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Glendale,, CA 91201 Directions
A 55-year-old man was arrested after telling authorities he may have killed a woman whose body was found in a Santa Ana motel room early Tuesday morning.
Beautiful houses had their doors open for the Torrance Historical Societys Historical Homes Tour.
James Fagan is still a pre-teen but is already working toward his future. He hopes to one day hop on a mission to Mars.
Southern California should see blue skies and warm temperatures Thursday.
Firefighters battled a raging fire at a vacant home in the North Hills area Wednesday night.
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Universal City, CA 91608 Directions
If ever in need of a last-minute Halloween must-have, like disco dancing shoes with goldfish frozen in time in the heel, or that obscure wig that will definitely convince fellow revelers that you have possessed the soul of Jim Morrison for your holiday haunt, there was but one place to go in the South Bay.For nearly five decades, Aaardvarks in Hermosa and ultimately Redondo Beach served a unique purpose. Open year round, the small shop had unique vintage pieces, Halloween costumes, theme party accoutrements and a whole lot of South Bay charm. Updates: Download the NBCLA App As Pinkberrys come and go, and sandy feet pad past quirky shop after shop, there was one that managed to not only survive, but thrive.Now its the clichd end of an era.Aaardvark is closing up shop after 47 years, and offering 50 percent or more off on all items in an effort to empty the store cluttered with purple wigs, witchy shoes, masquerade masks, 50s style bathing suits and much more.Its a store that was once frequented by Robin Williams - you may be able to guess it was his signature wacky Hawaiian shirts that he snagged from Aaardvarks.There was also that time Shaquille ONeal dropped a stink bomb in the Hermosa store.Everybody remembers that, Jon McCormack, co-owner, said.Prior to becoming a Laker, Shaq had just bought a million dollar house in Manhattan Beach -- back when it was just around $1 million to live there.He came in the store and set off a bomb, and thought it was real cute, Jon said. We thought it was less than that, Jon said, with a chuckle.The store opened when Jon and Donna McCormack were fresh out of school. Donna, just 18 years old with a natural talent as a seamstress, made scarf blouses - a big hit at Aaardvarks in the 70s in Hermosa Beach.Joe Stromei started the store out of an old panel truck called the Odd Ark at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in between college classes, according to his obituary. He added the third a in Aaardvark so he would be at the very top of the phone list when it came to antique and used clothing.In 1972, the store was originally called Aaardvarks Odd Ark and it was nestled in the colorful little beach town of Hermosa, in the 800 block of Hermosa Ave.Jon and Donna spotted clothes in the window and after chatting with the owner, Joe, one thing led to another, and they were hired.The twosome worked at Aaardvarks Odd Ark for 12 years before buying the store in 1984 from Joe.Nine stores around Southern California soon popped up.It was THE name in vintage clothing, Jon said.Although, at the time, the late 70s, it wasnt just vintage. In true LA fashion, the clothing was called re-purposed, or recycled. Even gently used was a popular term.People were just becoming aware of how important it was to recycle, Jon said.Can I just say something asks Donna, as she and Jon respond during the interview like only a couple married for the better part of their lives do, as if theyre playing jazz, respectfully waiting for the perfect moment to play on her partners last sentence.Before Joe opened these stores, it was pretty much that you went to Goodwill, and there was stuff that looked like your grandma wore it, Donna said.Jon and Donna, along with the original owner Joe, turned it into something special.Aaardvarks made it cool to wear vintage.He revolutionized everything - he made it cool. It was a better grade of clothing, Jon said of Joe.The Hollywood store saw just about everybody in terms of celebrities.Robin Williams, Bruce Springsteen - who loved buying Aaardvarks over-dyes, black jackets, and Levi vests - and plenty of celebrity athletes living at the beach, including Luke Walton, LA Kings Jeff Carter, and admittedly, some people Jon and Donna dont even recognize.There are several music people who, I admit, I dont know their names, but the girls who work here get all did you see that Jon said.But as the years passed, the Aaardvarks kept dying off - leaving only the final Redondo location. A white rhino - or white aardvark, if you will.This Aaardvark is the only one left of the originals, Jon said.There was once one in Canoga Park, one in North Hollywood, and Silver Lake.By 2006, the McCormacks had moved to the Redondo store, cemented between the bustling traffic of Inglewood Avenue and the Galleria Mall to the far eastern end, and the warm, orange glow of the beach to the western end.Aaardvark really was the trendsetter. It was the name in vintage. If you were going to get vintage, you were going to Aaardvark, Jon said.But all things must come to an end.Jon and Donna considered selling it.But its not a business you can just step into, Donna said. Theres a lot of us in it.The two have learned their very unique process of acquiring atypical clothing or pieces for their store over 46 years.When we started on this journey, she was 18, Jon said. It is a very long time to be doing this.The Halloween season can be demanding as well. So the two are hanging up their vintage cowboy hats, and retiring.I told him after last Halloween, I just cant do another one, Donna said.Every year, the lines wrap around the store and back out through the front door.Im glad its the last season, but Im a little sad its the last Aaardvark, Donna said.And the end of the Aaardvark era isnt without protest. Jon spoke of a woman who came by the store, in tears, and had to leave and compose herself. He said she came by not to take advantage of the clearance sale, as most might, but to just say thank you.If people didnt care that were closing, we didnt do our job, Jon said.Whats next for the building where Aaardvark stands Jon says one man pitched an idea of making it an escape room.The more important question will be, where will everyone go for their last-minute costume needs.Of course, there are Halloween shops that pop up every season.Yeah, you can scour line after line of clothing at Goodwill, or the Salvation Army.And its possible to seek out the quirkier shops in the mall.But the absence of Aaardvark in the South Bay will leave a colorful, gabardine, silk-covered, frayed, tie-dyed void that will change something fundamental in the beach cities forever.Come buy a piece of history, Jon said, a little sarcastically. Its kind of hokey, just come by and say hi. I cant tell you how many people have come by just to say thanks.As Jon and Donna say their farewells, along with Godfrey, the ever-present vintage mannequin posted out front, they take with them a treasure chest of memories.We havent gotten rich off this, but its been a decent way to earn a living, Jon said.Photo Credit: Heather Navarro
Family members pleaded Wednesday for help to find an elderly couple whos been missing for more than 24 hours.Theyre worried the couple might have gotten lost or taken advantage of. The last time the couple was seen was in their home Tuesday morning. When their grandson came home at the end of the day, they were gone and family members say theres no way they would stay out this long because of their frailty. Heres What $615K Will Buy in SoCals Housing Market I dont like this, said Lori Clark, about her parents, Keith Davis, 87, who has Alzheimers and his wife Pauline, 91, who has vision and hearing problems.Clark and the couples granddaughter say the Davis only make occasional short trips to the supermarket or to a local restaurant in their maroon 2011 Ford Fusion. So it doesnt make any sense that they would be gone now for more than 30 hours. True Blue Dodgers Fans in Photos Theyre never out this late, said Bonnie Davis, their granddaughter. The cars too old. Theres no GPS. Theres no cellphones. We dont have computers in this house so we have no idea.Davis is described as 6 feet tall, 185 pounds. His wife is 5 foot 4 and 140 pounds. Their family members even more worried because she doesnt have her medication. Aggressive Ankle-Biter Mosquito Eating SoCal Alive Family members were hoping Davis license expires next month at the age of 88 that will put a stop to his driving.Anyone with information on their whereabouts was urged to call 323 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800 222-TIPS.
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Westminster police said they were looking for a man who allegedly assaulted a 39-year-old special needs man outside an In-n-Out in Westminster last month.The victims mother didnt want to reveal hers or her sons face, saying theyre hoping to move passed the incident, but applauded Westminster police for its attempt to get the video out over social media. Heres What $615K Will Buy in SoCals Housing Market A man came out to our right and he was upset at the people at In-n-Out because they werent speaking loud enough and he didnt hear his drink order, the victims mother said.She said they were waiting for their own order, and when the number was called, they didnt hear it right away either. True Blue Dodgers Fans in Photos Apparently we were slow to respond and then our son walked up to get the food and he started screaming at our son, she said. And he just screamed you f---ing slow retard. And I was stunned.Her son is autistic and is considered special needs. Aggressive Ankle-Biter Mosquito Eating SoCal Alive But hes also an athlete, and a volunteer with his local police department, which is why he intuitively knew what to do.We were concerned about what our sons reaction would be. He put his hand out to stop the man. But he didnt hit him, she said.Before the man could take off, she says her son started rolling video on his phone.He watches all the shows, she said. He knew youre supposed to do that for the police.The video doesnt show the alleged assault. His mom says the man punched him in the face twice.In the video, the man can be heard calling the victim a retard.Westminster police to know who the man in the video is and put a message on Facebook, saying: If youre the suspect and watching this, come and turn yourself in, otherwise, well find you.
The last piece from missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was published late Wednesday by The Washington Post, his editor announced in a note.Khashoggi has not been seen since visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 2. The New York Times reported that Turkey has recorded audio that indicates he was killed inside the consulate, and NBC News reported Wednesday that President Trump said he has asked Turkish authorities for this recording, if it exists. AP Fact Check: Trump Distorts Migrant Policy, Russia Probe Post global opinions editor Karen Attiah is convinced her colleague met a untimely end, writing, The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post.The journalists piece addresses the lack of a free press in all but a few corners of the Arab world. Treasury Employee Accused of Leaking Secret Info to Media Photo Credit: Hasan Jamali/AP, File
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Riverside, CA 92501 Directions
Trouble on first and second downs, to say nothing of penalties, have made it hard for the Trojans to sustain drives, leading to long scoring droughts, even during their three-game winning streak.
Entering Wednesdays season opener, the Clippers coach said he would be disappointed if Shai Gilgeous-Alexander doesnt play more than 20 minutes per game this season.
Government figures on family separation didnt include children and others taken from families headed by grandparents, older siblings and other non-biological parents.
News of Leonard Bam Bam Ortizs death continued to shake the North Redlands community near Lugonia Elementary School as authorities released details about a vehicle that may have been involved in the hit-and-run Tuesday morning.
The 23-year-old forward scored eight points in just four games at Ontario before being recalled, and he might make his NHL debut Thursday when the Kings host the New York Islanders.
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