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PRESERVATIONISTS ATTEMPT TO SAVE RFK MURDER SITE

The hotel where Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 is safe from the wrecking ball, at least until a lawsuit aimed at preserving it can be resolved.

The Los Angeles Unified School District agreed Thursday not to alter any part of the Ambassador Hotel until the lawsuit is settled, said Jeffrey Dintzer, an attorney for Los Angeles Conservancy, a historic preservation organization.

The long-closed hotel was once a celebrity hot spot whose guests included F. Scott Fitzgerald, Rudolph Valentino and Albert Einstein.

The district purchased the Ambassador out of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in 2001 and wants to build three schools there. It says a $318 million campus for about 4,000 students will relieve the district's crowded schools.

But preservationists consider the hotel a historic gem.

Five of Kennedy's nine surviving children have urged the district to demolish the hotel, saying the entire 23-acre site should be renovated into an education complex.

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