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Debuting import keys BaliPure win

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Janisa Johnson tries to score off Petro Gazz import Kadi Kullerkann. —SHERWIN VARDELEONJanisa Johnson came up with Premier Volleyball League debut to remember Wednesday night, delivering 27 attack points as BaliPure gutted out a thrilling 22-25, 25-23, 28-26, 22-25, 15-12 victory over Petro Gazz to get back on track in the Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Unable to suit up for the Purest Water Defenders’ losing stand against the Iriga-Navy Lady Oragons last week, the power-hitting American poured it all against the Angels, finishing with 31 total points, the last coming off a combination play that ended the back-and-forth two-hour encounter.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Water Defenders, backstopped by the young members of the Nazareth School of National University, wriggled out of an 8-all contest in the deciding set with four unanswered points that basically sealed the outcome.The victory thus put BaliPure in step with defending champion Pocari-Air Force at 1-1 with BanKo-Perlas and Tacloban, also with 1-1 slates, disputing a share of the lead at presstime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown POC gives blessing to Choy’s group Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

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YES Inspires Girls to Speak Out

first_imgYouth Exploring Solutions (YES), an accredited nonprofit, voluntary grassroots youth-led development institution has organized ‘Speak Out Girls Speech Competition’ to harness enthusiasm, imagination and initiative of girls in lending their voices to raise issues that affect them.The competition was designed to inspire people of all ages and gender to learn from girls and take action about their challenges. It also facilitated a unique platform that deepened girls’ understanding about personality development skills, such as self-awareness, self-confidence, self-esteem, problem solving, persuasive skills and ability to make informed decisions.The event which took place on Friday, 3rd July at the Billie Call Christian Institute (BCCI) in Wood Camp, Paynesville City brought together eleven contestants from eight elementary, junior and senior high schools in the municipality of Paynesville to compete for the grand prize of L$10,000.00 while second and third place winners received L$2,000.00 and L$1,000.00 respectively.The prizes were made available through generous donation from Mr. Kenneth Y. Best, owner of the Daily Observer Newspaper, Mr. Philip N. Wesseh of the Inquirer Newspaper and Mr. Randolph Dennis of the Liberia Maritime Authority.Jerelyne E. Cheady, 18, and a senior student of the Messiah Mission Institute, who presented a speech on Girls and Education, won the first place prize while Julie I. V. Onuigbo, 16, from the 10th grade of the Billie Call Christian Institute, presented a speech about Early Marriage and walked away with the second place prize. Snothee Slems, 20, from the senior class of CFTAOLY Mission School, presented a speech on Rape and got the third place prize. Theresa Saah was given special recognition for presenting the most succinct speech, which was timed under five minutes.Delivering a special statement, the Founder and Executive Director of YES, Stephen B. Lavalah, outlined some of the challenges responsible for girls performing poorly and dropping out of school. He stressed the need to engage, educate and empower girls to achieve their full potential by completing secondary school and acquiring tertiary or technical and vocational education.The youth advocate said most girls are over-age before starting school and all too often, a considerable number reach puberty while in the elementary and as a result many become sexually active which leads to teenage pregnancy.He indicated that every so often, the majority of the girls who get pregnant and give birth under extreme conditions do not think about going back to school, because of their children or their inability to mobilize support in addition to being further discouraged by friends and relatives.“The government needs to ensure standardized free and compulsory education for every girl across the country; institute well-defined and structured pre-school curriculum; design public policy to avert teenage pregnancy through the introduction of health science as well as sexual and reproductive health education; and provide family planning services including the passage of a legislation that empowers girls to continue their education after teenage pregnancy,” Lavalah said.The youth leader further stated that social vices such as the distribution of domestic jobs in accordance with gender steretoypes and the consistent use of girls as breadwinners on the part of most parents and guardians, put girls at the disadvantage in achieving their full potential.Keynote speaker, Mr. Sam Hare, Jr., former Deputy Minister of Youth & Sports and now Secretary-General of the National Commission for UNESCO revealed that girls are at the lowest end in the Liberian society due to abject poverty, high level of illiteracy, rampant corruption including appalling levels of maternal and infant mortality rates.“We live in a country where many people live on less than one U.S. dollar a day, according to the UNDP Development Index. We have one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world, one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world and ranked as one of the most corrupt countries on earth, compounded with the lack of political will to change the system for the common good of all,” Mr. Hare said as he urged the youth, especially girls, to adapt the three “Cs” to succeed in life: competence, character and contribution.He stated that girls should practice to be good at whatever occupation they find themselves, learn to exhibit high degree of integrity and significantly give back to society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Driver escapes after minibus topples on Homestretch Ave

first_imgPolice are on the hunt for the driver of minibus bearing registration number BWW 4714 that was involved in an accident on Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown on Thursday evening, which left several persons nursing multiple injuries.Reports are at about 21:30h, the Route 41 minibus toppled several times beforeThe scene of the accident on Homestretch Avenue, Georgetowncoming to a halt. Guyana Times was told that the driver of the minibus, which was proceeding West along Homestretch Avenue at a fast rate, lost control of the vehicle causing it to topple, throwing several passengers out of the minibus as it toppled. However, after the bus turned turtle, the driver managed to free himself and ran from the scene, leaving the passengers to fend for themselves.Several passengers were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital by Police. This newspaper was told that no one suffered any life-threatening injuries.last_img read more

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Human rights in the workplace roundtable at Northern Lights College

first_img“Workplaces are increasingly diverse and employers are now faced with the task of accommodating different cultures, religions and disabilities in their workforce,” the local Chamber of Commerce said in a written statement. “This session will focus on employers’ obligations under the B.C. Human Rights Code and the challenging topics of the Duty to Accommodate and Undue Hardship in particular.”The chamber adds, “Canadian workplaces are increasingly becoming diverse, and with these changes, employers are faced with the task of accommodating different cultures, religions and disabilities in their workforce.”Litigation lawyer David Brown is the guest speaker for the night. Brown is a lawyer with the Kelowna law firm Pushor Mitchell LLP and practises primarily in the areas of employment and immigration law.- Advertisement -He has appeared before Provincial, Superior and Appeal Courts, as well as before Human Rights Tribunals, Labour and Employment Boards and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunals.Light food will be served, as well as time allocated for networking.The session is being held tomorrow, November 6, at the Northern Lights College Fort St. John campus, running  4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Advertisement A $20 registration fee is applied, and while pre-registration is preferred, one most likely won’t be turned down at the door if they just show up on a whim.“This Roundtable is open to all in the HR and business community.”last_img read more

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Lambert: Virus ruined Villa preparations

first_imgAston Villa manager Paul Lambert was cursing his side’s luck following a 3-0 loss to Arsenal.A virus that has swept through the Midlands club hit a number of his key players, however, the boss was still pleased with his stricken men.“We weren’t best prepared for that game because there’s a virus going about the club,” he said after the defeat.“We’ve lost Nathan [Baker] and Darren this morning, Westy [Ashley Westwood] during the warm-up and Andy Weimann had to come off because he was being sick as well.“Fabian [Delph] and Brad [Guzan] have got it and you can hear it in their voice. It’s a big chunk of your team, so we’ll need to shut the place down for a couple of days.“Taking nothing away from Arsenal, though, they were clinical in their three goals, but the second half you’ve got to give the lads a lot of credit for not wilting and that was the pleasing thing.“We’ve made a brilliant start to the season and I’m not going to let [the result against Arsenal] overshadow it.”last_img read more

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Real Madrid v Liverpool live free Champions League stream with talkSPORT commentary

first_img Real Madrid v Liverpool live free Champions League football stream 1 Stream Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League live and free on Tuesday 4 November 2014, with talkSPORT’s exclusive commentary.Listen live here!talkSPORT has exclusive broadcasting rights as the official radio broadcaster of all Liverpool’s Champions League games in 2014.As the Reds travel to the Bernabeu for a mammoth match against Real Madrid, talkSPORT will bring you all the action live from the Spanish capital.If you are in the UK you can listen to Real Madrid v Liverpool live on talkSPORT on 1053 or 1089 AM, via DAB digital radio, through your TV, on your mobile or at talkSPORT.com.Outside of the UK, Real Madrid v Liverpool is live on talkSPORT.com, so Reds and Real fans from around the world can enjoy the game.And don’t forget that talkSPORT has all the build up to the game and will be discussing all of the action after the 90 minutes, so tune in to get your football fix, 24/7!For more Liverpool news, videos and stories, go to talkSPORT.com/football/liverpoolFor more on Real Madrid, go to talkSPORT.com/football/real-madridlast_img read more

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Ibrahimovic invests in Swedish club Hammarby

first_imgAEG also owns LA Galaxy where Ibrahimovic has played the last two MLS seasons, although he has confirmed he will leave when his contract runs out at the end of the year.Ibrahimovic had hinted that something was in the works earlier this week when he posted a short video on Instagram showing a football jersey in Hammarby’s colours and the name Ibrahimovic on the back.He said he would not have a playing role for Hammarby.“For 10 years I’ve said I won’t return to Allsvenskan (Sweden’s top league). It’s not going to happen,” he told sports magazine Sportbladet.“I had agreed with the team from Hammarby and AEG to get this thing as global as possible. We were to be seen all over the world. Not just in Sweden.”“This is still new to us, but of course very exciting,” Hammarby’s chairman Richard von Yxkull said in a statement.The club was originally founded in the late 19th century, although it only started a football club in 1915. It has only won the Swedish title once — in 2001.Hammarby are also rivals of Malmo FF (MFF), the club where Ibrahimovic started his professional career in 1999.Such is the love for him at Malmo that a statue of Ibrahimovic was unveiled outside their stadium in October but he does not anticipate any backlash from his hometown fans.“I know they won’t be disappointed. What I have done for MFF will last for ever. This is completely different situation. It has nothing to do with where my career started,” he told Sportbladet.But some supporters where less than pleased to learn of Ibrahimovic’s new stake in a rival club.“I feel bad for Zlatan. He’s burnt every bridge to MFF,” Kaveh Hosseinpour, vice-president of MFF’s supporters’ club, told broadcaster SVT.Hosseinpour added that Ibrahimovic’s main contribution to MFF was “being sold for a lot of money.”“Since then he hasn’t done much more.”0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken a share in Swedish club Hammarby but will not play for the team © TT News Agency/AFP/File / Johan NILSSONSTOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov 27 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has acquired roughly a quarter of the shares in Stockholm-based football team Hammarby, the club said Wednesday.The 38-year-old former Juventus, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United forward has bought 50 percent of American sporting and entertainment company Anschutz Entertainment Group’s (AEG) stake in the Swedish team, according to a separate statement by AEG.last_img read more

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Socialized medicine still a bad idea

first_imgIn the late 1950s, the formal engagement in state socialism by Great Britain had twice been confirmed by the voters. And the socialists had been twice disfranchised. Great Britain was a mess. Clement Attlee, the clever lawyer-intellectual who embraced the dreams of common ownership, couldn’t quite sell the country on the success of it. And it wasn’t the extravagance of the socialist program that reared its ugly head to sound the alarm for the needs of order and moderation. Given the hugeness of the socialist enterprise, the monies Attlee demanded to finance his programs were modest. Everything about Attlee was modest – “a modest man who has a good deal to be modest about,” Churchill said of him. Attlee’s parsimonious habits cling to the memory. I had a taste of them when lecturing at the University of Wisconsin in 1959. The evening before my own appearance, Attlee had spoken. After his lecture, some of the kids drove him to the airport. On presenting his ticket to New York, he was told he would need to supplement the ticket fare by $55 because that was the price of a first-class ticket. And the flight on which he was ticketed was first-class only. Attlee demanded to know at what time there was a flight that had tourist-class seats. Answer: at 3 o’clock in the morning. Attlee asked that he be awakened in time for that flight, intending to doze in the waiting room. There was a wan smile, and Attlee went with his overnight case to the waiting room and bade his hosts goodnight. The socialist government was widely considered to be the disaster that Winston Churchill, running in 1951 to replace Attlee as prime minister, insisted it was. But the British socialists made one contribution to modern democratic practices that stuck: free medicine. It was uproariously popular. I raised the point with Sen. Barry Goldwater, and he told of his opposition to the program, a version of it having been introduced in a Senate bill by Estes Kefauver and Hubert Humphrey. Goldwater said to me that if enacted, the Kefauver-Humphrey bill would end up costing $5 billion. I thought the sum exaggerated, but Tuesday’s New York Times examines the health-reform measures being advocated by the leading Democratic contenders for president. The plans are briefly described, and one section is devoted to cost. The estimated annual cost of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s plan is $110 billion. Of Sen. Barack Obama’s, “$50 (billion) to $65billion.” Of John Edwards’, “$90 (billion) to $120billion.” Applying the inflation factor ($1 in 1960 had become $16 by 2005), we realize that “free” medicine (which is what the Democrats are essentially talking about) exceeds the cost of such programs as estimated 50 years ago. The best breakdown of the public question is this: 1. The British established, with their ringingly popular National Health system, that politically it is unbeatable. No matter what was done with nationalized steel or other industries, you had to hang onto free medicine. 2. The politicians on this side of the Atlantic acknowledge that free health care, or its equivalent, is an economic luxury that is demanding a primary lodging in the political programs of the major parties. So is it an economic luxury? Yes. And the country can afford an economic luxury, the analysts will tell you. It will be very hard to allocate the cost. Except that it will be assigned to the rich. That is a feature of any redistributionist scheme: figure out a way to conceal the cost and place the burden on others than those who are benefiting from the program. It is not surprising that all the candidates surveyed in the Times story recommended that the burden of the cost should be assigned to those taxpayers who earn more than $250,000. The adage of Milton Friedman that there is no such thing as a free lunch is undamaged by the politicians. Is the challenge to the Republicans simply a matter of parsing the march toward collectivist policies? William F. Buckley Jr. is the founder of National Review magazine. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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MAN WITH €10,000 IN ATTIC FOUND GUILTY OF DRUG-DEALING

first_imgA jobless Letterkenny man found with €10,000 of cash in a jar in his attic claimed he had saved the cash from odd gardening jobs.Letterkenny Court.Gardai raided the home of Ciaran McCormack after they stopped him and found two bags of cannabis in his car worth €570 as well as more than €300 in cash. Officers suspected the money came from the proceeds of drug-dealing, arrested McCormack and then searched his home at Lurgy, Letterkenny on August 22nd, 2013.Having searched McCormack’s home, they discovered €10,000 in cash in one thousand euro denominations in a jar hidden under insulation in his attic.Also found in the house was some more cannabis and bags in which the original cannabis was found when McCormack was first stopped.Gardai returned to Letterkenny Garda Station where the suspect had ben detained and he was questioned on three different occasions.However Letterkenny District Court heard how the 26 year old said he had “chipped in with friends” to buy the cannabis for their own use.He also denied on a number of occasions that he was selling the cannabis.He claimed the cash came from odd gardening jobs and some had also come from a claim of €12,000 he received when he was aged 21.Garda Paul Harte said he and Garda Derek Connaughton stopped McCormack on the Port Road and smelled cannabis in his BMW car.He discovered the two bags of cannabis under the car’s gearstick as well as the cash.Garda Harte said he also noticed McCormack was holding his phone but he refused to hand it to Gardai and a struggle ensued before Gardai eventually took possession of it.He was asked for the PIN number of his phone but told Gardai “I don’t have to give you that.”Defense solicitor Frank Dorrian argued that there was nothing against someone having money in their home and it did not make them a drug-dealer.He also said that McCormack could have bought a larger volume of cannabis for his personal use so as to avoid detection buying smaller amounts.However, having weighed up the evidence, Judge Paul Kelly said “he (McCormack) was clearly making it up as he went along.”He said the accused man claimed that he chipped in with friends to buy some cannabis when he had €10,000 in savings.Judge Kelly said he was seeking a probation and community service report before he disposed of the matter.He adjourned the case until February 2nd.A stay was put on the cash while a destruction order for the cannabis was granted.Legal aid was also granted in the case.MAN WITH €10,000 IN ATTIC FOUND GUILTY OF DRUG-DEALING was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:atticcashCiaran McCormackdonegaldrugsGardailetterkennyLurgylast_img read more

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The Dark Side of Hollywood

first_imgOriginally published July 1, 2001 The public has always had a profound curiosity about Hollywood life off the screen, and sometimes it transcends glamour alone. The idea of dressing to the nines for the Academy Awards or owning a hidden, gated mansion just off Mulholland might be fascinating enough, but the underside of Hollywood generates a dark lure all its own. Understandably so. When someone who has talent, fame, wealth and a boundless future departs this world early through suicide, murder, accident or overdose, it’s as if we want to slow down as we pass by, as guilty for glimpsing the carnage as we are perplexed by the waste. So in Hollywood, for every 10 tourists who insist on seeing the Chinese Theatre’s concrete impressions or the lacy iron of Paramount’s Bronson Gate, there are probably two or three who want to find the exact spot where Sal Mineo was knifed to death by a robber or the grave where Vic Morrow lies. If you enjoy playing tourist in L.A., or if your out-of-town guests are intrigued by the rich, the famous and the dead, there are ample opportunities to plumb these depths. The options for a formal tour are pretty limited, however. A company called Graveline Tours used to ferry tourists around town in a vintage hearse but went out of business. So did Oh Heavenly Tours. Beyond the Glitz Tours used to offer a regular cemetery tour, but now schedules them only by special request. But you can still explore on your own. Serious enthusiasts might want to pick up a copy of “California Babylon” (St. Martin’s Griffin; $15.95). Since its release last October, it has quickly emerged as a bible to all things nefarious in Los Angeles history. Authors Kristan Lawson and Anneli Rufus were exhaustive in their fact-checking – something that can’t often be said of the legions who conduct tours in Hollywood. For those seeking a sampling of Tinseltown sites involving various figures who came to untimely ends, here is a suggested circle tour. It can be accomplished in an afternoon, although the ideal day to undertake it is Sunday, when L.A.’s vehicle traffic is relatively light and most of the parking meters are free. Candles in the wind: Most tours would probably end dramatically with Marilyn Monroe, but because her life and death are such a fitting metaphor for the Hollywood fairy tale turned upside down, we’ll begin with her. The suicide with sleeping pills occurred in a Spanish-style Brentwood home on a street so remote it looks like an alley. Just off Carmelina Avenue, as it runs from San Vicente to Sunset, there is a series of 25 short cul-de-sac stubs, all named Helena Drive. In 1962, at the time of her despondency, Monroe was living at 12305 5th Helena Drive. The current owners have taken down the address number out front, and the house is almost completely obscured from prying eyes. It hides behind a tall white stucco wall, a solid gate, a forbidding blue door in the wall, and a thicket of bamboo that has been allowed to bush out riotously. A few miles farther east, in the shadow of Westwood office buildings and multiple parking structures, is Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary (1218 Glendon Ave., about 100 feet south of Wilshire Boulevard). Monroe is entombed in a crypt here. You’ll find it in the extreme northeast corner of the tiny cemetery. Just follow the tourists. They seem to arrive here at regular intervals, often in twos. And often with lipstick. The marble of the crypt is smudged dark from repeated kisses. General manager Mike Ross said attempts have been made to clean the marble, but it is a rare travertine grade that is very porous, and has begun to break down from the repeated scrubbings. The company has decided to just let the lipstick build up, although the crypt plate, which bears Monroe’s name, is occasionally removed and cleaned. Interest in all things Marilyn figures to be more pronounced than ever this year, since June 1 marked what would have been her 75th birthday. With the airwaves humming with tributes and retrospectives, tourist traffic at the grave and death site figures to be heavier than usual. Also resting in this cemetery are two other glamour queens who died of unnatural causes. The grave of Natalie Wood, who drowned off Catalina Island one night in 1981 after apparently stumbling off the yacht she owned with husband Robert Wagner, is in the north-central part of the cemetery. The grave of Playboy playmate Dorothy Stratten, who was murdered in 1980 by a jealous husband, is in the southeast portion; it was bedecked with flowers during our visit. That’s Ben to you: Mobster Bugsy Siegel had leading-man looks and a hearty appetite for Hollywood glitter. When in Las Vegas, where he was a pioneer of the gambling Strip, he was scrupulous about security. In Beverly Hills late one night in 1947, he let his guard down, and paid with his life. Siegel was shot through the back of the head while sitting in the living room of the home at 810 Linden Drive (just south of Sunset off Whittier Drive). The exterior of the house is little changed since then. The killer, who was never identified, fired a .30-caliber Army rifle through one of the arched windows to the right of the front door. Siegel is often credited with conceiving or founding Las Vegas. He didn’t, but he did help put the glitz into it, sparing no expense to make the Flamingo attractive to high rollers. By the way, no one called him “Bugsy” to his face, according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal profile. It was “Ben” if you wanted to keep your teeth. Introducing Dorothy: At a time when there were few African-American faces on the big screen (and most of them playing bit parts as servants), Dorothy Dandridge accomplished in the film industry what Jackie Robinson did in baseball. For her work in the 1954 movie “Carmen Jones,” a derivation of the opera by Georges Bizet, she earned a best-actress Oscar nomination. But she came to a sad end. After making some unfortunate choices in men and investments, a penniless Dandridge committed suicide in 1965 at age 42, overdosing on prescription barbiturates in her West Hollywood apartment. The complex, El Palacio Apartments, at the northeast corner of La Cienega Boulevard and Fountain Avenue, is an enchanting place that screams early Hollywood – all Spanish arches and lush greenery. Amid such beauty, it’s difficult to imagine Dandridge’s despair within, which makes it an appropriate symbol for her life. The final binge: In the 1950s and earlier, the untimely ends of Hollywood stars were often the result of suicide or car or plane crashes. With the 1960s came another avenue: reckless recreation. The sites begin to stack up as you make your way into Hollywood. River Phoenix collapsed of an overdose of cocaine and heroin in front of the Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd.). John Belushi conducted the same fatal experiment (a speedball direct to the grave) at the Chateau Marmont (8221 Sunset Blvd.). Janis Joplin fell to a mix of extraordinarily pure heroin and alcohol in the now-dumpy Highland Gardens Hotel (7047 Franklin Ave.). If you stop by the Chateau Marmont, don’t expect to be able to visit the scene of Belushi’s demise – unless you plan on staying the night. Belushi was riding a crest of popularity in 1982, and had more than enough money to hole up in one of the hotel’s exclusive bungalows, which are accessible only to guests holding room keys. But if you slip around behind the hotel and walk the sidewalk along Monteel Road, you can peer down into the area of the tree-shaded bungalows. Belushi’s last binge occurred either in Bungalow 3 or Bungalow 2 – there seems to be an equal number of contentions for each locale. Dashed dreams: It’s become a Hollywood cliche: Hopeful young woman from the heartland comes west with visions of stardom, only to be confronted by the silver screen’s cruel vagaries of random selection. Unfortunately, there have been some dreadfully sad realities to underscore that story line. You can be reminded of one every time you look north toward the Hollywood sign. In 1932, a disillusioned actress named Peg Entwistle climbed a worker’s ladder to the top of the “H” and leaped off in a suicide attempt. But according to the book “Lost Hollywood,” by David Wallace, Entwistle missed the rocks that were five stories below and instead landed on a cactus. She underwent a series of operations but died painfully several days later. At the time, there was a letter in her mail from the Beverly Hills Community Players offering her a role in their next play. The most enduring symbol for the Hollywood dream turned nightmare, however, is the Black Dahlia, one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in Los Angeles history. The victim, Betty Short, was murdered in 1947, her body found severed in a vacant lot. She was never known as the Black Dahlia in life. That came after the crime. At the time, five newspapers in Los Angeles competed vigorously for lurid stories, and one, for the sake of rack sales, contrived the nickname because Short had dyed her hair black. According to “California Babylon,” she lived at the Alto Nido Apartments, at 1851 Ivar Ave. (just south of Franklin). The building and the sign out front appear unchanged since the time of the crime. A long, steep sidewalk climbs from Franklin to the front door. And on a recent visit, it was nothing short of creepy to see half a dozen unsavory-looking men milling about out front. Final resting place: Some cemeteries (notably Forest Lawn) do not encourage star-struck tourists, citing a desire to maintain family privacy. But Hollywood Memorial Park, at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., has gone to the other extreme. It changed its name to Hollywood Forever and freely dispenses celebrity lists and maps at its gift store or office. “First time here?” asked an ebullient woman at the entry kiosk. When told that, yes, it was, she exclaimed, “Whooo! Well, we have Rudolph Valentino in the crypt and Bugsy Siegel out back.” Hollywood Forever lists more than 100 celebrities, including the crypt of Valentino (some idiots have scratched graffiti in the marble) and a veritable shrine, including reflecting pool, to Douglas Fairbanks Sr. For the grave of a starlet who died young, head to the lagoon and look for the marker for Jayne Mansfield, who died in a car wreck in 1967. Incredibly, the headstone includes a faded picture of her in all her busty glory, clad in a clingy gown and fur boa that are as platinum as her hair. Several miles south of Hollywood, Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum (5835 W. Slauson Ave., just east of the 405 Freeway) also hands out celebrity lists and maps. The directions to the sites are confounding, but staff members are helpful. In the mausoleum, after a sharp right turn inside the front door, you can make your way to the crypt of John Candy, the rotund Hollywood funny man who died of a heart attack in 1994. Under the inscription (“One heart and one soul”) is an inlaid gold heart – a big one. Out in the cemetery, a number of Hollywood celebrities can be found in the area of the grotto (upon entering the grounds, take a hard left up a road marked “Sacred Heart – D” and you’ll find the grotto on the left nearly at the top of the hill). Slightly west of the grotto is a polished black headstone that is likely to give you a chill. It is that of Sharon Tate Polanski, a victim of a horrific rampage by the Manson Family at her Benedict Canyon home in 1969. Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, was pregnant at the time. Her baby was also buried here and at least afforded the dignity of a name on the headstone: Paul Richard Polanski. A short distance away, three long rows south of the grotto, is the grave of Bela Lugosi, famed for his portrayals of Dracula. On the day of my visit, some blood-red rose petals from a bouquet several feet away had fallen and been blown across the ground by the wind. There were grave sites all around, but somehow all eight petals came to rest on Lugosi’s headstone and grave. It seemed a good time to call a halt to the tour. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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