After nearly a century, Sears in Boyle Heights will close soon

For generations of Boyle Heights residents, Sears was a place to buy the mundane necessities — khaki pants, refrigerators.

It was there for families as they grew, from baby clothes to prom dresses to business casual outfits for first jobs.

It was a window-shopping mecca, a place to gaze at puppies and kittens, to beg parents for candy and popcorn.

For new immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador and elsewhere, it

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We just had the deadliest week of avalanches in more than a century

The U.S. just saw the deadliest week for avalanches in more than 100 years. 

At least 15 people were killed in avalanches from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6 in Utah, Montana, Colorado, California, Arkansas and New Hampshire, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC). In total, 21 people have died in avalanches across the country during the 2020-2021 season as of Monday. Last season, a total of 23 people

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How One Direction Became One of the Great Rock Bands of the 21st Century

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A bathroom figures significantly in the origin stories of at least two classic One Direction songs. The first will be familiar to any fan: Songwriter and producer Savan Kotecha was sitting on the toilet in a London hotel room, when he heard his wife say, “I feel so ugly today.” The words that popped into his head would shape the chorus of One

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Expert on world’s 14th century pandemic attracts a cult following

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, professor Dorsey Armstrong (at Stonehenge in England) has gained acclaim for her expertise as the lecturer on a video series called "The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague." <span class="copyright">(Ryan Schneider/Special to The Times)</span>
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, professor Dorsey Armstrong (at Stonehenge in England) has gained acclaim for her expertise as the lecturer on a video series called “The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague.” (Ryan Schneider/Special to The Times)

Before COVID-19, Purdue University English professor Dorsey Armstrong was well known in a way that only other enthusiasts of medieval literature and culture might appreciate.

That is to say,

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