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Swiss Miss: Roman Polanski Loses Bail Bid

The first inning of what could prove to be long losing game for director Roman Polanski ended Tuesday with Swiss authorities rejecting his application for bail. The Associated Press quoted Swiss justice ministry spokesman Folco Galli saying, "We continue to be of the opinion that there is a high risk......
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Station Fire Victims Twice Burned

One thing the recent wildfires showed us is the media's need to find villains, victims and fools during the narrative of destruction. One popular example of the last category was a pair of men living in Big Tujunga Canyon who, we were told, decided to wade out the Station Fire......

Lenny Bruce: How to Talk Dirty and Influence Auctions

Note Change of Venue, Date BelowIt's been 43 years since "sick," "dirty" standup comedian Lenny Bruce died of a morphine overdose in Los Angeles, but his legacy lives on -- not only in the candid ways in which Americans from academia to the pulpit now feel free to discuss human......
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Salvation Army Turns Off Harbor Light on Skid Row

"This is a heck of a time to be closing down a drug rehab center, " said the interviewee who requested anonymity.The center in question is the Salvation Army's Harbor Light residential facility on 809 E. Fifth Street, which has served homeless men on Skid Row battling alcoholism and drug......

Emergency Room Blues: My Own Private Public Option

About eight or nine years ago a colleague at the Weekly mentioned that she went to see a doctor at her HMO because of a headache. She left hours later after being given an MRI and a thorough examination for what was basically a cold. That, she said, was why......
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Autumn Is No Fall for the Dodgers

For a while there -- about 10:45 p.m. Friday night, to be precise -- it seemed as though all of the L.A. Dodgers' early season heroics (the winning streaks, come-from-behind victories, clutch home runs, etc.) were merely a cruel setup to make the team's annual collapse all the more devastating......
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Today in Photographs: October 3, 1959

Five thousand Dodger fans at L.A. International Airport welcome the team's return home after splitting the first two games of the World Series in Chicago with the White Sox.LA Herald-Examiner/LAPL......