May 5, 2011 La Plaza pays tribute to the complex histories and identities of Mexicanos, Californios, Mexican-Americans and Chicanos: everyone from musicians in the group Ozomatli to the 44 settlers who arrived from Mexico in 1781 to establish the city of Los Angeles.
April 15, 2011 Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Los Angeles public schools started a food fight this week. The second season of Oliver's reality show Food Revolution features him badmouthing L.A. school lunches — and the school district is now fighting back with some new cuisine.
February 28, 2011 The Oscars have all been handed out, and the winners' sound bites are in. In their acceptance speeches and backstage comments, this year's crop of Academy Award winners reveled in the limelight, thanked their mothers, ducked out for drinks and let loose some profanity.
February 25, 2011 Exit Through the Gift Shop, a documentary by secretive street artist Banksy, is up for an Academy Award on Sunday night. Whether he's campaigning for the award, and what might happen if he wins it, depends on whom you ask.
February 8, 2011 Southern California is a food lover's paradise — unless you live in a poor neighborhood and have no car. But that's the reality for residents of a community in East Los Angeles where the nearest supermarket is miles away. Some residents are speaking out in the hopes of attracting more healthful food options.
January 24, 2011 The FAA spelled out some near-catastrophic cases where pilots have been blinded during critical takeoffs and landings by people with lasers. The readily available, hand-held devices have been used to project blinding beams of light into the cockpits of commercial airliners, police helicopters and military aircraft.
January 18, 2011 The Los Angeles Police Department is asking all of its gang and narcotics officers to reveal information about their bank accounts, mortgages and credit cards in hopes of sussing out investigators on the take. Many officers say they would rather be reassigned than open their books to the LAPD.
January 6, 2011 The decrease is part of a nationwide trend of decade-long declines in homicides. Among the theories about Los Angeles' success: Police have new crime-predicting tools and better community relations; sentences are stricter; and the crack cocaine wars aren't as lethal as they were in the 1990s.
December 3, 2010 This year, Sanrio celebrates its 50th anniversary. One expert says the Japanese company that created Hello Kitty has lasted because of its winning formula: cute and kitschy. Now, a new generation of artists is reinterpreting Sanrio's iconic images.