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October 28, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
There was no shortage of recording of rock, pop and R&B music going on in New York in the 1960s, but as a recognizable music scene, New York definitely held a lower profile than those of Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Detroit, Memphis and a few others we might mention. That's an aspect of Lou Reed's influence that came to mind for Grammy Museum executive director Robert Santelli on Sunday after news of the death of the influential songwriter, singer and bandleader who first came to fame with the Velvet Underground broke and quickly reverberated through the music community.
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NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
For the last couple of months, I've been trying different pizza dough recipes, but what I've really been waiting for is the new book, in English, from Rome's phenomenal pizza master, Gabriele Bonci. Called “Pizza” - what else? - it's subtitled “Seasonal Recipes From Rome's Legendary Pizzarium.” Now Bonci's pizzas are not round, but large oblongs, part of the tradition called pizza al taglio - pizza cut to order.  And they are gorgeous, though co-author Elisia Menduni describes Bonci's crust as “rough and slightly drab in color ... crunchy on the outside, almost crispy, and the crumb is soft and springy.” Bonci is wildly inventive with his toppings, which are seasonal and change from day to day and week to week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A prison inmate in Colorado and a man in Las Vegas will be extradited to California to face charges they killed a pizza deliveryman in Long Beach nearly 18 years ago. James Lemon and Venda Johnson were just 17 when they allegedly confronted Renato Teniente on East 55th Way as he sat in the driver's seat with his engine running on Nov. 22, 1995, said Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton. Teniente, 60, had just returned to his car after delivering a pizza when the two young men attempted to rob him. They shot him in the upper body and left him for dead.
NEWS
September 5, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
An email sneaked into my mailbox sometime over the weekend from a Central Coast winemaker who's notoriously picky about restaurants. “ We finally have a really good restaurant in our gastronomic black hole ,” it read. ”I think I'm going to light a candle in some church ... I am so happy.”  He didn't have to tell me the name. I knew it already: Lark. I'd peeked in last month at the Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting held in the courtyard in front. The 130-seat restaurant had literally opened the day before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2013 | By Anh Do
A sheriff's deputy who allegedly pepper-sprayed a teenager's pizza during a routine traffic stop in south Orange County will be in court Monday to face criminal charges. Juan Tavera, a six-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, spotted the pizza in the back seat of the 19-year-old's car and sprayed it without the youth's knowledge, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. The teen, authorities said, and a group of friends later became sick after eating the tainted pizza.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 | By Anh Do
A sheriff's deputy in Orange County will be arraigned Monday for allegedly pepper-spraying a teenager's pizza during a traffic stop. The teen, authorities said, and a group of friends later became sick after eating the pepper-spray tainted pizza. Authorities charged Juan Tavera, 30, with one misdemeanor count of assault or battery by a public officer. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Tavera, who is on paid administrative leave, is a six-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, stationed in Laguna Hills.
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | By Jay Jones
One of the world's most celebrated pizza makers will bring his talents to Las Vegas with the September opening of Pizza Rock. Pizza Rock , 201 N. 3rd St. in Las Vegas' Downtown3rd neighborhood, won't be just another pizza parlor. It's headed by Tony Gemignani , an 11-time World Pizza Champion who has several times defeated Italians on their home turf. Italian and American-style pizzas will be served. They include the Napoletana-style Margherita, a crust topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, olive oil and sea salt that won the World Pizza Cup in Naples, and the Cal Italia, a pie featuring various cheeses, prosciutto and fig preserves.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
The ESPN Zone sports bar and restaurant at L.A. Live closed over the weekend to make way for three new restaurants at the downtown Los Angeles entertainment venue next to Staples Center. ESPN Zone will be replaced with Smashburger, Live Basil Pizza and Tom's Urban 24, all of which are operated by Consumer Concept Group of Denver. "We'll bring a lower price point to an area right now dominated by white tablecloth sit-down restaurants," said Rick Schaden, chairman of Consumer Concept Group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Throughout the murder trial for the men accused of killing her son, Helen Dandini was regularly taunted by one of the defendants. Almost daily, Rudy Anthony Ruiz turned around in his chair, and from behind framed glasses, his eyes would meet hers. He'd crack a smile and chuckle at her. Once, he waved. But on Friday, as a judge prepared to send her son's killers to death row, it was Dandini's turn. "You can sit here and laugh as much as you want, yet we are the ones having the last laugh," said Dandini, addressing Ruiz and the court from a podium, her husband, Hank, at her side.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Two men who shot and killed three people inside a Pico Rivera pizza parlor were sentenced to death Friday. Rudy Ruiz, 34, and John Perez, 47, were convicted in April of three counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in connection with the June 27, 2009, shooting at Falcone's Pizza. At the time of the shooting, the victims were holding a fundraiser for a two children who had lost a parent in a house fire.   According to prosecutors, Ruiz and Perez, both gang members, mistakenly believed that the victims were members of a rival gang.
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