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August 26, 1985
A 53-year-old Central Los Angeles woman--upset because her boyfriend didn't bring her home a hamburger--shot him to death, police reported this morning. Cloie Eastland was booked on suspicion of murder after the 32-year-old victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of next of kin, died at Century Community Hospital.
February 9, 2014 | By Laura Bleiberg
In the contemporary ballet “Liliom” -- based on a 1909 play of the same name, which Rodgers & Hammerstein turned into the musical “Carousel” -- Hamburg Ballett choreographer-director John Neumeier sends the audience home with a surprising hopefulness surrounding the iconic, central couple. The German company gave “Liliom” its American debut this weekend at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The carnival barker Liliom bestows his final kiss on the innocent Julie, and this confirmation of shared love had particular power and promise Friday night.
July 24, 1985 | MARK STEIN, Times Staff Writer
It is difficult to imagine that much of anything could ruin a neighborhood noted for strip joints, sex shows, seedy bars and hard living. However, in cuisine-conscious San Francisco, these urban fixtures are a lot more palatable than hamburgers, french fries and soft drinks. In a bid to preserve an architecturally significant but vacant renaissance-style bank, the city's Planning Commission last week approved plans for Carl's Jr.
February 1, 2014 | By Joseph Carman
After 16 years in purgatory, a carousel barker takes his granted leave to perform a good deed on Earth. He presents his child, whom he has never seen, a star stolen from heaven. You might expect the title character to break into "Soliloquy" from Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel. " But this is not musical theater. It's a ballet, where the movement alone speaks and sings. Starting Feb. 7, for four performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Hamburg Ballett is presenting John Neumeier's "Liliom," a ballet in seven scenes and a prologue.
June 10, 2010 | By Lawrence Dietz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If Los Angeles had a culinary Hall of Fame, Al Cassell, who died June 2 at the age of 98, would be in it. Al's talent was displayed in the not-so-humble realm of the hamburger. He was making "gourmet" burgers from USDA prime chuck long before the current fad for truffles and Wagyu beef. In L.A. it's easy to provoke a spirited discussion about the "best" hamburger in town. Father's Office? Apple Pan? Mo's? Upscale Arnie Morton's? Far from upscale Tommy's? The Counter, or Barney's in Brentwood?
June 22, 1989 | JEFFREY S. KLEIN
If the soup is cold or the steak is overcooked, you can always send it back to the kitchen. But what can you do if you bite into a juicy hamburger patty and break a tooth? You can sue. That's the conclusion of a recent California Court of Appeal case. Patrice Evart broke a tooth when she bit into a hamburger and struck a hard object that felt like a piece of bone. She sued the manufacturer of the hamburger and the restaurant that served it, among others. Los Angeles trial judge David M. Schacter dismissed the case before trial in late 1987, apparently convinced that a piece of bone was not a foreign object, but a natural product that a consumer should reasonably expect to encounter in a hamburger patty.
July 17, 1985 | From Reuters
The nation's 160 Wimpy hamburger restaurants today received government permission to serve all races in a special exemption from the apartheid race segregation laws.
April 1, 1990
I enjoyed the article about Sizzler, and its depiction of Sizzler cuisine--"Is it pre-Melrose, Melrose or post-Melrose?" I've been to many Sizzlers, and the hamburger seems to have disappeared off the menu. A better question might be is the hamburger post-Melrose, or am I merely post-Sizzler? JOHN M. HENDRY Van Nuys
May 6, 1989
Karcher Ordered to Stand Trial: Hamburger baron Carl N. Karcher has been ordered to stand trial June 6 on charges of insider trading, but lawyers indicated a settlement still might be reached. The trial date was set by U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie in Los Angeles after Karcher's lawyers were unable to win a guarantee from the Justice Department that Karcher, founder of the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain, would not be the target of a future criminal prosecution.
May 18, 1996
When I read the article written on Dennis Rodman (April 14) I became angered. Teachers are protesting a Carl's Jr. commercial showing Rodman eating a hamburger. What is wrong with that? It's not as if Rodman is hurting anybody; he is just eating a hamburger. Besides, I think kids are extremely underestimated. They are smart enough to make their own decisions and choose their own role models. People shouldn't discriminate [against] Rodman because he has tattoos and different hair. He is just a normal person, except that he is an exceptional basketball player.
December 6, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Forget the war on Christmas; now the nanny statists have taken aim at another storied holiday tradition (at least if you live in Wisconsin): cannibalism. OK, wait, that's not quite accurate (though it is a heck of lede). It's actually the “cannibal sandwich” that has caught the all-seeing eye of Big Government - and it doesn't like what it's seeing. First, some background, for those folks who live in normal places and eat normal food - or those who are having visions of the wood-chipper scene in “Fargo” (which wasn't even set in Wisconsin, by the way, for you geographically challenged Californians)
October 30, 2013 | By Bob Pool and Hailey Branson-Potts
For years Sonia Hong has dished out hamburgers and fries on paper plates decorated with customers' smiling portraits and the inscription "just for you. " But fans of Irv's Burgers in West Hollywood will understand Thursday if there are frowning faces sketched on their plates as the 63-year-old walk-up eatery closes for the last time. The burger stand, once a haunt for musicians such as Jim Morrison and Janice Joplin and featured as album artwork for a Linda Ronstadt recording, is being squeezed out by rising rents and the property owner's demand that the owners replace its leaky corrugated tin roof - something Hong says she cannot afford.
August 18, 2013 | Diana Marcum
Angelo's Drive-In didn't change, even when its slice of the city -- by the train tracks and the highway -- turned gritty. Customers moved to nicer neighborhoods. But they still flocked to the 1950s burger joint because of all the things that stayed the same: the chili, the Thousand Island dressing, the red-vinyl booths faded to orange. Angelo didn't own it anymore, of course. He'd sold it to his nephew Jim Karos, a Greek immigrant who ran it with his son Junior. In 2004, Junior sold it to Kay Lim and Ken Chea, Cambodian immigrants.
June 10, 2013 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
As an actor, Harry Lewis took second billing to the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson, most notably in the 1948 film noir "Key Largo. " But he found his own starring role as a Los Angeles restaurateur who helped usher in the concept of the "gourmet burger" when he launched the ground-breaking Hamburger Hamlet restaurant chain, among others. Hamburger Hamlet - named after one of the signature items on the menu, as well as the role that beckons to actors of stage and film alike - became that rare high-low hit. Among the restaurant's regulars: Ronald Reagan, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Curtis - all Lewis' buddies from the film business. But it was also a place for Los Angeles families looking for a night out that included milkshakes.
May 20, 2013 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A word of advice. Never use the phrase "just a burger" with Nancy Silverton. I did and was promptly challenged on every aspect of burger-making, starting with where to buy the meat, what grind, size of patty, how to cook it, what to serve with it, what pickle, what bun, what ketchup, what mayonnaise, what mustard, what cheese, how thick to slice the avocado, what bacon, what smoke on the bacon, what occasion. The co-founder of Campanile restaurant and La Brea Bakery may be famous for more sophisticated food, but to her, the burger is one of the great American dishes, and exactly the thing that she likes to give friends for an end-of-summer barbecue.
May 8, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
There is something about hamburgers that seems to inevitably lead to excess. And May being National Hamburger Month (wait, you hadn't heard?), we're seeing it in spades. The most recent exhibit is this $100 hamburger from an Atlantic City casino. It's not only the price of the thing that is so crazy - though it does make the uproar several years ago over Daniel Boulud's $29 hamburger stuffed with short ribs, foie gras and truffles seem positively quaint. Mother's Day dining guide It's more the object itself, which looks kind of like one of those car crash photos they used to show in drivers ed classes.
September 14, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A 17-year-old boy who bought a hamburger to eat in his car was shot to death in front of his brother early today by two men who demanded the food, authorities said. Jesos Velos, 17, of Los Angeles was eating in his car outside Tam's hamburger stand at 4301 Figueroa St. with his younger brother when two men confronted them, Detective Dick Simmons said. One of the two men shot Velos, who died at California Hospital. His brother was not harmed, Simmons said.
May 6, 1990
In "Diet for a New America," author John Robbins points out that fast-food hamburger chains are the principal offenders in the rape of the rain forests. A football field of atmosphere-nourishing trees are razed daily, primarily to provide pasture land for beef (despite clown-faced Ronald McDonald's reassurance that hamburgers grow in hamburger patches). Robbins, who points out that any ecological turnabout must begin on our own plates, suggests that every American who forgoes one quarter-pounder per week effectively saves an acre of rain forest per year.
April 29, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Kraft Zesty Italian dressing has been on the market for years. It's nothing new. But enter the Zesty guy with his tight white tee, tanned muscles and artfully trimmed facial hair and all of the sudden, the new Kraft dressing ad is playing on repeat.  The new Kraft dressing campaign features the Zesty guy in three different videos with the dressing. First he lights a fire with the dressing and conveniently burns his shirt off. In another video he playfully slaps some dough and again ends up shirtless.
April 24, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
A 14-year-old hamburger -- seemingly perfectly preserved, looking like it just hopped off the grill -- has left McDonald's with a lot of explaining to do. The fast-food chain says the apparent lack of mold or disintegration is actually no big deal, and suggests that the burger's pristine appearance -- assuming it's not a prank -- is likely the result of dehydration, and not funky preservatives. The hamburger has been in the headlines of late, most recently on "The Doctors.
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