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October 12, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two small explosions last week in a Midvale Plaza apartment complex were caused by M-80 firecrackers, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. The first explosion, before 8 a.m. Friday, was the result of one of the large firecrackers going off in the 500 block of Midvale Avenue, said LAPD Officer April Harding. The bomb squad responded after a second, unexploded device was found about 11 a.m. That firecracker was remotely detonated about two hours later, Harding said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Over the weekend, a piece by Alexander Stille on the New York Times Opinionator blog raised some interesting questions about the family memoir. Stille is writing about his Aunt Lally, whom he describes as a compulsive hoarder, but what he's really getting at is complicity. Here he is, on the conundrum faced by any author who dips into the dangerous territory of family: “The writer is taking events that belong to several people, appropriating them for himself, and turning them into something that feels alien to those who have lived them.
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REAL ESTATE
February 8, 1987 | DAVID W. MYERS
If you're thinking about buying your first rental property, there's a good chance you may be considering the purchase of a duplex or small apartment building. Your idea is a good one: Many small rental buildings can be purchased with a small down payment and they're usually easy to buy and sell. They also help you build equity to eventually make a larger purchase, while teaching you the basics of property management.
SPORTS
January 19, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Everyone deserves life with dignity in their final years, whether you dug ditches or played tennis on the world's most famous stages. Gertrude "Gussy" Moran did the latter. She also got that deserved dignity because of the extraordinary kindness of a woman possibly as quirky as Moran was herself — this other woman wears a $15,000 Rolex that she painted purple with nail polish to hide the gold. We shall call her Lovey Jurgens, because that's what she will allow us to call her. Nothing else.
NEWS
December 28, 1985 | Associated Press
Ruined Kilchurn Castle in western Scotland, ancestral home of the Campbell clan, has been sold for "not much more than 50,000 pounds," or about $70,000, according to a real estate agent. "The price would buy a small apartment in Edinburgh," agent William Jackson said Thursday. Kilchurn, one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, stands at the end of Loch Awe, 17 miles east of Oban. It was put on the market last summer by the dowager Countess of Breadalbane.
NEWS
March 9, 1997
My Little Hideaway indoor PLAYHOUSES were created by a mom who wanted to make a kids' space in a small apartment. They come in Victorian and castle styles and fold flat for storage. Information: (888) 292-HIDE.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1985 | CHRIS De LUCA, Times Staff Writer
Vincent Chirafisi and his pregnant wife, Anna, had big hopes for the coming months. Although they didn't have much money, the couple figured they could support themselves and the baby on the money from Vincent's two jobs. Life was hard, but the young couple was happy--until their plans dissolved in early September. Vincent Chirafisi was stabbed six times Sept. 11 outside his Southeast San Diego apartment complex, leaving him paralyzed on the right side of his body.
NEWS
July 23, 1995
A crumbling hillside endangered five small apartment buildings in El Sereno on Saturday, forcing 100 people from their homes and causing a parking lot to collapse. Firefighters ordered the evacuation after the slope below the buildings began to give way. Up to 4,000 cubic yards of soil slid down during the afternoon, threatening to carry one or more of the Grey Drive buildings along with it.
NEWS
February 9, 1986
A 54-year-old Milpitas woman spent five days in her small apartment numbed from a bullet that lodged in her head when her boyfriend allegedly shot her and then turned the gun on himself, police said. Investigators said they do not know what prompted Valance Gill Jr., 42, to shoot Jacqueline Burgeles, 54, the woman with whom, his friends said, he happily shared his condominium for a year. "We're investigating it as an attempted murder and suicide," said Milpitas police spokeswoman Linda Miller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1990
A 24-year-old man was arrested early Sunday in connection with the shooting of two roommates during a dispute in their apartment, authorities said. Raul Pineda was being held in the city jail on suspicion of attempted murder, Police Lt. Ray Welch said. Roommate Francisco Mitre, 32, suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and was in guarded condition at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana, officials said. A second gunshot victim was in fair condition at UCI Medical Center in Orange.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
DALLAS - It was our first Christmas in America, a family of six squeezed into a two-bedroom apartment, donated jackets unpacked, cloth diapers stacked and a starry blue book from Hallmark creased on the page of a carol. "Joy to the World. " The lyrics rang in my head, a jingly song of a wonderland that helped us master English - the opening act in the saga of refugee life. In the thick of winter, we tumbled into foreign holiday traditions, not sure why folks would prefer rice stuffed inside a roasted bird, why gifts would change hands at a "white elephant," why popcorn would be strung around a prickly tree.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Real estate developer Nick Hadim made a risky climb through an upstairs window of an abandoned building to see what he and his investors had gotten themselves into. Downtown's Alexandria Hotel had long been rumored to be haunted. But instead of ghosts, he found a time capsule. There, in a sealed-off wing of the otherwise bustling complex, he encountered a dusty suite deserted in some haste in the 1930s. A crumbling bowler hat lay next to a torn armchair. An antique typewriter sat ready for use on the side of a wooden desk.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2012 | By Kim Murphy and Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
AURORA, Colo. - A little more than a week before the shootings at a crowded movie theater, it appears suspect James Holmes was already looking to beat a retreat from the small apartment where he lived, one that would soon be turned into an explosives-laced deathtrap. Half a block from his building - now surrounded by yellow police tape, with broken shards of glass dangling where windows used to be - Holmes had stopped to chat with neighbors, telling them he was looking for a new apartment.
TRAVEL
March 13, 2011 | By Kayleigh Kulp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
He was the least aggressive among the dozens of locals waving sobe signs in our faces. My fiancé, Jay, and I had just stepped off the ferry onto the Croatian island of Korcula, where the placard-carriers were standing on the dock, competing with one another for the opportunity to provide arriving tourists with a bed for a few bucks. But Quiet Guy (for lack of a better name) stood calmly with his sign, perhaps noticing we were amateurs. He asked in English whether Jay and I needed a room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2007 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
Is Los Angeles ready for the 250-square-foot apartment? That's what city planning officials have in mind with a series of sweeping new zoning proposals that would allow developers to build smaller condos and apartments than ever before. The tiny units -- studios that officials hope would be as small as 250 square feet -- are part of a package of proposed zoning changes aimed at significantly increasing density in downtown L.A.
NEWS
April 8, 2007 | Bonnie Miller Rubin, Chicago Tribune
When the soldier poured out his deepest feelings in dozens of letters, he had a single objective: to charm the girl he left behind during the Korean War. More than half a century later, Cpl. Jack Fitzpatrick also won over a shopper who spotted a stack of his old correspondence in an antiques store. In an era of cellphones, e-mail and instant messaging, his leisurely prose -- and the way he envisioned his and his girl's future together -- was captivating.
REAL ESTATE
April 9, 1989
The hottest price appreciation for any type of apartment buildings in Los Angeles County during 1988 was for small apartment buildings in Koreatown, according to the Los Angeles County Apartment Building Report published by Apartment Building Appraisers & Analysts Inc. The following examples put the annual appreciation rate in Koreatown at 31%: 8-unit building sold Jan. 1988 for $280,000 and resold Dec. 1988 for nearly $390,000. 6-unit building sold Jan. 1988 for $270,000 and resold Sept.
MAGAZINE
October 31, 1999
Mary McNamara's article on books brought tears to my eyes ("Reading the Reader," Fall Home Design, Sept. 26). All the book lovers had one thing in common: They considered their books friends. I feel that way, too. I hate to see a book mistreated. I can't bear to see them stored away in boxes. They should be on display, even if that means stacking them on the floor around the edges of the room. The description of how one looks forward to having a library of one's own was great. That, too, is one of my fondest wishes.
HOME & GARDEN
February 8, 2007 | Bettijane Levine, Times Staff Writer
YOU might call them nomads. People like Linda Taalman and Alan Koch, who rent a small apartment in L.A. and are building their home deep in the desert, three hours away. Or Liza and Blu Atwood, who rent a tiny apartment in town but just bought their dream house two hours away in Ojai. Both couples have babies and both belong to a new breed of urban pioneers who've bought or built what some might call second homes even before getting their first ones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two small explosions last week in a Midvale Plaza apartment complex were caused by M-80 firecrackers, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. The first explosion, before 8 a.m. Friday, was the result of one of the large firecrackers going off in the 500 block of Midvale Avenue, said LAPD Officer April Harding. The bomb squad responded after a second, unexploded device was found about 11 a.m. That firecracker was remotely detonated about two hours later, Harding said.
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