Recreational marijuana sales brought Colorado more than $2 million in tax revenue in January, the first month such sales were legal there, according to figures released by the state today.
Photo: A line of buyers trails from a store selling marijuana in Pueblo West, Colo., on Jan. 1, 2014. Credit: John Wark / Associated Press
L.A. and Orange counties contain more than half of the country’s most heavily crowded neighborhoods, a Times statistical analysis has found.
Rising rents aren’t helping. “A federal study three years ago found that between 1990 and 2009, rents in the Los Angeles metropolitan area rose more than 20% while the incomes of renters sagged 6%, after adjusting for inflation,” reporters Emily Alpert Reyes and Ryan Menezes note.
Get a better look at the most crowded areas in our interactive map, which lets you see what percentage of housing units are considered crowded in a particular zip code and compare the L.A. area to other cities in the U.S.
This is the true story of 14 tiger sharks, six Galapagos sharks, five sandbar sharks, five bluntnose sixgill sharks and a prickly shark, picked to swim in the ocean and have their lives taped to find out what happens when sharks stop being polite and start getting real.
Video: American Geophysical Union
If you haven’t made Oscar predictions yet, there’s still (a little) time. May we recommend our play-at-home ballot? If you want to look over someone’s shoulder, these are Times film reporter Glenn Whipp’s picks.
Photo: Workers cover Oscar statues with plastic in case of rain. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
Happy International Polar Bear Day!
Science reporter Deborah Netburn talked to the chief scientist for Polar Bears International, the conservation group that founded International Polar Bear Day, about ways people can help polar bears. Number one on the group’s list: turn your thermostat down a few degrees.
Video: A polar bear cub experiences snow for the first time. Credit: Toronto Zoo
We’re celebrating the Oscars for Throwback Thursday this week, ahead of Sunday’s ceremony. For those attending, it will be a time to get dressed up, get their photos taken and party with thousands of their closest friends.
Like Grace Kelly, at top, in 1956, with Natalie Wood and Tab Hunter in the middle in the same year. On the bottom, you see Cicely Tyson and Arthur Mitchell in 1973. You can see more vintage Oscar photos here.
But in 1974, it was a time for Robert Opel to streak across the stage, right as David Niven was about to introduce Elizabeth Taylor, who announced the best picture award.
Niven’s reaction? “I suppose it was bound to happen,” he said, according to an April 3, 1974, story in The Times. The writer added that Niven said the man showed his “shortcomings.”
You can see a photo of Opel and Niven in an interactive timeline that goes back all the way to the first Academy Awards in 1929.
And what was the headline for the story that ran on The Times’ front page in 1929? ”Film-Merit Trophies Awarded.” There was one paragraph and two photographs.
Things have changed since then.
(Photo credits: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library)
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The Concord Public Library Committee vs. Huckleberry Finn, in the pages of the L.A. Times in 1885.
This short item on Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” appeared in The Times on March 18, 1885. The book had been published in January of that year and was, of course, already causing controversy.
You don’t often hear Mark Twain described as “trashy” nowadays.
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You’re nearly through Monday. Don’t you deserve a zebra foal?
This is Davu, a six-week-old mountain zebra who lives at the zoo in Hanover, Germany.
Photo: Holger Hollemann / European Pressphoto Agency
Bachelors Ball: L.A.’s revel without a cause
Shunning any lofty purpose, the Bachelors Ball has featured a live bear, aerialists, the USC marching band and many, many drinks. The tradition goes back more than a century. A Bachelors member must be at least 25 and single, his tenure to end only with death, resignation or marriage.
You may have watched George Washington ride onto the floor of a packed hotel ballroom astride a white stallion. Or gaped as trapeze artists teetered high overhead in the big top. Or slurped from your friends’ drinks until 4 a.m., using a long straw secreted in your sea monster costume.
If you experienced any or all of the above, you were likely a member or friend of The Bachelors, the exclusive and somewhat elusive organization of young Los Angeles gentlemen who have “made merry in the pleasure of delightful company” (as a society writer once said) since Teddy Roosevelt lived in the White House.
Photos: Los Angeles Times
These are wonderful radio ads for the L.A. Times from the 1960s and ’70s. “Every day, every day, the world’s at your dooooooor!”
"A newspaper of uncommon excellence." That’s how Gordon Phillips, known as “The Voice of The Times,” describes the paper in a 1970s radio ad introducing the San Diego edition of the Los Angeles Times.
Phillips’ incredible voice and knack for a catchy phrase is in evidence in the four recordings above, brought to you by Times reporter Bob Pool and producer and developer Armand Emamdjomeh.
The first recording appears to be from 1962 — that’s when the Mirror folded into The Times. (“The best of the Mirror is now in The Times.”)
In the next spot, Phillips describes former Hong Kong bureau chief Ed Meagher’s helicopter journey from Vietnam to Laos. A search of The Times’ archive shows Meagher was writing extensively about Laos from 1962 to 1965.
The next ad is likely from
19721978, when The Times’ San Diego edition launched.
And based on the music, I’m going out on a limb that the final recording was made in the ’70s as well.
Sadly, Phillips was killed in an accident in New York City in 1984 while on Times business. Vance Stickell, then the paper’s executive vice president of marketing, praised his professionalism but was more interested in his personality. “Our biggest loss, however, will be the humor and personal relationship of a dear friend,” Stickell said.
(That’s Phillips above. The image is from a screengrab from the April 25, 1984, Times story about his death.)
So remember: “Every day, in every day, we’re bringing you mooooore!”
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Astronomers using NASA’s NuSTAR X-ray telescope have mapped out the radioactive elements in a supernova for the first time.
Video: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Meet Roo, a two-legged Chihuahua, and Penny, a silky chicken who was relinquished by a veterinary school where she had been used in experiments. They’re best friends who spend their days at an animal hospital in Duluth, Georgia.
And don’t worry about Roo: “He hops around really well,” clinic staffer Barbara Jennings told The Times, and he also uses the special wheelchair you see here.
Photos: Duluth Animal Hospital