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Los Angeles News Roundup ~ January 23, 2007

1:34 PM PST on January 23, 2007

Coyote in Griffith Park by Seraphim C

LAX Makes Big Bucks from Film Shoots
The Houston Chronicle reports that LAX generated close to $600m clams in the past three years by letting film crews do their thing at the big, bad, outdated hulk known as Los Angeles International Airport. I don't mean that in a bad way, really, LAX may suck compared to new, modern airports but that's also what gives it its low-rent charm. Plus, it's got the best facilities for smokers in the country.

LA River as Wildlife Refuge?
Best known (to us at least) as graff masters' biggest canvas, some people are promoting the idea of the LA River as a place for wildlife to hang out and relax, free from the stress of the modern urban animal lifestyle. Conservationists want to apply for millions of federal dollars, use the money to buy up land along the 51-mile urban waterway, and then destroy some of what man has built to get back to nature.

Ratfink at the Peterson has the scoop one what's got to be the best car exhibit in years.

Sheriff Traces Guns in Compton
Long, interesting article in the LATimes today about how guns get to Compton, where they come from, and who uses them and why. Gang members have many ways to get supposedly illegal or unlicensed guns into their arsenals for use in the drug war that plays out on city streets.

Coyotes on Fairfax
Not a bad name for a band... the Times reports that Hancock Park and the Fairfax District are on the lookout for some coyotes hunting pets in their nabes. Here's some coyote knowledge straight from the wikipedia: Coyotes are native to North America and are only found from Canada south to Costa Rica. European explorers first encountered these canines during their travels in the American Southwest. They may occasionally assemble in small packs, but naturally hunt alone. Coyotes live an average of about 6 to 10 years. The word "coyote" was borrowed from Mexican Spanish, which itself borrowed the term from the Náhuatl (Aztec) word cóyotl which may have meant "singing dog".

Photo "Coyote in Griffith Park" by Seraphim C

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