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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
Authorities were hailing a 7-year-old Norwalk boy as a hero Tuesday after he hid in a bathroom and called 911 as three armed attackers burst into his home and threatened his parents. During the harrowing emergency call, the child pleaded with Los Angeles County sheriff's dispatchers to send help. "Can you come really fast? Please! Please! . . . They have guns. They shoot my mom and dad," the boy said, according to a copy of the 911 tape released by authorities. The incident began about 8:30 a.m. when the three suspects, armed with handguns, stormed through an unlocked door and said they were going to take what they wanted, the Sheriff's Department said.
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BUSINESS
January 30, 2011 | By Dinah Eng
This updated 1935 Spanish home in Hollywood Hills' Outpost Estates features a sprawling backyard with a pool, patios for entertaining and a panoramic view from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. But perhaps most important for this neighborhood, the gated compound, which sits on more than half an acre, is landscaped for privacy with king palms, queen palms, carob trees and numerous fruit trees. The area is known as a celebrity enclave and has been home to residents such as Ben Stiller, Charlize Theron, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2011 | By Dinah Eng
Classic elegance and natural light interplay at a Brentwood Park home that opens to graceful gardens, canyon views and a saltwater pool with cabana. Designed by Studio City architect Bob Ray Offenhauser, known for creating luxury estates, the gated property is in a neighborhood known for being home to celebrity residents and business executives. "My girls were young teenagers when we moved here in 2007, and I didn't want to put them in 90210," says owner Patricia K. Applegate, a retired businesswoman.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2009 | Dinah Eng
A fusion of classic Venetian style and modern convenience can be found in Villa Allegra, a Hollywood Hills mansion with custom details including an oak-and-limestone-striped floor in the kitchen and laser-cut design work in the travertine tiles of the boudoir. Built by owner Richard Tuil, a designer and architect, the house was constructed in stages from 2003 to 2009. It is split into four levels, with the upper floor set up for entertaining.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2010 | By Dinah Eng
This 2-year-old house inspired by the historic homes of Belgium feels as if it could be sitting in the countryside rather than in a Santa Monica neighborhood just blocks from the boutiques on Montana Avenue. The house, completed in 2008, is constructed with 17th century limestone floors, Belgian bluestone details, elaborate ironwork and refitted antique doors. The living room, which features a fireplace with a floor-to-ceiling stone face, has twin sets of iron doors that open to a cobblestone courtyard and fountain.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2010 | By Dinah Eng
Built in the wooded canyon area of Malibu's Serra Retreat, this home combines the appeal of a contemporary loft with the rustic exterior look of a Hamptons barn, using floor-to-ceiling sliding glass pocket doors in many rooms to create an indoor-outdoor environment. Designed by Los Angeles architect Michael Kovac, the house was built around a silk floss tree that shades the patio by the pool. The interior design was by Vanessa Alexander, who owns the home with her husband, Steve Alexander, a film producer.
NEWS
September 29, 2002
I thought having to endure cell phones at the beach was a nuisance ("Withdrawing Into Our Cells," Sept. 19). After all, isn't the beach a place to get away from it all? But this week, as I sat in a bathroom stall (one of the few semiprivate places left in life), the woman in the stall next to me received a cell call. She answered it, started talking to the person on the other end and laughingly stated that she was in a stall in the ladies' bathroom. Yikes! Please, it's one thing if you choose to sit on a toilet and talk to someone that you feel comfortable enough doing that (preferably in your home)
BUSINESS
February 27, 2011 | By Dinah Eng
A Malibu estate with a studio nearly as large as the contemporary main residence, its own dog park and an ecologically friendly design gives new meaning to the phrase "custom built. " The gated compound, created by Los Angeles artist and designer Douglas Busch as his personal residence, sits on 10 aces with 360-degree ocean, mountain and canyon vistas. Busch, who is also an internationally recognized photographer, has used steel and glass, sustainable materials and water features to create an eco- and health-conscious home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a videotape played for jurors Tuesday, Maria del Rosio Alfaro told sheriff's investigators that she repeatedly stabbed a 9-year-old girl to death to eliminate her as a witness to a robbery. Prosecutors said Autumn Wallace was stabbed 50 times in the bathroom of the Anaheim home that she shared with her mother and older sister, neither of whom was at home during the attack on June 15, 1990.
HOME & GARDEN
November 28, 2009 | By LAUREN BEALE
Personal trainer Bob Harper of "The Biggest Loser" has purchased a home in the Hollywood Hills at the slimmed-down price of $2.9 million. The single-story midcentury-style home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms in about 2,600 square feet and sits on a cul-de-sac. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the open-plan living and dining room reveal canyon, city lights and ocean views beyond the swimming pool. There are also views from the master bedroom and the large windows in the kitchen, which opens to a breakfast bar. Harper has been the Blue Team leader on the NBC weight-loss show (2004-present)
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