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Margaret Pelligrini, onetime Munchkin, dies

08/09/2013 1:42 pm0 comments
Margret Pelegrini 

Photo Gary McCarthy / Los Angeles Indepent

By Alan Duke CNN Margaret Pelligrini, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the original production of “The Wizard of Oz,” died Wednesday, the Munchkins spokesman said. She was 89. Pelligrini played the flowerpot Munchkin and one of the sleepy head kids in the classic 1939 film, according to spokesman [...]

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Keyboardist George Duke dies

08/06/2013 8:44 pm0 comments
Keyboardist George Duke dies

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer Early tributes are coming in for legendary jazz artist George Duke, who died  Monday at age 67. According to a representative, the keyboardist, known for his blend of acoustic and electric jazz, funk and R&B, said he was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. In [...]

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Venice Beach temporary barriers

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Venice Beach boardwalk

Photo by Gary McCarthy / Los Angeles Independent

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles City Council approved an emergency motion today requesting a study into enhancing public safety along Venice’s Ocean Front Walk, the beach boardwalk where a car fatally struck a 32-year-old Italian woman Saturday. The motion, proposed by Venice-area Councilman Mike Bonin and approved on [...]

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‘The Flying Man’ creeps out viewers

08/05/2013 3:45 pm0 comments
‘The Flying Man’ creeps out viewers

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer It’s “Man of Steel” meets “Paranormal” and it’s spooking up the Internet. A short film, “The Flying Man,” co-written, directed and financed by special effects artist Marcus Alqueres, has garnered nearly 115,000 views on YouTube. Alqueres has worked on “300,” “Source Code,” and the upcoming [...]

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Joan Jett kicks off Sunset Strip Music Festival

08/02/2013 2:23 pm0 comments
Joan Jett and Mayor of the Sunset strip Rodney Bingenheimer

Photo By Gary McCarthy / Los Angeles Indpendent

    The city honored the musical legacy of Joan Jett on Thursday, declaring the day Joan Jett Day in West Hollywood as the singer-guitar player kicked off the Sunset Strip Music Festival with a live performance at the House of Blues. The former member of the Runaways walked the [...]

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Lula Washington and dancers are home for rare appearance

07/31/2013 7:56 pm0 comments
Lula Washington and dancers are home for rare appearance

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer It may surprise people that the acclaimed Crenshaw-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT), which has built an international reputation with overseas tours to countries like Russia, China, Brazil, Mexico and Germany, hasn’t performed as a full company in Los Angeles for about a decade. But [...]

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Medical Marijuana-threats of legal action

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Henry Hemp

Photo By Gaty McCarthy / Los Angeles Independent

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles City Council went behind closed doors today to discuss  threats of legal action by two medical marijuana dispensary operators who contend they should be allowed to remain open despite voters’ passage of Proposition D, which pared back the number of pot purveyors allowed [...]

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Dorsey High to host screening of ‘Battle for Brooklyn’

07/24/2013 7:49 pm0 comments
Dorsey High to host screening of ‘Battle for Brooklyn’

It has been a couple of years now since its debut on the film festival circuit, but a powerful documentary that intimately chronicled the archetypal urban struggle — played out almost daily across the nation — pitting billion-dollar development against stoic neighborhood residents, gets another airing this weekend. On Saturday, [...]

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City Hall customer service

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Mayor Eric Garcetti

Photo Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Anyone wandering around lost at City Hall or in need of answers to city service questions or problems now have a friendly guide in the form of a help desk team set up today by Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The mayor’s help desk means that there is [...]

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Protesters charged

07/23/2013 5:18 pm0 comments
Andy Smith- LAPD

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Los Angeles man and nine teenagers were charged in connection with protests in Los Angeles and Hollywood earlier this month, the District Attorney’s Office announced today. Shareef Abdullah, 28, is accused of approaching a CBS news crew, threatening to shoot a TV cameraman if he [...]

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