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November 16, 2013 | By Mary Ellen Podmolik
No Coke. No fries. No desire to change things. The Billy Goat Tavern has been a Chicago landmark for generations and a fixture under North Michigan Avenue for almost 50 years. And its owner wants to remain there, regardless of whatever redevelopment goes on above it. Sam Sianis, who runs the tavern and is the nephew of the Billy Goat's original owner, William Sianis, said he knew nothing of potential plans for a massive redevelopment disclosed Monday that would involve replacing the Realtor Building, on property located above the Goat.
October 9, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
San Luis Obispo on Saturday is marking the grand opening of a new railroad museum that's housed in a Southern Pacific freight house built around 1894. The museum tells the story of the city's important 19th century link in the coastal rail line that joined San Francisco and Los Angeles. Exhibits and displays detail the old narrow-gauge Pacific Coast Railway that ran between Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo, the difficult tunnel and track work along the Cuesta Grade (a route Amtrak's Coast Starlight still chugs along today)
September 30, 2013 | By Frederick N. Rasmussen
Activist attorney Leonard J. Kerpelman, best known for representing atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair in the landmark 1963 Supreme Court case that outlawed prayer in public schools, died Thursday at a Baltimore hospital of complications from a tumor. He was 88. He took on numerous often unpopular causes during his long career that ended in disbarment in 1989, in part for disrupting a judicial hearing. And he was known as a colorful figure in Baltimore, driving a 1948 Cadillac and at times jumping into public fountains.
September 29, 2013 | By John Bateson
There were 10 confirmed suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge in August. It was the most suicides in any month in the bridge's history. Monday, Tuesday, suicide. Thursday, Friday, suicide. Sunday, Monday, suicide. Over and over, a suicide every three days. The 10th was a 17-year-old girl from Marin County. This information doesn't come from the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. The district considers itself the official source of all information related to the bridge - except information on suicides.
September 28, 2013 | By Martha Groves
In most places, an 8,100-square-foot house with five bedrooms, six baths and a swimming pool that had been remodeled by a master architect would be considered the height of luxury. And if Ira Gershwin had penned lyrics for such standards as "The Man That Got Away" during the decades he lived there, all the better. Not so much in Beverly Hills, a city of stratospherically priced property, where many residents prefer to build their castles from scratch - and have the scratch to build exactly what they want.
September 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Location manager Brian O'Neill needed a location to film a wedding scene for the upcoming move "The Wedding Ringer," and he knew just the place: Hollywood United Methodist Church at the corner of Franklin and North Highland avenues. With its Gothic Revival cathedral, stained-glass windows, breezy courtyards and lush gardens, the church would be an ideal setting for the Screen Gems movie, in which comedian Kevin Hart runs a wedding consulting business. But there was another reason to select the church for the upcoming wedding scene.
September 17, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A historic West Hollywood sound-editing facility - the place where "West Side Story," "The Godfather" and "Top Gun" were mixed - is being given new life as an audio postproduction start-up. The new company, called Formosa Group, has been quietly hiring sound industry veterans to compete with the biggest Hollywood studios. The famed landmark Hollywood compound, which Formosa shares with its sister company Audio Head, has mixing rooms that replicate movie theaters in which directors and sound engineers watch films scene by scene to make sure that the dialogue levels, sound effects and music cues are correct.
September 9, 2013 | By Michael Darling, This post has a correction. See bottom of article for details
What follows are a few highlights from the history of one of the most famous streets in the world. 1906: Burton E. Grant and other investors buy land on the former Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas. The land will become Beverly Hills, and the city's main street is named ... Rodeo Drive. It eventually develops into and remains a fairly quiet suburban street with beauty shops, hardware stores, gas stations and bookstores for several decades. 1949: Former Warner Bros. publicist Richard Carroll decides there's no good place for a man to buy a suit in West Los Angeles.
September 8, 2013 | By Joseph J. Ellis
There is an opinion abroad in the land that the right to bear arms is unlimited, an absolute right, like the right to vote or the right to a fair trial. This heartfelt conviction has surfaced lately in state legislation that attempts to nullify federal gun regulations. For the nullifiers, and many others, the broadest possible right to bear arms is purportedly enshrined in the 2nd Amendment and recognized in the Supreme Court case Heller vs. District of Columbia. And yet, no matter how prevalent or fervently held, the opinion that the Bill of Rights supports and the high court acknowledges an absolute right to gun ownership is just plain wrong.
August 30, 2013 | By David Wharton
The news traveled quickly, by way of phone calls and text messages, spreading throughout the sport of figure skating. The Ice Castle was closing down. The small rink, nestled amid pines beside Lake Arrowhead, had served as an unlikely mecca for skaters from around the world, turning out champions for the better part of three decades. Michelle Kwan trained there, as did Robin Cousins, Nicole Bobek, Chen Lu and Surya Bonaly. Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, the gold medal pair from the 2010 Winter Olympics, made it their home base.
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