Articles by: lawavestaff

In receiving award, Amy Wakefield is critical of what she calls a broken system.

03/25/2014 4:30 pm0 comments
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Amy Wakefield, shown walking with her husband Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in the King day Parade, was honored last Friday by the Southern California Foster Family and Adoption Agency.

  From City News Service CENTURY CITY — Los Angeles first lady Amy Elaine Wakeland accepted an award from the Friday, and she both criticized the foster system as broken and applauded the work of foster families and organizations for making up the difference. Speaking at the Los Angeles-based agency’s [...]

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Southland artists line up for Open Call L.A. 2014

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About 2,000 Southland artists lined up at Barnsdall Park last Saturday to enter their artwork in Open Call 2014. The line, bottom left, stretched down the walkway leading to the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and then around the park as people waited in line to pay their $20-a-piece entry fee. Among the artists entering the show, below, is Ken Farkash, who entered two of his paintings.

    Independent Staff Report   HOLLYWOOD — Artists from throughout the Southland lined up at Barnsdall Park here last Saturday to enter their work in Open Call L.A., a non-juried biennial exhibition open to all artists residing in Southern California. The line stretched from the Los Angeles Municipal Art [...]

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Marijuana Initiative

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Industrial hemp

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Backers of an initiative that would legalize possession, use, cultivation, transportation and distribution of marijuana and hemp have until Aug. 18 to submit enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. If approved by voters, the measure would also require the Legislature to adopt [...]

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Youth Jobs

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The city will offer twice as many jobs to young people this summer, with a total of 10,000 openings, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today. The Walt Disney Co. and Citibank each donated $1 million to fund the Hire L.A.’s Youth program, which makes jobs available to [...]

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The Bold and the Beautiful Bernard

03/24/2014 4:48 pm0 comments
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Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks will appear on the “The Bold and the Beautiful” as part of an effort to draw attention to pets in local shelters that need adopting. The cameo features Parks, who was on the set today, explaining why adopting animals from [...]

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Gwar lead singer Dave Brockie dead at 50

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GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie dead at 50

  By Alan Duke CNN   (CNN) — Gwar lead singer died Sunday, his manager said Monday. Brockie was 50. “His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, Virginia,” Gwar manager Jack Flanagan said in a statement on the group’s website. An autopsy will [...]

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Hollywood officer-involved shooting

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – An officer-involved shooting at a Hollywood Hills home today left a policewoman injured and a suspect who barricaded himself in the residence dead, police said. The shooting occurred after officers went to the multi-story home in the 8200 block of Gould Ave., a winding road off [...]

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KYLE BUSCH DEFENDS AUTO CLUB 400 TITLE WITH REPEAT VICTORY

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KYLE BUSCH DEFENDS AUTO CLUB 400 TITLE  WITH REPEAT VICTORY

    FONTANA, Calif. (March 23, 2014) – Kyle Busch’s dominance continued at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana as the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 champion took home the checkered flag once again. Busch (No. 18, Interstate Batteries Toyota) held off rookie Kyle Larson (No. 42, Target [...]

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Covered California 96 percent over original expectations

03/21/2014 4:06 pm0 comments
Covered California 96 percent over original expectations

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Covered California enrollments are taking place at a rate 96 percent over original expectations in Orange County, and 36 percent better than first hoped for in Los Angeles County, state officials announced today. More than 241,000 Los Angeles County residents signed up for health insurance through [...]

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Lady Gaga spews forth: This is no act

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Lady Gaga

    By Breeanna Hare CNN   (CNN) — After staging a “vomit as art” performance and facing lackluster sales for her latest album, Lady Gaga is ready to speak her piece. On the “Today” show Friday, the 27-year-old singer defended her commitment to the weird and spectacular (and sometimes [...]

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