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Extra, Extra: Share The Bread, Spread The Warmth

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  • Three people were injured and dozens evacuated after an apartment fire in Sherman Oaks gutted at least two units at 2 a.m. this morning. It was cold last night, but there are better ways to stay warm people.
  • Australian police arrested a man in Melbourne who threatened to attack The Grove Friday. There is no evidence the man, who has never been to the United States, intended to carry out the attack. Still, days after the shooting in a mall in Omaha, LAPD were concerned and posted additional officers at the mall. Wow, we all react to the holidays in different ways, I suppose.
  • Winter is here! While some residents feared the rain as it brought mudslides from fire burned mountains, skiers reveled in the cold temperatures as Big Bear received 10-12 inches of snow in the past couple of days.
  • And speaking of cold, a homeless man was found dead early this morning in Downtown LA. Officials don't know the exact cause of death, but the mid 40-degree night last night could have had something to do with it. People joke about our 70-degree winters but, no joke, it can be cold out there for those without a place to stay.
  • Homelessness is something on the mind of Charlene and Bob Thune, part of a group of volunteers who troll farmers markets looking for unused food to for a weekly dinner for the homeless through an organization called Shared Bread, KPCC found. Happy holidays indeed.
  • But some people have other things on their mind, like their pets. The Daily News finds that people are spending way too much money on their pets. What's too much? How about a $200 collar? OK, on the count of three...ughhhh.
  • Though Radiohead may have ignited the anti-label chant, LA Weekly finds that labels are far from dead. For all you (us) indie kids, this may not be a bad thing as so called mid major labels, like ones that represent Arcade Fire, are now big players on the scene. Labels are like countries. They can do a lot of good for the little guy, but once they get too big they can kill you with atom bombs.
  • Mayor Sam has a message for Mayor Villaraigosa: "The jawboning speech I'd like the Mayor to give the studios is this: The City is not your personal trough---so get back to the table." While Mayor Tony may not want to get in the middle of these juggernauts, the sentiment is well intentioned. Here, here Sam!
  • In sad news: Two young studio execs were killed early Saturday when their car was struck by a drunk driver who ran a red light at Sunset and Gower. Scott Rudin Productions VP Sam Cassel and Red Wagon Productions VP Rhiannon Meier were both 28 years old.
  • Second to last day to win tickets to see Tori Amos tomorrow night at the Nokia Theater in Downtown. Contest ends Monday night. All you have to do is tell us your favorite Tori Amos song, so stay Silent All These Years no more.

LAist News Editor Andy Sternberg contributed to this report.

Photo by WishByNight via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr