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January 17, 2007 | Scott Timberg and Martha Groves, Times Staff Writers
For the Dutton clan, well-respected fixtures of the Los Angeles bookselling world, the last year has been a series of unfortunate events. Dutton's Books and Art on Laurel Canyon Boulevard closed last spring after almost half a century when Davis Dutton left for Washington state. Then, at the end of 2006, Dutton's Beverly Hills shut its doors because of a disagreement over finances with the city, which had lured owner Doug Dutton, Davis Dutton's brother, to the site after a long courtship.
January 5, 2007 | Roger Vincent
A Beverly Hills medical building has been sold for $42 million, or $626 a square foot, a record price for a Los Angeles County office property. The four-story, 67,000-square-foot building at 120 S. Spaulding Drive was acquired by Beverly Hills investment firm Cambra Realty and New York investment advisor Angelo Gordon & Co., said real estate broker Bob Safai of Madison Partners.
January 4, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
The long-running tale of the Beverly Hills copycat house has taken another dramatic turn, but more twists might lie ahead. In a retrial on damages, a Los Angeles jury has slashed the $5.9-million verdict against several defendants found to have conspired with an architect's employee to copy the architect's plans for a Bel-Air mansion. The architect plans to appeal.
December 21, 2006 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
Describing his store's financial situation as unsustainable, owner Doug Dutton said yesterday that the barely 2-year-old Dutton's Beverly Hills would close its doors at the end of the year. The store, the only independent bookshop in Beverly Hills, was an offshoot of the original Dutton's in Brentwood, considered one of the premier independent bookstores in Southern California. The Beverly Hills branch was the first nonspecialty bookstore to open in the city in more than a decade.
December 17, 2006 | Greg Goldin, Greg Goldin is Los Angeles magazine's architecture critic.
Here, in two words, is the architecture that Los Angeles, the city that loves and hates architecture, currently loves to hate: Persian Palace. No other coinage so immediately evinces dismissal and revulsion. It is the ultimate form of "mansionization," taking a small lot and building the largest possible box on it.
December 13, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The watchman who stabbed an intruder at the mansion of celebrity fitness trainer Gunnar Peterson is a former police officer awaiting trial on charges that he lied and created false documents to become a security guard, police and prosecutors said Tuesday. Michael Buchanan, a former LAPD officer, was named in court documents as the security guard who stabbed Nicholas Samuel Marino after the man broke into the home of Peterson and his wife, Janet, last week.
December 8, 2006 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
A 23-year-old man was arrested Thursday after being stabbed by a private security guard during a struggle after he broke into a Beverly Hills home, police said. Nicholas Marino of Newport Beach was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, "where he was in stable condition and will ultimately be transported down to the county medical unit" of the jail, Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mitch McCann said.
December 6, 2006 | Richard Winton and Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writers
Beverly Hills police said Tuesday it could take up to eight weeks to determine whether charges would be sought against a TV actor in the crash of his SUV, which killed a Beverly Hills High School student in the passenger's seat. Lt. Mitch McCann said it will take that long for detectives to interview witnesses and to complete lab work and a crash analysis.
December 5, 2006 | Erika Hayasaki, Richard Winton and Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writers
Police and school officials Monday were investigating why three teenagers were riding with a TV actor when his Land Rover struck a tree Saturday, killing a 17-year-old Beverly Hills High School student and critically injuring the two others. Lane Garrison, 26, a co-star of the Fox television drama "Prison Break," showed signs of "alcohol intoxication" when he was questioned by police, said Lt. Mitch McCann of the Beverly Hills Police Department.
December 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Actor Lane Garrison of TV's "Prison Break" escaped serious injury when his SUV struck a tree, but a 17-year-old boy was killed and two other teens in the vehicle were injured, police said. The accident occurred about 11:50 p.m. Saturday when the vehicle jumped a curb and hit a tree. The 17-year-old boy was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died. His name was not released. Two 15-year-old girls also were injured, one critically, police said.
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