Month: July 2020

As big leagues prepare to return amid pandemic, memories of when barrio baseball ruled East L.A.

Conrad Munatones goes through old photos at his home in San Dimas. He fondly remembers the days when baseball in the barrio "was quite a thing." <span class="copyright">(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Conrad Munatones goes through old photos at his home in San Dimas. He fondly remembers the days when baseball in the barrio “was quite a thing.” (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

The Dodgers were still in Brooklyn and Dwight D. Eisenhower was still in the White House the last time Southern California went this deep into the summer without a Major League Baseball game.

For Conrad Munatones, then a 20-year-old catcher from East Los Angeles, the big leagues were an East Coast thing, like Broadway plays or Philly cheesesteaks.

“When someone said the Brooklyn Dodgers, I thought that meant Brooklyn Avenue,” he remembered.

Two minor league teams played in Los Angeles, but to Munatones, baseball meant Sunday doubleheaders at Belvedere and Evergreen parks, where neighborhood legends made their names playing for teams like Eastside Beer, Ornelas Food Market and the Carmelita Chorizeros. The games drew hundreds of people to

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Haunted TikTok is the next evolution of internet horror

Haunted TikTok is the next evolution of internet horror
Haunted TikTok is the next evolution of internet horror

After hours of scrolling through endless TikToks of teens dancing, couples pranking each other, and dogs being cute — something on your For You Page stops you dead in your tracks.

Someone is walking around a dark, empty house, as text explains that their mom hasn’t come home. As they take us through their neighborhood, they realize it’s not just her — everyone has vanished overnight.

“Hey kinda serious here like my entire town is missing I’m not really sure what to do is this happening elsewhere?” the caption reads.

Clicking on the @where_is_everybody account (with over 240,000 followers), you discover someone named Alexander Nielsen has chronicled this phenomenon since October 2019. Each video shows more of this empty world, where people have been replaced by shadowy ghost figures.

After COVID-19 led to a wave of stay-at-home orders and widespread panic-buying

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More than 100 artists are painting Black Lives Matter murals on boarded-up windows in Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • After George Floyd’s death, protests broke out in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and some downtown shops were damaged.

  • Thermopolis Smith III, an artist who goes by “Phresh Laundry,” was one of 100 local artists chosen to paint Black Lives Matter murals on boarded-up businesses.

  • A public art organization called Art This Way helped connect the artists with business owners, who will get to keep the art on their property.

  • Phresh Laundry says that painting helped him out of his lowest moments of life, and he hopes his work can inspire others, too.

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Editor’s note: The following contains language about suicide.

Theoplis Smith III — otherwise known as Phresh Laundry — is a self-taught artist whose latest paintings are on the boarded-up businesses of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“With the recent passing of George Floyd, this kind of got the city up in the

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Mikel Arteta looks to spark Arsenal revival by landing first punch on mentor Pep Guardiola

You could almost hear the admiration climbing out of Mikel Arteta’s throat, coating his words as he tracked back to the first training session Pep Guardiola undertook as Manchester City manager.

It was the summer of 2016 and the Basque was a new addition to the coaching set-up under the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich tactician, who moved to conquer English football after his mastery in Spain and Germany.

The pair dovetailing had shoots in 2012, was broached again in 2015 and was finally over the line a year later.

Arteta had always appreciated Guardiola’s mind, stretching back to when he was a youth player at Camp Nou and Pep was winding down his on-pitch career at the club; both men united by their defensive midfield methodology and a desire to subtly impose themselves on games.

Now, the protege was given a front row view to the genius in

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