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Apparent murder-suicide at Beverly Hilton Hotel, say police

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The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Beverly Hills, CA.

Two people were found shot to death at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday night in what appeared to be a murder-suicide, Beverly Hills police confirmed.

At approximately 10:50 pm officers responded to a call of a shooting at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, at 9876 Wilshire Blvd, according to a statement by department spokeman Lt. Mark Rosen.

Upon arrival, officiers discovered the bodies of an elderly male and elderly female. On site invesigators said they were the victims of an apparent murder-suicide but gave no additional details. Officials are still on site, and more information may be available later in the day, according to police.

The Daytime Emmy Awards are scheduled to take place at the hotel today.

UPDATE 3:00 p.m.: Both victims are believed to have been long time residents of the hotel, and not affiliated with the event, according to officials. Approximate ages of the victims were announced -- the man was approximately 70-years-old and the deceased female was about 56-years-old.


City of Beverly Hills files separate lawsuit against Metro

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The city of Beverly Hills filed a CEQA challenge against Metro in a separate lawsuit from the one filed this week by the Beverly Hills Unified School District to block the route of the Westside subway extension from traveling under Beverly Hills High School.

The lawsuit, regarding the findings of the Environmental Impact Statement/Report for the proposed Westside subway extention, says the project's Final EIS/EIR is in violation the California Environmental Quality Act.

Notes Beverly Hills Patch, the city's lawsuit argues that Metro should not be permitted to advance with plans for the the extension, as approved last week:

At a public hearing requested by the city of Beverly Hills, attorneys hired by the city presented the Metro Board of Directors with three alternatives for reaching a station on Constellation Boulevard that did not require tunneling under BHHS. 


Beverly Hills school district sues Metro

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Beverly Hills High School is seen in Beverly Hills, CA in 2009.

In a very expected progression of events, Beverly Hills Unified School District has sued Metro officials to stop the route of the Westside subway extension from cruising under Beverly Hills High School.

The contentious $5.6 billion brouhaha officially boiled into a lawsuit on Wednesday that alleges the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority's subway route is in violation of the CA Environmental Quality Act, the L.A. Times reports.

School and city officials say tunneling through the oil field could be detrimental to future development and/or could set off a deadly fireball gas explosion. Metro maintains that the project is safe.

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner


Fireball FX at Beverly Hills High: Subway dramatization released by parent-teacher council

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Fireballs fade into school hallways in this screenshot from "No Subway Under BHHS," a video released by the school district's parent-teacher council.

"No Subway Under BHHS," a dramatic video by the Beverly Hills school district's parent-teacher council, is gaining attention for its catastrophic depiction of dangers that they say may exist in the plans for building the Westside subway extension under the campus.

The school, which sits atop oil wells that the video claims are not capped or mapped properly, shows fireball graphics fade into images of children as they walk to class, narrated with ominous voiceover.

There have been community protests and threats by the city and the school district to sue over the tunneling plan. Metro approved the environmental review for much of the plans last month, but is holding out on moving forward on the Beverly Hills HS portion until a meeting this month. The Metro maintains its plan is safe. 

Notes the L.A. Times: