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Author: Petrine TX

Los Angeles' Smoking Deaths Billboard New Year's Eve Tradition

On the west side of Los Angeles sits an infamous billboard on Santa Monica Boulevard above a YWCA. The billboard features a seemingly live digital numeric readout which displays the number of people who have died of smoking related illness and lung cancer in the United States of America. Every year on New Year's Eve, a group of Angelenos congregate beneath this sign and count down the seconds to New Year's Day as they all witness the billboard reset to zero. This video features their stories about what drew them to this location. This billboard has been displayed and updated since 1987. The first story from this video mentions Eric J. Lawrence, the local Los Angeles KCRW radio music librarian...

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Author: Petrine TX

Apperson at the HiFi House

Taylor and I planned weeks ago to grab drinks at the bar inside Gelson's grocery store in Silver Lake and that was the only thing on my calendar since I put it in. The day before we were supposed to meet up, I get word of a couple of events all one after the other so my day was gonna be PACKED. I woke up around noon to see Tori premiere her Endings physical shop at BAD Showroom.  I was in the elevator at Apparel Mart and a person holding two coffees walked in. They saw me press "2" and asked me, "Can you visit my shop?" I asked, "Where's your shop?" "The end of the hall, in the corner unit. We're called...

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