Edited by BARRY LANK
A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.
- A nurse at Glendale Adventist Medical Center was fired after accessing more than 500 patient records without authorization, including 88 patients records at White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights. News-Press
- Problems with a pump at Echo Park Lake have left the triple fountain half as high as normal, with one of the jets resembling the gush from a broken fire hydrant. The Eastsider
- A Silver Lake couple returned a nearly 400-year-old painting to authorities after discovering it had been stolen by the Nazis from the Polish National Museum. “Portrait of a Lady” by Melchior Geldorp had hung in the couple’s dining room for about a decade. L.A. Times
- Diver Sammy Lee, who began his diving career in Highland Park and Occidental College in Eagle Rock and went on to become the first Asian-American to win an Olympic gold medal, died recently at age 96. The Eastsider
- YouTube celebrity and podcaster Grace Helbig has purchased a renovated, 3-bedroom home in Glassell Park for $915,000 – more than $100,000 over the asking price. Variety
- Target plans to open a store in Glassell Park, replacing the old Fresh & Easy on Eagle Rock Boulevard, according to city records. The Eastsider
- The City Council approved new restrictions on “mansionization” in single-family and hillside neighborhoods, following complaints of “very boxy, ugly homes” that dwarfed existing residences. L.A. Times
- Officials recently extended a pair of $50,000 rewards to help solve the related killings of two Lincoln Heights women several years ago. Michelle Lozano, 17, was found dead next to the 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights in April 2011. The body of Bree’Anna Guzman, 22, was discovered in Silver Lake in January 2012, also next to the 5 Freeway. The Eastsider
- Soylent Chief Executive Robert Rhinehart continues to face charges and a possible 2-year jail sentence for property that still does not comply with city laws – even though he finally removed a cargo container structure from a Lincoln Heights hill earlier this year. L.A. Times
- The Boyle Heights sewer line break that sent raw sewage pouring into the L.A. River in July cost about $4 million to repair – twice as much as originally expected. The city’s sanitation officials are also now expediting repairs to other aging sewer lines. KPCC
- Firefighters rescued one person from a pickup truck teetering on edge of road in the 2100 block of Fargo Street in Echo Park. The vehicle was secured and no injuries were reported. LAFD
- The Episcopal Church in Highland Park reopened its winter homeless shelter this month, with beds for 35 people. The shelter will remain open through March 1. Daily News
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