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From the late 1930s to 1969, amateur photographer Charles W. Cushman traveled the country documenting American life and landscapes with color photographs. Upon his death in 1972, he bequeathed his collection of 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater, Indiana University, where they remain today. Below are a selection of Cushman’s photos from 1938 [...]

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As 2011 draws to a close, Framework looks back on an eventful, tumultuous year, documented by the photojournalists of the Los Angeles Times.

It was a year marked by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan; the Arab Spring in North Africa and the Middle East, with rebel uprisings and hard-fought battles resulting in the fall of Egypt’s president, Hosni Mubarak, and the capture and death of Libya’s Moammar Kadafi; and the humanitarian crisis of continued famine in Africa.

2011 also saw the somber 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks of 2001; the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement; the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in London and their subsequent Southland visit; and the involuntary manslaughter trial, conviction and sentencing of Michael Jackson’s personal physician.

Carmageddon in Los Angeles, anticipated with dire predictions of monumental gridlock, turned out to be not so disruptive after all.

Almost nine years after the invasion of Iraq, the war was declared officially over with the withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops and their return home — in time for the holidays, no less.

As always, the worlds of entertainment, sports and celebrity are part of the gallery, adding a light, colorful touch to a memorable year.

Enjoy the look back with us, and have a wonderful 2012.

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IN THE SHADE: A protester used greenery to shade his face at a march Thursday against President Ali Abdullah Saleh in San’a, Yemen. Gunmen in civilian clothes fired on protesters and tanks shelled neighborhoods, killing at least one person and injuring dozens, according to a medical official. (Yahya Arhab/European Pressphoto Agency)

UNDER THE BRIDGE: A homeless man stood under the bridge where he lives in a flooded area in central Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

GIVE IT A WHIRL: Hindus whirled their heads to the beat of drums during the annual Jhiri Fair on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Thursday. (Channi Anand/Associated Press)

FLAG CEREMONY: Scoutmaster Tom Birch ran from burning barrels during a flag-retirement ceremony organized by a Boy Scout troop in Naples, Fla., Wednesday. One barrel exploded after lighter fluid was poured in. Firefighters extinguished the flames. Mr. Birch was treated for injuries. (Greg Kahn/Naples Daily News/Associated Press)

YOUNG MONK: A monk walked past the Boudhanath Stupa on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday. The holy Buddhist temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site. (Prakash Mathema/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

HOUSING STRAIN: A friend held Brittany Giedraitis, left, of Vernon, Conn., as she cried Thursday outside the Federal Housing Finance Agency in Washington, where people marched to demand more help for homeowners. Ms. Giedraitis says her father would lose his home to foreclosure if it were not for financial help from relatives. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

ROUTE RESTORED: Passengers disembarked from the first boat since February to carry travelers from Cyprus to Tripoli, Libya, Thursday. (Youssef Boudlal/Reuters)

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