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How 10 Cadillacs got nose-deep in Amarillo dirt — and why you should see them

A group of artists called Ant Farm took on a simple, powerful task in 1974: They would bury 10 Cadillacs in the dirt of Amarillo, near Old Route 66, noses underground, tail fins turned toward the Texas sky.

As this video shows, all these years later, the artwork is deeply loved and heavily amended....

06/18/2018 12:30 PM
Essential California: A new era for the L.A. Times

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, June 18, and here’s what’s happening across California:

TOP STORIES

The Los Angeles Times, perhaps more than any other institution, helped create and foster the sense of Southern California as a place. Its owners helped...

06/18/2018 12:30 PM
Racing! One week to go at Santa Anita

Hello, my name is John Cherwa, and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we take a look at how the last year has gone.

The fear about the future of California racing is always on everyone’s mind. It’s a tough situation. It’s a racing island, making shipping difficult. It has a lot of disparate...

06/18/2018 12:00 PM
Today: Where Families Are Separated

Concrete floors. Guard towers. Chain-link fence. Inside a converted warehouse, opened in 2014, in the busiest area of the border: Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

TOP STORIES

Where Families Are Separated

Last month, U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy...

06/18/2018 12:00 PM
California Inc.: Disney to unveil new Pixar Pier attraction

Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section.

I’m Business columnist David Lazarus, and here’s a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week.

On the home front, we learned Friday that the California economy cooled somewhat in May...

06/18/2018 12:00 PM
His heroics happened not in the air but at a hamburger stand

Unlike some flight attendants, I’ve never swung open the door of a disabled aircraft and directed an evacuation. I’ve never rushed to the aid of shrieking passengers after the cabin pressure dropped precipitously.

I’ve never wrestled a shoe-bomber, performed CPR on a toddler, fought a raging galley...

06/18/2018 12:00 PM
A look at Tuesday's World Cup schedule

A look at Tuesday’s World Cup matchups:

GROUP H

COLOMBIA VS. JAPAN

Where: Saransk

Time: 5 a.m. PDT

TV: FS1, Telemundo

The buzz: With Radamel Falcao joining James Rodriguez, the World Cup’s leader scorer four years, Colombia’s attack is more potent than it was when the team made a surprising run...

06/18/2018 12:00 PM
Mayor's office won't talk about 'inappropriate behavior' among Garcetti staff

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti moved quickly to address sexual harassment at City Hall after allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein last fall sparked nationwide outrage over unwanted behavior in the workplace.

Garcetti ordered new reporting protocols, unveiled a city website for workers...

06/18/2018 12:00 PM
These apps help defeat barriers and keep you on the road
If you want to enjoy your travels but have mobility issues, there may be an app for that. In fact, finding the right apps may save you time, money and aggravation when accessibility is non-negotiable.
06/18/2018 12:00 PM
L.A. lawmakers face opposition over homeless shelter plans

In a hot and packed elementary school auditorium, Venice residents swarmed around Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, peppering him with questions.

Reporters and activists strained to hear as Bonin laid out his case for setting up a temporary shelter for homeless people a few blocks away.

“Nobody...

06/18/2018 12:00 PM
First Lady Melania Trump 'hates' to see families separated

First Lady Melania Trump "hates" to see families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border and hopes "both sides of the aisle" can reform the nation's immigration laws, according to a statement from her office.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, said Sunday: "She believes we need to...

06/18/2018 11:20 AM
Keep marijuana ads a football field (or two) away from your kids

The legalization of recreational marijuana use in California has set off an advertising boom on billboards across the state. The gigantic ads try to persuade us — and our offspring — that we can easily get “chill vibes,” say “goodbye stress” or “get rid of pesky hangovers.” The proposed cure-all,...

06/18/2018 11:15 AM
No more waiting. After nearly a century, now is the time to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

The nearly century-long battle to pass the Equal Rights Amendment came back to life last month with a sudden jolt. Ninety-five years after it was first introduced and more than a generation after Congress passed it and sent it to the states for ratification, the Illinois Legislature became the...

06/18/2018 11:10 AM
For big banks, breaking the rules is a trade secret

In the Trump era, we may expect financial regulators to not regulate. But we don’t expect them to regulate, find wrongdoing, and then conspire with the wrongdoers to cover it up. But that seems to be what’s going on at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which oversees federally chartered...

06/18/2018 11:05 AM
Meet 'the LaVar Ball of college football', whose youngest son is determined to live up to the hype at USC

Amon-ra St. Brown sits in the backseat, silently flipping through his iPhone and waiting for his turn to control the music. His father makes the rules, and if he’s driving, which John Brown often is, then he’s sure as heck going to torture the kid while he still can.

So, Foreigner’s greatest hits...

06/18/2018 11:00 AM
Foods that are both fatty and sweet can hijack the part of the brain that regulates food consumption

It may have taken thousands of generations of hunting, gathering, farming and cooking to get here. But in the end, the genius of humankind has combined fats and carbohydrates to produce such crowning culinary glories as the doughnut, fettuccine Alfredo, nachos and chocolate cake with buttercream...

06/18/2018 11:00 AM
Mexico sent in the army to fight the drug war. Many question the toll on society and the army itself

The handwritten letter addressed to the Mexican president and lawmakers came from a military prison outside the capital.

Its authors were 20 soldiers awaiting sentencing for crimes committed during Mexico’s drug war, which has seen tens of thousands of troops deployed against well-armed criminal...

06/18/2018 10:00 AM
NBA mock draft 2.0: Deandre Ayton still No. 1, but Luka Doncic slides

The moment of truth for all 30 NBA teams arrives Thursday evening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

It is the moment when teams will draft players, many with the hopes that their selections can set their franchise on a course of sustained success.

Arizona’s Deandre Ayton is viewed in that...

06/18/2018 10:00 AM
An Indian activist fights in court to help child brides and grooms win their lives back

The abuse began days after she moved in with her husband. He would come home drunk and force her to have sex. The women in his family hurled insults at her and said she brought bad luck.

Pinki Kumari was only 16, but her fate had been decided much earlier, at age 4, when her parents had a wedding...

06/18/2018 10:00 AM
'It Will Be Chaos': Personal stories of refugee crisis could not be more timely

The scene captured in HBO’s documentary film “It Will Be Chaos” is a familiar one: parents seeking asylum are separated from their children at the border. They’d fled starvation, persecution and bloodshed, then during their journey survived smugglers, bandits and other nefarious entities that prey...

06/18/2018 10:00 AM
Gambling on a California split has its allure, but it's too much hassle — and a 'real threat'

Troublemaker Tim Draper’s latest proposal to split California into three states has some appeal for Northerners. At least it does for me.

That doesn’t mean it’s a smart idea. It’s impractical, a fantasy and doomed. But it does have an allure.

In November, Californians will have an opportunity to...

06/18/2018 07:05 AM
College World Series: Texas Tech stuns Florida 6-3 in opener

Gabe Holt hit a tiebreaking single in the fifth inning and drove in an insurance run in the ninth, leading Texas Tech to a stunning 6-3 win over defending national champion Florida in the College World Series on Sunday night.

The Red Raiders (45-18) won their CWS opener for the first time in their...

06/18/2018 05:15 AM
2 arrested after Mexico's World Cup victory sparks celebrations in Pacoima, East L.A.

At least two people were arrested in Pacoima on Sunday after a spontaneous party broke out celebrating Mexico’s 1-0 victory over Germany in the World Cup, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Police Department said a third person may have been arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public.

About...

06/18/2018 05:05 AM
MLB: Carlos Carrasco is put on Indians' DL

Right-hander Carlos Carrasco was put on the 10-day disabled list Sunday by the Cleveland Indians because of a bruised right elbow.

Carrasco was struck by Joe Mauer’s line drive in the second inning of Cleveland’s 9-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

Carrasco is 8-5 with a 4.24 earned-run...

06/18/2018 03:40 AM
Texas Border Patrol center where immigrant families are separated draws lawmakers, protest

A baby boy cried as a staffer carried him past chain-link fenced holding areas in the Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday morning, a sprawling former warehouse, the largest of its kind on the border.

Such crying is not unusual, said John Lopez, acting deputy patrol agent...

06/18/2018 03:40 AM