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Big Boi performs during the #halftimeshow at the #SuperBowl 📸: Morry Gash via AP
Danny Trejo and L.A. are ready for the #SuperBowl 📸: @robgauthier
Rams cheerleaders will make history. 📸: @shotgunspratling
They’re painting Randy’s Donuts to honor the Rams in the Super Bowl. 📸: @gcoronadophoto
Two shark researchers came face-to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded. Now they’re using their encounter as a chance to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii. Check out the link in our bio for the full story. 📸: via Juan Oliphant
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the deadly 1994 Northridge earthquake. The 6.6 magnitude earthquake rocked Los Angeles awake at 4:31 in the morning, killing 57 people and damaging or destroying 80,000 structures. Here’s a look back at the day and its aftermath from our archives.
Meet Roxana Dueñas, the Boyle Heights teacher who's the face of the L.A. teachers’ strike. The history and ethnic studies teacher is pictured head-on, her face framed by large glasses, her dark hair parted to one side. She looks confident, determined. She tells people to “Stand with L.A. teachers.” The poster of Dueñas, 34, who teaches at the Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights, is one of several commissioned by UTLA and done by local artists last month. With the strike entering its fourth day, Dueñas has embraced her role as one of its most visible symbols, while she joins her colleagues on the picket line. “When you see it you think, ‘Wow, this is important work,’” she said of the poster. “A lot of teachers’ work is done behind closed doors — it’s not a public performance. It feels nice to be seen.” Dueñas spent less than an hour in Yerena’s studio, posing for portrait photos, some with a raised fist. He let her choose the winning photo and submitted the final work to UTLA for approval a couple days later. “I know how damaging education can be for young brown kids if it’s not used to empower us,” he said. “Roxana is one of those teachers that teaches kids to become critical thinkers.” 📸: @kentnish
L.A. rain: A mood 📸: @kentnish
L.A. teachers went on strike Monday for the first time in 30 years. LAUSD vowed to keep schools open, but it was unclear leading up to the week how many of the nearly 500,00 students attended. Ultimately, about two-thirds of students stayed away on the first day of strike. About 31,000 members of the teachers union had agreed to walk out to try to win smaller class sizes, more support staff at schools and better pay. Thousands of picketing teachers and other union members — many of whom had arrived at their schools before sunrise — joined the mid-morning downtown rally in the chilly rain along with some students and parents. Police estimated the turnout at 20,000. The massive group then marched roughly a mile to school district headquarters on Beaudry Avenue. Michael La Mont, 48, who teaches third grade at Hooper Elementary, said the march represented the unity of teachers working for better conditions. "We're marching for the future of public education," he said. "No one's doing this for fun. We're missing our kids. It's raining. We're not going to get paid.” 📸: @yamphoto , @gcoronadophoto , @alseib , and @dania_maxwell
Fans are flocking to the Bird Box house in Monrovia to pose in photos as the craze over the film soars. 📸: @myung_chun
Rock climbers at Joshua Tree National Park enjoy the view but its visitors center and other facilities were closed due to the government shutdown. 📸: @pixtakerirfan
Big Bear Lake is home to a growing tourist economy and a small band of bald eagles. But for how long? The number of state-endangered bald eagles that migrate here each winter to roost and hunt has dropped at least 66% from an average of 25 three decades ago. Critics blame the decline on the increasing clatter of human activities at one of Southern California’s most heavily used lakes, which attracts about 7 million people. Big Bear Valley’s bald eagle population has fallen to about eight today, U.S. Forest Service officials said. Yet they remain a draw for tourists, environmental activists and U.S. Forest Service officials, who regard them as local celebrities. 📸: Courtesy of Friends of Big Bear Valley
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