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POSTED March 10, 2015 10:13 p.m.

DISNEYLAND CLOSES INNOVENTIONS HALL, BUILDS SPECULATION: ANAHEIM  (AP) — Disneyland is closing its Innoventions exhibit hall in Tomorrowland, bringing flurries of speculation over what might replace it.

The Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register report that the Southern California theme park will close the exhibit hall at the end of the month.

Disney has announced no plans for what will replace Innoventions, which focuses on robots and computers and has been in Tomorrowland in some form since 1967.

But recent revelations from company executives that more Star Wars attractions are coming to its parks has led to rumors that that is what will replace it.

Other fans say that other recent Disney acquisitions including the Marvel Comics universe might find a home in the space.

 

POLITICIAN SUED BY WOMAN WHO ACCUSED HIM OF PEEPING : SANTA ROSA  (AP) — A Northern California politician has been sued by a former neighbor who claims the county supervisor traumatized her when he showed up outside her home in the middle of the night dressed only in his socks and underwear.

The civil lawsuit filed by a woman identifying herself only as Jane Doe claims Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s “willful and malicious” actions caused her emotional distress and the need to spend on psychological treatment.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported (http://bit.ly/1Bp05Rk) Monday the lawsuit filed last month is seeking $2.5 million in general and punitive damages.

The woman claims she was forced to move after the July 13, 2013 incident and lost income from her job as a nurse.

A jury acquitted Carrillo of being a peeping Tom.

 

LA UNIFIED CHIEF WARNS OF BLEAK FINANCIAL OUTLOOK: LOS ANGELES (AP) — LA Unified interim Superintendent Ramon Cortines is warning that if the district doesn’t get its finances in order it will be “another Detroit.”

At the school board meeting Tuesday, district officials painted a stark picture: Years of relying on one-time pots of money coupled with declining enrollment have led to a near $160 million deficit projected for the next school year. The decline in enrollment has been driven by changing demographics and rising charter school enrollment.

A plan presented Tuesday would make cuts to certain academic programs and redesign others.

The board also voted Tuesday to approve layoff warnings for more than 600 teachers, counselors and social workers.

LA Unified is currently in ongoing but stalled negotiations with United Teachers Los Angeles. The union called the layoff notices “unconscionable.”

 

JURY FINDS PHARRELL, THICKE COPIED FOR ‘BLURRED LINES’ SONG : LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury awarded Marvin Gaye’s children nearly $7.4 million Tuesday after determining singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father’s music to create “Blurred Lines,” the biggest hit song of 2013.

Gaye’s daughter Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was read and was hugged by her attorney.

“Right now, I feel free,” she said outside court. “Free from ... Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”

The verdict could tarnish the legacy of Williams, a reliable hit-maker who has won Grammy Awards and appears on NBC’s music competition show “The Voice.”

He and Thicke are “undoubtedly disappointed,” said their lead attorney, Howard King.

“They’re unwavering in their absolute conviction that they wrote this song independently,” he said.

Thicke and Williams earned more than $7 million apiece on the song, according to testimony.

King has said a decision in favor of Gaye’s heirs could have a chilling effect on musicians who try to emulate an era or another artist’s sound.

 

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