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By Hayley Fox — February 26, 2013

The Downtown Clergy Council is hosting a candlelight vigil on Tuesday in front of the Cecil Hotel to honor the Canadian woman who was found dead in the water tank there earlier this week.

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Health official: 'This outbreak of TB is not a threat to the public at large'

By Hayley Fox — February 26, 2013 — 3 Comments

The L.A. County Department of Health said there's no evidence that this strain of TB is more virulent than any other, and overall TB rates across the county and the country have actually decreased.

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Skid Row TB epidemic is 'alarming' but the community is well-versed in disease

By Hayley Fox — February 22, 2013 — 4 Comments

National health officials have been called into Downtown's Skid Row to help investigate a tuberculosis (TB) outbreak that health officials are calling the largest in a decade.

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Staples Center will add vegetarian options for upcoming Morrissey concert

By Hayley Fox — February 19, 2013 — 3 Comments

Longtime vegetarian Morrissey will be playing at Downtown's Staples Center on March 1 and as part of his agreement, the massive venue has agreed to offer additional vegetarian dishes for the event.

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DTLA parents win approval to establish Metro Charter Elementary School

By Hayley Fox — February 13, 2013 — 1 Comment

The LAUSD Board of Education voted to allow DTLA parents to continue their push for a charter elementary school in Downtown's South Park neighborhood. The new school would address the growing number of children living in the area.

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USC to open new clinic and pharmacy in DTLA

By Hayley Fox — February 13, 2013 — 6 Comments

A new USC medical clinic and pharmacy is slated to open on Flower Street in downtown L.A. in the same structure as the YAS fitness studio.

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New Wilshire Grand to include 'sky lobby,' high-tech elevators and one-of-a-kind helipad

By Hayley Fox — February 08, 2013 — 4 Comments

The $1 billion Wilshire Grand project is slated to open in 2017 and will be the tallest building in Los Angeles (if you include its spire). This office building and hotel will have button-less elevators and a 70th floor lobby.

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Spring Street parklets now open for sitting, foosball and stationary cycling

By Hayley Fox — February 07, 2013

These mini-parks located on Spring Street include artificial grass, wooden planters full of succulents and plenty of bench and chair seating. There are also two stationary bikes intended for exercise, as well as a foosball table.

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New bike parking ordinance poised to shape future of LA developments

By Hayley Fox — February 04, 2013

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa signed a new ordinance into law that will mandate more bike parking at developments across the city.

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Volunteers trade gift cards for personal information in homeless survey

By Hayley Fox — January 31, 2013 — 10 Comments

Since Tuesday night, volunteers have been gathering at the L.A. Mission and then fanning out across Skid Row to talk to homeless people about their living conditions and what got them there in the first place.

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Councilman Huizar pledges $50,000 to keep Skid Row parks open -- for now

By Hayley Fox — January 30, 2013 — 7 Comments

Gladys and San Julian parks in Skid Row were facing closure due to a lack of funds. Area councilman José Huizar has since announced he will allot $50,000 in discretionary funding to keep the parks open while they figure out a long-term solution.