Gracie Zheng Blvd6200 next to or within the fault zone is half-constructed. It was approved without a seismic study. We spoke about how this could be to Michael Woo, who represented Hollywood for eight years as city councilman and was later on the L.A. Planning Commission when it approved the $200 million Blvd6200 complex in 2007. (In above photo, Blvd6200 is under construction — it borders Carlos Avenue, which geologists believe is within, or alongside, the fault zone.) Woo tells us that when he was briefed on Blvd6200 as the Planning Commission considered and then approved Blvd6200 in 2007, “the earthquake issues were never brought up” by top city employees — or anyone else. And many residents are just now learning of the fault. Eric Berg, 39, a television art director, has lived for two years just north of the intersection of Carlos and Vista Del Mar, and falls fully within the fault zone mapped by USC earth sciences professor James Dolan and a team of scientists in 1997. Berg isn’t terribly concerned about the potential safety issue. “I don’t really know much about how far this is spread out and if something happens here how far would the damage go,” he says. Some feel safe because, in modernity, no devastating quake has hit Hollywood. The last time, after all, was more than 7,000 years ago. Geologists shake their heads.
Hollywood serves a dose of history, but is it true?
A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Hollywood-style sting nabs alleged pirate kingpin AP 4:44 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013 In this undated handout photo provided by the Belgian government, the Belgian ship Pompei, owned by De Nul, is shown in unidentified waters. (Photo: Belgian Government) Mohamed Abdi Hassan was charged with hijacking a Belgian ship He was baited with a promise of a movie about piracy Prosecutor: Hassan is one of the most ‘important and infamous’ pirates SHARE 31 CONNECT 26 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE BRUSSELS (AP) The alleged pirate kingpin thought he was going work in the movies. Instead he landed in jail. In a sting operation worthy of Hollywood, Mohamed Abdi Hassan was lured from Somalia to Belgium with promises of work on a documentary about high-seas crime that would “mirror his life as a pirate,” federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle said Monday. But rather than being behind the camera as an expert adviser, Abdi Hassan ended up behind bars, nabbed as he landed Saturday at Brussels airport. “(He’s) one of the most important and infamous kingpin pirate leaders, responsible for the hijacking of dozens of commercial vessels from 2008 to 2013,” Delmulle said. Abdi Hassan whose nickname, Afweyne, means “Big Mouth” was charged with hijacking the Belgian dredger Pompei and kidnapping its nine-member crew in 2009, Delmulle said. The Pompei’s crew was released after 10 weeks in captivity when the ship’s owner paid a reported $3 million ransom. Belgium caught two pirates involved in the hijacking, convicted them and sentenced them to nine and 10 years in prison. But prosecutors still wanted the ringleaders. “Too often, these people remain beyond reach while they let others do the dirty work,” Delmulle told reporters. Malaysian authorities almost captured the reclusive Adbi Hassan in April 2012, but a document from the Somali transitional government let him slip back home, according to a U.N.
“I think that’s what spiked the other guy’s attention.” During the pre-dawn tussle, Cherry was shot in the stomach. He was pronounced dead at Memorial Regional Hospital, said police. Police have identified the man who shot Cherry as Duke Laguerre, 29. He told detectives he was driving west on Hollywood Boulevard between 5 and 5:30 a.m. Oct. 6 when he spotted the nude man. He passed by him, then turned around and went back, he told police. Police have provided no details of what Laguerre told them of his encounter with Cherry. There was no indication they knew each other, said police. Laguerre has not been charged in the shooting. At his family home in Miami Gardens, his mother declined to speak on the record. She said her son would not talk about the incident. To Cherry’s family and friends, the anguish of his death is compounded by its oddity. “I never met someone with a brighter aura than Jandei,” said co-worker Kaylee Martinez, 20. “Sweet, witty, always making people laugh.
Richard Phillips, understands the lure of fact-based stories and the pitfalls of telling them. “These stories answer what humans can do in certain situations,” he says. “But it still has to fit within a cohesive story, which may mean deciding what part you want to get right.” What’s right is another matter, even in non-fiction films. Several members of the Maersk Alabama, the hijacked vessel, are suing the shipping company, alleging Phillips ignored radio warnings of potential piracy. In a court deposition, Phillips countered that the ship would be attacked regardless of any warnings. The case is scheduled for trial in December. Hanks, who also played astronaut Jim Lovell in 1995’s Apollo 13, says Hollywood usually takes its lumps over accuracy because of ulterior motives, such as awards and sequels. The best a film can do, Hanks says, is respect history, not interpret it. “A lot of stories take a real event and try to create a straight antagonist or protagonist out of it, or try to take an editorial position. I don’t like that kind of history. There needs to be an inherent truth to what you’re saying, and that begins with the motivations of the people involved.” SHARE 8 CONNECT 12 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE Stanley M.