Seattle’s socialist, Occupy-approved city council member
Seattle has long been a bastion for liberal politics, but newly-elected City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant pushes the city’s political envelope with her avowed ties to socialism and the Occupy movement. The city’s more conservative political figures are skeptical of Sawant, but her supporters have successfully rallied around her, and her central call for a $15 minimum wage.
Says Sawant of her position outside of the typical political structure:
"It is time, high time, that we workers opt for a mass political alternative to the two big-business parties!"
Photos: Alan Berner / Seattle Times, Ted S. Warren / Associated Press
President John F. Kennedy was known for his openness in crowds. On the day of his assassination — 50 years ago this week — he famously chose to ride in a convertible through the streets of Dallas. As these two Los Angeles Times archival photos illustrate, he was more than comfortable with people, crowds and convertibles.
At top is a photograph of a 1962 moment that is now all but impossible for a president to replicate: a 20-minute beach frolic with admirers.
And below that is the president arriving, in 1961, at the Santa Monica home of actor Peter Lawford, who was married to Kennedy’s sister from 1954 to 1966. The caption pointedly notes that the president had foregone the usual closed limousine in favor of a convertible.
Original published captions follow.
Top, Aug. 20, 1962: BEACH FROLIC — Admirers, some fully-clothed and others in swim suits, surround President Kennedy as he stands in surf after taking a swim in the Pacific at Santa Monica. Scores followed the President into the water, frolicked happily with him for 20 minutes. Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library.
Bottom, Nov. 20, 1961: AT THE BEACH — A smiling President Kennedy hastens from convertible to the Peter Lawford beach home in Santa Monica to spend some time in the sun. Instead of taking usual closed limousine to the beach, President chose the convertible. Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library
Previously on L.A. Times Past:
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Introducing the Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookbook
And by cookbook, we really mean an awesome site that hosts more than 600 holiday recipes perfect for everything between a light salad and a food coma-inducing Thanksgiving feast.
So hop on over and explore the entire cookbook here, just be warned that you’ll likely be hungry once you’re done.
Photos: Bob Chamberlin, Kirk McKoy, Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times
Nov. 22, 1963: The day the president died
We’ve been collecting reader recollections from the day President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas, an event that shocked the nation and has left a permanent scar on the country’s psyche.
Here’s Ohio resident Michael Garcia’s recollection, for example:
I remember November 22, 1963 so clearly. I was 13 and in Mrs Gray’s 8th grade English class when the school principal announced on the pa system that President Kennedy had been shot while in Dallas. The class went silent and Mrs. Gray asked us all to pray that President Kennedy would be ok.
As I prayed, I remember thinking it was probably a non fatal injury. The thought also entered my mind that the President of the United States would have access to the best doctors in Dallas. I assured myself that he would be fine.
A short time later the principal returned to the pa and stated President Kennedy had died.
And there’s still plenty of time for you or someone you know to submit their own memories of that fateful day before the 50th anniversary on Friday.
Photo: Los Angeles Times archive
The Vincent Thomas Bridge, connecting San Pedro and Long Beach, opened 50 years ago today. Scott Harrison at Framework has the story: Vincent Thomas Bridge turns 50
Photos: (Top) With catwalks in place, workers begin spinning cables for the 1,500 foot span of the Vincent Thomas Bridge. This photo was published in the Sept. 20, 1962, Los Angeles Times. Credit: Los Angeles Times file. (Bottom) Evening traffic streams across the Vincent Thomas Bridge at dusk. This photo was published in the Nov. 6, 1988, Los Angeles Times. Credit: Alan Hagman / Los Angeles Times
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Lincoln at Gettysburg
150 years ago on November 19, 1863, four months after the battle, President Abraham Lincoln came to Gettysburg to dedicate the national cemetery for the Union dead. In his remarks, he paid tribute to the brave men who died there and insisted that their sacrifice would increase the will of the people to fulfill America’s promise. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, a rhetorical masterpiece delivered in less than three minutes, defined the war as necessary for the survival of the nation and its ideals.
This rare photo from a glass plate negative by Matthew Brady is the first–and possibly only–photograph of Lincoln at Gettysburg.
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Selfie: 2013’s Word of the Year
The publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary gave their yearly top honors to the word “selfie” today, in an announcement that somehow, was not accompanied by a selfie.
So what was the organization’s rationale?
"It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet. If it is good enough for the Obamas or the pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year."
And for a bit of little-known trivia: The term was born in Australia, where the suffix “-ie” is commonly used. From the 2002 ABC forum posting that reportedly birthed the word, documenting a drunken accident:
“Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”
Photos: L’Osservatore Romano / Associated Press, NASA
How’d you do this?
Tumblr timeline wizardry.
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"Chop suey, that’s a very old dish. But this guy, he’s older"
Paul’s Kitchen has been parked in the so-called “City Market Chinatown” since 1946, enduring the ebb and flow of customers, competition and eventually, an exodus of interest in favor of the “New Chinatown” to the North.
And though the dinner crowds have dwindled, lunch still brings a wave of loyal diners looking for Paul’s “Depression-era Chinese food,” the hearty kind that sticks to your ribs.
And through it all, Paul’s adamantly endures change by not changing at all:
For 23 years, manager Charlie Ng has run the restaurant on downtown’s San Pedro Street as his uncle Paul directed, adhering to a business strategy that has over the years been elevated to maxim: Keep everything the same.
It’s even woven into the restaurant’s Chinese name, bao ju — a common naming format for restaurants of the time period that translates literally as “treasure memory.”
Photos: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times
Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread destruction in parts of the Philippines when it tore through on Friday. One of the hardest-hit areas was the city of Tacloban and its more than 220,000 residents. “Virtually all of the structures, if they were not made out of concrete or steel, are gone,” a top U.S. military commander said.
Photo Credit: Google and DigitalGlobe
GIF Credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR
These satellite images from Google and DigitalGlobe show how Tacloban and the Anibong district looked in February 2012 and then two days after Haiyan made landfall.
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San Francisco Batkid is the best thing to happen this week
And maybe even the best thing ever. Who could say no to a young boy who’s celebrating beating his cancer into remission?
Downtown San Francisco, thanks to the Make-a-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation, city officials and the work of thousands of volunteers, turned into a Gotham City today, complete with villains like the Riddler and Penguin, just waiting for a tiny caped crusader to swoop in.
The San Francisco Chronicle even published a limited-edition “Batkid Saves City” issue.
Read more on young Miles’ struggle, and his eventual superheroics, over at L.A. Now and Share It Now. And if you’re so inspired, head over to the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s site and perhaps help make more dreams come true (once their site is done being swamped by bat-traffic).
Photo: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle
How many have you read?
Anyone have an exciting read lined up for the weekend?
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The year: 1966. The topic: health spas.
A woman swings like Tarzan on a gold rope before plunging into an icy pool, while another’s body is coated with wax.
Others are ordered to bend, kick, roll and bounce along before submerging in soothing liquid, be it perfume, herbs or milk.
All this sounds like fiction, but it’s happening at beauty and health spas throughout the nation, attracting a growing number of men and women — people willing to spend from $400 to $800 a week to work out or relax in luxury, sometimes in marble settings surrounded by plush greenery.
Beautiful, and usually young, exercise directors, cajole, shame or coax the laggard into more violent exercise. Their slim leotard-clad figures are the carrots dangled in front of hippy women who hope to reach the same perfect proportions.
Get better acquainted with health spas of the ’60s here: Spas Flowing With Milk and Honey, Diets, Money
The photo at the top, of a woman demonstrating a double chin electric massage machine, is a window into how far we’ve come: Now there’s a shot for that. Calabasas drug firm sticks its neck out to get rid of double chins
Original published captions, Sept. 26, 1966: (Top) FACIAL EXERCISE—Double chin gets electric massage in La Costa gym. (Bottom) HOOP LA—It takes a lot of bending, rolling to achieve this svelte figure. Credits: Mary Frampton and Frank Brown / Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library
Ah yes, those “spas” everyone’s been talking about.
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