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July 4, 1863: Los Angeles Celebrates the Fourth of July With Pic-Nics and Fire-Works

The complete July 4, 1863, issue of the Los Angeles Star is available from USC, which scanned  a copy at the Huntington. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. July 4, 1863: Los Angeles plans to celebrate the Fourth … Continue reading

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L.A. Fourth of July, 1863: Pic-Nics and Fire-Works

Note: This is a post from 2013 The complete July 4, 1863, issue of the Los Angeles Star is available from USC, which scanned  a copy at the Huntington. July 4, 1863: Los Angeles plans to celebrate the Fourth of … Continue reading

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer Tells of Fighting on Tarawa

Dec. 12, 1943: Times columnist Tom Treanor, who will be killed in August 1944 covering the liberation of France, files a story about fighting between U.S. and Nazi troops around Filignano, Italy, about 100 miles southeast of Rome.   Crawling in … Continue reading

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LAPD: Parker Center Cop Shop Files – Starting Next Week

The “Remorseful Rapist” from 1965, one of the items from the Cop Shop Files. Several weeks ago, I was given a box of material that was cleaned out of the old press room at the LAPD’s Parker Center headquarters, sometimes … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Celebrates the Fourth of July With Pic-Nics and Fire-Works

The complete July 4, 1863, issue of the Los Angeles Star is available from USC, which scanned  a copy at the Huntington. July 4, 1863: Los Angeles plans to celebrate the Fourth of July with a 34-gun salute and a … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia — L.A. Magazine Gets It Wrong

The Black Dahlia crime scene in Leimert Park gets a visit from Denise Hamilton for Los Angeles magazine. Los Angeles magazine does its “first-ever” crime issue. I’m curious about several statements (Did Harold Lloyd really cling to the “Italianate columns” … Continue reading

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The Day’s News – Pestilence and Starvation, Jan. 9, 1913

Jan. 9, 1913: We like to think that the past was a kinder, simpler time — when life moved at a slower pace. But no. The Times publishes a Page 1 news map “as an aid to the busy reader … Continue reading

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Errol Flynn Set for Trial in Sex With Underage Girls

Nov. 7, 1942: Pursuing British mobile forces, equipped with big American-made Gen. Sherman tanks, have overtaken some of the remnants of Marshal Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps in the Matruh region of Western Egypt “and are steadily chopping them to pieces,” … Continue reading

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International Spy Museum Is Hiring!

Photo: The International Spy Museum offers “Dinner With a Spy.” Credit: International Spy Museum. The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., has a job opening for director of guest services (and security!) The ideal applicant must have excellent team building … Continue reading

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Woman Executed for Sex With Dog, 1677

Photo: Mujeres listas para recivir a Rabago, 1911. Credit: Walter H. Horne/Getty Research Institute “A Nation Emerges,” featuring images of the Mexican Revolution, will go  on display at the Central Library from Sept. 8 to June 3. The exhibit, presented … Continue reading

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#Cold Cases

New York Times The NYT takes a look at Manhattan Dist. Atty. Cyrus R. Vance Jr., who  is expanding the use of DNA to solve old cases. The NYT says: On Wednesday, Mr. Vance will travel to Albany in support … Continue reading

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Thieves take memorial plaque, Nuestro Pueblo, August 8, 1938

  Some things apparently do not change. Today, people steal copper wiring and manhole covers and sell them for scrap metal. In the 1930s, bronze plaques were apparently at risk.   The Fremont Gate to Elysian Park, 1549 N. Broadway, … Continue reading

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May 15, 1908

Above, the Wright Bros. suffer a setback due to pilot error. Don’t despair, because in less than two years,  Aviation Week will bring aeroplanes to Rancho Dominguez … Below, crime briefs from "life’s seamy side": James Mulhall, partner in Venice’s … Continue reading

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May 12, 1908

Above, a gruesome story from Stanford is Page 1 news … Below, a cross-section of what The Times often called "Life’s Seamy Side" … The print isn’t terribly legible, but reading the stories is worth the effort. Pay special attention … Continue reading

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Paul Coates

Jan. 13, 1958 Juvenile terror has been a fact in this town for a long time. It’s nothing new. But there is something new about the latest series of outbreaks which hit the headlines over the last few days. Take … Continue reading

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Streetcar holdup

Jan. 12, 1908Los Angeles Streetcars robberies, although not everyday occurrences, were a regular risk 100 years ago on our sainted mass-transit system. In this instance, a passenger grabbed the bandit as he was holding two guns to the conductor’s head … Continue reading

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Jan. 8, 1908

Oil at 40 cents a barrel ($8.36 USD 2006), overcrowded jails,  a road from the San Gabriel Valley to Long Beach (the stirrings of a freeway, perhaps?), a near-lynching and a lady of the stage who had led a colorful … Continue reading

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Old convict

May 2, 1957 Los Angeles Police officers had a kindly affection for old "Toothpick Charlie." At 93, the dapper, neatly dressed man known as James J. Fitzpatrick, James Hennesy and James Flannery had been  working his cons since before they … Continue reading

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