Results tagged “Carolyn Kellogg”

David Duchovny, Sex Addict. Aw Baby - Come Over Here.

Oh, Duchovny. Yale-educated, deadpan funny, strangely-hot Duchovny. You have checked into sex addict rehab, and it is a shame, a crying shame. We feel bad for your wife, the hot-and-smart actress Tea Leoni. We feel bad for your kids, because nobody wants to think about a parent having sex with anybody. But mostly, we feel bad for ourselves. David. David. You have a sex addiction? You must have sex with many women? Don't lock...

Every Day is Brenda Day

If you missed 90210 the first time around, it's hard to explain. It was an instantaneous, un-self-aware camp classic. It was absolutely unwatchable while demanding that you HAD TO WATCH. Tori Spelling, before becoming the wronged daughter, the wedded-and-babied reality show chick, was simply a spoiled, freakishly untalented actress -- who was cast, in her daddy's show, as the eternal virgin (eew!). Ian Ziering, before he danced with the stars, played the cool guy --...

Twittering Labor. And We Don't Mean Labor Day.

Remember that woman who twittered the earthquake -- from her OB-GYN's office? She was in the stirrups when it happened. Whether you think she was an oversharer or a wildly tough chick, she's been done one better. Because now someone is having a baby, twittering all the while. For all we know, other women have twittered their labor already, but this is the first friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend to do so. We think it's cool. A little...

Hooray for Hollywood's Nonagenarians

91-year-old Ernest Borgnine has written a memoir, Ernie, and not only does he have real stuff to talk about -- like winning an Oscar, working with Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, etc. -- he's been downright sassy on his book tour (if you haven't seen the YouTube clip, it's after the jump). He told the LA Times that older actors should still be in pictures. I don't know how Karl Malden is right now, but...

Reinventing Los Angeles: Today at 2

photo of the 2003 Pasadena Freeway bike ride by Virginia Renner Occidental Professor Robert Gottlieb's latest book -- Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City -- is going to be awfully tempting to Angelenos who care about urban planning, the environment and social change. Get a taste when he reads today at Dutton's at 2pm -- and then ask the store to order a copy for you. In his book, Gottlieb...

Nobody holds a press conference when it's bad news

Eli Broad and Antonio Villaraigosa at the Grand Avenue announcement Almost two years ago, Frank Gehry, Eli Broad and the big developer folks from Related Companies announced the Grand Avenue Project. A blocklong development of housing, a hotel, retail & greenspace -- all designed by Gehry -- would complement Disney Hall. Getting the development together was tremendously complicated, and it probably wouldn't have happened without Broad's power and support. Since the exciting, fancy unveiling...

Ike Turner: Coke is it

R&B singer Ike Turner, who some consider a father of rock-n-roll, did not go gently into that good night when he died at his home near San Diego in December. In fact, the 76-year-old was high, high, high on cocaine. The coroner reports that he died of "cocaine toxicity." And while it's sad when anyone dies of drug use -- because generally, we figure nobody starts partying with the idea that it's going to...

Highland Park: Don't F*ck With the Neighborhood

Last week, four men targeted a house on Avenue 54 in in Highland Park near the Gold Line. It was early evening - 8, 8:30 - and the team of robbers broke into the house, only to find its resident inside. The home's occupant was pissed. And had a gun. One of the four -- a 21-year-old -- was shot multiple times. By the time his buddies got him to Glendale Memorial Hospital, he...

Helping Out the Homeless

Yesterday the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved additional steps for Project 50, a three year pilot program that will help get some of the most vulnerable people living on skid row into permanent housing. Volunteers completed hundreds of early-morning interviews to identify the 50 people who were in the most trouble -- people living on the streets with chronic illnesses, like liver disease and AIDS, many of whom are also mentally ill. Now a...

Death by Injection Reaches Supreme Court

It's been 130 years since the Supreme Court has heard direct arguments about the method of execution -- back then, it was the firing squad. Today, it'll be on a Kentucky case; Kentucky, like California and 35 other states, uses lethal injection. In December 2006, a California judge found that, the LA Times reports, There was "more than adequate" evidence that the state was violating the U.S. Constitution after hearing testimony that lethal injection...

Happy Dolphins, Grumpy Navy

Yesterday the National Resources Defense Council and the California Coastal Commission celebrated a new court order against the Navy in a case over the use of sonar in training exercises. US District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper imposed a series of detailed restrictions on current Navy training practices. The Navy is in the habit of using sonar, which can be devastating to marine mammals, in a migration corridor. The judge, who has made clear her...

Villaraigosa Campaigns For ...

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, one of Hillary Clinton's national campaign chairs, is returning to Iowa to campaign for her, the Daily News reports. It is caucus day, so there's not much campaigning left to do. He was in Iowa the 29th-31st, came back to LA, and now he's off again. What exactly is he doing there? Is Hillary's campaign so worried about her numbers that they've put out an all-hands-on-deck, now or never call? Is...

Steal a catalytic converter, make 45 bucks

Thefts of catalytic converters, according to one cop in El Segundo, have reached "epidemic" levels, the LA Times reports. Helpfully, the paper also includes instructions on how to go about stealing your own: Some thieves use saws, but the preferred weapon in Southern California is a ratchet with a 14-millimeter socket. The thief crawls under the car and unfastens the bolts holding the converter, a process that accomplished crooks can complete in 90 seconds....

Got a Metropass? Pack a quarter (or several)

You're a good commuter: you use public transportation to get to work, paid your $62 for a Metropass. But come Tuesday, you're losing a couple of perks: no more free rides on the DASH (25 cents) or Commuter Express (90 cents). The Daily News reports that Metro officials picked up the tab for these services to the tune of $750,000 last year; earlier this month, they decided that you could pay it yourself. If...

Old Town Pasadena: Dinner, Shopping, Shooting

Yesterday, as shoppers lined the streets of Old Town Pasadena, four shots rang out on Colorado Blvd. A 23-year old man, the intended victim, was hit once in the back. He's in stable condition at a nearby hospital. It is, the LA Times reports, the area's first shooting. Channel 9 happened to be there. Old Town Pasadena is filled with mostly mallish chain stores and dining establishments and a few independent restaurants, but it's...

Morning news kickstart

Yvonne Braithwaite-Burke doesn't trust you to pay your Metro fare; NPR reports on moves to make Metro's honor system history. Is the city of LA feeling the writers' strike in its wallet? Today reps from the WGA and SAG will talk with LA economist Jack Kyser and the City Council Housing, Community and Economic Development Committe about the economics of the strike. (The MPAA has been invited, but hasn't RSVP'd yet). A lil' shake...

But now how're we gonna have our apocalypse?

As was reported yesterday, AT&T is pulling the plug on its payphones, and while they say independent carriers will pick them up, it's clear they're on their way to extinction. But the world won't be the same -- especially the movie world. Take this, the 1988 film Miracle Mile. With no pay phones, Anthony Edwards wouldn't be able to answer that call outside Johnnie's Diner and learn -- via a wrong number -- that...

Shine a light on me

The LA Times reports that copper thieves have been stealing the wire from streetlights in areas across the city where they think they can get away with it. Scratch that, where they can get away with it. The bikepath along the LA River was such a target that the City of LA's Department of Public Works welded the boxes at the base of the streetlights shut. Didn't work. The copper thefts continued. At at...

Another dive bar bites the dust

It's happened again: a perfectly good dive bar is about to be remade as some overhyped, shortlived blech, as blogging.la feared. The Lowenbrau Keller has fallen into the clutches of restaurant developer The Wanton Group. Yes, they really call themselves that. The Lowenbrau Keller was almost impossible to find, hidden behind enormous overgrown trees with a hard to describe street address (on Beverly but it seemed like First, or Temple), too far south to...

Phil Spector jury deadlocks!

The Phil Spector jury, after 6 ballots, concludes that they are deadlocked at 10 and 2. Spector watched, leaning back, chin down, eyes fixed and unblinking. Mistrial for Phil! Once again, a celebrity gets into hot water and walks away relatively unscathed. Lana Clarkson -- pictured here, in an early appearances as a trophy wife in Fast Times at Ridgemont High -- didn't walk away at all. Her last minutes were spent in Phil...

Phil Spector's jury: hanging around

After seven days of deliberation, word came from the Phil Spector jury today that they were deadlocked. But the judge isn't ready to let them go yet. Turns out the jury is hung 7 to 5. Either 5 people are saying that reasonable doubt exists that Spector didn't shoot Lana Clarkson, or 7 are. That's more doubt than many courtwatchers had expected. The judge asked the jurors if anything else might convince them to...

Show me the monkey

Jane Goodall - leading primatologist, National Geographic favorite, TED speaker -- is coming to LA. To Griffith Park. Wow, do we have monkeys? Where are the monkeys in Griffith Park? Damn. The only non-human primates in the park are at the LA Zoo. Goodall is coming not for science, but for peace. Part of Goodall's nonprofit is called Roots and Shoots, aimed at getting kids involved in positive change for the environment, animals, yadda...

Phil Spector: under the gun?

In her closing arguments, defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden showed a video montage of witnesses who said they couldn't put the gun in Phil Spector's hand. The defense is trying to convince the jury that Lana Clarkson, a marginally talented, fairly beautiful actress/model whose career was on the wane, left her crappy job at the House of Blues with the wealthy record producer late one night, got to his house, found a handgun and...

Gorky's graveyard shift

By the time I got to Gorky's Russian Cafe, its communist-leaning founder had sold out to a south bay capitalist named Fred. He hired me as a server, promoted me to cashier, then made me manager -- of the 1am-9am shift. From 2-6, I was the only staffer there at the corner of 8th and San Julian downtown. People would come in after Jac Zinder's dance club, or a show at LACE, arty people...

Punk is Dead, again: Hilly Kristal dies

Hilly Kristal, the founder of legendary New York punk rock club CBGBs, died yesterday of lung cancer. He was 75. Kristal had the good sense to put Blondie, Television, the Ramones and the Talking Heads on stage. He also had the good sense to keep his New York thing in New York, so Gothamist's remembrance seems appropriate. But we couldn't let this hallmark of punk pass without our own wave farewell. Despite the fact that...

Phil Spector field trip - in pictures

The jury in the Phil Spector trial took a field trip to his home in Alhambra today. Only one member of the media -- Linda Deutsch of the AP -- was allowed in. Everyone else set up camp down the street and waited until she came out with her report. Meet Lily the great dane, who on all fours is almost taller than Phil Spector. More behind-the-scenes photos after the jump....

Would Michael Bay remember you?

Michael Bay, the #11 box-office earning film director, testified for the prosecution in the Phil Spector trial Monday. His appearance sent a shock of excitement through the ice-cold courtroom; I swear even Dominick Dunne perked up. Michael Bay said he remembers Lana Clarkson. He knew her from his days directing videos and commercials for Propaganda, back when he was the kind of guy who had to direct TV ads instead of blowing shit up,...

Be My Baby: daughter testifies at Spector trial

Yesterday the defense team called Nicole Spector, Phil Spector's daughter, to the stand. Her testimony (all 2 minutes of it) was designed to show that the music producer is right-handed, which would seem to counter some of the prosecution's forensic evidence. Nicole was composed and smiled warmly at the jury. But... 1. In recounting Phil Spector's dad-ishness -- he'd pick her up from high school, join her at her mom's house for dinner, then watch...

The house of Spector

Looks like a visit to the Pyrenees may be ahead for the jurors in the Spector trial -- Phil Spector's Pyrenees Castle, that is. The defense wants all 12 jurors (and 6 alternates) to come and see the room where Lana Clarkson died. But getting them there is complicated -- the judge will also come along, and the court reporter, and sheriffs deputies, not to mention the lawyers for both sides. If all the...

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

As I'm really just a longterm visitor to this, your fair city, it gave me some real reassurance to know that I received the same hysterical email about the mountain lion in Silverlake as did Franklin Avenue (which has it in full) and Blogging.la (where Will, who once worked at the zoo, parses the mountain lion/cougar/bobcat thing). So the streets of Silverlake, post-Griffith Park fire, are filling with wildlife. I understand the worry about skunks,...

Remembering the New Beverly

News earlier this month of the death of Sherman Torgan, the owner of the New Beverly Cinema, sent waves across the film community. Waves that reached all the way to London, where filmmaker Neal Romanek was prompted to pen this remembrance and send it along to LAist. At the beginning of the month, I'd swing by the New Beverly to get a new schedule - usually parking illegally on Detroit - usually snatching up...

Need something to celebrate today?

Guest Day Editor Carolyn Kellogg joins LAist with a few posts throughout the day. Read the introductory interview and check out the her litblog. Happy 35th birthday to the guy who directed the scary as fuck original Grudge movies, Takashi Shimizu, and the funny as all get-out Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live. Country musician Bobbie Gentry celebrates her birthday today, as do musicians Juliana Hatfield and Pete Yorn. It's Yahoo Serious' birthday, too. Don't...

Is that a slow loris in your pants?

Guest Day Editor Carolyn Kellogg joins LAist with a few posts throughout the day. Read the introductory interview and check out the her litblog. One man decided to stash a couple of the South Asian monkeys in his underwear to get them into the US. This week, National Geographic looks at animal smuggling schemes caught at LAX. Authorities there have found the exotic -- rare butterflies, leopards and more. But they also catch the...

The best matchup of band and festival ever

Hot Hot Heat have been added to the Sunset Junction bill. I know you know Sunset Junction, the festival spread along Silverlake's streets in late August. It's sweltering, and us indie rock fans could never quite understand how old-skool Silverlake gay men could promenade in their leathers all day long. The days of gay old Silverlake are mostly gone now; heck, the 4100 Club took over Detour years ago. Anyway, I reminisce: no matter...

On the QT: James Ellroy returns

Guest Day Editor Carolyn Kellogg joins LAist with a few posts throughout the day. Read the introductory interview and check out the her litblog. James Ellroy -- the man who brough noir up to date at the end of the 20th century with his books The Black Dahlia, LA Confidential, White Jazz and more -- is back. He left California for parts midwest (why do people do that?) but has finally come to his senses...

Midday news: all that and a donut

Of course Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite-Burke lives in her district. Or maybe not. (Los Angeles Times) Nicole Richie appears at the Glendale courthouse, reporter gets elbowed in the head (East of the 5/Daily News). As for Nicole, she gets 4 days in jail. (KCAL) Don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out, Paris. The Hilton heiress' Hollywood home is for sale. (Curbed LA) How much do you love your botox?...

Looking back: the USC archives

This photo is of 6th Street in downtown LA, looking east, between Hope and Grand. The Hotel Savoy on the left later became the Crocker National Bank Tower (how it looked in 1969 or so, when it was the tallest building in LA). The building is still there, and -- no surprise -- it's slated to go condo. LA so relentlessly tears down its buildings that I'm always hoping to find a way to...

Phil Spector trial update: forensics a go-go

This week the prosecution rested its case against Phil Spector, who is accused of murdering Lana Clarkson on February 3, 2003 with a tidy shot to the head. And I do mean tidy: the "spatter" on Spector's jacket, which has been the focus of much testimony this week, consists of tiny spots, most smaller than a dime, many far littler. The defense spent the week putting forensics experts on the stand to contradict the...

Eddie Murphy, Rick James and thou

Actors want to be rock stars. Rock stars want to be actors. But when comedians decide to record pop dance hits -- well, that's a party all the time. Guest Day Editor Carolyn Kellogg joins LAist with a few posts throughout the day. Read the introductory interview and check out her litblog....

Another reason to love Johnny Depp

Good taste in architecture: rumors fly (here and here) that he's bought the penthouse of the gorgeous bluegreen Eastern Columbia Building in downtown. The Eastern Columbia building is in the national register of historic places and is an LA Cultural-Historical landmark (#294, to be precise). It is coated in turquoise terra cotta from the ground level to the top of its 13th floor. The building will celebrate its 77th birthday on September 12. Johnny...

Lindsay Lohan could use the metro

Little Lindsay Lohan was popped for drunk driving in Santa Monica early this morning. The story, as TMZ tells it, is that her assistant quit, the assistant's mom came to pick her up (her mom? for reals?), and Lindsay jumped into her Denali SUV to give the two chase. Momma called the cops. Flash forward: Lindsay is arrested for drunk driving and she's got coke in her pocket. Lesson learned: driving after your just-quit...

Spector-tacular: at the Phil Spector trial

The facts: Phil Spector, motherf***ingawesome record producer and somewhat legendary kook, is on trial for the 2003 murder of Lana Clarkson, a struggling actress. One Feburary night, Spector ended up at the House of Blues' VIP Room -- oh, sorry, "Foundation Room" -- where Clarkson was working. He picked her up, she went home with him, and about an hour later ended up with a bullet in her head. The prosecution says Phil Spector...

20 Under 30: Chris Cruse

Our "20 Under 30" interview series with the coolest Angelenos under 30 focuses its bleary-eyed stare on the inexhaustible Chris Cruse of Echo Park. He's got a fantastic day job working on visual effects for "CSI:NY" (think bullets whizzing into bodies) but that's just the beginning. He also made a music video for Xiu Xiu, can be found DJing and/or running the projectors with his roommate at parties around town (currently they're at LiT at...

20 Under 30: Claire Cole

Our "20 Under 30" interview series with the coolest Angelenos under 30 today features Claire Cole. In a way, Claire has never grown up: she designs toys for a living. She's even worked on the uber-toy, Barbie. And when she was living in Chicago, she came in 7th in an apple pie baking contest. Meet toy designer, almost-champion piemaker Claire Cole. You currently design toys that go in cereal boxes. Tell us about the toy...

Aaron Spelling goes to the 90210 in the sky

TV producer Aaron Spelling, who suffered a stroke on Sunday, died at his home last night. He was 83. Spelling made the TV equivalent of junk food: rarely good, entirely irresistable. A quick tour of his imdb credits includes lots of stuff we don't remember, and lots more we do: "Starsky & Hutch." "The Love Boat." "Fantasy Island." "Charlie's Angels." "Hart to Hart." "Dynasty." "T.J. Hooker." "Melrose Place." "Beverly Hills, 90210." Aaron Spelling's productions...

The week in -ists

We're flashing a sad peace out to their editor Carolyn Kellogg with one hand and bumping knuckles with our new head typist L.A. blogger king Tony Pierce with the other. Where do ist editors go when they hang up the 'editorial we'? They take on MySpace, apparently. At least Ben Brown does. Austinist reminds of the just rewards of less savory careers this week and then they witness the Arctic Monkeys and We Are Scientists...

AM news: a stack of shorts

the good news - The Valley's Orange Line bus is a big hit: after just 7 months, it carries 22,000 passengers a day. It wasn't expected to reach those levels for another 14+ years. the good news pt 2 - Crime is down! Murder is down 10.8% citywide, overall crime down by 11%. Chief Bratton is smiling. the bad news - South LA accounts for 43% of all the homicides in the city —...

AM news: Oakwood, Glendale, teachers and students

death in venice - The shooting death of 17-year-old Agustin Contreras on the grounds of Venice High prompts the LA Times to look closely at the Oakwood neighborhood in Venice. What does the paper find but rich and poor, gangs and million-dollar homes, crammed together with an understandable dose of anger. Could this be a window into the future of Los Angeles? a new Americana - Or maybe the future of LA looks a...

Living in Sin: Rules of Attraction

Every week in Living in Sin, Jen Sincero provides advice to LA's sexually curious. You can see her column in print, too, in the LA Alternative Press. Ask Jen your questions: all are posted anonymously. Dear Jen, I'm a straight male in my late thirties who seems to attract bi-sexual women. My most recent girlfriend was older than I am, but I was her first male lover. Another girlfriend was experienced with men, but...

Coffee break news: skeletons, disaster and two good bloggers

natural/national - The Daily News reports on another Exposition Park tenant speaking out against an NFL team (possibly) moving in next door at the Coliseum. The funny thing: they say the protestor is the National History Museum. But they mean the museum with all the taxidermied animals and dinosaur skeletons. Oops. Natural History. another body? - Investigators believe there may be another death tied to the two little old ladies who made a habit...

Cheers to the new editor of LAist

We're ecstatic that Tony Pierce will be the new editor of LAist. Starting Tuesday. Cheers, Tony! photo by pantasaurus via buzznet...

Coffee break news: Gov "race," the chief, the hungry

The Stompinator - What is it about us Democrats that we nominate the pencil-neckiest, geekiest guy of them all to go up against Arnold Schwarzenegger? This strategy that we can paint a popular action star as a puppet of Washington is preposterous. Sigh. How about we save the millions of campaign dollars and just give the gubernatorial election to Arnold right now? Oh, in case you missed it, Phil Angelides has won the democratic...

AM news: voting and shooting and IEDs

Vote today! - Here's the election guide if you can't find it lying around in your stale mail pile. And here's a list of polling places. Sure, you may not be super-excited about the choices this time around, but you DO get a free sticker. school showdown - A 17-year-old was shot to death in the Venice High School parking lot yesterday as a fistfight between black and Latino students escalated. The fight began...

AM news: the weather is nice, mother nature is not

nature=danger, part 1 - An experienced, skilled mountain climber fell to her death last week on Mt. Mendel in Kings Canyon National Park. 57-year-old Patricia Rambert had reached the summit of 206 Sierra Nevada mountains and was considered a "peak bagger" in climbing circles. nature=danger, part 2 - The Kern River is a great place to go inner-tubing (the laziest of river sports, all you need to do is float and drink beer) but...

20 under 30: Noah Bonnett

LAist's "20 Under 30" interview series with interesting Angelenos under 30 continues with Noah Bonnett, reality TV production survivor turned vidcasting producer. His well-produced daily video podcast 88SLIDE is a quick shot quiz, which gives away gift certificates and, from time to time, an iPod. 88SLIDE has just had its 100th episode, and is still cranking; you can call Noah a video podcast pioneer. Tell us about 88SLIDE, the vidcast. And do you say vidcast...

AM news: little people, fires, no condos and a park

the dwarfs are a hit! - West Magazine's cover story is on bullfighting Little People in Mexico (with online video, cha cha). What with Little People, Big World and the paper's own massively popular story of the battle between Little People Kiss cover bands — which made it all the way to the Daily Show — we see a trend. Little People are hot! fire starter - Speaking of hot ... authorities have announced...

The week across -istland

DCist is screwed in the event of an oil crisis. Not that we're not all screwed in the event of an oil crisis, just D.C. is more screwed. Don't sell your car yet, District resident, a cabbie can kick you to the curb if he doesn't like your address. Not even Metro can save you now. Londonist experiences the London of the future through the wonders of 3D modeling, but while the 3D guys are...

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

I've been editor of LAist since December and it's been great. Many days have gone by like this photo, sitting at my dining room table with my laptop — although often in my pajamas. Luckily there's no picture of that. But now I'm packing up the dining room table and the rest of my apartment to move to Pittsburgh. By the end of the summer I'll be taking classes in a building called The...

AM news: a cop, a hospital, and Rocky's new hair

pissed police - LAPD Chief Bratton is furious over Assembly Bill 1882, which would transfer some airport security duties from the LAPD to the LAX police. But when making his official statement, he tried to be nice, avoiding calling LAX police fumbling idiots. "Why would you trust the security of a major terrorist target to a police force that is made up of many qualified people, but whose training, capabilities and hiring procedures are...

Living in Sin: Up or Down?

Every week in Living in Sin, Jen Sincero provides advice to LA's sexually curious. You can see her column in print, too, in the LA Alternative Press. Ask Jen your questions: all are posted anonymously. Dear Jen, I have a question, and since you're a chick I can pretty much guess which side you'll be on, but in hopes that you can be somewhat diplomatic, I want to ask you: why is it that...

LA's favorite movies

Critics come up with Best Of movie lists all the time, but today we wanted to see what the people want. The people who get their home movies from Netflix, that is. It's easy enough: Netflix has a feature that lists the movies that are tops with members in one city that don't do so well elsewhere. Here in LA, we're self-obsessed — Steve Martin's LA Story, from 1991, tops the list — we...

20 Under 30: Jody Kent

LAist's "20 Under 30" interview series with interesting Angelenos under 30 continues with Jody Kent, a passionate activist who works for the ACLU. She monitors the jails, advocates for inmates, and can tell you that if you get arrested, the last place you want to to end up is Men's Central Jail. Age and Occupation: 26, Jails Project Coordinator for the ACLU of Southern California How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and...

AM news: fishy, prowler, budget and Bush

the fish live! - Since March 6, two goldfish have been living in LA River water in the newsroom at the LA Times. It's now June, and the fish are still doing swimmingly — although the tank could use a cleaning. serial prowler - If you live in Arcadia, you might try using the AC at night instead of leaving the window open. Police warn that a petty thief has taken advantage of open...

A drop of royalty in SoCal

Does a girl get to be Princess if her father is a real life Prince who had a fling with her mom? That's what they're asking in Palm Springs, where 14-year-old Jazmin Grace Rotolo lives. Her mother dallied with Prince Albert during a trip to Monaco in 1991 and today the Prince, Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi, acknowledged that yes, the girl is his. She's the Prince's second out-of-wedlock child — that we know...

It wasn't me, I swear

Two cases of mistaken identity are in the news today. In the first, charges against Michael Lee Brown were dropped in Riverside. He'd been accused of — and pleaded not guilty to — a series of bank robberies across southern California. He was arrested last year and spent time in jail after a photo lineup, without any physical evidence tying him to the crimes. Another man, who looks a lot like Brown, was busted...

Simi Valley meltdown

We had no idea that Simi Valley was the site of America's first nuclear accident (obviously we should watch more History Channel). At the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, a liquid sodium reactor had a partial meltdown in 1959; the facts weren't made public until UCLA investigated 20 years later. Researchers speculate that the radiation released was as much as 240 times that of the Three Mile Island accident. Exactly what was contaminated in the...

AM news: terror, failed dates, fire and funds

target this - 46 cities will be getting counterterrorism grants in a new round of funding from the Department of Homeland Security. The good news is, we're on the list. The bad news is they're only passing out a total of $270 million. adding insult to injury - A woman who paid $125,000 to a Beverly Hills matchmaker sued after not finding the right guy. Yesterday she was awarded $2.1 million in the case...

20 under 30: Leah Dieterich

LAist's "20 Under 30" interview series with interesting Angelenos under 30 continues with Leah Dieterich, a 25-year-old who lives in West LA. You might have seen her at galleries, or run across a video she's made, or heard her playing drums in her apartment's bedroom. You might bumped into her buying coffee (she tells us she buys a lot of coffee). But it's a big city, so maybe you don't know her. Yet we're sure...

A last goodbye

Jeffry Ellis was a bartender at the Burgundy Room until earlier this year when he got very sick very fast; he died two weeks ago. And apparently the Burgundy Room doesn't give its employees a fat health insurance package, because Jeffry's illness left his family with a pile of hospital bills. Tonight, to raise funds and celebrate what would have been his 31st birthday, friends are going to be donating $10 or more to...

On Guard! Last Remaining Seats!

In the swashbuckling 1940 Zorro movie, called The Mark of Zorro, the handsome Tyrone Power plays the hero; he was so impressive, even the actor playing his nemesis swooned. Basil Rathbone said, "Power was the most agile man with a sword I've ever faced before a camera. Tyrone could have fenced Errol Flynn into a cocked hat." We've never seen Power's Zorro, and now we think we really should. On the big screen. And...

Photo du jour: Bikini contest

LA photoblogger Malingering has a keen sense of how ridiculous Angelenos can be — and how idiotic we can look. She (we think she's a she) also has a keen eye for the too-low low-rise, the belly fat, the mullet at the ballpark. So why, we wonder, did she subject herself to a Memorial Day bikini contest on Venice Beach? She sounds bitter, sure, but we think it secretly makes her very, very happy....

AM news: road stories

show on the road - Mayor Villaraigosa heads to Sacramento today to make his case for a takeover of LAUSD. As his big push begins, the pushback is also getting started, with legislators making noises about opposing the Mayor. But they're making wussy noises: Jackie Goldberg tells the LA Times "A lot of people up here are former school board members who don't want to see a mayor take over the district," which sounds...

Blogging around town

What do bloggers do over a 3-day weekend? Well, Caroline on Crack hits the new Bodega Winebar in Santa Monica and likes what she drinks, eats, and pays. Eating LA undertakes the daunting, if delicious task of creating a guide to the food at Farmer's Market. And Jessica Ritz hops a plane to Spain and promises to write about the wine there. Losanjelous sends food intern Samosa Mel to Magees Donuts in West Hollywood;...

Brunchtime news, holiday edition

as far as El Segundo - Despite high gas prices, the RV park at Dockweiler State Beach was booked solid for the holiday weekend. RV owners there told the Daily Breeze that their recreational vehicles get about 8 miles per gallon. to W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N - 14-year-old David Pruden, a student at Placertia Junior High School, will be heading to Washington to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week — it will be on...

AM news: Sunday morning coming down

streets of the city - West Magazine in the LA Times turns its attention to the overlooked hippie film Cisco Pike. Buried at the time of its release, never released on video, the movie is now out on DVD; the paper says it's worth a look. It follows Gene Hackman, Kris Kristofferson, Karen Black and Harry Dean Stanton through the streets of 1970 Los Angeles. deadly crash - A 22-year old woman racing through...

An -istly week

The weeks starts out right when a sucker punch on the field lands Chicagoist in the middle of a Sox/Cubs throwdown and the fists continue to fly in the comments. Despite suburban resident Ms. Pinney's best little try no books will be banned anytime soon and the El is really really gross. Houstonist is there to start compiling the punditry when when the guilty, guilty Enron verdict comes down. This guy seems to be able...

AM news: earthquake, survival, gas and a pop baby

disaster - An early morning earthquake in Indonesia has killed 2,500 and injured thousands more. As rescuers begin to comb through the affected area, near Yogyakarta, those numbers are sure to grow. stunning survival - When the Nissan Sentra flew off Mulholland and crashed 200 feet below, eight teens packed into it — including two in the trunk — lived to tell the tale. filling the tank - Drivers waited up to eight hours...

AM news: goodbyes and location, location

sign of the times - Long time Los Angeles signmaker Wayne Heath has died at age 87. Among his innovative, glorious creations are the Felix Chevrolet sign at Figueroa and Jefferson and the signage at the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas. deadly OC crash - Steve Ambriz, a councilman in the city of Orange, was killed yesterday when an out-of-control pickup smashed into his Toyota Camry. in the wrong place - Two animal activists...

Living in Sin: what's up with condoms? (and more)

Dear Jen, I've been happily attached to the same gal for over 15 years now, so my understanding of what goes on out there in humpity-bumpity land is limited to what I see from time to time on the internet. And what I see makes me wonder about a coupla things: what's up with condom use and pubic hair? OK, condoms first. From what I see, everyone is slurping each other from top to...

The literary landscape

LA-based writer Jim Ruland had a story on NPR's Day to Day Wednesday about a book — The Third Policeman — that flashed in a brief scene in the TV show "Lost." The show's fans flocked to the book, a 1940 comic novel written by an Irishman, hoping to find clues to the show's mystery. Aha! People who watch TV do read. Fans of the movie White Oleander probably know that it was first...

AM news: the farm, the beach and MySpace

farm flashback These may be the last days of the community farm in south central LA; supporters are $10 million short in their efforts to buy the property from the developer who's ready to take his 14 acres and make a profit. But Hollywood is lending a publicity-generating, eviction-fighting hand: Daryl Hannah is camping out on the property, Laura Dern and husband Ben Harper stopped by and Joan Baez is treesitting. Treesitting, you ask?...

Going to the Tonight Show

Last night, LAist decided that today was the day to do something only tourists do: go to a TV taping. And not just any taping — our destination was the Tonight Show. We don't particularly like Jay Leno, but it's something we've never done. So why not? OK, we had a reason: the Flaming Lips will be on. So we trucked out to Burbank and found the right gate and brazenly parked in the...

Newsflash! Enron execs found guilty

Score one for the little guy. The verdict is in on the fraud and conspiracy trial of Enron's Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, and it's guilty, guilty, guilty. Lay was found guilty on all charges while Skilling was found guilty on 20 of 28 counts (conspiracy, fraud, false statements, insider trading). Maybe they weren't the smartest guys in the room after all. Here's extensive Enron coverage from our brothers at Houstonist. They've been on...

The great bee scare of 2006

Our photo of the day is a mystery. What's so dangerous about the bees in Marc's neighborhood? Does he live in Corona, where bees attacked firemen and motorists after a pickup drove near their hive? Or is there another reason to see bees and flee?...

AM news: wigs, laundry, chill out and kimchi

Behind the Wall of Sound - Turns out legendary record producer Phil Spector has been quietly filing civil suits as he awaits trial for murder. The civil suits, which include a suit and countersuit with his former assistant, can proceed before the murder trial, a judge has just ruled. The best part: in court documents, the assistant says Spector is visited by only handful of people. One of the chosen few? A wigmaker. when laundry...

Zendik Farm lives

Back when this LAister was a dewey-eyed new Angeleno, we loved all things that were genuinely Los Angeles, that were cheap, that were a little bit strange (we haven't changed much). Back then we were drawn irresistably to Venice Beach, which was free — and a freakshow of street performers, muscle men and the scruffy hippie punks of Zendik Farm. The Zendik Farmers carried smeared newsprint zines that they wanted to sell you, and if...

The Ditty Bops hit the road

If you listened to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic today, you caught the Ditty Bops, whose record release party is tonight. Tomorrow the band leaves on tour — on their bicycles. We know bands who've toured tirelessly, and we've known people who've biked across the country. But before now we didn't know of anyone who had tried to combine the two. If you're free tomorrow, we suggest heading to Venice Beach at 10am to wave...

AM news: little old ladies, looking up, backed up, clearing up

arsenic and old ladies - A 73-year old and a 75-year old have been arrested in a life insurance scam that has allegedly netted them more than $2 million. Olga Rutterschmidt and Helen Golay took out life insurance policies on homeless men, carefully crafting ficitonal relationships that would qualify them as beneficiaries. Authorities say they took out at least 19 policies on two men who both died after being run down in alleys. want...

Living in Sin: Hot and Bothered at the Office

Every week in Living in Sin, Jen Sincero provides advice to LA's sexually curious. You can see her column in print, too, in the LA Alternative Press. Ask Jen your questions: all are posted anonymously. Dear Jen, I started a new job two months ago and met this guy who I had incredible chemistry with. We flirted pretty steadily for the first couple weeks, and then one day after work, he just blurted out...

Tu Ciudad's Best of Latino LA

The magazine Tu Ciudad has taken on the monumental task of discovering the best of Latino Los Angeles — it's all packed into their June/July issue, on newsstands this week. To celebrate, if you bring your copy of the magazine to Ciudad, Loteria Grill (in Farmer's Market) or Porto's Bakery in Glendale you can score free food. Congrats to our friends at La Bloga, which the magazine has named the Best Blog for Latino...

AM news: Botox, LAPD, Romer and travel

no really, Botox is good for you - Front page "news" from the LA Times: Getting Botox injections to freeze your frown lines may improve your emotional well-being. If your face can't move into a frown, according to a survey of 10 women, your moods may be less gloomy. No word on which 10 women were in the survey. an LAPD wrinkle - Implementation of a computer system to track officer conduct has stalled...

We -ist across the nation

LAist has so much fun this week! They go to E3, where they overhear the timeless remark "Man, this is where nerdy girls get laid." Is that a promise? They also give us this week's best CDs and make us realize that LA is the best place to use Zillow. Ah, Houstonist. They're biking to work, that is, if they can figure out how to get there. That's right, Mapquest says "Houston had the...

AM news: football and punishment

to NFL or not to NFL Will too much municipal money be needed to draw the NFL back to Los Angeles? That's the question critics are asking, according to a report in the LA Times today. We're not sure about the exact finaancing scheme, but we do think it's time LA got a football team again. It's embarassasing. Sheesh, San Francisco and San Diego both have one. Olympics for LA? The Coliseum, which would...

Well, she IS the Material Girl

Labor activists are upset that Madonna has been crossing picket lines at the Forum to rehearse for her upcoming humungous concert. IATSE Local 33 is holding the picket line; IATSE 33, SEIU 1877 (janitors) and Operating Engineers 501 have joined in support. But maybe they're barking up the wrong pop star tree. Madonna, who is from the onetime labor stronghold of Michigan, has left the US for England and adopted a bizarre accent to...

AM news: in the PV, Yahoo, LAPD

unhappy trails The Donald is ruffling feathers in Rancho Palos Verdes with a request to rename the street that leads to his new development Trump National Drive. So far, city officials are sticking with the current Ocean Trails Drive. fake TV Also from Palos Verdes (buzzing with news today, the PV!): a man who claimed to be producing a government-backed TV show about the Department of Homeland Security is expected to plead guilty today...

A week of -ists

Londonist prepares a Happy Birthday bath for Buddah this week and then things get all cliched. A madman goes on a rampage while axe-wiedling and London's mayor warns an American diplomat to avoid the kitchen if the heat bothers him so much. LAist has finally come around to purchasing tickets for Clipper Train. Hyper local dating sites are spamming L.A. neighborhoods and the fascinating Dame Darcy talks with LAist about art, the city and earthquakes....

An LAX report

LAist waxes individual on Sundays, so this seems like the perfect time to tell you that I'm at LAX. I mean, I was; now I'm 2,000 miles away. I was going to post from the airport, but.... Why doesn't LAX have WiFi? If there was ever a building that looked like it should radiate internet waves, the gloriously sixties-era futuristic Encounter is it. But does the airport have a WAN? Little terminal-based WiFi? Nooooo....

AM news: sk8ing moms & show us the money

shredding moms Yesterday moms in Laguna Niguel skated a bowl in a mothers' day fundraiser. "Kids are proud to have a nonconforming parent," the LA Times writes, which puts a nail in the skating-as-rebellion coffin for us. Wait, we hear more banging — it's 35-year-old mother Jenny Sparks, who tells the paper: "Skateboarding is the new Jenny Craig." immigration numbers An AP report in the Daily Breeze says that it's going to be hard...

AM news: the high school edition

music for a Valley high American Idol top 3 finalist Katharine McPhee visited Notre Dame High School, her alma mater, and got an official welcome from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. She also drove some high school boys to the brink when she sang "God Bless the Child" (check out the guy on the right). young love The LA Times finds a modern Romeo & Juliet at the racially divided Jefferson High...

Photo of the day: behind the scenes

Blogger Peggy Archer got this shot while working on a film set. Too bad those tree branches wouldn't be in the shot — they sure are pretty....

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