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February 28, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Santa Monica jury has awarded a female news producer $5.42 million after finding that a West Hollywood nightclub was negligent in the sexual assault on her in a club restroom. The 43-year-old woman sued the Here Lounge and club worker Victor Cruz, saying that she was assaulted and raped by him March 23, 2009. The Times is not identifying her because she is a victim of a sex crime. After a 15-day trial in Santa Monica Superior Court, jurors found that Cruz committed a sexual offense that harmed the woman and that Here Lounge's negligence was a substantial factor in causing that harm.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Santa Monica jury has awarded a female news producer $5.42 million after finding a West Hollywood nightclub was negligent when an employee allegedly sexually assaulted her in one of its restrooms. The 43-year-old woman sued the Here Lounge and club worker Victor Cruz, alleging she was assaulted and raped by him on March 23, 2009. After a 15-day trial in Santa Monica Superior Court, jurors found Cruz committed a sexual offense that harmed the woman and that Here Lounge's negligence was a substantial factor in causing that harm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Hailey Branson-Potts and Bob Pool
A flash flood warning was issued about 7:15 p.m. Friday for central Los Angeles County as a band of heavy rain centered over the region. Rain was falling as fast as 1 inch per hour from Sunland-Tujunga to Beverly Hills. Urban flash flooding could occur through the 8 p.m. hour. Lightning was reported in Hollywood.  The warning was sent out via text messages on cellphones around the county. The National Weather Service warned of flooding on the 210, 5, 405 and 170 freeways, as well as the canyon roads between the San Fernando Valley, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.  RELATED: Azusa hillside unstable, more evacuations ordered Concern was also high Friday evening in the foothill cities east of Los Angeles, just under the San Gabriel Mountains, where burned hillsides pose a risk of mudslides.  An unstable hillside in Azusa prompted police to order evacuations of all 26 homes on Ridge View Drive in the  Colby fire  burn area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, This post has been updated. See note below for details
If you're a state legislator from Arizona or Kansas, there's a good chance you're banned from one popular West Hollywood gay bar. The Abbey Food and Bar this week banned “every legislator in any state that votes for bills to allow for discrimination against LGBT people,” adding the lawmakers to a Deny Entry List, according to a statement from the bar. The ban at the Abbey comes on the heels of proposed legislation in Arizona that would...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014
Join Times staff writer Kate Mather at 12:30 p.m. Friday for a discussion of some of the most high-profile stories of the week: Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper, San Francisco Giants beating victim Bryan Stow and the guilty pleas from his attackers, and "Craigslist killer" suspect Miranda Barbour, who claims a victim in L.A. Sharper pleaded not guilty Thursday to drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles in a case that prosecutors say now includes...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
What would "The Pretty One" be without Zoe Kazan's pixieish melancholy and offbeat comic timing? Not much. In writer-director Jenée LaMarque's twee indie, Kazan does double duty, playing mousy rural Laurel, who lives with her parents, as well as sister Audrey, the popular one with the big city job and boyfriend (Ron Livingston). After a car accident kills Audrey and briefly gives Laurel amnesia, the wallflower takes advantage of the identity confusion and claims to be Audrey, adopting her sister's life as a kind of instant - albeit psychologically fraught - personality injection.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
One of Los Angeles' longtime developers is betting big on the revival of Hollywood as he launches work on a $138-million speculative office development near Santa Monica Boulevard. After dusting off plans for an office complex first conceived before the 2008 recession brought development to a halt, Jerry Snyder has begun construction of his 959 Seward project, even though he has no tenants lined up. Snyder, who has been in the real estate business since 1949, thinks demand is strong enough among businesses in creative fields such as entertainment to justify the risk of building a campus-style complex catering primarily to them in a part of Hollywood known as the Media District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
Los Angeles prosecutors Friday charged ex-NFL star Darren Sharper with drugging and sexually assaulting two women and revealed he is under investigation for allegedly attacking at least five other women in three other states. Sharper was charged with seven rape and drug counts involving four women he allegedly met at a West Hollywood nightclub. Court documents revealed additional allegations in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Tempe, Ariz., that are all still under investigation. Los Angeles police Cmdr.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By David C. Nichols
“Fifteen years ago I killed my sister.” That stark, matter-of-fact statement launches “Nocturne,” and its embedded significance is inexorable and intense. Adam Rapp's hypnotic, intricately written elegy for the fallout from an unimaginable family tragedy receives a resolute production, in which noted Belgian actor George Regout makes an impressive North American stage debut as a 32-year-old former piano prodigy struggling to transcend the event that decimated his family and upended his life.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Ten years ago, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community browsed classified ads in niche publications to find the best places to mingle, drink and meet. Now the Internet offers quicker alternatives, and the LGBT community appears to want more from its magazines than tips on night life. Recognizing this shift, the LGBT magazine Frontiers on Thursday will announce a revamp under new Chief Executive Michael Turner.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The 32-year-old biweekly L.A.-based magazine has an estimated readership of about 90,000 people per issue and a staff of 19. Turner, who has spent 25 years providing private equity, financial advisory, transaction and valuation services for a variety of companies, bought the publication this month for $361,000 when it was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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