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Top 5 Westside Stories: Gun Buyback, Famed Deli Shutters

Here are the top five Westside Patch stories from Dec. 23-29.

Close out your weekend with a recap of the newsiest and most popular Patch articles from last week. Here are the five stories that topped the headlines on Westside Patch sites:

  • The city of Los Angeles netted more weapons—2,037—than expected at this year's gun buyback, typically held in the spring, but moved up in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting tragedy in Newtown, CT. "These weren't guns some say aren't functioning any longer," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. "These are serious guns, semi-automatic weapons, guns that have no place on the streets of L.A. or any other city."
  • Avoid a DUI—let Metro be your designated driver on New Year's Eve. The bus and rail lines are offering free rides from 9 p.m. Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Junior’s Deli, a Westside staple, will shutter after a 53-year run in Westwood because of a rent dispute. David Saul, whose father founded the delicatessen, called the closure "catastrophic."
  • A man was critically injured Thursday in a blaze at a one-story home in Marina del Rey. A woman was also hospitalized in fair condition.
  • A lightning strike knocked out power Saturday for nearly 1,000 Southern California Edison customers in Culver City. The lightening came as a cold storm spread rain and thunder east from the Santa Monica Bay across Los Angeles.

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Roger Angle December 30, 2012 at 05:06 PM
"Don't Give Them Your Guns." OK, I understand your sentiment. I grew up around guns in Kansas. Everybody had them. My mother used to shoot rabbits out the car window in the winter for dinner. They tasted great. Every farmer kept a loaded shotgun by the back door, just in case, for critters with two legs or four. But we live in a different world now. How do you keep guns away from people who are mentally ill? Aye, there's the rub, as they say. I doubt if a fascist or communist dictatorship is going to take over our country. I don't believe that is possible.
mimi December 30, 2012 at 05:56 PM
The quality of the food at Juniors Deli was "catastrophic" for many years. It finally caught up with them. If they served good food, their customers would return and the rent increase would be absorbed in menu prices, as in the past. Let's be honest about the reason for the closure. Can Fromin's and Izzy's be far behind? I think not. Is it that hard to run a quality delicatessen on the westside? Langer's has been successful (with good reason) on the eastside, and for many, many years.
Jeff January 04, 2013 at 07:19 AM
Junior's Deli at Westwood & Pico was more convenient than great. Now, they're toast. HEY, LANGER'S.....are you listening? You probably own the entire city block surrounding 7th & Alvarado and don't have to pay rent or even open at night or on Sundays. However, with nearby Jerry's (yuck!), Fromin's, Izzy's, Lable's Table and Factor's to choose from, you would literally eat the competition for lunch! I could go for a nice hot "hand-carved" pastrami, on a "double-baked" rye right about now. Some of us have been patiently waiting for your Westside arrival since the begining of time. Now is your chance LANGER'S...GO FOR IT!!!!

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