Results tagged “Andy Sternberg”

Eagle Rock Hillside Solar Panel Array Approved

A solar panel array proposed by Occidental University that would cover a Northeast Los Angeles hillside was approved by Eagle Rock neighborhood council on Tuesday night. The council board voted unanimously to approve the proposed 1-megawatt solar array project which could provide about 11 percent of the university's annual energy.

Local Cigar Box Guitar Makers Bring Appalachian Folk Craft to L.A.

Acoustic guitars made from cigar boxes, shower drains, old-school keyholes and other found parts make sweet Appalachian folk sounds. Meet two local cigar box guitar makers in this video sent in by Lisa Rau.

Check Out 'Super 8' on Thursday -- a Day Before it Officially Opens

Paramount partnered with Twitter to offer not-so-secret screenings of "Super 8" in over 300 theaters nationwide this Thursday -- one day before its official release. Fueled by the promoted trend #Super8Movie (i.e. ad) on Twitter, anyone who wishes to see the J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg flick on Thursday can purchase advance tickets now. The movie officially opens nationwide Friday.

TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie Tells Us About One-for-One Eyewear and How Every Stripe Tells a Story

We caught up with TOMS founder and CEO Blake Mycoskie after he revealed the next chapter in the five-year-old company's unique one-for-one business model on Tuesday. In the video below, find out how the eyeglasses idea, which had festered in Mycoskie's head since 2007, finally became reality, more on the one-for-one concept, and why there's no TOMS logo on the sunglasses -- only three distinctive stripes.

TOMS Shoes' Next Chapter is One-for-One Eyewear

With the snip of a lock and the opening of a "mystery box" that had been sealed since SXSW, TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie revealed the next chapter in the Santa Monica-based company's one-for-one mission: Eyewear.

Angeles Crest Highway Reopens After 18 Months of Repairs

Officials opened a 7-mile stretch of Angeles Crest Highway on Friday that had been closed for nearly 18 months. Much of the 66-mile highway that extends north from the 2 freeway in La Canada-Flintridge through Angeles National Forest to Wrightwood had been closed after January 2000 mudslides in the Station Fire area badly damaged sections of the road.

'Doctor Death' Dies

Kevorkian, who spent years campaigning for the legalization of euthanasia, spent eight years in prison for second degree murder after personally administering a lethal injection rather than allow the patient to do it themselves. He gained the nickname "Dr. Death" after claiming to have helped more than 130 patients commit suicide between 1990 and 1998 using a combination of injections, gas, and his famous suicide machine, which he built from scraps for $30.

Former Pretty Boy Presidential Candidate John Edwards Indicted for Campaign Fraud [UPDATED]

A six-count indictment was filed against 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards by a federal grand jury Friday morning and it ain't pretty. An arrest warrant was issued charging the former senator for conspiracy and false statements in association with illegal campaign contributions and he's expected in U.S. District Court in North Carolina Friday afternoon.

That's Entertainment! Vengeful Murderer Rihanna Riles Radical Parent Groups

Rape. Murder. Regret. It all happens on top of a Caribbean beat in the latest video from 23-year-old Barbados-born pop sensation Rihanna. Since its premiere on Wednesday, "Man Down" has drawn ire from the likes of the Parents Television Council and others for its suggested violence.

The L.A. Times Hires a Senior VP of Digital

The L.A. Times made a big step toward boosting its bottom line without laying anybody off today. In fact, Los Angeles Times Media Group announced a significant hire, naming Emily Smith its first ever Senior Vice President of Digital.

Giovanni Ramirez Takes Polygraph Tests But Results Won't Be Announced

Giovanni Ramirez, the suspect in the Bryan Stow Opening Day beating, appeared at LAPD headquarters to take two polygraph tests this week. Ramirez's lawyers insist their client is innocent and had never been to Dodger Stadium, and certainly not on March 31, when Stow, a Bay Area paramedic in town to see the Giants and Dodgers on opening day, was severely beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

Shaq's No. 34 Jersey to be Retired by Lakers

Shaquille O'Neal's number 34 will eventually be the eighth number retired by the Lakers, according to team spokesman John Black. O'Neal announced his retirement on Wednesday via Twitter after 19 years in the NBA, including 8 seasons with the Lakers yielding 3 championships.

Woman Who Wheeled Around Ex-Boyfriend's Body Parts Joined in Jail by Son and Daughter

The son and daughter of Carmen Montenegro, the woman seen wheeling a trash can full of body parts around an Ontario neighborhood last weekend, were arrested and charged as accessories to murder on Wednesday night.

My Morning Jacket to Treat KCRW Members to Intimate Live Performance

On June 21, KCRW is presenting MMJ live for 250 members and guests at The Village studios in West L.A. Tickets are available for $125 exclusively for KCRW members at 10 a.m. today. If you have any doubt about dropping the cash, clearly you are not aware that My Morning Jacket puts on as good a live show as any touring band today, as evidenced by last night's YouTube stream from Louisville, produced by Todd Haynes.

South L.A. Community Coalition Could Win a Van with Your Help

Community Coalition has a simple ask today: Give your vote on this Facebook page and Community Coalition could win a van to help transport after-school program participants to its center in South L.A. The contest runs until midnight and there are only a few other non-profits in the running (all ex-L.A.) so go on and give a click!

Toyota Recalls 106,000 Early Prius Models to "Install Improved Nuts"

52,000 first generation Priuses sold in the U.S., model year 2001 - 2003, are part of a global recall of 106,000 cars, Toyota announced on Wednesday. The voluntary recall will fix a steering problem that could make it difficult for drivers to maneuver the car when turning left.

Ron Artest Breaks Up Fight Outside Hollywood Nightclub

DJ, jewelry auctioneer, amateur psychologist and Lakers forward Ron Artest stepped in front of a TMZ camera over the weekend to break up a fight between a man and a woman on Hollywood Blvd.

CA Senate Votes to Make Sexting Grounds for School Expulsion

While we can leave the future of foreskin up to city government (thanks San Francisco and Santa Monica), it appears that what our children can and cannot do with their mobile devices while in class will be determined not on a case-by-case basis or by school principals but in Sacramento -- by the California State Legislature.

Eating Dust: High Winds Close Roads to Palm Springs

That quick drive to a Memorial Day Weekend getaway in Palm Springs was not so easy for some thanks to high winds and blowing sand leading to road closures across the Coachella Valley. Three major Palm Springs were closed at Whitewater Wash Saturday night as wind gusts up to 60 mph led to white-out conditions (see our video below).

3 Years in Prison for Former IRS Agent Who Cheated on Taxes

A former federal tax agent and Santa Clarita resident convicted of filing multiple fraudulent tax returns was sentenced to 3 years in federal prison on Thursday. 51-year-old Albert Bront admitted in court earlier this year that he filed fraudulent tax returns for himself and on behalf of relatives during the tax years 2003-2007, when he took excessive deductions and neglected to declare all his income.

Conan Wants an L.A. Street Named After Him. Will He Get It?

Conan O'Brien gets what he wants. But he doesn't have a street named after him. Not yet at least. Thursday night he showed up with a sign and a call for justice. After all, Oprah has a street in Chicago named after her. "I've been in Los Angeles for 22 months," Conan said. "Isn't it time I got a street named after me?"

Computer Error Blamed for Mistaken Release of 1,450 "High Risk" California Prisoners

Just two days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California were indeed overcrowded and ordered the state to reduce its 140,000+ inmate population by about 33,000, a critical error was made and the blame is being placed squarely on a computer. California prison officials mistakenly released an estimated 450 inmates with "a high risk for violence" as unsupervised parolees in a program meant to ease overcrowding, according to the state's inspector general, reported the LA Times.

Musicians Rally Against Grammys, Calling Category Cuts a "Subtle Form of Racism"

Musicians including Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, and Herbie Hancock have signed a petition in protest of the recent Grammy category cuts, arguing that ethnic music will be unfairly and adversely affected.

Sex Offender Busted for Surfing Facebook at Apple Store

Internet-trawling sex offenders are not welcome at San Luis Obispo's Apple Store (photo by plus0ne via flickr). A registered sex offender was arrested while surfing Facebook at the Apple Store in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, according to the SLO Tribune. Robert Nicholas McGuire, 35, is being held without bail at the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of violating his probation, terms of which barred him from using the internet for any...

National Geographic Looks to Thrive on Digital Subscriptions, iPad Apps, Games

National Geographic may be one of the longest-publishing magazine in history -- first printed in 1888 -- but that isn't keeping it from taking a front seat in the industry-wide drive to innovate for the digital age. From interactive iPad apps to games and plans for digital subscription plans, NatGeo is living up to its shiny reputation and building its brand across the web and new digital platforms in real time.

Frank McCourt Says He Can Pay the Dodgers Next Week

The Dodgers continue to struggle on the field at half-empty Dodger Stadium as McCourt is sounding more and more like J. Wellington Wimpy. McCourt told MLB officials that he'll be able to meet team payroll next week, according to the LA Times.

L.A. Startup Namesake Invites You to Talk About Your Passions

Namesake, a Los Angeles-based startup, is hoping to fill that void. Founded in January 2010 by entrepreneurs Brian Norgard and Dan Gould as a place for professionals and creators to match ideas with opportunities and resources, is still in private beta but we've got invites for you...

Rock the Bells Lineup Announced: Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill, Nas, Black Star to Perform Full Album Sets

Lauryn Hill (pictured performing at New Orleans Jazz Fest earlier this month) will perform her classic "Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" at the Rock the Bells Festival The lineup for the summer's top hip-hop festival tour was announced last night at House of Blues. Rock the Bells visits the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino (you know - the one formerly known as the Glen Helen Pavilion, Hyundai Pavilion, and the Blockbuster Pavilion) August 20....

Sustain LA Helps Silver Lake Jubilee Divert 90 Percent of Trash from Landfill

Thanks to detailed sustainability planning and multiple trash-sorting stations at last weekend's Silver Lake Jubilee, the event successfully diverted 90 percent of trash produced at the event from landfills. According to Sustain LA, of the trash generated by dozens of vendors and more than 10,000 attendees, 3,600 pounds of waste was diverted to compost & recycling (over 2,000 pounds to compost alone) leaving 400 pounds of trash to landfill. We spoke with Leslie van...

Lightning in a Bottle Festival Lights Up the Shores of Irvine Lake This Weekend

William & the Earth Harp, seen here at Lightning in a Bottle 2010, returns this year to wow the crowd on Friday and Saturday night. (Photo by Andy Sternberg for LAist) If it's Memorial Day Weekend then it's time for The DoLab's Lightning in a Bottle. 10,000 people of all ages are expected to take over Oak Canyon Ranch at the eastern edge of Irvine Lake in Silverado Canyon this weekend. Complete with three...

Kareem to Lakers: Where's My Statue?

Lakers drama is a year-round sport and it's no longer just the 122-86 elimination laugher that's temporarily tarnished the Lakers legacy -- it's disdain from above. 7-foot-2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is fed up: he can't believe the Lakers have yet to erect a statue bearing his likeness and quite frankly, neither can we. Kareem's taking his case on a 360-degree multimedia tour from sports radio to the late-night talk circuit to the Twitters.

Jamie McCourt Asks Divorce Judge to Demand Immediate Sale of Dodgers

Jamie McCourt asked a judge to order her ex-husband and current Dodgers owner Frank to sell the team immediately in L.A. Superior Court today, according to Citing Frank McCourt's mismanagement of the organization and its finances, Jamie filed the motion in hopes to cash out before the team's value decreases any further. "If MLB invokes its power to terminate the Dodgers franchise and sell the team, it is almost certain that Jamie and Frank...

Sony Can't Get it Up: PlayStation Network Down Again

Sony began reopening its PlayStation Network earlier this week but failed to cover up at least one key vulnerability. The PlayStation Network is down once again in response to a new exploit discovered just days after Sony began restoring the service following a lengthy outage resulting from a security breach last month. It appears this was not a hack or outside attack but a lapse in logic (and verification) on Sony's part. The April...

Let it Stream: Netflix and Online Video Overtake "Surfing"

Half of all fixed-line internet traffic delivers video, audio and other real-time experiences from websites and applications such as Netflix, YouTube and iTunes, displacing good ol' web browsing for the first time as bandwidth leader during peak internet hours in North America, according to a new study. More people than ever are engaged in streaming video and real-time experiences during peak hours (Sandvine Internet Global Phenomena Spotlight [pdf]) Netflix represents 25 percent of all bandwidth...

Video Lunch: Shepard Fairey's Death Cab Collab and a New Bike for Lance Armstrong

Shepard Fairey discusses his collaboration with Lance Armstrong and his latest designs for Team RadioShack's Tour of California bicycles. Also, Death Cab for Cutie's "Home is a Fire" video, with lyrics appearing as street art across the Echo Park cityscape.

2,500 Kaiser Workers Walk Off the Job

Screenshot via KTLA An estimated 2,500 Kaiser Permanente nurses and staff began a 24-hour strike demanding safe staffing levels for nurses and consequentially better care for patients. The protest began at 6 a.m. Wednesday outside Kaiser L.A. Medical Center on Sunset Boulevard. Hospital management has refused to meet the requests of its registered nurses, many of whom are members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). 1,100 nurses were joined in solidarity by...

Extra, Extra

In tonight's Extra, Extra an LAFD firefighter is released from the hospital after a ladder fall, can photos of Michael Jackson with an afro be the key to a sustainable energy future? Also, the cherries are looking good at farmers markets but kumquats are a bit behind this season. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

Missing Woman Reappears After Police Question Actor Tom Sizemore

One day after police took a statement from Tom Sizemore regarding Megan Wren, a 25-year-old L.A. resident who mysteriously disappeared March 31, Wren resurfaced alive and well.

Thousands of Teachers Rally Against Proposed Budget Cuts, Layoffs in Pershing Square

Friday afternoon was declared a half-day by LAUSD as an estimated 5,000 teachers and supporters descended on Pershing Square to protest the budget cuts. How bad is it? California has laid off 30,000 teachers in recent years with an estimated 20,000 pink slips already issued this year. And now Gov. Jerry Brown is looking to slash billions of dollars from the state education budget, according to the Calfornia Teachers Association.

Man Runs Over Bystander, Tries to Hit Officer and Flees After Fight Outside NoHo Nightclub

Police are investigating the events leading to an officer-involved shooting of a man who tried to run over police with his car outside a nightclub in North Hollywood early Saturday morning. The suspect, who remains at large, is now wanted for felony hit-and-run with serious bodily injury, sexual battery and attempted murder on a police officer.

Ron Paul Announces His Third Presidential Campaign

Ron Paul, 75, will once again play the role of pissed-off anti-establishment candidate, ironically not as an Independent or third-party candidate but on the GOP ballot. He's the second GOP candidate to officially announce candidacy after Newt Gingrich. "Time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I've been saying for 30 years," Paul told George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.

Animated Lunch: Friday the 13th, 70s Style

Today's animated video lunch pays homage to our favorite slashers: Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Leatherface. It's Friday the 13th... watch your step!...

Google Announces Chromebook, Music, Movies and More at I/O Conference

The general pitch at Google I/O 2011 was this: Use Google's web-based tools and applications, combine with seemingly infinite storage space in the cloud, and bulky hard drives and desktop PC's will become remnants of our technological evolution. A Google account combined with a device running Android or Chrome OS will be all you need to do [almost] anything.

Blue Ocean Restaurant in Alhambra is on Fire

photo by Howard F. via LAist Featured Photos pool Firefighters were working to extinguish a fire that broke out at Blue Ocean Restaurant on Garfield Avenue in Alhambra Thursday morning. Smoke could be seen billowing in the sky as the roof of the seafood and dim sum restaurant. Three people were in the kitchen of the restaurant when the fire started, according to Alhambra Asst. Fire Chief Ray Mosack. The roof of the building...

Jay Mariotti Hit with 3 Felony Charges for Allegedly Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend. Again.

Former sports commentator and columnist Jay Mariotti was charged with three counts of felony this week for stalking and assaulting an ex-girlfriend. It's apparently the same woman who had Mariotti on the ropes in the first place -- he had been on probation since pleading "no contest" to multiple misdemeanor charges stemming a domestic violence incident last August

Seeking Improved Security, LAX Adds Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

Following the failed Christmas Day 2009 bombing of a plane bound for Detroit, President Obama asked airports to "aggressively pursue enhanced screening technology, protocols, and procedures." Mayor Villaraigosa responded by directing LAPD and airport police to conduct a review of existing security procedures at LAX and today introduced a new team of dogs to sniff out passengers.

AOL's Debbie Menin Discusses How Content Fuels Social Media and Influences Marketing

We spoke with AOL's Entertainment Practice Head Debbie Menin at Digital Hollywood Spring 2011 last week at the Ritz in Marina del Rey. We discussed the different ways in which consumers are using social media to inform purchases and decisions and how that in turn is informing the advertising industry.

Teachers Declare "State of Emergency" as Week of Protests Begins

Photo by KT King via flickr. A week of protests across the state of California began Monday as part of the California Teacher's Association (CTA) $1 million State of Emergency campaign. Thousands of teachers were expected to participate in sit-ins, teach-ins and protests over proposed budget cuts along with the threat of layoffs, larger classes and the elimination of myriad programs. "Grade-ins," in which teachers will publicly grade papers, are planned in Orange County...

100 Miles of Trail Damaged in the Station Fire to Reopen This Month

2004 photo from Millard Canyon, now reopened, by Robert Garcia via flickr. The Forest Service plans to reopen more than 100 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails that have been closed since August 2009's Station Fire. Numerous trails in the Angeles National Forest in the mountains east of the 2 will be reopened by next Monday, May 16, the U.S. Forest Service's Sherry Rollman told Altadena Patch. Areas expected to reopen, according to...

Ozomatli and Mexican Institute of Sound Rock Fiesta Broadway's Panamérika Stage

Hundreds of thousands of people were expected at Sunday's Fiesta Broadway in downtown L.A. Those who made it to the Red Bull Music Academy's Panamérika stage at 4th and Broadway were in for a rockin' afternoon featuring performances by Toy Selectah, Chico Mann, Mexican Institute of Sound and Ozomatli....

Ooyala's Chris Wong on Trends in Online Video and Advertising

In part one of a series of interviews from Digital Hollywood, Ooyala's Vice President of Biz Dev, Chris Wong, explains the importance of streaming video solutions providers, why most companies require DRM (digital rights management) to control copyright, and ponders the meteoric rise of Netflix and the potential impact of its competitors.

2 Stabbed at Cinco de Mayo Party at Cal State Fullerton Fraternity

Two members of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity at Cal State Fullerton were stabbed outside a Cinco de Mayo party at their house early Friday morning. The men were outside the fraternity house around 1:40 a.m. when six to eight men approached. A fight broke out and one of the men in the outside group pulled a knife...

Cinco de Donkey: Pink Taco's Live Ass Display Pisses Off Twitterverse

Animal activists (and humorless social network users) are calling for the boycott of Pink Taco in Century City after the restaurant used a live (but not talking) donkey, painted pink and tied to a post in 90-degree heat to promote its Cinco de Mayo specials on Thursday.

Stagecoach Music Fest Parking Attendant Arrested for Rape

A man accused of raping a 23-year-old woman in the parking lot at last weekend's Stagecoach Music Festival will face charges in court next week. 46-year-old Darin Garrett of Los Angeles was working as a parking attendant at the festival, which took place at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio last Saturday night when he offered assistance to a woman who was looking for her car in an overflow parking lot...

47 MacBooks Stolen from Walnut Elementary School

photo courtesy Walnut Valley USD 47 Apple MacBook laptops valued at $61,000 and an LCD projector were stolen by burglars who reportedly broke into Cyrus J. Morris Elementary School in Walnut early Thursday. It's the second break-in at the school in recent weeks -- four LCD projectors, valued at $1,000, were stolen during spring break. "Schools cannot take this kind of hit," Lt. John Saleeby of the sheriff's Walnut Station said, according to the...

Slam Dunk: Blake Griffin Honored as NBA's Rookie of the Year

Blake Griffin with trophy and a shockingly ad-free backdrop. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Clippers stud Blake Griffin was unanimously named the NBA's top rookie on Wednesday. The 6'10" forward single-handedly flipped the Clips to ESPN's nightly highlight reel from being the embarrassment of L.A., even managing to sellout a number of games at Staples Center (and not just when opposing the Lakers). Griffin awed us all season with his...

Frank McCourt Blames High Roller Lifestyle for Divorce, Dodgers Drama

Dodgers owner (in name only) Frank McCourt finally opened up about the lavish, careless lifestyle that inevitably led to his divorce and ensuing drama attempting to maintain control of the Dodgers and pay the team on time. "I became a caricature of myself - and I became a caricature of somebody who was uncaring - unfeeling - excessively living - bad guy - and that's just not who I am," McCourt told Good Morning America's Abbie Boudreau.

McCourt Needs Another Loan to Meet Dodgers' May Payroll

Frank McCourt all-but lost ownership of the Dodgers when it was revealed that he needed a $30-million loan from Fox to pay the team last month. McCourt faces a similar conundrum this month...

6-Year-Old Killed in Hit and Run

via MyFoxLA A 6-year-old girl was killed in a hit and run Tuesday night in South Los Angeles, according to reports. Kemberly Arrue was playing with a ball near her home in the 600 block of West 49th Place (near Figueroa) and was chasing the ball into the street when she was struck around 9:30 p.m., said witnesses. "She went to go get the ball across the street and a car just popped out...

Coast Guard Searches for Woman Reported Missing After Cruise Ship Docks in San Diego

via Celebrity Cruises A woman was reported missing from a cruise ship travelling from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to San Diego after it docked on Tuesday. The 65-year-old woman was reportedly last seen on the Celebrity Millennium Monday night but she did not show up for a customs check on Tuesday. The U.S. Coast Guard was called immediately on Tuesday and a search for the unidentified woman was launched off the coast of Baja...

The Flaming Lips Will Deliver Two Kisses of Death to You and Yours at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The Flaming Lips is coming to town this summer for two special nights at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Using the tagline "Every One You Know Some Day Will Die" (a lyric from the 2002 single "Do You Realize," the Lips' wildly entertaining psycho-pop shenanigans will attempt to bury you on June 14th and 15th. And there's a bonus...

Nurses to Lead Candlelight Vigil at Kaiser Demanding Better Patient Care

Members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) planned a candlelight vigil for 8:15 p.m. Wednesday evening at Kaiser L.A. Medical Center on Sunset Blvd. The vigil is the latest NUHW-led effort to urge Kaiser to bargain in good faith toward a fair contract that protects patients. Kaiser has failed to listen to the bargaining committee's proposals, according to the nurses.

LAPD, Activists Prepare for May Day Rallies

LAPD is prepared for the May Day rally and march expected to draw tens of thousands to the downtown streets on Sunday. Organizers expect up to 50,000 activists -- well short of the hundreds of thousands who showed up for the downtown and MacArthur Park rallies of 2007.

A Day for the Frogs and the Trees

Yes, it's Friday but it's also Save the Frogs Day AND Arbor Day. A perfect opportunity for a tree- and frog-filled gallery featuring photos from the LAist Featured Photos Flickr Pool!...

Man Found Shot to Death Near Chantry Flats Campsite

near Chantry Flat, photo by John Wood via LAist Featured Photo Flickr Pool. Homicide detectives are seeking clues in the shooting death of a man at Chantry Flats Campground in Angeles National Forest north of Arcadia Thursday night. A passerby reported seeing a wounded man collapsed on the road to authorities around 5:40 p.m. The man transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. The...

Karaoke Bar Killer Sentenced to 54 Years to Life

A 24-year-old man suspected in the shooting death of a man outside a Koreatown karaoke bar was sentenced to 54 years to life. In June 2009, Louis Woo Lee was called by friends after a fight broke out outside M2 Cafe & Karaoke on 6th St. at Manhattan in K-town. Lee showed up with a gun and fired away, killing one and wounding another.

San Diego County No Longer 'Meth Capital of the World'

Meth abuse dropped 43 percent between 2005 and 2009 and arrests for the drug were reduced by more than half, according to the County of San Diego's Methamphetamine Task Force. Despite the results, the county once known as the Meth Capital of the World still saw 28 percent of all arrested adults test positive for the drug in 2009 and 138 deaths. Emergency room admissions related to meth use remained unchanged between 2005 and 2009.

Sony Sued for Letting Hackers Break Into PlayStation User Database

If you're a Sony PlayStation user, you probably noticed that you couldn't connect to the gaming console's online network for the past ten days or so. Most figured it was probably just a network outage. But as we learned Tuesday -- one week into the outage -- Sony deliberately pulled the plug on its online network as well as its streaming and on demand content services on April 20. PlayStation's unencrypted user database was breached, allowing hackers access to info entered by the network's 77 million users. If you are one of the 77 million Sony Playstation users with a PlayStation Network or Qriocity account, a class-action lawsuit was filed on your behalf Wednesday.

If Donald Trump is a "Possible Republican Candidate" for President Then So Am I!

Attention-starved real estate tycoon and reality television superstar Donald Trump is going to run for president in 2012, according to the media. Visibly embarrassed after being shamed by The President, The Donald, and The Public at large after seeing the clamp come down on a far-right fringe group called The Birthers, the media establishment gladly passed the mic off to Trump on Wednesday.

Masked Gunmen Steal $1.5 Million in Jewels from Vendor in SaMo Parking Lot

The robbery occurred around 2 p.m. when the victim returned to his car after eating at Veggie Grill at 2025 Wilshire in Santa Monica. His vehicle was then surrounded by the three suspects, who smashed in the windshield as well as the driver's-side and passenger-side windows. At least one of the masked suspects pointed a gun at the victim while a second grabbed a black case containing the jewelry on the passenger seat...

Chicken-Eating Bear Ravages La Cañada Coop

Reports of a bear sighting last Thursday in La Cañada Flintridge have been linked to a 911 call from a woman whose backyard chicken coop was raided by the bear. Four chickens were found dead. "It was horrifying," Wendy Blair of the 1700 block of Bonita Vista Drive told La Canada Flintridge Patch editor Donna Evans. "I banged my pots and pans and the bear took off, but I keep thinking it'll come back again."...

Teacher Files Assault Complaint Over 'Chest Bump' With Councilman

example of proper chest bump (photo by thaths via flickr) Estancia High School English teacher Joel Ruben Flores filed a police report last weekend claiming he was assaulted by Costa Mesa Councilman Steve Mensinger after a confrontation following a community fun run. Mensinger countered on Monday by filing a complaint against Flores with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District over an altercation described by Flores to police as a "chest-bumping." Flores apparently aggravated Mensinger with...

Pencil This In: Nike+ Runs to L.A. Live, 'Skid Row' Screens Downtown, Jackie Tohn in Los Feliz, Choice Photographers on Wilshire

The 2007 film Skid Row screens tonight at the Downtown Independent. A Q&A follows. MUSIC Barre's newest resident, Jackie Tohn's, "There's a Big Show in Here" is more animated than a Saturday morning cartoon, funnier than a barrel of funny things and is clinically proven to stop your spring doldrums in a single bound. A musical story of guts and glory, the voice that launched a thousand, "Wow I wish I could sing like...

3 Students Arrested After Admitting to Drawing Swastikas and Hate Graffiti at Calabasas High

Screenshot via KTLA Three male students were cited for felony vandalism and suspended from school after admitting their involvement in creating racist graffiti that was spotted last weekend on the grounds of Calabasas High School. While the trio of all 11th graders could face criminal charges, they will not face hate-crime charges related to the incident, according to officials who say the teenagers did not target a specific group. Indeed, in spite of the...

Sporadic Road Closures Continue as Obama Meanders Back to LAX

"I don't know, Obama, he's older now. He used to look so fresh... exciting. I still have that poster, but I don't know." -- President Obama, paraphrasing Kool & the Gang in mocking the naysayers at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City on Thursday. There's a big upside to the traffic story this morning -- it's Good Friday and the freeways are relatively clear. UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: The president is now aboard Air Force One. Street closures lifted. We survived Obama Traffic Hell April 2011 (aka Obamageddon)!

Long Beach Teen Arrested for Alleged Facebook Threats

A 17-year-old student at Millikan High was arrested Thursday after allegedly threatening violence in a series of Facebook posts. The boy threatened to harm a "small number" of classmates just a few days after friending them on the social network, according to Long Beach police.

Snoop Dogg-Endorsed Malt Bevvy 'Blast' Gets the Four Loko Frown

Attorneys General in 15 states are lambasting Blast by Colt 45, a new, fruity malt beverage endorsed by Snoop Dogg. The drink's brightly colored cans and fruit flavors paired with a hip-hop marketing campaign will attract underage drinkers to what Illinois AG Lisa Madigan called a "binge-in-a-can."

Hundreds of Protesters Call on Obama to Recognize Armenian Genocide

"We want candidate Obama back," said human rights activist and Grammy-award winning musician Serj Tankian before leading a gathering mostly Armenian-Americans outside Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City Thursday afternoon. As many as 1,500 community members participated in the protest, according to Reported crowd size varied from 500 to 2,000 according to the Daily News. MyFoxLA counted only 200 protesters. "Obama keep your promise," they chanted, referring to the president's campaign promise to...

NYC Buddies Arrive in L.A. on $5,000 Cab Fare

Last weekend, John Belitsky and Dan Wuebben hailed a cab at LaGuardia Airport and asked the driver to take them to Los Angeles. It started out as somewhat of a dare when Belitsky's father, a former NYC cab driver, was certain nobody would be up to the task. Belitsky and Wuebben bought a camera and started a YouTube channel (NY2LAinacab) with the profile: "Heading from NYC to LA. In. a. cab. Follow us at...

Chatsworth High Senior Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

A hit-and-run driver is at large after striking a 17-year-old bicyclist and fleeing the scene in Canoga Park Wednesday night. German Alex Romero, a senior at Chatsworth High School from Reseda, was pronounced dead at the scene. Romero was riding bicycles along with a 17-year-old friend on northbound De Soto Avenue near Valerio when he was struck from behind by a Toyota Corolla or Camry hatchback, according to the LAPD. The driver then sped away...

Tina Fey and Steve Martin Share Wisdom and Wit at Nokia Theatre

Nokia Theatre was packed Tuesday night for a one-off chat and Q&A at which Steve Martin and Tina Fey expanded on highlights from her new book "Bossypants." What was billed as a summit of two comic writers with recently released books was more of a casual three-way love fest between Martin, Fey and the audience, which laughed and applauded with near-absurd frequency. Carolyn Kellogg's in-depth review at Jacket Copy gets into detail:Fey took the...

Amazon Cloud Crash Makes it Harder to Procrastinate

As if the traffic situation isn't about to be a nightmare IRL with President Obama arriving at LAX around 2:30 p.m., an outage affecting web apps and services dependent on Amazon's EC2 servers has crashed many of our favorite online procrastinatory tools and destinations. What does this mean? We haven't been able to monitor our social networks with Hootsuite, check in on Foursquare, ask questions on Quora, or check in on the real news of the day at Reddit for... going on twelve hours!

Your iPhone Knows What You Did Last Summer, Or At Least Where You Were

Andrew Hyde gets around. The iPhone Tracker app confirms this. (Photo via flickr). Andrew Hyde sold all of his worldly possessions last August and began a trip around the world. He makes no secret of this -- its detailed on his website. We're well aware that personal information becomes vulnerable whenever we agree to the terms of service of yet another fun geo-location mobile app as it typically utilizes information from the phone's positioning...

Lamar Odom Wins Sixth Man of the Year Award

In between hours of breaking down tape from Sunday's ugly loss to the New Orleans Hornets, Lakers' power forward Lamar Odom received the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award today. Odom started nearly half of the Lakers 82 regular season games this year, primarily due to injury to starting center Andrew Bynum. However, it was his energy off the bench that helped the Lakers through a sometimes-lackadaisical second half of the season, beginning...

LACMA New Acquisitions Include Ai Weiwei Sculpture, Christian Marclay's 'The Clock'

Ai Weiwei, Untitled (Divine Proportion), 2006, is one of eight new acquisitions by LACMA (courtesy LACMA blog) The LA County Museum of Art added eight pieces to its collection last weekend, including Christian Marclay's widely-acclaimed 24-hour video "The Clock," according to the LA Times. A 24-hour-long meditation on the nature and artifice of time, "The Clock" consists of thousands of film (and to a lesser degree television) clips that feature clocks and watch faces,...

Extra, Extra

Today in Extra, Extra if McDonalds isn't good enough for you, Hooters is hiring! A coach is fired and baseball season is cut short at a high school in Burbank. Also, we've got bad news for Charlie Sheen, good news in Silver Lake, a couple celebrity deaths and news about cemeteries. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

National Terror Alerts Go Colorblind

Terror in the U.S. no longer sees any color. After nearly a decade, the sun has finally set on the Department of Homeland Security's rainbow of terror color-coded alert system. In the near future, terror as we've feared it will no longer be expressed in terms of the more shocking shades in the spectrum as the department's brand new National Terror Advisory System (NTAS) public guide (pdf) is introduced. "We've been 'orange' since 2006,"...

'Restrepo' Director Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya

Tim Hetherington image via Twitter Academy-Award nominated film director and war photographer Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya Wednesday along with award-winning Getty photographer Chris Hondros, according to Business Insider and ABC News. UPDATE: Later reports indicated that Hetherington was killed in the attack while Hondros and at least one other journalist were seriously wounded. Hondros later died of his wounds at the hospital. Hetherington was last heard from via Twitter on Tuesday: "In...

Video Lunch: Because Afroman and Jay & Silent Bob Got High

We almost forgot to post a video for your lunching pleasure today. Y'wanna know why? Afroman will tell you in this, um, blast from the past featuring Jay and Silent Bob.... We'll be keeping an eye out for the budsicle truck. Happy 20th of April. Enjoy!...

LAPD Visits Venice Boardwalk Marijuana Dispensary on 4/20

The Medical Kush Doctor marijuana dispensary is raided on 4/20 (photo via Venice 311. No better day for a tour of beachfront dispensaries than April 20th, or 4/20, the date/time a bunch of stoners once decided to use as code for smoking the pot. But to walk into a marijuana dispensary, one must have a medical marijuana ID card administered by a county health official (thanks to, yep -- CA Senate Bill 420). But...

Day of Peace and Action Set for Thursday at USC

USC is probably the last school in town at which you'd expect to find a student body actively engaged in administrative injustices and campus policy but that may be starting to change. "The tide is beginning to turn as USC continues to upset certain members of its community," said Max Hoiland, one of the student organizers behind the march and rally, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Thursday in the United University Church parking lot.

It's Tax Day But...

Homer gets a break this April 15th (photo by jpmatth via flickr. ...The deadline for filing taxes is Monday, April 18th this year! In January the IRS announced an extension from the typical April 15th tax deadline to the 18th in keeping with the traditional Coachella Friday -- er -- Emancipation Day holiday, observed only in DC and equating to one celebratory day of liberation from filing taxes. If you're not filing via the...

The Universe is Yours: NASA Releases Sky-Mapping Data

Part of the sky, as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) NASA's Pasadena-based (Caltech) Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) left us all a little gift this week -- the first batch of data and images collected by an infrared satellite that captured the most detailed scan of the whole sky. Data and images captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) during the first three months of 2010 can now be pored over...

Record Store Day in L.A.

Record Store Day exclusives seen in the Coachella tent, 2009 (Photo by Andy Sternberg/LAist) This weekend is all about music and you don't even need to venture out to the Coachella Valley to take part. April 16th is the fifth annual (fourth global) Record Store Day and it is being celebrated at more independent record stores around L.A. than we even knew existed. The limited-edition special releases and in-store parties and performances begin at...

Shut Out of Coachella? Watch it Live Online

!!! gets the Coachella webcast off to a sweaty start on the Outdoor Theater stage Whether you missed out on tickets to Coachella this year, prefer kickin' it by the pool, or just dislike crowds (but love music), you'll be enlightened to know that the festival is comin' atcha live. On three channels, starting now. Barring any technical difficulties, the Coachella livestream will bring about 60 live performances to your computer or mobile device...

Villaraigosa's 'New Contract' Focuses on Education but What About the State of Broke L.A.?

Mayor Viilaraigosa made education reform a focal point of his annual State of the City address Wednesday evening. In an address at Thomas Jefferson High titled "A New Contract," Villaraigosa called for renewed teachers' contract in a battle to recover from losses in state funding that have led to the layoffs of thousands of LAUSD teachers. But this approach did not fall lightly on the ears of many civic leaders, many of whom are concerned...

Tiger Beat Founder Charles Laufer Dies

Charles Laufer, the founder of legendary teen mag Tiger Beat among other fanzines and publications has died. Laufer, who co-founded Tiger Beat with his brother Ira in 1965, died of natural causes at Northridge Hospital Medical Center on April 5th, according to a family member who notified the L.A. Times. He was 87.

Prince Bro-Down with George Lopez Comes to Shreds

Prince is in town. We wouldn't know about this, of course, if not for George Lopez and his late-night show on TBS -- y'know, the one that comes after Conan. On Monday night his purple majesty called in to Lopez Tonight to announce a 21-night stand at The Forum in Inglewood. But Wednesday night Prince got down with Team Loco, performing three songs (including new ones) and rapping with George about everything from Olive...

Vons Tops Whole Foods in Seafood Sustainability Report

via Carting Away the Oceans report. Greenpeace's latest scorecard measuring various supermarket chains' commitments to sustainable seafood may come as a surprise. The polesitter is not Whole Foods and certainly not Bristol Farms... it's one of the largest grocery chains in the United States. Safeway, which owns and operates all VONS and Pavilions supermarkets (among others), captured the top spot in Greenpeace's fifth update of its Carting Away the Oceans rankings. Safeway has made...

Midday Hot Sauce: Beastie Boys Make Some Noise, Revisit Fight For Your Right

The Beastie Boys first non-instrumental full-length release "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 drops soon -- May 3rd -- and yeah we're pretty excited too. The latest album teaser comes in the form of this hilarious, cameo-filled trailer of a 30-minute video of the first single from the new album, titled "Fight For Your Right Revisited." Watch it below and check out the full version of the new single "Make Some Noise" in video form below...

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