laweeklyLA Weekly | Hayley Fox - The highly feted, $700 million USC Village has faced a good bit of controversy since its inception, and one of its newly added businesses arrives in South Los Angeles with some additional baggage. Barilla, the self-described “world’s most popular” pasta corporation, announced this month that it would be opening a new restaurant in the South L.A. development this fall. But the fact is, the company has not always been very popular.

Just four years ago — a few months after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage — the president of Barilla went on an Italian radio program and stated that he wouldn’t include same-sex couples in his company's commercials because he preferred “traditional” family structures.

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thepride | Henry Giardina - Thanks to the tireless efforts of Venice citizens, including Venice Pride founder Grant Turck, the historic Abbott Kinney gay bar Roosterfish, which closed last year, is set to reopen for good by year’s end.

For the gay community of Venice, Roosterfish was more than just a bar. It was one of the only places on the West Side where you could go to flirt, booze, and find love on the dance floor without any fear of judgment or danger. Initially opened in 1979, Roosterfish thrived as an alternative to the WeHo bar scene, and was able to outlive one of the oldest West Side bars – the Friendship, which opened in the ‘40s and closed in 2005 – by 11 years.

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labladeLA Blade | Troy Masters - Running into Mackenzie Phillips is like meeting an old friend. After all, many of us have known her all our lives, since she was a child star in “American Graffiti” and was beloved by millions on the 1970s hit TV show “One Day at a Time” in which she co-starred with Valerie Bertinelli and Bonnie Franklin.

According to Biography, Phillips was one of the highest paid actresses of her time, earning nearly $50,000 an episode until drugs and alcohol ended her run.

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labladeLA Blade | Karen Ocamb - There was a marked pep in the steps of California lawmakers as they celebrated the Equality California Equality Awards Saturday, Sept. 17, at the J.W. Marriott @LA Live. They were still exuberant from passing progressive legislation until 2:00am that not only gave a big blue middle finger to Donald Trump and his alt-right-based administration but stiffened the spine of Democratic compassion, inclusivity, equality and fairness as a model for the “resistance.”

“I think this has been an historic year for all of our accomplishments,” said Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León who worked out a compromise with Gov. Jerry Brown on his SB 54, otherwise known as the “sanctuary state” bill. “We put our values into action.”

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labladeLA Blade | Robin Tyler - In 1970, Kate Millett became the face of the women’s liberation movement with the publication of her book “Sexual Politics.” Time magazine put her on the cover and declared she was the Karl Marx and Mao Tse/Tung of the women’s movement. She spent 47 years writing books, teaching, speaking, and being a political activist.

Yet not many remember her as one of the major founding theorists of the modern Women’s Liberation Movement. In “Sexual Politics” she rocked convention and went after DH Lawrence and Henry Miller, the great “champions” of sexual liberation. “Sexual domination,” she wrote, is “perhaps the most pervasive ideology of our culture and provides its most fundamental concept of power.” Kate exposed their contempt and outright hatred of women.

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laglcLike earlier proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Senate’s new Graham-Cassidy bill would deprive millions of healthcare and gut Medicaid—the health care program for seniors, people with disabilities, and those earning below a living wage—by approximately $1 trillion. About half of the clients who come to the Los Angeles LGBT Center for health services depend on Medicaid to receive services that they could otherwise not afford.

The Center is calling on people everywhere to urge three key senators, who are likely to determine the fate of the bill, to oppose it: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and John McCain of Arizona.

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lacountysealThe City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that, on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) declared an outbreak of Hepatitis A in Los Angeles County. Ten total cases have been confirmed in Los Angeles County; these cases are associated with people who are experiencing homelessness or with illicit drug use.

The local Hepatitis A outbreak follows a currently ongoing outbreak in San Diego County with more than 400 cases since November 2016 and follows an outbreak in Santa Cruz County, which has had more than 50 cases. A majority of cases in those counties have occurred in persons who are experiencing homelessness and/or who use illicit drugs, with several cases also occurring among people who provide services to homeless populations.

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fridafestThe City of West Hollywood is a co-sponsor of the upcoming Frida Fest 2017 Art & Music Festival, hosted by the L-Project Los Angeles. This third-annual event will honor the life and legacy of the legendary Mexican painter and feminist icon Frida Kahlo and it will include dance, an art exhibition, and musical performances.

The Frida Fest 2017 Art & Music Festival will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

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