Kanye West-themed frat party at UCLA sparks protests, claims of racism

Chanting “Black Bruins matter,” UCLA students crammed into Chancellor Gene Block’s office Thursday, demanding a response after some students wore blackface to a Kanye West-themed fraternity party.Holding signs reading, “Our culture is not a costume,” hundreds of students marched on campus days…

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Cool Candy Shops You Might Not Know

We all raid our kiddo’s trick or treat bag, whether we meant to or not. Why not mix it up a bit this Halloween season and stock up on unique sweets to give to the neighborhood kids… and yourself! Skip the Snickers this year and check out these one-of-a-kind local candy shops that offer something new — in both flavor and ambiance. Click through our album and indulge!

For Hand-Dipped Delights: Graham's Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream
For Penny Candy & Popcorn: Little Popcorn Store
For Seasonally-Inspired Treats: Katherine Anne Confections
For Factory-Direct Favorites: Ferrara Pan Candy Company Outlet
For Sweet (& Spicy!) Treats: Dulcelandia
For All Things Chocolate: The Fudge Pot
For Retro Fun: Candyality
For Going Nuts: Superior Nut & Candy
For Exotic Asian Sweets: Aji Ichiban
For Unique, Artisanal Candies: Whimsical Candy
For Every Candy Under the Sun: Dylan's Candy Bar

What is your favorite local candy shop? Let us know in the Comments!

— Amy Bizzarri

featured photo: Candyality


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Playing Dress Up: D.C.’s Coolest Costume Shops

Halloween is almost here — and looking for a costume is a scream. Whether your kids need inspiration or made up their minds months ago, there are local shops that go way beyond ghoul and goblin getups. Flip through our photo album to discover our favorites.

American Backstage Company
Gene's Costumes
Party City
Value Village
Party Depot
Bruce Variety
Economy Party Supplies and Costumes

Where do you get your kids’ Halloween costumes from? Tell us in the Comments section below. 

—Karina Giglio and Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photos courtesy of American Backstage Company via Facebook, Gene’s Costumes via Facebook, Value Village, Party City via Facebook, Party Depot, Bruce Variety via Yelp

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Dunkin’ Donuts Opening New Location In DTLA This Winter

East coast coffee and donut staple, Dunkin’ Donuts is setting it’s sights on downtown Los Angeles for their next expansion on the West Coast.

A newly proposed DTLA location will be in a 2,000-square-foot space located on the corner of 8th and Olive, a few blocks away from the ACE Hotel and across the street from the soon-to-be-built Whole Foods.  This area is slated to get very busy in the coming year with a sweetgreen and Cognoscenti opening nearby.

Construction hasn’t started yet on the old historic building but Dunkin’ Donuts promises a major renovation on the property, with a opening date by the end of this year or early next year.

We can't get enough of spring. #🌸

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With locations already in Santa Monica, Culver City and Hollywood, DTLA was an obvious choice. Eastsiders will soon have their very own Dunkin’ Donuts!

[h/t: LAist]

Onetime Donald Sutherland beach house in Santa Monica is for sale or lease #TBT

A Santa Monica beach house owned for many years by actor Donald Sutherland is on the market at $ 3.075 million for sale or $ 15,000 a month for lease.

Built in 1980, the property sold that year for $ 250,000 and again in 1987 for $ 332,500. A decade later it changed hands for $ 435,000. Most recently,…

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Save Money Baby: Budget-Friendly Buys for Your Registry

Babies are oh-so-cute, but can be oh-so-expensive, especially when you factor in nursery furniture, strollers and the long list of other items little ones need. And don’t forget the diapers, wipes, formula and food! As you prepare for the arrival of your new addition, add a few of our favorite budget-friendly and best-bang-for-your-buck finds to your registry.


What budget-friendly buy do you love for your baby? Share your shopping tips in a comment.

-Jane Putnam

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