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September 5, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Formerly known as the Korean BBQ Cook-Off, a Taste of Koreatown has turned into a multicultural event showcasing a gamut of the best restaurants in Koreatown. It's part of the Korean American Coalition's efforts to promote the cultural richness of Koreatown, and it includes BCD Tofu House, a chain known for its spice tofu stew; Mexican restaurant El Cholo; Hamji Park and its Korean-style pork ribs; Palsaik Samgyupsal, purveyor of pork belly barbecue; Greek favorite Papa Cristos; Korean barbecue icon Park's BBQ; and Seoul Sausage Co. Saturday's festival will also feature a beer garden with Firestone craft beers, soju cocktails, Kooksoondang makali (unfiltered soju)
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April 6, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan, David Zahniser and Doug Smith
In January, President Obama announced a block-by-block approach to relieving poverty in Los Angeles. Federal money, he said, would pour into a newly created Promise Zone. The boundaries encompassed crowded immigrant communities around MacArthur Park and Koreatown, as well as upscale areas of Hollywood and Los Feliz. Left out was South L.A., where the poverty rate is higher. The exclusion stunned many South L.A. leaders. The strategy, presidential aides said, was to concentrate resources in communities where nonprofits or public agencies had already received one of the Obama administration's signature urban renewal grants.
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May 12, 1992
America sends hundreds of millions of dollars to aid the former Soviet Union. But it takes a delegation and aid from South Korea to help American businessmen in Koreatown to recover from the riot. Fortunately for these Americans, they can depend on help from their former country. Is George Bush an American? ANDREW KO, Long Beach
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April 2, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Dassler Jimenez stood on a busy stretch of Western Avenue in East Hollywood, ready to plant a flag and call it "Little Venezuela. " Never mind that none of his countrymen live or own businesses in the neighborhood - or the fact that Jimenez has no money to finance the effort and little clue how to make it happen. "If the Armenians and the Koreans did it," Jimenez said, "why can't we?" Jimenez and other Latino leaders have teamed up to promote a common goal: carving out islands for their communities in Los Angeles' jumbled landscape - Peru Village, Little Venezuela, Paseo Colombia, Guatemalan Mayan Village, Oaxacan Corridor.
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January 20, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Two men were pronounced dead at a hospital Monday after being hit by gunfire on a Koreatown street, Los Angeles police said. The victims were described by police as Latinos in their 20s. The 1:53 p.m. shooting occurred in the driveway of a parking lot at Lucy's Laundry Mart at South Normandie Avenue and West 3rd Street, authorities said. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County The two males suspects fled on foot. Police cordoned off a wide area around the shooting site as they searched for the suspects and questioned witnesses.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
A 1920s-era apartment building in Koreatown has been acquired by a Los Angeles investor who plans to renovate the brick Tudor Revival-style complex near Wilshire Boulevard. The six-story Windsor Apartments at 3198 West 7th St. and an adjacent parking lot zoned for development sold for $10.75 million to a limited liability corporation, according to investment banking firm George Smith Partners. The Windsor was built in 1926 at 7th and Catalina streets as an upscale apartment hotel in what was then suburban Los Angeles.
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Dominic A. Riley
A single red door stands out along a wall dyed yellow by the bright lights on Vermont Avenue in Koreatown. There's no signage to ensure you're at the right place. To the right, Stall 239, a new walk-up restaurant serving international street food and artisan sandwiches, has closed for the night. A person looks through a peephole after two knocks on the door. The door opens into a small, dimly lit waiting room with an expansive wall of doorknobs. As a hostess welcomes you to Lock & Key, she points to the dozens of doorknobs, “Try out a knob to get in.” (The hostess will give you a hint if you're too far from the mark.)
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January 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles police say a brazen shooting in broad daylight in Koreatown on Monday afternoon may have been gang-related. Police said just before 2 p.m., two unidentified men walked up to two men in their 20s in a parking lot driveway at South Normandie Avenue and West 3 rd Street and briefly exchanged words before opening fire. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Both victims were shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the hospital. The coroner has yet to release their identities.
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January 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Ari Bloomekatz
Police on Tuesday remained unsure if a shooting in Koreatown that left two men dead was gang-related, but said that investigators were "working on the motive. " The shooting occurred at about 1:53 p.m. Monday in the driveway of a parking lot near the intersection of South Normandie Avenue and West 3rd Street, authorities said. The two suspects fled on foot before officers arrived and remain at large, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andy Neiman said. HOMICIDE REPORT: Tracking killings in L.A. County A spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office said the identities of the two men who died have not been confirmed.
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February 1, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Alex Cha stood before the Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission last week and told panel members: "As an Asian American living in the city of Los Angeles, I feel voiceless. " He had gone to the San Fernando Valley meeting to protest proposed new City Council boundaries that call for Koreatown to be divided between two council districts. Disappointment over the proposal has run deep in the neighborhood, where over the weekend ministers complained about it to their congregations, and volunteers gathered signatures on protest petitions outside local grocery stores.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By August Brown
AUSTIN, Texas - This year's South by Southwest festival has a pall over it. No matter how great any band plays, or how tasty the breakfast tacos, there's just something weighing down the crowds after the early Thursday morning tragedy. There's no solution to this. Everyone's trying their best, but the mood is markedly somber, as it should be.  Perhaps the premiere of a new special from one the best (and most music-savvy) comedians working today could offer some levity, though.  Hannibal Buress is a longtime favorite in the indie/rap/comedy crossover scenes  - he's played the Fonda with Eric Andre, and has some of the most hilariously cutting riffs on hip-hop I've ever heard.
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March 14, 2014 | Kate Mather
Of all the mourners who filled the 3,500-seat cathedral Thursday -- including hundreds of police officers, a host of city officials, the governor -- it was the people sitting in the front row at Officer Nicholas Lee's funeral who mattered the most. One by one, those who eulogized the Los Angeles police officer turned their attention to his wife and two daughters. Lee was a dedicated cop, they said. But above all else, he was a family man. "That's what I'm most proud of," said Capt.
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March 11, 2014 | By Ben Welsh and Thomas Suh Lauder
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in seven L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . Five neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Shadow Hills (A) was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 0.4 over the last three months. Koreatown (F) topped the list of two neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded 53 property crimes compared with its weekly average of 32.8 over the last three months.
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February 16, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A man was shot in the face and in critical condition in a possible gang-related shooting in Koreatown early Sunday, police said. The man, whose name has not been released, was shot about 2:10 a.m. near the Jons Marketplace at 3334 W. 8 th St., said Sgt. Raul Pedroza with the Los Angeles Police Department's Olympic Station. “We believe it's a gang shooting,” Pedroza said. Police are “actively searching” for the shooter, and the victim remains hospitalized in “very critical condition,” he said.
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February 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A man was killed and two women were injured in a possible gang-related shooting near Koreatown early Sunday, police said. A man and two women were sitting in an SUV when they were approached by a suspect, who shot at them, said Sgt. Marvin Mancia of the Los Angeles Police Department. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the women had non-life-threatening injuries, he said. The male suspect was struck by a vehicle as he was running away from the scene, Mancia said. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Officers were near the intersection of Vermont and Wilshire when they heard shots fired about 12:20 a.m., said LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera.
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January 23, 2014 | By Jason La, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Ryan C. Winkleman photographed a flock of birds flying through Koreatown on Dec. 31, 2013. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series. [ For the Record, 9:15 a.m. Jan. 24: In an earlier version of this post, this photo was incorrectly attributed to Eric Beteille.]
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January 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles police say a brazen shooting in broad daylight in Koreatown on Monday afternoon may have been gang-related. Police said just before 2 p.m., two unidentified men walked up to two men in their 20s in a parking lot driveway at South Normandie Avenue and West 3 rd Street and briefly exchanged words before opening fire. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Both victims were shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the hospital. The coroner has yet to release their identities.
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January 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Ari Bloomekatz
Police on Tuesday remained unsure if a shooting in Koreatown that left two men dead was gang-related, but said that investigators were "working on the motive. " The shooting occurred at about 1:53 p.m. Monday in the driveway of a parking lot near the intersection of South Normandie Avenue and West 3rd Street, authorities said. The two suspects fled on foot before officers arrived and remain at large, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andy Neiman said. HOMICIDE REPORT: Tracking killings in L.A. County A spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office said the identities of the two men who died have not been confirmed.
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