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L.A. County supervisors approve first stage of major Koreatown development

L.A. County supervisors voted Tuesday to approve the first stage of a major planned development in Koreatown, including a community center for which neighborhood activists had lobbied heavily. The so-called Vermont Corridor project will include three county-owned sites along South Vermont Avenue and...

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    Home of the Day: Historic 1919 home offers storybook charm

    This lovingly preserved historic home in Wilshire Park offers the kind of traditional curb appeal that suggests a lifetime of living happily ever after. The two-story Colonial Revival features oak floors, crown molding, original built-ins, a restored fir wood staircase and a rebuilt fireplace and...

  • Topless Bernie Sanders supporters arrested outside L.A. rally

    Topless Bernie Sanders supporters arrested outside L.A. rally

    Some people are baring their tops, if not their souls, for the Bern. Outside Sen. Bernie Sanders' rally Wednesday evening in Los Angeles, two women were arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure, police said. The two women, both ages 20 to 25, had "disrobed" outside the Wiltern Theatre, revealing...

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    Renegade abstractions of Polly Apfelbaum and Dona Nelson make for a stellar art show

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    'Quantico' creator Josh Safran lists his striking home in Hancock Park

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  • Where to go for great hangover soup and bossam (boiled pork belly) in Koreatown

    Where to go for great hangover soup and bossam (boiled pork belly) in Koreatown

    Name of restaurant: Jin Mi Oak. The name loosely translates to "house that makes delicious/honest food." What dish represents the restaurant, and why? The bossam is a platter of pork slices that are steamed briefly at your table. The small, pillowy squares of pork are just the right size to pop...

  • Police look for answers in death of grandmother who was fatally struck by casino tour bus

    Police look for answers in death of grandmother who was fatally struck by casino tour bus

    The Valiente family is uneasy. It has been nearly two months since its matriarch, 85-year-old Encarnacion Valiente, was fatally run down near Koreatown by a tour bus filled with passengers returning from Morongo Casino. After hitting the grandmother, the driver never stopped, instead continuing...

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    This new Koreatown restaurant has 'crack' fries, fancy burgers and pie

    If you happen to find yourself in Koreatown and somehow without a craving for budae jjigae, you might head to Little Tart. It's the new restaurant in the former Saint Martha space from the team behind Tart at the Farmer's Daughter Hotel. 

    The idea here is comfort food — there isn't a single salad...

  • Albert Pujols puts his home field up for sale: $7.75 million
    Albert Pujols puts his home field up for sale: $7.75 million

    Albert Pujols is taking a swing at a home sale in Irvine.

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    Guitarist Dave Navarro gets his price for renovated Larchmont bungalow

    Musician and television host Dave Navarro has sold a renovated home in the historic Larchmont area of Los Angeles for the asking price of $1.695 million.

    Navarro, who found a more contemporary setting for himself in January, bought the house two years ago for $1.55 million.

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    Spicy soup and more Korean comfort food at Yook Cal Bop Sang in Koreatown

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  • L.A. teachers union wins dues increase, vows to battle foes of traditional public education
    L.A. teachers union wins dues increase, vows to battle foes of traditional public education

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    Hot Property | Dave Navarro

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  • Tony Shalhoub is on the trail of a buyer for his Windsor Square home
    Tony Shalhoub is on the trail of a buyer for his Windsor Square home

    “Monk” star Tony Shalhoub and his wife, actress Brooke Adams, have put their longtime home in the Windsor Square area of Los Angeles on the market for $3.988 million.

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    Hot Property | Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams

    The 1920s Mediterranean Revival-style house sits on close to half an acre with drought-tolerant gardens, outdoor dining areas and a swimming pool and spa.

  • Man and woman struck by hit-and-run driver in Koreatown
    Man and woman struck by hit-and-run driver in Koreatown

    A hit-and-run driver struck two pedestrians in Koreatown early Saturday morning and remains at large, Los Angeles police said.

    The man and woman were hit near Fourth Street and Vermont Avenue about 1:30 a.m., a sergeant with LAPD'S West Traffic Division said.

    The victims are expected to survive,...

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    Restaurant news: Halal Guys in K-town, Paul Martin's in Pasadena, SOL Cocina in Playa Vista open

    The restaurant scene in Los Angeles isn't slowing down, and that's a good thing. If you're trying to keep up, here's a roundup of some of the latest news.

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  • Woman dead in man's possible murder-suicide attempt in Koreatown
    Woman dead in man's possible murder-suicide attempt in Koreatown

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    Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department rushed to the 3300 block of James M. Wood Boulevard about...

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    Where to get Korean-style shabu shabu in K-Town, with plenty of cold beer

    Name of restaurant: Shabu Me

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  • L.A. firefighters see their first hoverboard fire, captured on video; Metrolink bans devices
    L.A. firefighters see their first hoverboard fire, captured on video; Metrolink bans devices

    Los Angeles firefighters responded to the first documented hoverboard fire in the city on Wednesday, just days before a ban on the devices takes affect on Metrolink trains across Southern California.

    The fire, captured on video and given to KTLA, shows the hoverboard on a Vermont Avenue sidewalk...

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    2015 in review: How income inequality pervades the L.A. landscape

    Doris Tillman of South Los Angeles had lost her husband, her job and her water service, so she did what people do here in a gilded metropolis that throws curses at people on the fringes — she adapted.

    When I think back on the year 2015, I'll conjure up an image of Tillman at 71, bending into a...

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    Here's why you want to go to K-Town for cold noodles, even in the middle of winter

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  • Islamic Center in Koreatown opens its doors for a holiday giveaway
    Islamic Center in Koreatown opens its doors for a holiday giveaway

    After the November terrorist attacks in Paris, Andrew Boyle felt a need to expand his understanding.

    The 45-year-old actor, who describes himself as “the generic white guy in commercials,” sent an email to the Islamic Center of Southern California.

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  • 'I got you' are man's last words to co-worker as bullets fly in San Bernardino rampage
    'I got you' are man's last words to co-worker as bullets fly in San Bernardino rampage

    As bullets rained down during the San Bernardino shooting rampage, Shannon Johnson, 45, wrapped his left arm around 27-year-old Denise Peraza and held her close.

    "I got you," Johnson told her.

    Peraza was shot once in the back and survived.

    Johnson died. 

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    How LAPD vice is cleaning up K-town's less savory side

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    Jennifer Moon's mesmerizing show turns the art world into a punchline

    Jennifer Moon’s loopy exhibition at Commonwealth & Council is a brilliant sendup of 40 years of Conceptual art.

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  • Korean American lender Hanmi proposes $1.6-billion merger with rival BBCN
    Korean American lender Hanmi proposes $1.6-billion merger with rival BBCN

    The third-biggest Korean American bank has proposed a $1.6-billion merger with the nation's largest in an attempt to block a rival lender from doing the same.

    Hanmi Financial Corp., parent of Hanmi Bank, disclosed Monday that it wants to combine with BBCN Bancorp in an all-stock deal that would...

  • 2 LAFD firefighters hurt battling massive home fire in Koreatown
    2 LAFD firefighters hurt battling massive home fire in Koreatown

    Two firefighters were injured early Wednesday after flames swept through a two-story home in Koreatown and surrounded them, officials said.

    The firefighters were tackling flames at about 1:08 a.m. inside the 3,484 square-foot home in the 800 block of South Crenshaw Boulevard when they were briefly...

  • Escaped fire crew inmate found hiding in hotel spa in Koreatown
    Escaped fire crew inmate found hiding in hotel spa in Koreatown

    Kent Lesporavsky's spa experience was not a relaxing one – and he wasn’t wearing a towel around his waist in a steam room when he was found.

    The 43-year-old Russian was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and white pants, a far cry from the orange inmate uniform he was supposed to be wearing before he...

  • Luke Perry parts with Hancock Park Mediterranean for above asking price
    Luke Perry parts with Hancock Park Mediterranean for above asking price

    Luke Perry of “Detective McLean: The Tie That Binds” fame has sold a gated house in Hancock Park for $2,947,500 -- slightly above his $2.899-million asking price.

    The Mediterranean-style house, built in 1933, sits on a third of an acre with a swimming pool, lawn and a detached three-car garage.

    ...

  • 'Bones' actress Carla Gallo buys vintage Craftsman house in Larchmont area
    'Bones' actress Carla Gallo buys vintage Craftsman house in Larchmont area

    Perhaps actress Carla Gallo of “Bones” fame liked the bones of this home in the Larchmont neighborhood because she just bought the authentic Craftsman for $1.775 million, public records show.

    Shaded by mature trees, the 1914 two-story house has the front porch, interior woodwork and built-ins that...

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    Halloween and Día de los Muertos food and drink specials around town

    From a spooky five-course dinner at Melisse to $3 Boorito burritos at Chipotle, we've got your Halloween and Día de los Muertos plans covered. There's also a wine and Halloween candy tasting. You're welcome. 

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  • Three new craft beer destinations to visit this weekend
    Three new craft beer destinations to visit this weekend

    Tired of your usual craft beer haunts? You’re in luck, as this weekend sees three hotly anticipated destinations open — plus an anniversary party.

    What’s up? Arcade games, cult-favorite snacks, more craft beer retail offerings and an all-new brewery and tasting room for one of L.A.’s oldest breweries. 

    ...

  • Bulgogi fries and sashimi lunch sets at The Fresh in K-Town
    Bulgogi fries and sashimi lunch sets at The Fresh in K-Town

    Name of restaurant: The Fresh

    Concept: Modern Korean sushi and seafood like you might find in the upscale Apgujeong neighborhood of Seoul. The owner, Chang Soon Son, just opened the place in July.

    What dish represents the restaurant, and why? The sashimi set meal comes with an assortment of raw...

  • Top sales: Britney Spears buys a loaded 21-acre estate for $7.4 million
    Top sales: Britney Spears buys a loaded 21-acre estate for $7.4 million

    The homes of a denim mogul, a pop music singer and a pair of retail fashion executives were among the most expensive residential real estate transactions in the greater Los Angeles area last week.

    $32.67 million — Beverly Crest

    Armand Marciano, cofounder of the denim brand Guess Inc., sold a three-acre...

  • 1920s English-style Tudor in Hancock Park sells for $8.6 million
    1920s English-style Tudor in Hancock Park sells for $8.6 million

    The Tudor-style estate on about an acre on South Hudson Avenue sold for $8.6 million, down from the recent relist price of $9.195 million.

  • This Koreatown liquor store stands out for fighting underage drinking
    This Koreatown liquor store stands out for fighting underage drinking

    Even before they were targeted for arson and looting in the 1992 Los Angeles riots, liquor stores, particularly Korean-owned ones, had a painful resonance in the city of Los Angeles. Their owners, who often lived elsewhere, had a reputation for being eager to make a buck at the expense of the community's...

  • Singer-songwriter James Ingram puts his longtime Hancock Park home on the market
    Singer-songwriter James Ingram puts his longtime Hancock Park home on the market

    R&B singer-songwriter James Ingram has listed his home in Hancock Park for sale at $1,949,500.

    The Spanish-style house, built in 1923, maintains its vintage character with a wrought iron staircase railing, high ceilings, stained-glass windows and original lighting fixtures. Approximately 3,250...

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