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LOS ANGELES

Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman’ dies

Actor Adam West, 88, best known as Batman on the hit 1960’s TV series of the same name, died Friday, June 9th at his Los Angeles home. He had leukemia. LA Times TV critic Robert Lloyd wrote: “He remains—for me, and many—the best of all Batmans, the only Batman that matters.” Actor and voice artist Wally Wingert, a friend of West’s, said: “He lived a very full and robust life. He had a good run and left on top.”

LA Library to host ceremony for Career Online High School graduates Sat., June 17

LA County Library will host a graduation ceremony for the adult students who recently completed its free Career Online High School program and will be receiving their high school diplomas. The public is invited.

The event takes place on Saturday, June 17th, 10:30am, at East LA Library located at 4837 E 3rd St. in Los Angeles. Parking is available in front of the building and in a covered parking structure.

For more information visit colapublib.org.

LOS FELIZ

Actress Angelina Jolie pays record price for Cecil B. DeMille estate

Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie, 42, is the daughter of actor Jon Voight. She separated from her third husband, actor Brad Pitt, in September of last year.

Variety’s Mark David reported recently that actress Angelina Jolie paid a “record shattering” $24.5 million for “the longtime Los Angeles estate of pioneering filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, the jewel in the crown of the historic, celeb-saturated Laughlin Park enclave in the prosperous Los Feliz area.” He went on to say: “The sky-high sale price is more than double the previous record for highest amount ever paid for a single family home in the Los Feliz area…”

Other Laughlin Park celeb residents include Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, will.i.am and Casey Affleck.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD

Library book sale Sat., June 17

The Friends of the Valley Plaza Branch Library will be having a used book sale on Saturday, June 17th from 11am to 2pm. Come and purchase books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and more for very low prices. Funds raised from the sale support programs and activities at the Branch.

Valley Plaza Branch Library is located on 12311 Vanowen St. in North Hollywood. Call (818) 765-9261 for more information.

Valley homeless population increases

Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley increased by four percent over the last year while the county saw a jump of 23 percent, according to the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released last week. The tabulation took place in January by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. More volunteers this year (over 8,000) means the actual number of homeless might not have gone up as much as the count has become more accurate. Meanwhile the city and county are spending record amounts of funding on homeless services after voters passed new taxes recently.

STUDIO CITY

Tony winner attended Harvard-Westlake School

Actor Ben Platt is also known for his role as Benji Applebaum in the musical films “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2.” He performed on Broadway in “The Book of Mormon.”

Ben Platt, who won a lead actor Tony Award last Sunday for Dear Evan Hansen, was born in Los Angeles and studied at Studio City’s private Harvard-Westlake School, graduating in 2011. Instructors remember him as “confident, always ahead of the game, a natural leader,” according to a report by Daryl Miller in the LA Times.

SHERMAN OAKS/VALLEY VILLAGE

1st Annual ‘weDINE for weSPARK’ event Wed., June 21

On Wednesday, June 21st, nine restaurants in the Sherman Oaks and Valley Village neighborhoods are participating in the 1st Annual weDINE for weSPARK on weDNESDAY – a one-day fundraising event in which the restaurants will donate a percentage of sales to weSPARK Cancer Support Center.

For over 15 years, weSPARK continues to provide a wide range of support services to cancer patients as well as their families and friends and are all free of charge.

For a list of restaurants and more information visit WeSpark.org/event/wedine-wespark-wednesday.

NATIONWIDE

Congressman Sherman circulates ‘Proposed Article of Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice’

On Monday, June 12th, Congressman Brad Sherman, (D-Sherman Oaks), circulated an Article of Impeachment against President Trump to all Members of the House, Democrat and Republican, seeking their input and support.

Sherman said, “as set forth in my letter to my colleagues: As the investigations move forward, additional evidence supporting additional Articles of Impeachment may emerge.  However, as to Obstruction of Justice and 18 U.S.C. § 1512 (b)(3), the evidence we have is sufficient to move forward now.  And the national interest requires that we do so.”

Sherman continued, “I act not for partisan advantage.  Having served with Mike Pence in the House for 12 years, I disagree with him on most issues of public policy.  But we must move forward as quickly as possible to ensure a competent government that respects the Constitution and the rule of law, even if we end up with a President who is effective and dedicated to regressive policies.”

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