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Thank You For Flying WTF Airlines: 21 Fined For Int'l Price-Fixing

A large scale price-fixing scheme involving international air carriers has cost U.S. consumers and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars, say federal prosecutors. Between 2000 and 2006, 21 airlines "allegedly conspired with competitors to inflate passenger and cargo fuel surcharges," notes FOX LA.

Hawaii & Alaska Have Cheaper Gas?! CA's $3.845 Highest In US

Photo by joiseyshowaa via Flickr Need a fill up? Try Hawaii or Alaska. It's cheaper there. California's average price of $3.845 for a gallon of regular gas is the highest in the U.S. outranking even the states where fuel is almost always more expensive. Increasingly pricey oil and "the rigors of making California's clean-burning gasoline," are to blame, reports the LA Times. According to AAA's daily fuel-price survey, Friday's painful average was more than...

Zoom Zoom Boom: Did Mazda Spider Infestation Start At Plant?

Photo by mrmoorey via Flickr The Mazda recall is a story of creeping nightmares that includes, but is not limited to, spiders in vents, spiders in the fuel tank, and spiders that make your engine explode. Mazda was alerted of the situation after logging approximately 20 cases of spider infestation from various dealers across the country, reports the LA Times. But were the cars born with a spidey sense? Rather than looking to the...

Maria The Goose Gets A Temporary Home At The L.A. Zoo

Looks like city figured out how to temporarily solve a problem like Maria by moving the famous Echo Park goose to the Los Angeles Zoo during upcoming construction and rehab at the lake, reports ABC Local. But what will this mean for the daily walk/fly she takes with BFF Dominic Ehler?! Is he moving there too? Responding to public demand, city officials say Maria will be given a temporary home at the L.A. Zoo...

London 2012 Olympics Logo: Iran Upset With Lisa Simpson

London 2012 Olympic Logo Iran is protesting the abstract date logo for London's 2012 Olympic Games claiming the numbers spell out the word "Zion." By contrast, we said it looked like Lisa Simpson on her knees in 2007 when it first debuted. The head of Iran’s National Olympic Committee, Mohammad Aliabadi, has reportedly accused the British Olympic organizers of "racism" in a letter sent to the International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, stating that...

JetMadam Asks, Is That A Plane In Your Pocket?

A Newport Beach company is giving their jets-for-sale operation a little extra oomph by marketing the website a bit like an escort service. JetMadam.com, owned by Mach+ Media Inc., is "a free, user friendly online database for anyone seeking to buy or sell a private aircraft," reports the OC Register.

Driver Arrested For Going 30 MPH Through Glendale, In Reverse

Photo by Non Paratus via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A 49-year-old man could face reckless driving charges after police spotting his Mazda going 30 mph in reverse for approximately three miles through central Glendale on Saturday, reports the Glendale News-Press. An off-duty officer reportedly spotted Gurgen Gukasyan at about 6 a.m. on North Glendale Avenue looking over his shoulder as he drove backward with his right arm on the passenger seat and...

Which Department Has The Most City Issued Cell Phones In LA?

Photo by janineomg via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr City Controller Greuel, in an effort to save taxpayer money, has called for a 60% reduction in the number of City issued cell phones by July 1st, 2011. The Controller believes this action could save Los Angeles nearly $5 million annually that can be better spent. A final audit will be released in the coming weeks that examines overall City cell phone usage and...

Legionella Bacteria Confirmed At Playboy Mansion 'Water Source'

Health officials have confirmed the presence of Legionella bacteria at a water source at Hugh Hefner's Holmby Hills Playboy Mansion during their investigation of a suspected Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that affected visitors attending a convention fundraiser in February. Legionnaires’ disease, spread by bacteria, causes respiratory illness often presenting as cough, malaise, chills and fever. "Officials, however, have not ruled out other bacteria or viruses, because Legionella bacteria are commonly found in moist environments, Dr....

Don't Inhale The Fail Whale: Charlie Sheen Joins Twitter

Another big day for batshit crazypants Sheen as Charlie takes a 140-character leap into technology with the creation of a verified Twitter account. Does he know how to use Twitpic? We'll find out. As Sheen has not yet tweeted his first broadcast (though already has more than 113,000 followers) we are left wondering if this is a professional move to help straighten out the mounting PR issues now that his long time publicist has split, or whether he'll use the platform to vent megalomaniacal and/or offensive rhetoric.

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Chicagoist’s "Countdown to Rahmageddon" concluded with the election of Rahm Emanuel as Mayor. With Emanuel’s election, the epic "Mayor Emanuel" Twitter feed came to a glorious end, and they broke the feed down by the numbers. But the biggest election surprise was the election of City Council’s first Asian-American alderman. Chicagoist also hosted an inspired live chat to discuss the election’s ramifications....

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Animator Struck & Killed While Checking His Ferrari On The 101

According to the California Highway Patrol, Jean-Maxime Perramon, a Hollywood animator and veteran storyboard artist, was killed Saturday on the 101 Ventura Freeway near Westlake Village after pulling over to the shoulder to check if his 2010 Silver Ferrari had been struck by a piece of metal, reports LA Now. The 63-year-old Malibu resident was traveling north on the freeway at about 12:25 p.m. when he pulled into the shoulder. He reportedly "stepped partially...

Sirhan Sirhan Seeks Parole, Claims No Memory Of Shooting RFK

More than forty years after Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 4, 1968, his convicted murderer, a Palestinian immigrant from Jordan, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan "wants to go free for a crime he says he can't remember," reports the Daily Breeze, a crime he once claimed was committed "with 20 years of malice aforethought."

Move Denied: Mulholland Bridge To Demolish, Rebuild, Stay Put

Photo by Greg Lilly Photos via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Plans to relocate Mulholland Bridge have been rejected despite residents' concerns about congestion during construction. Metro and Caltrans will be sticking with original plan to rebuild Mulholland Drive bridge at its current location over the 405 freeway, notes Encino Patch. Reports Encino Patch, "Transit crews will demolish the existing bridge and gradually construct the new bridge, one half at a time," as...

Sour Note: Wife Beats Hubby With $10,000 'Sultan Of Instruments'

Laguna Hills police arrested a 53-year-old woman on Thursday night who reportedly hit her husband with a 200-year-old musical instrument, reports the OC Register. 5-foot, 5-inch tall Zahra Tehrani allegedly struck her husband over the head with his 200-year old Persian tar during an argument on the 24700 block of Georgia Sue, say police. "The Persian tar is considered by Iranians to be the 'sultan of instruments,' according to Nay-Nava, an encyclopedia of Persian...

Health Scare In The Air: Measles Catch A Plane To SoCal

Photo by perpetualplum via Flickr Health officials are in a hurry to determine exactly how many passenger may have been exposed to measles after an infected passenger visited 4 different airports throughout the U.S. on Feb 22. "The infected New Mexico native traveled from London to Washington D.C. last week before boarding a Southwest Airlines flight in Baltimore two days later. She deplaned in Denver before boarding another flight to Albuquerque," reports KTLA, and...

OC Recycling Thief Steals Little Kids' Cans, Bottles, Dreams

Photo by AnnaBannana Veggie Girl via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr It seems a school in San Clemente may have had its chances of winning a statewide contest stolen by a recycling thief. Truman Benedict Elementary -- one of the first schools in the state to help fund its needs through recycling -- discovered on Friday that a large portion of its donation bin was missing. Said Traci Tindall, co-chairwoman of the recycling...

Santa Monica 2011 Homeless Count To Be Revealed

Photo by jennifer_kelton via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr On Monday February 28 the findings from Santa Monica's 2011 city-wide homeless count will be presented to the public from 7-9:00 p.m. during the Social Services Commission meeting held in the East Wing of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. 150 volunteers fanned out across the city to conduct the survey and collect critical data "used to identify our homeless population; leverage federal, state and...

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Get Out: Beverly Hills Wine Festival, Machine Project Sewing 101, Cinefamily Fundraiser & Viewing Party

Sew Buttons: Machine Sewing 101 - A Crash Course in the Thread and Needle, is a three class Machine Project program beginning today and continuing March 6th and March 13th. Instructor Annie O’Malley will be teaching the fundamentals of constructing a garment beginning with a guided tutorial of a sewing machine. Materials are included, but don't forget to BYOMachine to class. Noon to 4pm, Non-members $155, Members $130. Register Here.

Remember That Time It Totally Snowed Yesterday In Burbank?

A flurry of flakes and icy bits fell from the sky over parts of Los Angeles yesterday coating cars and yards and people and dogs in cold wetness. Here's some proof....

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Not A Fake Headline: Drunk Driver Slams SUV Into Sober House

"A drunk driver is being blamed for crashing an SUV into a sober living facility in South Los Angeles," reports ABC Local. The crash occurred on Saturday night near 80th and Figueroa streets while all the residents were sleeping. Firefighters responding on the scene found an SUV had crashed into the building, plowed through a wall and stopped inside of a room. Five people sustained minor injuries. The driver, whose name was not released,...

Oprah Meets Oscar: Rehearsals & Last Minute Touch Ups

Oscar gets a golden touch up, stars rehearse in casual wear and stand-ins giggle. It begins......

Zsa Zsa Gabor Mansion Raided, Burglars Chased Off With Bat

Zsa Zsa Gabor's 28-room, 12,000-square-foot Bel Air home was burglarized around 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, claims husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt, reports KTLA. The intruders, whom Anhalt reportedly chased away with a bat, made off with artwork and other property that the Prince estimates be be worth $100,000, although he is not sure exactly what was stolen. Anhalt says many of the windows and doors were broken and that the house sustained heavy damage....

Mr. Brainwash Does Banksy In Hollywood, Caution Is Stolen, New Pieces From LA To San Diego?

Caution Fun! should be renamed Caution Thieves! because where there once was this there is now is a giant missing piece of wall. Banksy fever appears to be spreading too -- reports of suspected outbreaks are being reported in DtLA, Santa Ana and Oceanside. Also, Mr. Brainwash also made a Banksy-inspired appearance today at the Vogue Theatre in Hollywood to ham it up with a few new works....

Gas Prices In Los Angeles Rise 10 Cents... In Two Days

Photo by iboy_daniel via Flickr Yesterday in Los Angeles County, the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline rose 3.9 cents to $3.704 after rising 6.1 cents on Friday, reports the Daily News. The 24th increase in 25 days, this spike has pushed the average to the highest level since Sept. 20, 2008, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. That's 16 cents more than it was just a week...

Get Out: New L.A. Folk Fest Desert Weekend, Eat Your Art Out, Scrapbook Expo

Where The Folks Are: Start with a Soundbath at Integratron at noon, hit the Institute of Mental Physics at 4 p.m. for a guided breathing and meditation session and then head over to Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace for Day 1 of the New L.A. Folk Fest Desert Weekend. Saturday's lineup includes musical stylings of He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Amanda Jo Williams, Tommy Santee Klaws, Turn On The Sunlight plus DJs Carlos Niño & Andres Renteria. Music starts at 8 p.m.

Suspect Shot, Off-Duty Officer Stabbed This Morning In East LA

Around 4:00am on Saturday in the 4500 block of East Third Street an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was wounded during an altercation that resulted in a suspect being shot. The deputy and the suspect were both transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, reports KTLA. According to an LASD press release, the off-duty officer was stabbed during the incident and is currently listed in stable condition at the hospital. The suspect is...

Peanuts n' Cracker Jacks: Single-Game Dodgers Tix On Sale

Photo by Robbie via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Los Angeles Dodgers single-game tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. this morning. Huzzah! If you want to try for seats at the March 31 Opening Day game against World Series champs' San Francisco Giants you will need to haul your cookies over to the acutal Dodger Stadium, not the phone version (1-866-Dodgers) or the online version and get wristbanded with the early birds....

What Tha?! Sleet In Burbank, Sunny Skies In Silver Lake

"Unusual weather we're having, ain't it." --Cowardly Lion | According to the NWS, Los Angeles has a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon with some of the storms producing small hail (see half of the photo above). Skies will be partly sunny with a high near 55 and west southwest winds around 5 mph. Tonight we continue to cry icecubes with a low in the 30s and a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm.

Wisconsin Solidarity: Save The American Dream @ LA City Hall

In a show of solidarity with our Wisconsin brother from another mother, rallies and demonstrations to Save The American Dream were organized for noon today in front of every statehouse and in every major city across the country including Los Angeles. This afternoon on 1st Street downtown by the southwest side of LA City Hall (MAP) people were/are gathering to "demand an end to the attacks on worker's rights and public services across the country...demand...

Inmates In Your Phone: *72 Prison Scam Is Forwarding Calls

Photo by Esparta via Flickr Forward thinking inmates have been running a *72 telephone scam that tricks a victim into unwittingly forwarding calls from their number resulting in collect fees and other charges, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department press release. The con goes something like this: Unsuspecting human receives a phone call from a person claiming to be a deputy. Impostor deputy tells unsuspecting human that a family member was in...

Bicyclist Hit By Car At Sunset & Bronson, Serious Injuries

Police are trying to determine who was at fault in an accident last night that sent a bicyclist to the hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car. The car was reportedly making a left turn at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Bronson Avenue and struck one of two bicyclists as they rode through the crosswalk. The driver reportedly stopped at the scene and witness Jennifer Garcia told KTLA, "He hit...

Says Tom Cruise: Give Me That Old Time 'Rock Of Ages' Roll

Tom Cruise is set to star in the film version of the musical hit Rock of Ages that began its Los Angeles run at the Pantages Theater last week. Rock of Ages is a heartwarming, eye-lining, hair-spraying, tight pants-wearing, arena-rock love story about a small town girl and a big city boy who find each other on the Sunset Strip in 1987, all told through a mega setlist of 70s & 80s rock hits from Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, Poison, Whitesnake, Styx, and lines and lines more.

Suspects Sought In Fatal Echo Park Shooting [UPDATE]

Following Monday night's fatal Echo Park shooting of a teenager at the intersection of North Benton Way and West Temple Street, police are seeking either two or three male suspects, reports Echo Park Patch. The victim, who died at the scene, was reportedly on foot and was shot at approximately 7:25 p.m. in front of the former LAPD Rampart Division headquarters building. The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, possibly a black Toyota...

Happy Birthday Van Nuys, You're 100!

Photo PD-US via Los Angeles Public Library's Photo Collection The township of Van Nuys was born 100 years ago today in 1911 when more than 10,000 prospective buyers showed up to a public auction and barbeque (beans and meat but no beer, it was dry town) held by a group of Los Angeles landowners to, "purchase lots inside the former Lankershim ranch heralding the future development of the San Fernando Valley," reports the Daily...

Downtown Disney Goes Down, Geocache Mistaken For Bomb

Photo by cachemania via Flickr Part of Downtown Disney's retail area was closed Tuesday morning as the bomb squad responded on the scene to reports from Disney employees that a suspicious cylindrical object was found during a routine sweep near the ESPN Zone, reports LA Now. It was determined the object, "located on a box on a walking bridge east of the ESPN Zone and west of the House of Blues," notes the OC...

Week Around The Ists

Dog Fashion Show! (Photo by Katie Sokoler via Gothamist) Gothamist found out that billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg likes to put ice in his beer. One bar owner told us, "I had a laugh because, for someone like me, it's ridiculous. But I guess to each his own. I don't want anybody telling me what position I can have sex in. Not in Williamsburg! It's all personal taste."...

Debt Threats: Collector Asks, 'Am I Going To Have To Kill You?'

Photo by tylerdurden1 via Flickr A Van Nuys debt collection company has allegedly been making threatening phone calls and there's tape to prove it, reports CBS Local. Questions are being asks after people started hearing things like,"You're a deadbeat piece of crap crackerhead", "We're gonna have your dog arrested. We're going to shoot him up and we're going to eat him" and "Are you going to pay this bill right now...or am I going...

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US Warship Tracking SoCal Couple Hijacked By Somali Pirates

The Quest, a hijacked yacht with four Americans on board that was attacked by Somali pirates on Friday morning off the coast of Oman, is now being trailed by at least one U.S. warship and helicopters somewhere near Yemen and Somalia, reports ABC Local. The goal is to get the hostages off the yacht alive before the pirates make landfall in Somalia. "If the Quest reaches Somalia's shores the four American hostages would likely...

Health Inspector Impostor Targeting Local Restaurants

Restaurants in the Antelope Valley and Glendale have become the target of a fake health inspector, reports KTLA, and police are warning restaurant employees to be mindful of the scam -- although they're not exactly sure how the scam works. Authorities say the man appears at restaurants, claims to be a health inspector from either the California Department of Public Health or the Orange County Department of Public Health, and "asks restaurant owner to call a phone number and enter a numeric code, according to police.

Dear Parents: Please Give Us $2500. Love, LCUSD

Not La Cañada Unified School District. (Photo by Anosmia via Flickr) Open your purses and turn out your pockets, La Cañada Unified School District needs money. In an effort to bring back aides to kindergarten rooms, reduce class sizes and prevent teacher layoffs, a town hall meeting organized by the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, asked local school families for donations last week to help "make up for the nearly $5 million annually the...

Bus Crash In San Bernardino Mountains Traps Teens, 2 Fatalities

As many as 25 teenagers were reportedly inside a bus when it collided with another vehicle, hit a tree, knocked out a power pole, and slid down an embankment just before noon on Highway 189 in the San Bernardino Mountains, reports KTLA. Officials believe the other vehicle involved may be a Nissan Murano belonging to the San Bernardino County Fire Department; The bus reportedly may be owned by Wright Church. According to KTLA, the...

Clark Gable's Grandson Sues Over Calabasas Party Stabbing

Man, Dig Those Crazy Freeways: 14 Vintage Los Angeles Postcards (Photo by JohnnyAutomatic via Flickr) Claiming more than $25k in medical costs, the grandson of Hollywood icon Clark Gable, Clark Gable III, is suing the man who allegedly stabbed him during a fight at a Calabasas party in 2009, reports the Daily Breeze. TMZ reports that according to the lawsuit, the then 20-year-old Gable and his friends became involved in an altercation while leaving...

Gun-Wielding Prowler Suspect Killed By Police In East Hollywood

A foot chase on Saturday ended near the intersection of Fountain and Westmoreland in East Hollywood with a suspect being fatally shot by police and an LAPD officer suffering injuries to his face from glass fragments. Responding to a report of a prowler, officers arrived at 1200 block of Westmoreland Avenue around 9:30 a.m. to investigate. Officers reportedly spotted a man fitting the description who, "began running north along Westmoreland and then turned west on Fountain Avenue," reports LA Now.

Thousands Still Without Power In Los Angeles Foothills

Utility crews worked Saturday to restore power to thousands of Edison customers who lost electricity during the last round of winter weather. Approximately 7600 homes are still without power throughout Southern California, most living along the foothills, "where the winds have been especially strong," reports ABC Local. Power lines in the Inland Empire also went down leaving residents in Highland and Fontana without power. Other outages were reported in San Bernardino, as well as...

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Get Out: 23rd Annual Los Angeles International Pen Show, Altadena Urban Farmers Market, Dublab At Cinefamily

Photo by -Gep- via Flickr Don't Write Me Off: It's real. It's now. It's the 23rd Annual Los Angeles International Pen Show. Really. And it sounds amazing. What I would do for a stash of special pens... you know... that lux medium point perfect weight pen that feels sooo good writing on newsprint while doing the crossword puzzle... yessssssss. The LA Weekly reports there'll be new fancy pens from around the world and old...

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Second Body Found, First Body Identified At Lennox Drug House

Missing Person Gabriela Stein (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department) After excavating a body from the backyard of a suspected drug house in Lennox earlier this week, LA County Sheriff's detectives and members of the LA County Coroner's Special Operations team followed a lead back to the 4800 block of West 112th Street on Saturday where they found a second body, notes an LASD press release. The gender and identity have not been determined. An...

Burbank Of America: Did You Buy The $10M SuperLotto Plus Winning Ticket From La Paz Liquor?

Photo by Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr The cheese stands alone. There is only one jackpot winner for Sunday's $10 million SuperLotto Plus and the golden ticket was sold at La Paz Liquor, 4101 W. Magnolia Blvd., according to state lottery officials, reports CBS Local. The owner of the store where a winning ticket is sold is also eligible for half of 1 percent of the winnings. Lottery officials report that seven other tickets matching...

How NYT Travel Spent Its 36-Hour Winter Vacation In DtLA

Photo by Joey Maloney (Used with permission) A story called 36 Hours in Downtown Los Angeles ran this week in the New York Times 'Travel' section naming DtLA as a self-contained destination for people who otherwise might not be interested in the sprawl and scale of Los Angeles in total. "New York-like in its density and mishmash, the long-blighted center has become an accessible, pedestrian-friendly destination in recent years; Angelenos walk around en masse,...

Kobe Bryant Cements His Future At Grauman's Chinese Theater

The sidewalk menagerie of famous hands and feet on Hollywood Boulevard welcomed a sporty new addition to the family on Saturday when Grauman's Chinese Theater immortalized impressions of Kobe Bryant anatomy in carbonite cement. A landmark kudos, Bryant is the first athlete, and the second person ever outside of the movie biz, to receive this special honor at the theater's Forecourt of the Stars (the other is Sid Grauman's mother, Rosa), notes KTLA....

OC 'Rambo' Arrested For Bamboo Stick Assault

Ian Michael Quinn, a 31-year-old Orange County man, was arrested Sunday around 2:00 a.m. on suspicion of assault after he allegedly attacked a neighbor with a "martial arts-type weapon," reports the OC Register. According to police, Quinn hit his neighbor in the face "with a bamboo stick that resembled a weapon used in 'Rambo 2,' Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Ted Boyne said." Reports indicate that the victim went to the house on the 22000...

Get Out: Whale Of A Weekend, Mothra Turns 50, Ragga Muffins

Photo by KennyJewel via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Mothra Double Feature: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Direrctor Ishiro Honda's 1961 classic Mothra -- "Giant caterpillar-turned-avenging-insect Mothra wreaks havoc on Japan when its best friends - two tiny, telepathic, singing sisters (played by real-life siblings Yumi and Emi Ito) - are kidnapped by an unscrupulous promoter and forced to perform in a Tokyo nightclub." Film #2: Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters...

LAist Pets Of The Week: Shy Beauty Roxy And Lovely Lulu

Located in Pasadena, California for over 100 years, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an independent, donor-supported, non-profit agency that provides care for abandoned and homeless animals. PHS welcomes and cares for all animals in its service area regardless of age, medical condition, breed or any other criteria. Learn more about the organization’s programs, services, and adoptable animals by visiting their website.

Bicyclists' Rights Anti-Harassment Ordinance Pedals Into Town

Photo by Non Paratus via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A draft ordinance was released by the City Attorney's office this week that aims to protect bicyclists from being harassed simply for being bicyclists. Pending council approval, the ordinance will allow harassed, assaulted, threatened or intentionally distracted bicyclists to bring suit against a driver in civil court, reports LADOT Bike Blog. The motion to draft the anti-harassment legislation was originally introduced by Council...

Banksy Update: Missing Charlie Brown, Defaced Crayola Shooter

In other art-destroying, art-removing news the Urban Outfitters Crayola Shooter piece in Westwood has been defaced with a huge paint stain and tagged MBW. Twitter reports indicate it's currently being cleaned.

Army Private Captured: Found In Florida For LA Rape

Photo credit: L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. According to the L.A. County sheriff's department, Daniel Brazelton, the army private who escaped from military custody last week in Georgia, was captured at a Daytona Beach, Florida motel on Friday, reports KTLA. Pvt. Brazelton is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Los Angeles County. While being transferred from military to civilian custody on Feb 11, Brazelton escaped and Special Victims Bureau detectives were concerned he...

Ferris Bueller GPS: Anaheim Tracks Down Kids Who Cut Class

via IMDB Anaheim Union High School District is the first in California to test GPS technology as part of a "six-week pilot program" aimed to cut down on the frequency of cutting class, reports the OC Register. Last week, 7th and 8th graders with four or more unexcused school absences were assigned to carry a handheld GPS device. Every morning, an automated phone call reminds student testers not to be late for school and...

Solve This '02 Studio City Double-Murder Mystery, Get $75K

A burning Mercedes-Benz SUV was found on a Studio City street in September 2002 with the bodies of 35-year-old Michael Tardio and 31-year-old Christopher Monson inside. Both men had been shot, reports ABC Local. Investigators believe the two were killed while attempting to "sell jewelry belonging to Tardio's girlfriend, featured in Playboy Magazine," notes ABC Local. Police hope an increased reward of $75,000 will help solve this nine-year-old case and urge anyone with information...

Posthumous Michael Jackson Earns $310M, Died $400M In Debt

Since his death, Michael Jackson has earned an astounding $310 million. Unfortunately, the King of Pop was also the King of Debt as the 50-year-old megastar died more than $400 million in the hole. According to Long Beach Press-Telegram, "Michael Jackson's lavish spending habits still haunt his legacy and have required lawyers to create new deals and restructure old debts, court records show," including his interests in a music catalog featuring works by The Beatles and other top artists.

Lil Wayne Dunks Oreo's World Record Facebook Attempt

Photo by Joey Maloney via Flickr, Used with permission Oreo attempted to set a Guinness World Record today for the most "Likes" to a Facebook page in 24 hours. Not to be overshadowed by a cookie no matter how delicious it may be, Lil Wayne rallied his 20 million Facebook fans to challenge Oreo, and within an hour scored nearly 200,000 "Likes" compared to Oreo's 56,615 who had a four hour head start. It's...

Silicon Valley Meets Silicone Beach: Building Tech Firms In LA

Photo by Giorgio Montersino via Flickr Mark Suster, an entrepreneur and Santa Monica-based VC asks this question today on Tech Crunch: Can you really build a great tech firm outside Silicon Valley, and in particular, in LA? The short answer is yes, but not like Silicon Valley, and with varying rules and conditions. Essentially Suster makes five major points that compare the variables of pocket deepness when it comes to funding, how differing expectations...

Mystery Illness Investigation Spreads Beyond Playboy Mansion

The initial "cluster of reports" of people falling ill after attending a four-day conference in Los Angeles has increased dramatically since Sunday with more than 170 people now affected by what's being described as a "suspected respiratory infection outbreak," reports LA Now. Attendees of the annual DOMAINfest Global conference at the Fairmount Miramar in Santa Monica also attended several events around the city and LA County public heath officials are now looking into a...

Raindrops To Keep Falling On Your Head Through The Weekend

Photo by phot0matt via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr We're sorry, sun-worshippers. It looks like the NWS was right about this. According to the National Weather Service's seven day forecast, the gray is upon us and parts of Southern California are expected to get shrpritzed on Tuesday in the first of several rainstorms that should continue through Wednesday, possibly take a break on Thursday and then return Friday to usher in a wet...

Godspeed? LA Priest Accused In 1999 Of Sexual Abuse Just Removed

via bishop-accountability.org A priest accused twelve years ago of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl in the 60s has recently been removed from his parish in Los Angeles, reports the New York Times. CBS Local reports that Reverend Martin P. O'Loghlen, who worked at Holy Name of Mary Church in San Dimas, was removed from any priestly activities, per an announcement Friday by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Julie Malcolm...

Husband Of Star Witness In Bell Scandal Kicked Out Of Court

The judge in the preliminary hearing of the Bell corruption case ordered the husband of the star witness removed from court after "a bailiff reported seeing him signaling his wife while on the stand," reports LA Now. Lourdes Garcia, the city's director of administrative services who earned about $422,000, was testifying on Tuesday morning against eight former and current Bell officials in exchange limited immunity when the incident allegedly took place. Judge Henry J....

Eminence Front: 'Americana At Brand' Expansion Hearing Halted

Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Owners of the Golden Key Hotel and Americana at Brand in Glendale "agreed to postpone a hearing on their competing redevelopment proposals to allow more time for negotiations," reports the Glendale News-Press. The new hearing is scheduled for Feb. 22. Hotel owner Ray Patel -- who turned down a $6-million buyout offer -- and Americana at Brand developer Rick Caruso were met...

TMZ Starline Tour Of Hollywood Celebrity Fame & Shame

Photo by LA Wad via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr TMZ and Starline Tours announced today the offspring of their beautifully unholy union: a sensational new Hollywood Tour called 'Secrets and Celebrity Hot Spots.' More than a Star Map on wheels, this tourist adventure of scandal-soaked dreams promises a custom Starline bus that stops at such locations as Winona Ryder's least favorite department store, and the legendary Laugh Factory, "where 'Seinfeld' star Michael...

Week Around The Ists

"Lemurs" by Bukanza from the Seattlest Flickr pool Seattlest pondered this year's Sasquatch lineup, watched Top Chef's Mike Voltaggio get a little turned around late at night on our fair streets, and got all mushy about the adorable ocelot kitten born at our local zoo. And for the record, we're just as baffled as the rest of you about Yelp naming Tacoma its most romantic city....

Extra, Extra

Tonight in Extra, Extra! Russell Brand ruins Arthur, Kogi tweets fast and hilarity ensues, IBM wants to eat Ken Jennings' brain in front of a television audience, LA disaster plan, Newport Bay body, more. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

Glendale Police Taking Red Bull Thieves By The Horns

Photo by nattu via Flickr Red Bull gives you wings but stealing Red Bull and reselling it gives you big troubles with the law. According to police, two people were arrested on Wednesday in Glendale after selling several stolen cases of the popular energy drink to smaller, independent businesses that purchase the beverages at a discount and profit from sales, reports the Glendale News-Press. Detectives, during an undercover Glendale police operation, followed suspects Jelbert...

Man Shot In The Head After OC Restaurant Argument

Santa Ana after police are searching for a man who shot a restaurant patron in the head after a confrontation at an OC restaurant. The argument, that began inside the restaurant according to officials, led to the shooting on Sunday night around 10 p.m. in the parking lot of Mariscos La Ola on the 1700 block of McFadden Avenue at Lyon Street, reports ABC Local. "The victim was having dinner with friends when there was...

Cleopatra Battles: Elizabeth Taylor Still Hospitalized In LA

Cleopatra's spokeswoman confirmed today that Oscar-winner Elizabeth Taylor will probably be spending another few days in a Los Angeles hospital for congestive heart failure treatment, reports CBS Local. 78-year-old Taylor -- who was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2004, survived life-threatening pneumonia in 1961 and 1990, a serious respiratory...

Alec Baldwin Is A Star. Alec Baldwin Gets A Star.

Alec Baldwin, the poly award winning actor of Jack Donaghy, Jack Ryan, Adam Maitland, and Mick Dugan fame who also rivals Steve Martin for the honor of most-times-hosting SNL and owns The Royal Tenenbaums as the velvet-voiced narrator in Wes Anderson's idiosyncrasterpiece, was the proud recipient on Monday of the newest star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. Congratulations!

You Deserve This Bouquet Of Flowers, Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us here at LAist to all of you out there in internetland....

Live Eye: Trees On Fire In Burbank

Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist A brave LAist operative sent in a photo of a fire in Burbank on N. Buena Vista Street and Victory. Early reports suggest a metal balloon hit the power lines around 3:30 p.m. blowing a transformer and igniting trees. Power is reportedly out in the area and there is some concern about the fire spreading to local businesses and properties. More as the story develops. Or (hopefully) doesn't....

We Have Goose Issues: WSJ Interviews Maria Of Echo Park

The Wall Street Journal cares about our geese. Well, our celebrity geese. They care so much that they sent someone here to talk to Echo Park's famous Maria and her man-friend / walking buddy retiree Dominic Ehrler about their possible relocation during the upcoming $65 million overhaul of the park. The city is expected to begin rehab on park by summer starting with the 14-acre lake, "built as a reservoir in the 1860s, but...

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Tonight in Extra, Extra! Road Rage suspect identified, Barbra Streisand Grammy tribute, 3 dead in Whittier, 80 involved in NoHo club brawl, Tractors take over Sunset, Guitar Hero RIP, LA hearts Steve Martin and Feds release new information on '07 tiger attack in SF. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

Get Out: Twin Peaks 20th Anniversary Art Show, Wally's Wine Tent Sale, Bulldog Beauty Paegant

Damn Good Coffee, And Hot: The gum you like is going to come back in style. And with that I give you this news... Twin Peaks is 20. If that isn't enough to mess with your head, then looking at all the Twin Peaks inspired art in a Clifton's surrounding will certainly do the trick. In celebration of the all things Peak-y the two day exhibit will be on view for five hours today (art show opened yesterday). Entry is on a first-come first-spooked basis. Artists paying tribute include...

Enjoy The Sun, It's Going Away Next Week

Photo by RobeRt Vega via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr According to the National Weather Service's 7-day forecast things are gonna get a little gloomy next week in and around LA. Today is probably the best time to get those outdoor chores done before expected fog and rain moves in on Tuesday or Wednesday. Have a beach day planned this fine Sunday? Enjoy the heck out of it because it looks like a...

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Nacho Lawsuit: Parents Sue Disney Over Hot Cheese Incident

Photo by Chris_Lott via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A Chula Vista couple are suing Walt Disney Parks and Resorts after their son allegedly suffered severe burns from "scalding hot nacho cheese served to them during a family vacation," reports KTLA. Parents Michael and Maria Harris filed suit in California on Wednesday alleging that their 4-year-old son sustained severe burns resulting in "permanent scarring, pain and suffering" when nacho cheese splashed on his...

Report Of A Bleeding Man Leads Police To $1MIL In Marijuana

Photo by jorizaga via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr L.A. County sheriff's deputies found over 200 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $1 million after responding to a call from witnesses who saw two men running down a residential street in La Habra Heights, "one of them bleeding from the upper torso and the other carrying a rifle," notes an LASD press release. Deputies arriving to the 1900 block of Skyline...

Appeals Court Rules: Baca Can Be Sued Over Jail Violence

Photo by sfxeric via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr In a 2-1 decision on Friday, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was not "immune" to the lawsuit brought by Dion Starr, a former county jail inmate who claims he was stabbed 23 times in a racially motivated attack "abetted by jailhouse deputies," reports LA Nows. The court determined that Starr had "sufficiently argued in...

Go Outside & Play In Traffic, State Parks May Close This Week

Photo by calvinfleming via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr California's budget crisis is no day in the park. Literally. State parks are bracing for the bad news as the parks department may release list of properties to close as early as this week, reports ABC Local. Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered $22 million cut from the state's operating budget and that means parks and beaches are in danger of shutting down. A report...

Van Nuys Teen Goes Missing After Wrestling Match

Cyrus Aaron Parvizi, a sixteen-year-old from Van Nuys, disappeared on January 29 after attending a wrestling event near LAX. The teenager, who has been missing now for over two weeks, was last seen in front of the Hilton Los Angeles Airport in the 5700 block of West Century Boulevard. Parvizi does not have a history of running away, reports KTLA, and there is no evidence of foul play according to a statement from the...

Tip-Toe To Tijuana: Pedestrian Bridge From U.S. Proposed

Photo by A.C. Thamer via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A group Mexican and American investors are planning a $78 million pedestrian bridge complex that would connect "Tijuana's airport to ground transportation on the American side of the border," reports the Daily News. The project includes plans for a building and parking lot "on the southernmost end of San Diego" where passengers would leave their cars and get their boarding passes before passing...

2 Totally Tubular OC Surfers Compete Against The World's Best

Two surfers from Orange County are preparing for their second year on the ASP World Tour where they will compete against 34 of the top-ranked surfers in the world. Huntington Beach's Brett Simpson and Patrick Gudauskas of San Clemente, both rookies last year, will hit the waves against 10-time world champ Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Jordy Smith.

Jogger Killed While Trying To Rescue Dog From Traffic

Photo by @sevenphoto via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Authorities report that a woman in Laguna Niguel was fatally struck by two cars on Sunday while trying to save a dog that was running through lanes of traffic at the intersection of Moulton Parkway and Crown Valley Parkway. A spokesman from the Orange County Sheriff's Department said the woman was jogging around 11 a.m. with her teenage son, when they spotted the dog,...

Get Out: Weird Al Book Signing, Japan LA Rilakkuma Valentine's Party, SOUPERGreen Architectural Exhibit

Photo by Julie Wolfson / LAist Hello Valentine Kitty: The first party at the new Japan LA's new, bigger, awesomer, around the corner from where it used to be store is Rilakkuma's Valentine's Day! New Rilakkuma items are now in stock and there will be free gifts, food, drinks, and, reportedly, fun! The Rilakkuma Pop-Up Shop opens at 11am and the Valentine's Day Party begins at 7pm. It's a FREE event and open to...

It Takes A Village To Allow Parking Credits On Glendale Blvd

Photo by R.E.~ via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Glendale Boulevard businesses in Atwater Village may be getting a break on parking. According to the Los Feliz Ledger via EastsiderLA, "The Los Angeles Planning Commission recently approved a parking credit program that if enacted would ease parking requirements for new businesses along Glendale Boulevard." Businesses required to have a specific number of parking spaces would no longer have to to pay fees for...

Riverside Gets Shaken Not Stirred Awake By 3.7 Earthquake

According the USGS, at 9:30 and 43 seconds this Saturday morning, the Inland Empire got a minor 3.7 magnitude morning jolt with their coffee. Preliminary reports center the quake in the mountains about 7 miles WSW of Idyllwild with Palm Springs folk reporting the a strong shake about 19 miles to the east.

Taxi Driver Blacks Out, Plows A Crowded Sidewalk At 2:00 AM

In San Diego's popular Gaslamp District, more than two dozen people were hurt exiting a nightclub when a taxi drove onto a crowded sidewalk around 2:00 a.m. on Friday night. Bouncers reportedly came to the rescue of the driver "after angry bystanders attacked his cab," reports ABC Local. According to police, the driver claimed to have blacked out before to the accident. Officials have confirmed that alcohol was not involved and that the crash did not seem to be intentional.

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