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August 19, 1992 | CATHLEEN DECKER and JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They were going to wait two more minutes, but someone reminded them of their principles. "We're conservatives," said Ted Maravelias. "We start promptly." And so, in the nearly empty lobby of a Houston hotel, before the party-hardy delegates had roused themselves to fill the tables of the adjoining coffee shop, Maravelias opened the day's first press conference. First, he reminded himself why he was here: "On behalf of conservatives for Bush--uh, against Bush," he said.
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February 10, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Julia Roberts' sister was found dead Sunday in the bathtub of a Westside home, and law enforcement sources said there is no evidence of foul play. Los Angeles County coroner's officials cautioned that they have made no final determination on the cause of death. But law enforcement sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said some type of drug overdose might have been involved. Nancy Motes, a younger half-sister of the Oscar-winning actress, was found by a friend at a home on North Bundy Drive about 2 p.m. Sunday, according to police.  An autopsy was conducted Monday, but a final determination of cause of death may take several weeks while toxicology results are gathered.
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February 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Los Feliz was buzzing Sunday afternoon as crowds of people lined up for hours to grab a cup of coffee from, uh, “Dumb Starbucks.” The mock store, which quietly opened Friday, is nearly identical to a typical Starbucks location, with tumblers for sale and trendy CDs, including "Dumb Jazz Standards," displayed on the counter. But the similarities end there. Drinks here are served in green and white “Dumb Starbucks coffee” cups, while pastries are pulled from display cases straight from their Vons' packaging.
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February 10, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The mystery of Dumb Starbucks is solved. Turns out the brainchild behind the faux Starbucks store in Los Feliz, with white-and-green cups and hot coffee, was comedian Nathan Fielder, star of the Comedy Central show "Nathan for You. " In a tongue-in-cheek news conference Monday afternoon outside the store on Hillhurst Avenue, Fielder thanked customers for patronizing his small businesses. He said he planned to soon open a second location in Brooklyn. Did Comedy Central know he was doing this, someone asked.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
A Denny's coffee shop in Santa Monica has been sold for $11.25 million to a prominent developer known for building apartments in dense urban neighborhoods. The property at the northwest corner of Colorado Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard had an assessed value of less than $1.5 million, but it lies near the planned terminus of a Metro Rail train line expected to connect Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles by 2016 and is in a new mixed-use pedestrian district identified by the city.
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February 10, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The mystery of Dumb Starbucks is solved. Turns out the brainchild behind the faux Starbucks store in Los Feliz, with white-and-green cups and hot coffee, was comedian Nathan Fielder, star of the Comedy Central show "Nathan for You. " In a tongue-in-cheek news conference Monday afternoon outside the store on Hillhurst Avenue, Fielder thanked customers for patronizing his small businesses. He said he planned to soon open a second location in Brooklyn. Did Comedy Central know he was doing this, someone asked.
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November 27, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant and David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to make a closed coffee shop used in the movie "The Big Lebowski" a historic-cultural landmark. Councilman Paul Koretz said Johnie's at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue is one of the most notable examples of work by the firm Armet & Davis, the architectural firm that designed Norms, Pann's and other diners across Southern California. Koretz, who represents the area, said he hopes the property's owners can be talked into reopening the building as a coffee shop.
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January 25, 1996 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Just a week after shutting down one nightclub in Costa Mesa, city officials quashed another local business' plans to open another one. The owners of Our House, a coffee shop on West 19th Street, were told Monday to scrap their plans to bring in bands and allow dancing. Planning commissioners said they feared the nightclub-type entertainment would contribute to disturbances in the neighborhood.
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November 12, 1999 | Associated Press
One man shot another to death and then killed himself after they argued in a Starbucks coffee shop in a suburban shopping mall Thursday. The men were sitting at a table when they started to argue, police Lt. Skip Washa said. One man stood, pulled out a handgun and shot his companion, Washa said. The man then shot himself in the head.
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March 6, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A 29-year-old man was charged in the July 1997 triple killings at a Starbucks coffee shop in the fashionable Georgetown district, a gruesome crime that drew nationwide attention. After a 20-month investigation by local law enforcement agencies and the FBI, District of Columbia Police Chief Charles Ramsey announced that Carl Cooper of Northeast Washington had been charged with three counts of first-degree murder. The three Starbucks employees were found by a co-worker in a back room.
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February 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of two people found inside a San Juan Capistrano home early Sunday, authorities said. The unidentified man and woman were found inside the home in the 32000 block of Peppertree Bend after deputies responded to a 911 call just before 2 a.m., said Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.  An injured juvenile at the scene was transported to a hospital, he said. No additional information about the victims was available and the homicide investigation is ongoing.
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February 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
More than 100 couples will celebrate World Marriage Day by renewing their vows Sunday at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Couples married for 25, 50 or 75 years will renew their wedding vows at Mass with Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Solis. Mass will be held in English at 10 a.m. and in Spanish at 12:30 p.m., according to church officials. In its 39 th year, World Marriage Day celebrates the beauty, sacrifice and joy in daily married life. In 1993, it received the apostolic blessing of Pope John Paul II.   ALSO: 'Dumb Starbucks' coffee shop opens in Los Feliz Tustin man electrocuted in tree while taking photos of sunset Suspected drunk driver held in alleged wrong-way crash that killed 6 Twitter: @Sam_Schaefer Samantha.Schaefer@latimes.com
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February 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A man was killed and two women were injured in a possible gang-related shooting near Koreatown early Sunday, police said. A man and two women were sitting in an SUV when they were approached by a suspect, who shot at them, said Sgt. Marvin Mancia of the Los Angeles Police Department. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the women had non-life-threatening injuries, he said. The male suspect was struck by a vehicle as he was running away from the scene, Mancia said. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Officers were near the intersection of Vermont and Wilshire when they heard shots fired about 12:20 a.m., said LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera.
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February 9, 2014 | By Angel Jennings
A Tustin man who was electrocuted while taking photos from a tree has been identified by the Orange County coroner's office. David Strohm Jr., 27, was discovered in the tree by family members about 8:40 a.m. Sunday, according to the coroner. He was tangled in electrical wire that ran through the tree and was not moving. It took firefighters about an hour using special equipment to remove Strohm's body from the tree in the 15600 block of South California Street, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.
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February 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Los Feliz was buzzing Sunday afternoon as crowds of people lined up for hours to grab a cup of coffee from, uh, “Dumb Starbucks.” The mock store, which quietly opened Friday, is nearly identical to a typical Starbucks location, with tumblers for sale and trendy CDs, including "Dumb Jazz Standards," displayed on the counter. But the similarities end there. Drinks here are served in green and white “Dumb Starbucks coffee” cups, while pastries are pulled from display cases straight from their Vons' packaging.
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February 8, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Scores of protesters marched through Hollywood on Saturday afternoon demanding justice for Kelly Thomas, the homeless man who died after a violent encounter with Fullerton police officers, Los Angeles police said.   Demonstrators marched west on the sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard, said Sgt. Charles Slater of the Los Angeles Police Department. The rally was peaceful and no arrests were made as of late Saturday afternoon, Slater said. The July 2011 death of Kelly Thomas, 37, sparked months of protests.
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January 13, 1995 | BERT ELJERA
A local businessman has won approval to convert a closed antique store to a coffee shop after a two-month battle to remove conditions the city wanted to impose on his business. But despite the City Council's unanimous vote Monday to grant him a permit, Lance LeCompte said he was unhappy with the decision. "They sidestepped the issue," said LeCompte, who had fought a city order to repave an alley leading to the parking lot of his proposed coffee shop on Los Alamitos Boulevard.
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February 21, 1996 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
The plight of Joe and Nicki Ehret came to an unexpected and happy end Tuesday when the owners of Nicki's Coffee Espressions were given a 10-year lease by managers of the Janss Marketplace. The Ehrets, who opened their Thousand Oaks coffee shop three years ago, were notified earlier this month that they had 30 days to move out of the mall. Another coffee shop was moving in.
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February 7, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
It was a sweet -- if unexpected -- victory Thursday night for fans of the iconic Long Beach doughnut. The story began earlier this week when many became aware that a beloved city landmark -- a giant doughnut sign that sits atop a coffee shop -- might be getting tossed. The sign's weathered facade has nowhere near the same following as that holey grail of rooftop dunkers at Randy's Donuts in Inglewood, and doughnuts haven't even been on the menu at the Long Beach cafe or more than a decade.
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February 4, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama announced plans on Tuesday to bring high-speed Internet more quickly to the nation's public schools, pledging to make sure students in the United States have every advantage that "some child in South Korea has right now. " After all, Obama told a crowd at a school in Adelphi, Md., “We shouldn't give that kind of competitive advantage over to other countries.” "In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our...
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