Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII
The Seahawks scored 12 seconds into each half, and their defense didn’t give up a first down until the 20th minute of the game. “The Seahawks emphatically proved in a league in which offense and scoring is on the rise annually, defense still wins championships,” reporter Brad Biggs writes.
This is the Seahawks’ first NFL championship and its second-ever Super Bowl appearance. (Incidentally, L.A. Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer predicted this Super Bowl matchup and outcome back in September.)
Photos, from top: Seahawks mascot Taima the Hawk celebrates after the win. Credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, dumps Gatorade on head coach Pete Carroll during the second half of the game. Credit: Erik S. Lesser / European Pressphoto Agency. Wilson holds up the Vice Lombardi Trophy after the game. Credit: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images. Fans Annicka and Janet Pollack cheer as the Seahawks score a touchdown during the third quarter. Credit: Sofia Jaramillo / Associated Press. More photos from the game.
Foggy Hill Street tunnels
A look at the Hill Street tunnels, seen from Temple Street in downtown L.A., circa 1954.
Photo: Howard Maxwell / Los Angeles Times
An uneasy love for “Breaking Bad” in Albuquerque
"Breaking Bad," the wildly popular television series that came to an end last year, brought the city of Albuquerque to the world’s attention, not only bringing the city revenue during its filming, but sparking a deluge of tourism related spending.
Shops sell through bags of candy made to look like the meth cooked in the show, t-shirts and hats bearing references to the series and there was even an obituary printed for a character in the Albuquerque Journal.
But there’s a darker side to the show’s popularity. There’s a reason “Breaking Bad” was set where it was: Albuquerque is known as the meth capital of the Southwest.
Law enforcement officials and social service agencies question such an attitude in a state that has one of the nation’s highest rates of overdose deaths from prescription medications. In 2008, when the series began, one-third of all criminal cases in Bernalillo County were connected to meth use, sales or related crimes.
Today, “Breaking Bad” tours pass county drug detox centers filled with addicts.
Photos: John Glionna / Los Angeles Times
"Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” was released 50 years ago this week. The film is regarded as a cinematic masterpiece today (AFI ranked it No. 39 in its’ 10th anniversary Top 100 in 2007), but in February 1964, Times’ film editor Philip K. Scheuer didn’t find much to like. I’m partial to the deadpan of the subheadline: "Kubrick’s ‘Satire’ Tells All About End of World, Ha Ha." But this is a great line too:
… a publicist at Columbia, which is distributing the picture, assured me it would be my “cup of tea.” After suffering through two screenings of “Dr. Strangelove,” I would sooner drink hemlock.
Scheuer issues no spoiler alerts while giving away the ending and laments that “[a]ll members of our armed forces are pictured as either utterly unscrupulous or just plain stupid.”
And then he makes a point that is rather jarring to a reader in today’s era of the antihero.
Is all this necessary? I submit that, as with “[It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad,] Mad World,” villains are not funny per se — especially when there are no good guys around to offset them.
Scheuer doesn’t spare the actors either.
Peter Sellers plays three parts, all in widely disparate make-up: the President, an RAF exchange officer and Dr. Strangelove, a Nazi fanatic employed as our top nuclear scientist. His bumbling Briton comes through; the others are, with all due respect to his talent for mimicry, simply preposterous. George C. Scott (I have never seen him give a bad performance till now) makes the staff chairman — Gen. Buck Turgidson — a mugging, stomach-scratching, gum-chewing vulgarian.
That’s Peter Sellers above, later in 1964. He’d had a heart attack and was photographed leaving the hospital with his wife.
Original published caption, May 8, 1964: GOING HOME — British comedian Peter Sellers, 38, stricken with a heart attack April 6 that almost cost him his life, gets a hug from his Swedish actress wife, Britt Eklund, 21, as he leaves Cedars of Lebanon Hospital on an ambulance litter Thursday. Credit: Los Angeles Times
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Complete with the mandatory flurry of California references. A big hats-off to comedian Jon Daly, who put the parody together ahead of the band’s appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show this weekend.
The underwater photography of Chris Burkard
Central California-based photographer Burkard recently sat down with Framework for a Q&A on his kinetic work, his favorite locations and some insider knowledge about the difficulties of taking photos under water.
Check out the full interview, and take a deep dive into his work right here.
Photos: Chris Burkard
How many snakes can you fit into one house?
Maybe one if you’re a little squeamish about them? A few dozen if you don’t particularly care about seeing a bunch peek out from your laundry hamper or pantry?
Now try and imagine having as many as 400 snakes in your house. That’s just what police found at a home in Santa Ana earlier today while serving a police warrant. Officers reportedly could smell the stench of the snakes, many of which were in terrible condition, if not dead, from up to 300 feet away.
Read the full, sad story over at L.A. Now.
Photo: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
State of the Union 2014
President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address tonight at 6:00 p.m. PST, in an attempt to once again rally the nation around his second term agenda, and break through Washington’s partisan gridlock.
But given the political climate, and the upcoming elections, Obama faces an uphill battle, no matter how lofty his rhetoric may be.
We’ll be posting intermittent updates here, but you can watch Obama’s speech, and keep tabs on the nation’s reactions, on Politics Now.
Or, for the historically minded, take a stroll through the most important moments of previous State of the Union addresses.
Calling for a “year of action,” President Obama asked for Democrats and Republicans to work together to aid an improving economy and continue gains made on energy reform.
But if not, Obama has pledged to employ executive actions to push as much of his agenda through as he can.
Obama hopes to capitalize on the division to push other populist elements of what he has labeled his economic inequality agenda. He plans to push Congress to expand unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless and tout new commitments from chief executives of corporations who’d agreed not discriminate against applicants because of extended stretches out of work.
The president intends to speed up implementation of the ConnectEd program, his plan to connect all schools to the digital universe. Aides did not detail how the government would pay for this.
Obama also will create a new “starter savings account” to help people who don’t have 401(k) plans or pensions to save for retirement. An economic advisor said this would involve a new U.S. Treasury product eventually available for purchase on the private market.
Other initiatives would require approval from Congress, if they’re to take effect.
Photos: Kristoffer Tripplaar / Getty Images, Los Angeles Times, Charles Dharapak / Los Angeles Times
Look at all those subway stops! No, it’s not NYC. This is what San Francisco and L.A. could look like…
If you live in a city and take public transit, you’ve probably looked at the system map and thought to yourself, “I wish this thing went everywhere.”
You’re not alone. There’s a whole bunch of daydreamers just like you who’ve considered the additional subway lines, bus routes, and train tracks it would take to bring more people to more places. Some of them have even mapped these ideas out. The internet is full of these fantasy transit maps, where professional transit planners and dedicated amateurs alike imagine how public transit in our cities could look.
One day Los Angeles, one day…
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The dusty decimation of California’s drought
California’s longstanding drought has escalated in recent months, with 62.7% of the state now in what the Department of Agriculture deems “extreme” conditions.
But in few places is it as easily visualized as in the area surrounding the vanishing Cachuma Lake, which has become one of the most prominent victims of the lack of rain.
In years past, the spot where Bozarth was standing was under 30, 40, even 50 feet of water. It wasn’t all that long ago that Cachuma “spilled” — filled to the brim, to the point where millions of gallons of clean, fresh water was released through the dam’s gates and cast into the sea, a display of surplus that is laughable today.
That was only three years ago. Now, said Tom Fayram, Santa Barbara County’s deputy public works director, “it’s just empty.”
Photos: Brian van der Brug, Lorena Iñiguez Elebee / Los Angeles Times
A tiny, retro run-in with the law
From a 1970 story we ran on some highly restrictive anti-motorbike measures that brought an 11-year-old boy at odds with the law:
Randy West, 11, took it like a man Wednesday – his first brush with the law and the news that his favorite minibike trails were off limits.
The sandy-haired youngster was one of the first to receive a warning citation from police as the result of a new ordinance which places virtually insurmountable restrictions on use of private property for motorcycle or minibike riding in the city.
“If it’s the law, you gotta obey it,” said Randy moments after receiving the warning citation for riding his minibike on a popular trail between Huntington Center and the San Diego Freeway.
Photo: Cliff Otto / Los Angeles Times
Folk musician, activist Pete Seeger has passed away at age 94
"At some point, Pete Seeger decided he’d be a walking, singing reminder of all of America’s history," Bruce Springsteen said at a Madison Square Garden concert marking Seeger’s 90th birthday in 2009. “He’d be a living archive of America’s music and conscience, a testament to the power of song and culture to nudge history along, to push American events towards more humane and justified ends.”
Above is Seeger performing the classic “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore.” For our full obituary, head here.
Santa Monica’s famous mosaic home
Aziz and Louise Farnam started their decoration habits humbly enough - putting a single periwinkle square up into the corner of a retaining wall in their Santa Monica home. But things quickly, and colorfully, escalated from there:
Theycollected pieces of cobalt blue, aqua, plum and yellows from pale to sunny. They broke or cut them with special nippers into irregular shapes and applied those to the wall, letting them radiate in no particular pattern from the original piece.
They finished that wall, then tiled the walkway to the front door.
From there, things escalated — to a traffic-stopping degree. Motorists routinely slam on their brakes to marvel at the eccentric artistry.
"Everyone knows my house," Louise said. "Just say ‘mosaic tile house in Santa Monica.’"
Photos: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times