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Experiments in Analog Photography

At a moment when smartphone users send more than a billion digital images cloudward each day, a growing number of contemporary artists are turning away from screen-based images to explore the photograph’s existence as an insistently material object. Often dispensing with the camera and lens …

Elasticity

What Grew in Frida Kahlo’s Garden?

What Frida Kahlo cultivated.<p>“Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life,” at the New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx, centers on a luxuriant installation in the institution’s grand old Conservatory. A long walkway is flanked by scores of plants that are, or reasonably may be, associated with the artist. …

Art

There's little incentive for L.A. renters to take shorter showers

When Emi Nakagawa rented a studio apartment in San Gabriel, she didn't think twice before jumping into the shower.<p>"There was no incentive" not to, she said, because Nakagawa, like the millions of Southern Californians who rent apartments, didn't directly pay for her water and never knew how much …

Trickle-down politics: Drought could force real change among city, state leaders

It's something of a relief, if a mixed one, that the drought has surged into the role of the latest scourge to freak out California.<p>It's a relief in the sense that it means that the California economy, so recently frighteningly rocky, has receded as the top-billed problem facing the state, even if …

Los Angeles

Gov. Brown highlights climate change risks at site of Rocky fire

In his quest to force tougher action on climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown has traveled to China, Mexico, Canada, even the Vatican.<p>But he was much closer to home on Thursday, just a couple dozen miles from the ranch his family has owned for generations.<p>Standing in front of scorched hills, the smell …

On jobs, Flappy Bird and sock-it-to-me cake

<i>Tech educator Daphne Bradford joined reporter Daina Beth Solomon for pancakes at the Denny's near Dorsey High School in South L.A., where Bradford teaches computer science through her nonprofit, Mother of Many. Bradford, a math enthusiast who sports an Apple watch, told the California section why</i> …

In a 1958 inquest, killing of Lana Turner's boyfriend was detailed

On the night that Beverly Hills police were called to the home on North Bedford Drive, cinema femme fatale Lana Turner was already on her way to becoming a Hollywood legend.<p>The sultry blond, famously "discovered" in a Hollywood soda bar, had played the unfulfilled murderous wife in "The Postman …

California will soon have toughest shower head requirements in nation

The flow of water from shower heads and bathroom faucets in California will be sharply reduced under strict new limits approved Wednesday by the state Energy Commission.<p>Current rules, established in 1994 at the federal level, allow a maximum flow of 2.5 gallons per minute from a shower …

Woman killed by LAPD after robbery reported in South L.A.

Los Angeles police shot and killed a woman Wednesday afternoon in South L.A. after officers received a report of a robbery, officials said.<p>The incident unfolded about 1:40 p.m., when officers from the LAPD's Southwest Division went to a pharmacy in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood that had …

Millions of shade balls helping protect California's precious water

Can 96 million balls improve water quality?<p>Los Angeles is about to find out. On Monday, Mayor Eric Garcetti was at the Los Angeles Reservoir to mark the addition of 20,000 of the small balls to the lake.<p>But what exactly are those balls and how will they help?<p>What are those black things in the Los …

Los Angeles

Fish oil helps minimize disorders for those at risk of schizophrenia, study finds

As long as seven years after getting a 12-week course of Omega-3 fatty acid supplements, new research has found that young people at very high risk of developing schizophrenia were much less likely than those who did not get the supplements to develop full-blown psychosis, or to manifest a range of …

Mental Disorders

Three convicted in crackdown on after-hours alcohol in Koreatown

The knock came at 2:30 on an April morning in what has become known as the "after-hours capital of Los Angeles."<p>A side door to the Koreatown bar and restaurant creaked open. Those at the door announced themselves as police. Someone inside slammed the door shut, and the business' surveillance video …

Two plead guilty in border drug smuggling by drone

When 28 pounds of heroin made it across the U.S.-Mexico border near Calexico in April, it didn't come by the usual methods of car, truck or tunnel. It came by drone, federal authorities said Wednesday, making it the first cross-border seizure by U.S. law enforcement involving the new smuggle-by-air …

Here’s A 5-Minute Lesson In Film Financing, From The Producer Of The Power Rangers And James Bond Bootleg Shorts

Adi Shankar knows the math of producing movies. Most recently, he’s been in the news for the “bootleg” short films he’s made based on intellectual …