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July 19, 2012
FOOD Who knows soda better than Galco's owner John Nese, aka the "King of Pop"? Join him as his store celebrates its annual soda pop tasting with soda samples, live music and soda-related humor by Charles Phoenix. An unveiling of a special new soda by the creators of Dr. Pepper will also take place. Galco's Soda Pop Stop, 5702 York Blvd., L.A. 5 to 8 p.m. Sun. (323) 255-7115; http://www.sodapopstop.com.
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July 19, 2012
FOOD Who knows soda better than Galco's owner John Nese, aka the "King of Pop"? Join him as his store celebrates its annual soda pop tasting with soda samples, live music and soda-related humor by Charles Phoenix. An unveiling of a special new soda by the creators of Dr. Pepper will also take place. Galco's Soda Pop Stop, 5702 York Blvd., L.A. 5 to 8 p.m. Sun. (323) 255-7115; http://www.sodapopstop.com.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1997
Two Victorian houses slated for demolition were moved six blocks to a new location by community members working to preserve the historic area. A Buddhist temple, which owned the vacant houses on Figueroa Street, was going to tear down the homes to build a parking lot. Residents protested, saying the turn-of-the-century structures have historic value. Resident John Nese, who owns a grocery store, offered to buy the 2 1/2-story house and guest cottage and move the buildings to a nearby empty lot.
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April 30, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Louis Nese, who owned and operated one of Los Angeles' oldest independent grocery and specialty stores for more than half a century, has died. He was 95. Nese died April 20 in Los Angeles of natural causes. In 1940, the son of Italian immigrants became a partner at what was then Galco's Imported Grocery, when it was at Castellar and Ord Streets in Chinatown. He bought the store three years later, and in 1955 moved it to its present location at 5702 York Blvd. in Highland Park.
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February 1, 2004
In her otherwise excellent piece on efforts to preserve the Southwest Museum's collection ("Working Out the Bugs," Jan. 25), Suzanne Muchnic reported that the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition does not oppose the Autry National Center's conservation efforts and implied that the group is concerned only with continuance of the Southwest as a "living museum." The story omitted key causes of concern for the coalition, a group of more than 55 organizations (local, state and national)
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January 12, 2000 | CHARLES PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You're entering the Soda Museum. No, that's not right. It's more like a zoo, one where you can take the animals home. Galco's Old World Grocery in Highland Park specializes in rare, unusual and half-forgotten soft drinks. It's basically an old-fashioned grocery store at the corner of York Boulevard and Avenue 57. Besides groceries, it sells submarine-type sandwiches and utterly 1950s-style spaghetti and meatballs in sweet tomato sauce.
HEALTH
October 20, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
It's been 60 years since diet soda first burst on the scene with a sugar-free ginger ale known as No-Cal that catered to diabetics. Then came RC Cola's Diet Rite, followed by Tab, Fresca and a slew of sugar-free versions of Pepsi and Coca-Cola that seem to be in perpetual states of reformulation to accommodate customers' fickle tastes. Today, it isn't just colas that are going on a diet. The market for no-calorie sodas has become as effervescent as the beverages themselves, with an ever-expanding palette of exotic flavors such as coconut, pomegranate and coffee - many of them from small companies that are developing loyal followings catering to customers' thirst for carbonated indulgence without the sugar.
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January 28, 2001 | DANIEL GUSS
JOHN NESE MADE A choice in 1998 that changed his life. The owner of Galco's Old World Grocery in Highland Park rebelled against what he considered unfair marketing by Pepsi and began selling obscure, often discontinued, soft-drink brands. Nese never intended to become L.A.'s king of pop, but his store's shelves now teem with 328 brands of long-forgotten bottled sodas such as Nehi ("As good as the first peach of the summer!"
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September 23, 1993 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Pasadena Juvenile Court judge rejected a 15-year-old boy's claim that he was pressured into crime by three adults and convicted him of first-degree murder Wednesday in the deaths of a Pasadena jewelry store owner and her 11-year-old son. "The court considers (the minor's claim) to be a complete fabrication," Judge Sherrill D. Luke said. "Somehow the gun miraculously went off. The minor said he doesn't recall pulling the trigger. I find that to be incredible."
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October 25, 2007 | Mindy Farabee
The eccentric neighborhood of Highland Park sits in a compact valley stretching between downtown L.A. and Pasadena, along the Arroyo Seco. Once a bucolic arts colony, it's now a cross-cultural inner-city neighborhood on the rebound. Dotted with bungalow courts, Craftsman bungalows and Mission Revival homes, it's best known for housing such venerable institutions as the Southwest Museum (L.A.'s first) at 234 Museum Drive (free wild sage in the ethnobotanical garden), El Alisal, 200 E.
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May 23, 1986 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Six Los Angeles defense attorneys have agreed to settlements totaling $129,500 for allegedly overbilling the county while representing indigent defendants, the district attorney's office announced Thursday. In addition, the prosecutor's office has filed civil lawsuits against three other court-appointed defense attorneys who have refused to repay alleged overcharges of $58,000. The actions come 14 months after county Auditor-Controller Mark H.
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