Category: News – Features

Love Trumps Hate at LMU

Students counter Westboro Baptist Church protest with show of solidarity for LGBTQ community Story by Tygre Patchell-Evans | Photos by Mia Duncans Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” blared from the back gates of Loyola Marymount University as students gathered Monday morning along Loyola Boulevard to counter the homophobic hate speech of the Westboro Baptist Church, the inflammatory religious extremist group infamous for protesting the funerals of American military service members. The students beat Westboro to its own protest, playing music and chanting affirmations of LGBTQ acceptance before the handful of picketers arrived and until they departed about 20...

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Prank Triggers Shooting Scare on LMU Campus

Less than 24 hours after the deadly mass shooting that targeted college students at a popular Thousand Oaks nightspot, LAPD officers responded to reports of a shooter on the Loyola Marymount University campus — false reports, triggered by a prank. The initial call to police just after 5:30 p.m. Friday came from a parent whose son had texted her there was an active shooter on the campus, said Lt. Randy Goddard, commanding officer of the LAPD’s Pacific Detectives Division. Six other calls for service followed — each of them reporting third-party information from text messages and social media posts....

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One Man Army

Todd the Volunteer is cleaning up local streets to blaze a trail out of homelessness Story and photographs by Kyle Knoll When people see Todd Olin picking up trash on the side of the road, their instinct is often that something doesn’t add up. There’s the white T-shirt and a Dayglow orange vest, but he’s not part of a city work crew — it’s just him out there, and a single handcart bursting with well-worn tools. But three words emblazoned in thick black marker on handwritten signs and the back of his vest identify this man as someone who...

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Predictions: 2016

What this year will mean for our neighborhoods, the economy and the environment Will city officials make a decision about the Santa Monica Civic in 2016? By Rick Cole The short answer is yes: The city will make a decision about the Civic Auditorium, but we don’t expect the decision to lead to a quick reopening. The landmark Santa Monica Civic Auditorium opened in 1958. Designed by architect Welton Beckett, the Streamline Moderne building is a focal point for Santa Monica’s Civic Center and is warmly remembered for its legacy of cultural and community memories. The building’s vulnerability to...

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Designing for the Drought

Why eco-friendly Westside gardens are the future of landscape design By Claire Kaufman What previously was a cramped yard with nothing but a nondescript, eroding path and grass that needed constant watering is now a water-tolerant paradise. A flat stone walkway weaves through the garden, interspersed with decomposed granite and lined with colorful bursts of salvia and lavender. Logs crackle in the outdoor fire pit as water shimmers down a six-foot wall. Adjacent to the swaying Japanese and weeping maple trees, a wraparound staircase leads up to majestic French doors through which the whole garden can be viewed from...

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