• Can we call it the Kardashian Rule?

    Fire Department proposes new fireworks regulations to answer investigation of August’s midnight Marina del Rey fireworks By Gary Walker Anyone who plans to launch a fireworks show in Los Angeles County after 9 p.m. may soon n...
  • D.A. won’t file charges over Kardashian midnight fireworks

    L.A. County Fire Department had cleared fireworks — even sent a fire captain to monitor them By Gary Walker Los Angeles County prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against the pyrotechnics operator who launch...
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    Uphill Battle: How Santa Monica is Rebuilding the California Incline

    In short, it’s all about securing the bluff and building a bridge that can stand without it Story by Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki High above Pacific Coast Highway just north of the Santa Monica Pier, construction workers grap...
  • Some 200 pounds of bio-waste washed up at Dockweiler last week
Photo by Neil Budde

    Biohazard Beach

    Medical waste that washed up at Dockweiler may be a sign of bigger problems to come during El Niño By Gary Walker Local water quality scientists are worried that the mess of tampon applicators, condoms, hypodermic needles and ...
  • The late Venice activist Challis Macpherson and daughter Diahna Fortuna

    Challis Macpherson, 1936 – 2015

    Venice activist fought overdevelopment, guided local land-use policy By Gary Walker Challis Macpherson, a 40-year Venice resident who was instrumental in developing local policies designed to protect her adopted community from ...
  • The fire on Teale Street, as seen from the Westchester bluffs, burned for nearly two hours  
Photo by Chet Wong

    News in Briefs Compiled by Gary Walker

    Del Rey Fire Under Investigation Los Angeles Fire Dept. arson investigators are looking into the cause of a large fire at a three-story building in Del Rey near the Culver City border. Nearly 100 firefighters responded to 11869...
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    Googling Abbot Kinney’s Dreams

    Muralist Patrick Marston taps the founding father of Venice for his mural inside Google headquarters By Christina Campodonico What’s going on inside Google headquarters in Venice? If Patrick Marston’s new mural inside the ...
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    The Cars of Tomorrow

    Automobile futurist Harald Belker on style, substance and the green revolution Long before Uber mainstreamed on-demand ridesharing and Google built its self-driving car, Harald Belker reimagined urban transportation infrastruc...
  • Playa Vista Elementary School Principal Rebecca Johnson attributes her school’s successful Common Core results to a curriculum that teaches “mathematical thinking and problem-solving” skills 
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

    ‘Growing Pains’

    Common Core test results — some encouraging, others dismal — start a new measure of school accountability with a bang By Gary Walker (Click here to find Common Core test results for Westside schools) Long before last week...
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    Westside Common Core Test Results

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 This Week
Illustration by Ted Rall

Blaming The Messenger

Cartoonist Ted Rall, fired by the LA Times over a secret  recording by a police officer, tells the story of NSA data-collection whistleblower Edward Snowden Political cartoonist and writer Ted Rall can’t expect to make too m...
Teams attempt to pull a jet down the runway with nothing more than muscle and rope
 Food And Drink
Aussie Pies may look small, but they’re dense with savory filling and completely satisfying

Forget the barbie — try the pie

Aussie Pie Kitchen puts a West Coast spin on a Down Under staple By Richard Foss ( It’s the fate of every cuisine to become caricature. People associate Italians with spaghetti, Germans with sauerkraut...
Argonaut food critic Richard Foss has written a book about the history of meals served in air and space
Photo by David Fairchild courtesy of Richard Foss

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