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L.A. war memorial to continue construction

December 7, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The construction of a war memorial in Downtown Los Angeles can continue, following a ruling by a superior court judge.The judge Monday denied a request by the advocacy group The City Project, to halt construction of the memorial, because it was being built without proper approvals at a historic downtown site.

The lawsuit claimed the memorial alters parts of the El Pueblo site, which has historic connections to the city's ethnic communities.

But that judge ruled that construction was far enough along that continuing work would do no further harm.

City attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan says a judge will still consider the lawsuit's request for an environmental review of a 5-foot-high plaster wall bearing names of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

AP contributed to this report.