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News, The Informer Long Beach Says, "Take a Bike!"

Long Beach Says, "Take a Bike!"

While many cities over the past 20 years have made cosmetic gestures of accommodation to the growing demands of bicyclists, some road modifications, such as the skinny bike lane, seem to be more of an attractive nuisance than help.  LAStreetsBlog has been examining how Long Beach has been moving far...…
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News, The Informer Weak Economy Kills Love Ride 26

Weak Economy Kills Love Ride 26

While you can't say that Bernie Madoff killed Love Ride 26, but the cancellation of the annual motorcycle ride benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association is part and parcel of a collapsing economy whose victims include once-secure charities. The L.A. Daily News reports that the Love Ride, which is the San...…
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L.A.'s Rag Trade Faces Grim Outlook

Today's L.A. Times Business section has an alarming story about the downturn in the city's garment industry. The plight of L.A.'s rag trade seldom gets the spotlight that, say, Hollywood's shifting fortunes receive, and even though their industry provides a powerful economic generator for the county, clothing manufacturers claim they...…
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News, The Informer Today in Photographs: October 9, 1951

Today in Photographs: October 9, 1951

Mr. Carlton and Mrs. Richards, both 40, busted in a vice raid at the Las Palmas Hotel, 6526 Selma Avenue, Hollywood.LA Examiner/USC...…
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Robinson v. Robinson: Pasadena's Naming Dilemma

Corina Knoll has a compelling piece in the L.A. Times concerning the naming/renaming flap over Pasadena's Robinson Park. The park, so-named to cover brothers Jackie and Mack Robinson, is in the process of a $24 million upgrade. The dilemma is whether to officially rename the park Jackie Robinson Park (the...…
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Chief Bratton Defends iWatch Program

As LAPD Chief Bill Bratton prepares to saddle up and ride into the sunset, Angelenos are already arguing over one part of the legacy he's leaving behind. According to a report by China's Xinhua news agency, the Southern California American Civil Liberties Union is warning that the department's iWatch program,...…
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News, The Informer Auction Me Barbra: Babs Has a Yard Sale

Auction Me Barbra: Babs Has a Yard Sale

There are no fewer than two Hollywood memorabilia auctions taking place this week. Calabasas' Profiles in History is running one of its periodic prop-and-costume bidding wars ("Ever dream of getting into Megan Fox's shorts?" asks today's L.A. Daily News. "It'll only cost you about $3,000"), while this weekend the Hollywood...…
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News, The Informer PBS' L.A. Times Documentary Rebroadcast

PBS' L.A. Times Documentary Rebroadcast

If you missed Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times, PBS's documentary about the Chandler family and the city's newspaper of record they once controlled, be sure to catch the rebroadcast this Saturday at 9 p.m. on KCET. (Or watch it online on the station's Web site.) It's a hypnotic...…
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News, The Informer Eddie Haskell, We Hardly Knew Ye

Eddie Haskell, We Hardly Knew Ye

Those of us of a certain age can never get enough of Eddie Haskell -- even if, as Ralph Keyes wrote earlier this year in Editor & Publisher, "Journalists who lace their copy with such retro terms or names risk alienating those who are too young to get the allusions."...…
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Valley Girl's Death Spurs Lawsuit Against CIGNA

Today's L.A. Times' Business section looks at the battle of a San Fernando Valley couple fighting a health-care giant over the death of their daughter. Nataline Sarkisyan was 17 when CIGNA rejected her family's request for the medical insurer to cover a liver-transplant operation urged by her UCLA doctors. According...…
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News, The Informer Today in Photographs: October 8, 1960

Today in Photographs: October 8, 1960

Ginger Rogers and Cesar Romero place Nixon-Lodge stickers on cars in a Sunset Strip parking lot, one month before the presidential election.LA Times/UCLA...…
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City College Paper Takes Financial Hit -- Was It Payback?

When administrators at Los Angeles City College slashed the budget of the campus' 80-year-old newspaper, the Collegian, they had no idea of the bad publicity the move would get the school.  KPCC FM's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports today that State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has "urged L.A. City College President...…
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News, The Informer Can the City Council Stop Runaway Production?

Can the City Council Stop Runaway Production?

According to City News Service, the L.A. City Council today directed government agencies "to consider offering a host of incentives to encourage television and movie production companies to keep conducting business in Los Angeles, instead of moving to other cities and states."The council deserves a special Academy Award for this...…
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Downtown's Dueling Ice-Skating Rinks

In addition to Pershing Square's ice-skating rink, downtown L.A. will soon be home to a sparkling new rink at L.A. Live -- one that, according to the Downtown News, seeks to recreate the holiday season vibe of New York's Rockefeller Center. As opposed, say, to Pershing Square's feedlot-with-benches ambiance. Which...…
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Ed Roski Jr. Sells 'Los Angeles Stadium' to the O.C.

The San Gabriel Valley Trib's James Wagner reports on the new tone of self-confidence (or hubris) displayed by mega-developer Ed Roski Jr. and representatives of his Majestic Realty Company. Roski's long political fight to build a 75,000-seat sports stadium/retail complex in the City of Industry seems to be ending. With...…
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News, The Informer Mannywood: Too Big to Fail

Mannywood: Too Big to Fail

L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez makes what many Dodger fans will find an indecent proposal: Lopez says he will hand over a pair of World Series (Game 4) tickets worth $500 to the person who writes the best 50-word essay scolding Left Fielder Manny Ramirez for being . . ...…
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News, The Informer Today in Photographs: October 7, 1951

Today in Photographs: October 7, 1951

Collision Courses. Two accidents occurring on the same day share similarities: A restless crowd of gawkers and a woman bent over a fallen man. Top: Traffic accident at Olympic Boulevard and Pelham Avenue in West L.A. (LA Examiner/USC)(Bottom: Two speedboats collided at the mouth of the L.A. River in Long...…
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Is L.A. Unfairly Taxing Unincorporated-Area Businesses?

As the financial crisis tightens its grip on California, the pressure to squeeze out more local revenue is causing rifts between the city and county governments -- and the results are not pretty. Last week the County Board of Supervisors unanimously supported a letter proposed by Supervisor Gloria Molina and...…
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News, The Informer Ron Jeremy v. The Pastor

Ron Jeremy v. The Pastor

Porn has been very very good to Ron Jeremy, the cherubic hardcore star who, paradoxically, could serve as an inspiration either for the main character in Hung or a figure in a Disney film. (One of his nicknames is, after all, "Hedgehog.") After appearing in nearly 2,000 adult films, Jeremy...…
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News, The Informer Mel Gibson's DUI Forgiven

Mel Gibson's DUI Forgiven

Call it an act of redemption, but today Malibu Judge Lawrence Mira agreed to expunge actor Mel Gibson's 2006 drunk-driving record. On July 28 of that year Gibson was pulled over for speeding on Pacific Coast Highway by LASD deputy James Mee. The Braveheart star's blood-alcohol level was a robust...…
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