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Violence abroad, conflict at home

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 [...] [...more]

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Theatre aficionados pay homage to the Wiltern

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 [...] [...more]

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WeHo project moves closer to approval

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 [...] [...more]

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A new amenity at the Griffith Observatory

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 [...] [...more]

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LAPD officers injured in traffic collision

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 [...] [...more]

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A comedy legend remembered

A large crowd of fans and journalists visited comedian Robin Williams’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, a day after the Oscar-winning actor died of an apparent suicide. He was 63. A Chicago native, Williams performed stand-up comedy at nightclubs before taking the role of Mork on an episode of “Happy Days” [...] [...more]

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Developers: No evidence of Hollywood Fault on site

A geotechnical consultant for the Millennium Hollywood project has announced that its subsurface trenching investigation has yielded no evidence that an active earthquake fault runs underneath the proposed site of the 1.1-million-square-foot development. According to a press release, the study by Group Delta scientifically proved that “there are no active faults on the Capitol Records [...] [...more]

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‘Bug bomb’ sets off small explosion in Hollywood

A Hollywood resident burned more than 20 percent of his body on Monday after he set off 10 insecticide foggers inside his apartment, causing a small explosion. Firefighters received a 911 call about the explosion at approximately 7:50 a.m., and rushed to the apartment building at 1342 N. Fuller Ave. No flames or smoke were [...] [...more]

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Commission denies 8899 Beverly Blvd.

The West Hollywood Planning Commission voted on Aug. 7 to recommend the denial of a project proposed at 8899 Beverly Blvd. because the size of the project is inconsistent with the city’s general plan for the community. The decision came after the developer changed the project’s design, prompting the commission to postpone a hearing last [...] [...more]

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Local productions get local love

With Hollywood leaving Hollywood for tax incentives and other perks, Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, 4th District, has sought to make sure the city shows appreciation for the production it has retained. The third installment of that effort was held last Thursday, when LaBonge and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, honored Hollywood-made films and [...] [...more]

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