Since Obamacare, emergency room visits are down at L.A. County public hospitals, a Times analysis finds.

Since Obamacare, emergency room visits are down at L.A. County public hospitals, a Times analysis finds.

Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Clippers, NBA says.

The transaction ends a fractious period of nearly four months in which embattled owner Donald Sterling fought to retain control of the team he had presided over for three decades. A judge affirmed the right of Shelly Sterling, Donald’s estranged wife, to wrest control of the team from her husband and sell it to Ballmer.

PSA: A six-story duck is coming to the L.A. area.
Photo: Wu Hong / European Pressphoto Agency

PSA: A six-story duck is coming to the L.A. area.

Photo: Wu Hong / European Pressphoto Agency

L.A.’s Wilshire Grand skyscraper will one day be the tallest building west of Chicago. But before it could get off the ground, someone had to make sure that ground was solid. Here’s the story of how the project was born.

L.A.’s Wilshire Grand skyscraper will one day be the tallest building west of Chicago. But before it could get off the ground, someone had to make sure that ground was solid. Here’s the story of how the project was born.

A new study ranks L.A. as the second-most facial-hair friendly city in U.S. Boston ranks first, while Miami, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Austin, Seattle, Denver and Nashville round out the top 10.
Californians made a good showing in last year’s World Beard and Moustache Championships. L.A.’s own Dan Lawlor, seen above, won the Freestyle Moustache category. 
Photo: Franziska Kraufmann / EPA

A new study ranks L.A. as the second-most facial-hair friendly city in U.S. Boston ranks first, while Miami, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Austin, Seattle, Denver and Nashville round out the top 10.

Californians made a good showing in last year’s World Beard and Moustache Championships. L.A.’s own Dan Lawlor, seen above, won the Freestyle Moustache category. 

Photo: Franziska Kraufmann / EPA

Beet tarragon gelato, anyone? How about saffron pistachio? Here are some of L.A.’s most interesting ice cream flavors.

Beet tarragon gelato, anyone? How about saffron pistachio? Here are some of L.A.’s most interesting ice cream flavors.

How many people are actually paying to ride L.A.’s trains? Figuring out how many of last year’s 115 million riders paid their fares and rode the trains legally has become a vexing question with important consequences. Above, you can see how L.A.’s train system developed, with the size of each bubble indicating how many ticket scans each station had in 2013 and the first four months of 2014. L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority started locking turnstiles last year.

How many people are actually paying to ride L.A.’s trains? Figuring out how many of last year’s 115 million riders paid their fares and rode the trains legally has become a vexing question with important consequences. Above, you can see how L.A.’s train system developed, with the size of each bubble indicating how many ticket scans each station had in 2013 and the first four months of 2014. L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority started locking turnstiles last year.

He might have known what happened, but honestly, I don’t think he did it.
Generations of UCLA students were unaware of a slice of of the school’s history that connected it to the activism of the Vietnam War era and the nation’s civil rights struggle, until a mural created in the 1970s and hidden in the 1990s was recently revealed.
Photo: Bob Chamberlin, Los Angeles Times

Generations of UCLA students were unaware of a slice of of the school’s history that connected it to the activism of the Vietnam War era and the nation’s civil rights struggle, until a mural created in the 1970s and hidden in the 1990s was recently revealed.

Photo: Bob Chamberlin, Los Angeles Times

I think it gives joy to the family to see us perform like that. And it makes me feel better toward myself. I feel more positive when I’m dressed up like that.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the L.A. Clippers. His $2-billion offer sets a record price for an NBA team. 
Photo: Kay Nietfeld / EPA

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the L.A. Clippers. His $2-billion offer sets a record price for an NBA team. 

Photo: Kay Nietfeld / EPA

Hungry? If you want to eat some of the best food in L.A., we’re here to help. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold has released his list of the 101 best restaurants in the L.A. area. You won’t be able to access the full list if you’re not a subscriber, but you can peek at the top 20 here.

Photos, from top: Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times, Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times, Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times, Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

They grow up in poverty, but we don’t want them to live in poverty. They’ve been taught to be seen but not heard. And I’ve been taught if you’re not heard, then you’re not seen.