Violence abroad, conflict at home

By Aaron Blevins, 8/21/2014

Groups protest Israeli military action in Hollywood

Even though a ceasefire in Gaza was in effect last weekend, protestors hit the streets of Hollywood on Aug. 16 to denounce the ongoing conflict in the Middle East between Hamas and the Israeli government. Individuals from ANSWER Los Angeles, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Women Organized to Resist and Defend, Students for Justice [...]

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Theatre aficionados pay homage to the Wiltern

By Aaron Blevins, 8/21/2014

Successful effort to save venue paid dividends

Officials with the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF) on Aug. 17 took a behind-the-scenes look at the Wiltern Theatre, a 12-story Art Deco venue at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue that had faced the wrecking ball in 1979. The salvaging of the historic theatre was among the Los Angeles Conservancy’s first major successes in [...]

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WeHo project moves closer to approval

By Edwin Folven, 8/21/2014

Council certifies Melrose Triangle development’s EIR

The West Hollywood City Council on Monday certified an environmental impact report (EIR) for the Melrose Triangle Project, but stopped short of granting full approval for the project at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard, Melrose Avenue and Doheny Drive. The council requested that city staff and the developer work on ways to reduce the [...]

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CHP finishes investigation into 10 Freeway beating

By Aaron Blevins, 8/21/2014

D.A.’s office to determine whether officer is charged

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer Daniel Andrew could face “potentially serious charges” for striking Marlene Pinnock on the Santa Monica (10) Freeway on July 1, according to a CHP announcement made on Wednesday. The release states that the agency has forwarded the results of its criminal investigation to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, [...]

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A new amenity at the Griffith Observatory

By Aaron Blevins, 8/21/2014

Initiative puts Wi-Fi hot spots in six areas of Los Angeles

Although it already boasts “high technology and cosmic connectivity” — as director Ed Krupp says — the Griffith Observatory entered the 21st Century last Thursday, when city officials launched a free public Wi-Fi program at the facility. As part of a partnership between the city, Toyota and Oh, Ranger!, the service is being installed at [...]

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Man dies after assault in Hollywood

By Edwin Folven, 8/21/2014

Ramon Estrada succumbs to injuries one month after attack

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has ruled that the death of a man who was assaulted on July 7 in Hollywood was a homicide after the victim passed away nearly a month after the attack. Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide Unit are now seeking the public’s help for information [...]

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Body found near Laurel Park

By Edwin Folven, 8/21/2014

Authorities have identified a body found on Monday off a trail near Laurel Canyon Park as that of fashion designer Drew Bernstein. The death is being investigated as a suicide. Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office spokesman Ed Winter said the body was discovered by a hiker at approximately 8:30 a.m. on a trail near the [...]

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LAPD officers injured in traffic collision

By Edwin Folven, 8/21/2014

Civilian driver was uninjured and was not cited

Two Los Angeles Police Department officers were injured on Monday when they were involved in a traffic collision at approximately 5:20 p.m. at the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Wilcox Ave. The accident occurred as the officers were responding with lights and sirens to another traffic collision at an undisclosed location nearby. The police SUV [...]

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Film lacks Woody Allen’s ‘magic’ touch

By Tim Posada, 8/21/2014

At his worst, Woody Allen weaves a better narrative web as a writer and director than most filmmakers. Until now. Rather than cast a love spell, “Magic in the Moonlight” mixes a potion of poor dialogue and sexless chemistry that is more like a curse than anything otherworldly. “Magic in the Moonlight” feels like something [...]

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PUMP: West Hollywood’s newest darling

By Jill Weinlein, 8/21/2014

Television personality and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd, have launched PUMP, just one block away from her  exclusive West Hollywood restaurant and lounge, SUR. I dined alone on a Wednesday evening at PUMP and was seated on the outdoor patio under 100-year-old olive trees. Two tables away sat Todd and his daughter, [...]

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Restaurant News

By Jill Weinlein, 8/21/2014

ACME’s Bar Crawl All five of ACME’s downtown bars — Beelman’s Pub, Spring St. Bar, Library Bar, Sixth St. Tavern and the King Eddy Saloon — are hosting a pub crawl on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Each bar is located within a few blocks of each other in downtown’s historic [...]

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Cathedral Chapel School celebrates 85 years of teaching

By Edwin Folven, 8/21/2014

Students returned to classes at Cathedral Chapel School on Monday for what school administrators said will be a special year on campus. The school is celebrating its 85th anniversary, and will be holding a special ceremony in April for alumni, teachers, students and their families. Principal Tina Kipp said there are many additional exciting things [...]

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LA Dodger takes students back-to-school shopping

By Aaron Blevins, 8/21/2014

Los Angeles Dodger Adrian Gonzalez and his wife, Betsy, went back-to-school shopping with 100 area students at Target in downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 18 while partnering with The Dream Center. They provided $100 gift cards to each student and were at the store to help them buy supplies for the new school year. Students [...]

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LACC offers pathways to a degree

8/21/2014

Los Angeles City College (LACC) regular Fall 2014 Semester for-credit (degree, transfer, and certificates) starts September 2. LACC offers more than 100 affordable titles to choose from, including: ·Pharmacy Technician ·Ballet ·Ukulele the Easy Way ·Sewing Made Easy ·Spanish/French/Chinese/Italian Conversation & Pronunciation ·Aqua Zumba ·American Red Cross’ Learn-to- Swim Lessons · Medical Interpreter ·Computers for Beginners [...]

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Young men are invited to audition for the LA Chorus

8/21/2014

The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is holding auditions for middle school and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices for its Young Men’s Ensemble on Thursday, Aug. 21 at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Candidates must prepare one solo art or folk song and will also be gauged on their ability to sing as part [...]

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CHLA issues back-to-school tips

8/21/2014

Sharpened pencils? Check. Notebooks and paper? Check. School schedule? Check. Parents may find this checklist to be all too familiar, as it is a clear indication that back-to-school season is here, which means preparing children for the school year as well as possible. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is helping parents finalize the list by [...]

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Common Core at the core of learning for California Students

8/21/2014

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced that a new free online resource is available with information on how the Common Core State Standards are remodeling California’s education system. The tools will help to better prepare students for college and careers. “As students and teachers head back to school, they will be experiencing [...]

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LAUSD fine-tuning MiSIS

8/21/2014

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has installed a new student information system at more than 1,000 of its schools, and the new program is experiencing some technical difficulties. According to the district representatives, the My Integrated Student Information System (MiSIS) has experienced glitches, impacting less than 1 percent of students overall. The system [...]

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Christ the King welcomes 4 year olds in new transitional kindergarten

8/21/2014

The transitional kindergartners at Christ the King School in Hollywood have settled in to a new classroom designed specifically for the young students. The school launched the new transitional kindergarten program at the beginning of classes on Aug. 11, and approximately 15 students are enrolled for the fall semester. Principal Ruth Anderson said the school [...]

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