USC Coach

12/03/2013 3:51 pm0 comments
Steve Sarkisian during his first tenure at USC, 2008.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – New USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian said today taking over the Trojan team “is just awesome,” and he vowed to live up to fan and university expectations of winning championships. “I will say this, we will not shy away from the expectations here. We’re going [...]

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Fawcett Portrait

12/02/2013 5:18 pm0 comments

By BILL HETHERMAN City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Ryan O’Neal testified today he took one of two Andy Warhol portraits of Farrah Fawcett from the Wilshire-area condominium of his former flame a week or more after her 2009 death. The 72-year-old actor took the stand in trial of [...]

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Hanukkah Begins at Sundown

11/27/2013 1:20 pm0 comments
Hanukkah MenorahLA Zoo

Photo by Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Hanukkah, Judaism’s eight-day “Festival of Lights” commemorating the Maccabees’ victory over a larger Syrian army in 165 B.C., begins at sundown tonight. Once the Jews defeated the Hellenist Syrian forces of Antiochus IV at the end of a three-year rebellion, the temple in Jerusalem, which the [...]

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Menorah and the Mayor

11/26/2013 2:50 pm0 comments
Menorah lighting 

Photo By Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles’ first elected Jewish mayor, joined city and local Jewish leaders today to illuminate the first candle on a 17th century menorah that will be displayed at City Hall in celebration of Hanukkah. Chabad of California organized the annual City Hall menorah [...]

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Metro Red Line Death

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Metro Police close off Hollywood and Vine Metro Station

Photo by Gary McCarthy

HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – A man was struck and killed by a Metro Red Line train in Hollywood today, authorities said. Paramedics were sent to the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard, near Vine Street, about 5:30 a.m., said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The man died at the [...]

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Holiday Bargains

11/19/2013 3:31 pm0 comments
Holiday Bargains

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Holiday shoppers should check their receipts to make sure they get the bargains they’re shopping for, county officials warned today. With sales and price breaks lasting just a day or a few hours and a host of special discounts and membership deals available during the frenzied [...]

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Plastic bag ban Los Angeles

11/18/2013 2:36 pm0 comments
Paul Koretz  cleans up plastic bag from the south steps of Los Angeles city hall.

Photo by Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles city officials today announced an effort to educate Angelenos on the plastic bag ban going into effect at large grocery and drug stores on Jan. 1, and at smaller, mom-and-pop stores six months later. As part of the campaign, stores will display placards warning [...]

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West Hollywood Council to consider preserving Tower Records

11/15/2013 5:12 pm0 comments
Tower Records

    Independent Staff Report   WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City Council here is expected to hear an appeal Monday night on whether the former Tower Records store on should be historically preserved. The city’s Historic Preservation Commission in April voted not to recommend preserving the building at Sunset and [...]

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Gatto Murder

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Police tape in front of the Joseph Gatto home.

Photo by Gary McCarthy

SILVER LAKE (CNS) – An“aggressive” investigation was under way today into the killing of Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s 78-year-old father, who was shot during an apparent home-invasion robbery in Silver Lake. The body of Joseph Gatto was found by his daughter around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, slumped over a stool at his [...]

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Veterans Day Los Angeles

11/12/2013 4:05 pm1 comment
Native American Veteran's Association and Heritage Day Pawwow

Photos by Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Mayor Eric Garcetti was the grand marshal of today’s 10th. annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade, the first elected official to have that honor. Only veterans, active duty military members and reservists such as Garcetti, a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve, are allowed to ride [...]

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