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August 24, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
Pretending to be an out-of-work actor from New York, rapper Pras Michel of the Fugees spent nine days last year on L.A.'s skid row panhandling for change, sleeping on sidewalks and befriending people who had ended up on the street because of joblessness, mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction. The 34-year-old's experiences are captured in the gritty documentary "Skid Row," opening today in limited release at the Culver Plaza Theater in Culver City as well as in New York and Washington, D.
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April 11, 2009 | Michael Finnegan
Gil Cedillo, a Los Angeles state senator running for Congress, has spent more than $125,000 gathered from campaign donors over the last six years on shopping excursions, gourmet meals, entertainment and upscale hotels around the globe, public records show. At Patina, the haute cuisine restaurant at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Cedillo paid $1,203 for dinner. He dropped $289 at Nic's Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills.
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