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Collage of books about September 11 Terrorist Attacks
Linda Rudell-Betts, September 09, 2021

It's been twenty years since terrorists intentionally crashed two commercial passenger airplanes into Manhattan's World Trade Center Twin Towers, crashed one passenger plane into the Pentagon, and deliberately crashed one plane in a Pennsylvania field to avoid a takeover by airline passengers.


Collage of books about volcanic eruptions of Mount Vesuvius and Karkatoa
Daniel Tures, August 24, 2021

Two of history’s most terrifying volcanic eruptions took place in August: Mount Vesuvius, on August 24-25 in 79 A.D., and Krakatoa, on August 26-27 in 1883. Each blasted colossal volumes of burning ash and rock high into the atmosphere and killed thousands of people for miles around.


collage of grammatical words
Keith Chaffee, March 02, 2020

March 4 is National Grammar Day. Grammar is a large field, and its boundaries can be fuzzy, but it’s the study of the rules by which a language is spoken and written.


8 notable African Americans
Janice Batzdorff, February 24, 2020

Before Barack Obama, Hiram Revels and Shirley Chisholm helped govern the nation. William Wells Brown wrote a novel before Toni Morrison. Phillis Wheatley published poems before Langston Hughes. And Oscar Micheaux made films before Spike Lee and Ava DuVernay.


"Bob Gunton and Patti LuPone as Juan and Eva Peron singing "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" in a scene from the Broadway production of the musical "Evita."
Nicholas Beyelia, May 08, 2019

Los Angeles is a city whose theater scene is typically overlooked, yet every now and then we are host to a production that is monumental.


The Pike and warships
Photo Friends, April 10, 2019

William Willmore had a brilliant idea. He was going to create a farming community on the coast of Southern California. He bought 4,000 acres of Rancho Los Cerritos and subdivided the land into plots which comprised Willmore City.


stylized view of the parking structure on first and olive
Kelly Wallace, January 23, 2019

Have you been by the corner of First Street and Olive recently? Remember that ugly structure where you parked when you had jury duty? Familiarly referred to as the Erector Set or Tinker Toy garage, the infamous parking structure is no longer there.


California native garden
Julia G, November 27, 2018

We think of springtime as the season for planting gardens, but that’s not the case here in Southern California, where summers can be scorching and rains only come in the winter. Here in L.A. County, November and December are the perfect time to start a garden.


Machu Picchu in Peru with a Llama
Ana Campos, September 20, 2018

During the celebration of Latino Heritage Month, we'll be sharing a weekly segment highlighting interesting facts from pre-Columbian America. We'll give information about the contributions of these civilizations, from their greatest achievements to food, animals, and art.


pictorial map of california (detail)
Glen Creason, September 10, 2018

The last time I looked upon Admission Day as an important holiday for our dear Golden state was probably back in Sister Leocritia ’s grade 4 classroom at St. Helen school back when electricity was new.


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