News Briefs for Sept. 12

NTSB to investigate Angels Flight Derailment
Following the Sept. 5 derailment of the Angels Flight railway, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating why the car went off the tracks of the funicular.
While no one was hurt, six passengers had to be assisted off the train. An incident in 2001 led to a nine year closure when a collision between two cars occured. One person was killed and seven others were injured.
The world’s shortest railway is an attraction in the historical area of downtown Los Angeles. For 50 cents passengers could ride the train for 298 feet.
Source: 89. KPCC Sourthern California Public Radio

City Council Renames Intersection
The intersection of Fifth and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles will be known as John Parkinson Square, in honor of the architect who designed many buildings in the Downtown Area.
More than 50 of Parkinson’s buildings still stand and include the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Union Station and City Hall.
Parkinson moved to Los Angeles in 1894 to open his architecture office near present day John Parkinson Square.
Source: City News Service

City Attorney’s Office Wages Battle Against Counterfeit Items
Ahmad Salim, owner the fashion district store El Socalo, Ahmad Salim, was ordered to pay $388,000 in fines for selling counterfeit merchandise, the office of City Attorney Mike Feuer announced this week.
The LAPD and FBI went undercover, in a 2011 sting operation, to purchase counterfeit Lacoste, Burberry and True Religion garments sold in the back room of Salim’s store.
Salim was ordered to pay $250 for each of the 1,552 counterfeit items found in his possession. Salim is banned for seven years from selling or storing fake goods. The statement said failure to comply with the judgment will result in the closure of El Socalo.
Source: LA Downtown News

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