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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki, Los Angeles Times
Pasadena officials are negotiating a proposal to convert the city's long-vacant former YWCA building into a 150-room boutique hotel, the city announced last week. Completed in 1921 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the three-story building near Pasadena City Hall was designed by Julia Morgan, believed to be the country's first independently practicing female architect. Morgan also designed Hearst Castle and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner building. The city invoked eminent domain to acquire the former YWCA from a Hong Kong investor for $8.3 million in April 2012 after it stood vacant at Marengo Avenue and Holly Street for 14 years.
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BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The iPhone 5c is available for less than ever: Best Buy is selling the Apple device for $1 when users trade in any working smartphone on Friday and Saturday. To get the deal on the iPhone 5c, users must sign up for a two-year service contract and trade in any working smartphone that can power on and has no screen cracks or water damage. Additionally, the retailer said that "if a customer's smartphone is worth more than a guaranteed credit, they will receive the positive difference in the form of a Best Buy gift card.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
County leaders approved $29 million in new spending on rebuilding a long-awaited hospital in South Los Angeles on Tuesday, but held back from paying all that county officials had sought. The action brings the total price tag of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital to $281.4 million. The funding will pay for "unforeseen" problems in the inpatient tower, such as repairing water damage, bringing utilities up to seismic codes and rebuilding deteriorating sewer pipes. Three floors of the inpatient towers were occupied as planners designed the project, so the problems were not discovered until renovation of the tower began.
NEWS
February 20, 1994 | LESLIE BERGER and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Of all the destruction caused by the Jan. 17 earthquake, among the most striking failures was the collapsed Bullock's store at the Northridge Fashion Center, where hundreds of shoppers might have been injured or killed if the temblor had struck during business hours.
REAL ESTATE
January 21, 1990
In "Know Your Rights, Obligations If Home Is Damaged by Fire" (Dec. 31), Merle Henkenium wrote: "Don't settle before knowing extent of cost." That is certainly a rule that should be followed. We had extensive water damage a few years ago and learned that water damage is insidious and doesn't always show up right away! Our insurance agent was anxious to settle our claim as quickly as possible, and we finally agreed, not realizing that we would no longer be covered when other water-damage problems surfaced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1991 | MARK LANDSBAUM
A roof fire of unknown origin caused about $100,000 damage to a two-story condominium in the 2200 block of East Vista del Sol on Sunday, authorities said. Although a family was at home in the condominium when the fire broke out shortly after 1 p.m., there were no injuries, said fire dispatcher Jonathan Wilkes. The cause of the fire, which was contained in 22 minutes, is under investigation.
WORLD
June 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
NORTHERN IRELAND * In another sign of heightened sectarian tensions, attackers hurled a gasoline bomb at a Roman Catholic elementary school in west Belfast, police said. Police said the bomb was thrown through a window of a classroom at the Holy Rosary School, near Ormeau Road, scene of recent clashes between Protestants and Catholics. The classroom suffered severe smoke and water damage and the windows of four other classrooms were broken, a spokesman said. Nobody was injured.
NEWS
May 11, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A water main rupture flooded a Baltimore residential neighborhood 5 feet deep, floating cars down streets and forcing dozens of people to flee their homes, some of them by boat. Seventeen homes were condemned by the city because of water damage, and part of one street collapsed and swallowed a car after the main broke Friday shortly before midnight. At least 30 other homes were damaged, a city official said. No injuries were reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1996
A fire early Thursday caused about $300,000 in damage to a company that manufactures decorative waterfalls, authorities said. A California Highway Patrol officer about 3:40 a.m. saw smoke billowing from the roof of Troyco Co. in the 18400 block of Mount Langley Street and summoned firefighters. It took about 30 minutes to control the blaze, city spokesman Donal Heinbuch said. Two adjacent units in the business complex received smoke and water damage, Heinbuch said.
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