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April 22, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease have been found in the Playboy Mansion's grotto, the famed artificial cave that houses a whirlpool spa. The bacteria, legionella pneumophila, are a suspect in the illnesses among attendees of a DomainFest fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles on Feb. 3. Legionella bacteria can cause serious illness, including pneumonia. H1N1 flu is also a suspect in the outbreak. Previously, health authorities had said only that the bacteria legionella pneumophila were identified at a whirlpool spa at the Playboy Mansion.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Groping in the grotto isn't the only thing the Playboy Mansion is good for. Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner passes out awards there, too. On Wednesday, Norman Lear will get his turn. The 1970s sitcom legend - the man behind "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons" and more - will get a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the annual Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards. In addition to his TV producing work, the 90-year-old Lear became a liberal activist, founding People for the American Way in 1981.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A man accused of ramming a car into the Playboy Mansion's gates twice in a week has pleaded not guilty. Glen Meador entered his pleas Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to a pair of felony vandalism charges. Police have said Meador slammed into the gates twice in late August over an ongoing dispute but have not offered further details. Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner was not at home on either occasion. The Ventura County man's bail was set at $250,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris made it to the vows this time around, getting married on New Year's Eve in a small ceremony at the Playboy Mansion. Hef, 86, announced the news via Twitter on Monday, saying, "Crystal & I married on New Year's Eve in the Mansion with Keith as my Best Man. Love that girl!" Keith Hefner, 83, is Hugh's younger brother.  The Playboy founder followed up on Tuesday, tweeting, "Happy New Year from Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hefner!" with an accompanying picture of him in his trademark pajamas with the bride, 26, still in her pink mermaid-style gown.  The couple were wed in front of a simple floral arch at the mansion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2011 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County health officials are investigating suspicions that Hugh Hefner's legendary Playboy Mansion was ground zero for a rash of mysterious respiratory ailments that afflicted people who attended a fundraiser there earlier this month. The inquiry by the Department of Public Health follows dozens of complaints of illness after the annual DOMAINfest Global conference in Santa Monica. The department sent an e-mail Friday to all participants warning them that the agency had received reports of a possible respiratory infection outbreak among attendees at the conference, which held events at several locations, including the Playboy Mansion.
NEWS
February 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Pontiac fever, the less well-known cousin of Legionnaires' disease, is having its own brush with notoriety--courtesy of the Playboy Mansion. Public health officials are still looking for what sickened 200 people who attended a four-day DOMAINfest Global Conference this month at various locations in Southern California, including the mansion. But Pontiac fever is one of the prime suspects. It’s caused by Legionalla, the same bacteria responsible for the more serious and potentially deadly Legionnaires.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A Ventura County man has rammed his car into the gates of the Playboy Mansion twice in the last two weeks, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The latest incident occurred Tuesday night, when the man allegedly drove his car into a front gate of the famous home of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner. Lt. John Romero said detectives are still investigating but believe both incidents involve an "ongoing dispute." He did not elaborate or release the suspect's name. Authorities allege that the man also crashed into the gate last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2000 | DANA PARSONS
As a guy who's never been invited to the Playboy Mansion but still holds out hope, I won't write anything to upset Hef. So, standing on personal principle, I will not join the state Republican Party's denunciation of Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's decision to hold a fund-raiser for a national Hispanic political organization at the mansion this summer.
OPINION
June 11, 2012 | Jim Newton
No event in Los Angeles is too grand to be above a snotty skewering from a New York critic. Last month's historic production of "Don Giovanni" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall was no exception. There's a moment near the end where Mozart offers a sly reference to his earlier work. It apparently slipped by the crowd. "It was," the New York Times critic wrote, "an opera in-joke in search of an opera audience. " I was there that night, and I plead guilty. I missed it. But really, the appraisal of a culture comes down to a missed laugh line in the final minutes of a four-hour production?
SPORTS
July 15, 2003 | Steve Springer
For boxing fans attending shows at the Playboy Mansion, there is barely time for the fights. Not with all the Playmates to ogle, the hors d'oeuvres to sample and the grotto to explore. Which makes tonight's headline attraction, super-middleweight Jeff Lacy, the perfect Playboy fighter. Based on his performances, he doesn't figure to be in the ring long, leaving plenty of time for the peripheral attractions. As a member of the United States' team in the 2000 Olympics, Lacy failed to medal.
OPINION
June 11, 2012 | Jim Newton
No event in Los Angeles is too grand to be above a snotty skewering from a New York critic. Last month's historic production of "Don Giovanni" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall was no exception. There's a moment near the end where Mozart offers a sly reference to his earlier work. It apparently slipped by the crowd. "It was," the New York Times critic wrote, "an opera in-joke in search of an opera audience. " I was there that night, and I plead guilty. I missed it. But really, the appraisal of a culture comes down to a missed laugh line in the final minutes of a four-hour production?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
The crooning, adolescent faces in boy bands One Direction and the Wanted continue to dazzle the world over, and while the Ministry has been busy with Brangelina engagements and such, we've decided to take notice. Both groups, of British-Irish origin, have deftly recruited their own screaming fans and triggered a nostalgia in those folks who that grew up with the Backstreet Boys, 'NSync and 98 Degrees.  The cultural inclination is, naturally, to assume a massive feud exists between the two young groups (complete with physical confrontations )
BUSINESS
April 6, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Michael Jackson and Simon Cowell are hot. Elvis Presley, Larry King and Christina Aguilera -- not so much. At least those are the sentiments of tourists who requested views of celebrity homes from StarLine Tours, the largest tour bus company in Los Angeles. Based on such requests, the tour company Friday released its top 10 list of most requested celebrity homes for 2011 and the Holmby Hills mansion where the King of Pop died in 2009 was the most requested stop, followed by the Beverly Hills estate of former"American Idol"judge Cowell.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2011 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In Tuesday's Season 6 premiere of A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," an ongoing argument between the Kiss rocker and his longtime partner, Shannon Tweed, resurfaced, ending with her walking out the door with packed bags. In your season premiere, you and Shannon have a tense discussion about your faithfulness, or rather lack thereof. Every relationship has one of those discussions, what can I say? I worship the ground she walks on. We have two kids who are by most estimates the most charming — certainly in Hollywood — most well behaved, well-liked young people.
NEWS
June 14, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Sad news today at the Playboy Mansion: Playmate Crystal Harris is not marrying Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, according to Hefner himself. "The wedding is off. Crystal has had a change of heart," the would-be groom, 85, tweeted earlier today. Crystal, 25, may be doing her longevity a favor. Studies show that so-called May-December weddings, which typically involve a younger woman and a much older man, are more beneficial for the husband than the wife. Men benefit greatly from having a younger spouse, studies show -- their mortality rate can drop 11% if they're just seven to nine years older than their wives, compared with husbands who are the same age as their wives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
After weeks of medical detective work, public health officials have moved much closer to solving the mystery illness that sickened more than 120 people at the Playboy Mansion in February. The bacterium that causes Legionnaires disease has been found in the mansion's grotto, the famed artificial cave that houses a whirlpool spa. The bacterium, Legionella pneumophila , is a suspect in the illnesses among attendees at a DomainFest fundraiser Feb. 3 at the mansion, in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Right now, at the Playboy Mansion, there's one tired woman and eight equally exhausted men. They should be, after spending three days playing video games--and getting very little sleep--as part of a $9,999 contest. Last Friday, the group of eager twentysomethings trekked to the mansion in Holmby Hills and prepared to spend 99 hours playing a hero and saving their digital friends in "Wild 9," the latest Playstation release by Laguna Beach-based developer Shiny Entertainment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
After weeks of medical detective work, public health officials have moved much closer to solving the mystery illness that sickened more than 120 people at the Playboy Mansion in February. The bacterium that causes Legionnaires disease has been found in the mansion's grotto, the famed artificial cave that houses a whirlpool spa. The bacterium, Legionella pneumophila , is a suspect in the illnesses among attendees at a DomainFest fundraiser Feb. 3 at the mansion, in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.
NEWS
April 22, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease have been found in the Playboy Mansion's grotto, the famed artificial cave that houses a whirlpool spa. The bacteria, legionella pneumophila, are a suspect in the illnesses among attendees of a DomainFest fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles on Feb. 3. Legionella bacteria can cause serious illness, including pneumonia. H1N1 flu is also a suspect in the outbreak. Previously, health authorities had said only that the bacteria legionella pneumophila were identified at a whirlpool spa at the Playboy Mansion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County health officials said Monday that 170 people had fallen ill after a four-day conference that culminated in a fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion , but that the outbreak is not believed to have spread beyond the conference. The possible outbreak of legionellosis, or Pontiac fever, affected people connected with the DOMAINfest Global Conference held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica on Feb. 1-3, "with symptoms mostly consisting of fever, chills, general discomfort (malaise)
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