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Judge dismisses Axl Rose case against Activision

'Guitar Hero' (Image courtesy Activision) LOS ANGELES — A judge has ruled that Activision Blizzard Inc. did not violate an agreement with Axl Rose to prevent the inclusion of guitarist Slash in a “Guitar Hero” video game and has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Guns N’ Roses frontman. Superior Court Judge Charles Palmer... Read more →

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Brief: Food trucks meet retail

Food trucks at the California Heritage Museum. (File photo) The California Heritage Museum is debuting a new weekly community event entitled Tuesday Night Food Truck Bazaar. There will be 10 food trucks serving everything from fish tacos to lobster rolls, and even Korean barbecue. The weekly event, which takes place in the parking... Read more →

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New vision for Fairmont Miramar

POSSIBLE VIEW OF THE FUTURE: Illustration of the proposed Fairmont Miramar Hotel. (Rendering courtesy MSD Capital) WILSHIRE BLVD — The development team behind the proposed redo of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel have returned from the drawing board with a new plan, which involves extensive changes in architecture and configuration of the... Read more →

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Gleaning program provides fresh produce to the needy

DOWNTOWN — Standing amidst the bounty of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, a raggedly dressed man with a tired face holds up a tattered cardboard sign: “Hungry, please help.” Just half a block south is Step Up on Second, one of three local social service agencies that could offer him fresh produce from the market, brought in just... Read more →

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Outlook bleak for affordable housing

Developments with an affordable housing element like the Arboretum will be hard to come by in Santa Monica. (File photo) CITY HALL —  City Hall put no money toward affordable housing in the last fiscal year because of the loss of its Redevelopment Agency, according to a report released last week. That calls into question City... Read more →

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Saving animals through choice

(Image courtesy FreeHand) SUNSET PARK — A premium dog food brand with celebrity firepower has set up shop in Santa Monica, but this chow company put as much stock in how many animals it feeds as how well it feeds them. FreeHand is to dog food what TOMS is to shoes — for every bag of specialized kibble purchased, another will be... Read more →

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Developer files plans for 150 more units Downtown

Fritto Misto, a popular Downtown eatery, may be displaced by a planned housing development. (Photo courtesy Google Images) DOWNTOWN — Two new residential buildings by one of Santa Monica’s most active developers proposed for Downtown will bring another 150 units to the area and potentially displace well-known businesses. NMS... Read more →

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Council imposes order on flood of developments

(File photo) CITY HALL — The City Council Tuesday night approved a list of priorities to determine which of dozens of developments in the planning queue would get the first look, with affordable housing and unit mix topping the list. That was followed by a project’s money-making potential and connection to local educational... Read more →

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New telescopes grace Santa Monica Pier

TAKING A GANDER: Australian tourist Benjamin Thomas tries a new distance viewer on the Santa Monica Pier on Tuesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) SM PIER — Benjamin Thomas, an Australian, peered through a coin-operated pair of binoculars on the north end of the Santa Monica Pier. “I saw the beach and lots of cold people,” he said,... Read more →