Thirty years ago tonight, Geraldine Ferraro made history by becoming the first woman ever to be a presidential or vice presidential nominee.
Photo: Associated Press

Thirty years ago tonight, Geraldine Ferraro made history by becoming the first woman ever to be a presidential or vice presidential nominee.

Photo: Associated Press

Summer in San Diego can’t really start without the Del Mar opener, which took place this week.

Photos: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times 

"Families are on the move today, leaving their homes in the outlying areas of Gaza and into shelters and relatives’ homes closer to the center of Gaza. You can see carts pulled by donkeys carrying whole families; from small children to grandparents."

Our photographer Carolyn Cole is documenting the conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Photos: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

President Obama said today that the missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines jet in Ukraine yesterday, killing 298 people aboard, was fired from territory controlled by pro-Russia separatists. A U.S. official earlier had told The Times that U.S. intelligence agencies reached a preliminary conclusion that pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine fired the missile. The U.S. is seeking further intelligence before reaching a final conclusion, the official said.
A powerful Buk missile launcher may have brought down the plane. Learn more about it above.

President Obama said today that the missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines jet in Ukraine yesterday, killing 298 people aboard, was fired from territory controlled by pro-Russia separatists. A U.S. official earlier had told The Times that U.S. intelligence agencies reached a preliminary conclusion that pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine fired the missile. The U.S. is seeking further intelligence before reaching a final conclusion, the official said.

A powerful Buk missile launcher may have brought down the plane. Learn more about it above.

Here’s a look back at the life of Elaine Stritch, the Tony-winning actress who died today at age 89. She “seemed to deliver her best performances when she was playing thinly veiled versions of her irascible self,” arts reporter David Ng writes. 
Photo: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Here’s a look back at the life of Elaine Stritch, the Tony-winning actress who died today at age 89. She “seemed to deliver her best performances when she was playing thinly veiled versions of her irascible self,” arts reporter David Ng writes

Photo: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

A newly discovered fossil from Changyuraptor yangi, a species of “four-winged” flying dinosaur, reveals a design more like a plane than a bird, according to a team of scientists. Science reporter Amina Khan explains how its extra-long tail feathers could have helped it to get around despite its comparatively large size.
Image: Stephanie Abramowicz / Dinosaur Institute, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

A newly discovered fossil from Changyuraptor yangi, a species of “four-winged” flying dinosaur, reveals a design more like a plane than a bird, according to a team of scientists. Science reporter Amina Khan explains how its extra-long tail feathers could have helped it to get around despite its comparatively large size.

Image: Stephanie Abramowicz / Dinosaur Institute, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Alice Coachman, who in 1948 became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, has died. 
During her youth in Georgia, she wasn’t permitted to use public sports facilities because of the color of her skin; to practice high-jumping, the event that later won her the gold medal, she used rope or tied rags together to substitute for crossbars. When she returned home from the London Olympics in 1948, her hometown gave her a celebratory welcome, but she wasn’t allowed to speak at the ceremony and the mayor did not shake her hand.
Photo: Coachman wins the 1948 Women’s National Track Meet in Grand Rapids, Iowa. Credit: Associated Press

Alice Coachman, who in 1948 became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, has died

During her youth in Georgia, she wasn’t permitted to use public sports facilities because of the color of her skin; to practice high-jumping, the event that later won her the gold medal, she used rope or tied rags together to substitute for crossbars. When she returned home from the London Olympics in 1948, her hometown gave her a celebratory welcome, but she wasn’t allowed to speak at the ceremony and the mayor did not shake her hand.

Photo: Coachman wins the 1948 Women’s National Track Meet in Grand Rapids, Iowa. Credit: Associated Press

And I would suggest that when a person has a thought of doing anything serious against the law, that before they did, that they should go to a quiet place and think about it seriously.
Our editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey has some ideas about what to name the proposed states that are part of Silicon Valley multimillionaire Timothy Draper’s "Six Californias" plan.  

Our editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey has some ideas about what to name the proposed states that are part of Silicon Valley multimillionaire Timothy Draper’s "Six Californias" plan.  

Federal judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional
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"Generally I am not that ostentatious. It just seems like it is bad form to be bragging. But what the hell": Meet the Hollywood cameraman who insists he invented the celebrity selfie in 1981. He’s got a collection of selfies with people like Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston, Charlton Heston, Renee Zellweger that have come since he took his first one with humorist Art Buchwald.
Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

"Generally I am not that ostentatious. It just seems like it is bad form to be bragging. But what the hell": Meet the Hollywood cameraman who insists he invented the celebrity selfie in 1981. He’s got a collection of selfies with people like Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston, Charlton Heston, Renee Zellweger that have come since he took his first one with humorist Art Buchwald.

Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Take a peek inside Jay Leno’s garage. It houses 130 cars, 93 motorcycles and more. For Leno, ”The Tonight Show” was a job. Cars are an obsession.

Photos: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times