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Without a medical marijuana dispensary in Laguna Woods, residents either join or form collectives. One is Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis. Lonnie Painter, right, runs Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis, where Peggiann Johnson, left, buys her pot. "Ah, smells so good," Johnson says as he opens a jar. A small suitcase holds eight jars, each filled with a different strain of medical marijuana, at Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis. On the porch of his Laguna Woods home, Robert Evans, 52, who has cancer, smokes a medical marijuana cigarette. When he uses pot, he vomits less frequently.


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This is one never-ending Southern California story: A landslide closes Pacific Coast Highway. Los Angeles Times staff writer Veronica Rocha reported this very familiar story on Dec. 15: A portion of Pacific Coast Highway will be closed for three to four weeks after more than a dozen mud and rock slides from last week’s storm overwhelmed the roadway. In some places, mud, trees and rocks as high as 4 feet covered the scenic route between Yerba Buena and Las Posas roads in Ventura County. The cleanup and damage from one of the most powerful storms to hit California in several mostly dry years was so extensive it has forced officials to shut the famous highway for repairs, said Patrick Chandler, spokesman of the California Department of Transportation. “It’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” he said. Digging through the Los Angeles Times Archives uncovered landslide images dating back to 1941. Back then Pacific Coast Highway was the Roosevelt Highway.


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To claim the ashes of an unclaimed person, call the L.A. County Morgue at (323) 409-7161. The ceremony honoring the unclaimed dead will be at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Los Angeles County Cemetery, 3301 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights. Albert Gaskin stands over a ledger in which he maintains a list of individuals who've been cremated at the county crematory. The book contains 1,000 pages, many filled with names of people whose ashes remain unclaimed. L.A. County's cemetery and crematory in Boyle Heights receives about six bodies each day. Each body is given a cremation number, then recorded in a handwritten log.


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The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China kicks off today and runs until Feb. 25. The event, which is the world’s largest ice festival, features massive sculptures carved out of ice and ice-related activities for visitors. The festival is a huge draw for tourists despite northern China’s forbidding temperatures. Visitors walk in an ice maze at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin.


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The road to Tambobo Bay stretched out like a ribbon of grey concrete, smoothing the way to a remote fishing village that now appears on the brink of development. It wasn’t like this just a year ago. Roads don’t happen by accident, and the new highway will bring more traffic and commerce. The bay is a little lost corner of the Philippines — home to a few hundred fishermen and their families, a handful of boatwrights and a couple dozen foreign yachtsmen who anchor in safe harbor. The pace unfolds as generations before, determined by the tides and currents, the departures of the fishing fleet, and the fishermen’ s eventual return. Rich in color and imagery, it’s been a good location for the South Pacific Photo Workshop. But that may change. Like so many other places, things are changing fast in this distant corner of the world. It’s not going to be like this forever.


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Beneath its design is the engineering of what is arguably the most complicated high-rise to be built in the U.S. Calculated to sway during powerful Santa Anas and absorb ground movement during severe earthquakes, it is wedded aesthetically and technically to the unique footprint of the region. Geologist Rosalind Munro of AMEC, a geotechnical consulting firm, at the Wilshire Grand tower construction site in downtown L.A. Before construction started, Munro went down a borehole eight stories deep to verify the stability of the building site. Construction workers guide a jumping wall form system into place as it is lowered into position by a crane into the core of the Wilshire Grand tower. Remote-controlled booms are used to place concrete with accuracy as workers pour the foundation for the New Wilshire Grand tower.


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A sumptuous blend of modern digital imaging technologies packaged in an old-school-style rangefinder, the Fujifilm X100S is a standout in a crowded field of cameras clamoring for eyeballs and market share. Priced at around $1,300, the 16.3mp X100S is not for everyone. Some shooters won’t appreciate being stuck with a non-interchangeable 23mm prime lens (35mm full frame equivalent) and some will bemoan the price. And it’s unlikely that pros will be using it as their main camera on a big shoot. This camera is no DSLR killer. Rather the X100S is a niche camera imbued with so much soul and serious fun that it will be hard to leave home without it. At first feel, the X100S lacks the heftiness of the venerable Leica, but it is well constructed and durable with a die-cast magnesium body wrapped in a grippy synthetic leather material. In traditional silver and black as well as a recently released sleek all black body, the X100S is handsomely compact and unobtrusive. Best of all your back will thank you for leaving the 25-pound Domke bag with the two DSLR bodies and lenses at home. At 15.7 ounces, this camera at times feels too light, and you almost forget it’s on your neck until the moment you reach for it, when the perfect light hits the pretty girl in the Paris cafe as she is perfectly framed in the rustic doorway.


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The 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing is underway in Huntington Beach, a.k.a. Surf City USA. The following is a collection of images capturing spectators, competitors and musicians attending the premier surf event on the West Coast. Pro surfer Bede Durbidge of Australia attends the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Former world champion surfer Sunny Garcia, left, and 11-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater ham it up at the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beac. Pro surfer Lakey Peterson of Santa Barbara attends the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.


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