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POSTED January 8, 2012 7:55 p.m.

Police arrest 6 at Oakland protest: OAKLAND (AP) — Six people are facing charges after Oakland police say they broke the windows of police cars, vandalized a television news van and threw bottles at police officers.

Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson says the six were arrested on a variety of charges, including assaulting officers, possession of explosives and vandalism during a march and protest in downtown Oakland late Saturday.

Watson says officers found and an explosive device described as a quarter stick of dynamite on one of the suspects they arrested.

After the protest, Occupy Oakland issued a release saying the march was held as a protest against recent police actions.

The arrests came during a week in which protesters tried to occupy the mayor’s office, and police cleared demonstrators from the plaza in front of City Hall, arresting 12 people.



Rose Parade produced 50 tons of trash
: PASADENA (AP) — Pasadena officials estimate the Rose Parade festivities left behind 50 tons of trash, five tons of cardboard and 3,500 beverage containers.

City spokeswoman Ann Erdman tell said aa team of 80 workers swept through the parade route Monday night and Tuesday morning cleaning up the mess. Crews had earlier picked up discarded furniture and cleared the streets of safety hazards such as fire pits created by campers immediately after the parade.

Not to be outdone officials estimate the Rose Bowl game produced another 50 tons of trash, 30 tons of cardboard and 100,000 beverage containers.

Erdman says the workers manned 10 dump trucks, eight backhoes, four street sweepers, three packers and six pickup trucks. The city also used four contract street sweepers.



Hollywood high-rise plan has some up in arms
: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood, that mythic land where movie drama was invented, suddenly finds itself in a real-life melodrama, one involving high-priced real estate and people taking on City Hall.

The Planning Commission recently gave unanimous approval to a new Hollywood Community Plan that would allow buildings of 50 stories or more along the area’s heavily traveled tourist corridor.

They would be connected by the subway running under the Hollywood Walk of Fame, giving the area a New York feel.

Many residents say that’s too much development for a city that still relies largely on the automobile.

They envision tens of thousands of cars clogging their neighborhoods, blocking emergency vehicles and making their lives miserable.

Neighborhood associations are banding together to fight the plan, which comes before the City Council later this year.

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