Big chunks of Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard were closed – hard closures with barricades. The Sunset Strip was sealed off at both ends, and Melrose Avenue is now wall-to-wall National Guard troops, dressed like those Imperial Stormtroopers from the Star Wars movies, standing beside their giant armored personnel carriers – lots of those. And a full moon was rising outside the window. Another LAPD helicopter and two news copters were doing orbits three blocks to the east,...
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