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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A judge on Tuesday ruled that DNA evidence that led to alleged Grim Sleeper serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr. was lawfully obtained via plates and utensils seized by a police officer who posed as a restaurant busboy. Appearing on the stand for the first time, Franklin testified that he was attending a birthday party that day in July 2010 at John's Incredible Pizza in Buena Park with one of his employees and her three daughters when the DNA evidence was gathered. Days later on July 7, he was arrested by Los Angeles police.  MAP: Grim Sleeper killings, 1985-2007 Franklin's attorneys, Seymour Amster and Louisa Pensanti, had argued that the busboy cleared their client's plates before he had finished - first a pizza and then a chocolate cake - and therefore were taken illegally.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Two men were arrested Saturday on suspicion of trying to rob an Italian restaurant in northern San Diego County at gunpoint -- a robbery thwarted, authorities said, when an employee of the restaurant fired eight shots at the suspects, hitting both. The two suspects were first interviewed by sheriff's deputies at an emergency room where they sought treatment for their wounds. The explanation offered by the two that they'd been shot while walking near an Oceanside park seemed suspicious, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A $140-million apartment and retail complex in Hollywood will get a shot of glamour from Los Angeles nightclub impresario Sam Nazarian. Nazarian, who also operates a string of trendy hotels and restaurants known for their playful, over-the-top decor, hopes to make the Camden seem like a cross between a resort and an upscale apartment community. Residents will share stylishly crafted common areas in the building and have special VIP access to other Nazarian-operated properties, such as the Colony nightclub and Katsuya restaurant.
TRAVEL
December 28, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Restaurant Lastage, about a 10-minute walk from the Central Station in Amsterdam, is a real gem with a Michelin star, elegant service and reasonable prices. Reservations are necessary. We found it by accident and were given a table because of a last-minute cancellation. We were delighted with our find. Restaurant Lastage, 29 Geldersekade, Amsterdam; 011-31-20-737-0811, http://www.restaurantlastage.nl Patricia Moore Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2013 | By Gale Holland
When the stylish New Genesis Apartments opened last year on skid row, residents and advocates were pleased that the project would provide housing for dozens of homeless people, as well as support services aimed at tackling addiction and mental illness. In a neighborhood where rapid gentrification has brought $145 sushi and brow waxings to skid row's historic core, the mixed-use project was seen as a rare opportunity for homeless people to live side-by-side with artists and other renters as they work to rejoin society.
FOOD
December 21, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
At this very moment my neighbor, Cassy, is awaiting delivery of a 100-year-old cider press she bought on eBay. She, like many of us, has apple fever. I made an apple galette at least twice this week. And I'm dreaming of the apple hand pies I used to buy in frosty weather from the famous bakery Poîlane on Rue du Cherche-Midi in Paris. But even if you don't bake, you can get in on the apple frenzy at restaurants and bakeries. Now that we've got pumpkin desserts out of the way, inspired bakers are turning their attention to apples.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Yelpers can now view restaurants' health grades directly on the popular reviews site, thanks to a partnership between Yelp and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Now when visitors to the site check out a restaurant's consumer reviews, they'll also see its health rating toward the top of the page, in the same section as hours, price range, parking information and noise level. Although restaurant inspection scores have been available on the health department's website since the inception of the grading program in the 1990s, this will be the first time consumers will be able to see the data in conjunction with photos and reviews, the department said Thursday “Our research has shown that the posting of restaurant letter grade cards was associated with a reduction in food-borne illness hospitalizations," said Jonathan E. Fielding, director of public health for the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
The next time Los Angeles diners consult Yelp for restaurant reviews, they won't only get an idea what neighbors thought of an establishment's ambiance, service or decor -- they'll also see if county inspectors thought it was a safe place to eat. Officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Thursday that they were now posting health grades -- the familiar A, B, C marks that indicate the cleanliness and safety of...
TRAVEL
December 19, 2013 | By Irene Lechowitzky
Presto change-o; now you see it, now you don't. If you're looking for an undiscovered, secluded escape hidden from view yet minutes from the bustling center of San Marcos and its restaurants, bars and entertainment, Lake San Marcos is for you. My husband hurt his back last month and wanted a slow-paced weekend to relax. We came to the right place: Leisure is king in this mellow enclave tucked away on a lake in a quiet residential neighborhood in northern San Diego County. Here, paddle boats rule the lake, and golf is the preferred "action" sport.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
"You stay classy, San Diego" is the most-quoted line from fictional San Diego news anchorman Ron Burgundy in the 2004 film "Anchorman: The Ron Burgundy Legend. " What places in the city evoke Will Ferrell's over-the-top character, who returns this month in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"? There are some touchstones if you know where to look, but, unlike Burgundy, they're subtle. Candice Eley, public relations manager for the San Diego Tourism Authority , says people do associate the destination with Ron Burgundy.
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