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November 14, 2010 | By Mary Umberger, Reporting from Chicago
I shudder to think how complicated it could get if President Obama's family were to remodel their home in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood, considering the security labyrinth that surrounds what's going on at the house next door. "It's a detailed scheduling exercise," said Robert Berg with considerable understatement. Berg is president of Foster Design Build, the Chicago company that's handling the gut remodeling of 5040 S. Greenwood Ave., next door to the Obama home. A Chicago plastic surgeon and his wife bought the home in April for $1.4 million, according to media reports.
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March 2, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
The sinkhole that opened underneath a Florida house, pulling into it a man who officials fear is dead, has compromised the house next door, officials said Saturday. Officials planned to let family members, accompanied by firefighters, into the threatened  home for about 20 minutes to gather some  belongings,  Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman Ronnie Rivera told reporters Saturday. Authorities believe that Jeff Bush, 37, was killed after the sinkhole opened beneath his family's Tampa-area home Thursday night.
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NEWS
July 8, 1995 | KATHY BRYANT, Special to The Times
It is its imperfections that help make the Pearson home so distinctive, that confirm its ties to a time when the touch of human hands rather than the precision of machinery brought a house to life. The home, atop a hill in Lemon Heights, is built in the style of Old Mexico. Like its residents, it is comfortable moving between the cultures of Mexico and the United States, between old and new. A small sign reading "Casita de la Cuesta" (Little House on the Hill) is at the foot of the long, narrow brick driveway leading to the red-tile and white-stucco house.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2012 | By Lew Sichelman
With millions of homes in foreclosure - and millions more owners having difficulty paying their mortgages - there's likely to be one in every neighborhood: the property that has gone to seed. Maybe the lawn next door that you once envied has turned brown or the flower beds have been overtaken by weeds. Or perhaps the grass hasn't been cut in weeks and the house is surrounded by what looks like a wheat field. If the neighborhood eyesore has been abandoned, the house itself has probably deteriorated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One man drowned and three others were rescued in Anaheim Bay on Sunday after their boat stuck a jetty and flipped, officials said. The men were heading out to pick up bait about 5:30 a.m. in the 27-foot boat when it hit the jetty, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. Michael Thomas Smith, 52, of Mission Viejo died after being trapped in the vessel. Two of the other men suffered head injuries that were not life-threatening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1990
I am writing in response to the article "A Country Oasis Girds For Change" (Oct. 14). In my opinion, there is no reason why some so-called place of luxury should complain about how overcrowded their community is becoming, when most of the people who live in this particular place don't even know what their neighbors look like. The houses are at least a quarter of a mile apart from each other. Give me a break. How would these people feel if the house next door was within just a few dozen yards of their own. This is how most people in our country live.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1986
An Escondido man suspected of burglarizing two homes was arrested Monday night after unsuccessfully trying to escape police by swimming away in the ocean. Kerry Gordon Helewski, 29, a carpenter and construction worker, is suspected of breaking into a house in the 1600 block of South Pacific Street, then stockpiling household possessions in the garage, Oceanside Police Sgt. Bill Krunglevich said. The house next door was then broken into, the sergeant said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1992
In reply to Robert Jones' column ("Coast Letter: Yes, There's Life After Prop. 13," Feb. 26): I think people fail to understand exactly what the situation is. We bought a house in 1971 for $60,000--new, but totally without landscaping. We were just able to qualify for a loan to cover PITI--principal, interest, taxes and insurance--on my husband's income. We and our children did the landscaping over a period of years. There was appreciation on the property, but our income was not appreciating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Mindy Newman was enjoying a peaceful night at home Saturday in Holmby Hills, reading a biography of the late Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs. Then at 10:30 p.m., the kids began arriving on her street "like a swarm of bees," she said. "They were coming in cars. They were coming in cabs. " Beverly Hills police had shut down a party nearby, and it was now migrating and growing by the minute — news spreading via social media and smartphones — to the apparently unoccupied Holmby Avenue house next to Newman's.
REAL ESTATE
May 4, 2003
Regarding "Singer Clooney's Home Is Sold" (Hot Property, April 27): I can understand that a recently deceased well-known entertainer's home in Beverly Hills has been sold; life goes on. But it's tragic that "the buyer, a businessman who owns several large retail and wholesale properties in the downtown L.A. fashion district, plans to raze the house." This undoubtedly classic and beautiful home was owned by Rosemary Clooney for 50 years and before that by an American icon, George Gershwin.
NATIONAL
July 19, 2012 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In a place where tidy suburbia meets the foothills, where middle-class families came for the view and stayed for the schools, 10 footsteps now separate relief from ruin. On Vantage Vista Drive, Ernie Storti toes at a line of charred earth so precise it looks as if it had been drawn with black Magic Marker. He struggles to comprehend why his home is nearly untouched from the catastrophic Waldo Canyon fire, yet the house next door - one so close he once joked he could reach over and turn off the sprinkler - was all but vaporized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Mindy Newman was enjoying a peaceful night at home Saturday in Holmby Hills, reading a biography of the late Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs. Then at 10:30 p.m., the kids began arriving on her street "like a swarm of bees," she said. "They were coming in cars. They were coming in cabs. " Beverly Hills police had shut down a party nearby, and it was now migrating and growing by the minute — news spreading via social media and smartphones — to the apparently unoccupied Holmby Avenue house next to Newman's.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2011 | Phil Willon
Two blank grave markers sit on the sizzling back lot of Sun City Granite, waiting to bear the names of U.S. service members killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Joe Mehochko knows they'll probably be young. Fresh out of high school. Like the scores of others whose names he's carved into black-speckled granite since the wars began. Maybe a soldier killed in a firefight outside of Baghdad. A Marine blown apart by a roadside bomb near Kandahar. "All I know," said Mehochko, covered in sweat and powdery dust inside the un-air-conditioned shop, "is that we'll get a call....
WORLD
May 12, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
He has an illegal Soviet gun and 200 rounds of ammunition. He's just returned from a military training camp in northern Africa and he's planning to blow things up. He's a hero to his followers, but a terrorist to the government. And police are closing in. So, hide the gun and ammo. He steps out the back door of the rural farmhouse hide-out, paces out 20 steps and digs a deep pit on the edge of a field. He oils the weapon, wraps it in plastic and foil, then in khaki cloth, places it in the hole and covers it carefully with a piece of tin to deflect the rain.
HOME & GARDEN
January 8, 2011 | By Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times
When it came to remake their Laguna Beach house, Mark and Cindy Evans wanted to emulate the calm of California missions they loved while celebrating their favorite pastime: shopping flea markets. "I love the peaceful feel you get whenever you walk through a mission," Mark says. "It is completely different from anywhere else. " So is his house. Mark likes to joke that he and Cindy refer to themselves as the Flea Marketeers, adding with some hyperbole, "We're collectors as long as it's cheap.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2010 | By Mary Umberger, Reporting from Chicago
I shudder to think how complicated it could get if President Obama's family were to remodel their home in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood, considering the security labyrinth that surrounds what's going on at the house next door. "It's a detailed scheduling exercise," said Robert Berg with considerable understatement. Berg is president of Foster Design Build, the Chicago company that's handling the gut remodeling of 5040 S. Greenwood Ave., next door to the Obama home. A Chicago plastic surgeon and his wife bought the home in April for $1.4 million, according to media reports.
NEWS
February 2, 1992
I would like to respond to Harold E. Phelps Jr. regarding "Freeway Extension Threatens Charm of South Pasadena" (The Times, Letters, Jan. 26). Mr. Phelps referred to the (Alhambra) site chosen for the new police facility across the street from the high school as a blunder. Why should anyone think that was a blunder? Is he resenting the symbol of authority the facility might portray to the student body? Does he think daily classes in such close proximity to law and order would be detrimental to the students' learning ability?
NATIONAL
March 2, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
The sinkhole that opened underneath a Florida house, pulling into it a man who officials fear is dead, has compromised the house next door, officials said Saturday. Officials planned to let family members, accompanied by firefighters, into the threatened  home for about 20 minutes to gather some  belongings,  Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman Ronnie Rivera told reporters Saturday. Authorities believe that Jeff Bush, 37, was killed after the sinkhole opened beneath his family's Tampa-area home Thursday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2009 | Choire Sicha
We were 30 minutes late to talk to Tracey Ullman, who was back in England for a spell. She didn't mind the tardiness a bit. The second season of "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" premieres on Showtime tonight. -- What's big in England now? The recession is pretty big. There's an abandoned house next door -- we were evicting squatters this morning. I live opposite a house: the Indian steel magnate [Lakshmi] Mittal.
REAL ESTATE
April 23, 2006 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Outpost Estates, developed in the 1920s, is one of the early Hollywood neighborhoods that has, through the years, attracted residents from the entertainment industry. Bela Lugosi, the actor who gained fame for his 1931 starring role in "Dracula," was among home buyers in the mid-1930s, according to the records of the Outpost Homeowners Assn. Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner made their honeymoon home there in 1951. Ben Affleck once lived in the enclave too.
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