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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
The evacuation announcement came over the loudspeaker at the Beverly Center in the early afternoon - a muffled voice telling shoppers that this was not a drill, everyone needed to leave the mall immediately. Christina Taylor, a high school junior from Florida, had been browsing the racks at Bloomingdale's with her mom - their first stop after arriving in L.A. - when her mom grabbed her arm to get her attention. The two women couldn't make out exactly what the announcer had said, but around them, workers in the store began panicking and running, Christina said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
The Beverly Center has reopened after it was evacuated Sunday afternoon when a shopper alerted police that his car parked in the shopping center's multi-level garage, as well as a briefcase inside the vehicle, had been moved. Police received the call about 12:30 p.m., and the LAPD bomb squad was dispatched to the scene, police said. About 1,300 shoppers and employees in the enormous Westside shopping center were evacuated. Police located the car and used a remote-control robot to remove the briefcase, which was later detonated, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The Beverly Center, a popular Westside shopping destination, was evacuated Sunday after a shopper reported a suspicious package to authorities about noon. The shopper told Los Angeles Police Department officials that the package had been placed in his car without his knowledge. As the evacuation got underway, those at the scene tweeted reports of frightened shoppers fleeing the area, following instructions to get out of the mall on foot and leave their cars behind. The shopping center, often patronized by celebrities, has been the site of violence in the past.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
The Los Angeles Police Department evacuated the Beverly Center mall after a shopper alerted police that a suspicious package had been placed in his car without his knowledge. LAPD spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said the call from the shopper came in at noon and officers were still in the process of evacuating the building shortly before 1:40 p.m. The car was parked in the mall's multilevel garage. RELATED: Evacuated mall patrons take to social media Eisenman said the LAPD bomb squad was sent in to check on the package and they were still on the scene.
HOME & GARDEN
March 8, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Cold, wind and hours of boredom didn't deter shoppers on the hunt for affordable designer duds, as throngs lined up to buy into another brief fling between high-end fashion and low-end retail. On Thursday, a match-up between Italian fashion label Marni and cheap-chic retailer H&M drew hundreds of bargain seekers to select H&M stores. At the Beverly Center, about 250 shoppers had gathered outside the store by 7:30 a.m., many sipping coffee and wearing thick coats, knit caps and colorful wristbands stamped with the time slot they had been allotted to shop the collection.
NEWS
December 2, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If the thought of driving and holiday shopping in Los Angeles drives you a little crazy, here's a hotel package that puts guests within striking distance of the Grove and the Beverly Center. The deal from the Westside 's Orlando boutique hotel starts at $219 a night and includes a $50 gift card to spend on yourself or others.  The deal: The Orlando at 8384 W. 3rd St. (between San Vicente Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue) started life in 1984 as the Beverly Plaza Hotel. Most recently, the hotel upgraded its 95 rooms with higher ceilings,  bigger bathrooms and high-tech amenities, and it opened the new Churchill bar and restaurant.
IMAGE
November 20, 2011 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Shopping centers have always been about more than shopping. Before the rise of Internet-based social interaction, malls were a workplace, gathering place and pop culture petri dish for the better part of two generations. That made them the perfect backdrops for the kinds of films that filled the '80s and '90s - for the most part geographically ambiguous, lost-in-the-crowd tales of teen angst, budding (or imploding) romance, the everyman chafing under the yoke of social hierarchy and the bullies that come with it. In short, the mall setting was a grown-up version of the childhood playground - and, perhaps most important, a place that would look fairly familiar to everyone.
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November 20, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Southern California is home to strip malls, mini-malls, mixed-use malls, outlet malls and rarefied luxury malls. But, unlike any other mall, the Beverly Center is a microcosm of the state of fashion and culture today. The behemoth at the edge of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills has eight levels — five of them for parking. The directory of stores, from Fendi to Forever 21, with very little in the middle price range, is indicative of today's high-low approach to shopping and getting dressed.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Going to the Westside Pavilion mall is a Friday afternoon ritual for Jenny Ouchi and her 8-year-old son, Will. But shopping isn't usually on the agenda. Ouchi drops Will off at Music Stars & Masters on the second floor, where he takes private piano lessons. During the half-hour session, Ouchi, 38, runs errands in the Los Angeles shopping center, such as getting her nails done or mailing a letter at the in-mall post office. "It's definitely a timesaver," said Ouchi, a part-time pediatrician who lives on the Westside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2011 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Jocelyn Mull recalled finding the lifeless body of her 18-year-old son, Eron, lying in an alley near the Beverly Center. She had rushed to the scene after receiving a phone call from her sister alerting her of a possible shooting involving her son. She saw Eron's mouth gaping wide, she said. He had been shot once in the neck. Blood was everywhere. "A mother never expects — it's unthinkable — to bury her child," Mull said in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Friday as she demanded the maximum sentence for his killer, Kenneth Webb.
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