Courtesy of the City of Glendale
Anita Garouni's painting "Home" was rejected as a public art donation by the City of Glendale.
Noses are up and thumbs are down in Glendale where officials have rejected a donated public art piece for the first time in more than ten years.
The colorful piece, featuring Armenian figures floating near the Statue of Liberty and Turkey's Mt. Ararat, was praised for its "beautiful theme" but considered not culturally inclusive enough. It also "wasn’t of the highest aesthetic quality," according to a report that appraised the 18-by-24 inch oil painting at $1,800.
Robbed of this diamond in the rough, residents of The Jewel City will have to look elsewhere for their daily recommended allowances of floating heads, Armenian princesses and Noah's Arks once destined for a city-owned office wall.
A 15-year resident of Glendale, artist Anita Garouni said of her creative tour de force, it is "an expression of deep gratitude for America, my country, who accepts all…and gives safe haven for the immigrants of the world," explains the Glendale News Press.
Photo of Roy Britten via Caltech.edu
Roy John Britten, a pioneering Caltech DNA researcher and Princeton Ph.D nuclear physicist who switched fields to biophysics after working on the Manhattan Project, has died at age 92, Caltech officials announced Thursday.
A Caltech Distinguished Carnegie Senior Research Associate, Emeritus, and one-time adjunct professor at UC Irvine, Roy Britten continued to publish papers into his 90s, remaining active in the scientific community until his death on Jan. 21.
Beginning his academic career as a physicist, the "committed pacifist" who worked on the Manhattan Project in World War II was "always pleased to say that his particular project was a complete failure," his son said in a statement, notes the Pasadena Sun.
Interested in the fundamental characteristics of animal DNA, the Washington D.C. native arrived at Caltech's Kerckhoff Marine Laboratory in Corona del Mar in 1971 to study genomes.
Screenshot via NBC LA
At a hearing on Wednesday, John Dancler, the 23-year veteran L.A. traffic cop fired for his on duty, uniformed, extracurricular appearance in a porn film, fought to be reinstated as a traffic officer.
Dancler said of his involvement, "it wasn't the best thing I have ever done," as he made an appeal to the Los Angeles Civil Service Commission to reverse the misconduct dismissal by The Department of Transportation following last year's NBC4 investigation.
The hearing examiner was shown every frame of Dancler's role in the film that included public groping, spanking and other acts with an adult video actress.
The former officer said he was "caught totally unaware" when he was approached to appear in the film.
A report from the hearing will be evaluated by a full Civil Aervice Commission next month, and a decision will be made.
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Nadya Suleman, known as the Octomom, poses for an undated photo in New York to promote an appearance on MTV.
Octomom Nadya Suleman celebrated birthday number three with eight of her fourteen babies on Thursday.
The world's only complete set of octuplets were born to the single mother (who already had six children) by way of questionable reproduction assistance three years ago.
Suleman's Beverly Hills fertility specialist, Dr. Michael Kamrava, was relieved of his medical license last year by the state medical board that found "he had violated professional standards by implanting Suleman with 12 embryos she had kept in storage," notes the L.A. Times.
Initial hospital costs drained hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars, and it is unknown if Noah, Maliyah, Isaiah, Nariyah, Jonah, Josiah, Jeremiah, Makai -- all with the middle name "Angel" -- will require long term care, as multiple birth children suffer a higher rate of health complications.
Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr Creative Commons
Philippe the Original, 1001 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles 90012
Philippe's 9-cent coffee will be but a shadow on Feb. 2 when the landmark L.A. French dip depot raises the price of their hot, wet caffeine to a whopping 45 cents on Groundhog Day.
Citing a rise in supply costs, the days of dime coffee (9 plus 1 cent tax) are done, according to a note posted on the door by management on Wednesday, the L.A. Times reported.
The restaurant, taking up residence at 1001 North Alameda Street since 1977, will still include coffee with breakfast at a price that remains easy to swallow.
Old-fashioned and comfortably clockwork, the credit card-less establishment will still be giving away sawdust for free.
Our friends at Blogdowntown have more on this change in local tradition.