is getting better,” said Jeff Hyland, a Beverly Hills real estate agent who grew up in Westwood and has watched Los Angeles become “a world-class metropolis.” Hyland once showed me a $35-million house the buyer intended to bulldoze and rebuild. “When everyone wants to live here,” he said, “it makes for a great real estate economy that trickles down to everyone who can still afford to own a house.” Christmas decorations adorn Hollywood in the 1950s. (Los Angeles Times) Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author, political commentator and longtime South Crenshaw area resident, just bought a house. But it’s in Sedona, Ariz., and he looks forward to the day when he can leave Los Angeles after half a century here. “I’ve seen many changes, and I’m … not going to give you a glass half-full, glass half-empty routine,” said Hutchinson, who ripped off a litany of complaints about housing, transportation, civil rights regression, a deteriorating physical environment, segregation by income and race, the overall quality of life and the state of political leadership. “I think the glass is empty.” So whose take is right, Jeff Hyland’s or Earl Ofari Hutchinson’s? Los Angeles, mocked for decades as a shallow, crime-ridden nightmare of a smog-choked, racially polarized city, is now a capital of commerce and high-energy cultural diversity. It’s a destination for the snobs who wrote it off, a food invention laboratory, a political outlier, a window on the future. And while it may not know what it wants to be, the uncertainty is part of the appeal. Entire neighborhoods have risen from the dead.
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Los Angeles Times Page One advisory for Thursday, September 20, 2018 The following stories are under consideration: KAVANAUGH:LA —Negotiations for a high-stakes public hearing about the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh gained steam Thursday when his accuser, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee offering to testify next week. In the letter from her attorney, Ford said she was prepared to appear before the Senate next week, but ruled out Monday, when GOP leaders are currently planning to hold the hearing. They set that date without consulting Ford. By Jennifer Haberkorn and Sarah D. Wire in Washington. SUGEKNIGHT:LA —Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter Thursday in the 2015 hit-and-run death of a man outside a Compton restaurant after a dispute related to the film “Straight Outta Compton.” The plea deal struck in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom calls for Knight, 53, to serve 28 years in state prison. By Marisa Gerber and James Queally in Los Angeles. MEXICO-EARTHQUAKE-ANNIVERSARY:LA —Maria Teresa Lira and her daughter were at work inspecting merchandise at a factory in downtown Mexico City when the ground started violently convulsing. They stumbled toward the stairs, but before they could make it outside, the five-story building tilted and then collapsed onto them with a deafening roar.
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Pranay and her mother-in-law accompanied her. When they left the hospital, she recalls asking Pranay, who was a few steps behind her, a question. When he didn’t answer, she turned around and saw him lying on the ground. CCTV footage from the hospital, which has been broadcast on national news channels, shows a man following the family as they walked out of the gate. He first hacked at Pranay’s upper body with what appears to be an axe. When Pranay fell, he struck him again. Amrutha says her mother-in-law pushed the man away, while she ran inside the hospital to get help. “When I called my father to confront him, he said, ‘so what should I do? Take him to a hospital?'” she says. Community torn apart by ‘honour killings’ Growing up, Amrutha says, her mother discouraged her from even making friends with children from other castes.