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September 20, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Angel Jennings
Authorities handed out dozens of citations at Los Angeles International Airport this week in an operation that focused on limousine, taxi and van drivers. Law enforcement officers from several different agencies conducted the sting operation at three locations around the airport from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday. There were random stops for commercial ground transportation vehicles. "This operation is part of a proactive approach by Los Angeles Airport Police and our partner agencies to provide the traveling public with safe commercial transportation to and from LAX," Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said in a statement.
September 20, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
In its first 10 years Disney Hall became more than a home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, it also became a destination for photographing advertisements and filming commercials, television shows and movies. Howard Sherman, vice president of operations at the Music Center, said the product of Frank Gehry's imagination works on film because the hall can be so many things to so many people. "If they want futuristic stainless steel curves, this is where they come. If they want a space to do a formal black tie gala in a traditional environment, this is where they can come," he said.
September 17, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
West Hollywood on Monday banned commercial displays and performances involving wild and exotic animals, including k angaroos, giraffes and bears. Armadillos, civets and badgers are also among the more than two dozen animals in the ban that activists applauded as "compassionate and forward-thinking. " More than a dozen people discussed the measure before the West Hollywood City Council on Monday night. One woman held up a bullhook used to prod elephants while speaking in favor of the ban. After the vote, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement, saying West Hollywood had sent "a clear message" that the city welcomes entertainment -- "but not at the expense of animals' well-being.
September 12, 2013 | By David Colker
Before an audio revolution in the mid-1960s, just about all music, dialogue and other sounds played on tape recordings had one thing in common: hiss. The bothersome, underlying noise seemed especially unavoidable during quiet passages on the once-ubiquitous cassette tapes. But then came an engineering breakthrough that nearly wiped out the hiss, and made the inventor's name - Dolby - world-famous. Ray Dolby, 80, died Thursday at his home in San Francisco. The company he founded, Dolby Laboratories, released a statement saying he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years and in July was found to have acute leukemia.
August 30, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Dunkin' Donuts on Friday apologized and will pull an advertising campaign running in Thailand that features a model in blackface makeup offering a chocolate doughnut.  Dunkin' Donuts in Thailand had come under fire Friday for an ad that the Human Rights Watch said was racist.  The ad in question was for Dunkin's "charcoal donut" and it features a model wearing blackface makeup and bright pink lipstick holding up a bitten doughnut....
August 14, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The prospects of finding a distributor for a $220,000 movie, produced mainly by college students at an obscure San Diego Catholic university, could hardly be worse. But about 60 students at John Paul the Great Catholic University who embarked on a quixotic class project two summers ago to make and release their own movie beat the odds. With the help of faculty members who had ties in Hollywood, the students recruited professional actors and crew members to help make their film.
August 14, 2013 | By Scott Gold
Not too long ago, I was walking along the strip in Venice and saw a man holding a cardboard sign. For 10 bucks, the sign said, you could kick the guy in the crotch. I had to ask: "How's business?" "Slow, bro," he said, as if he was trying to unload Popsicles in the dead of winter. Ah, Venice - where just about everything is for sale. Along Ocean Front Walk, you can buy beach stuff, of course - bodyboards decorated with dolphins, sunscreen jacked up to the price of shiraz.
August 9, 2013 | By David Karp
In gorgeously striped Panachee figs, which are being harvested commercially for the first time this month, the beauty is more than skin deep. Ripe specimens have super-sweet, jam-like pulp, with a counterbalancing acidity uncommon in other varieties and an intense berry flavor. The spotlight on Panachée has been a long time coming. The variety was first described by that name, which means "variegated," in France in 1826, but similar types were noted as far back as the 17th century.
August 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Peyton Manning has once again proved why he is the funniest pro athlete around, and brother Eli is not far behind him. The two star in a commercial for a new DirecTV feature that allows users to watch football on their smartphones. And what better way to sell that than by having the two NFL stars appear in a rap video. In a video reminiscent of some of Andy Samberg's work on "Saturday Night Live," the Mannings dress up, well, like you'd expect the Mannings to dress if they were rap stars, while performing "Football on Your Phone," a tune you will not be able to get out of your head after listening to it. And any video that features scones, milk, bad wigs and Alexander Graham Bell is worth watching.
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