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March 22, 1994 | Associated Press
Citing what he said was a series of legal blunders, the state attorney general asked a court Monday to reinstate rape charges against five men allowed to plead guilty to misdemeanors in a 1991 assault on an unconscious woman in a tavern. The men pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and were each fined $750. As part of a plea agreement, the original charges of first-degree rape, a felony carrying a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, were dismissed last June.
January 22, 1997
A nonprofit housing organization that transformed a decrepit group of vandalized Hollywood bungalows into low-income housing for people with HIV has been honored by the state Office of Historic Preservation for its work in saving the landmark buildings. When the Hollywood Community Housing Corp. bought St. Andrew's Bungalow Court in 1992, the vacant buildings were hotbeds of drug deals and prostitution and scheduled to be demolished, said Christina Duncan, the corporation's executive director.
January 21, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
In a first step toward restoring one of Southern California's few remaining wetlands and opening it to the public, the state has approved spending $6.5 million for planning a massive restoration of the degraded Ballona Wetlands — but conservationists are at odds over what that means for the future of the site. Though construction is still years away, the question of how drastically to alter the existing landscape in order to revive the remaining 600 acres of the Ballona Wetlands is polarizing conservationists who fought for three decades to protect the site from the sort of development that ate up most of it. "It's going to be a delicate balancing act," said Lisa Fimiani, executive director of Friends of Ballona Wetlands and a cautious supporter of restoration.
June 11, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
After a vocal advocate for the controversial Malibu Lagoon restoration turned a gun on herself late Saturday, some closest to her were left wondering if the increasing vitriol surrounding the project drove the 35-year-old over the edge. Stephenie Glas, a Los Angeles city firefighter, shot herself in the head shortly before midnight at her boyfriend's Corral Canyon home, according to the boyfriend, Steve Woods. Authorities said only that a 35-year-old female died of "apparent suicide" at the home but did not release the woman's identity Sunday.
February 1, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
John D. Lowry, an entertainment technology innovator who founded Lowry Digital Images, the renowned movie restoration company in Burbank that worked its magic by returning film classics such as "Casablanca" and "Star Wars" to their pristine state for DVD release, has died. He was 79. Lowry died Jan. 21 at his home in Camarillo, said his son David. The cause of death is unknown. "John Lowry's passion for cinema and expertise in technology were essential in preserving the work of filmmakers for future generations to enjoy," George Lucas told The Times in a statement.
The first phase of a $2-million restoration of the historic City Gym and Pool has been completed. The project included renovating the men's and women's showers, women's restroom, game room and office; and upgrading the 1931 facility to accommodate disabled people. Federal and state grants paid for the $600,000 first phase of the restoration.
December 20, 1992
The Bolsa Chica wetlands are a rare ecological find and are part of only a few thousand acres of wetlands left in Southern California. Because of this, they deserve to be restored and preserved for future generations. The Bolsa Chica Coalition Plan is the best way to accomplish this objective. Undoubtedly, this effort will require small sacrifices from everyone in the community--including the surfers. Construction of the jetty at Bolsa Chica State Beach is essential to wetlands restoration.
July 15, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The Palace Theatre is indeed a place fit for royalty. Massive murals lord over the auditorium. Cornucopia moldings hang over the exits. And frescos cover the theater's domed ceiling, a homage to an era when going to a show was truly a glamorous affair. "It's pretty incredible, isn't it?" David Linderman said as he sat in one of its plush seats. "It's more of a palace than a theater. " Linderman drove in from Moorpark with his wife for a public tour Saturday by the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, which surveyed every nook of the theater, which had its first performance on June 26, 1911.
November 19, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
One of the gems of the Vatican's priceless religious art collection -- a 6th century reliquary containing the purported fragments of the cross on which Jesus was crucified -- has gotten a new look after being restored to its Byzantine-era glory, experts say. The Vatican today will unveil the restored Crux Vaticana, a jewel-encrusted golden cross containing what tradition holds are shards of Jesus' cross. Art experts said the restoration rendered the cross much closer to what it would have looked like at the time Byzantine Emperor Justin II gave it to the people of Rome.
August 25, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD
The city of Fillmore has received a contract from state historical preservation officials guaranteeing almost $450,000 for restoration of the cracked and crumbled Towne Theater. Although the city has not yet received a check, the contract ensures that Fillmore will get the money, Councilman Roger Campbell said Wednesday. "We have already gotten to the point of asking for proposals from architects," Campbell said. "This has all happened very quickly." The Jan.
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