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To Be or Not to Be: A Question of Compassion Re: “Cadillac Hotel Owner Charged with Murder in Venice Boardwalk Shooting,” news, Sept. 3 My stomach retches and my heart grieves as I’ve become aware of the murder of young&h...

Even before the Haggen bankruptcy, workers at the ill-fated chain’s Santa Monica store saw poorly stocked grocery shelves as a bad omen
Photo by Kelly Hayes-Raitt

Opinion Living Large: Lost in the Supermarket

Haggen bankruptcy sends local grocery workers to the unemployment line just in time for the holidays By Kelly Hayes-Raitt I chuckled when I saw the bright orange “DO NOT SELL” grocery stickers pasted over the Haggen logo on...

Aussie Pies may look small, but they’re dense with savory filling and completely satisfying

Forget the barbie — try the pie

Aussie Pie Kitchen puts a West Coast spin on a Down Under staple By Richard Foss ( It’s the fate of every cuisine to become caricature. People associate Italians with spaghetti, Germans with sauerkraut...

Hava Monet’s Blu Sugar truck —  “Blu” for cool, “sugar” for sweet — delivers boho, chic and vintage clothes

Fashion on the Go

Taking a page from food trucks, four local entrepreneurs hit the streets to make their dreams a reality Story and photos by Christina Campodonico Pull up to The Coffee Co. in Westchester this weekend and you might just get a&he...

Actors Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mark-Paul Gosselaar helped Mattel raise $1 million for UCLA Children’s Hospital during the Sept. 27 Mattel Party on the Pier
Photo by Mike Windle / Getty Images 
for Mattel UCLA Children’s Hospital

Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

Openings LaRocco’s Pizzeria (8806 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester) holds a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Call the LAX Coastal Chamber for info: (310) 645-5151. Barrister Execu...

Sharing Thoughts on the Sharing Economy

By William Hicks What do Airbnb, Uber and food trucks have in common? Well, as one local who asked to remain anonymous has told me, they’re taking business away from more “legitimate businesses” like hotels, taxi companie...

The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2014, according to the American Library Association, include: “The Bluest Eye” (No. 4) for being sexually explicit, “Persepolis” (#2) for offensive language and its political viewpoint, and “The Kite Runner” for offensive language and violence. See the rest at

Opinion: Defending the Right to Read

LMU’s William H. Hannon Library hosts marathon public readings of banned books By Kelly Hayes-Raitt Pop Quiz: What author has written the most books banned somewhere in America? Wait — books banned? In America? As incredulo...


Don’t Scapegoat the Kardashians Re: “County Orders Probe of Kardashian Fireworks Show,” “The Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 2015” and “Why I sued the LAPD,” Sept. 3 Thank you for your brilliant pairing of the two o...

Mourners light candles for Warren during a Sept. 2 memorial on the boardwalk
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Opinion Power to Speak: Gentrification picks up the Gun

The murder of Jascent-Jamal Warren speaks volumes about the declining value of homeless lives in Venice By John Seeley For the in-crowd, the Venice boardwalk’s Cadillac Hotel played host to a hyper-chic art event on the eveni...

Argonaut food critic Richard Foss has written a book about the history of meals served in air and space
Photo by David Fairchild courtesy of Richard Foss

The Sky’s the Limit

Richard Foss explores the turbulent history of food in flight By Christianna Reinhardt ( Readers of The Argonaut may recognize his byline from his frequent restaurant reviews and culinary Q+As, bu...

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