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The Sensational Story of Griffith J. Griffith

Griffith J. Griffith was an outsized figure in Los Angeles society in the early 1900s. Now best known for the massive green space he donated to the city — Griffith Park — Griffith J. Griffith also tackled with a darker side to his personality. On September 1903, his troubles came bubbling up to the surface. On that day, in Hotel Arcadia, Santa Monica, Griffith J. Griffith, philanthropist extraordinaire, shot his wife in the head. His attempted murder of his wife made headlines that affected his public standing for years to come. Historian Mike Eberts, author of "Griffith Park: A Centennial History" and Casey Schreiner, author of "Discovering Griffith Park: A Local's Guide," unravels the complicated story of Griffith J. Griffith.

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Discovering the Universe: Exploring the Cosmos Atop Mount Wilson

As recently as a century ago, scientists doubted whether the universe extended beyond our own Milky Way — until astronomer Edwin Hubble, working with the world’s most powerful telescope in the mountains high above Los Angeles, discovered just how vast the universe truly is. Visit the underground vault of the Carnegie Observatories, where paradigm-shifting discoveries are annotated by hand on glass photographic slides; and the historic Mount Wilson Observatory. Learn more at Carnegie Observatories.

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