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December 12, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"American Idol" winner David Cook has sold his house in Hollywood Hills for $1.365 million. The Beachwood Canyon-area house has views of the Hollywood sign, a recording studio and a custom-designed dog yard. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in nearly 3,100 square feet. Cook, 29, won the seventh season of the singing competition show in 2008. Since "Idol," he has released the albums "David Coke" and "This Loud Morning. " The singer paid $1.318 million for the property in 2010, public records show.
December 4, 2012 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
If there's anything Tinseltown excels at, it's turning a ho-hum event into a made-for-TV spectacle. Witness the fanfare that unfolds each time the Hollywood sign gets a fresh coat of paint. It's not written off as routine maintenance. No, it's a civic event. A media scrum gathers. Elected officials gush. Someone cracks jokes about face-lifts. (In 1995, nipped-and-tucked actress Phyllis Diller did the honors.) PHOTOS: Hollywood sign history So it was on Tuesday, when reporters were whisked to just below the nearly 90-year-old sign, one of the few landmarks in the crazy quilt of neighborhoods that is Los Angeles.
November 30, 2012 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
The Hollywood sign was too fogged in for photos. Rain slicked the pink terrazzo stars along the Walk of Fame. And under an umbrella, outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Narjeet Beda faced the fact that he was three hours away from flying home to New Delhi without ever enjoying the Southern California sun. "The rain played a spoilsport today," Beda said Friday morning, which was his chance to see the sights after attending an IT conference....
October 1, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
It wouldn't be a true celebrity without a face-lift. The Hollywood sign is set to undergo its most extensive refurbishing in nearly 35 years starting Tuesday, when crews will begin repainting the iconic white letters overlooking Los Angeles. Workers will strip the letters of their paint and pressure-wash the exposed corrugated metal before priming and repainting them white, according to the Hollywood Sign Trust. The back of the sign will also be scraped, sanded and painted. The project, expected to take 275 gallons of paint and 110 gallons of primer, should take eight to 10 weeks, trust officials said.
September 29, 2012
The photograph of the space shuttle Endeavour flying past the Hollywood sign during its final flight, which ran in last Saturday's paper, was perfect - so perfect, in fact, that several readers who tried but failed to capture a similar picture raised doubts about its veracity. (For the record, alteration or manipulation of a photo is prohibited by The Times' ethics guidelines.) Reader Andy Serrano of Los Angeles wrote: "I was at the west end of Mt. Hollywood on a ridge and took photographs at every second of each flyover.
September 25, 2012 | By Deirdre Edgar
In a post on The Times' Framework blog, staff photographer Gary Friedman weighs in on the discussion about his photo of the space shuttle Endeavour passing the Hollywood sign: "As part of a team of more than 20 Times photographers, my position was on the helipad of downtown's 73-story U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi. "I had a 360-degree view of the city. A photographer from the Reuters news agency and a video crew from NASA were also on the building to document the event.
June 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
L.A.'s gain is Toronto's loss. The highly vaunted Stanley Cup usually lives in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Ontario's capital city. But what has to be the world's best-traveled trophy hits the road each year to go on tour with members of the National Hockey League champs. On Monday night, the 34.5-pound cup was handed to the L.A. Kings for the first time. The Stanley Cup has been used as a baptismal font in Sweden, appeared at a strip club in Canada and attended numerous parties and events around the world.
June 8, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
First published on Dec. 25, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. Pity the rubes. Those wayward tourists who dawdle in their cars and tour buses along Beachwood Drive, enraging the locals as they haltingly seek that perfect Hollywood sign photo op - they know not what they do. Maybe you're not from this neighborhood either, but you have savvier Hollywood plans. They involve horse trails, hidden hotels, a magic castle, a monastery - and that's just a start. Here are 10 Hollywood micro-itineraries suitable for visitors from across town or across the planet.
May 16, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Timothy Bradley has questions to answer about his ability to maintain his speed with seven more pounds on, along with how he will fare under the hot lights of a pay-per-view main event in Las Vegas. The unbeaten Cathedral City boxer readying for his June 9 world welterweight title bout against Manny Pacquiao shrugged off that scrutiny, instead expressing the advantages he'll have over the Filipino superstar who labored to a victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in November. "I can box, I can brawl, I'm well-conditioned -- no one is more conditioned than me," Bradley, 28, said.
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