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Cory Booker was in ‘geek love heaven’ at #ComicCon today. His showing, the first for any #2020 presidential candidate at this year’s convention, illustrated that @corybooker is a committed fan of the genre entertainment that Comic-Con is known for. When asked which “Star Trek” captain was his favorite: “Picard,” he said. “All the way.” 📸: @kentnish

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Fifty years ago, the first humans walked on the surface of the moon. These are the women who made it possible. Find our new video project highlighting the women of the Apollo mission at youtube.com/losangelestimes 🎥: @jessicaqchen

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At Tito’s Tacos in Culver City, there are always customers lined up outside. Employees prepare tacos by the truckload in an effort to keep up with customer demand and ensure the line moves quickly and smoothly. But it’s not just tacos. It’s burritos … and beef tamales. Established in 1959, @titostacosusa has become a staple for many in Los Angeles and has served multiple generations of loyal customers. 📸: @mariahtauger

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The relationship between ICE and local law enforcement has long been delicate. Since Trump took office, it has grown only more tenuous, as police grapple with maintaining communication with ICE while also balancing being transparent with community and city leaders. It’s been longstanding LAPD policy not to enforce federal immigration law, fearing those actions would make those here illegally too afraid to cooperate in crime fighting. David Marin, the director of Enforcement and Removal Operations for ICE in L.A., feels the department is making ICE’s job harder. “We see that as they’re really putting politics ahead of public safety,” he said. 📸: @bvanderbrug

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In 1987, the Los Angeles Police Department embarked on a major crackdown on homeless encampments on skid row. In response, Mayor Tom Bradley proposed a temporary site to relocate the homeless. On June 15, 1987, the urban campground opened. Within two weeks, about 500 homeless were at the site. Social service agencies sought to help. Schooling and daycare were provided for the children. But the site was temporary – it closed on Sept. 25, 1987. Times photographer Ken Lubas shot this photo of Jose Lopez shampoos his hair with the help of a garden hose at the campground. He was cleaning up before going on a job search. #tbt

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Every weekend people flock to the #PiñataDistrict to put on a feast at the edge of downtown unlike any other in Los Angeles. Cumbias boom from giant speakers. Carne asada smoke clogs the air. Fryers sizzle as vendors vie for your attention. Some dance, some sing, some get down on one knee and recite poetry. The peddlers of the Piñata District have created one of the most tantalizing spaces in the city, with some intriguing characters, writes @latbermudez

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The Alamo Drafthouse chain of movie theaters is opening its first location in Southern California this week. The venue has its sights set on nothing less than becoming a new and vital home for film-goers in Los Angeles and a focal point for a fervent community of movie fans. The long-awaited venue has a sneak peek beginning Friday, open at first for members of the Alamo Victory club and then to the general public on Saturday. During the sneak peek period, tickets are full price but there will be select discounts on food and beverages as the staff continues to iron out service. An official grand opening will follow sometime in August. 📸: @therealchristinahouse

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The necessity of stockpiling supplies became more pronounced after twin earthquakes rocked Southern California, yet many still fail to prepare, experts say. There are relatively easy things that can be done, such as packing emergency kits with food and supplies, to more complicated — and expensive — tasks, including earthquake insurance, retrofitting homes and strengthening structures against violent shaking. The reality that a similar-sized #earthquake in Los Angeles, a far more densely populated area than Ridgecrest, would do significant damage resonated with some in the days after the twin quakes. 📸: @genaro4707

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The Mt. Wilson Observatory is the Fenway Park of 20th century #astronomy , a thrilling place where contrarians helped change the plot lines of human existence. Despite its significance, Mt. Wilson was forgotten for a while, a victim of the city lights that ruined its darkroom ambience. Now, thanks mostly to donations and volunteers, this diamond on the hill is enjoying a bit of a renaissance. In many ways, Mt. Wilson was a stepping stone to the Apollo mission for NASA, and today it stands as a rallying point for L.A. residents to gaze out at the moon, which if all goes well might be our 51st state. 📸: Gina Ferazzi

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50 years ago today marks the launch date of #Apollo11 , the historic spaceflight that landed humans on the moon. The Apollo 11 astronauts, from right, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin A. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. appeared in a cheerful mood as they left the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building to enter the transfer van that took them to Pad 39 to enter the Command Module on July 16, 1969, at Cape Kennedy, Fla. 📸: @AP

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Los Angeles is trying to lead the world in fighting climate change, but a coal plant in Utah has been L.A.’s single largest power source for three decades. Intermountain Power Plant will shut down in 2025, though L.A. is preparing to build a natural gas-fired power plant in its place, even as it works to shut down three gas plants in its own backyard. Critics say L.A. and other cities have no business making an $865-million investment in natural gas in Utah, especially after Mayor Garcetti touted his decision to close three local gas plants as part of his own “Green New Deal” to fight climate change. 📸: @luissinco

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After the collapse of a nearly 30-year partnership with the maker of the world-famous #Sriracha sauce and a multimillion-dollar lawsuit with the company, Craig Underwood is still betting on his farm’s peppers. A jury recently awarded $23.3 million to Underwood Ranches after a bitter lawsuit with Huy Fong Foods Inc., the manufacturer of the wildly popular Sriracha in the signature green-capped bottle. The trial came to a close last week when a civil jury determined that Huy Fong breached its contract with the chili grower and committed fraud by intentionally misrepresenting and concealing information.Looking ahead, Underwood Ranches is still planning for its peppers to sustain the farm with its own version of Sriracha. 📸: Mel Melcon

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Lakers. 📸: @yamphoto

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⚽️ This Los Angeles’ all-Latina club is trying to change the face of women’s soccer. Downtown, as it’s commonly known, is filled and fueled by 175 girls trying to crack the grass ceiling. They are attempting to alter the current women’s soccer portrait of rich and white. They’re hoping to eventually change the face of a World Cup champion U.S. women’s national soccer team whose 23-person roster was missing a key piece in its celebration of diversity: Latinas. 📸: @robgauthier

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Billie Eilish returned home for her July 9 concert as a global sensation. “When she walked onto the Shrine stage, framed in silhouette before a projection of her own cartoon nightmares, the crowd wasn’t just rapt. Draped in her shade of green, they were declaring an alliance,” August Brown wrote of @billieeilish [camera]: @alschaben

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Ellen Phillips, a @USGS geologist, checks on a GPS earth slip monitor installed along Highway 178 in Ridgecrest after it was hit by two big earthquakes. Geologists, tourists, students and others traveled to see the cracks caused by last week’s 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes. 📸: @pixtakerirfan

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🍔 The @latimesfood team chose its top picks for the best #burgers in Los Angeles. Visit the link in our bio for our interactive list of 21 essential L.A. burgers from Apple Pan to @innout What’s your favorite L.A. burger? Let us know in the comments. Design by @genesiatingphoto

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Lulu Wang’s grandmother was diagnosed with cancer — and the whole family decided not to tell her. That story is the inspiration for the director’s new movie, “The Farewell,” starring Awkwafina, pictured on the left next to Wang. "Asian girls need heroes, especially when it comes to writer-directors. We also need heroes that don’t take no for an answer," said @thefarewell 's @awkwafina 📸: @myung_chun

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This 1926 photo shows the crowds on 7th St. and Broadway in Los Angeles. Back then, that was ranked as downtown's busiest intersection. This photo is dated between Nov. 12 and 19, 1926, the week the movie "Syncopating Sue," starring Corinne Griffith, played at Loew's State Theatre. #tbt

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@lisarinna always wanted to be famous. With the #RealHousewivesofBeverlyHills , she got her wish. “I’ve never been more famous than I am at this point, because of the show,” Rinna said matter-of-factly. 📸: @bigmac857

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🎇 Spectators gathered at the water’s edge and joined thousands lining the beach to watch fireworks explode over the pier during the 115th annual fireworks show themed "Sweet Land of Liberty!” in Huntington Beach, Calif., on July 4, 2019. 📸: @alschaben

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Lee Iacocca, an ambitious salesman who dominated the automobile industry like nobody since Henry Ford, died Tuesday at 94. He’s remembered for his powerful speaking ability and starring role in Chrysler commercials where he’d declare, “If you can find a better car, buy it.” He died in his Bel-Air home from complications of Parkinson’s disease. 📷: Gary Friedman

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The CROWN Act was approved by the state Assembly last week and would outlaw policies that punish black employees and students for their hairstyles. If signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the bill would legally protect people in workplaces and K-12 public schools by prohibiting the enforcement of grooming policies that disproportionately affect people of color, particularly black people. This includes bans on certain hairstyles, such as Afros, braids, twists, cornrows and dreadlocks. “It's important to me as a black woman,” said Kari Williams, pictured, who owns Mahogany Hair Revolution, a hair salon in Beverly Hills. “Our skin color and our hair have been used as ways to continue to keep us disenfranchised.” 📸: @dania_maxwell

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@spidermanmovie "Far From Home" closes the third phase of the @marvel Cinematic Universe. For Tom Holland, at 23, he has been living his own dream playing Spider-Man for a significant chunk of the past four years. @tomholland2013 is the third actor to don the superhero’s spandex in a live-action feature — but quickly made the iconic character his own when he debuted in 2016’s “ Captain American: Civil War.” “There’s a level of pressure because people really want to know what’s next,” Holland said. “Everyone’s fallen in love with those characters for the past 10 years, and all of a sudden people we know and love and feel we have a connection to, we’ve said goodbye to forever.” 📸: @jlcvisuals

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Cardi B makes clear in her latest single how she’s feeling these days about engaging with the professional news media. The song is called “Press,” and its chorus finds this wildly popular rapper — an object of intense scrutiny since she broke into the pop mainstream two years ago — repeating that word over and over, each time more irritated than the last: “Press, press, press, press, press,” she growls, “Cardi don’t need more press.” Headlining an arena concert as part of the BET Experience, a few days ago, @iamcardib demonstrated why she's pop music's most grounded superstar. 📸: @francineorr

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The Free Black Women’s Library is a mobile pop-up library and community for black women. A movement that was first sparked in New York, @thefreeblackwomenslibrary hopes to cultivate an appreciation for black female writers but also a safe space for communities of color. The idea: You take a book by a black female writer, you leave a book by a black female writer. Pictured above is Asha Grant, founder of the L.A. chapter of the Free Black Women's Library ( @thefreeblackwomenslibrary_la ), at a lending library inside @bloomandplumecoffee , a black-owned coffee shop on Temple Street. 📸: Mel Melcon

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For the second straight day, a Dodgers game was interrupted Monday when a woman ran onto the field to hug right fielder Cody Bellinger. Above, the scene Sunday when a security guard tried to stop the fan. 📸: @alschaben

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Mourners, including law enforcement officers from across the state, said their final goodbye to Joseph Gilbert Solano on Monday, two weeks after the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy was shot while standing in line in civilian clothing at a Jack in the Box in Alhambra. He died two days later. “We’re missing one, but we gained one from above,” said Sheriff Alex Villanueva. 📸: @alseib

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Built on testosterone, flop sweat and gigantic globs of flame, Irwindale Speedway offers family entertainment at a fair price. “At Irwindale Speedway, the living is easy, the spectacle … well, you decide,” writes columnist Chris Erskine. “Felonious? Fiery? Silly? Astonishing?” Pictured above is a stunt driver successfully spinning a Ford over eight cars in one of the night's early jumps. The flames were set intentionally to enhance the spectacle. 📸: Gina Ferazzi

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In response to the college admissions scandal, the University of California released sweeping reforms to better police fraudulent admissions. Though UC was not the only school system implicated in the scandal, UC president Janet Napolitano, above, plans to implement changes, such as reviewing links between donors and applicants, having a higher level of scrutiny for special talent admits like athletes and verifying students’ claims on applications more strictly. 📸: @genaro4707

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Moviegoers will still hear Don Rickles’ voice in “Toy Story 4” two years after his death. Rickles, who is the voice behind Mr. Potato Head, died in April 2017 at the age of 90 but wanted his name to be kept alive. Thanks to a painstaking archival process, quotes like “You got to be kidding me” and “I knew it” have been resurrected for the film. 📸: @annecusack

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Who gets the biggest chunk of the billions taken in by the lottery each year? Lottery winners. Richard Litton, above, holds $3,000 to purchase 1,500 Powerball tickets in Hawthorne. Revenue from lottery tickets also goes to K-12 schools, but it was never intended to provide major funding. The record $1.7 billion sent to schools last year only covered about 1.5% of the state’s total education budget. 📸: @alseib

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After an emotional, and at times contentious, City Council meeting June 17, West Hollywood’s first four marijuana dispensaries can continue selling recreational cannabis after they originally lost their bids for licenses. Nearly 100 groups applied for eight licenses, and when the results were announced in December, none of the four dispensaries whose owners say they effectively built the city’s weed industry ended up with the right to sell. But with their advocacy, that changed. 📸: Ana Venegas

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