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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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  • Commissioned Officer Diana Zschaschel, Paul Garcia, and their baby
Commissioned U.S. Army Reserve Officer Diana Elizabeth Zschaschel and her family are facing a cold winter eviction set for today in Los Angeles, after they say the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., or Freddie Mac, wrongfully evicted them -- while she was on duty in San Diego.

On May 14, 2011, Zschaschel, an active-duty officer, was part of "Operation Ready Warrior," in San Diego, which helped military personnel with dental needs, a field in which she specializes. While deployed out of town, her husband was trying work out a repayment plan with Bank of America because they were behind on their mortgage in Los Angeles. Instead, she and the family's attorney allege, B of A illegally foreclosed:

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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Village Voice Media Responds to Clergy

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Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 12:13 PM

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Today 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to Village Voice and the classified ad site Backpage.com. The full page ad was published in the New York Times.

The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds.

Neither government officials nor God's advocates can dictate such arbitrary control of business or speech.

In August this same religious coalition asked for a confidential meeting regarding Backpage.com. We readily agreed. As we prepared to share our information, we were informed that only four members of the coalition would attend.

Village Voice Media then offered to fly, at our expense, all members of the clerical delegation to New York for the conference.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

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"Knuckles Capone" and "Murderface" are names that made the list this year.

No, it's not a registry of LA gangsters, or possibly Dick Tracy villains.

The annual top 10 list of the most unusual cat and dog names of 2011 is finally out, and if you get a kick out of the name, "Sir Seamus McPoop," this is the list for you.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

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College Kids Agree: Being Drunk is More Fun Than Not Being Drunk

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Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 12:30 PM
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To get drunk or not to get drunk? That be the question.

On one hand, there's the vomiting, blackouts and hangovers.

On the other hand, there's that shot of courage only booze can deliver, the euphoric drunken chattiness and other social benefits.

Guess which one wins.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

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Calling Afghanistan: L.A. Schoolkids Try to Bridge a Gulf

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Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 8:00 AM

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Teenagers spend a lot of time talking on the phone. But not too many of them get to call their peers in a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan. A handful of teens from Windward School, a charter school in West L.A., recently became the first to do so.

The nonprofit group Spirit of America, which works with American military service personnel to provide basic supplies to people in combat zones, patched the phone call through in the school library. It was a video conference call, so the kids could see each other. Two monitors (one in each country), some military satellites and a Skype connection were involved.

Naturally, the West L.A. kids fretted over what to discuss with the Helmand Province kids in southwestern Afghanistan, an area populated by Pashtuns under Taliban control. Their respective lifestyles are so different that there was certainly plenty to wonder about, if not ask aloud.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

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A little more than two years ago, Rivella Dunner of Los Angeles bought a new 2009 Honda Civic at a dealership in Woodland Hills. She, like most Civic owners, was psyched that the car was both affordable and supposedly reliable.

Thirteen months and 10,433 miles later, however, Dunner was shocked when she took her car back to the dealership and was told she needed new brakes.

What's more, Dunner says, she was informed that the new car's three-year, 36,000 mile warranty would not cover the cost of the repair because Honda took the position that nothing was wrong with the braking system.

Pissed off at Honda, Dunner has now filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court against the Torrance-based auto giant, claiming the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Civic's brakes wear down prematurely, causing safety risks, and that the American Honda Motor Co. will not fix the problems and refuses to tell purchasers about the vehicle defect.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

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In the wake of the Bell scandal, where the city was paying $1.6 million a year to three city employees, the California Controller decided to make every county, city and special district in the state fork over the salary information for each specific job.

That'll keep 'em honest, was the thought.

But so far, according to a list if deadbeats that the Controller put out, nearly 20 percent of the 900 agencies have not complied and could face up to a $5,000 fine.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

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Among the many ideas Gov. Jerry Brown apparently has to reduce California's colossal $25 billion-plus deficit, including reductions to state parks and libraries, is to pawn state prisoners off on county jails.

That may work in some counties, but it's hardly clear if LA is one of them.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

ABC NEWS
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When Jacqueline Getty was getting divorced from Peter Getty last year, she asked the court for more than $500,000 a month to support her habit as a former member of the Getty clan.

A judge said no, and decided that the grandson of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty only had to cough up $83,000 a month.

But apparently, according to a lawsuit Jacqueline filed against Getty earlier this week in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jacqueline isn't getting the cash Getty supposedly promised, to support her "in the manner in which [she] had been accustomed as a member of the 'Getty family.'"

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Service was restored to normal for T-Mobile customers in the Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas Monday night after many of the company's wireless users reported getting spotty or no coverage Monday.

Customers tweeted about the problems and even a few commented at LA Weekly, with one stating that the lack of service was hurting a job hunt because prospective employers couldn't get through; another said he received "all circuits are busy" audio messages when trying to use his mobile phone. A T-Mobile rep emailed LA Weekly Monday night to say things were back to normal:

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