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Wasn't it beautiful in LA today?

I hope you had a chance to be outside for moment.
 

Hey, Baker ... what's your sign?

Baker thermometer.jpg The question 'how hot is it?' once again will be answered by the landmark thermometer in the desert town of Baker
 
Media
Edward-Snowden-guardian.jpg The Boston Globe wins in breaking news for its coverage of the Boson Marathon bombings. The New York Times wins in both photography categories. There are no local winners, but several LA Times finalists.
 
Sports

What's next for the Lakers?

dantoni-kobe-espn-grab-thumb-300x211-16907.jpg With the Lakers worst-ever season in Los Angeles ending this week, it's time to look ahead. What should the Lakers do next to reverse their fortunes?
 
Christensen and Gold

Two tales of a city

olympics1.jpg LA mayor Eric Garcetti has a narrative problem. The two stories he is telling about Los Angeles don't line up. Winning an Olympic bid could provide the deus ex machina the city needs in the absence of a heroic storyline.
 
Sports
puig-lamag-pugliese.jpg Los Angeles Magazine contributor Jesse Katz spent five months sorting out the story of how Puig was taken to Mexico and held by smugglers, and the deal that committed 20 percent of his future earnings to a small-time Miami crook.
 
Newspapers

Register arrives as Tribune undercuts the Times

la-register-staff-lortiz.jpg The LA Register debuts Wednesday: staff of 40, available in 5,500 stores and newsracks. Still waiting for evidence that it will make a ripple in the LA news cycle, let alone thrive as a business. Meanwhile, things don't look so great at the Times again.
Books

Let's meet Saturday at the Festival of Books

april-bill-bookfair.jpg Come by and chat at the Angel City Press booth between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Plus: Tonight's winners of the LA Times Book Prizes.
Bill Boyarsky

Garcetti's tech obstacles

bill-300.jpg It’s not easy to figure out Mayor Eric Garcetti’s grand plan for Los Angeles, or even if he has one. His state of the city speech Thursday didn’t help. "It starts with modern technology,” the mayor said, and then sort of left us hanging.
Media

LA Register called an audacious move for these times*

laregister-facebook-grab.jpg Longtime media watcher Rem Rieder talks to Aaron Kushner about next week's launch of the Los Angeles Register and observes that starting up a new newspaper on the turf of an existing paper (or papers) was a bold statement in the best of times. The LA Register lands on Wednesday.
Garcetti

Mayor says he's all about back to basics

garcetti-after-SOTC-bk.jpg In his first State of the City speech, Garcetti doesn't make much news but lists some early accomplishments and some plans.
Here in Malibu

Giant coreopsis in bloom

coreopsis-in-bloom-in-malibu-vdt.jpg Even these drought-tolerant natives aren't escaping unscathed from California's epic dry spell. But they're still well worth a visit.

Picture window: Random chairs
random_chairs_cvj.jpg "Beautiful randomness," says Clifford V. Johnson, who blogs at Asymptotia. "Spotted in the hills while out walking. Three chairs left out to be taken, making for an enigmatic gathering at the end of a warm Los Angeles Spring day."
Downtown LA from the air, 1955 vs 2014
la-from-air-1955.jpg Nathan Masters makes the visual comparison at Gizmodo's Southland blog.
"Floyd Collins" at La Mirada
FLOYD COLLINS-LA MIRADA-2.jpg One of the best midsize venues to watch professional theater in LA County is on the stage of La Mirada Theatre, says Don Shirley. Native Intelligence
On the ballet legend Tanaquil Le Clercq
mTL0440-M-3.jpgMelissa Barak, the founder and artistic director of The Barak Ballet in Los Angeles, visits LA Observed to write about what she learned from the story of Le Clercq. Native Intelligence
Mike Kelley at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary
mike-kelly2-iris.jpgIris Schneider checks out preview of the new show from the late Los Angeles artist. Native Intelligence
LAO__MachadoLake copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature at LA Observed. See it bigger.
Rainbow over the 101
rainbow-don-bentley.jpgLooking eastward from the Metropolitan Water District building downtown, submitted by Don Bentley.
garcetti-council-chatsworth-ride.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti poses after Chatsworth trail ride with City Council members Mitch Englander, Nury Martinez and Tom LaBonge. More horse photos
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Desert dinosaurs
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Misty Copeland has her say
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Stuck in the mud
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