It Took 19 Huge Earthmovers To Carve Dodger Stadium Out of a Mountain

Many of us non-Angelenos think of L.A. as a fairly flat place, but it's taken serious manpower to build this sprawling city on such rugged terrain. Among the more Sisyphean projects was the construction of Dodger Stadium—which, as Southland shows us today, required 19 earthmovers to excavate eight million cubic yards… » 5/06/14 5:41pm 5/06/14 5:41pm

Architect Sentenced to Year in Jail For Firefighter's Death

There have been plenty of civil cases against architects over the years, for all manner of negligence. But, today, an extremely rare criminal case was decided: An architect was sentenced to a year in LA county jail after pleading no contest to the manslaughter of a firefighter who died while trying to contain a fire… » 1/03/14 4:40pm 1/03/14 4:40pm

Her Review: Loneliness Never Looked So Beautiful (or Futuristic)

On my way to the theater, I asked Siri about the movie Her, and she got confused. "What kind of businesses are you looking for?" Siri replied in her always off-kilter robotic murmur. I barked back some line about Siri being stupid. She cracked some stupid joke. And my phone went back into my pocket. » 12/18/13 11:00am 12/18/13 11:00am

10 Visions of the Los Angeles That Could Have Been

Los Angeles isn't generally famous for its innovative urban design. But there have been many attempts to transform the city into a modern metropolis through visionary architecture and transportation projects. In their exhibition Never Built: Los Angeles, the Architecture and Design Museum is showing off the coolest of… » 4/17/13 3:20pm 4/17/13 3:20pm

LA Train Victim Makes 35 Phone Calls From Beyond the Grave

If you haven't been creeped out yet today, this crazy morbid story from the scene of the recent Metrolink train disaster » 9/19/08 12:45pm 9/19/08 12:45pm should do the trick. Apparently, family members of passenger Chuck Peck received 35 calls from his cellphone throughout the night of the crash. There was nothing but static on the other end of the…