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U.S. Marshals Arrest One Of 15 'Most Wanted' Criminals In SFV

Photo by Vectorportal via Flickr Keith Hasson (Photo courtesy U.S. Marshals) Authorities said 45-year-old Keith Hasson, one of the U.S. Marshals Service's 15 "most wanted" criminals, was taken into custody near Shoup Avenue and Victory Boulevard in Canoga Park on Wednesday, according to ABC Local. Drug enforcement agents obtained a search warrant to enter Hasson's apartment in the 22000 block of Victory Boulevard where neighbors said he'd lived quietly for at least a year....

L.A. Area Soccer Coach Charged With 15 Felony Counts Of Child Molestation

Photo by ElvertBarnes via Flickr Los Angeles Police Department Detectives have arrested local soccer coach Jose Duarte on multiple charges of child molestation, and believe more victims may be out there, according to a news release. 42-year-old Duarte was arrested June 27 in mid-City following an investigation that began a day earlier when "a 13-year-old victim came forward and said he had been sexually assaulted by his soccer coach." Duarte was identified as the...

L.A. Man Attempts Gas Station Robbery With A Beer Bottle

Photo by ccharmon via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A Los Angeles man tried to rob gas station customer in La Crescenta early Wednesday morning with a beer bottle, according to the Pasadena Star-News. Police say 25-year-old Jose Hernandez approached a 47-year-old man filling his gas tank at the Shell gas station in the 3000 block of Foothill Boulevard around 1:40 a.m. and "brandished an empty beer bottle and demanded the man's credit...

Marvel Issues KISS Comic Book Using Ink Mixed With Band Members' Blood

On June 30, 1977 "Marvel Comics published a magazine-format full-color Kiss Comic Book presenting the band as superheroes," notes Retro Rebirth. For today's video lunch we remember the highly questionably decision to mix the blood of each band member into the comic's ink.

Free & Festive: 15th Annual 'Sunset Concerts' World Music Series Kicks Off At Skirball Cultural Center

There will be no giant chipmunks. You should still TOTALLY go. (Photo by Loren Javier via Flickr) For six consecutive Thursdays beginning July 21 through August 25, The Skirball Cultural Center will be presenting their FREE "Sunset Concert" World Music Series, now in its fifteenth year. No reservations are necessary and seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is $10 (cash!) per car, or take Metro Rapid 761 and add eco friendly...

I'm Not A CHP Officer, But I Play One On TV: Erik Estrada Carmageddon PSA

As we mentioned earlier, officials have been traffic courting celebs to help get the word out about the short term end of the world known as Carmageddon. As if our prayers were answered in tight shorts and retro shades, Metro has announced a new Public Service Announcement alerting the public of the July 16-17 I-405 closure with the help of none other than our our hometown CHiP, actor Erik Estrada.

11 Things To Tell A 15-Year-Old Girl Whose First Concert Is Britney Spears 'Femme Fatale'

Some experiences lend themselves to teaching moments. Despite the child not technically belonging to me, there was a responsibility and an opportunity to impart at least a few live-show notables to the wide eyed 15-year-old girl sitting nearby at Britney Spears' Honda Center show in Anaheim last week. From the obvious, to the practical, to specifics about this show, here are the Top 11 Things To Tell A 15-Year-Old Girl Whose First Live Concert Is...

Dirty Water: Pollution At Beaches On The Rise, Study Finds

California reached a 5-year high with 11% percent of beaches reporting an increase in bacterial contamination. In Los Angeles County, Avalon Beach, Cabrillo Beach and Colorado Lagoon topped the list of dirty waters. Poche County Beach and Doheny State Beach were the OC's biggest offenders.

Dozens Of US Cities Prepare To Contest The 2010 Census

Screenshot of interactive Census return map With jobs at stake and nearly $450 billion in federal aid to be distributed to states based on population, U.S. cities are lining up to contest their 2010 census counts as being inaccurate and too low, according to the Associated Press. A decade ago, there were 1,200 challenges filed by cities and counties. Based on feedback so far, the U.S. Conference of Mayors is predicting a big jump...

'Gross Stuff In LA' Is Back... With Moist Hair Clippings...

Photo by daniellelorenz via Flickr From fried chicken in a dead bush to moist hair clippings found on the sidewalk, gag-worthy grossness finds a home at Gross Stuff in LA. Want to see a picture of a gray-haired Barbie trapped in a gutter? How about an apple so badly decomposed that it looks like a toad? Those with a sensitive hurl reflex should take appropriate measures before clicking; chicken soup in a glass jar...

The Henry Clay People Are Alive And 'Living In Debt'

In honor of former Secretary of State Henry Clay who died on this day in 1852, we present a video lunch from local music makers The Henry Clay People who are alive, and 'Living in Debt.' Formerly heavy on the Hold Steady sound evocative of the Springsteen spirit, the Glendale-formed fellas released a newly focused 5-song EP This Is A Desert just last month....

Things Start Getting Real: Puck From 'The Real World' Arrested In LA For Domestic Violence

This is the true story... of thousands of strangers... living together in the Los Angeles Country Men's Central Jail. From the deeply 90s file of Where Are They Now And Why Do We Care?, David "Puck" Rainey, of the 1994 San Francisco installment of The Real World, has been arrested on domestic violence charges in L.A., according to the L.A. Times. David Edward "Puck" Rainey, who gained notoriety as a cast member on one...

The Grass Is Always Greener: Santa Monica vs. Mount Washington For 'Green House' Recognition

Photo by @sevenphoto via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Two area homes have been placed in the solar-powered spotlight this week -- a Santa Monica 1910 Craftsman that underwent a green transformation and a three-story Mount Washington house that connects to its natural landscape on at least two sides of every room. The house in Santa Monica, situated one block from the beach, boasts an organic garden of fruit trees and vegetables kept...

Man Sings Folk Song About Costa Mesa Budget Woes During City Council Meeting

Photo by billaday via Flickr After being advised by police not to bring his guitar into a Costa Mesa City Council meeting, 69-year-old Terry Koken was left with no other option than to sing his troubles a capella. "The self-professed folk musician filled his three-minute public comment slot on June 21 with 'Pig Politics,' written by his brother about the corruption the political system breeds," according to the Orange County Register. Koken modified the...

Nice Package? Lifeguard Pensions To Be Scaled Back

Photo by DaveReichert via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Bowing to pressure from city leaders, Newport Beach lifeguards have agreed to a "scaled-down" pension benefits agreement, according to the Daily Pilot. Newport paid approximately $500,000 toward 14 full-time lifeguards' pension plans In 2010. The City Council on Tuesday is slated to approve a new contract with the full-time lifeguards that would establish a lower pension plan for new employees, and would require current...

USC, NYT Team For Continuing Education Program, 40+ Online Courses This Fall

Photo by stevendepolo via Flickr The New York Times and the University of Southern California have partnered to offer an online, continuing education program that combines the brainpower and outreach of journalists and faculty, according to a news release. The collaboration will launch with programs in seven areas of study, uniting the comprehensive continuing education catalogs from both USC and The New York Times Knowledge Network. Courses will feature USC faculty in addition to...

Like A Space Port, Every Sort: A Song About LA Transit

This adorable ditty comes live and direct from last year's 24 hour Eternal Telethon at Machine Project wherein Jessie Lopez likens our shared Los Angeles to a heavenly space port while also sharing helpful transit tips for those about to rock ("The Red Line's connected to the Blue Line... The Blue Line's connected to the Green Line... So I can go to the show.")

Happy Double Pi Day: This Is The Sound Of Tau

In the continuing adventures of music and math, today's video lunch hero takes a high-dive into sexy nerd waters with a melodic interpretation of the mathematical constant Tau (6.28) to 126 decimal places.

Declaration of Perspiration: Fourth Of July Weekend Will Be Hot

Freedom! Liberty! Deodorant! High temperatures will creep through the week reaching triple digits in some LA-areas by holiday weekend time, according to the National Weather Service.

Loud & Lewd? Neighbors Want The City To Shutter El Cid

Second stop: El Cid. Unfortunately this was this particular Santa's last stop. Descending the lumpy, sub-sidewalk stairs into the courtyard of El Cid is often the beginning, or the end, of a fascinating evening in Silver Lake. Whether the flamenco-optional musical venue / bar / dance club / restaurant / screening courtyard / birthday-party-location-must-have-for-anyone-under-27 / Santa meet-up is packed tight like skinny jeans or awkwardly open with empty seats for a small touring act,...

Libraries Rock: L.A. Library Cardholders Can Download Sony Music For Free

Photo by carolyn.will via Flickr The County of Los Angeles Public Library and the Los Angeles Public Library have partnered with Library Ideas, a network of public library websites that "offer access to hundreds of thousands of songs from Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists," to allow library cardholders free and legal music downloads beginning in July, according to a news release. The service, “Freegal” (“free” and “legal”), will be available starting July 1,...

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Get Out: Armenian Food Fair, The Secret Lives of Wild Animals, Giant Robot Game Night, Baseball Furies

Today in LA! The Armenian Food Fair & Fest, get gaming at Giant Robot, track some wild creatures in Las Virgines Canyon, and avenge Cyrus' death at Hollywood Forever Cemetery Cinespia screening.

New Duh Study: Potato Chips Rank The Worst For Your Health

New research from the New England Journal of Medicine revealed the not so startling news that potato chips rank as the worst snack food for your health ahead of candy, soda and ice cream.

2-Year Anniversary Of Michael Jackson Death Brings Crowds To His Hollywood Star

Mourners, moonwalkers and megafans have set up a memorial with candles and flowers on Michael Jackson's Hollywood Walk of Fame star to honor the second anniversary of the passing of the King of Pop.

Dinosaur Hall To Open At NHM, Get Tickets Before They're Extinct

The Dinos are coming. The Natural History Museum's Dinosaur Hall opens three Saturdays from today on July 16. Make sure Newman is no where nearby and get yourself a ticket before they're all extinct. At the time of this post, the first two entrance times are sold out. Admission is every 15 minutes.

$4 Billion Spent On Capital Punishment Since 1978, $9 Billion Predicted By 2030

Photo by Open Air Control Testing Ground via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A new study by U.S. 9th Circuit Judge Arthur L. Alarcon and Loyola Law School professor Paula M. Mitchell, predicts that by 2030 San Quentin's death row population will have grown to over 1,000 and that death penalty costs will reach $9 billion, according to the L.A. Times. In an effort to improve the deadlock debate, and with warnings about...

Steve Soboroff Resigns As Dodgers Vice Chairman

Effective immediately, Steve Soboroff, hired April 18 "to tackle security issues" following the Opening Day beating of Bryan Stow, has resigned as Dodgers vice chairman, writing in a letter to Frank McCourt that actions by the MLB commissioner made it impossible for him to work effectively, according to MLB.com. Soboroff wrote that "an unanticipated action by the commissioner of Major League Baseball resulted (understandably) in elevating the resolution of 'control and ownership' issues to...

Bryan Stow Beating Suspect Moved To San Diego Prison 33 Days After Arrest

Screenshot of Giovanni Ramirez arriving at police headquarters via NBC LA. Giovanni Ramirez, one of the men suspected in the beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, has been transferred to a prison in San Diego, according to ABC Local. Ramirez, who "contends he was nowhere near Dodger Stadium at the time of the attack," is currently behind bars on a parole violation. He was arrested thirty-three days...

Carmageddon Pre-Game Show: 5-Freeway Closures For Next Week

In what is sure to be a lovely pre-show to the 405 Carmageddom of mid-July, Caltrans officials are planning overnight closures along the Golden State (5) Freeway next week, as "construction continues on a major overhaul of the route, the agency announced today," according to the Daily News.

LA River Selected For 'Urban Waters' Project

The Richard Lillard Classroom is a trail on both sides of the LA River between Fulton and Coldwater Canyon | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist One of seven cities selected, Los Angeles will be participating in the Urban Waters Federal Partnership Program with a focus on the LA River Watershed. The project, "intended to reconnect urban communities with their waterways," will run in alignment with President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative "which calls on agencies...

Underwater Hockey, A Real Thing: US Nationals This Weekend In Los Angeles

USCG cadet from underwater hockey team | March 2011 (Photo by AN HONORABLE GERMAN via Flickr) Not only is underwater hockey a real thing, Los Angeles is hosting the 2011 U.S. Nationals this weekend. The main pool at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center is a 50 meter by 25 yards 7 feet deep, sports "crystal clear visibility" and will be used for only underwater hockey purposes the entire weekend. There will be 2 playing...

Metrolink '11-12 Budget: More Trains, More Safety, More Customer Service, No Fare Increase

Photo by Non Paratus via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Metrolink's 2011-12 budget has received final approval after "being adopted by all five of its member agencies," according to a news release. The budget, approved by RCTC, VCTC, SANBAG, OCTA and Metro, will provide for expanded safety enhancements, a new, onboard customer service initiative, 22 new trains (including four express), and no increase in base fares. "I am pleased that our board...

Costa Mesa Mess: Police Chief Quits In Advance Of Controversial Layoffs

Photo by kenteegardin via Flickr Costa Mesa City Council approved layoffs for 200 city workers, eight police officers and one animal control officer despite an independent audit that found approximately $23 million in the city's general fund for the upcoming year, according to CBS Local. The controversial cuts were approved around 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday in a move Costa Mesa Police Department interim Chief Steve Staveley called “unethical and immoral.” Staveley resigned abruptly on...

Officers Instructed To Go Easy On Expired DMV Tags, Lawmakers Consider Lowering Fees

Photo by polaroid-girl via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Drivers planning to duck police over expired registration tags this summer can dial down the paranoia as officers throughout California have been "told to turn a blind eye to expired license plates for the next couple of months as lawmakers decide whether to lower fees on the violation," according to CBS Local. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has been instructed to hold off...

FDA New Boobie Report: Silicone Breast Implants Safe, But Not Risk-Free

Photo by bilbord99 via Flickr In a report issued Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration gave renewed assurance about the safety of silicone breast implants with "preliminary results from follow-up studies it required from manufacturers, including Irvine-based Allergan, when it ended a moratorium on sales of silicone gel-filled breast implants in November 2006," according to the OC Register. The FDA said preliminary results from the latest studies continue “to support the safety and effectiveness...

Gunfire At Century City Mall, Jewelry Store Robbed

Police are investigating a jewelry store robbery and gunfire at the upscale, outdoor Westfield Century City shopping mall. Los Angeles Police Department officials said the incident occurred at around 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday, according to LA Now. A suspect took jewelry from the store and fired at least one shot in the air as he ran away. He got into a waiting car and sped off, police said. It is unclear what type of...

Prius Parade: Increased Demand Met With 75,000 New Hybrids

Torrance-based Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. announced Wednesday that 75,000 Prius hybrids are heading to U.S. dealerships by year-end to meet an increasing demand, according to the Daily Breeze. The launch of the new Prius v remains on schedule for this fall, the company also confirmed.

Worker Dies In Early Morning Accident At Carson BP Refinery

Photo by southgeist via Flickr A worker has died in an accident at the BP refinery located near Wilmington Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard in Carson, said a company spokesman, according to the L.A. Times. The incident occurred around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday near train tracks that transport materials through the refinery. The cause of the accident is unclear, said company spokesman Walter Neil. “To lose one of our family members to such a tragic...

California's FM Gold: Huell Howser As Guest DJ On KCRW

Photo by Joits via Flickr A precious commodity in his own right, Huell Howser, the celebrated and affable host of “California’s Gold” (seen locally on KCET along with his Visiting and Road Trip series) swapped broadcast mediums for a turn at the turntables as part of KCRW's Guest DJ project on Wednesday. Recalling with signature enthusiasm his 10-year stint as a reporter for an NBC affiliate in Nashville, Howser harkens back to the Grand...

Ready, Set, Splash: LA Seasonal Pools Open For Summer

Photo by rachel carr / countessian.com via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Many seasonal swimming pools around Los Angeles will be celebrating opening day this weekend on Saturday, June 25 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Pools that are open year round will also begin their summer schedule. In the San Fernando Valley alone, "Eleven city pools and one county facility will open Saturday...And year-round pools, which were closed on Mondays because of budget...

'Ultimate' Spoiler: Spider-Man Dies

It was announced today that Peter Parker will fall to a longtime foe in Marvel Comics' "Ultimate Spider-Man" #160 set to hit comic book stores on Wednesday, June 22. Despite the 'Dark'-ness of Broadway and being exterminated in the "Ultimate Comics Spider-Man" series, the webby wonder is still very much alive and spinning in Marvel's more traditional stories, notes the Associated Press. The death, while dramatic, is not entirely unexpected. In November, Marvel said...

Big White Steamers: Retro Sea Cruise To Catalina

Today's video lunch is a nostalgic look at the SS Catalina and SS Avalon known as the Big White Steamers -- passenger steamships that operated summer tourist service from Los Angeles to Catalina island beginning in the 1920s. The SS Avalon retired to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean in 1964 when an anchor chain broke loose during a storm, while the SS Catalina, despite being listed on the National Register of Historic Places (and...

Ban The Bud? Glendale Considers Full Ban Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg) City Council is considering an outright ban on marijuana dispensaries in Glendale after spending "nearly two years vetting their legal standing to do so," according to the Glendale News-Press. Medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited under the city's zoning codes, but the City Council in 2009 adopted a moratorium to completely close Glendale's borders to the shops so city attorneys could review the legal issues associated with an all-out ban. But that...

Charges May Be Filed In Big Bear Yearbook Photo Scandal

Photo by geocam20000 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Big Bear's high school yearbook has cause more than the standard-issue humiliation when an image of 17-year-old boy seen in the background of a winter formal photo with his hands up a skirt of 15-year-old girl triggered a sex crime investigation and prompted a recall of yearbooks for possible possession of child pornography. Officials said based on the placement of the teen's hand,...

Welcome To Newport Beach: No Smoking, No Yoga Classes Without Permission... Maybe

See anything you like in Newport Beach? (Photo by mack911 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr) Newport Beach may be revising their stance on what is allowed and what requires permission at the area's parks and beaches. Personal trainers and others would have to get permission from the city if they want to hold classes, should the new rule take effect. If the Parks & Recreation Commission approves the measure on Wednesday,...

Final Decision Delayed On Future Of Red-Light Cameras, LA City Council Divided

You could soon have 2x as many chances to get a red light camera ticket / Read the post here A final decision on the city's controversial red-light camera program is delayed again after LA City Council failed to bank enough votes "to resurrect" the program on Tuesday, according to LA Now. Faced with a lack of support from his colleagues, Councilman Tony Cardenas did not seek a vote on his proposal asking the...

Serial Killer Mack Ray Edwards Suspected In 1961 Disappearance, Dogs Find 'Area Of Interest'

Mack Ray Edwards -1970 (LAPD booking photo) Investigators now believe Ramona Price, a 7-year-old girl who went missing 50 years ago in Santa Barbara, may have been a victim of serial killer Mack Ray Edwards, who is thought to have killed as many as 20 children. On Wednesday morning, specially trained cadaver dogs searching for the little girl's remains of found "an area of interest," in a stretch of construction near Winchester Canyon Road...

Man Refuses To Remove 72-Foot Ship From His Newport Beach Backyard

Photo by Punk Jazz via Flickr Much to the displeasure of his neighbors, 65-year-old Newport Beach-resident Dennis Holland has been restoring a 72-foot yacht in his backyard since he rescued the Shawnee, a 1916-built ketch, from a scrap yard in 2006. Despite granting him two consecutive six-month permits, Holland has not completed the Shawnee's restoration and the city now plans to take the "local shipwright to court in hopes of forcing him to remove...

Peeing Professor Is A Wanted Man, Failed To Appear For Pretrial Hearing

Tihomir Petrov (Photo via Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics Institute at UCLA) A $35,000 bench warrant has been issued for Cal State Northridge math professor Tihomir Petrov charged with two misdemeanor counts of urinating in a public place after her was videotaped relieving himself on a colleague's office door. Petrov "failed to appear for a pretrial conference hearing in the case, prompting the warrant, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said Wednesday," according...

Murder-Suicide In Sherman Oaks Driveway, Doctor Shot Wife Before Turning Gun On Himself

Teen Crashes Into Taco Stand and 3 Pedestrians During Driving Lesson / Read the post here A Tarzana doctor shot and killed his wife and then turned gun on himself in the driveway of their Sherman Oaks home on Wednesday. “It is being investigated as a murder-suicide,” said Officer Bruce Borihanh, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, according to the L.A. Times. Police called to the home of Alex Michaelson, 39, and...

Democratic Budget Plan Vetoed By Jerry Brown

AP Photo/Russel A. Daniels The budget package passed Wednesday by Democratic legislators has been vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, sources say, according to the L.A. Times. The plan contains higher taxes, billions of dollars in delayed payments to schools, and various accounting maneuvers to balance the books. Brown had previously warned that he would not sign a budget containing such accounting gimmicks. Legislators could stop being paid if they fail to send a budget...

11 Injured When Suspected Drunk Driver Slams In Midnight Ridazz Cyclists

Photo by mjmonty via Flickr A woman suspected of drunk driving was arrested after plowing a group of Midnight Ridazz early Thursday morning in Baldwin Villiage injuring nearly a dozen of the 100 on a ride that began in Koreatown, according to ABC Local "Authorities said the female driver, 27-year-old Christine Dahab, told police she was looking down at her phone when she crashed into the bike riders on the 5900 block of West...

Canoga Park Tourism Video

For today's video lunch we examine a piece that attempts the wicked-harsh-yet-enthusiastically-negative approach to attracting tourists to San Fernando Valley's Canoga Park neighborhood. Says the creator, "Growing up in Canoga Park was a gift. My dream came true when the Canoga Park Tourism Board found my 'Video Production and Car-wash Service' ad on Craigslist, and they actually hired me to make this tourism video. I hope they like it!" They didn't. Do not mess with...

I Want My NTV? Nic Harcourt Leaves KCRW For Music Supervisor Role At MTV

Perhaps in an effort to bring music back to Music Television, Nic Harcourt, the tastemaking ten-year DJ and former Music Director of the famed and fabulous KCRW radio station, has packed his bags for the land of cable, and according to a news release. Former KCRW Music Director Nic Harcourt has decided to leave the Los Angeles public radio station to focus his energy on a full time position as music supervisor in residence...

Sony Tries To Block Release Of 'This Is It' Jackson Footage For View In Trial

(AP Photo/Jason Redmond) Conrad Murray's attorney's are asking Sony Pictures to release 100 hours of raw footage used for the Michael Jackson film "This Is It," but Sony is fighting the request, according to ABC Local. The prosecution reportedly intends to show excerpts of the rehearsal film to demonstrate that Jackson was in good health. The defense believes, presumably, there is evidence in the raw footage to dispute those claims since Sony was contractually...

Captive Audience: Video Art Installation Now Airing On All 2200 L.A. Metro Buses

A collaboration of Los Angeles-based media arts organizations has launched the first mobile community TV network with the help of Transit TV. Out the Window is a video art installation of 40 short films currently airing on all 2200 L.A. Metro buses covering 4000 sq miles of LA County, say organizers.

USC Reviews 800 Campuses, Names Top 10 California Charter Schools

Recording "financial health and academic performance" data from more than 800 state charter campuses, a USC has issued a ranked report "to strengthen accountability among California charter schools." It includes the very first list of the state's top 10 charter campuses, according to a USC press release. The fifth annual “USC School Performance Dashboard” (formerly CSI-USC) was released Wednesday by the Center on Educational Governance at the USC Rossier School of Education... “We were really...

Lotto Scam Targets Spanish-Speaking Victims In Harbor City, Wilmington & San Pedro

Credit: Los Angeles Police Department A duo of con-artists have been duping Spanish-speaking victims in the Harbor City, Wilmington, and San Pedro communities with a Lotto scam since January, according to a Los Angeles Police Department release. Six victims have fallen prey, and detectives are cautioning the public to "beware of strangers approaching them and claiming to have a winning lottery ticket." Beginning on January 12, 2011, at about 1:30 p.m., through June 8,...

Man Walks Into Topanga Police Station, Confesses To Killing His Girlfriend

Early Tuesday morning a man walked into Topanga Area Community Police Station and told front desk officers that he'd killed his girlfriend. The suspect, identified as 58-year-old David Pearson, pointed police to the location of his apartment in the 9200 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard where they found 62-year-old Kristen Hyde dead inside the residence, according to a LAPD news release. Detectives believe the woman was strangled, and "determined Pearson was involved in the...

Following Bin Laden Sea Burial, USS Carl Vinson Returns To SoCal

Photo by Locomojo30 via Twitpic After seven months at sea, the USS Carl Vinson returned to its Coronado home port on Wednesday morning, reports NBC LA. Since its Persian Gulf deployment on November 30, 2010 the ship has faced pirates, a jet engine fire, and, most famously, the carrier briefly held the body of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden before his historic Arabian Sea burial. During its deployment, the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered carrier also trained...

Ernest Goes To Cerritos Auto Square, Knowhutimean?

Hey Vern! Are you hungry for video lunch? Are you wishing you could celebrate my would-be birthday by watching one of the vintage commercials that helped propel my wildly popular Ernest character into an unlikely stardom that included a TV series, a series of films and a Daytime Emmy for a Children's Series?! Knowhutimean, Vern? Happy birthday, Jim Varney....

159 Pounds Of Iguana Meat Confiscated At Border Crossing (Warning: Horrible Photo)

Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday that a 37-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested last week at the Otay Mesa border crossing when officials found "159 pounds of concealed iguana meat hidden in coolers underneath fish," according to a news release. The male suspect, whose name was not released, declared bringing the fish from Mexico, and was selected by CBP officers for further inspection. Authorities examining three...

Brooklyn Inmate Confesses To Role In Tupac Shakur Shooting

Dexter Isaac, a Brooklyn inmate serving life for murder, robbery and other crimes, has "admitted to being involved in the shooting rap star Tupac Shakur in 1994 after allegedly being paid $2,500 dollars by James 'Jimmy Henchman' Rosemond inside Manhattan's Quad Studios in November of 1994, "according to AllHipHop.com.

Mötley Crüe And Public Enemy To Headline 2011 Sunset Strip Music Festival

(Photo by nicadlr via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr) Mötley Crüe will heed the call of the motherland as they rock the 2011 Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF), taking place August 18 through August 20, announced organizers. Mötley Crüe, this year's Elmer Valentine Award honoree, will share the spandex'd spotlight of the 3-day fest with Public Enemy, Bush, Matt & Kim and more than 50 other bands (check the lineup for new...

The Big Man, Clarence Clemons, Fights Back After Suffering A 'Massive Stroke'

Photo by Joey Maloney, Used with permission Showbiz 411 reported last evening that The Big Man, The Biggest Man You've Ever Seen & One Of The 3 Most Important People In The World, Clarence Clemons, was "seriously ill" after suffering a stroke at his home in Florida on Sunday. The legendary, saxophone great of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band has had health complications in the past but this situation, was as described as "dire,"...

Debbie Reynolds' Hollywood Garage Sale: A Museum's Worth Of Golden Age Goodies

Photo by DominusVobiscum via Flickr After searching for investors for decades, Debbie Reynolds is giving up her dream of opening a permanent museum for the more than 5000 pieces of iconic Hollywood memorabilia she's collected. Her artifacts will be auctioned from the Paley Center in Beverly Hills where they are currently on display, according to the LA Times. There's Marilyn Monroe's white halter "subway" dress from 1955's "The Seven Year Itch," Claudette Colbert's gold-lamé...

CBS To THC: Montel Williams Opens A Pot Shop

Montel Williams, best known for his 17-year television talk show, has re-channeled his energy into a new venture. He's opening a marijuana dispensary in Sacramento. On Monday, Williams announced the new enterprise, the Albatin Wellness Cooperative in the Newton Booth neighborhood of midtown, and discussed "his own battle with multiple sclerosis and why he turned to marijuana to alleviate near-constant neurological pain," according to the Sacramento Bee. "Prescription drugs nearly shut down my kidneys....

Fashion Of The Future: Clothing In The Year 2000

In an "atmosphere that's scientifically kept in the right temperature," the future of fashion got a few things right in today's video lunch. "There won't be any shaving, colors, ties or pockets. He'll be fitted with a telephone, a radio, and containers for coins, keys and candy for cuties."

At Construction Site, The Search Resumes For Remains Of 7-Year-Old Girl Missing 50 Years

via Google Maps On Sept. 2, 1961, 7-year-old Ramona Price went missing as she walked to school in Santa Barbara. The case has never been solved. Investigators came across information four years ago that led to "the 101 Freeway's Winchester Canyon Road overcrossing, a structure that was being built at around the time Ramona vanished," according to the L.A. Times. "The tearing down of the Winchester overcrossing for new construction allows a rare opportunity...

Disneyland Scammer Sits In The Slammer, Theme Park Ticket Prices On The Rise

Photo by Loren Javier via Flickr A 51-year-old Pleasant Hill resident is currently sitting in the Unhappiest Place on Earth after being arrested by Walnut Creek Police for selling fake Disneyland tickets to at least seven different families in Northern California, according to SF Gate. According to the Walnut Creek Police Department, Lisa Marie Cassinelli, was recently investigated after several cases surfaced about fraudulent Disneyland Park passes being sold on Craigslist. The suspect arranged...

Travel + Leisure Likes It Dirty: Los Angeles Takes Third Prize For 'Dirtiest' City In America

Photo by G. J. Winterboer via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Travel + Leisure magazine's annual survey of America's Favorite Cities rates Los Angeles number three... for dirtiest the nation (top honors went to Philadelphia and New Orleans). Top 10 dirtiest cities are chosen by Travel + Leisure readers who evaluate the dirtybirds on the likes of litter, air pollution and even the taste of the local tap water. No. 3 Los...

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Fundraising & In Support Of Military Families, Michelle Obama Visits Los Angeles

Michelle Obama visits L.A. on Monday to to raise money for her husband's reelection campaign and to "boost support for military families," starting with a guilds-hosted, J.J. Abrams-moderated discussion in Beverly Hills about "how Hollywood can tell stories of today's military families through film and television," says the White House, according to the L.A. Times. The first lady is also scheduled to appear as a guest star on Nickelodeon's "iCarly," a series "whose lead...

Gats To Bats: Compton's Cricket Team Goes International

Compton Cricket Club players have "sipped tea with Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace, played against Aborigines in the Australian outback, and swapped stories of violence-torn neighborhoods with residents of Belfast," according to the Associated Press.

It's Getting Real In The Whole Foods Parking Lot

Reminiscent of the Trader Joe's song of yesteryear, today's video lunch is another market jam filmed on location, this time on the Westside of L.A. Your new favorite song of the summer, "Whole Foods Parking Lot," speaks to the overspending, aggressive parker in all of us. Sadly, some things you can't get at Ross.

Breaking Dawn: NASA Captures Video Approach Of Giant Unexplored Asteroid 'Vesta'

Vesta is coming into focus. Scientists working with The Dawn mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena have created a new, Twilight Zone-looking video showing the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta as "the spacecraft approaches this unexplored world in the main asteroid belt," reports NASA.

BMX Coach Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Three Young Boys

Photo Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney Mandak Kohn Griffin, a 30-year-old BMX coach accused of sexually assaulting three boys and exchanging child pornography over the internet, was arraigned Monday for crimes authorities say occurred between 2000 and 2002, according the KTLA. If convicted, Griffin could serve a maximum sentence of 85 years to life in state prison. [...]Griffin faces charges of felony sodomy with a child under 10, oral copulation of a...

Today In Eco-Death: Mortuaries Consider Recycling Metal Implants

Photo by Eddy Van 3000 via Flickr New opportunities are rising as mortuaries begin exploring the business of recycling of metal implants and other prosthetics, according to the Daily Breeze. "We see more implants, and we'd like to see them recycled," said Vidal Herrera, the founder of 1-800-Autopsy. "There's no state law that says they have to be recycled." It's a trend those in the mortuary business also see. The accessibility of shoulder, hip...

Extra, Extra

Tonight in Extra Extra! Deputy drunk in court during DUI sentencing, the big whoop about whooping cough, Channel Islands get a shake, Horse herpes outbreak contained, prescription drugs shortage. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

Get Out: Chocolate The Exhibition, Full Frontal Music, THREAD Show

Photo by Tales of an LA Addict via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Don't Lose Your Head, Augustus: A tasty new offering, Chocolate: The Exhibition, now open at MUZEO in downtown Anaheim, explores "the plant, the products, the history, and the culture of chocolate through the lenses of botany and ecology, anthropology and economics, conservation and popular culture." To enter the exhibit, look for a lush, tropical rainforest. Runs through September 11. Free...

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Three People Hospitalized After Falling Ill At Hollywood Bowl

Photo by cgkinla via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Initially thought to be a drug overdose, three people were hospitalized Saturday after suffering apparent food poisoning while attending the 33rd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Raul Jovel, according to CBS Local. Witnesses reported the concert-goers fell ill quickly, prompting calls to 911 just after 7:00 p.m. One of the victims was listed in critical condition;...

Newly Reopened Angeles Crest Highway Claims Two Lives

Angeles Crest Highway at Islip Saddle photo by justinm via flickr. Closed for nearly 18 months following the Station Fire, the newly reopened section of Angeles Crest Highway registered two fatal accidents on Friday, according to L.A. Now and 818 Now. A 48-year-old man plunged approximately 675 feet to his death after driving his car over the edge of the highway above La Cañada Flintridge at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday. According to the...

3-Year-Old Taken By Father In Apparent Custody Dispute, Located 'In A Hotel Somewhere In Los Angeles'

Photo via LAPD A 3-year-old girl arriving in Los Angeles with her father has disappeared following a revised custody agreement, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release. Elizabeth Day was expected to land at LAX with her father, Galen Michael Day, on June 10. The girl's mother, Jenna Johnston, said their luggage eventually showed up in baggage claim but they did not. Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help to...

Died This Day In LA: Chilling 911 Audio From Nicole Brown Simpson In 1993

On this day in in 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were stabbed to near decapitation in a vicious attack outside Nicole's Brentwood residence. Agreeing a few days later to turn himself in, murder suspect number one, O.J. Simpson, instead threatened to commit suicide, refused to surrender, and led police on the low-speed, nationally televised, white Bronco chase of the century. Partial transcripts of two upsetting 911 calls Nicole Brown Simpson made to...

Fighting A Naked Guy: Two Cyclists Assaulted, Subjected To Anti-Gay Slurs During Nude Bike Ride

Police have reportedly launched a hate crime investigation after several cyclists were assaulted as they wheeled from Silver Lake to Echo Park during Saturday’s World Naked Bike Ride, according to The Eastsider LA. Riders were punched by drivers, subjected to anti-gay slurs, and at least two of suffered minor injuries "during what police describe as an unprovoked attack."

Retro Splash: Thousands Attend Santa Monica Pier Paddleboarding Event

Saturday saw the return of the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival as thousands of spectators watched hundreds of competitors from age 9-70+ honor the once popular Southern California sport of paddleboarding, according to Surfline.

Eccentric California Treasure Hunter Will Scour The Sea For Bin Laden Body

A California treasure hunter, salvage diver, and "patriotic American," seeks a deeply disturbing, deep sea prize -- the body of Osama bin Laden. 59-year-old Bill Warren has "vowed to scour the north Arabian Sea" until he finds the corpse, according to the New York Post. Says Warren, "We intend to locate/recover his body and photograph and video tape him, then do a DNA test on the ship," according to TMZ. Confident he can find bin...

Pico Rivera Residents Think Nature Is For The Birds

Photo by Robbie via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A flock of herons has Pico Rivera residents squawking about a 50-foot ficus tree on the 9500 block of Bert Street that's been a migratory stop for the marine birds for over a decade. Residents living below say "they are are fed up with the marine birds they find on the street every day and the endless sound of avian droppings," according to the...

Week Around The Ists

Elsewhere in the ist-a-verse... Eating a doughnut in the park in NY may earn you a summons, Weiner's wiener everywhere, a Global Happiness Index, Pride vs Space Needle, 48-ounce cocktails, and Russell Crowe's opinion on circumcision.

Get Out: Pirate Dinner Theater, Rock The Playground, LA Pride, Ojai Music Festival, Vegan Drive-Thru

Today in LA! Have some pride (and some help with the parking), eat with pirates, rock out in the playground, preview the vegan drive-thru, venture to Ojai and sit down with some special film events.

Missing Woman With History Of Schizophrenia Found In U-Haul

The U-Haul in question (Screenshot) A 44-year-old missing woman from Modesto was found unresponsive but stable inside the "suspicious vehicle" that shut down the 91 and 71 freeways in Corona for hours on Friday afternoon. Corona police called in a hazardous-materials team and a bomb squad after responding to reports of a suspicious U-Haul truck that had been parked off Green River Road for several days. "The windows were covered and an unknown type...

5 Ways To Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day!

Nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and members of the recreation industry have partnered for National Get Outdoors Day, a new annual event aimed to encourage "healthy, active outdoor fun," with a variety of traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities.

Late Night Brawl: Fatal Stabbing At Busy OC Restaurant

Described by witnesses as "an all-out brawl," a fight at an Orange County restaurant ended with a 20-year-old man being stabbed to death, another man stabbed and in critical condition and third man severely beaten, according to ABC Local. The melee reportedly began when friends of the victim "began spitting at two women standing in line." The incident occurred just after 2:00 a.m. at Albatros Mexican Restaurant in Lake Forest. It was the first...

How To Not Get Sued By The Jacques Cousteau Family

If the great Jacques Cousteau was alive to celebrate his 101st birthday today, we would buy him 101 tiny red hats for 101 jaguar sharks. See how Wes Anderson and the Touchstone family addressed the issue of "homage" before releasing The Life Aquatic.

Two Year Tally: 284 Injuries At SoCal Theme Parks

A state review of Orange County amusement parks for 2009 and 2010 revealed 284 ride incidents that required medical attention, according to an analysis by The OC Register. The Ghost-Rider coaster at Knott's Berry Farm had the most reported incidents.

Two Deputies, One Civilian, Charged In Ride-Along Teenager Sex Scandal

Photo by Chuck "Caveman" Coker via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Two San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies have been charged with a variety of sexual crimes involving teenage participants of the ride-along "Explorer" program. On Friday, the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office filed charges on against 31-year-old Nathan Gastineau, a former deputy accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl. He was charged with three counts of lewd acts upon a child...

Angels Fright: Regulators Voice Safety Concerns After Two Rail Shutdowns In One Year

(Photo by KennyJewel via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr) California Public Utilities Commission officials are "very concerned" about safety at the Angels Flight rail line following Thursday's shut down -- the second closure in the span of a year, according to L.A. Now. "Twice within one year we find major problems with it that caused us to take the extraordinary step of closing it down, so, yes, we're very concerned," said Richard Clark,...

Pensions, Aisle 9: SoCal Grocers Reach Tentative Agreement With Workers' Union

(Photo by cyan79 via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr) Vons, Ralphs, and Albertsons announced in a statement that a tentative agreement has been struck with the grocery workers' union, United Food and Commercial Workers Locals (UFCW), regarding the pension portion of the paperwork. Terms of the agreement that affects more than 60,000 employees in the region were not disclosed. "We are pleased to have reached an agreement on this important part of the...

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