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Calexico's Joey Burns Talks Music, Movies, Cultural Melting Pots & Growing Up In L.A.

We caught up with Joey Burns, Calexico's principal member, to talk about his L.A. upbringing, life in Tucson and more.

Ashton Kutcher on Walden Schmidt, His Character on 'Two and a Half Men'

We're at Techcrunch Disrupt in San Francisco where some 30 startups from around the world are launching, execs, entrepreneurs and VCs are staking positions in the future of media and technology and Ashton Kutcher is introducing Walden Schmidt, his character debuting Monday on CBS' "Two and a Half Men."

More From FYF: Talking Tacos With Fool's Gold and Memories of L.A. With Future Islands

LA Eastsiders Fool's Gold can debate top local taco joints for hours, and Baltimore-based Future Islands loves L.A. just OK. Watch our interviews from FYF Fest!

LAist Interview: Dead Milkmen Envies 'Teen Mom' and L.A.'s Palm Tree-Dwelling Rats

What we learned from Dead Milkmen at FYF Fest: Punk can't die, "it rebottles itself"; Rodney Anonymous is obsessed with MTV's "Teen Mom"; and... watch our interview with Milkmen Rodney Linderman and Dean Sabatino for more!

Explosions in the Sky's Munaf Rayani on Hollywood Forever, Pukkelpop and Umami Burger

Explosions in the Sky guitarist Munaf Rayani took a few minutes to rap with us before the band took the stage at FYF Fest last weekend about surviving the deadly storm at Pukkelpop Music Fest in Belgium, how an art installation at Hollywood Forever Cemetery to debut the band's latest album, "Take Care, Take Care, Take Care," came to pass last April, and why they love Umami Burger.

FYF Fest 2011 Wins Punk Rock Hearts with Nearly Flawless Festival

This year's FYF Fest -- last Saturday at L.A. State Historic Park -- had something for everybody and at $40 entry for 10 hours of music on four stages (plus a comedy tent) was the ultimate no-brainer for live music aficionados.

L.A.'s Elevator Labs Gets $20M Funding for Innovative Tech

The state of the economy may be a big question mark but one thing's for sure: L.A. tech is hot. Westwood-based Elevator Labs received $20 million in funding this week in another example of investors putting money into innovative Los Angeles-based startups. Managing partner Zack Zalon spoke to us about how his years at Virgin Digital influenced his approach and why he's excited about L.A.'s tech community.

OC Dance Party: Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy and Many More at Pacific Festival on Saturday

Sounds from the West Coast and beyond will be showcased at the Pacific Festival in Orange County on Saturday. Dozens of acts will perform on 5 stages at the all-day affair at Oak Canyon Ranch.

Taking a Stand: Angel Stadium Workers Prepare to Strike

The Angels may be in the middle of a 10-game road trip but that didn't keep a display of power away from Angel Stadium this week. In fact, there may be nobody around to turn the power back on when the team returns next Tuesday. Workers at Angel Stadium voted on Thursday to authorize a strike after seeing their wages frozen by management.

Create a Video Dance Message with OK Go

OK Go has been making ridiculously weird and awesome music videos for some time but the LA-based band's latest video has an interactive element that allows YOU to tell THEM what to do and watch as it renders before your eyes. We even created a video dance message for you.

Kobe Bryant May Play Pro Basketball in Turkey

With little progress being made to avert an NBA lockout a Turkish professional team is in talks to sign Kobe Bryant. Istanbul's Besiktas club made an offer to Bryant this week according to the L.A. Times. Kobe is said to be meeting with Besiktas officials in Istanbul on Saturday, reports SBNation.

Still Behind Bars, Giovanni Ramirez Issues Statement on Mistaken Arrest in Stow Case

Giovanni Ramirez issued his first public statement on Friday, a week after being exonerated following the arrests of new suspects in the LAPD's investigation into the nearly fatal beating of Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium.

Next Gen Apple Store to Open Saturday at The Americana in Glendale

The newest Apple Store is opening at The Americana at Brand this weekend, across the street from one of its first locations -- the Glendale Galleria. Only this one's much larger. Apple announced in an email to customers this week that its newest location will open on Saturday at 10 a.m. at The Americana at Brand.

LAPD Releases Video of Jewelry District Robbery, Seeks 3 Suspects

LAPD detectives are asking for the public's help in finding three suspects pictured in surveillance video of a recent Jewelry district robbery released Thursday morning. The June 22nd incident was one of several in a recent spate of quick, in-and-out jewelry store robberies taking place in broad daylight

Several Hurt After Tow Truck Crashes into Yoshinoya Restaurant on Beverly

One person is in critical condition and six others were treated and released after a tow truck collided with a car before crashing into a building in the Wilshire Center neighborhood.

Meet the New Boss: Android is the Top Smartphone OS According to Nielsen Survey

Google's Android operating system is solidifying itself as the most popular in the U.S. as it continues increasing its market share over Apple's iOS and RIM's Blackberry in recent surveys. Nielsen's June numbers on smartphone puts Android's U.S. market share at 39% to Apple iOS' 28%.

Ex-Yankees Pitcher Hideki Irabu Found Dead in Rancho Palos Verdes

Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead of an apparent suicide in Rancho Palos Verdes, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Irabu, 42, was found Wednesday afternoon at a home in Rancho Palos Verdes, said Sgt. Mike Arriaga. TMZ is reporting that Irabu hanged himself and was found by a friend.

Robbers Pose as FBI, Walk Out of Burbank Home with $20K

Three masked robbers entered a Burbank residence late Tuesday night demanding cash and walked out with a woman's purse containing $20,000 in cash as well as assorted jewels. Three men wearing ski masks banged on the door of a home shortly after midnight and flashed badges to a married couple and their teenage son inside, according to Burbank Police Sgt. Adam Cornils. One of the invaders had a gun.

Amy Winehouse Album Sales Soar, Father Plans Foundation to Help Addicts, M.I.A. Tribute Track

Since Amy Winehouse was found dead at her London home last Saturday, a fever has rippled around the music world. With Winehouse's legacy already solidified by 2008's "Back in Black," which earned her five Grammys, her talent and voice is showing its resilience this week, even as fans, friends and family mourn her passing.

LAPD Responding to Reports of Man With Gun Near Occidental College [UPDATED]

Eagle Rock residents and people on the Occidental College campus are advised to stay inside while an LAPD helicopter circles above in search of a reported man with a gun. A perimeter has been established along Avenue 47, Alumni and Campus Roads along the southeast edge of Occidental, according to LAPD's Northeast Division.

Rickroll Policy: White House Blasts its 2 Million Followers with Rick Astley to Close Twitter Chat

White House staffers may have lulled the Twitterverse to the deepest depths of boredom with a live #WHCHAT on fiscal policy. But the potentially never ending back and forth was punctuated with an interrobang.

Red-Light Cameras Are History and So Are Those Unpaid Tickets

L.A. city council voted unanimously on Wednesday to discontinue red-light camera ticketing, ending an eight-year program that led to moving violations for more than 180,000 motorists.

Apple Reportedly Looking to Acquire Hulu

Steve Jobs has $76 billion dollars burning a hole in his black mock turtleneck. Apple's value has skyrocketed more than 300 percent in the past couple years owing much to growing iPhone sales and the success of the iPad. But Apple's future success rides not just on product but on content -- specifically audio and video downloads and paid streaming content.

T-Mobile, Angels Team Up to Cure Boredom at the Ballpark

The Angels kick off a 10-game road trip today but when the team returns in August, Angel Stadium will have some gadgets available to help fans ward off the potential boredom of nine innings of American League baseball. T-Mobile on Friday announced a partnership with the Angels to provide fans with a tablet rental program, allowing fans to watch TV, read magazines, chat with friends and hopefully not get hit in the face by a foul ball.

Comic-Con Day One in Photos

Comic-con 2011 is in full swing. As evidenced in these photos from day one, the geeky masses have made the exodus, once again selling out all San Diego hotels irregardless of exorbitantly inflated rates. Comic-con continues through the weekend.

More Millionaires: L.A.'s Rich Get Richer

To the relief of absolutely no one, The U.S. Metro Wealth Index today revealed that a quarter-million Angelenos are bloody rich, an increase of nearly 9 percent over 2009.

Got PMS?: California Milk Board Shuts Down Sexist Ad Campaign

Following pressure from several groups including a petition launched by Ms. Magazine, the California Milk Processor Board's latest campaign website morphed into where the The Milk Board, operated by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and best known for the "got milk?" campaign, posted a quasi-apology (aka "sorry to the few humorless idiots we offended") on Thursday.

Drunk Man Gets Kicked Out of Bar, Walks Out and Crashes Car Into It

A man who was apparently booted from a Hacienda Heights bar for being too drunk, walked out of the bar and into his car. He then proceeded crash into the front of the building. The apparently intoxicated man was kicked out of the Sunset Room around midnight Tuesday night when karaoke was in full swing with about 80 patrons in the house.

New Downtown Events Center Will Benefit AEG But What About Us?

We can be certain the center would greatly benefit AEG, as it would serve as a great incentive and standing advertisement to its hundreds of overpriced condos and rental units in the area. But what is the benefit to taxpayers?

The LAist Interview: Bettina Korek of ForYourArt

We caught up with Bettina Korek, founder of ForYourArt this week to discuss the current state of the L.A. scene and what we have to look forward to this fall.

3 Hikers Swept Over Yosemite Waterfall, Presumed Dead

Three hikers are presumed dead after falling over the edge of a waterfall at Yosemite National Park on Tuesday. The incident took place Vernal Falls on the Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park.

Murdoch Gets Face-Pied; Wife Takes Down Attacker

Behind every media mogul is an even stronger baronness. Meet Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch's third and current wife. Earlier Tuesday she took down an attacker who snuck up behind her husband and stuffed a plate of shaving cream in his face during the hearing.

A Park a Day: Laurel and Hardy Park (aka Del Monte Triangle), Silver Lake

Laurel and Hardy Park, a block south of Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake is hardly spectacular. But its location is historic. Also known as the Del Monte Triangle, the small wedge of land between Del Monte, Reno, and Vendome spitting distance from Silverlake Lounge is at the bottom of the Music Box stairs, distinguished landmark from the 1932 Laurel and Hardy short.

Aria Resort in Vegas Linked to Legionnaires' Cases

At least six guests at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas' City Center contracted Legionnaires' disease over the past couple weeks. Legionnaires' is a form of pneumonia that may be deadly in 5 to 30 percent of cases, says the Centers for Disease Control.

Nerd Alert: Santa Barbara Nonprofits to Launch Balloon into Space

A trio of Santa Barbara organizations has teamed up to launch a balloon into near space this weekend, just for kicks. Santa Barbara's Natural History Museum, Amateur Radio Club and Hackerspace have partnered to launch a high-altitude weather balloon to 100,000 feet on Saturday.

California Presidential Primary Vote to be Moved to June

Pending Gov. Jerry Brown's signature, California's vote in the 2012 presidential primary will move from February to June, meaning we'll only have to get to the polls twice next year instead of three times. The state senate voted 34-3 on Thursday to move the date to June and consolidate the presidential primary election with the state primary vote,

California Man is Knocked Down by Wave, Vanishes into Maui Blowhole

Rocco Piganelli was on vacation with his family in Maui when he took the above photo last Saturday, July 9th. Moments after the photo was snapped the man seen at the far right was knocked down by a wave and vanished into the blowhole, never to return.

Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan Leads U.S. Women's Soccer Team to World Cup Finals

Alex Morgan's first World Cup goal sealed the U.S. Women's team's first trip to the finals since winning it all in 1999. Morgan, a reserve, outraced four defenders before faking out France's goalie and adding the final goal in the 82nd minute of Wednesday's World Cup semifinal to preserve Team USA's 3-1 victory.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House Gets UN World Heritage Nomination

The centerpiece of Barnsdall Art Park, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House, may soon be a United Nations World Heritage site. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar nominated the Hollyhock House, along with eleven other Frank Lloyd Wright-designed landmarks, to receive the UNESCO World Heritage designation.

Spotify, the Greatest Music Experience You Never Had, Rocks Your World Starting Thursday

Good luck sleeping tonight. Because tomorrow morning you'll wake up with a brand new set of ears. Spotify, the online music service that has taken Europe by storm and is set on turning iTunes into merely the bloatware you sync your iPhone with is finally cleared for landing in the U.S.

Marijuana: Just Like Heroin Only Greener

Marijuana has no therapeutic value and must remain classified as a dangerous drug along the same lines as heroin, MDMA, and PCP, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ruled on Friday.

Burbank Man Charged With Murder after Fatally Beating His Wife with a Chair Leg

70-year-old Joseph Robert Brancato was charged with murder in Pasadena Superior Court on Friday. He was arrested early Tuesday morning at his home after police found his 65-year-old wife Marie bleeding profusely from the back of her head, according to the Burbank Leader.

Jaycee Dugard, Free After 18 Years Held Captive, Tells Her Story

Jaycee Dugard never knew that she was in labor when she had the first of her two daughters at age 13. The South Lake Tahoe woman was abducted on the way to school in 1991 at age 11 and lived for 18 years in the backyard of Philip and Nancy Garrido in Contra Costa County.

Rockefeller Impostor Pleads Not Guilty in Alhambra Court

A man who masqueraded as a member of the Rockefeller family appeared in court on Friday on charges of murdering his landlady's son and burying the body under his San Marino residence decades ago.

Man Killed by Metrolink Train in Riverside

A man was struck and killed by a Metrolink train in Riverside Thursday morning. The man was struck around 5:30 a.m. about 2 miles west of the Downtown Riverside station, on a stretch of track where trains travel at speeds up to 60 miles per hour, according to Metrolink.

It All Begins: Harry Potter Finale Premieres in London

You've seen the "It all ends here" billboards around L.A. -- Deathly Hallows 2, the final installment of the Potter saga premieres July 15th in the states. Interviews with stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and author JK Rowling from today's YouTube-cast red carpet extravaganza are served up below for your video lunch.

Album Sales Up for First Time in 7 Years

Strong sales of new releases from the top ladies in song and multiple reissues of classic albums made the first half of 2011 the best 6 months for album sales since 2004, according to Nielsen-Soundscan.

Torrance Man Killed in Grizzly Bear Attack at Yellowstone

57-year-old Brian Matayoshi and his wife Marilyn were hiking on the Wapiti Lake Trail when they encountered a female grizzly bear with cubs, according to ABC7. The couple saw the bear twice but continued hiking. Upon the third encounter, the bear charged the man.

This Ain't No Bake Sale: PTA Moms Charged in Multimillion Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Three former Diamond Bar PTA members were charged on Tuesday with allegedly operating a scheme that defrauded their victims out of millions of dollars. More than 40 investors were victimized, some losing their life savings via the womens' ponzi scheme.

No 3-Way: Adultcon Cancels Convention Center Porn Shows

There's so much sex at the Convention Center that one adult conference promoter has claimed it's being fucked over and is pulling out. Adultcon canceled two of its three shows slated for 2012 at the L.A. Convention Center.

How Good (or Bad) Are the Schools Near You?

Pro Publica has published a database that makes it easy for you to compare your access to quality education and at what cost in an effort to provide insight into the opportunity gap demonstrated by economic difference in the classroom.

2 Dogs Rescued From Malibu Cliff

If you took an early lunch and flipped on KTLA, you watched as rescue workers saved two dogs wandering about a precipice in the Malibu hills.

2 L.A. Hikers Killed at Yosemite

Gregory Meyer and Richard Fox were on a four-day backpacking trip with three others when unseasonably high waters swept them into Falls Creek near Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. The group had successfully traversed the Wapama Falls bridge on the inbound hike but runoff from a storm that hit the mountains Tuesday led to the swollen waterfall which swept the men to their deaths early Wednesday.

Ashton Kutcher, Village Voice Battle Over Teen Sex Trafficking Stats

It appears Village Voice may be messing with the wrong man after mocking the Ashton Kutcher / Demi Moore-led "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" anti-teen sex trafficking campaign. In an article titled "Real Men Get Their Facts Straight," the Voice describes Kutcher as a "scruffy doofus" in one of the campaign's PSAs

LAFD on High Alert for Holiday Weekend of Scorching Heat and Rampant Fireworks

With temperatures expected to reach the 90s and 100s across the region, Los Angeles firefighters are prepared for a high risk of wildfires over the celebratory Fourth of July weekend. Fireworks are illegal in L.A., the fire department reminds us but we all know that's not going to stop July 4th revelers from firing off their own.

DASH Bus Fares Up 50 Percent Effective Today

DASH public bus riders are seeing a steep fare hike on their routes today. OK, steep only as a matter of percentage as the L.A. DOT-operated busses increase fares from 35 cents to 50 cents. But who can't scrape up a few extra nickels each day? After all, as LADOT conveniently announced on this week, commuters are more satisfied than ever with its services.

State Budget Bummers: Tuition Hikes, Park Closures, Internet Sales Tax

Gov. Jerry Brown approved the months-late state budget as passed by state legislators Wednesday night and signaling the beginning of various cuts on state programs and tax hikes for Californians.

Hells No: Government Denied in Bid to Cop Mongols' Logo

The Mongols, a notorious California motorcycle gang formed after its founding members were rejected from Hells Angels in the 1970s for being Latino, caught a big break this week in federal court. U.S. District Judge Otis Wright "regrettably" ruled in favor of the Mongols on Thursday in the first-ever government attempt to gain control of a gang's identity through a court order.

Goin' Local: Sunset Junction Adds "Locals Only" Stage

Sunset Junction Street Fest is adding a sixth stage this summer to feature some of L.A.'s finest local bands. The Locals Only stage will actually be off-street, inside everyone's favorite mariachi/punk rock/Mexican restaurant/dance club El Cid.

Former Angels Radio Host Sues Team, Alleging Racism

Former Angels Radio pregame show host David Smith filed a lawsuit this week alleging the team fired him in 2009 for racist reasons.

"Supreme Commander" of Fake Army Stands Down, Gets 3-Year Prison Sentence

An alleged immigration scammer who claimed to be the supreme commander of a non-existent army pleaded guilty to three felonies on Wednesday. 51-year-old Yupeng Deng of Temple City, also known as David Deng, was sentenced to three years in prison for theft by false pretenses, manufacturing deceptive government documents and counterfeit of an official government seal

Black SaMo High Student Says He Was Chained to a Locker, Bullied with Noose

A member of the Santa Monica High School wrestling team said he was chained to a locker and taunted by fellow teammates with a brown dummy wearing a noose. The incident, which allegedly occurred on May 4, was reported to police last week by the boy and his mother.

Jay Mariotti Ordered to Stand Trial on Stalking and Assault Charges

Former sports columnist and ESPN loudmouth Jay Mariotti must stand trial in defense of multiple felony charges brought by an ex-girlfriend stemming from an incident in April outside a Venice restaurant, an L.A. Superior Court judge ruled on Tuesday.

Kareem Slam Dunks, Smashes Pumpkin to Promote New Smashing Pumpkins' "Oceania"

n this viral video cross-shilling, Kareem, a noted jazz fan slam dunks a pumpkin to the delight of Billy Corgan, who, as the leader and only remaining original member of Smashing Pumpkins claims to have never seen or attempted such a smashing, and then returns the favor by pitching Kareem's latest project.

Myspace Acquired by Online Ad Network Specific Media

After months in search of a buyer, Beverly Hills-based Myspace has finally been acquired. In an email to employees late Wednesday morning, CEO Mike Jones broke the news to employees in an email late Wednesday morning.

Hospitals Say Employees' Commute Overlooked in 405 Shutdown Plan

City officials insist that public safety is the number one priority in the complex plan surrounding next month's closure of the 405 but administrators at four area hospitals fear that essential staff will be unable to commute to and from work.

It's a Metta World: Ron Artest Takes Action for [Name] Change

It's looking like Ron Artest will not be a Laker next season. Assuming the 12-year veteran forward has his way, he'll don the purple and gold with a new identity: Metta World Peace. Ronald William Artest, Jr., 31, filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday to legally change his name.

"Just One More Thing": Remembering Peter Falk

Peter Falk, best remembered for his role as the ever-inquisitive Columbo, passed away Friday morning following a long illness. He was 83. Falk was also well-known for his roles with the Rat Pack and comedy bits alongside the likes of Dean Martin and George Burns.

Burgers n' Beer: Umami to Open at Anaheim Brewery

Two-year-old L.A. burger phenomenon Umami Burger is OC bound. The sixth location of the gourmet burger bar is scheduled to open December 1 in the Anaheim Brewery complex, reports the OC Register.

2 Dead in Attempted Jewelry Heist at OC Shopping Center

A store employee opened fire on three alleged robbers at a jewelry store in a San Juan Capistrano mall, killing two on Friday morning. The incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. at Monaco Jewelers inside Capistrano Beach Mall.

2nd Annual Vegan Beer Fest is Saturday

What could be more refreshing than an ice cold beer on a Saturday afternoon in mid-June? An ice cold vegan beer! On Saturday June 25 the 2011 Vegan Beer Fest takes place at The Roxy on the Sunset Strip from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Lindsay Lohan Back in Court After Allegedly Drinking at Home

Lindsay Lohan arrived at the LAX Courthouse at 9:45 a.m. Thursday on a probation violation. The 24-year-old troublemaker reportedly tested positive for alcohol during a June 13th party at her Venice house. Will Lohan be sent to jail? To rehab? Or will she be locked up in a bathroom at her chic Venice pad with an ankle monitor and a bottle of Everclear?

LA-Based Tiziano Project Wins Knight News Challenge Grant

A Los Angeles-based startup with a mission to enable multimedia storytelling in communities worldwide that otherwise lack the resources was awarded a $200,000 grant by the Knight Foundation on Wednesday. The Tiziano Project's Tiziano 360 project was one of 16 ideas to win a prestigious Knight News Challenge grant awarded to fund internationally relevant innovative media and digital news concepts.

Kayaking Trips on the L.A. River to Begin in July

This summer a portion of the L.A. River will be officially opened up for guided kayak tours for the first time. While kayaking tours have occurred in the past without legal permit, the current program, proposed by a coalition of groups is currently under an environmental review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Local Knitting Group Yarn-Bombs Santa Monica Arts Center

Dozens of area knitters congregated at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica for an evening of yarnbombing last Saturday. The event, which took place around international yarnbombing day.

Man Killed Trying to Hold Up Marijuana Dispensary Truck

20-year-old Minh Kinh Dang was killed and three other men were jailed on suspicion of robbery and felony murder according to Brea police. while trying to steal marijuana from a medical marijuana deliveryman, and three other men were jailed on suspicion of robbery and felony murder.

WTF Mommy?!? Jack in the Box Swaps Out Toys for Apples in Kids Meals

Starting this week, when you purchase a kids combo meal at Jack in the Box, junior will reach inside the bag and feel a chintzy plastic bag full of Chiquita Apple Bites. And you can already hear the thud of the apple hitting Jack's round white face.

Broke SoCal Cities May Turn to Citizens for Rose Parade Float Funding

Facing massive budget deficits, some Southern California cities are unable to raise the money necessary to represent with a float in the 2012 Rose Parade.

Dodger Stadium Beating Victim Bryan Stow's Condition Upgraded to Serious

Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, was upgraded to serious condition by doctors at a San Francisco hospital on Wednesday, according to the AP. Stow had been in critical condition since the March 31st incident.

My Morning Jacket Rocks The Village to Benefit KCRW

In the middle of a tour that included sets before tens of thousands of fans at Bonnaroo and Sasquatch! festivals, My Morning Jacket set one night aside to give back to KCRW. A few hundred KCRW members were lucky enough to see one of today's finest live-performing bands in a rare intimate performance at Village Studios in West L.A. Tuesday night.

No Mansions on the Horizon: U2's The Edge Barred from Building on Malibu Hillside

The California Coastal Commission on Thursday rejected the guitarist's proposal to build a five-mansion development on 156 hillside acres along the Malibu coast. The 8-4 vote by the commission put to rest years of contentious debate between city officials, residents and the beanie-wearing rock legend legally known as David Evans.

LAX Exec Resigns After Sending Potentially Embarrassing Texts on City-Issued Phone

In the wake of the Anthony Weiner Twitter tragidramedy-turned-political-scandal, all of a sudden it's like OMG(!) anyone who's ever sent illicit texts or posted boner pics may someday lose their job as a result. But sometimes it seems those in the media -- with their "exclusive" yet unverified reports -- are the real perverts.

Metrolink Adds Discounted Trains to U2 Angel Stadium Concerts

The seemingly neverending 360 Tour brings U2 to Angel Stadium on Friday and Saturday night. With fans expected to come from all corners of Southern California, traffic will be a mess, especially coinciding with Friday rush hour. If you're going to the show, try to carpool or -- better yet -- take the train.

Hahn Files FEC Complaint Against Video Depicting Her as a Gangster-Friendly Stripper

Republican businessman Craig Huey may not stand a chance against Democratic nominee Janice Hahn in the upcoming election to fill the Congressional seat vacated by Jane Harman. But that's not stopping one conservative PAC from bringing attention to the fact that there is an alternative to the heavily favored Hahn in the Democratic-leaning 36th District.

Multiple Shootings Lead to Shut Down of the 60 Freeway

All lanes on the eastbound 60 Freeway was shutdown just past Diamond Bar Blvd. at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning after a shooting victim's vehicle crashed into the center divider.

Palmdale Teacher's Aide Confesses to Sex with 13-Year-Old Student

A 35-year-old Palmdale woman admitted to authorities after her arrest on Tuesday that she had sex multiple times with a 13-year-old boy whom she was tutoring. Holly Polson, a teacher's aide at Shadow Hills Middle School, had intercourse with a student she was tutoring multiple times in an empty classroom over the past couple weeks.

FYF Fest Lineup Announced; Tickets On Sale Friday

Descendents, Guided by Voices, Death From Above 1979 and Broken Social Scene are among the dozens of acts performing at FYF Fest on September 3 in downtown L.A. The one-day festival is moving from the L.A. State Historical Park near Chinatown to City Hall -- or more specifically the streets outside City Hall at 1st and Main.

Where the Royals Are: William and Kate's L.A. Itinerary Officially Released

Details of the the newly wed Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge's July visit to Los Angeles as part of their Honeymoon travels down the West Coast of Canada and the U.S. may not be news to the royally obsessed -- they were leaked last week -- but now the itinerary is official.

John Edwards Mug Shot: Disgraced Former Senator Strikes a Jack Tripper Pose

Look out James Franco! Disgraced former democratic vice presidential nominee, presidential candidate and ex-Senator John Edwards looks like a shoo-in to play Jack Tripper in the Three's Company stage/screen adaptation that Franco spread rumors about at Sundance.

Raiders, Vikings Among 5 Teams Being Serenaded by AEG to Play in L.A.

The Raiders may be returning to Los Angeles. Or possibly the Rams. AEG president Tim Leiweke confirmed that he has approached five NFL franchises about taking majority ownership of the team and relocating it to AEG's proposed Farmers Field stadium in downtown Los Angeles, according to the OC Register.

South Pasadena Woman Digs Up "Common" Native American Skull in Backyard

Turns out those bodies we so often find buried in our backyards are not necessarily those of murder victims or Jimmy Hoffa but, more likely than we'd think, centuries-old remains of the L.A. basin's pre-European invasion inhabitants. While gardening in her backyard last month a South Pasadena woman dug up a skull with a few teeth still intact. She called authorities, certain it must have been a homicide victim, only to find out it was just another Native American skull.

Beverly Hills Private Plane Pot Smuggler Gets 6 Years in Prison

Lisette Lee, 29, was coordinating flights on her parents' private jet since 2009 until she was arrested by DEA agents in Columbus in June 2010 after landing in a private jet chartered from Van Nuys with three friends and over 500 pounds of marijuana stuffed into 13 suitcases. She has been in federal custody since her arrested and pleaded guilty last February to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana.

Andrew Breitbart Returns to O.C. With Weiner Photos, Dirty Laundry

For someone whose latest claim to fame is collecting smutty photos of a disgraced male congressman and threatening to post them online, Andrew Breitbart sure gets a lot of love from Orange County conservatives. Breitbart returned from Weinerville Thursday night to promote his book at the Tea Room at the Newport Beach Golf Course. Breitbart played right into the arms of the crowd which gave him a standing ovation before he even mentioned the title of his book.

LAPD Officers Accused of Excessive Force at Atwater Village Halloween Party

An investigation is underway after a videotape of an altercation outside an Atwater Village home was revealed on Wednesday. In the two-minute video, the owner of the house, Danny Moran, asks a police sergeant why one of his guests was arrested. The discussion gets heated and before long, the officer wields his baton.

LAist Featured Photos Pool Wins LA Weekly Web Award

We didn't win an LA Weekly Web Award this year and we're thrilled about it... because our readers did! Among the most important assets to LAist are the photos and stories contributed by our eclectic and perceptive community of readers. Many of the photos we use with our stories every day are sourced from the LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr, a crowdsourced archive of photos relevant to Los Angeles which now includes nearly 70,000 photos shared by a community of more than 1,500 readers.

4.5-Magnitude Quake Shakes Border Region

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake was reported at 8:22 a.m. Thursday along the California-Mexico border between Calexico and Mexicali, according to the U.S. Geological Service. The quake was followed by a half-dozen aftershocks measuring up to 3.0 over the course of the morning.

Frankie C's "Black Wall" Skid Row Photo Project

Frankie C takes iconic photos of the people he encounters on the streets of Skid Row and surrounding neighborhoods against a black backdrop. An L.A. native, he likes to "keep it street" but now he has an opportunity to show his photos in a gallery and is looking to raise $1,000 to fund the exhibition using Kickstarter. Check out his work in this video.

As His Campaign Collapses, Gingrich Looks to "Begin Anew" in L.A.

That was fast. Newt Gingrich's campaign to be the 2012 Republican nominee for president appears all but finished just weeks after it began. Gingrich's entire senior staff resigned on Thursday, having decided they had better things to do than slave away for the hapless former Speaker of the House's hopeless campaign.

LAPD Releases "Baby Stroller Bandits" Video

LAPD released a detailed surveillance video of two women collaborating in the theft of a wallet from a baby stroller at a downtown swap meet. In the video, which is complete with blue-screen text commentary, one woman is seen screening another who tries several times to grab the wallet out of the stroller, before finally succeeding, at a store on the 500 block of South Los Angeles Street.

LAPD Seeks Man With Fake Badge Who Tried to Get Inside Young Girls' Bras

A man in his 20s with a fake police badge allegedly approached at least two girls outside Lawrence Middle School in Chatsworth claiming he needed to place a tracking device inside their bra, according to a safety alert issued Tuesday night by the LAPD's Devonshire Division.

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