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Los Angeles News 12/2012 (Page 8)



VA to renovate building to house homeless veterans
The federal Department of Veterans Affairs plans to begin work Jan. 25 to renovate a little-used building at its West Los Angeles campus into a home for 65 chronically homeless veterans. Westport Construction Inc. of Arcadia has been chosen as the ...

Acton man who built 'Phonehenge West' receives 539 days in jail
An Acton man convicted of building-code violations who failed to repay thousands of dollars he owed Los Angeles County for demolishing the elaborate structure he dubbed "Phonehenge West" was sentenced this week to almost 18 months in jail. The jailing ...

Each holiday season, an ex-foster child searches for her siblings
Stepping across grass-tufted sidewalks on her way to the bus, Meredith Kensington passes sparkling lights and Christmas cheer. But she can't feel the holiday warmth. She wants to spend the holidays with three siblings she cannot find. She lost contact ...

UCLA philanthropy class benefits community groups and students
It's not every day that college students have money to give away — particularly $100,000. But the students in a UCLA philanthropy class did just that. With a donation from the Texas-based Once Upon a Time Foundation, the students spent the quarter ...

Medical field works to reduce number of surgical mistakes
The bullet that struck Larney Johnson while he was playing basketball with friends punctured his kidney before lodging in his spine and immediately paralyzing him. Paramedics rushed him to California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, where ...

LA City Hall is one of painter's masterpieces
Joe Nicoletti started out painting houses in New Jersey. These days, he paints Los Angeles City Hall. Since a major renovation of the historic building began nearly 20 years ago, Nicoletti has been the city's go-to guy when a skilled hand is needed to ...

Lakers Nash Return Unlocks Winning Combination
Triple Threat · Click Here! Covering the Lakers' Big Three of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. Lakers. Lakers Nash Return Unlocks Winning Combination. Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant may get the spotlight for Saturday's win against Golden State, ...

NORAD volunteers track Santa's progress - Los Angeles Local News, Weather ...
NORAD volunteers track Santa's progress - Los Angeles Local News, Weather ...

Rain blamed for flurry of Los Angeles freeway crashes, including 3 jackknifed ...
Rain blamed for flurry of Los Angeles freeway crashes, including 3 jackknifed ...

Los Angeles animal shelters near 'No Kill' December
When former Mayor James Hahn vowed Los Angeles would stop killing unwanted pets within five years, it was written off as a feel-good pledge. Nearly a decade later, city animal shelters are poised for their first month of not killing adoptable dogs and ...

LAFD Works Bulletproof Vests into Calls, if Needed
LAFD Works Bulletproof Vests into Calls, if Needed. A pair of volunteer firefighters were fatally shot in New York while responding to a blaze. By Lolita Lopez and Samantha Tata. | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 | Updated 10:06 PM PST. View Comments ...

'Odd Couple,' 'Quincy' Star Jack Klugman Dies at 90
UPDATE: The actor, who also starred in the original fim version of "12 Angry Men," was home in Northridge, his wife told KABC-TV in Los Angeles. Jack Klugman, whose performance as the slovenly New York sportswriter Oscar Madison in the hit ABC series ...

Frank Giradot: Comfort, joy for soldiers at LAX's USO
Marine Jacob Lambrecht of Twentynine Palms arrives by bus to the Bob Hope Hollywood USO at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 as he waits for a flight home to Minnesota for Christmas. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff Photographer) ...

UCLA's Franklin finally at peace with himself
SAN DIEGO – Johnathan Franklin's great redemption story begins in the scrawled-on pages of his old high school notebooks. For 10 minutes a day, every day, Franklin would pour his soul onto one of their pages. He'd write poetry. He'd write about his ...

Free Christmas trees spread holiday cheer in Los Angeles
A Christmas tree is a luxury if you're not working steadily, if you're stretching just to pay the rent and keep your children fed. Cayetano Hernandez, 50, works as a pool plasterer, which he can't do in the rain. It's rained so much and he's earned so ...

Durning, king of character actors, dies in NYC
FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008 file photo, in Los Angeles file photo, actor Charles Durning accepts the life achievement award at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Durning, the two-time Oscar nominee who was dubbed the king of the ...

Man rescued from rain-swollen Los Angeles River
The LAFD Swift Water Rescue team battles raging waters in the LA River as they attempt to rescue a man trapped by rising waters on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. The rescue was at the Victory Boulevard bridge over the LA River, where Los Angeles and Glendale ...

Christmas Day Lakers & Knicks Means More Melo & Kobe
Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers are the main attractions as the Lakers host the Knicks on Christmas Day. advertisement. Click Here! Photos and Videos. Lakers: Celebrities in the Stands. Celebs in ...

West Coast Girds For More Tsunami Debris In Winter
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Volunteers who patrol California beaches for plastic, cigarette butts and other litter will be on the lookout this winter for flotsam from last year's monstrous tsunami off Japan's coast. Armed with index-size cards, beachcombers ...

LA architecture school is poised to spread its wings
The Southern California Institute of Architecture has a most unusual college campus: a quarter-mile-long former railroad freight depot near the Los Angeles River in downtown. Students skateboard inside the skinny structure, from end to end, passing ...

UCLA junior Anthony Barr enjoying success after making switch this...
UCLA junior Anthony Barr enjoying success after making switch this...

Los Angeles gun buyback program is today; report calls 'buybacks' ineffective
FILE PHOTO: LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck shows Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villiaraigosa a rocket launcher which was recovered in May 2012 in the annual gun buy back. (David Crane / Staff Photographer) (David Crane) (David Crane). LOS ANGELES ...

5 Live Weather: Rainy Morning, Snow in Mountains
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The day after Christmas got off to a rainy start in Southern California, but the wet weather is expected to clear out by the afternoon. Temperatures will remain on the chilly side, with a high of 61 degrees in Los Angeles and 55 ...

Top 10 L.A. Architecture Stories of 2012
We spend most of the year criticizing Los Angeles' ugly buildings and other unfortunate aspects of the local built environment. Here's our chance to rundown some of the thoughtful, inspiring and downright stellar projects that make us L.A. proud, and ...

Film fans hand Hollywood record cash in 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The big deal for Hollywood is not the record $10.8 billion that studios took in domestically in 2012. It's the fact that the number of tickets sold went up for the first time in three years. Thanks to inflation, revenue generally rises ...

TV Ratings: NBA, 'Grinch' duo lead ABC to Christmas Night win split
Runover from pre-primetime NBA coverage, plus both the animated and feature film incarnations of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" helped ABC dominate Christmas Tuesday among young viewers, though CBS' "NCIS" and 'NCIS: Los Angeles" ...

Magic Johnson Says Chris Paul, Clippers Remind Him of Showtime Lakers
Magic Johnson has been a basketball analyst for many years now. Over that span, the only time he has said anything even remotely newsworthy is when he has bashed the Los Angeles Lakers. Whether he was questioning Mike Brown's abilities, publicly ...

Lakers Winning Not Simply on Steve Nash Returning
Lakers Winning Not Simply on Steve Nash Returning. The Lakers were winning before Steve Nash returned, so how much of this winning streak is down to Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard? By Shahan Ahmed. | Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 | Updated 9:20 AM ...

Guns pour in at LA buyback events
Mall parking lots were packed with after-Christmas shoppers. But nowhere were the lines longer than at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple, where thousands of people came to exchange their guns for Ralphs gift cards ...

Major update planned for Grand Central Market
Downtown Los Angeles' Grand Central Market is undergoing a major overhaul intended to catapult the landmark community marketplace into a new food retail age. The nearly 100-year-old market on Broadway near 3rd Street houses more than 40 food stalls, ...


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