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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.
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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.
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Los Angeles travel increased 4.2 percent in 2011 with a record setting 26.9 million people visiting the city, and spending an estimated $15.2 billion, the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today.
Bureau head Mark Liberman remarked that one in 10 jobs in Los Angeles is related to tourism, and that the LA INC. report represented "impressive growth" in restaurant spending, hotel occupancy and attraction attendance compared to 2010 figures.
The number of international travelers is on the rise, according to the report. Australians made up the largest block of tourists in 2011, while China showed the largest year-over-year increase with 25 percent more visitors arriving in 2011.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took some credit for a five-year, 150 percent increase in Chinese tourists, citing an L.A. tourism office that opened in Beijing in 2006, notes CNS.
The city's Redistricting Commission has puzzled out a new political picture of Los Angeles that proposes pushing the boundary lines for 15 City Council seats.
Reactions are varied,spanning from confusion to accusation. Councilman Tom LaBonge calls the boundary changes "very odd" and Councilman Bill Rosendahl calls the proposal an "outrageous case of gerrymandering" against his district. Councilwoman Jan Perry told NBC L.A., "Not only did they draw me out of my own district, they took me out of Little Tokyo, the Historic Core and all of Skid Row."
If approved, some of the proposed changes would include: taking part of Westchester out of Councilman Rosendahl’s district; Councilman LaBonge taking on the Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Encino and Lake Balboa neighborhoods, while shedding Miracle Mile, Hancock Park and Larchmont Village; Councilwoman Jan Perry's district shifting south resulting in a loss of much of downtown but keeping Staples Center and L.A. Live; Councilman Jose Huizar scooping up much of downtown; Councilman Bernard C. Parks keeping Baldwin Hills, acquiring the portion of Westchester lost by Rosendahl and losing the residential portion of Leimert Park; and Councilman Paul Koretz would see his district pushed entirely out of the Valley.
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The Motion Picture & Television Fund nursing home in Woodland Hills is slated for a comeback. Like a well-plotted twist at the end of Act III, MPTF will immediately begin admitting residents to the famous nursing home after a controversial 2009 decision to close the facility.
Accused of failing in its charitable responsibility to care for aging entertainment industry workers, residents and families hired legal representation to block evictions as they rolled out a three-year public campaign against the MPTF, explains the L.A. Times.
Board members at the time claimed the fund was approaching bankruptcy and had no choice but to close operations.
Under new management led by former Panavision Chief Executive Bob Beitcher, the nursing home has consolidated operations and its finances have improved enough to begin admitting new residents, officials announced Wednesday.