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CultureHISTORY: The Los Angeles Uprising - 25th Anniversary (Pt. 2) - April 29, 2017

Photos and captions via the Los Angeles Times, LA Daily News, AP and CBS News. (Pt 1)

  1. April 30, 1992 National Guardsman stands at alert near graffiti that spells out support for Rodney King.
  2. Cornelius Pettus, owner of Payless market, throws a bucket of water on the flames at next-door business Ace Glass on 4/30/1992. Hyungwon Kang / Los Angeles Times.
  3. Two Korean men stand on the roof of a grocery store with rifles to prevent looters from entering the store. April 30, 1992, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John Gaps III)
  4. Tony Meeks, left, loads a pistol to help Norman Simples protect his store at Vermont and Manchester avenues while they wait for help from the National Guard on May 1, 1992.
  5. An LAPD officer trains his weapon on men arrested for looting as a State Police officer handcuffs one of them on 5/1/1992 on Martin Luther King Blvd. near Vermont Avenue.
  6. May 1, 1992 – “Can’t we all just get along?” - Rodney King meets the press outside his lawyer’s office in Beverly Hills . King asked that the killing, looting and destruction that his case against the LAPD caused would stop.
  7. “This man approached a line of police officers and gave them conciliatory words, telling them that they had no idea how angry the people in his community had become.” - May 1, 1992. (Photo by John McCoy / Los Angeles Daily News)
  8. Actor Edward James Olmos uses a dumpster and broom in an effort to start cleaning up in South Central Los Angeles on May 1, 1992. (AP Photo/John Gaps III)
  9. Bobby Wade holds a sign asking for peace at the corner of Pico Blvd. and Fairfax on 5/1/1992.

veteran court reporter sandi gibbons, who covered much of the night stalker trial for the los angeles daily news, recalled that richard ramirez drew a cadre of young women followers who came to the courtroom regularly and sent him love notes. “i couldn’t understand how people could attach themselves to such a cold-blooded killer,” she said. she can still feel the chill of watching ramirez smirk and leer at spectators who crowded the courtroom every day. “he was evil through and through,” gibbons said. “there’s no doubt in my mind.”

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Synagogue smeared with feces and food during Hanukkah

  • It was an unsettling start to Hanukkah for a synagogue in Santa Monica, California.
  • Rabbi Boruch Rabinowitz arrived at the Living Torah Center Chabad on Sunday to find the entrance of his synagogue had been smeared with feces and rice,
  • Synagogue officials believe the vandalism was a targeted act. 
  • Though it didn’t feature any explicitly anti-Semitic messages or symbols, it was reportedly found “in close proximity to a menorah display.”
  • “This seems kind of intentional,” assistant Rabbi Dovid Tenenbaum told the Los Angeles Times. “With a religious artifact in the window, we have to assume so.”
  • Describing the scene to the Los Angeles Daily News, Tenenbaum talked of feces spread over the doors, window and bricks in front of the window, as well as wedged into the window frame. Read more

In downtown Los Angeles, 1930’s. A picketing demonstrator protests illegal raids by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (referred to on her sign as the Immigration Department).

Source:UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, Los Angeles Daily News Negatives

Game of Thrones season 7: Emilia Clarke says the young Han Solo movie is even more secretive

Most of the Game of Thrones cast are probably looking forward to their next project not being so shrouded in secrecy that they can’t really even talk about it, but not Emilia Clarke, who is heading on to a project where plot spoilers are even more carefully guarded.

When it comes to the final season of the HBO show, the cast have been kept completely in the dark, with Clarke telling the Los Angeles Daily News: “No one knows anything. No one is told anything. It’s all crazy. It’s a secret from the cast. We generally can’t be trusted. They pretty much have told us so.”

She will be very familiar with the script for Untitled Han Solo Project on the other hand, but isn’t allowed to say anything about it - not even her character name - and the fear of doing so is even greater.

“I genuinely can’t tell you anything other than Alden [Ehrenreich, who plays Han Solo] is magnificent, and it’s a delight to do something on that level with really cool actors and nice people,“ she added. "But it’s even scarier talking about that than Game of Thrones.”

Still, keeping quiet is a small price to pay for the salary the Thrones cast is expected to take home for the new season.

Game of Thrones season 7 begins on HBO and Sky Atlantic 25 June.

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Happy Fourth of July! 

One of Chuck Jones’s earliest cartoons, “Old Glory”, premiered July 1, 1939 in theaters nationwide. It had a “Grand Old Flag” rousing kind-of-success–and was lauded in papers around the country. 

Top: Original layout drawing by Chuck Jones; a recreated cel from the drawing; clipping from the Los Angeles Daily News; photograph of Chuck Jones, center, and his Unit “A” circa 1939 (from a scrapbook put together by his first wife, Dorothy.) 

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Los Angeles just released 96 million of these “shade balls” to fight the drought 

On Monday, city officials in Los Angeles deployed 20,000 “shade balls” into the city’s reservoir, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. The release is the final part of an effort that ultimately saw 96 million such balls released into the municipal water supply. They’re hoping these balls will save some water.

“Museums are the public face of the humanities,” Claremont Graduate University Professor Josh Goode said last week at a meeting of the Arts and Humanities Advisory Board of the school.

The get-together was held at the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens, increasingly a multifarious example of just what a Southern California museum should be, its leafy acreage crawling with schoolchildren, locals and tourists from all over the world immersing themselves in Old Masters, older volumes and a jungle of plants. But at the Huntington’s heart is something real, and that’s why it really works, whether or not visitors know it consciously: Dozens of scholars scurrying beneath museum-goers’ feet in the underground stacks where resides the second-largest collection of incunabula — books printed before 1501 — in the United States, after the Library of Congress.

Read on in “From Getty to Huntington, not quite a museum on every corner — but delightfully close: Larry Wilson” at the Los Angeles Daily News.

David Kenyon Webster. Volunteered for the paratroops during WWII at age 21, while he was still working on his degree in English lit from Harvard. He served as a rifleman in Easy Company, 101st Airborne Division. After the war he became a writer and reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Wall Street Journal, and he also studied marine life, eventually writing a book about sharks called Myth and Maneater: The Story of the Shark. He was interested in sailing, surfing, skin diving, and social justice. David Webster disappeared while shark fishing off the coast of Santa Monica in 1961, and was declared lost at sea at the age of 39. His memoirs from the war were published in 1994 as a book, Parachute Infantry.

David Kenyon Webster (1922-1961) was a private with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th PIR, in the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army during World War II.

Webster volunteered for the paratroopers in 1943, before he could graduate from Harvard University. He transferred to Easy after D-Day (June 6th, 1944; Normandy, France), and then fought in Operation Market Garden (September 17th-25th, 1944; the Netherlands and Germany) before sustaining a leg injury while stationed in “the Island” in Arnhem, Holland. The injury caused him to miss the Battle of the Bulge (December 16th, 1944-January 25th, 1945; Bastogne, France).

Webster never became a noncommissioned officer in his time of service, even though his fellow paratroopers wanted him to become a squad leader. He never did anything voluntarily or that would be cause for promotion, instead choosing to be “an observer and chronicler of the war” (which is touched on during episode 8 of HBO’s Band of Brothers). He did earn a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and a Good Conduct Medal while in combat, though.

After the war, he worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Daily News. He did try to write a memoir about his time in Europe, but it didn’t come to be until 1994. Webster had a keen interest in ocean life, sharks especially. This passion led him to write a book called Myth and Maneater: The Story of the Shark, and might also have led to his (untimely) death. Webster was lost at sea in September 1961, and his body was never recovered; it’s assumed that he probably drowned :(

Web was an English Lit major at Harvard, which is right up my alley. I tend to like the “sensitive writer” types, plus he’s really pretty (and not just in BoB). He got pretty cynical towards the end of the war, but can you blame him? I was super bummed when I found out he’d gone missing.

Porn stars in California may be forced to wear goggles under new legislation

A handsome delivery man arrives offering more than just a pizza. A pretty young woman opens the door. Flirtation ensues. Clothes are cast off. Then out come the goggles.

Goggles?

Porn stars could soon be forced to don far more protection than just condoms in California. New rules proposed last week by the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHA) would require adult film actors to wear eye gear for many scenes. The rules, which have yet to be finalized, would also impose strict hygiene standards and outlaw common porn practices.

Porn companies, actors and even some health advocates say the new rules are unnecessary.

“These are regulations designed for medical settings, and are unworkable on an adult film set — or even a Hollywood film set,” said Diane Duke, CEO of the Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the adult entertainment industry. She said the rules would stigmatize performers and risk “shutting down an entire industry.”

For decades, California has produced the vast majority of America’s adult films. Recently, however, critics have pushed to crackdown on the state’s porn industry. In 2012, Los Angeles County passed a controversial law requiring condoms on porn sets. As a result, production in the county plummeted by more than 90 per cent.

Technically, current health regulations require porn stars across California to use condoms, but critics say the rule is almost never enforced. California and New Hampshire are the only two states in the US to explicitly permit adult film production, although other states tacitly allow it. Los Angeles County’s condom law is credited with pushing porn business to other locations including Las Vegas and South Florida.

Now porn companies fear that the proposed rules will kill California’s adult film industry for good.

The proposed rules are largely the work of one man: Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. For years, Weinstein has attacked the porn industry for what he calls dangerously poor testing procedures and its refusal to use condoms. Five years ago, Weinstein submitted a formal request to OSHA to impose stricter hygiene standards and crack down on condom dodging. His organization was also behind LA County’s condom law.

“This is really about worker protection, and what the Cal/OSHA Standards Board is for,” he said during the public hearing last week, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. His group claims that “at least four adult performers… have become infected with HIV while working in the adult film industry, while thousands of other adult performers became infected with thousands of other sexually-transmitted diseases.”

But the Free Speech Coalition disputes that, arguing that not a single porn star has contracted HIV “on a regulated adult set” since 2004. The porn industry says its testing procedures are safe and that performers shouldn’t be forced to wear condoms, although they can if they prefer. Some porn companies have accused the state of asserting control over actors’ bodies.

“We’re absolutely opposed to the new regulations proposed by Cal/OSHA,” Michael Stabile, a spokesperson for San Francisco porn company Kink, told SF Weekly. “They’re based in stigma and threaten to make working conditions less safe for adult performers. Because everything we do at Kink is based in consent, we can’t support regulations that remove performers’ control over their bodies or forces performers to disclose medical information, for instance. It’s important to note that these are regulations to which performers have been vocal in their opposition.”

Weinstein said he was “pleased” the state was considering the harsher rules after five years of inaction. “The process is designed to give everybody a say,” he said at the hearing. “I think it was conducted fairly.”

Porn companies and actors beg to differ. They say that the new rules are ridiculous. If condoms and dental dams dampen the fantasy of adult films, then wearing goggles will drown it once and for all (although fans of doctor and woodworking fantasies might beg to differ).

“All equipment and environmental and work surfaces shall be cleaned and decontaminated after contact with blood or [other bodily fluids] at the end of each scene, and no later than at the end of each day of production,” according to the proposed rules. “Employers shall ensure that cleaning and disinfection methods that are used for sex toys and other objects that may have contact with an employee’s genitals, eyes, skin, or other mucous membranes do not cause irritation or other harm to the employee.”

The new rules wouldn’t just sanitize porn. If adopted, they would also outlaw many practices common in adult films. Under the rules, “all bodily fluids shall be considered potentially infectious materials.”

That means a ban on the — shall we say — dramatic flourishes at the end of many porn films. In other words, no matter how sexy it might seem, the pizza delivery man won’t be spilling his sauce.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/porn-stars-may-be-forced-to-wear-goggles-under-new-californian-legislation-10286176.html