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November 23, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Moeller doesn't expect the height limits to be repealed "because people around the world would protest, just as they would if someone came up and said, 'I want to build a skyscraper along the Champs-Elysees.'" WASHINGTON - It blocked views. It shut out sunlight. The "great size" of the 12-story Cairo apartment building so angered the people of Washington, D.C., back in the 1890s that Congress eventually enacted a law that dramatically shaped the landscape of the nation's capital.
April 23, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A 21-year-old woman who struck a group of cyclists in Boyle Heights while driving intoxicated, leading to the death of one who was dragged several hundred feet by a following car, was sentenced to three years, eight months in prison Tuesday. Wendy Stephanie Villegas pleaded no contest in March to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence causing injury in the death of  22-year-old Luis "Andy" Garcia. Prosecutors say Villegas was driving on Sept.
March 20, 2003
Under Steven Mirkin's idea, my 5-foot girlfriend would be upfront and I would be, at 6 feet 4, in the back of the crowd ("Taking the Short View," March 13). What a great night out! We get to share our experience in the parking lot after the concert. I guess you want the Rose Parade watchers to line up by height so everyone gets a great view of the floats. Please go buy "Short People" by Randy Newman and get over it. Steven David Laguna Niguel I have also been frustrated by the fleshy wall of towering concertgoers that inevitably springs up around the front of the stage and, without fail, stand directly in front of me. However, at 5 feet 11, I have, more often than not, been the target of sighing height-challenged fans straining in vain on tiptoes behind me to get a glimpse of their heroes.
April 21, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Los Angeles police detectives asked for the public's help Monday in finding the person who fatally shot a 25-year-old man over the weekend in Boyle Heights. The shooting of Ramon Gerardo Vera occurred about 12:20 a.m. Saturday in the 2900 block of East Olympic Boulevard, police said in a statement. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Investigators said Vera was shot multiple times with a 12-gauge shotgun in a parking lot of an apartment complex. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics with the Los Angeles Fire Department.  Detectives said they believe the shooting was gang-related.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Hollenbeck homicide detectives at (323)
May 26, 1989 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
Developers of a three-story condominium project under construction in Woodland Hills may have to tear off part of the roof to make the $7.5-million structure comply with zoning laws, Los Angeles officials said Thursday. But whether the building will actually have to be lowered won't be decided before June 6, when city planning commissioners discuss how the height should be measured, officials said. The height of the 24-unit condominium project has been debated since March, when neighboring homeowners complained that the hilltop structure is too tall to meet a 45-foot height restriction imposed on the site 10 years ago by the city.
March 6, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
Homeowner groups from areas spanning the Santa Monica Mountains are accusing the Los Angeles City Council of undercutting hillside building restrictions by allowing a Bel-Air home to exceed height limits by nearly 40%. "Little by little, they are dismantling" hillside development limits enacted three years ago, said Marian Dodge, president of the nonprofit Federation of Hillside and Canyon Assns. The latest flare-up in the long-standing battle over hillside construction, encompassing some of Los Angeles' priciest neighborhoods, centers on a home proposed for Bellagio Road in Bel-Air.
January 15, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky are sharing some marvelous news: The "Thor" star and his wife are having twins! Pataky, who revealed  she was pregnant again in November , is expecting the two bundles of joy in the spring, Hemsworth's rep told People and E! News . The Aussie hunk, 30, and the "Fast and Furious 6" actress, 37, are already parents to daughter India Rose, whom they welcomed in May 2011. The pair married in 2010. PHOTOS: The Hollywood baby boom The comely couple stepped out for Sunday's Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, where Hemsworth adorably cradled his wife's ever-growing baby bump on the red carpet.  Pataky wore a black Paule Ka gown that featured a gilded neckline and Hemsworth, whose film Formula One racing flick "Rush" was up for two awards, wore a Dolce & Gabbana tux, according to Just Jared.
September 27, 1998
The 1990s: height of political hypocrisy. DESIREE M. HOBSON-GARCIA San Pedro
June 7, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Oh my gosh, what did Sarah Wayne Callies do? Wait, no. Maybe it was Laurie Holden?? -- That might have been the initial thought process when you looked at your Twitter feed or scrolled through the email alerts on your phone blasting that a "Walking Dead" actress was arrested in connection with the Obama/Bloomberg ricin threat. Rest easy. The aforementioned ladies are in the clear. At the center of the arrest is bit actress Shannon Richardson (who also went by Shannon Rogers and Shannon Guess)
May 8, 1993
The height of hypocrisy: Clinton asking Americans to be "patriotic" by paying more taxes. EDWARD T. GRANEY Laguna Beach
April 20, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
College football recruiters have their GPS devices powered on as they begin visiting high schools to evaluate players over the next month. Let me provide a few suggestions on players who have been overlooked so far. Maybe they don't fit a height-weight requirement. Maybe they were injured last season. Maybe they don't participate in seven-on-seven all-star passing tournaments. Maybe they play multiple sports. Whatever the reason for not receiving early buzz, these players will be standouts in the fall, and it's far more relevant how someone performs in a real game compared with how they look running around a red cone.
April 18, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Southwest Airlines flight attendant Marty Cobb has gone viral -- just for giving the in-flight safety briefing on a recent flight. Cobb's one-liners delivered with impeccable comic timing sent a YouTube video of her hilarious instructions into the stratosphere. By Thursday, it had 8.7 million views and counting -- and it's just one of the funny ways that flight attendants and airlines bring new life to stale safety briefings. Cobb had a planeload of fliers in stitches. Here's the YouTube video posted Saturday and some of her best quips: "As you know, it's a no-smoking, no-whining, no-complaining flight.
April 18, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
The inexplicable addiction to Buzzfeed quizzes and their curious results is baffling even to celebrities -- specifically Ellen DeGeneres and her Thursday guest Chelsea Handler.  The time-sucking, nonscientific questionnaires enlist quiz-takers to choose from random groupings of items to determine nonessential personality traits. While they're pretty fun and wildly habit-forming, they've also polluted just about every social-media feed and even sparked the comedic ire of some of the first ladies of comedy.
April 8, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
The killings of two Lincoln Heights women whose bodies were discovered near freeways have been linked through forensic evidence, prompting police on Tuesday to announce a $50,000 reward in the hopes that someone will come forward with information. The body of Michelle Lozano , 17, was found April 25, 2011, along Interstate 5 near the Cesar Chavez Avenue exit, Los Angeles Police Capt. William Hayes said at a news conference. Lozano was last seen the day before at about 4 p.m. on North Broadway near Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights, said LAPD Det. Jay King.
April 2, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
After Maria de Jesus Arroyo was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest in the summer of 2010, her husband and children said their goodbyes and left her in the hands of hospital staff. When they saw her next at the funeral, her nose was broken and she had gashes and bruises on her face - injuries too severe to be covered up, despite the morticians' best efforts. The outraged family sued the hospital, White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights, believing the hospital had mishandled the 80-year-old woman's body.
April 2, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 22-year-old man died after he was shot multiple times in Lincoln Heights in a suspected gang-related attack, Los Angeles police said Wednesday night. The victim was not breathing when he was found on a sidewalk shortly after 5:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Manitou Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The man was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Police said the shooter ran from the area. No arrests had been made.
July 25, 2013 | By Monte Morin
The taller a postmenopausal woman is, the greater risk she faces of developing cancer, according to a new study. In a paper published Thursday in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers concluded that a woman's cancer risk increased 13% with every 4 inches of height. The study is the latest of several to report an association between women's height and cancer, according to lead study author Geoffrey Kabat, a cancer epidemiologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
May 14, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Danity Kane, the all-girl music group that got its start on MTV's "Making the Band," is reportedly reuniting -- without its patriarch, Diddy. The girl group, which earned fame with singles including "Damaged" but later broke up amid management issues in 2009, is said to have taken a meeting with a new manager, according to TMZ. Four of Danity Kane's five original members -- Shannon Bex, Aundrea Fimbres, Dawn Richard and Aubrey O'Day -- took...
April 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A couple accused of abducting their children from Boyle Heights and taking them to the U.S.-Mexico border have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and other felony charges. Enrique Felix and Rose Chairez, both 28, were arraigned Tuesday on two counts of kidnapping, four counts of child stealing and one count of first-degree burglary with a person present, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. The couple also face an allegation that the victims - their four children - were under the age of 14, and that Felix had "serious" prior felony convictions for making a criminal threat and drug possession.  The pair are due back in court April 11. If convicted, prosecutors said, Felix faces nearly 50 years in state prison, Chairez nearly 20. A statewide Amber Alert was issued after Felix and Chairez allegedly took their children - Enrique, 7; Justin, 5; and 1-year-old twins Veronica and Janet - from their grandmother's home in Boyle Heights on March 14. The couple did not have custody of the children, police said, and had been ordered to stay away from them except for supervised visits by Los Angeles County social workers.
April 1, 2014 | By Ron Lin
Observed tsunami heights reached nearly 7 feet in the Chilean port city of Iquique in the wake of Tuesday's magnitude 8.2 earthquake off the nation's northern coast. But by early Wednesday local time, the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted tsunami warnings and watches for Chile and other Latin American countries. A major tsunami was also not expected in Hawaii, but an advisory was in place because of expected strong currents that could pose a hazard for swimmers and boaters.
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