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Photograph dated November 14, 1940 shows attorneys Byron Hanna (left) and Jerry Giesler (right) conferring with Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel in a courtroom. Herald Examiner Collection.
Photo Friends, July 21, 2017

On June 20, 1947, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, the East Coast mobster who had relocated to and prospered in Los Angeles and was now intent on building up Las Vegas, sat in his girlfriend’s living room in Beverly Hills. He chatted with his long-time friend and associate, Allen Smiley, while reading the Los Angeles Times. Suddenly, shots exploded through the front window. An unknown assailant...

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June 18, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 18, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New titles grace the top of both the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction and Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers Lists this week as Camino Island


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LGBT Classic Films You Should Not Miss

Rudy Ruiz, Librarian, Digitization & Special Collections, Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I have been a fan of classic movies ever since I began checking out VHS tapes from my local library (Santa Maria Public Library) in my tween years at the dawn of the 1990’s. Cable was a luxury my working-class family did not always have.


June 11, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 11, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, June 13, 2017

No changes to the top of the Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Lists this week as Into the Water by Paula Hawkins rem


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LGBT History From the Back of the Photo

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Monday, June 12, 2017

Prior to the late 1970s, LGBT coverage in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner (previously the Herald Express) was extremely limited. Any photos in our image archive from the newspaper focus exclusively on men being arrested for "masquerading" as women.


LGBTQ Pride & Music: Get Into The Groove

LGBTQ Pride & Music: Get Into The Groove

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, June 9, 2017

June is LBGTQ Pride month! This is a great time to celebrate the resilience, courage and contributions of the LGBTQ community. Of course, what would a celebration be without some music?


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Choosing a Mutual Fund Manager

Ken Benham, Librarian, Business Department, Thursday, June 8, 2017

A good mutual fund manager can be important to the success of your mutual fund investments which are often are large part of an individual investor’s assets.


June 4, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 4, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, June 7, 2017

No changes to the top of the Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Lists this week as Into the Water by Paula Hawkins rem


Nancy Reagan in her Bel Air living room

At Home With...

Wendy Horowitz, Librarian, Photo Collection, Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Herald Examiner and Valley Times were local papers, covering local news, but when the locale is Los Angeles, it's likely the town's topics will involve celebrities.


Book to movie adaptions for June

Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. June 2017 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, June 2, 2017

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.


The Music of Tôru Takemitsu and Japanese New Wave Cinema

The Music of Tôru Takemitsu and Japanese New Wave Cinema

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Friday, May 26, 2017

As we observe Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Los Angeles Public Library, this is a good occasion to look at some of the interesting examples of Japanese cinema available to our patrons, particularly those featuring scores by composer Tôru


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