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    Suspicious Package Prompts Bomb Scare at Whole Foods Playa Vista

    Police evacuate area and destroy black gym bag with ‘red type of voltage meter’ By Gary Walker A bomb scare at Whole Foods Playa Vista on Thursday afternoon prompted evacuations in the area and shut down eastbound traffic a...
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    Khloe Kardashian’s Midnight Fireworks Surprise is a Wake-Up Call

    County supe calls for investigation as gov’t agencies struggle try to figure out who should have been in charge; Coast Guard had received notice but doesn’t police noise By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki A massive fireworks d...
  • Venice High School head football coach Angelo Gasca says the “Coaching Boys into Men” curriculum helps bring structure to the kinds of life lessons he already tries to impart to his players
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    Coaching Boys into Men

    Hit hard by student sex assault allegations in March, Venice High School sports programs are teaching that respect for women is part of the game Story by Joe Piasecki and Gary Walker Kids removed from class in handcuffs. Televi...
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    Chick-Fil-A finds a beef in Westchester

    Community leaders want to let the restaurant take over a blighted lot, but a ban on drive-thrus has the city saying no By Gary Walker Westchester’s neighborhood council has been taking complaints for years about a boarded-up...
  • Though delayed by rubbernecks and religious protesters, more than 500 topless women and men paraded along the Venice boardwalk on Sunday

    Venice Beach Goes Topless for a Day

    Gender equality parade, 500-plus strong, gets its message across despite gawkers and protesters Story by Bonnie Eslinger Photos by Mia Duncans The crowd at Sunday’s Venice Beach Go Topless Pride Parade was seemingly hell-bent...
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    Midnight Fireworks over Marina del Rey?

    The midnight fireworks show that woke up residents of Marina del Rey and beyond last night was reportedly part of an on-the-water birthday bash that Khloe Kardashian threw for boyfriend James Harden.   Posted this morning ...
  • Capt. Nicole Alberca at the LAPD Pacific Division headquarters 
on Culver Boulevard in Del Rey
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

    Giving Crime a Fight

    Capt. Nicole Alberca, the LAPD’s top Westside brass, battles a spike in crime By Gary Walker Like all Los Angeles Police Department division commanders, Capt. Nicole Alberca has had to confront an upswing in both violent and ...
  • The Venice Pop Up Park features a chalkboard wall for brainstorming sessions and fence panels that fold down to make tables

    72andSunny Builds a Creative Park on Abbot Kinney Boulevard

    A vacant lot behind Joe’s restaurant on Abbot Kinney Boulevard has become a pop-up park designed to foster collaboration among Venice’s creative community. 72U, a creative residency program run by Playa Vista advertising fi...
  • ICEF Vista Academy students faced Friends of Stoner Avenue Elementary protestors on Monday as they made their way to class for the first time

    Strife Returns to Stoner Elementary

    On the first day of classes, protests greet charter school students sharing the campus  By Gary Walker For the second time in less than two years, a group of Stoner Avenue Elementary School parents and neighbors has picketed o...
  • No Fast Track to Safety

    Five deaths have Playa del Rey calling for safer streets, but cures could mean more congestion By Gary Walker Dozens of car crashes over the past eight years — at least five of them fatal — have Playa del Rey…
 This Week
Some 2,500 inflatable art spheres, many of them painted by Westside kids, will populate MacArthur Park Lake throughout September

Spheres of Hope

Westside artists and schoolchildren bring color, optimism and collaborative public art to MacArthur Park Lake Story and Photo by Christina Campodonico If you happen to be driving along Wilshire Boulevard and think you’re seei...
Dave Childs, Steve Housden, Jack Skelley and Rick Lawndale back 
in the punk rock 1980s
 Food And Drink
Bin 73 server Cassie Negrete really knows her stuff
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Cassie for President

A delightful experience at Bin 73 earns the upscale snack bar and its helpful server my full support By Richard Foss ( The evaluation of presidential candidates is proceeding at a furious pace, with the ...
Jose Tavares of Me Gusta Mexican Food Specialties lifts 
a pot of fresh tamales at the Del Rey Farmers Market
Photo by Michael Kraxenberger

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