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NEWS
November 10, 1986 | KAREN ROEBUCK, Times Staff Writer
A surprise discovery of Rudy Vallee memorabilia--including 5,000 neckties, a gold watch from actress Mary Pickford and a fedora from W. C. Fields--were found this week in a recently unlocked attic in the late crooner's Hollywood Hills home, Vallee's widow said Sunday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1994 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Curiosity didn't kill this cat, but it came awfully close. A cat was found alive after being trapped in the attic of a Sand Canyon house for more than two weeks with no food or water, despite several days of record-breaking heat. Apparently, the feline sneaked through a hole in roof made Aug. 5 while workers repaired earthquake damage to the house's chimney and was sealed inside.
REAL ESTATE
September 7, 1986 | LOUIS HILL, Special to The Times and Hill is a Cypress free-lance writer. and
Each time I pass a garage sale, I am aware of our throwaway society and how much of our heritage is being discarded. It is then I shout loudly for the return of the attic. Not just a crawl space or a termite refuge, but a real, genuine, musty, cobwebby, dusty, creaky attic. Unfortunately, the attic in the West is as scarce as the front porch. Single-Story Houses And who gets the blame? Myopic architects and tight-fisted builders are the culprits.
NEWS
June 4, 1989 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, Times Staff Writer
Very often when she was in the White House, former First Lady Nancy Reagan said here Saturday, she was reminded of her first stage role in which she played a character who was kidnaped "and kept up in the attic." Only once, in Act II, did she speak, "just one line, and then back to the attic." With such intense public scrutiny and strictures on what she could say and do, "there were times when I felt I was in that attic," she said. She came to Washington in 1981 expecting a "tremendous platform," Mrs. Reagan said in a panel discussion at the Library of Congress, "but ironically, a First Lady loses her freedom of speech."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
The stop-motion action is nonstop and deliriously bent in "Toys in the Attic," a 2009 Czech feature that has been retrofitted with an English-language voice cast led by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes. Jiri Barta's blend of live action and handmade and computer effects puts a "Toy Story" slant on "The Perils of Pauline" by way of "1984" and any number of dystopian nightmares. But the plot is the least of it in a film whose transporting aesthetic is a tattered brocade of industrial grunge and oldfangled whimsy.
NATIONAL
February 16, 2010 | Chicago Tribune
Fire officials continued to seek the cause of a weekend apartment blaze that killed seven people, including four children. Assistant Fire Marshal Ron Opalecky of the Chicago suburb of Cicero said the blaze was believed to have started at a back porch early Sunday. Asked if it had been intentionally set, he replied, "Nothing has been ruled out." Investigators have talked to witnesses and are checking electrical equipment as well as heating and air conditioning units. Asked if smoking may have been the cause, he said, "Because of the extensive damage, it's going to be hard to conclude anything like that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
During the run-up to its annual Halloween gala, the Magic Castle in Hollywood announced its theme for the night's shows: "For the last week in October, the Magic Castle will be ON FIRE with the spirit of Halloween!" said the website's special events calendar. In an unfortunate twist, a real fire broke out in the attic of the century-old Victorian about 12:35 p.m. Monday, possibly causing thousands of dollars' worth of damage, closing the venue for at least two days and displacing its popular Halloween night event.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Some people talk with their hands. Robert Hoffman talks with his fingers extending from the hands, flowing from the arms and the trunk. But the classically trained dancer, award-winning hip-hop choreographer and rubber-boned scene stealer of "Aliens in the Attic" isn't waxing balletic with those dexterous digits; he's describing prank videos in which he scares the bejesus out of total strangers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2011 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles firefighter died Friday from injuries he sustained when a ceiling collapsed on him in a house fire late Wednesday night in the Hollywood Hills. FOR THE RECORD: An article in the Feb. 19 LATExtra section about the death of Los Angeles Firefighter Glenn Allen said that Allen's funeral was tentatively planned for March 4. According to the Fire Department, his funeral is scheduled for Feb. 25 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. "I don't think any of us as firefighters would expect such a catastrophic failure of ceiling," city Fire Chief Millage Peaks said after announcing the death of Glenn Allen, 61, an L.A. firefighter for more than 36 years.
NATIONAL
May 30, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A recent fire in a Milwaukee public school that dates back to 1894 resulted in an unusual find: a U.S. flag left in an unused attic area for more than 100 years. District officials say the flag is from 1897 and has 45 stars, representing the number of states at that time. They said the flag is believed to have been in the attic for 112 years.
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