A night at Trump’s D.C. hotel, the GOP hot spot emptied by coronavirus

“Hello, Ms. Weinberger.”

In better times, it might be impressive when a security guard you’ve never met before opens the door of a five-star hotel and greets you by name. It might mean that you’re important, or at least that someone is trying to make you feel important. But during the coronavirus pandemic, this sort of personalized greeting comes with the sinking realization that you may well be the only guest to have checked in that day.

It was just after 5 p.m. at the Trump International Hotel, and in normal times, guests are greeted by white-coated doormen, but this

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The $30-million mansion that once got Prince in hot water

Above the Sunset Strip, a palatial estate with a wild Hollywood history is for sale at $29.995 million.

Since its inception, the 18,000-square-foot stunner has drawn looks and made headlines for its over-the-top style and for the string of high-profile names attracted to its eccentricity.

L.A. contractor and noted partyer Hal B. Hayes built the home in 1953, erecting a six-level steel-and-glass showplace that would serve as the ultimate bachelor pad. According to The Times, he included a mirrored master suite, orchid greenhouse, rooftop garden, artificial beach for topless tanning and an indoor-outdoor lagoon that accessed a secret, sealed underground

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