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Beverly Hills fights to preserve its character as centennial nears

Los Angeles, Jan 27 (EFE).- Beverly Hills, a city synonymous with luxury and flashiness, is taking a look at the past as it prepares to celebrate its centennial, trying to move beyond film and television stereotypes that "can sometimes be a little unfair," Beverly Hills Mayor John A. Mirisch told Efe. The snobbish and glamorous image of the wealthy Southern California city, which was founded on Jan. 28, 1914, was forged by World War II. The world's purveyors of luxury brands found homes on the city's quiet streets as the war consumed Europe.

Officer made 'inappropriate' remarks about Whitney Houston

A policeman lifted a sheet covering the just-dead body of singer Whitney Houston and made "inappropriate" comments including the remark "Damn, she's still looking good, huh?" a lawsuit alleges. Beverly Hills Detective Sergeant Terry Nutall had "no legitimate" justification in the action and remarks, when he arrived at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11 last year, after she had been found dead in a bath.

Hermes creates $13,000 basketball for Beverly Hills store opening (VIDEO)

French luxury fashion group Hermes, famed for its exclusive handbags and scarves, said Friday it had created a $12,900 basketball to grace its renovated Los Angeles store. The blue calf leather ball is hand-stitched and embossed with the house's trademark H sign along with the inscription Beverly Hills. It was to be in the shop window of a newly renovated Hermes store on posh Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, but "someone asked me to keep it aside for him," Hermes boss Axel Dumas told AFP.

Lisa Vanderpump, Elie Samaha Caught Up in Ugly West Hollywood Bar Fight

By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump has found herself swept up in drama yet again - and this time it's drama of the legal variety. Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd, have been named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by a couple of bar entrepreneurs who claim that they were screwed over by producer Elie Samaha - and that Vanderpump swiped the West Hollywood location where they planned to open their business.

MGM adjusted profit gains on film, TV sales

(Reuters) - The MGM movie studio said adjusted profit rose in the second quarter on higher revenue from home entertainment sales of the James Bond movie "Skyfall" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Net income for the quarter that ended in June totaled $35.9 million, a $30 million increase when excluding a one-time gain from the year-ago sale of Latin American pay TV channels. Without the asset sale, second-quarter profit fell 16 percent from $42.6 million.
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