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Latin-Jewish fusion food truck El nosh: Falafel taco with guacamole tahini anyone?
If you see a bright teal-colored food truck cruising around Los Angeles with a picture of a man in a sombrero next to a hasidic Jewish man, don't be alarmed. It is, of course, the latest L.A. food truck. The El Nosh Latin Delicatessen food truck is the ...

Turkey time: If you want a great bird, order it now
Thanksgiving is three weeks away, but guess what: If you want your first choice of turkey, you'd better get your order in soon. The best birds fly off the shelves, particularly at the smaller butcher shops and markets. A couple of places we contacted ...

It's Back to Basics or No More of Our Hard Earned Cash
LA WATCHDOG-Despite record revenues that are expected to exceed $5 billion, the City Council is considering a $4.5 billion tax increase over the next 30 years to fund the repair of our lunar cratered streets because of its inability to control ever ...

Jeff Koons coming to LA in February for public talk
The big Jeff Koons retrospective that originally had been slated to debut at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in January isn't expected to arrive in town until 2015, but fans of the contemporary artist have an opportunity to sate their ...

After years of rehearsals, she found her movie's star
After 11 years of married life in Paris, my French husband and I divorced. I packed up our two kids and returned to my native California, to Los Angeles — a place I considered not so much a city as a motorized less-than. No cafe-lined grands ...

Acquaintances describe alleged LAX gunman as quiet, shy
PENNSVILLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — People who knew Paul Anthony Ciancia struggled to reconcile the quiet teenager who by some accounts was bullied in high school with the man who allegedly targeted Transportation Security Administration workers during ...

LAX Shooting: LA to Honor Fallen TSA Officer
Flags on city buildings are set to be flown at half-staff and police officers will wear black bands on their badges to honor the slain officer. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has asked that flags on city buildings be flown at half-staff and Los ...

Wallis Annenberg puts her own stamp on Southland's cultural scene
The star power under a tented ballroom enclosing a blocklong stretch of Beverly Hills' Crescent Drive was intense. Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Jodie Foster, Amy Adams, Gwen Stefani, Demi Moore and 1,000 or so other influencers came out in glittering ...

Rep. Cardenas, others protest higher fees for filming on public lands
A plan to double film permit fees on public lands has produced a rare moment of bipartisanship in Washington. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) joined more than 50 other representatives from both sides of the aisle this week, sending a letter to the U ...

LA hatter's handiwork headed on tour with Kanye West
While I was researching Hollywood hatmaker Gunner Foxx for the upcoming issue of Image magazine (which drops Dec. 1), the 29-year-old mentioned to us that he had recently been crafting custom hats for Kanye West -- many of which are destined for the ...

Setting Times stories to music: From Frank Black to David Bowie
“Los Angeles looks like a topographic map, its skyscrapers not worthy of their name.” That line, from Monday's Great Read, was one of my favorites of the past week and beyond. I loved the imagery, and the rhythm of the language. I also loved how it ...

LA City Council strikes back against 'swatting' pranks
In a bid to cut down on fake 911 calls, the Los Angeles City Council has decided to offer rewards for tipsters providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those who engage in "swatting." Swatting is a malicious prank in which ...

LAX shooting: 'I think this is my son,' suspect's father told police
The gunman suspected in a deadly rampage at Los Angeles International Airport sent his siblings troubling text messages before the incident, prompting his family to ask Los Angeles police to check on him, a New Jersey police chief said. Allen J ...

Supt. Deasy's style could make or break his legacy in LA Unified
The Los Angeles school board made the right move this week, blunting Supt. John Deasy's threat to leave with a contract that keeps him here until 2016. Deasy's not perfect, but he'd be hard to replace. He's become a hero to civic leaders, who credit ...

FBI agent targeting lawmaker apparently contacted Huizar's office
A man posing as a studio executive, but apparently actually working as an undercover FBI agent targeting State Sen. Ron Calderon, contacted Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar's office last year with questions about city permits. Records and ...

LAX shooting: Alleged gunman's motive remains a mystery
As authorities filed murder charges against the suspect in the LAX shooting rampage, they were also trying to determine a possible motive. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, an unemployed motorcycle mechanic, grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Pennsville ...

Charter school on Westside creates extra traffic, ruffling neighbors
When a privately run charter school opened in August on the campus of a traditional elementary school, a quiet Westside neighborhood suddenly found itself inundated with traffic during morning drop-off and afternoon pickup, one resident recalled ...

Ovation Awards 2013: Center Theatre Group, La Mirada win big
The Ovation Awards, L.A.'s biggest theater honors, were handed out Sunday at a ceremony at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. Center Theatre Group was the top winner of the evening with a total of 12 awards. The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing ...

Gucci dresses Amy Adams, Kate Hudson and others for LACMA gala
Quite a few stars wore Gucci to the LACMA Art + Film gala in Los Angeles on Saturday. Among them were Amy Adams, Zoe Saldana, James Franco, Evan Rachel Wood, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale, Salma Hayek Pinault and Olivia Wilde, Gucci announced ...

Man faces 23 years for killing ex-wife, wounding her boyfriend
A Tarzana man is scheduled to be sentenced Monday for the shooting death of his ex-wife. Hrant Meguerian, 60, pleaded guilty last month to voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting his ex-wife, Azniv Meguerian, and wounding her boyfriend, Michael ...

Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend top KROQ Christmas first-night bill
Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend and Queens of the Stone Age top the lineup for the first night of this year's KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas benefit shows scheduled for Dec. 7 and 8 at the Shrine Auditorium. Rounding out the bill are Arctic Monkeys, AFI ...

Top of the news
Flight operations at LAX Terminal 3 returned to normal over the weekend. The two wounded TSA agents were released from the hospital. Officials clarified that agent Gerardo Hernandez, 49, who died of his wounds, had not recently transferred from Montana ...

Forever 21 planning six-story garage to deal with Lincoln Heights parking ...
Forever 21 planning six-story garage to deal with Lincoln Heights parking ...

City should sponsor state quake ballot measure, LA officials say
Two L.A. City Council members are calling for their colleagues to back a statewide ballot measure that provides funding to cities for "earthquake safety improvements," including helping property owners strengthen potentially dangerous buildings that ...

LA Now Live: Discuss the latest on the LAX shooting
Discuss the latest on the Los Angeles International Airport shooting at 9 a.m. with Times reporter Kate Mather. The man accused of going on Friday's deadly shooting rampage through LAX remained heavily sedated and under armed guard at a hospital ...

Women to headline Los Angeles fund-raiser to nudge Hillary Clinton
As Hillary Rodham Clinton weighs whether to try again to become the nation's first female president, notable women politicians from Los Angeles will headline a fund-raiser Wednesday for a group urging her to run. Councilwoman Nury Martinez, the lone ...

LA streets aren't safe enough for cyclists, but we're getting there
As The Times' Paul Whitefield points out in his Oct. 24 post saying there's little hope for making L.A.'s streets safer for cylists, there's Hollywood, and there's real life. And in real-life Los Angeles County, nearly 1 in 4 trips does not involve an ...

THR Art Issue: Top 10 L.A. Artists Coveted by Hollywood
As the town experiences an influx of young artists, emerging talents are hooking Hollywood with high concepts (Sam Falls), emotional connections (Jonas Wood) and brave new worlds (Samara Golden). THR canvassed 25 curators, art advisors and collectors ...

Two women killed in 110 Freeway crash were celebrating a birthday
Five women involved in a single-car crash early Sunday that killed two of them were out celebrating the upcoming birthday of one of the passengers. The crash occurred around 1:35 a.m. Sunday when the 2011 Nissan Sentra, which was traveling north on the ...

Los Angeles is a key player in Sen. Ron Calderon FBI bribery sting
Federal documents allege that state Sen, Ronald Calderon took $60,000 in bribes over film tax-credit laws. An undercover FBI agent, posing as a studio executive, offered money to Calderon in exchange for backing laws benefiting the executive's business ...


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