Articles by: lawavestaff

Pine tree dedicated to Beatle is laid low — by beetles

07/23/2014 2:48 pm0 comments
L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge where the tree dedicated to the memory of Beatle George Harrison stood for more than a decade.

Photo by Gary McCarthy

CNN LOS ANGELES (CNN) — A tree dedicated to the memory of Beatle George Harrison, whose solo career included the hit “What is Life,” has met a grisly end to its life from the jaws of voracious bark beetles. A pine stump now lies a few feet from a plaque [...]

Read more ›

James Garner died of natural causes at his Brentwood home He was 86

07/21/2014 4:28 pm0 comments
James Garner

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Actor James Garner, star of such classic television shows as “The Rockford Files” and “Maverick,” and movies including “The Notebook” and “Grand Prix,” died of natural causes at his Brentwood home He was 86. Paramedics were dispatched to his house at 7:57 p.m. Saturday, said Brian [...]

Read more ›

Mandela Day LA

07/18/2014 3:03 pm0 comments
Nelson Mandela Day in the Los Angeles and the 25th anniversary
of the toppling of the Berlin Wall. Officials will  unveiled a portrait of
Mandela on the Berlin Wall Monument painted by local muralist Kent Twitchell.
Photo by Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles City Council members declared today Nelson Mandela Day to honor the late South African president and human rights activist on what would have been his 96th birthday. During a ceremony at Los Angeles’ Berlin Wall Monument, Councilman Tom LaBonge helped unveil a portrait of [...]

Read more ›

Judge shuts down marijuana market

12:14 pm0 comments
California Heritage Market’s marijuana farmers market in East Los Angeles on July 4. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order closing the market down for violating Proposition D.

Photo by Gary McCarthy

From City News Service A judge granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday blocking the operation of a medical marijuana “farmers market” in Boyle Heights, agreeing with city attorneys that it falls outside the parameters of a voter-approved measure limiting dispensaries in the city and is an unauthorized use of the [...]

Read more ›

Michelle Obama speaking up in So Cal

07/16/2014 4:50 pm0 comments
at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner
Education Award Luncheon.

Photo by Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The inability of veterans to find jobs is “unacceptable” in the United States, and the idea of even one veteran being homeless should “horrify all of us,” first lady Michelle Obama told a gathering of government and business leaders today in Century City. Speaking at a [...]

Read more ›

Philip Stein aka Estaño retrospective at the Pico House

4:31 pm0 comments
The World Stage at the Pico House

Photo by Gary McCarthy

The World Stage is a fifty year retrospective of the painting & drawings of social justice painter Philip Stein aka Estaño who lived to be 90.  Throughout his long artistic career, Stein used his brush to paint the socio-economic plight of the poor and unrepresented. Civil rights, women’s rights and [...]

Read more ›

Michelle Obama coming to Los Angeles

07/15/2014 3:13 pm0 comments
Michelle Obama

Photo by Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – First lady Michelle Obama will begin a two-day swing through Los Angeles today, attending a Democratic National Committee fundraiser ahead of speeches planned at a pair of events tomorrow. The first lady is expected to attend a roundtable discussion at the home of Michael Lombardo, HBO’s [...]

Read more ›

Echo Park Lotus Festival returns after three years

2:51 pm0 comments
Echo Park Lotus Festival returns after three years

Independent Staff Report ECHO PARK — After a three-year absence, the Lotus Festival returned to Echo Park last weekend. The two-day festival was the first held by the lake since 2011, before the park was closed for a $45 million storm water improvement project that caused the lake to be [...]

Read more ›

A greener Los Feliz Golf Course reopens

07/14/2014 3:32 pm0 comments
Tregnan Golf Academy members on reopening day at Los Feliz Golf Course.
Photo by Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – An automated recycled water system installed at the Los Feliz Golf Course near Griffith Park will save up to 5.5 million gallons of drinking water a year, city officials said today. The water saved would be enough to fill eight Olympic-sized swimming pools or “enough drinking [...]

Read more ›

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:’ Can it end the summer slump?

07/11/2014 4:10 pm0 comments
Andy Serkis brings life to simian Caesar (right) in 20th Century Fox's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

  By Lisa Respers France CNN   (CNN) — When it comes to this year’s summer box office, Hollywood can’t afford to monkey around. There has been a decided dearth of blockbusters in what is supposed to be the height of the season. The Fourth of July holiday weekend was [...]

Read more ›