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Los Angeles News Roundup ~ June 18th, 2007

10:46 AM PDT on June 18, 2007

Beers at The Hut

Average Drink in Los Angeles: $10.66
According to a new survey, LA has the most expensive drinks in the country behind Las Vegas (and who pays for drinks in Las Vegas?). Clearly, some people are going to the wrong places-- our watering holes section will clue you in to places where $10.66 will give you a few beers and possibly free tacos.

Unions Not Hugging Amma
Amma, the "hugging saint" who has dispensed more then 26 million hugs in the past 30 years, won't be getting any love from local union leaders. They're upset that Amma is doing her spiritual thing at the LAX Hilton, target of union boycotts over worker conditions and salaries. For her part, Amma says she learned of the dispute too late, and doesn't wish to take sides in a local issue. Amma expects to see 15,000 visitors in her Los Angeles trip. Donations are accepted but not required to meet and get a hug from the Kerala, India, born religious figure.

Hollywood Pedestrian Killed
The crash occurred about 1:50 a.m. in front of a Wendy's restaurant in the 7100 block of West Sunset Boulevard, just west of La Brea Avenue, said Los Angeles police Lt. Daniel Witman of the Hollywood Station. The victim, described as a transient, was attempting to cross Sunset Boulevard, but was not in a crosswalk, police said.

Malingering's LA
This is Los Angeles
The image above, from Flickr and Laist's Malingering, shows up in the top 3 images in a Google search for Los Angeles. Machines really are smarter then humans after all. Click the link above to see for yourself.

John Fante Tour Revives Bunker Hill
John Fante, author of Los Angeles classics such as Wait Until Spring, Bandini, and Ask the Dust, was honored in a unique tour of his haunts and dwellings on Saturday. The Times reports: A troupe of Fante readers gathered Saturday at the intersection of 3rd and South Hill streets, gazing west at what should have been a steep hillside topped with the Alta Vista and other run-down hotels. Instead, they faced a wall of gleaming office towers.

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