Archive | December, 2011

Sears, K-Mart to Close 100 Stores

Sears Holding Corp. has announced that it plans to close 100 to 120 Kmart and Sears stores after a dismal December. However, the company has not announced when and where those closures will take place, and has declined to elaborate. According to a statement, holiday shopping season sales were down for both Kmart and Sears. [...] [...more]

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Copper Wire Thieves Target Miracle Mile Streetlights

Thieves who steal copper wire from streetlights are costing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, and are creating public safety hazards in areas where the streets are blacked out because of the thefts, according to the Bureau of Street Lighting. On Dec. 12, streetlights along Ridgeley Drive, Burnside Avenue and Dunsmuir Avenue [...] [...more]

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‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Inks Mysterious Mural

Coming off monumental success with his Generation Y virtuoso, “The Social Network”, David Fincher had quite the reputation to maintain with the American adaptation of the novel, by Stieg Larsson, and acclaimed Swedish film, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. While any film student might scream heresy at the film’s blatant disregard for three-act structure [...] [...more]

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New Year’s Dining & Entertainment

Mediterranean Style New Year’s Eve Enjoy Chef Micah Wexler’s prix fixe menu at Mezze filled with flatbreads, delicious small plates, main plates, veggies and dessert for $65 per person. First seating begins at 6 p.m. and second seating begins at 8:45 p.m. After dinner, the tables will be moved to make room for dancing with [...] [...more]

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The Izaka-Ya by Katsu-Ya: Japanese Food with an American Flair

Gazing out a window facing Third St. near the Beverly Center, I watched various people walking by, while waiting for a friend to join me for lunch. A server inside The Izaka-Ya by Katsu-Ya, welcomed me and handed a packaged pre-moistened terry cotton towelette and two menus. Hungry patrons entered and took seats at the [...] [...more]

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Human Trafficking Suspect Arrested

A Los Angeles man has been arrested for sexual assault of a minor, following a criminal investigation initiated earlier this year by a multi-agency task force. Michael Vincent Pree, of Los Angeles, allegedly forced a minor to have sexual intercourse with him on several occasions and forced the victim to work as a prostitute. On [...] [...more]

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Sexual Assault Suspect Pleads

On Dec. 22, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich announced that his office has secured a conviction against a Los Angeles man for sexually battering a female victim in Koreatown. Deputy City Attorney Chadd Kim successfully prosecuted the case. Defendant Bayarsaikhan Bazarragchaa pled no contest to two counts of sexual battery and one count of [...] [...more]

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OccupyLA Protesters Charged with Trespassing

On Dec. 17, at approximately 7:35 p.m., six OccupyLA protesters were arrested and four were later charged with criminal trespassing after the protesters returned to the now closed, gated and sign-posted City Hall Park, where they jumped the fenced area. Defendants Bethania Palma, Shaimaa Abdelhamid, Karolina Szymanska and Elena Brown were each charged with three [...] [...more]

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Rapper Arrested at The Roxy Theatre

Rapper Tyler Okonma, of the group “Odd Nation”, was arrested for felony vandalism after performing at The Roxy Theatre on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood on Dec. 22. According to police, West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department deputies were contacted at about 11:30 p.m. by security guards, who said Okonma, also known as “Tyler, the Creator”, had [...] [...more]

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District Attorney Issues Warning on ‘Robo-Call’ Scams

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has issued a warning about a new “robo-call” scam that attempts to get consumers to provide confidential banking information. The “robo-calls”, which are so-named because they use recorded messages, claim to be from major banks. The messages state there is a problem with the banking network and ask [...] [...more]

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