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HBO won't press its 'Luck,' cancels racing drama after third horse death

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HBO has canceled its Dustin Hoffman / Nick Nolte dramatic series "Luck" after the deaths of three horses during production at Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. The most recent accident occurred on Tuesday.

The network, which ordered a second season of shows immediately following the season one premiere, intends to air the remainder of the first season, but production has been shut down for good.

Executive produced by David Milch and Michael Mann, "Luck" was slow to catch ratings, and was criticized for its storytelling pace, says the L.A. Times. Fans, they say, praised the show for its "artistry." 

The official HBO statement via Deadline:

It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series Luck.

Safety is always of paramount concern.  We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures.  While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future.  Accordingly, we have reached this difficult decision.

We are immensely proud of this series, the writing, the acting, the filmmaking, the celebration of the culture of horses, and everyone involved in its creation.

Quote from Michael Mann and David Milch:  “The two of us loved this series, loved the cast, crew and writers.  This has been a tremendous collaboration and one that we plan to continue in the future.”

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No more red-light camera tickets in Glendale

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Glendale police, like their Los Angeles counterparts, will no longer issue citations for violations caught on the city's red-light cameras. 

Officials said the decision, which took effect Feb. 24, was made because the program had become a burden on resources -- the officier assigned to reviewing violations was needed out in the field, reports the Glendale News Press.

Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems, camera system's operator, received a letter from police last month notifying the company that they were terminating the program. 

Program costs had been paid by camera-caught citation revenue, according to officials, but the city was just breaking even after a drop in violations.

Glendale's move comes eight months after the Los Angeles City Council and Police Commission unanimously voted to terminate their red-light camera enforcement for an array of reasons, including its cost effectiveness and payment of the tickets.

While state laws allow police agencies to use red-light cameras for enforcement, recent successful litigation challenging the legality of those citations also played a role in the decision to stop the program, Public Works Director Steve Zurn said.

More than 5,800 red-light camera citations were issued last year. Motorists with pending tickets should check the status with local courthouses.

Police say they will not pursue citations issued before Feb. 24, and will not contest a ticket that's challenged in court. Those who paid fines and pleaded guilty to tickets before Feb. 24, however, will not be reimbursed.

Maybe the cameras could be repurposed to keep an eye on bears?

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'Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1950 to 1980' opens at Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau

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"Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1950-1980," goes on exhibit at Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau

Curators at Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau have assembled a program containing works from two of the core exhibitions of Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1950 to 1980.

The multi-institutional, multi-discipline art collaboration that opened last year across Southern California included over 60 institutions and galleries and was a decade in the making.

More than 70 works by over 50 artists were chosen from "Crosscurrents in L.A. – Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970" and "Greetings from L.A. – Artists and Publics, 1950-1980."

Lauded by the museum's former director as a "temporary national gallery of southern California art," guests of Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau will get a primer on three decades of Los Angeles art.

The exhibition project “Pacific Standard Time – Art in Los Angeles, 1950-1980” traces the development of the Los Angeles art scene during the post-war period, when the city on the Pacific hosted an impressively varied and versatile art scene, thus proving that it was more than Hollywood and a sprawling metropolis in the land of sunshine and palm trees.

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Pi Day pies! Because nerds get hungry too (at 1:59 pm)

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Photo by @PunkRose33 via Twitter

There are Pi lovers. There are pie lovers. There are chicken pot pie lovers. There are pizza pie lovers. There are whoopie pie lovers. And even Barack Obama wanted in on the math pun dessert action.

Here is a piping hot roundup of what some fellow Earthlings did to celebrate their favorite mathematical constant.  

Use a napkin. 

 

Main image by @Punkrose33 via Twitter

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Sloshin' 2, Hypothermia Boogaloo: Cold rain may meet LA Marathon runners on Sunday

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L.A. Marathon 2012 runners may be racing in the rain for the second year in a row, according to the National Weather Service.

The 26-mile feat of strength begins March 18 at 7:24 a.m. at Dodger Stadium, and will likely have a weather component added in for extra challenge.

Sunday's runners can expect rainshowers throughout the day, while temperatures are not expected to break 55 degrees.

Last year, more than 300 Los Angeles Marathoners were evaluated for hypothermia following the deluge de résistance. At least 20 people were hospitalized for a variety of ailments.

Event registration for the amibitious and admirable is still open.


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Have a pro tip for running in the rain? Tell everyone in the comments! 

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