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Supreme Court Trademark Decision, Santa Anita Racetrack, Keep LA Weird




Randy's Donuts celebrates its 60th anniversary with free donuts from 11 am - 2 pm on July 11, 2012.
Randy's Donuts celebrates its 60th anniversary with free donuts from 11 am - 2 pm on July 11, 2012.
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We look at today's Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Los Angeles clothing company that sued to be able to trademark its name. Plus, Santa Anita Racetrack is grappling with a season that saw 30 horses die over the last six months. And, L.A. Times writer Nita Lelyveld laments the end of the city's quirky architecture.

Supreme Court Trademark Decision

The Supreme Court ruled today that a Los Angeles streetwear brand named for an F-word soundalike can be trademarked. The ruling struck down a century-old provision in federal law that had banned the registration of trademarks that are scandalous or immoral. Saying the trademark law restriction violated the first amendment, the justices ruled 6 to 3 in favor of the LA company. The brand -- spelled F-U-C-T -- had been denied a trademark because it was the phonetic equivalent of a well-known vulgarity.

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Santa Anita Racetrack

Racing season is officially over at Santa Anita, but after 30 horse deaths in six months, what happens now?

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Keep L.A. Weird

The landscape of L.A. is littered with a hodgepodge of quirky locations and unique architecture. But L.A. Times writer Nita Lelyveld laments that those qualities are going away as the city modernizes. 

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L.A. Architecture

How L.A. developed its unique streetscape, and why it is changing now.