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How Rob Reiner Became Anti-Prop 8 Kingpin

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The Hollywood Reporter has some background on how the battle to defeat Prop. 8 launched 63-year-old actor-turned-director-turned-political activist Rob Reiner into a whole different sphere.

Working closely with political strategist and longtime ally Chad Griffin, Reiner helped found the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

Rob Reiner

As Griffin reached out to the gay community, Reiner used his Hollywood insider status to court a handful of millionaires and billionaires including Norman Lear, Steve Bing and David Geffen, who provided the $3 million-$5 million in seed money that allowed the foundation to support the work of high-powered lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies.

“I am unbelievably proud to be part of this. I couldn’t have imagined that I would ever be involved in anything as historically significant as this in my life,” Reiner said to THR.

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter

(hat tip to the Los Angeles Times for pointing this out!)

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FBI Seeks ‘Haggler Bandit’ in Area Bank Robberies

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Security camera images of the FBI's "Haggler Bandit"

The FBI is seeking a bank robbery suspect that has hit two banks close to West Hollywood, along with several others elsewhere.

The unidentified male bank robber has been linked to three bank robberies and two attempted bank robberies in the past week; four of the incidents occurred in the past day. The Haggler Bandit is described as an unidentified black male, between 5’8” and 6’, between 150-170 lbs. and anywhere from in his late 20s to 40 years of age.
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Resident Fights Intruder on Huntley; Limo Driver May Be Suspect

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Residents wait outside containment area during search for burglary suspect. (Photo: Jason Frazier)


West Hollywood Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress around 9PM on Tuesday evening.

A resident on the 600 block of Huntley found an intruder inside their residence and fought with the suspect before he fled northbound on Huntley and eastbound on Sherwood.
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Shots Ring Out in Plummer Park, One Victim Hit in the ‘Ass’

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Deputies and onlookers at Plummer Park after gunfire rang out and one victim was hit. (Photo: Juan Markos for Weho Daily)

Shots rang out in Plummer Park on Sunday night and one victim was hit while bullets missed their mark with two other victims, according to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

One male victim was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound.  His reported to be in serious condition.

All three victims were reported to be transients.

The shooting erupted at about 11:20PM and at least one deputy was in the park at the time and heard the rounds.  That deputy reported the shooting and that screams for help were coming from within the park.  He detained multiple people running from the scene at gunpoint while additional units raced to the scene. (more…)

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