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Beneath its design is the engineering of what is arguably the most complicated high-rise to be built in the U.S. Calculated to sway during powerful Santa Anas and absorb ground movement during severe earthquakes, it is wedded aesthetically and technically to the unique footprint of the region. Geologist Rosalind Munro of AMEC, a geotechnical consulting firm, at the Wilshire Grand tower construction site in downtown L.A. Before construction started, Munro went down a borehole eight stories deep to verify the stability of the building site. Construction workers guide a jumping wall form system into place as it is lowered into position by a crane into the core of the Wilshire Grand tower. Remote-controlled booms are used to place concrete with accuracy as workers pour the foundation for the New Wilshire Grand tower.

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A sumptuous blend of modern digital imaging technologies packaged in an old-school-style rangefinder, the Fujifilm X100S is a standout in a crowded field of cameras clamoring for eyeballs and market share. Priced at around $1,300, the 16.3mp X100S is not for everyone. Some shooters won’t appreciate being stuck with a non-interchangeable 23mm prime lens (35mm full frame equivalent) and some will bemoan the price. And it’s unlikely that pros will be using it as their main camera on a big shoot. This camera is no DSLR killer. Rather the X100S is a niche camera imbued with so much soul and serious fun that it will be hard to leave home without it. At first feel, the X100S lacks the heftiness of the venerable Leica, but it is well constructed and durable with a die-cast magnesium body wrapped in a grippy synthetic leather material. In traditional silver and black as well as a recently released sleek all black body, the X100S is handsomely compact and unobtrusive. Best of all your back will thank you for leaving the 25-pound Domke bag with the two DSLR bodies and lenses at home. At 15.7 ounces, this camera at times feels too light, and you almost forget it’s on your neck until the moment you reach for it, when the perfect light hits the pretty girl in the Paris cafe as she is perfectly framed in the rustic doorway.

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The 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing is underway in Huntington Beach, a.k.a. Surf City USA. The following is a collection of images capturing spectators, competitors and musicians attending the premier surf event on the West Coast. Pro surfer Bede Durbidge of Australia attends the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Former world champion surfer Sunny Garcia, left, and 11-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater ham it up at the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beac. Pro surfer Lakey Peterson of Santa Barbara attends the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

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The dive is on. Ker-plash. We descend through bubbles into an undersea domain wearing air tanks, regulators and fins. Listening to the pneumatic hiss-whoosh of my own breathing, the various species of this marine world begin to appear. Sharks prowl sandy shoals. Bat rays with 4-foot wing spans soar overhead. Schools of fish whirl like glittering tornadoes. A Queensland grouper large enough to swallow me whole cruises past. Scuba sends people around the world. On this dive, however, I’m in the 350,000-gallon Tropical Reef Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on assignment for the Los Angeles Times to chronicle, with underwater cameras, the daily experiences of the facility’s volunteer divers. These men and women help the aquarium by feeding animals, observing their behaviors and cleaning artificial rock and coral displays with equipment ranging from toothbrushes to power washers. Qualifications include that the divers be “rescue certified,” at least 18 years old and able to pass an American Academy of Underwater Sciences physical. In this dive, my first with members of the group, a swarm of giggling children gather in front of the massive tank designed to replicate a coral reef in the tropical dive Mecca of Palau, a group of islands west of the Philippines.

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Launched in 1942, commissioned in 1943, the battleship Iowa (BB-61) was the lead ship of a class of four battleships – the largest and last big gun vessels built by the United States. Today, 70 years later, the ship is permanently docked at San Pedro. In a Sept. 7, 2011, story, Times staff writer Steve Chawkins reported: The mothballed, mighty Iowa, one of the world’s best-known and most powerful battleships, will be permanently berthed as a tourist attraction in Los Angeles on the San Pedro waterfront, Navy officials announced Tuesday. The World War II-vintage “Big Stick” could open to visitors as soon as next summer, according to supporters of the years-long effort to bring the ship to a berth at the Port of Los Angeles. Organizers of the Iowa effort say the ship will create 100 on-board jobs and boost the local economy by about $250 million over 10 years. Looking south to the commercial success of the retired aircraft carrier Midway in San Diego, they anticipate the historic battleship hosting 450,000 visitors a year. Nearly three football fields long and more than 14 stories high, the Iowa is one of the biggest warships ever built. On its last trip to San Francisco, sailors had to trim its mast by 13 feet to fit under the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Every June, college journalists gather in San Francisco to compete in the Hearst National Championship, a competition that tests photography, writing, radio, television and multimedia skills. Participants are given a short period of time, 48 hours, to produce a story on a topic that may or may not be of their choosing. There is pressure to find a decent story quickly and edit effectively. Two Los Angeles Times interns, Susannah Kay and Julia Wall, competed this year, winning first and second place in photography and multimedia respectively. Drag queen Shela Magana, 28, strikes a pose onstage at Esta Noche, the only Latino gay club in San Francisco. Magana, originally from Mechoacan, Mexico, immigrated to San Francisco in 2000 and immediately fell in love with the beauty of the city. "Famous Wayne," 56, takes a break from shining shoes on Market Street in San Francisco, where he has been working for the last 35 years. Wayne, a local celebrity, moved from Ethiopia to the United States when he was only a few months old to be with his father, who was in the Marines. Naoki Onodera, 32, sits amid piles of donations at the Community Thrift Store on Valencia Street in San Francisco. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Onodera immigrated to the United States when he was 23 to see more of the world. "When I first arrived in the U.S., it was Independence Day," Onodera said. "It was a really sunny, bright day, and everyone was drunk walking on the street. I was pretty impressed."

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A tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. Rescuers lift an injured survivor from the rubble a structure in the aftermath of the huge tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on Monday. A U.S. flag lies across an overturned car in the aftermath of a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

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The Kings are busy defending their 2012 Stanley Cup title. They defeated the St. Louis Blues in the first round and have won the first two games of their second-round series against the San Jose Sharks. Two more victories and they would face either the Detroit Red Wings or the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals. Times photographer Robert Gauthier has covered the Kings for several years and describes the atmosphere: “Hockey isn’t the most popular sport in America. But to those who follow it, it’s like a religion. The energy at Staples Center is always at a high level whenever the Kings are playing. Despite our limited points of view (we either shoot through a small hole in the glass, or halfway up in the seats), the action is nonstop, and our goal is not only to always tell the story with our photos but to capture the intensity, grace and brutality of these men pursuing their life’s goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”

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