Monthly Archives: May 2006

A Poem for La Fiesta de los Flores

John Steven McGroarty, The Times columnist and staff poet, offered this tribute to the annual La Fiesta de los Flores, which coincided with the national Shriners convention.The fiesta featured four parades of vehicles decorated with electric lights. The Times described … Continue reading

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Barney Oldfield’s Green Dragon Blazes Through Los Angeles

What is it about Angelenos that as soon as you put them behind the wheel of a car, they want to see how fast it will go?But it’s true. Great-grandpa was, in all likelihood, a speed demon and the old … Continue reading

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The Shriners Ban Water Except for Bathing

Singing loud praises to Allah that strike a curious note in 2006, the special train of Shriners is flying across the Nevada desert brimming with Freemasons and their families pondering the ancient mystery: “What Makes the Wildcat Wild?”The official communique … Continue reading

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Our Struggling Authors

In grappling with a novel about life in prison, writer Ernest Filer of Chicago decided that he should experience imprisonment for himself , thus he hatched the idea of breaking a window so he would be sent to jail.He selected … Continue reading

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The Shriners Are Coming!

Preparations are nearly complete for the Shriners Convention, which begins May 7 with the city’s Al Malaikah Temple hosting the gathering.Among the events planned is a parade of Imperial Potentate Alvah P. Clayton from the Alexandria Hotel to the Scottish … Continue reading

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Adventures in Dining

Nicholas “Nick” Schwegel (sometimes misspelled Schwegal), the city’s new restaurant inspector, issued a report to the Board of Health that left officials sick to their stomachs—so ill, in fact, that one board member asked that the report be tabled until … Continue reading

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Time Clock

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NEWS AND BUSINESS

Motorcycle Hits HerMiss Gertrude Young, who lives at No. 525 Wall St., was knocked down by a motorcycle yesterday as she stepped from a streetcar at 7th and Hope streets. The rider of the machine hastened away. Miss Young was … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, The Two-Minute Executive Summary

From Feb. 3, 2006, to April 28, 2006, I devoted a daily blog to Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.” In dealing with the 1947 murder of Elizabeth … Continue reading

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