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June 6, 2013 | By Kate Mather
At first, Deputy Michael Rust didn't believe the radio call . A former Los Angeles police officer had spotted two women standing at a van parked near a Lancaster intersection Tuesday morning, Rust said. One reportedly was holding a 4-foot long alligator. Worried the women would "abandon the beast in the desert" -- residents say abandoned dogs are a problem in the area -- the man called authorities, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said. "When I heard it on the radio, I'm thinking, 'Yeah, an alligator.
May 30, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
In "From the Head," Shoes (writer/director/star George Griffith) is a bathroom attendant in the strangest restroom in Manhattan. It's not just that it's in a strip club - it's that every guy who enters strikes up a conversation, and most of them even tip. Shoes, so named for his classy wingtips, is a therapist, sage and comedian. What he isn't - or at least he won't admit it - is a New York fixture, but after three years of eight-hour shifts passing out mints, wiping lipstick off married men and assuring the spendthrifts that Ruby really does think they're "different," it's time to either start looking for a real job or stop clinging to his ironic detachment.
May 25, 2013 | Steve Lopez
To be fair, crumbling infrastructure isn't entirely a negative story, and I was reminded of this while driving through my neighborhood last week. There are sections of Silver Lake Boulevard, near the Hollywood Freeway, where driving is like slalom skiing. You've got to bank left, then pull hard to the right, to avoid obstacles that include gullies, potholes and elevated manhole covers. Heading west, the street turns into Beverly Boulevard, and you're still clunking along on what feels like a pile of rocks.
May 17, 2013
The minimalist, loft-style Glass House was designed to make the most of its ocean and sandy beach views. An 11-foot-tall folding door system allows indoor-outdoor living, while channel glass side walls bring diffused natural light into the interiors. Location: 2316 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 Asking price: $11 million Year built: 2001 Architect: Roger Kurath House size: Two bedrooms, three bathrooms, 3,963 square feet Lot size: 3,503 square feet Features: Exposed H beams, curved walls of glass, spiral staircase, living room fireplace, billiard room, media room, circular glass shower with skylight, ocean-view spa bath tub, two-car garage.
May 14, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 33-year-old Palmdale man was charged with disguising himself as a woman so he could secretly shoot videos inside a women's bathroom, authorities said Tuesday night. Jason Pomare allegedly wore women's clothing, including a bra and wig, and then hid the camera in a paper bag to shoot videos of women inside a department store bathroom, authorities said. A deputy responding to a call from security personnel Saturday at the Antelope Valley Mall found Pomare "wearing a wig and dressed as a woman," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said in a statement.
April 28, 2013
Set in a gated community atop the Palos Verdes Peninsula and designed for entertaining, this Spanish-style estate takes in coastline and city views. The nearly five acres of grounds include a courtyard, a putting/chipping green, a sports/basketball court, a swimming pool and two spas. Location: 8 Possum Ridge Road, Rolling Hills 90274 Asking price: $8.9 million Year built: 2009 House size: Five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, 7,928 square feet Lot size: 4.77 acres Features: Temperature-controlled wine/beer room with 750-bottle capacity, music room, bar, library/study, media room, gym, indoor golf simulator, multiple fireplaces, maid's quarters, detached guesthouse, three-car garage About the area: Last year, 313 single-family homes sold in the 90274 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.36 million, according to DataQuick.
April 19, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
WATERTOWN, Mass. -- An hour or two before, Deanna Finn hadn't anticipated she'd be ducking with her son in the bathroom of her Watertown home, listening to gunshots, her husband blocks away. The travel ban that had marooned area residents in their homes had just been lifted when Sean Finn decided to go out for milk and cigarettes. It had been a strange day, cooped up in their apartment at the corner of Franklin and Walnut streets in Watertown. Police had searched the yard earlier in the day, and friends' houses had taken bullet holes in another part of Watertown.
April 11, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
An 18-year-old high school student was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping with intent to commit rape after police say he forced a girl into a boys' restroom on campus and started kissing her. Jose Lares is accused of assaulting the 17-year-old victim at Valley High school, a private continuation school in the North Hills area, the Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday afternoon.   He allegedly closed the door and began kissing the girl. "But his actions were interrupted when another student knocked on the door," the LAPD said in a statement.
April 8, 2013 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
Second of two parts Phil Richards used to like his job driving a forklift in a produce and meat warehouse. He took pride in steering a case of beef with precision. Now, he says, he has to speed through the warehouse to meet quotas, tracked by bosses each step of the way. Through a headset, a voice tells him what to do and how much time he has to do it. It makes the Unified Grocers warehouse in Santa Fe Springs operate smoothly with fewer employees, but it also makes Richards' work stressful.
April 5, 2013
This Spanish Colonial Revival known as the Fraser House sits amid oak and olive trees in Pasadena's Historic Highlands landmark district. Vintage details include tile work and arched doorways. Location: 1026 E. Elizabeth St., Pasadena 91104 Asking price: $1.099 million Year built: 1928 House size: Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 2,620 square feet Lot size: 10,676 square feet Features: Exposed hand-hewn ceiling beams in the living and dining rooms, hardwood flooring, wood-burning fireplace, sun room, breakfast area, laundry, guesthouse/studio with own entrance, upgraded electrical work, two-car garage, flagstone patio, built-in barbecue area, lawn About the area: Last year, 294 single-family homes sold in the 91104 ZIP Code at a median price of $499,000, according to DataQuick.
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