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"There must have been 50,000 marchers" in the 1937 Labor Day parade in downtown Los Angeles, according to Secretary J. W. Buzzell of Central Labor Council.
For years, major parades were held in downtown L.A. to mark the holiday. See some of them here, and read more about 1937’s celebration.
Photo: Los Angeles Times archive / UCLA

On this Labor Day, columnist Jim Newton gives an assessment of L.A.’s economic outlook. 

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"There must have been 50,000 marchers" in the 1937 Labor Day parade in downtown Los Angeles, according to Secretary J. W. Buzzell of Central Labor Council.

For years, major parades were held in downtown L.A. to mark the holiday. See some of them here, and read more about 1937’s celebration.

Photo: Los Angeles Times archive / UCLA

On this Labor Day, columnist Jim Newton gives an assessment of L.A.’s economic outlook

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Take California.

Make six states.

See pluribus ruin ‘em.

Drones at “The Happiest Place on Earth”? Disney appears to have a wish to use unmanned aircraft to produce entertainment shows, according to three recently published patent applications.
Photo: Christina House / For The Times

Drones at “The Happiest Place on Earth”? Disney appears to have a wish to use unmanned aircraft to produce entertainment shows, according to three recently published patent applications.

Photo: Christina House / For The Times

Using light, scientists make bad memories good in mice
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"Mary Poppins" began its "regular engagement" at the Chinese Theater 50 years ago today. When The Times reviewed it (earlier in August of 1964), Philip K. Scheuer wrote:

"Mary Poppins" is the complete fantasy. It will amaze and delight more people than you can count, and I imagine quite a lot of them won’t be kids, either. I must admit that it entertained me most of the time, but I must add that I am something of a square: It also discombobulated me.

Scheuer goes on to explain that the fantastical elements — the fact that in the film “reality is nearly nonexistent” — weren’t to his liking. 

But soon we become conscious that the feats the dancers are performing are plainly beyond human ability to accomplish. And “Oh!” we say. “Trick stuff.” In direct ratio then, our admiration for the skill of the dancers as dancers (despite its having been considerable) is dissipated in a more routine respect for what the special-effects men can do.

That seems to rather miss the point of a movie that pairs Dick Van Dyke with dancing penguins. But Scheuer has a lovely turn when he addresses the stars, Van Dyke and Julie Andrews.

It is the first movie role for Miss Andrews of the stage’s “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot,” and she plays it coyly and captivatingly. Her singing voice, of course, is liquid sweetness. And she swings a wicked soft shoe. Paired happily with her (no romance, you know, but the two seem to share a winking secret) is Dick Van Dyke as Bert, who shows up in various guises — a street musician, a chalk-pavement artist, a sport, a chimney sweep and a surprise character — without any explanation. What they have in common are Dick Van Dyke and a cockney accent.

Read the rest here: Disney Fantasy Film — Amazement and Delight, Even for Grownups, Squares (1964, “Mary Poppins” review in the Los Angeles Times)
That singing voice of “liquid sweetness” helped Andrews win the Oscar for best actress at the 37th Academy Awards — Andrews is seen above with Audrey Hepburn, who starred in 1964’s best picture, “My Fair Lady.”
— Matt Ballinger
Original published caption, April 6, 1965: TWO ‘FAIR LADIES’ — Audrey Hepburn, the film’s “My Fair Lady,” congratulates Julie Andrews, right, star of the stage version, on winning the best actress for her performance in film “Mary Poppins.” Credit: Los Angeles Times

Karen Dotrice, who played young Jane Banks, spoke to Times reporter Susan King last year about the experience, and fondly recalled the man she still refers to as “Uncle Walt” (Walt Disney, of course).
"The joy that you see on the screen is the joy we felt," Dotrice said of working on "Mary Poppins."

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"Mary Poppins" began its "regular engagement" at the Chinese Theater 50 years ago today. When The Times reviewed it (earlier in August of 1964), Philip K. Scheuer wrote:

"Mary Poppins" is the complete fantasy. It will amaze and delight more people than you can count, and I imagine quite a lot of them won’t be kids, either. I must admit that it entertained me most of the time, but I must add that I am something of a square: It also discombobulated me.

Scheuer goes on to explain that the fantastical elements — the fact that in the film “reality is nearly nonexistent” — weren’t to his liking. 

But soon we become conscious that the feats the dancers are performing are plainly beyond human ability to accomplish. And “Oh!” we say. “Trick stuff.” In direct ratio then, our admiration for the skill of the dancers as dancers (despite its having been considerable) is dissipated in a more routine respect for what the special-effects men can do.

That seems to rather miss the point of a movie that pairs Dick Van Dyke with dancing penguins. But Scheuer has a lovely turn when he addresses the stars, Van Dyke and Julie Andrews.

It is the first movie role for Miss Andrews of the stage’s “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot,” and she plays it coyly and captivatingly. Her singing voice, of course, is liquid sweetness. And she swings a wicked soft shoe. Paired happily with her (no romance, you know, but the two seem to share a winking secret) is Dick Van Dyke as Bert, who shows up in various guises — a street musician, a chalk-pavement artist, a sport, a chimney sweep and a surprise character — without any explanation. What they have in common are Dick Van Dyke and a cockney accent.

Read the rest here: Disney Fantasy Film — Amazement and Delight, Even for Grownups, Squares (1964, “Mary Poppins” review in the Los Angeles Times)

That singing voice of “liquid sweetness” helped Andrews win the Oscar for best actress at the 37th Academy Awards — Andrews is seen above with Audrey Hepburn, who starred in 1964’s best picture, “My Fair Lady.”

Matt Ballinger

Original published caption, April 6, 1965: TWO ‘FAIR LADIES’ — Audrey Hepburn, the film’s “My Fair Lady,” congratulates Julie Andrews, right, star of the stage version, on winning the best actress for her performance in film “Mary Poppins.” Credit: Los Angeles Times

Karen Dotrice, who played young Jane Banks, spoke to Times reporter Susan King last year about the experience, and fondly recalled the man she still refers to as “Uncle Walt” (Walt Disney, of course).

"The joy that you see on the screen is the joy we felt," Dotrice said of working on "Mary Poppins."

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Six Missouri residents have filed a federal lawsuit alleging excessive force and false arrests by the Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments during the Ferguson protests following the shooting death of Michael Brown. The residents accuse the police of humiliating them and depriving them of their civil rights; their lawsuit seeks millions in damages for alleged abuses that took place between Aug. 11 and 13
Photo: People protest in Ferguson. Credit: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Six Missouri residents have filed a federal lawsuit alleging excessive force and false arrests by the Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments during the Ferguson protests following the shooting death of Michael Brown. The residents accuse the police of humiliating them and depriving them of their civil rights; their lawsuit seeks millions in damages for alleged abuses that took place between Aug. 11 and 13

Photo: People protest in Ferguson. Credit: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Here’s a glimpse of The Times’ David Horsey working on his next political cartoon. You can see the finished product tomorrow here.

"In a place where rainfall averages two inches a year, rocks are being shoved around by mechanisms typically seen in arctic climes."
Two cousins’ stroke of luck has provided the final evidence in solving a mystery of the Racetrack Playa that has long puzzled visitors and scientists: What mechanism moves rocks across flat dirt in the heart of the hottest, driest place on earth?

"In a place where rainfall averages two inches a year, rocks are being shoved around by mechanisms typically seen in arctic climes."

Two cousins’ stroke of luck has provided the final evidence in solving a mystery of the Racetrack Playa that has long puzzled visitors and scientists: What mechanism moves rocks across flat dirt in the heart of the hottest, driest place on earth?

Hello Kitty is not a cat.

But she has a cat.

Huh? Yeah, we were mind blown too. Carolina A. Miranda has more on Kitty White’s back story.   

A huge swell generated by Hurricane Marie is sending dozens of surfers and bodyboarders to the SoCal beaches today.

Photos: Top and bottom by Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times; middle by Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Thanks for keeping me and my friends alive.
"This is not a question of ‘Maybe these buildings will come down,’  they absolutely will come down."
Thousands of brick buildings in California are still not retrofitted and are in danger of collapse in an earthquake. Seismic experts are particularly worried about communities in western San Bernardino County, which are threatened by the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults. The city of San Bernardino, which is in bankruptcy, has one of the largest concentration of unreinforced masonry buildings in the state that are at risk of particularly intense ground motion, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones says.

"This is not a question of ‘Maybe these buildings will come down,’  they absolutely will come down."

Thousands of brick buildings in California are still not retrofitted and are in danger of collapse in an earthquake. Seismic experts are particularly worried about communities in western San Bernardino County, which are threatened by the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults. The city of San Bernardino, which is in bankruptcy, has one of the largest concentration of unreinforced masonry buildings in the state that are at risk of particularly intense ground motion, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones says.