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  • Investigators treat massive L.A. construction blaze as ‘criminal fire’

    by Steve Gorman, Reuters

    2 weeks ago

    A fierce blaze that destroyed a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex under construction next to a fire house and damaged three nearby buildings on Monday is being examined by arson investigators as a "criminal fire," authorities said.

    Commuter traffic into the nation's...

  • Los Angeles freeways jammed after huge construction site fire

    Reuters

    2 weeks ago

    Fire destroyed a seven-story apartment building under construction in downtown Los Angeles and spread to a neighboring high-rise early Monday before flames were largely extinguished, forcing a major freeway shutdown through rush hour.

    The blaze erupted at about 1:30 a.m. and took...

  • ‘Three Minutes in Poland’ offers a view of life lost

    by Tess Cutler

    2 weeks ago

    A series of coincidences led author Glenn Kurtz to Maurice Chandler’s living room in Boca Raton, Fla. It was a reunion of sorts, a spectacular twist of fate shared by two people who might otherwise never have crossed paths. 

    What brought them together? Three minutes, to be exact,...

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  • Moving and Shaking: LAMOTH recital, Fiesta Shalom at Sea and Thanksgiving

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) inaugural Young Pianist Showcase Recital took place Nov. 23 at the museum.

    The event featured performances by Jacqueline Wax, 17, a senior at Milken Community Schools; Jonah Goldberg, 14, a freshman at Calabasas High School; Adam...

  • Moving and shaking: Zimmer Children’s Museum, NCJWLA thrift shops and more

    By Ryan Torok

    November 25, 2014 | 2:22 pm

    Local community leaders named to the annual Jewish Daily Forward 50 include Israeli-American Council Chairman Shawn Evenhaim; Rabbi Eliyahu Fink of Pacific Jewish Center in Venice; Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) and Micah Wexler of Wexler’s Deli.

    Steven Sotloff, an...

  • Zev Yaroslavsky: Rebel politician and distracted golfer

    by Janice Kamenir-Reznik and Ben Reznik

    November 25, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    One day in 1975, we walked into a Hungarian restaurant on Fairfax Avenue for dinner and bumped into Barbara (we called her Yael back then) and Zev Yaroslavsky, who had also come to that neighborhood hot spot to have dinner. We had known Zev for years: His father taught both of us...

  • L.A. Community Eruv facing dire financial crisis

    By Jonathan Maseng

    November 25, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Howard Witkin is something of an expert when it comes to things people don’t appreciate until they truly need them. When he’s not busy raising his children, or making a line of etrog liqueur with his wife, Marni, Witkin is a life insurance salesman. His other passion is the Los...

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