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Update: Three charged with attempted murder after Florence shooting wounds deputy

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LASD deputies meet at a command post during a search for suspects who shot a deputy Friday night in the Florence area of South Los Angeles.

Updated 2:52 p.m.:

Three of the four suspects arrested following the shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Friday night have been charged with attempted murder, authorities told the Los Angeles Times.

According to the Times, the Sheriff's Department identified the three as Michael Cones, 36, and Joe Childs and Brendan Caveness, both 24. 

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says the suspects detained are members of a gang "that's rather renowned for its violence."

Previously:

Four suspected gang members are in custody after a Los Angeles County anti-gang deputy was wounded in a Friday night shooting in the Florence area.

The shooting took place around 9:3o p.m. last night near 81st Street and Parmalee Avenue when gang enforcement deputies from the Operation Safe Streets (OSS) Bureau approached a group of five to 10 men. As the men ran from the authorities, some of them fired at the deputies, who returned fired, according to the LASD. 

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Photos: Close-up views of the Hollywood sign's new paint job and facelift

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Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.

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Jesus Garibay prepares to scrap off old paint on the "L" of the Hollywood sign.

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Painters bring down primer and Universal White paint to the Hollywood sign on October 26, 2012,

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The painting crew scraped off an inch thick layer of old paint and graffiti from the Hollywood sign.

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Jesus Garibay pressure washes the "O" of the Hollywood sign. After pressure washing the sign, the painting crew will scrap off the layers of old paint.

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The Hollywood sign is set to be repainted by the end of November 2012.

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The painting crew works for Duggan and Associates Inc.

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Victor Galindo, the foreman, applies primer to the "L" of the Hollywood sign on October 26th, 2012.

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George Solorio organizes hoses used for pressure washing at the Hollywood sign on October 26, 2012.

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The sign is painted in Universal White.

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After the Dumont paper is applied to the steel, it sits for 24 hours to help dissolve the paint and then the team pressure washes the material off.

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Victor Galindo, the foreman, scrapes away old paint from the "L" with a tool that he made specifically for the grooves of the Hollywood sign.


The Hollywood Sign is undergoing a major new paint job and facelift for the first time in 35 years, and we got up close and personal with it. Check out our full photo gallery above.

For nearly a month now, workers have been stripping off layers upon layers of paint and graffiti slathered onto the giant sign in the Hollywood Hills over the decades.

They'll sand down the corrugated steel, apply a primer and spray on a new glossy coat of white paint. (For those who want to duplicate the color in their own homes, it's Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior Satin Acrylic Latex paint.)

The sign was first hauled up to the top of Mount Lee as an advertisement for a new land development called "Hollywoodland." In 1949, the "land" portion of the sign was taken down, leaving the shorter, more generic and now more famous nine-letter sign: "Hollywood."

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Kidnapped Bank of America manager's home searched by detectives following Hollywood-style heist

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A bomb squad robot and a member of the squad outside an East L.A. bank on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

While police hunt for the two men accused of kidnapping a Bank of America manager and forcing her to rob the branch, detectives from the Huntington Park Police Department searched the victim's home Thursday morning for clues.

Huntington Park Police Lt. Neal Mongan said police still aren't sure why the woman was targeted and whether the men knew she was a bank manager or not. Mongan said there was no indication the kidnappers were actually in the woman's apartment at any time.

The victim was apparently kidnapped as she left for work Wednesday morning from Huntington Park and taken (or forced to drive to) the East L.A. branch she manages. The kidnappers strapped a device to the woman, telling her it was a bomb they would detonate if she didn't cooperate. The woman entered the bank's vault, took money and threw it out the back door, where the kidnappers picked it up and took off.

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Could it be? Reports say Steve Nash headed to the Lakers

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Could Steve Nash be headed to the Lakers? ESPN thinks so.

ESPN, citing anonymous sources, is reporting that Phoenix Suns' point guard Steve Nash, two-time NBA MVP is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal.

The sports network says an extra push from Kobe Bryant and the lure of staying near his family in Phoenix swayed Nash towards LA. 

The Arizona Republic has more details, reporting L.A. will send "two first-round picks, two second-round picks and $3.1 million in exchange for signing Nash to a three-year contract worth more than $25 million."

UPDATE from AP: Nash is indeed going to the Lakers — his agent confirmed that the deal was finalized on Wednesday at about 6 p.m.

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