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Famed Hollywood Boulevard ‘Superman’ found dead at 52

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Dennis Christopher was a fixture on Hollywood Boulevard (Photo Credit: David Buchan/Shutterstock)

Christopher Dennis, better known as Hollywood Boulevard’s Superman, has died at 52.

The news first emerged through TMZ, who reported that Dennis had been found dead Saturday in the San Fernando Valley. The news outlet said that his body was discovered “lying headfirst in a bin that’s used for clothing donations.”

His cause of death is currently unknown, and Los Angeles County authorities declined to offer any further information.

Dennis spent more than 25 years wearing the Superman costume; he was one of many performers who have become fixtures along Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, dressed as iconic pop culture characters to entertain and pose for photos with tourists.  In a 2017 interview with The Guardian, he claimed to be the first person to do so.

“I came up with an idea while I was waiting tables,” he said. “These people that I’m waiting on keep saying how much I looked like Christopher Reeve, or Superman. So I jimmy-rigged an outfit. They loved it.”

Dennis also made multiple appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and was one of several of Hollywood Boulevard’s costumed performers to be profiled in the 2007 documentary “Confessions of a Superhero.”

In 2016, his motor home was towed away, leaving him homeless. He told The Guardian, “While I was homeless, one of the homeless guys, he beat me down with golf clubs, stole my outfit, and left me for dead. I felt like I was dead because I was now without a job. I lost my dignity and my pride. So, I found myself panhandling on a corner.”

Through a Kickstarter campaign started by supporters, Dennis succeeded in raising enough donations to buy a new Superman costume and find temporary lodging, but according to the report on TMZ, he “fell on hard times” and may have been homeless again.

In his Guardian interview, he said, “When I put on this suit, I am Superman. No matter how little, I’ve got people that say, ‘Hello, Superman, how are you today?’ After meeting me, they walk away with that feeling, ‘My God, we just met Superman. That’s the real one.’”

The Super Museum in Metropolis, Illinois, dedicated to Superman history and memorabilia, confirmed the death on social media, writing, “We’ve known Chris for many years. Many years ago, he married the love of his life here in Metropolis in front of the Superman statue. He spent time with our family and showed lots of support for our museum and the Superman Celebration.

“Chris has had many struggles and ups and downs over the years. We hope that he is at peace now,” the statement continues. “And we pray for comfort to those who loved and cared about him.”

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Orange County

Right-wing news anchor delivers obscenity-laden homophobic rant

“Guess what I came home to be greeted with? This fucking bullshit. [points to Rainbow Pride flag] What the hell is that?”

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Alison Steinberg (Screenshot/Twitter-Ron Filipkowski)

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Ca. – Alison Steinberg, an anchor and contributor for right-wing extremist media outlet One America News, launched into an obscenity-laden rant captured in a now viral video over an LGBTQ+ Pride flag flying in the beachfront business district of Huntington Beach commemorating Pride Month.

Steinberg had originally posted her video to her Instagram account but it was later removed.

In the rant Steinberg is heard saying: “And guess what I came home to be greeted with? This fucking bullshit. [points to Rainbow Pride flag] What the hell is that? Huntington Beach is the town of good old-fashioned hard-working American people, much less human. People who worked all through the COVID lockdown. Yes, that’s right. Huntington Beach never shut down through any of the COVID nonsense fuckery. And now we’re peddling this garbage?”

“What the hell is this? The only flag that should be up there is that American flag. This is a disgrace to our city and it should be taken down immediately. Whoever the hell is running this town needs to be fired. Make America great again. Make Huntington Beach great.”

Ron Filipkowski, a defense lawyer and former Assistant United States Attorney had captured the video and uploaded it to his Twitter account where many of his 402.9K followers retweeted it:

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Triple A: Gas Prices Drop on Increased Production, Economic Worries

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.38, which is six cents lower than last week

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LOS ANGELES – Gas prices dropped as local refineries reported their second-highest California-blend gasoline production levels of 2022 and economic concerns pushed down oil prices, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.38, which is six cents lower than last week.

The average national price is $4.94, which is seven cents lower than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $6.40 per gallon, which is six cents lower than last week, 30 cents higher than last month, and $2.14 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $6.32, which is five cents lower than last week, 30 cents higher than last month, and $2.09 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $6.32, which is three cents lower than last week, 29 cents higher than last month and is $2.10 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $6.29, which is four cents lower than last week, 30 cents higher than last month and $2.11 higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $6.36 average price is the same as last Thursday, 36 cents higher than last month and $2.22 higher than a year ago today.

“The state’s refineries produced more California-blend gasoline last week than in any other week since January of this year, according to the California Energy Commission,” said Auto Club spokesman Doug Shupe. “At the same time, Oil Price Information Service says concerns about the U.S. economy are pushing down oil and wholesale gasoline prices.”

The Auto Club reminds drivers they can save money on gasoline by shopping around virtually using a tool like the AAA Mobile app, which shows users the cheapest gas prices near them. AAA members can also take advantage of discounted gas prices at participating Shell gas stations by joining the Shell Fuel Rewards® program.

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on June 23, averages are:

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Los Angeles Mayor: Supreme Court decision “fundamentally un-American”

Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke to the Los Angeles Blade reflecting on Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (Blade photo from video by Troy Masters)

LOS ANGELES – During the Los Angeles Mayor’s Pride Garden Party held at The Getty House, the official residence of the mayor Saturday afternoon, Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke to the Los Angeles Blade reflecting on Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Garcetti noted that “here in LA we defend those rights” after taking aim at the actions of the high court Friday in the ruling on the Mississippi case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health clinic. “Make no mistake, we have to be active,” Garcetti added.

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