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  • A Musical Valentine to Santa Monica: Sia just announced a last-minute show (definitely her last before Coachella!) for tomorrow, February 14th at 2PM in Santa Monica at the Starbucks Hear Music Coffeehouse on Third St. Promenade, first come first serve. She kicks off her North American tour the following day, Friday, in San Diego.
  • The 15-year-old boy shot on Tuesday at a junior high school in Oxnard has died. The 14-year-old eighth grader accused of shooting him may now face murder charges.
  • James Veenstra, the 51-year-old SWAT officer who was injured in last week's raid on a home in Winnetka, has been released from the hospital. Meanwhile, today a local Burger King raised money in honor of his slain co-worker, SWAT Officer Randal Simmons.
  • The wait for your daily dose of your Starbucks drug of choice could be longer than usual on February 26th. That's the day the chain will close almost all its stores for several hours to retrain their baristas on the fine art of overcharging you for making coffee. Maybe they'll include a seminar on including the sprinkles on their Peppermint Mochas at Christmastime.
  • Councilman Tom LaBonge held a press conference with other civic leaders and local homeowners this afternoon to reveal plans to combat today's announcement that 138 acres of land near the iconic Hollywood Sign is for sale for $22 million. Says LaBonge (via press release): "I'm going to use all of my options to fight this and I'm going to ask the public's help and support."
  • While the folks behind the Hollywood Sign-adjacent land sale envision five luxury homes atop the hills, a more dismal picture is the overall So Cal housing market. Home sales fell 45 percent from last year in January--a 20-year low.
  • Here in LA there seems to be a Trader Joe's within spitting distance of wherever you might live, but not so in Palm Springs. A petition drive is on to collect 5,000 signatures to get the company to move into their 'hood. Hope the Palm Spring-ers aren't hoping to buy foods sourced from China!
  • Feeling thirsty on this progressively chilly night? Check out LAist contributer Caroline on Crack on Metromix today with her roundup of the city's coolest winter cocktails.

LAist Editor Zach Behrens contributed to this post

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