Place Market Historic District has lots of young businesses, like Radiator Whiskey. The gigantic barrel facade behind the bar houses taps dispensing hard liquor. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Traffic streams through the Sepulveda Pass on the 405 Freeway that connects the Westside to the San Fernando Valley. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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The sun sets over the Pacific Ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula after a day of record-setting hot temperatures throughout Southern California. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is photographed at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
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Steam vents from one of the three towers at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Balboa Island residents lavishly decorate their homes and stock up on sweets for the throngs of youngsters who flock to the neighborhood. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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Hello Kitty fans display their devotion at the Hello Kitty Con. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Cameron Mitchell searches for his family’s two cats on a beached yacht called Angelique just south of Ballona Creek in Playa del Rey. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
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Lifeguards and members of the Long Beach Fire Department’s Marine Safety Division work to free a 25-foot Catalina sailboat from the shore. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
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Fog drifts through the trees off the Redwood Highway near the border of Mendocino and Humboldt counties. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Rocks and mud debris block a drain on the mountain behind a home that was red tagged after a previous mudslide along San Como Lane in Camarillo Springs. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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James Harkins, 72, refused to evacuate his San Marcos home of more than 20 years and used a garden hose to fend off the flames racing up the hillside toward the structure. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
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Juliet Kaska, bottom, leads a class, including Courtney Zagalsky at top center, through its paces. The instructor is the JK of JK Zen Fitness in L.A. (Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times)
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Chef Phillip Frankland Lee and his wife, Margarita, run the Gadarene Swine, a progressive vegan restaurant in Studio City. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Peter Shurkin enters the master suite to join his wife, Janet. The 310-square-foot space was added to the original 1950s Valley Village home. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
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Visitors to the Mt. Wilson Observatory view a partial eclipse of the sun. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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Passersby cool off at a fountain in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Kip Thorne, a theoretical astrophysicist who is an executive producer of the film “Interstellar,” stands in front of a mural at Caltech in Pasadena. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
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Gerald Casale watches the sunset from the top-floor patio of his Richard Neutra house. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
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The pickle plate began appearing on L.A. menus around the time “gastropub” entered our culinary vocabulary, but some restaurants are taking it to new heights. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
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Megan Geckler has lived in the Arts District since 2009 and is seen in her studio just across the bridge in Boyle Heights where she has chosen to house her work because of the increasing rent in the Arts District. (Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times)
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A man walks past Art Share L.A., which provides 30 subsidized live/work lofts for artists and offers classes, exhibitions and events. (Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times)
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California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris greets third-graders at Malabar Street Elementary School in Los Angeles. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Catholic Relief Worker volunteers say a prayer before they prepare lunch for hundreds of homeless people on skid row at the “Hippie Kitchen.” (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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Marking the 233rd anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles, the Grand Marian Procession from Our Lady Queen of Angels La Placita church to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles includes hundreds of participants and performers. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Woody Allen is photographed in Beverly Hills for the release of his film “Blue Jasmine.” (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
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Joshua Bell is the featured performer of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto at Disney Concert Hall. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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Left to right, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer, of the legendary American rock band KISS, pose for a portrait before performing at Dodger Stadium. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
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Veronika Ignatyeva performs in the Mikhailovsky Ballet “The Flames of Paris” at Lincoln Center in New York. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Models wait to unveil the Land Rover Discovery Sport at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
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Visitors await the start of the Mercedes-Benz event at the Los Angeles Auto Show. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
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Lupita Nyong’o wears a silk georgette Prada gown in a shade of the lightest blue that the supporting actress Oscar winner said reminded her of home. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Cate Blanchett plays around with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Brian Cullinan as she arrives at the Academy Awards. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Jennifer Lawrence hugs lead actor winner Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club” backstage at the Academy Awards. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Ellen DeGeneres gathers stars for a selfie at the Academy Awards. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Cate Blanchett at the Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland after winning the lead actress Oscar.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Justirio Camacho of Echo Park protests in front of Los Angeles City Hall, where several organizations gathered to advocate immigration reform. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
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Fans wave as buses carrying Kings players go through Los Angeles during the Stanley Cup championship parade. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Firefighters in Glendora try to protect the main house of a historic mansion once owned by the Singer family of the Singer sewing machine company. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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Robert Payne hugs his dog Rocky, who was found unharmed except for some singed fur after the Poinsettia fire destroyed the family home on Black Rail Road. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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Richard Salzwedel of Green Valley Lake walks his Siberian Husky, Dandeli, after a fresh snowfall. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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Tony Esnault puts the finishing touches on his coq au vin at Church & State. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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The L.A. Dance Project performs at the Theater at Ace Hotel. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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Actress Chloe Moretz of the film “If I Stay” is photographed in Beverly Hills. (Christina House / Christina House)
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French shoe designer Christian Louboutin is photographed at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood. (Christina House / Christina House)
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With the sun bearing down on them, members of the Long Beach Poly High School marching band practice in full uniform. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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A vintage Chevrolet is part of a downtown demonstration by the Coalition of L.A. City Unions protesting what it says are the city’s proposed cuts in overtime and hikes in health insurance payments. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
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Mirrors are arranged to avoid casting shadows on one another. Cheaper solar panels may make this the last such facility in the U.S. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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At the edge of a field near former Mexican President Vicente Fox’s cultural center, children gather under a trailer stacked with fruit picked by their parents. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
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Alejandra Rivera, 10, picks chili peppers in a field not far from the estate of former Mexican President Vicente Fox, in San Cristobal, Guanajuato, Mexico. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
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Children find some relief from the midday heat on the floor of a tiny room in a government-run farm worker camp in Isla del Bosque, Sinaloa. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
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As dawn breaks, farm workers squeeze onto a truck at Campo San Jose for transport to the tomato fields. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
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At the end of the day, a transport truck is filled to the brim with Roma tomatoes from a Cristo Rey, Sinaloa, farm. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
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Women scrub laundry on the concrete rubble in an irrigation canal at Campo Isabelita. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
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Professional pallbearer Marteze Gilmore leads his colleagues from Boyd Funeral Home as they carry a casket into the church during a funeral service in South Los Angeles. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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The casket of Los Angeles police officer Nicholas Lee, who was killed in a traffic accident, is carried into the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck delivers the flag from officer Nicholas Lee’s casket during a graveside service. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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French soldiers in Bangui in March. Foreign forces sought to stabilize the country after an eruption of violence. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
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A fireboat blasts water at the smoldering pilings of a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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Children at a Wilmington school wait to be picked up after the campus was closed because of smoke from a fire. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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Gardena Serra running back Malik Roberson tries to escape the grasp of Alemany defensive tackle Kyrell Naope during a game in Mission Hills. (Eric Parsons / For The Times)
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A dog rides to the beach during the sixth annual Unleashed by Petco Surf City Surf Dog Competition in Huntington Beach. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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A crowd listens to music during a festival honoring St. Cecilia at Mariachi Plaza, where musicians have gathered since the 1930s. (Gary Friedman / )
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The crowd grooves as Kendrick Lamar performs at the Made in America festival at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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South Pasadena elementary school students from Beyond the Classroom watch as an instructor demonstrates how to hover as they learn about math, science and engineering in a vertical wind tunnel at indoor sky-diving experience IFly Hollywood. (Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times)
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Billy Bob Thornton is energized by his role as bad guy Lorne Malvo on FX’s “Fargo.” (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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The well-stocked bar at Scopa Italian Roots restaurant in Venice. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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Swinging, swirling and sliding are the order of the day along with food, music, wine tasting, action sports and animal attractions at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa. (Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times)
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A man takes advantage of the unseasonably warm February weather, calm ocean and sunshine as he stand-up paddles with his dog at Dana Point Harbor. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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Andre Benjamin, a.k.a. OutKast’s Andre 3000, is photographed at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. (Christina House / Christina House)
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Stepping away from his Iron Man role, Robert Downey Jr. adds another act in his diverse career with the legal drama The Judge.  (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
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Students gather near Royce Hall at UCLA to pay tribute to the Isla Vista, Calif., victims. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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A ferry boat carrying goods and immigrants bound for Mexico and the United States crosses the Sachiata River almost directly beneath the formal border crossing bridge that joins Mexico and Guatemala. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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Two siblings in Ocotepeque, Honduras, speak to an official whose questions were designed to evaluate whether children were being smuggled to the U.S. as part of a summer wave of illegal immigration. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
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Protesters confront a caravan including three buses carrying immigration detainees to a Border Patrol facility in Murrieta. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Eric Castellanos of Guatemala holds his 2-year-old son, Steven, atop a freight train he hopes will take them from Arriaga, Mexico, to the U.S. Many migrants never make it out of the city.  (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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Lupillo Rivera, right, faces off with protesters on the street outside the Border Patrol facility. Rivera, a banda singer who is a U.S. citizen and lives in Temecula, said he passed by and returned with friends to confront the protesters. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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The Border Patrol searches a sugar cane field outside McAllen, Texas, for people crossing into the U.S. illegally from Mexico. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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Immigrants wait in a holding cell at the U.S. Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
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Razor wire surrounds a home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It wasn’t enough to keep gang members from killing three residents, police said. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
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Even on a rainy evening there’s a cool vibe present on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas, where hip shops, restaurants and music spots rule the night. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Claire Elise Boucher, better known by her stage name Grimes, delivers an inspired set at the FYF Fest at the L.A. Sports Arena and Exposition Park. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
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Isis Alize of Las Vegas dances as the sun sets during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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USC running back Javorius Allen leaps into the end zone for a second quarter touchdown against Nebraska at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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Tourist Rene Ditton visits Chinatown on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in December.  (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Visitor to the Civic Center Park in Newport Beach check out the circle of concrete bunnies. (Christina House / For The Times)
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A couple walk on the strand just north of the Huntington Beach Pier as the sun sets in Huntington Beach. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
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Bicyclists complete their rides in downtown Los Angeles during the CicLAvia bike festival. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A rainbow forms above Alamitos Bay in Long Beach. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
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At a celebration for the Disney Concert Hall organ, Chelsea Chen, top, and Christoph Bull perform Ravel’s “Bolero” at the two consoles. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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Pauline Malefane is a stately and commanding Queen of the Night in Isango Ensemble’s “The Magic Flute” at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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Although Ford has sold 9 million Mustangs in the last 50 years, the sales trend is in a long decline. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
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A bicyclist rolls over tire marks on Seaside Way, which is part of the Long Beach Grand Prix course. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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The sun casts a warm glow over the Los Angeles Basin as low clouds move in in a view from Mt. Wilson. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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Steve Aoki performs at the Made in America Festival in downtown Los Angeles. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Lil Wayne at the “Drake vs. Lil Wayne” concert at the Hollywood Bowl. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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Novelist Lydia Millet in her hometown of Tucson. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
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Miley Cyrus performs at the Honda Center in Anaheim. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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She’s an interesting character, Karen Gillan says of her role in “Oculus.” Instead of running away from the threat, she’s running to it. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Lorde, 17, and other younger acts at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival emphasize a beat-based, digitized presence. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Devon Flores, left, Kelsea Falls and Jane Henry, complete with body paint and nothing else, join thousands of bicyclists at Normandale Park in Portland, Ore., for the 11th annual World Naked Bike Ride. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Gabrielle Ann Current, left, Simona K. Shao, Madison Elaine Triplett (as she was named queen) and Bergen Louise Onufer during the Tournament of Roses announcement of the 2015 Rose Queen at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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Katy Perry performs at the Honda Center in Anaheim. (Christina House / For The Times)
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Fans of Empire of the Sun watch the band perform on the Mojave Stage on the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Singer and songwriter Beck photographed at Capitol Records in Hollywood. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
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Andy Samberg, as one of the producers of the Fox series, had a say in finalizing the cast for the workplace comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
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Anthony Smith, an Army medic during the Gulf war, unpacks in his new apartment in the Rosslyn Hotel annex. He was among 75 homeless veterans moving into the SRO Housing Corp. project. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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Taking part in the Envelope Lead Actress Roundtable discussion: clockwise from left, Shailene Woodley, Emily Blunt, Jennifer Aniston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessica Chastain. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
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Clayton Kershaw is on top of a group hug with catcher A.J. Ellis and reliever Brian Wilson after the Dodgers defeat the Giants. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Hanley Ramirez loses his grip on his bat while swinging against Angels starter Matt Shoemaker. The bat went all the way to the dugout. (Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times)
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Second baseman Dee Gordon flips the ball to get an out against the Washington Nationals. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Yasiel Puig scores when San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal can’t come up with the throw. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Angels players celebrate with fans after the team clinches the American League West Division in September at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

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