This iconic wildflower spot can be dazzling. Is it worth the 150-mile trek from L.A. this year?

1 Carrizo Plain National Monument in eastern San Luis Obispo County is one of California’s most iconic wildflower viewing areas, but is this year’s display worth the 150-mile drive from L.A.? If you’re looking for blankets of bright color covering the hills, the answer is no. But if you want a beautiful outing with boundless … Read more

‘It’s the best job ever’: ‘Family Guy’ cast reflects on 25 years of irreverent humor

‘It’s the best job ever’: ‘Family Guy’ cast reflects on 25 years of irreverent humor “Lucky there’s a family guy,” a chorus of friends, neighbors and relatives sing about the lunkhead Peter Griffin in the razzle-dazzle opening of each episode of “Family Guy” — more than 400 and counting. This animated Fox sitcom about a … Read more

After ‘Civil War’ and mainstream success, can indie darling A24 keep its cool?

(Los Angeles Times photo illustration; Murray Close / A24) Earlier this month, indie studio A24 released a provocative promotional image for its latest film, “Civil War” — depicting a map of a dystopian America divided into surprising alliances between the states. With no explanation for the fictional breakdown of the republic, the image showed California … Read more

What ‘Civil War’ gets right and wrong about photojournalism, according to a Pulitzer Prize winner

Kirsten Dunst, left, and Cailee Spaeny in “Civil War.” (Murray Close / A24) After favorable reviews and a strong opening weekend at the box office, Alex Garland’s provocative “Civil War” is already poised to become one of the most talked-about movies of the year. The filmmaker’s graphic, often terrifying depiction of a war-torn America and … Read more

Procurement institute reviewing awards after ArriveCan app team named ‘unsung heroes’

The award was meant for ‘innovative and effective’ procurement during the pandemic, but the ArriveCan team’s work has been severely criticized by the auditor-general The Canadian Institute for Procurement and Material Management announcement of its Unsung Heroes Award winners, including the ArriveCan app team.Photo by Canadian Institute for Procurement and Material Management OTTAWA — An … Read more

Controversial landlord wants to buy six more troubled Skid Row properties

The Baltimore single-room occupancy hotel on Skid Row, owned by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times) A half dozen properties that are owned by a failed Skid Row landlord should be sold to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the court-ordered receiver overseeing the buildings said, despite the Hollywood-based nonprofit’s problematic history of … Read more

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