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Video: Medieval Times performers take their jobs very seriously

January 22, 2011 | 10:48 am

ROLE OF A LIFETIME: Medieval Times has long been a campy dinner alternative, but Orange County Register columnist Dave Whiting found that performing in the shows is serious business. He spent a day training there:

My black leather glove only slightly cushions the shock, which reverberates all the way down to my legs. I'm training to be a knight at Medieval Times in Buena Park. Although I've seen the show with my family, my behind-the-scenes, in-uniform look is nothing like I'd imagined. The weapons are real. And the knights don't mess around.

CORRUPTION CASE: A jury convicted Pico Rivera's former mayor on some counts, acquitted him on others. (Pasadena Star-News)

HISTORIC PRINTS: Grauman's Chinese Theatre's very first footprints were lost in the '50s, recovered in the '80s, then forgotten until KNBC-Channel 4 anchor Chuck Henry came across the concrete slabs in an airport hangar.Linking LA 

LEGAL DISADVANTAGE: California Watch reported that the lawyers of a K-12 tutoring company called Academic Advantage threatened to sue popular tech-and-culture blog Boing Boing, charging libel. But the offending post never once mentioned the tutoring firm:

Doctorow's article, Autism as an academic advantage, cited examples in which autistic students excelled in college settings. The word "scam" comes up in the comment section, where a poster wrote:

"Went to college expecting it to be the place of knowledge, an all encompassing and way to get information instantly. I quickly found its a scam ..."

Yet, [the law firm's] letter said the article had possibly irrevocably damaged the company Academic Advantage by linking the words "Academic" and "Advantage" to the word "scam."

NO SURPRISES HERE: Frequency of service and real-time travel info top the list of most requested Metro services, says the Metro blog.

SUPER-FOODIES: Californians were among The Daily Meal's list of the 50 most powerful people in food. (via LA Observed)

PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY BITES: Speaking of your daily meal, LA Weekly recommends downtown if you're a car-less gourmand.

FANCY NO MORE: All that's left of Westlake's ritzy past are dubiously "art deco" apartments and the Occidental Parkway. (Militant Angeleno)

-- Soo Oh