Tag: Los Angeles (Calif)

Crystal Cathedral in California Gets a New Life as a Catholic Church

A prominent house of worship in Southern California has been flipped — from a towering glass megachurch of a flamboyant televangelist to the new seat of the seventh-largest Roman Catholic Church diocese in the United States. The landmark, originally named the Crystal Cathedral, hosted its first Mass on Wednesday following a $77 million renovation by […]

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A Girl, 15, Reported a Sexual Assault, Then the Detective Abused Her, Too

A Los Angeles County sex crimes investigator accused of raping a teenager after having been assigned to investigate her previous sexual assault allegations has pleaded guilty to lesser charges, and is expected to be sentenced to three years in prison. It was at least the third time the detective, Neil David Kimball of the Los […]

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MS-13 Gang Members Charged With Brutal Murders in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Using machetes, knives and baseball bats, members of the criminal MS-13 gang killed their victims, dismembered their bodies and threw their remains into a canyon in the Angeles National Forest, according to a sweeping indictment unsealed Tuesday by federal authorities in Los Angeles. In one instance, they said, members of the gang […]

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As Los Angeles Officials Hailed Nipsey Hussle as a Hero, Others Were Investigating Him

LOS ANGELES — The memory of the rapper Nipsey Hussle still looms large over Los Angeles. On one mural, his spray-painted image is adorned with angel wings; on others it is surrounded by inspirational quotes. A city intersection has been named in his honor. And a strip mall he owned in South Los Angeles has […]

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Bare Skin Is the Canvas for Donna Huanca

LOS ANGELES — For the first time in its history, the recessed, ground-floor gallery at the Marciano Art Foundation looked like the backstage of a women’s fashion show. A clothing rack held odd garments and hair extensions, a model sat having her makeup touched up, and others shuffled around in white robes. But when these […]

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Where Dessert Is Much More Than an Afterthought

LOS ANGELES — Birdie G’s has been open for just a few weeks in Santa Monica, but already, with the outsize confidence of every dollar-slice shop in New York City, the menu refers to its rose-petal pie as “world famous.” The slice appears to be modeled on the great, jiggly cathedral window cakes that dominate […]

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What if Being a YouTube Celebrity Is Actually Backbreaking Work?

ImageEmma Chamberlain, 18, has in two years amassed 8 million YouTube followers who admire her humor and relatability. What they don’t see, though, is how much work goes into her videos.CreditKaleb Marshall for The New York Times Emma Chamberlain, 18, is the funniest person on YouTube. What does she do? So far the content of […]

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Unesco Recognizes Heritage Sites, Ancient to Modern, Around the World

From iron works in Burkina Faso that date back nearly three millenniums, to the fortified and planned city of Jaipur in India, to the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, Unesco has added a broad array of cultural and natural marvels to its World Heritage List. To be included on the list, a site must meet at […]

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Californians’ Alert Apps Didn’t Sound for 2 Big Earthquakes. Why Not?

Los Angeles residents were not pleased last week when a pair of earthquakes struck and the ShakeAlertLA app on their phones did just what it was supposed to do: nothing. The app, released to the public on New Year’s Eve after more than a year of development, is intended to give at least a few […]

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Are Kawhi, Durant and LeBron Too Powerful?

ImageKawhi Leonard’s unorthodox maneuvering toward the Los Angeles Clippers is prompting many in basketball to consider the ramifications for N.B.A. free agency.CreditVaughn Ridley/Getty Images One week into N.B.A. free agency, two historically woebegone franchises have reveled in the splashiest acquisitions. The Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers outdueled the far more glamorous teams in their […]

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Maya Angelou, Reimagined Through Art

More than two dozen artists honored the poet, artist and activist with murals at the Los Angeles high school that bears her name. Our photographer captured the works being created. By Carlos Gonzalez and Amanda Svachula A Shepard Fairey mural of Maya Angelou, mid-laugh in the sunshine, now sweeps across an exterior wall of a […]

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Uncovering the Soul of the ‘Black Is Beautiful’ Movement

LOS ANGELES — Images of black Americans’ deaths and suffering have been a permanent fixture in our cultural history, while those celebrating black personhood and pleasure have been less widely known and shown. Recent years have brought a range of efforts to balance this trend, from the scholar Deborah Willis’s book “Posing Beauty: African American […]

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6.4-Magnitude Earthquake and Swarm of Aftershocks Rattle Southern California

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A rolling 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit a remote area of Southern California between Los Angeles and Las Vegas on Thursday, the most powerful tremor to shake that region in two decades, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake, which struck shortly after 1 p.m. Eastern, caused dozens of aftershocks, about […]

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6.4-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Southern California

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit a remote area of Southern California Thursday afternoon, the most powerful tremor to shake that region in many years, according to media reports and the United States Geological Survey. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured in the quake, which struck the Los Angeles area shortly after 1 p.m. […]

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Celebrating America, Scoop by Frosty Scoop

Ice cream is young. For more than a thousand years, our ancestors had to settle for flavored snow — quick to vanish without modern refrigeration, and thus a luxury, reserved for the rich. Sorbet was accidentally invented in the 16th century, when the Italian scientist Giambattista della Porta tried to freeze wine and wound up […]

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Smile, Your City Is Watching You

Walking through the streets of New York City, you can feel the thrill of being lost in the crowd. As throngs of people filter past, each going about their days, it seems possible to blend in without being noticed. But as municipalities and companies pursue the dream of “smart cities,” creating hyper-connected urban spaces designed […]

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For One Los Angeles Artist, Cars Are Her Canvas and Rainbows Are Her Brush

SURFACING Peggy Noland has given a Toyota Corolla a pelt and slapped “buff Powerpuff Girls” on a pickup truck. Objects in mirror are as bitchin’ as they appear. Text by Kathleen Massara Photographs and Video by Amy Harrity Image“Even tough guys in giant trucks are giving me the thumbs up. I really don’t see people […]

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For Claes Oldenburg, a Time to Let Go, a Time to Look Ahead

When Claes Oldenburg, widely recognized as the father of Pop art, heard that a visitor to his studio at the western edge of SoHo wanted to see drawings of the fictional land he invented as a child, he said, playfully, “At last!” Now 90, excusing himself for taking a seat because “my knees aren’t reliable,” […]

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