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April 2, 2006 | By Steven Barrie-Anthony
You hear Gore Vidal long before you see him, the steady tap-swish-tap of foot and cane on an upstairs landing in his sunny Spanish Colonial house in the Hollywood Hills; then there's the slow whir of a mechanical chairlift carrying the novelist-essayist-playwright-screenwriter downward. Vidal is 80, with an artificial knee, and in 2003 he left his Mediterranean aerie in southern Italy overlooking the Amalfi Coast -- not far from where the sirens sang, and Odysseus sailed on -- and returned to his sometime home in Los Angeles to live out the rest of his life.
November 2, 2006 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The former West Hollywood headquarters of noted architect Charles Luckman was sold Wednesday for a near-record price per square foot in Los Angeles County, accentuating a run-up in local office values over the last few years. Los Angeles-based Mani Bros. Real Estate Group bought two Sunset Boulevard office buildings on the eastern border of Beverly Hills for undisclosed terms, said Chief Executive Simon Mani.
No More Neon: Monty's Steakhouse, the Westwood fixture set atop the Westwood Center building at 1100 Glendon Ave., has closed. Arden Realty Inc. purchased the building in early '98 with plans to renovate it completely from the outside in. Monty's had been entrenched in the penthouse since 1969 (the structure dates from '65). During its reign, its neon sign became a landmark and its dark interior saw lots of interesting events, including Snoop Doggy Dogg's acquittal party.
The city's neon lights vibrated in the polished hood of the black BMW as it cruised up Las Vegas Boulevard. The man in the passenger seat was instantly recognizable. Fans lined the streets, waving, snapping photos, begging Tupac Shakur for his autograph. Cops were everywhere, smiling. The BMW 750 sedan, with rap magnate Marion "Suge" Knight at the wheel, was leading a procession of luxury vehicles past the MGM Grand Hotel and Caesars Palace, on their way to a hot new nightclub.
August 27, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a judgment under which Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione won $129 million from Dominion Federal Savings & Loan, wiping out a decision that had threatened to force the McLean, Va.--based thrift out of business. The original judgment, handed down last year in a suit brought by Penthouse International Ltd., exceeded Dominion's net worth. Had it been upheld, it might have forced regulators to step in and compel a sale of the institution.
November 3, 1986 | United Press International
Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger lost his bid today to prevent Penthouse from distributing its December issue but filed a $10-million suit against the magazine, charging that it contains an unauthorized interview with him. The holiday issue has already appeared on some newsstands, and Justice Beatrice Shainswit of the state Supreme Court ruled that it was too late to grant the restraining order.
August 18, 1985
Construction has begun on a $1.6-million penthouse spa and members' lounge as additions to the Club Donatello, a proprietary-interest club occupying the top floors of the Pacific Plaza hotel at Post and Mason streets in San Francisco. When completed in December, the 3,600-square-foot penthouse will also contain a club lounge and conference room, a Grecian-style gymnasium with exercise equipment, private indoor and outdoor tanning facilities and a classic Roman bath of white travertine marble.
August 30, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Penthouse International Inc., publisher of adult magazines since 1965, said U.S. regulators opened an investigation of its accounting three weeks before the company sought bankruptcy protection for its publishing unit, General Media. The company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the SEC informed it July 23 that an inquiry was being raised to a formal probe.
May 8, 2002 | Lisa Dillman
Tennis player Anna Kournikova filed suit against General Media Communications Inc., the parent company of Penthouse magazine, on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, according to her representatives. The complaint cites defamation, false light invasion of privacy, misappropriation of identity and various other violations of Kournikova's rights, and seeks damages of more than $10 million.
November 8, 2003 | From Reuters
Penthouse International Inc. said Friday that founder Bob Guccione remains editor in chief of the adult magazine despite having resigned the day before as chairman and chief executive officer of its parent company. Guccione, 72, started Penthouse in 1965 and ranks as one of the world's most famous publishers of adult magazines, along with Playboy's Hugh Hefner and Hustler's Larry Flynt.
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