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Supreme Court open to Arizona’s controversial immigration law?

Supreme Court open to Arizona’s controversial immigration law?

The Tucson sector of the U.S.- Mexico border is considered the most heavily trafficked by illegal immigrants and drug smugglers in the United States. Credit: John Moore/Getty Images Justices at the Court picked apart the Obama administration’s arguments against Arizona’s controversial immigration law today. As SCOTUSblog.com reports, Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia was “pushing the radical […]

Talking to (and teaching) children about the Los Angeles riots

Talking to (and teaching) children about the Los Angeles riots

One of a series of photographs taken by photographer Gary Leonard and his fourteen-year-old son, David Leonard, during the Los Angeles Riots, 1992. Credit: Gary and David Leonard A sizable number of Angelenos weren’t even born when the riots occurred 20 years ago. For them it’s old news – scratch that, it’s history. Given that […]

Noir Palms

Noir Palms

“Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor…” –Raymond […]

The Bridge Endures

The Bridge Endures

It can’t hurt to post a photo of the Colorado Street Bridge, can it? This one’s not perfectly framed, but I wanted a shot of that climbing, clinging vine. I don’t know if the vine’s still there; I took this shot quite a while ago. But we’ve had cloudy days of late, so it’s a […]

News & Notes from Atwater, East L.A., Highland Park & Silver Lake

News & Notes from Atwater, East L.A., Highland Park & Silver Lake

Victorian Charmer, Historic Filipinotown | Photo by David Kimbrough/Flickr Silver Lake pushes back on Sunset Junction Development. The Eastsider Pedestrian killed on East L.A. freeway after being struck by multiple vehicles. ABC7 DWP plans on raising water and electric rates over the next two years. Daily News Atwater Village Neighborhood Forum has a new home. […]

Another mountain rescue — retriever retrieved by LASD

Another mountain rescue —  retriever retrieved by LASD

by Timothy Rutt There have been a lot of dog stories in the news lately — this is another one. And this pooch wasn’t put in a car carrier on top of a vehicle by a former governor, nor was he eaten by the President. But "Truman" was having trouble around Switzer Falls on Sunday. […]

Tasty bits of history

Tasty bits of history

While at LA Plaza on Sunday, I wandered through the exhibit, and saw this book – Pio Pico’s Spanish/English Conversation Manual – on display.  Seeing items like this excites most historians.  We like, political wonks, have some sort of coding in the DNA that not only allows for this response in what some think a dry […]

Is this the end of the death penalty in California?

Is this the end of the death penalty in California?

Activists participate during a vigil against death penalty in front of the U.S. Supreme Court July 1, 2008 in Washington, DC. The Abolition Action Committee and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty held the Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty to mark the 1972 and 1976 Supreme Court rulings that suspended the death […]

Considering the Korean American experience in the LA riots

Considering the Korean American experience in the LA riots

A man paints over graffiti on top of a business on November 1, 2006 in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images “Sa-I-Gu” is what the Korean-American community in Los Angeles calls the event that most of us know as “The L.A. Riots.” The Korean term literally translates to “4-2-9,” which […]

Everyday Objects: Great Design

Everyday Objects: Great Design

You’ll find these metal things on concrete benches and curbs all over the San Gabriel Valley. They are placed to discourage skateboarders from using public spaces as ramps. Yeah, the idea is kind of a buzzkiller, but I can see the point. Besides, skateboarding wouldn’t be nearly as punk rock if it were accepted everywhere! […]

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