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Inside Los Angeles (Aug 15th, 2019)

☀️ The high/low will be 83/64 tomorrow downtown, 73/62 near the coast, and 89/60 in the valley.

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1. A sprawling 157-acre plot of land in Beverly Hills dubbed "The Mountain" is up for auction today. Originally listed in 2018 for (and this is not a typo) $1 billion, the auction will have to bring in at least $200 million, or else ownership will revert to the former owner, in this case the estate of Herbalife founder Mark Hughes. "The Mountain" is twice the size of Disneyland and features a panoramic view of Los Angeles. The cost of owning the property, however, only gets you the land it sits on. There is currently no house there, or much of anything else. – WALL STREET JOURNAL

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2. Slain LA rapper Nipsey Hussle would have been 34 years old today. Fans have already gathered this morning at the strip mall he co-owned at Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue to pay respects, though no official celebration is scheduled, and the area has been fenced off over the last several weeks. The hashtag #TheMarathonContinues ​​​​​​has been trending all morning on social media, in reference to the still-active clothing brand that once had a location in the strip mall. Nipsey Hussle was killed in a shooting outside the store on March 31. – KTLA

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3. Amazon really wants to win some Emmys for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and Los Angeles consumers stand to reap the rewards. They've dubbed today "Maisel Day," which means they're paying for select retailers around the city to offer products at 1950s prices. Here are just a few of the deals available around LA today:

  • Rose coffee at Philz Coffee: 50 cents
  • A gallon of gas at the Chevron at 1819 Cloverfield Blvd. in Santa Monica (limit 20 gallons): 30 cents
  • Hot dog from Pink's: 59 cents
  • Melburger with fries at Mel's Drive-In: 50 cents
  • A room at the Hollywood Roosevelt (one night only): 40 dollars
  • "Mrs. Maisel"-inspired look at Drybar: 2 dollars

Emmy voting for Academy members begins today. – ABC7

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4. Purdue Pharma actively worked to divert traffic away from a 2016 Los Angeles Times series about issues with its pain relief drug OxyContin, according to a new report from the Times. The original series revealed that Purdue Pharma officials knew about limitations and addiction problems with the opioid, even as it was recommending that doctors prescribe stronger doses. Now, internal memos from after that series was published reveal Purdue Pharma schemed to create a website that would rank higher in search engines for keywords related to the Times' articles. Though PurduePharmaFacts.com is not currently functioning, the memos suggest that the pharmaceutical company's digital support team recommended ways to divert attention from negative news coverage of OxyContin. The memos were revealed as part of a lawsuit from several Ohio counties who are looking to recover costs related to the the opioid addiction crisis. – LA TIMES

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5. The Bothwell Ranch in Tarzana is for sale, but the LA City Council wants to preserve it as a historical landmark – it's the last commercial orange grove in the city. A petition on Change.org urges Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city council to use its power to preserve the ranch as a green space. The most prominent voice against such a designation is the Bothwell family itself, which argues that landmark status would hurt the resale value of the property. – CURBED LA

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6. USC is revealing the finished results of a $315 million renovation project on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The stadium's seating capacity has been reduced by over 15,000, but now includes additional suites, widened seats, updated Wi-Fi, new concession stands, and a new field. The stadium – with its newly-named United Airlines Field – will host games from the LA Rams over the next year (before they move to their permanent home in Inglewood) and the USC Trojans. The Coliseum was last renovated in the mid-1990s to repair damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake. – NBC LOS ANGELES

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8. The house and techno festival Secret Project will return to Chinatown this October. Modeselektor and KiNK will give live performances, and British artist Four Tet will perform a DJ set. The Secret Project debuted in 2018 and is produced by the Factory 93 imprint of Insomniac Events, the promoters behind Electric Daisy Carnival. Two-day general admission tickets for the festival on Oct. 12 and 13 are $129. – BILLBOARD

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9. THROWBACK THURSDAY: This week in 1977, Tropical Storm Doreen crushed Southern California with wind and rain, causing severe flooding in the Imperial Valley. The 2-4 inches of rain that poured over multiple days flooded half of Interstate 15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and caused $25 million worth of damage, mostly in San Diego and Imperial counties. Despite its intensity, Doreen had weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm by the time it made landfall.

Farmers in the Imperial Valley had already been struggling for months after the "freak storm" Kathleen hit the same area in September 1976. It put cotton gins – a major industry in the area at the time – underwater both literally and financially.

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10. The house where Meghan Markle lived until 2013 is on the market for $1.8 million. The Colonial-style home at 447 Highland Ave. has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and pretty much no connection whatsoever to the British Royal Family. Markle moved to Toronto after selling the house to work on the USA series "Suits." – MIAMI HERALD

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Jonathan Harris is a Los Angeles-based writer. Previously, he wrote for The Huffington Post, TakePart.com, and the YouTube channel What’s Trending. He’s a frequent performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood. Follow him on Twitter @countrycaravan.

This newsletter is edited by Inside senior editor Bobby Cherry, a Pittsburgh-based journalist who's always on social media. Reach him at bobby@inside.com.

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