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Business & Economy

After 3 years of construction, the Wilshire Grand opens

DTLA's new 73-story building opens to the public Friday. The 1,100 feet skyscraper — which will include restaurants, stores, offices and a nearly 900-room hotel — is the tallest building west of the Mississippi (82 feet taller than the US Bank building, which previously held that distinction).


Can stray animals be saved by this 14-foot tall robo-dog?

Los Angeles is on its way to becoming a no-kill city, which is when over 90 percent of stray animals are adopted rather than euthanized. The new Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista is decked out with the latest tech, and represents a new wave in how shelters are trying to capture adopters' attentions.


6 things to do in SoCal this weekend

See our roundup of events — from the Sound of Music Sing-a-long at the Hollywood Bowl to Studio Ghibli's pop-op party at JapanLA; from the Rivera Village Summer Fest in Redondo Beach to the Gold Line Pub Crawl; from the Arroyo Seco Weekend to Long Beach's Uptown Jazz Festival.

Business & Economy

Why Dov Charney hasn't given up on making clothes

Three years ago he was ousted as CEO of American Apparel. These days, Charney is running Los Angeles Apparel. He created the company after a telepathic chat with his dead grandfather, who told him to start over. Many American Apparel factory workers followed Charney, and even lent him money.




Senate Republicans reveal Affordable Care Act repeal bill

The Senate's long-awaited "Better Care Reconciliation Act" was written in secret, with even many Senate Republicans unaware of what was in it. The Senate bill looks like similar to the House bill, with a rollback of Medicaid expansion, elimination of cost-sharing subsidies and other provisions.

Crime & Justice

Sheriff's oversight panel will reassess its priorities

Some of the civilian panel's nine members feel they're spreading themselves thin by trying to focus on too many issues at once. They'll discuss what its priorities should be at Thursday's meeting. In previous meetings, they've addressed everything from drones to dealing with mental illness.

SoCal, What's Good?

Peking Tavern

What it is:
Peking Tavern is a gastropub located on the basement floor of an old bank building. It’s downtown L.A.’s best basement hideaway.
Why it's cool:
The restaurant serves Authentic Northern Chinese eats such as hand-pulled noodles and fresh-made dumplings throughout their happy hour and late hours. Hand-crafted cocktails are mirrored with Asian flair and supported by a well-respected craft beer list.
You should know:
Happy hour is certainly the best time to visit to take advantage of their drink/food specials. If you dare, Bai Jiu (like sake) with a YanJing chaser is always a solid choice.