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-- One of the most beloved superstars in WWE history, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, passed away Friday. Piper, a wrestling and pop-culture icon, died of a heart attack at his home in Hollywood. He was most known for his legendary battles with Hulk Hogan and was one of the biggest stars of the WWE in the 1980s. Piper's success did not stop in the ring as he found success as an actor, staring in the science fiction film called "They Live," directed by John Carpenter. Piper is survived by his wife and four children.
-- As officials in Orange County look for women they say were allegedly preyed on by a taxi driver, the man's son says his father is innocent. Additional victims of a taxi cab driver accused of raping a woman in his cab before dropping her off at her home in November 2014. Meanwhile, Hakim's son spoke to CBS2's Michele Gile outside the Orange County Jail. "He didn't rape her," said Hakim's son, Peter Gayed. Hakim's son says no sexual assault occurred and his father was just trying to get the woman to pay her fare. Hakim did not enter a plea Friday.
San Onofre was shut down in January 2012 after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of extensive damage to hundreds of tubes inside the virtually new generators. The plant never produced electricity again. Dean, director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, wrote that because the plant is permanently closed it is no longer necessary to rule on issues raised in the case, including whether Edison skirted rules when it installed the equipment. Costs stemming from the demise of the plant are still being sorted out.
-- Nursing student Barbara Decker, of Mission Viejo, happened upon an emergency situation a few weeks ago that put her training to the test. Decker and her boyfriend Brandon Pace were walking around a community lake in Rancho Santa Margarita when they spotted a child choking. Decker is a nursing student at San Diego State University and told KNX 1070's Diane Thompson it was the first time she had performed the Heimlich maneuver on an actual person. Her instructors told her that clearing an airway might take some effort and not to get discouraged.
Here's The Bellwether, which opens next Wednesday on the border line between Studio City and Sherman Oaks from chef Ted Hopson, formerly of Father's Office and Lukshon, and beverage director Ann-Marie Verdi. Fish dishes highlight the middle of the menu with charred octopus with tabbouleh and preserved lemon while roasted chicken and grilled skirt steak round out the bill of fare. Has a clean, almost London-style elegance to it, with plenty of vantage points into the open kitchen. The space seats about 70 inside, with another 30 on the patio.
"Los Angeles is arguably the most physically censored, dare I say, vain society where everything is based on looks," he said. Half of the sales from the "Live Like A Warrior" T-shirts, a phrase Atkins strives to live by, are being given to the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center. The initial goal was $3,000. Atkins is expected to return to work next week after three months of recovery. He still has cancer present in his body and has to receive treatment every two weeks, but isn't dwelling on his prognosis. The fundraiser ends on Saturday.
After the verbal attack, witnesses said Jordan, who is gay, followed the men outside the Santa Monica Boulevard coffee shop. Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene shortly after and questioned and arrested the three men, who were later released. A sheriff's official said deputies documented the disturbance as a "hate incident," although no charges were filed. Jordan's actions have made him a hero to many in West Hollywood. "He stood up for the community, for all of us," local resident Pati Arana said.
People butter on all kinds of things. CBS2's Stephanie Simmons reports a lot of people are saying goodbye to the traditional cream and sugar and instead infusing their coffee with butter and oil. What sounds like a Paula Deen experiment gone haywire is catching on all over. "It's gaining popularity because people are starting to realize that fat is an essential part of our diet," said Christopher Szeto, a barista at the Bulletproof Coffee Cafe in Santa Monica. Either way, Simmons reports, it's a great and tasty new way to get your buzz on.
Flooding was also being reported on the southbound 14 Freeway between Escondido Canyon and Red Rover Mine roads in Acton amid thunderstorms in the area, a California Highway Patrol spokesperson said. Crews were also responding to a downed power line caused by a toppled tree on San Francisquito Canyon Road north of Canyon Country. Hours earlier, SKY9 captured a double lightning strike in the skies over the Acton area. Even veteran SKY9 reporter Stu Mundel was bewildered by the strange weather, noting he "never saw clouds like these" before.
-- Two 35-year-old men remained in custody on Thursday in connection with a series of "knock-knock" burglaries that were committed in Fullerton. According to the Fullerton Police Department, Michael Joseph Billingsly and Evan James Blakely, both of Los Angeles, have been charged with suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property among other charges. Both men are believed to be responsible for at least four residential burglaries in Fullerton and several more in Los Angeles County.
Stallone isn't saying goodbye to the characters. He's set to become Rocky Balboa again onscreen in "Creed" this fall and is working on another "Rambo" installment. Not in its purest form. He still thinks the character is compelling -- "Where Rocky is the height of optimism, this guy is the height of pessimism," he said -- but finds writing more challenging than any other artistic discipline. "I think my image and what I've played throughout my career has been American and military-oriented and also police-oriented," Stallone said.
And BroadwayWorld TV's own Michael Sterling was on hand to talk to the cast. From the original choreography by Casey Nicholaw . Monty Python's Spamalot has a book and lyrics by Eric Idle and music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle . Lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail, by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, Spamalot had its Broadway debut in 2005, directed by Mike Nichols . The box office hours are Tuesday - Sunday, 12 PM to 6 PM.
-- For years, Bill Berloni has taught his dogs to play make believe. Now, he's making it real. He rescued a Chihuahua named Chico, who went on to play Bruiser in "Legally Blonde: The Musical," when he was prone to biting and about to be euthanized at the pound. Berloni says he's focused on improving animals' lives rather than the camera crews, but fame is nothing new. "They called us in and said our daughter had a vivid imagination. They said she told them I was at - ˜Sesame Street' playing with Elmo. I told them I was," Berloni said.
Raines was beaming that day, Bales said. Friday was the day Raines died. Near Vantage Avenue on Ventura Boulevard. The officers involved were assigned to the LAPD's Van Nuys Division, a department spokesman said. The shooting marked the 23rd time this year that LAPD officers have shot someone. The shooting will also be reviewed by the district attorney's office, the Police Commission and its independent inspector general. Joseph.email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Times staff writer Veronica Rocha contributed to this report.
Ever wondered what really goes on behind closed doors at auditions? Well now's your chance to find out. On Monday 3 August, "NEXT!" is giving you an exclusive look at the exciting world of Musical Theatre Auditions. You will know the hilarious living HELL these performers go through to book that next big gig! Kennedy, and "Playwright" Dimitri Toscas. Find out at Sheila E 's new supperclub, The E Spot Lounge, in Studio City, CA on Monday 3 August at 8 pm. "NEXT!" #callbacksandcocktails is debuting at The E Spot Lounge, Monday August 3, 2015, 8:00 pm.