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IN YOUR FACE: What may be California's first "R-rated" restaurant opened last week in Redondo Beach. With tongue firmly in cheek, local businessman and entrepreneur Steve Shoemaker swung open the doors to his "DM's" on the corner of Francisca and Catalina Avenue. That stands for Dungeon Master's, and that ought to bluster the city's blue noses. Facing municipal prosecution for operating an adult Web site, Shoemaker figures some of his early customers will be undercover vice cops who "will look in vain" for wrongdoing. Restaurant manager Jim Logan says the eatery will feature fine pasta dishes and he's offering early-bird enticements of spaghetti dinners for $1.50 (that's no crime!) and a superlative wine list. DM's is open Thursday and Friday nights only...

A poster uncovered during earthquake retrofitting of the Bijou movie theater hearkens back to the days when downtown Hermosa Beach had a 5 and 10 cent store, and bicycles were given away at the then Metropolitan Theater Saturday kid matinees. Photo by Cormac Dorsey

ELECTION-YEAR INNOVATION? At least one hopeful in the upcoming HB election was surprised to turn on the TV and see a rerun of the city's premier candidates' forum - without sound. "You couldn't hear a thing," the candidate said. There's no word on whether voters considered the silence a blessing or a curse...

TO SERVE AND PROTECT (YOUR CAR): On the morning of the Hermosa Triathlon police found 75 cars parked along Hermosa Avenue alongside the "temporary tow-away" signs. So Hermosa's finest ran the license plate numbers and checked registrations, then went out at 5 a.m. to knock on doors and warn residents of the towing. Some 47 cars escaped the hook, and the rest had to go off to the impound lot. "We did our best to save those people from getting their cars towed," Sgt. Paul Wolcott said...

WELL-BEHAVED CROWD? Beer and alcohol sales at the recent Redondo Beach Lobster Festival were higher than last year ($70,000 in 1998, $80,000 this year, a 13 percent increase). Claimed attendance, however, was up a whopping 33 percent...

INSIDE SCOOP: The South Bay's newest member of the state legislature, Assemblyman George Nakano, will give an "insider's perspective of working in the Capitol" Nov. 4 at Redondo Beach's Crowne Plaza, despite that persistent notion that nothing ever gets done in Sacramento. The Torrance Democrat begs to differ. To hear Nakano's version of life under the dome at the 7:15 a.m. breakfast meeting, call 374-7373 for reservations...


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