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Metro Feature Writer — LA Times
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Nita Lelyveld, an @latimes metro writer, writes City Beat snapshots of L.A. life. I also RT #mydayinla. DM story ideas/feedback. RTs are not endorsements.

In this innovative kindergarten class, A is for 'Action!' — The palm trees are made of construction paper, the waves of shiny fabric. The actors wear straw hats, sunglasses and loud Hawaiian shirts. They lean back in lawn chairs, legs too short to touch the ground. One holds a goblet, the other a picture book. In the background, Madonna sings of "La Isla Bonita."

After 405 Freeway project, a feeling-unblocked party in Bel-Air — Carmaggedon. Jamzilla. Those were just the headlines. The southwestern corner of Bel-Air had it bad for four and a half years. As a more than $1-billion 405 Freeway improvement project moved through the Sepulveda Pass, the streets up against the freeway between UCLA and the Getty Museum became a maddening, ever-changing maze of ramp closures, lane closures, detours and unexpected dead ends.

The mad scientists behind the zonk prizes on 'Let's Make a Deal' — Imagine getting paid to make bacon jewelry, build a nacho cheese hot tub, cover lawn chairs in sod. Five people in Los Angeles actually do. Carpenters, engineers, mad scientists - they create the zonk prizes for "Let's Make a Deal." Reward and risk go hand in hand on the game show.

Angels Gate center uses personal histories to unite community — People, however different, should try to understand one another, figure out what they have in common, come together and learn. That is the ethos of Angels Gate Cultural Center, housed in former military barracks on a San Pedro bluff. The center for years has offered local artists studio and exhibit space inside its pale yellow buildings.

Dozens gather downtown to watch Vaux's swifts swoop in for the night — Even in the urban jungle, wildlife is all around. But you might have to train your eyes to see it. You might have to pause in your tracks. This is the message National Park Service rangers hoped to convey one recent evening by their uniformed presence in the middle of downtown L.A.

As summer ends, time for one last hurrah at the L.A. County Fair — Summer doesn't end here the way it does in other places. The sun keeps shining. The days stay hot. Still, even in T-shirts and shorts, we feel its departure. We undergo a seasonal shift. We know we have to get back - to work, to school, to more regular bedtimes.

A Hollywood tragedy, a neighborhood remembrance — Peg Entwistle was the first to bring the Hollywood sign fame, albeit in a heartbreaking way. On Sept. 16, 1932, the 24-year-old actress jumped to her death off the giant H. She had lived below the sign, in a Beachwood Drive bungalow.

Portraits of discarded sofas capture flotsam and jetsam of L.A. — Why do the people of Los Angeles toss their couches to the curb? Andrew Ward can't say for sure. But once he started noticing the castoffs, he couldn't stop. They seemed to be everywhere. Plush couches. Flowery couches. Austere, antique ones with high backs and carved wood frames.

Richie the Barber is living life at a lively clip — One day in his little back room at Bolt Barbers in West Hollywood, Richie the Barber - shaved head halfway to total tattoo coverage - decides he'd like to break a Guinness World Record. "Most tattooed," he says. "Hey, wouldn't that be great?"

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Nov 01, 2014

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