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La America Tropical, the once-controversial, then painted over mural is coming back to Olvera Street thanks to the city and The Getty:

The mural, one of three done during Siquieros' six-month stay in Los Angeles, depicts an Indian being crucified on a double cross topped by an American eagle. The piece, depicting the struggle against imperialism, was considered so controversial at the time that it was painted over shortly after it was finished.

Here In Van Nuys talks obesity and sprawl:

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The only problem with this "blame obesity on sprawl" idea is that it's wrong. Some of the fattest people in the nation live in poor urban neighborhoods. Think of Philadelphia, New Orleans and East LA. Some of the fittest live in sprawl like those anorexic, botoxed soccer moms who drive SUV's around Calabasas and Orange County.

Long Distance Phoning just got a little cheaper (via the Pirate's Blog):

The Spanish-American War has been over for more than 100 years, and now so is the tax imposed in 1898 to help fund it. As of Tuesday, all phone companies selling long-distance phone service are legally required to eliminate the 3 percent federal excise tax on long-distance service, which had been established in 1898 as a luxury tax on wealthy Americans who owned telephones.

LAStageBlog responded to our post from this morning with some exciting information:
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Did you know that there are over 230 performing arts organizations in the greater LA area? Nope?

Well, we're working hard to change that.

A few things in the works...a free night of theatre in October, stay tuned.

Another star studded Ovation awards ceremony in November.

And we're helping to coordinate a year long festival of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 plays/365 days project.