Author: Joe Piasecki

Magic in the Kitchen

Get schooled in holiday baking this December By Jessica Koslow “’Tis the season,” announces Chef Clémence Gossett, co-owner and head pastry chef at The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories, as she welcomes us into its state-of-the-art kitchen on the third floor of Santa Monica Place. It’s a cliché as old as time. But when it comes to holiday baking, well, ’tis really the season. It’s the time of year when Candyland ceases to be just a child’s board game and becomes the world in which we live — a world of sweets. It’s a time of family gatherings,...

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Teens Arrested in Westchester Double-Murder

Sisters were found shot to death inside burning Westchester apartment; police suspect domestic violence By Gary Walker The joint FBI-LAPD Fugitive Task Force has arrested two teenage boys in connection with the murder of two sisters found shot to death after their apartment was set on fire last Saturday. Firefighters discovered the victims — identified as sisters Sierra Brown, 16, and Uniek Souvinette, 27, on an online fundraising page benefitting their children, listed as 7 years, 6 years and 10 months old — while responding to a fire in their upstairs unit of The Madrid Apartments at 8655 Belford...

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Google Venice Joins Walkouts

By Christina Campodonico Google employees across the globe walked off the job Thursday morning to protest the internet company’s handling of sexual harassment cases — a $90-million payout to former Google executive Andy Rubin and cover-up of a misconduct claim against him prompting much of the massive demonstration. In New York City, hundreds of Googlers left the tech giant’s Chelsea office to flood a nearby park. In San Francisco, about a 1,000 employees assembled in a plaza in front of the historic Ferry Building, chanting “Women’s rights are workers’ rights!” In contrast, the demonstration held at the company’s Venice...

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Kids Hit the Beach for World Oceans Day

Today is World Oceans Day, an occasion to reflect on how we can help to restore and protect these life-giving bodies of water that impact all life on Earth. On May 24, students at Citizens of the World Charter School in Mar Vista joined some 4,500 area students at Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey for the 25th annual Kids Ocean Day beach cleanup. Citizens of the World fifth-grader Emmett Kliger won the event’s annual poetry contest and read aloud during the event: “Roses are red, oceans are blue, but that can’t happen without the help of you. “The...

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Picture This

Classic Photographs Los Angeles builds community around images By Sarah Ahern Classic photography never goes out of style. From daguerreotype prints to Instagram posts, it’s an art form that has not only expanded the definition of art, but also who can participate in art. This weekend at Bergamot Station Art Center, more than 30 exhibitors from North America and Japan pay homage to the art form during Classic Photographs Los Angeles, a boutique art show focused on vintage, modern and contemporary photography. Works on display and for sale cover a diverse cross-section of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries,...

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