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  • For more info on the fires, LAist has set up two pages to update basic facts: Sesnon Fire | Marek Fire.
  • Golf enthusiasts can be a bit too serious about their game the ones who remained on the green of the Porter Valley Country Club while the fire raged nearby.
  • Need to get from SoCal to Portland, Oregon? NowJetBlue will fly you there direct out of the Long Beach Airport. One-way fares start at $99.
  • Lots of folks come to Los Angeles from all over the world to take in our sights and experience our exciting entertainment. Some even don oversized nametags and wait in lines for hours to get a chance to be on a game show like the long-running Price is Right, although few ever make it to contestant row. One unlucky guy from San Francisco was so dismayed that he didn't get the call to "Come on down!" that he made a bomb threat today that put a part of SF on lockdown.
  • Dorothy Green, founder of the Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal the Bay has died. Green, 79, succumbed to melanoma at her Westwood home. She was active in the environmental movement since the early 1970s.
  • Actress and activist Diane Keaton made the case for preservation citing the recent loss in the battle to save the Ambassador Hotel in an Op-ed piece in today's LA Times.
  • Get ready to see new menus and higher prices at chain restaurants next year, due mostly to the rising cost of beef. You might not have as many choices left on your favorite fast food dollar menus anymore!
  • Speaking of your fave fast food spots, fans of Tommy's chili may be happy to know that the eatery is getting ready to launch a "take-home" chili program, which will have chili packaged to go in three sizes.