Los Angeles


Sat March 16, 2013
marc on the blues

Nine O'clock Blues: Central Avenue And Charles Brown

Street art that's a testament to Central Avenue's musical heritage at the Bowers and Sons Cleaners, 4124 South Central Avenue - 2011
OnCentral KPCC Flickr - Creative Commons

From the beginning of the 1920s through the late 1950s Los Angeles’ Central Avenue was the center of Southern California’s African-American community and the cradle of the Central Avenue Blues and Jazz styles.

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Thu March 14, 2013
The Record

Gangsta Rap Swap Meet Proprietor Wan Joon Kim Has Died

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 4:49 pm

Wan Joon Kim (right), with his son Kirk and wife, Boo Ja, at their stall inside the Compton Swap Meet last January.
Courtesy of Sam Quinones


Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

L.A. Archdiocese Agrees To $10 Million Settlement Over Abuse Claims

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 4:48 pm

Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony arrives to attend a mass at St Peter's basilica on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images


Mon March 11, 2013
Around the Nation

Owens Valley Salty As Los Angeles Water Battle Flows Into Court

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 4:30 pm

Owens Lake — which dried up after losing its water source, the Owens River, to Los Angeles — is known to be a source of air pollution. The city of L.A. is in court over obligations to control dust pollution at the lake.
Kirk Siegler NPR

In the West, fights over water last a long time.

It's been almost 100 years since William Mulholland stood atop an aqueduct along the Owens River and said, "There it is, take it." He was referring to a diversion channel that started piping water to Los Angeles from 200 miles away. That water allowed L.A. to become the metropolis it is today.

But it also meant that the Owens River no longer flowed into the massive Owens Lake, which quickly dried up and became one of the biggest environmental disasters in the nation.

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Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

L.A. Hotel Where Body Was Found In Water Tank Has 'Long, Dark History'

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 8:44 am

The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, which advertises "low monthly rates."
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images
  • From KPCC: Chris Nichols speaks with Susanne Whatley about the Cecil Hotel

(Feb. 22, 7:15 a.m. ET: Scroll down for an update. "The water's safe, authorities say.")

The gruesome discovery this week of a young woman's body inside a rooftop water tank at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles is not the Cecil's first brush with such notoriety, as Southern California Public Radio's KPCC reports.

Chris Nichols, associate editor at Los Angeles Magazine, told KPCC about the hotel's "long, dark history."

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