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The TBD Theatre: Kodak name to be removed

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"Kodak" Theater, goodbye. "Hello my name is _____," now reads the imaginary name tag affixed to the glamorous Los Angeles venue located at Hollywood and Highland.

Eastman Kodak received court approval on Wednesday to end its sponsorship of the 3,300-seat theater. Kodak signed a naming rights deal for $74 million in 2000, but the iconic photography company asked to cut short its contract after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month.

Less than two weeks before welcoming inside the Academy Awards on Feb. 26, the famed venue finds itself in the throes of an identity crisis. Like many of its famous visitors, it seems a makeover is inevitable.


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White Wednesday: A light blanketing of SoCal snow photos

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There's no business like snow business, even when the snow looks remarkably like rain. 

Snow in the Southland means a blanketing of frosty photos online, and these transmissions come from all points Palmdale, Phelan, Leona Valley and more, as well as some road shots from the Grapevine (be careful!), and the world's tiniest snow ball on a blade of shag carpeting.

East coasters, mid-westerners, and basically anyone who doesn't live in the tropics, please look away. This is just going to make you angry.



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Intersections to avoid while Barack Obama is in LA (map)

Happy motoring.
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Here's what the LAPD is now saying about where to avoid going (unless you like traffic jams) while the president is in L.A. today and tomorrow.

View Obama Visit Street Closures (Feb. 2012) in a larger map

Today, the areas around:

  • Pico Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Glen Boulevard from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

On Thursday:

  • Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Pico Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Happy motoring.


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Whitney Houston funeral is private, music comforts the public

Whitney Houston strikes a pose during her performance at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, April 10, 2000, during taping of the "25 Years of #1 Hits: Arista Records' Anniversary Celebration."
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Whitney Houston funeral details remain unchanged -- it will be a private service, planned by her family, at a church in her hometown of Newark, N.J. No public memorial has been set.

Fans finding it difficult to mourn together can be connected online, however. One AP camera will be let into the service and it will be live streaming the memorial.

Houston's hometown supporters began gathering outside the church where her funeral is planned for Saturday, and outside of the funeral home. Fans have fewer options for togetherness in Los Angeles where there is no Hollywood Walk of Fame star or obvious Whitney-related location.

Based on iTunes sales, and her reentry into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, it seems the bulk of the mourning is happening through her music.


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Man arrested at LAX in connection with death of LA firefighter (Updated)

A fire truck carrying the remains of fallen Los Angeles Firefighter Glenn Allen passes in review outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Friday, Feb 25, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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A man was being held by authorities on Wednesday in connection with the death of Los Angeles firefighter Glenn Allen.

Allen, less than two years from retirement, died last year battling a Hollywood Hills blaze when the ceiling of a three-story house under construction collapsed on him. 

In an effort to determine who was responsible for the death, authorities have been investigating the construction of the property and an architect who redesigned the house, says the L.A. Times.

According to LAPD arrest records, a man who lives at the home where the fire occurred was arrested Feb. 11 at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter. It was unknown if the person detained was the man under investigation.

Officials say the weight of soaked insulation -- caused by attic flooding after plastic sprinkler pipes melted -- appears to have caused the collapse which trapped Allen. His heart had stopped and he was not breathing when rescuers reached him. 


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