Noah Smith

Multimedia Journalist

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In Downtown Los Angeles, a Potential Anchor for Offices
LOS ANGELES - Wilshire Grand Center, an estimated $1.2 billion mixed-use project in downtown Los Angeles, promises many things upon its 2017 completion date. At 1,100 feet, it...
PHOTOS Sod it: Californians turn back to grass lawns as drought shaming ebbs
Yumi Wong adores the latest addition to her southern California home: a lush, emerald lawn. "It just looks much nicer with all the green. It feels clean and peaceful," she said...
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VIDEO Surfer turf wars in California: 'We'll burn you every single wave"
PHOTOS Far away, so close: anguish of Syrian Americans for family left back home
Steve Badour is not used to feeling helpless. In 2014, Badour ran a relay across the US to raise funds for the 2013 Boston Marathon victims. In doing so, he qualified for the...
Esports bookmaking? Globally, it’s already a billion-dollar gambling industry
Judge Approves Orange County Register Sale to Digital First
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Last week, Tribune Publishing won an auction for a coveted asset - Freedom Communications, the parent company of The Orange County Register and The...
PHOTOS Lisa Ann: how one of porn's biggest stars transformed into a fantasy football guru
In the brightly lit, hyper-modern lobby of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Los Angeles, adult film star Lisa Ann and I try to order coffee while avoiding the curious gaze of...
Sumner Redstone Won't Have to Give Deposition in Competency Suit
The ailing media mogul Sumner M. Redstone will not be required to sit for a deposition in the legal battle over his mental competency, a California judge ruled during a brief...
CONTRIB 'It was like a war zone': Fires stretch across Southern California as wildfires roar from...
CARPINTERIA, Calif. — Fire continued to tear across Southern California on Thursday, surrounding communities and shrouding much of the region in searing flame and thick, choking...
PHOTOS Erin Brockovich lends star power to legal fight over huge California methane leak
Erin Brockovich sat in an empty hall, awaiting hundreds of people who would soon stream in from a cold California night seeking answers and reassurance, and gave a sigh of...
Los Angeles, With New Star, Far Eclipses City F.C.
CARSON, Calif. - M.L.S. has long relied on former European club stars to promote its game. Two of them, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, graced the cover of the program in...
PHOTOS North Korean defectors see American dream deferred as reality sets in the US
When Chang Ho Kim was living in North Korea, information trickled in from China about the world outside the closed country. Through the lens of pirated movies, he says, America...
Metrolink Train Headed to Los Angeles Crashes Into Truck, Injuring Dozens
OXNARD, Calif. - Rail cars skidded onto their sides, a fireball lit up the dark, and nearly 30 people were injured early Tuesday when a commuter train slammed into a truck that...
CONTRIB Fire and fear stretch across Southern California as wildfires rage from Ventura to San Diego
CARPINTERIA, Calif. - Fire continued to tear across Southern California early Friday, surrounding communities and shrouding much of the region in searing flame and thick,...
PHOTOS Welcome to the fire lab: California researchers re-create forest blazes
The doors clang shut, casting the laboratory into gloom, and the scientists don goggles, yellow helmets and flame-resistant jackets. Two crouch behind computers, readying...
'Blurred Lines' Infringed on Marvin Gaye Copyright, Jury Rules
For the last year and a half, the music industry has been gripped by a lawsuit over whether Robin Thicke's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" was merely reminiscent of a song by Marvin...
CONTRIB Sumner Redstone Competency Case Will Go Forward
The lawsuit challenging the mental competence of the ailing 92-year-old media mogul Sumner M. Redstone will go to trial in May because of a "plethora of disputed factual issues"...
What the U.S. military can and cannot learn from the IDF's Gaza operation - Diplomacy and Defense
An old joke that made the rounds amongst United States military officers involved with doctrine research went, "At first, the Israeli army admired the American army, then the...
Plants That Won't Drain You
Californians who want to replace their water-guzzling lawns can choose plants that thrive in the state's dry climate. Here are some popular options.
CONTRIB Sumner Redstone Trial Could Be Lurid and Spark Power Struggle
Those questions will set the backdrop for the trial, as the court is expected to hear video testimony from Mr. Redstone, as well as from his daughter, doctors and nurses, Ms....
Pharrell Williams Acknowledges Similarity to Gaye Song in 'Blurred Lines' Case
LOS ANGELES - How closely does Robin Thicke's hit "Blurred Lines" resemble a classic by Marvin Gaye? That question is central to a closely watched copyright case here, and on...
PHOTOS Jesse Williams: 'Celebrity culture? I am not going to participate in that'
There is a heatwave making its way through Los Angeles. It's the second week of September yet temperatures remain at 32C (89F). At 8am, most of the city is still asleep or just...
CONTRIB Californians Who Conserved Wonder if State Can Overcome Those Who Didn't
LOS ANGELES - Some Californians are already showering just once a week, with buckets at their feet to catch every errant drop. They are building rainwater tanks in their...
PHOTOS On the hunt for 'moral breaches' with California's foremost drought-shamer
Tony Corcoran patrols the streets of Los Angeles on a bicycle, a lone crusader, his eyes peeled for injustice. He can detect villainy in a stream of water trickling down a...
Restroom Ordinance Is Just One More Sign of a City's Acceptance
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - This city was one of the first in the nation to pass a same-sex marriage law. It was one of the first communities viewed as a haven for gay people: When...
VIDEO California's Surf Warzone: Meet the Warlords Going to Extreme Length to Defend Their Turf
Lunada Bay is a legendary surfing spot at the base of cliffs on the Palos Verdes peninsula, just south of Los Angeles. After clambering down a steep, crumbling path, visitors...
CONTRIB Deaths of Irish Students in Berkeley Balcony Collapse Cast Pall on Program
BERKELEY, Calif. - They come by the thousands - Irish students on work visas, many flocking to the West Coast to work in summer jobs by day and to enjoy the often raucous life...
CONTRIB Uncertainty on Whether Cosby Revelations Could Hurt Him in Court
New revelations about the sexual behavior of Bill Cosby have been greeted as a vindication to many of the women who have accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting them....
Starting Up and Starting Over: LA Tech Day reveals why everyone wants to be in tech
Henry Luc studied landscape architecture at UC Davis and graduated in 2008, just in time for the economic meltdown. Then the drought happened. Then he decided to take a...
CONTRIB First fatality confirmed as raging wildfires spread across Southern California
VENTURA, Calif. - Firefighters continued to battle blazes across a large swath of Southern California on Saturday, and state officials warned that continued high winds into...

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