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AOL Launches Hollywood Patch

Hollywood now has its very own AOL Patch site, and our initial impressions are good. Two exclusives headline the homepage – one about a Hollywood Farmers Market permitting flap, and one bringing word that beloved bar and restaurant Kung Pao Kitty is closing at the end of the week. No more cream cheese wontons!

The bearer of this bad news is Anna Bakalis, also the site’s editor. In her introductory post, she writes:

Along with a trusted group of freelancers, many of whom are veteran L.A. journalists, we’ll be regularly covering local issues that matter most to Hollywood residents, such as development, blight, traffic, parking, business growth and schools.

Contributors includes Tina Daunt, Steve Galluzzo, and David Markland. Familiar bylines are a good sign that Hollywood Patch won’t have to contend with the plagiarism allegations that have plagued some Patch sites.

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