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Dark Shadows, LA in Legos, and Voting is like Getting Married?




The 1,018-foot US Bank Tower is one of many Los Angeles landmarks that Jorge Parra Jr. decided to include as part of his Lego version of LA. Parra, who recently graduated from UCLA, hopes to soon make a Lego model of Royce Hall.
The 1,018-foot US Bank Tower is one of many Los Angeles landmarks that Jorge Parra Jr. decided to include as part of his Lego version of LA. Parra, who recently graduated from UCLA, hopes to soon make a Lego model of Royce Hall.
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“Dark Shadows” fans, cast, and crew are celebrating its 50th birthday next week in Hollywood. We mark the anniversary by bringing in one of the original stars, and one of the original fans. ... When LAPD officer Jorge Parra isn’t walking the beat in LA, he’s still thinking about the city’s streets and buildings. He’s spent years building a 72-square-foot model of LA, out of Legos, in his kitchen. ... We’ll tell you what researchers discovered about the best way to increase voter turnout: voters need to make a simple plan, tell someone about it, and then think what their neighbors will say if they don’t go to the polls.