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March 1, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Nope, the incredibly tenacious cupcake trend isn't going away -- not if the lines at the new Sprinkles Cupcakes at the Grove are any indication. Now Sprinkles Cupcakes, the frosting-covered, quickly expanding empire begat by Candace Nelson (largely credited for spawning "the cupcake craze"), is opening its 12th location. A new Sprinkles outpost will debut at downtown Los Angeles' Figat7th shopping complex. The new store is set to open its doors on Wednesday at 9 a.m. and is baking "Golden Tickets" into 10 of its cupcakes -- each found ticket is worth a $100 Sprinkles gift card.
June 29, 2013
Re "Creative destruction," Business, June 27 The demolition of the Wilshire Grand Hotel is certainly the end of an era for Los Angeles. When the hotel opened in 1952 as the Statler, it signaled a change for downtown Los Angeles. The Statler became the place to go for conferences, meetings and business lunches, taking away from the historic Biltmore. In some ways, the Statler signaled the rebirth of downtown Los Angeles, several years before Security Pacific National Bank decided to keep its headquarters downtown on Spring Street rather than moving west to mid-Wilshire, and 15 years before the completion of the Los Angeles Music Center.
August 5, 2012
Re "Old shop reveals an L.A. treasure," Column One, Aug. 2 In the late 1950s I worked at the Security Bank at 5th and Spring streets in downtown L.A. The Dutch Chocolate Shop (which was open then but under another name that I can't remember) was our favorite spot for a morning or afternoon break. I knew nothing of tile maker Ernest Batchelder then, but I thought his creation was cute and different. One night I was driving by and saw workers hosing down the interior (all chairs and tables were on the sidewalk)
January 30, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The tourists think big. Arriving in Southern California, they expect to conquer Disneyland and Hollywood, perhaps on the same day, in between the surfing and snowboarding. Then they get stuck in traffic. Then come the recriminations, the tears, the vows to visit an island next time. The locals think small. Tracing tight little loops between home and work, they dodge freeways and alien neighborhoods. There are Los Feliz people who haven't set foot in Venice since the latter Bush administration (I'm one)
September 8, 2002
Anastasia McAteer writes that "it's disappointing that after so much good press, downtown is still perceived so incorrectly by the majority of Los Angeles, and people continue to perpetuate the 'ghost town at sundown' stereotype" (Letters, Sept. 1). Spare me the political correctness. I worked in downtown Los Angeles for well over two years (at the bottom of Bunker Hill, 5th and Grand), and found it to be appalling, depressing and disgusting. If downtown is so convenient, as McAteer asserts, how come there is no food to be had on downtown's streets between 3 and 7 p.m.?
March 23, 2013
A shooting on the 110 Freeway in downtown L.A. has forced the shutdown of all southbound lanes, authorities said. The incident occurred about 5:20 p.m. on the freeway near 9th Street, authorities said. A male victim was apparently shot twice and thrown from a vehicle on the freeway, according to KTLA News. The victim was still alive and was transported to a hospital. No other information was available. -- From a Times staff writer and KTLA News ALSO: Hiker killed at Eaton Canyon was 17-year-old girl Pain doctor's office raided in prescription drug abuse probe Bauhaus rocker Peter Murphy denies he was drunk when arrested
December 4, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Joseph Serna
Service on the Metro Blue Line in Long Beach resumed Wednesday after being halted for more than nine hours. The train's overhead power was damaged at 9 th  Street and Long Beach Boulevard about 5:20 a.m., forcing Metro to shut down trains in downtown Long Beach. Test trains began running shortly after repairs were completed about 1:40 p.m., and full service was back just before 3 p.m., said Dave Sotero, a Metro spokesman. Service along the 22-mile stretch of light rail between the Willow Street station and downtown Los Angeles was operating normally during repairs, he said.
April 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A woman was struck by a Metro Expo Line train near downtown Sunday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The accident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. on Vermont Avenue near USC, said Metro spokesman Luis Inzunza. The train was traveling westbound and had just departed from the station when the pedestrian apparently walked into the train's path. Sheriff's Lt. Richard Hoffman said he had no information on the injuries suffered by the woman, who was transported to a local hospital.
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