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To The Cleaners: Blood-Stained Jersey Linked To Dodger Stadium Beating, DNA Matches Stow [Updated]

via MLB.com Dry cleaners became suspicious and notified authorities when a blood-stained Dodgers jersey was dropped off at a local establishment, according to NBC LA. Deemed a possible link in the brutal beating case of Giants fan Bryan Stow, "Los Angeles Police took possession of the jersey and submitted it for DNA analysis. The results came back a match to Stow." One of the two assailants was wearing a Dodgers jersey, as was the...

Died This Day In LA: John Wayne

The Oscar-winning, cinematic epitome of brawny, weathered manliness with 172 films to his credit, John Wayne, "The Duke," died of stomach cancer at UCLA Medical Center at the age of 72 on June 11, 1979. Wayne, born Marion Robert Morrison in 1907 Iowa, moved to Glendale in 1911 where his father was a pharmacist, according to Wikipedia. His grave in Corona del Mar's Pacific View Memorial Park, unmarked for two decades, now reads, "Tomorrow...

8 Arrested In Suspected Gang-Rape Of Two Girls Lured From Social Networking Sites

Seven men and one boy have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping two girls in Ventura County, one in March and the other in April, according to LA Now. Reportedly the men met the victims on social networking sites and lured them to a home in Santa Paula. Police are seeking possible additional victims. Suspects Esteban Oseguera, Isaak Ek, Joseph Sandoval, Jonathan Gaona, Dion Mendoza, Carlos Ek, Adrian Garcia are all between the ages...

New Contest Seeks L.A.'s Most Interesting Vintage Signs

Photo by PhotoJenic via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr In search of the grandest specimen in the city, GOOD and Hidden Los Angeles have partnered for a new contest to find L.A.'s Most Interesting Vintage Sign. "The most beautiful and bizarre" could mean anything from a a dazzling neon relic to the hand-painted name of your local market to those curious giant letters propped atop Beachwood. Says GOOD: Send us your best vintage...

After 16 Years, Marshall High Returns To A Traditional Schedule

Photo by wired_gr via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Serving students from Echo Park, Silver Lake and Atwater Village, John Marshall High School will return to a "traditional calendar" on Sept. 7 for the first time in 16 years. The Los Feliz-located high school has been on a "year-round, multi-track calendar" in order to accommodate its student population of 4500, however with the opening of Sonia Sotomayor High School in Glassell Park, that...

Purple Cake For Everyone, Prince Is 53-Years-Old Today

Happy Birthday, Prince! His purple majesty is celebrating the big 5-3 today, so gather your plums, beets, cabbages, grapes, eggplant and taro and get funky with this with a video lunch tribute....

Police Seek To Expose El Segundo Drug Store Masturbator

Photo by FredMikeRudy via Flickr Authorities in El Segundo are searching for a man who chased a woman into a drug store and masturbated in front of her at a Walgreens on the 300 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard on May 23, according to KTLA. The woman had been followed for several blocks by the suspect -- described as a 35 to 45-year-old black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build...

'Close To Home' Local-Music Radio Program Debuts On 98.7

A new local-centric radio program, Close To Home (C2H) debuted last night at 11:00 on 98.7 FM. The show will air every Monday from 11:00 p.m.-Midnight. CLOSE TO HOME is not just a local music show, it is an all-encompassing music program that includes an on-air local music show, local music events and promotion, and a website focused on emerging talent, with content created and supported by the most influential and knowledgable people in...

Los Angeles Teachers Vote In Favor Of Salary Reduction To Save 5,000 Jobs

Photo by vauvau via Flickr With 83.2% approval, members of United Teachers Los Angeles voted in favor of a new, 1-year contract that includes temporary salary reductions, but spares thousands of jobs, union representatives announced this weekend, according to the LA Times. In all, 40,000 union members were eligible to vote -- 20,429 members voted in favor of the agreement, 4,127 voted against it. The contract seeks to ensure that "the majority of teachers,...

Extra, Extra - The Totally Regressed Edition: Twilight, Teen Wolf, MTV, Disney, X-Men, Leonard "The Dude" Nimoy

Tonight in Extra Extra! Twilight Breaking Dawn trailer frenzy, Teen Wolf series debut, MTV Movie Awards at the Gibson, Disney deaths, X-Men box office, Leonard "The Dude" Nimoy doesn't want to do anything. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

Road Pave: 20,000 'Operation Pothole' Offenders Repaired Last Weekend

Photo by Deborah Fitchett via Flickr Last weekend's Operation Pothole, an effort to fill 20,000 potholes around Los Angeles, was the largest to date, says Board Commissioner Andrea Alarcón, according to the LA Times. The fight against "asphalt atrophy," was carried out on Saturday and Sunday by an estimated 150 employees and 75 trucks that dispatched to neighborhoods across the city. They cleaned a...rectangle around the offending divots, applied a special glue, dropped asphalt...

A Subway Runs Through It: School District Officials Oppose Tunneling Under Beverly Hills High

Photo by Non Paratus via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr The Avenue of the Stars/Constellation route being considered for the subway's Westside extension would mean tunneling "through the heart of Century City," including underneath Beverly Hills High School. Though this option is attractive to prominent developers, it would dramatically alter plans Beverly Hills Unified School District has to renovate its outdated, "creaky and rattling," 22-acre campus, say district officials, according to the LA...

Man Dies After Jumping From Overpass, Made Ten Similar Attempts

Photo by polaroid-girl via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr 41-year-old Francisco Solomon Sanchez, the Duarte man who committed suicide by jumping from a 210 Freeway overpass on Friday, made more than ten similar attempts in the past decade, according to the Pasadena Star-News. Sanchez was pronounced dead shortly after 4:15 p.m. Friday after leaping from a 210 Freeway overpass between Mountain Avenue and Buena Vista Street, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt....

Happy Birthday To The Drive-In Theater

On this day in 1933 the first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, NJ. For your video lunch consumption is piece about Culver City's legendary Studio Drive In. John Travolta also explored the experience of the automovie in a musical number featuring drive-in dust, rejection, dancing wieners and abandonment. Guess even that big, bright screen has a dark side.

A GIANT Downloadable Map Of Los Angeles, Circa 1915

Automobile Club of Southern California Los Angeles Map, 1915 (via Big Map Blog) The Automobile Club of Southern California has released a monstrously sized, downloadable map of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains that they commissioned back in good ol' 1915. Play with it on the Big Map Blog or keep a copy under the bed with the rest of your map porn collection. Southern California has a very special relationship with the...

Kinect To The Happiest Place On Earth: Hands-Free 'Disneyland Adventure' Debuts At E3

Your living room is now the happiest place on earth, provided that you have an X-Box 360 with Kinect. Announced and demoed at the E3 conference at the LA Convention Center, Kinect Disneyland Adventure, utilizes the hands-free Kinect controller to give players the chance to walk, and fly, around digital Disneyland, "replicated to a fine level of detail," says Disney's Adam Sussman, according to USA Today. With Disneyland Adventure, digital children run amuck through...

Thank You For Being A Friend: Golden Girls Theme Songwriter Andrew Gold Dies At 59

Andrew Gold, the SoCal-based singer-songwriter who penned the iconic Golden Girls theme, "Thank You For Being A Friend," as well as the 1977 hit "Lonely Boy," passed away at his Encino home on June 3 after suffering a heart attack in his sleep, according to the LA Times. He was 59. Burbank-born Gold, the child of Academy Award-winning composer Ernest Gold and singer Marni Nixon, was an influential collaborator with Linda Ronstadt considered "a...

Rare Rain Is Falling Down: Unusual June Storm May Dampen Your Sunday

Photo by Nono Fara via Flickr Record rainfall for this time of year may occur in parts of the region thanks to a strong storm passing through California. Minimal impact is expected for Los Angeles County however a 20-30% chance of showers is being called for Sunday into Monday, according to the National Weather Service. An unusually strong upper level low pressure system will continue to spin off the coast of central california through...

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Get Out: Big Family Day At MOCA, Lummis Day, Alfred Hitchcock Series

Today in LA! Shiver at the Egyptian Theater during the Alfred Hitchcock Series, Lummis Day storms the stone home in Mount Washington, and take the family to MOCA for free art, music, and writing activities.

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Elvis Presley On Milton Berle: The Pelvis That Shook The World

Elvis Presley's June 5, 1956 appearance on The Milton Berle Show was not his first television performance, or even his first hang with Uncle Miltie. However THIS performance, shot at the former NBC Studios Hollywood at Sunset and Vine, was the debut of the scandalous Presley pelvis -- a shimmying, swiveling, swirling frenzy that altered the sexual orbit of televised musical expression with a few Forrest Gump-ian hip motions.

Go Gratis: Metro Offering Free Subway Rides During The 405 Blackout

Photo by Candice (Bessie Smith) via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr In an effort to ease congestion and as a token* of goodwill during July's upcoming 405 Freeway Fubar, Metro is offering free subway rides to help residents move about the region during the 53-hour shut down, Metro officials announced. Additionally, increased rail service is planned for all lines, and on the Orange Line busway for the weekend of July 15-17. An increase...

Half-Pint Health: The Death Of School Cafeteria Chocolate Milk?

(Photo by Editor B via Flickr) When the Los Angeles Unified School District's dairy contract expires on June 30, superintendent John Deasy plans to recommend spilling flavored milk -- chocolate and strawberry -- off the menus of 650,000 meals served daily by LAUSD. Currently, 60% of the milk consumed by L.A. Unified students is flavored, according to the LA Times. "Youth health has been an issue that has been very present to me —...

Died This Day In LA: Dee Dee Ramone, Ronald Reagan

Bassist, songwriter, punk rocker, funky man, and a founding member of the Ramones, Dee Dee Ramone died of a herion overdose on this day in 2002. Actor, Governor, SAG president, the second longest-living United States president, Dean Martin roaster, and Alex P. Keaton role model, Ronald Reagan died at his Bel Air home in 2004.

Week Around The Ists

Elsewhere in the ist-a-verse: Chicago gets civil unions, tornados in Massachusetts, Weinergate NYC, Seattle talks Groupon and Starbucks, and Shanghai follows a man dressed like Tigger who went to the zoo...

Get Out: Harold and Maude At Cinespia, Buffalo Springfield At Wiltern, Culver City Art Walk

Photo by Melissa Acedera via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out: But don't do it from a tall chair. Harold and Maude, Hal Ashby's beloved and bizarre, 94-minute, cult love story starring Ruth Gordon and death-obsessed Bud Cort, hits Cinespia tonight with a screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard (At Gower). Gates 7:30 p.m., Film 9:00 p.m., $10 "donation" at gate. Walk...

$5,000 Fine For Smuggling Phones Into Prison, CA Senate Approves Bill

Photo by janineomg via Flickr It is now a misdemeanor for any prison employee or visitor to smuggle a cell phone into prison, reports. ABC Local. Senators unanimously approved the bill SB26, similar to one that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed as too weak, on Thursday, reports the Sacramento Bee. The misdemeanor is punishable up to a $5,000 fine. It is not illegal to have a cell phone inside a state prison, but "inmates...

Suspected Drunk Driver Jumps Curb, Plows Fence, And Crashes Into Plane At John Wayne Airport

Photo by Renee Silverman via Flickr 56-year-old Luis Perez was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk after jumping a curb, crashing through a chain-link fence, and slamming into a plane at John Wayne Airport on Friday night, according to the Daily Pilot. Orange County Sheriff's deputies said Perez "tore a 30- to 40-foot hole in the fence on the west side of the airport" and smashed into the small plane around 10:35 p.m. causing...

Found: Whittier Girl Who Fled With Man She Met Online Is Now In Protective Custody

Photo by Mac Users Guide via Flickr The 12-year-old Whittier girl who left a note and disappeared from her home on Friday, possibly to meet a man she met online, was found Saturday morning in Anza, a rural area of Riverside County, say authorities, reports ABC Local. She is currently in protective custody and officials have not released additional details about her recovery. Police believe the girl went meet 20-year-old Ivan Felipe Cerda of...

Video: Hold Me Closer, Francine Dancer

Here to make your Saturday more absurd is a video lunch by the legendary Los Angeles public access personality, Francine Dancer. Fair warning to the modest or underage, she shows a lot of tush during these exuberant dance sequences. Despite her clear display of dexterity Ms. Dancer was often seen wheelchair-ing around Hollywood when not in the studio making variety show history....

Sony Hacked. Again. LulzSec Claims To Have Personal Data For 1 Million SonyPictures.com Users

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., the Culver City studio arm of the Japanese mega-corporation, confirmed Friday that company websites were breached in a hacker attack claimed by LulzSec, according to The Wrap. Sony did not detail the extent of the damage. On Thursday, LulzSec released a taunting statement saying that it had obtained the personal information of some 1 million SonyPictures.com customers. Though LulzSec said it took passwords, email addresses, and dates of birth from...

Acid Attack Prompts Evacuation Of Laguna Beach Apartments

Residents of two Laguna Beach apartment buildings were evacuated early Friday after a ski-masked suspect threw a bottle of butyric acid through the window of a second-floor unit. The apartment, occupied by a couple in their 20s, was declared "red-tagged" until it could be cleaned by a hazardous materials team and a private cleanup crew, according to Laguna Beach Patch.

Architecture In Helsinki @ The Music Box, 06/01/11

Following the April release of record number four, Moment Bends (Modular Recordings), Australian glockensynthsters, Architecture in Helsinki, built a house of tinkling multi-instrumental melodies during a tour stop at the Music Box on Wednesday June 1....

Reported Burglary Leads To Biggest Drug Bust In El Monte History

This is India, not El Monte. (Photo by ElPablo! via Flickr) 5,000 marijuana plants were discovered as area police investigated a reported burglary in progress on Saturday in El Monte. Officials are calling it "the biggest drug bust in the city's history," according to KTLA. Police detained five people in a U-Haul Truck while responding on the 2500 block of Continental Avenue to the "burglary in progress" call. One of detainees reportedly alerted the...

80-Year-Old Int'l Jewel Thief And Subject Of Halle Berry Film, Sentenced To 16 Months In Prison

Doris Payne, the 80-year-old jewel thief charged with stealing a $16,000 ring from a Santa Monica store in October, pleaded no contest and has been sentenced to 16 months in prison, according to ABC Local. The career heister and fascinating subject of Halle Berry's upcoming feature Who Is Doris Payne?, will serve this sentence concurrently with the five-year prison term she is already serving for a theft in San Diego County. Domestically, Payne's sticky fingers...

The Food Pyramid Has Been Abandoned. Say Hello To MyPlate.

(via ChooseMyPlate.gov) Another great pyramid has been lost to the sands of time. Wave goodbye to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s iconic "food pyramid" and say hello to MyPlate, a new campaign pushing nutrition via a highly simplified, Simon-esque pie chart. Fruits and veggies take up half the plate with a quadrant left over for protein and another for grain. "Gone are the old pyramid's references to sugars, fats or oils. What was once...

The Sunset Strip May Soon Be Wearing More Billboards

Photo by Mark Luethi via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Four petitions by businesses owners on the Sunset Strip will be considered by the Planning Commission this week when they meet to evaluate proposals seeking to add or alter rooftop billboards. "If approved, the city will receive huge monthly fees thanks to development agreements with each of the business owners," reports West Hollywood Patch. The Grafton Hotel at 8462 Sunset seeks to construct...

91-Year-Old Dies Weighing 35 Pounds, Caregiver Held For Over A Year In Prison

Photo by zappowbang via Flickr Too fragile to receive CPR, 91-year-old Maria "Concha" Lopez, who suffered from dementia and "shied away from doctors," was given mouth-to-mouth by her 26-year-old caregiver niece, Stephanie Hernandez. Despite resuscitation efforts by Hernandez, Lopez died in their home in Madera County weighing only 35 pounds and covered in bedsores. According to the LA Times some of the wounds were "so deep they bared bone. A metal rod from hip...

A Rolling Stone That Wiggles: Charlie Watts Is 70

Charlie Watts, the long-time, soft-spoken, gentleman drummer of the Rolling Stones turns 70 today with a video lunch tribute to the band's backbeat backbone. A Charlie Parker devotee and R&B enthusiast, the hall of fame musician is also considered one of the world's best dressed men. True. Watts was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2004 which has since gone into remission. A key member of the band, Watts owns a percentage of the empire and...

Foo-ing Down: Dave Grohl Snaps In LA Traffic, Beats Cashier With Slim Jim, Attacks Bandmates With Golf Cart, & Gets Tasered In New 'Walk' Video

LA's unique brand of gridlock madness grips Dave Grohl in the Foo Fighters' new video "Walk," a re-imagining of the 1993 Michael Douglas freakout classic, "Falling Down." Beginning with a shout-out to the 110 freeway, the 101 freeway, and everyone's favorite nightmare, the soon-to-be-shut-down-for-more-than-two-days 405 freeway, the video tracks Grohl on a city wide rampage that culminates, as some things do, in a taser-filled arrest at band practice. Tags: Foo Fighters, Music, More Music...

All Three Suspects Plead 'Not Guilty' To Felony Charges In Connection With Slain MTV Coordinator

Los Angeles Police Assistant Commanding Officer Andrew Smith points to a LAPD map showing the location of the Olympic-Wilshire-Southwest shotgun homicides and robberies from the period of April 29, to May 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Three suspects pleaded not guilty on Thursday to felony charges in a series of robberies believed to be linked to the shotgun slayings of Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir, the 30-year-old MTV music coordinator gunned down by his home near...

Advantage Set: Andre Agassi Serves Up Charter School Construction With The Help Of Century City Bankers

What the deuce?! Former tennis star Andre Agassi has partnered with Canyon Capital Realty Advisors in Century City to finance the construction of $750 million worth of charter schools in urban communities nationwide. According to the LA Times, the Canyon‐Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund hopes to serve 40,000 students by developing 75 schools in the next 3-4 years while "earning a financial return for investors, which include Citigroup Inc. and Intel Corp." The "unusual"...

Wave Hello To The High Surf Advisory: Big Waves Coming To SoCal

Photo by antith3tic via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A storm system in the South Pacific Ocean will bring high surf and dangerous rip currents to SoCal beaches through Thursday. Local beaches, especially those facing south should see the strongest weather with waves up to 10 feet, notes the National Weather Service. Coastal flooding, potentially dangerous high surf and beach erosion is possible in Malibu and Pacific Palisades due to the storm swell...

PlayStation Promises: Services To Return This Week?

Post-hacker attack, Sony announced Monday that it will fully restore all services of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity music by the end of this week, reports Mashable. There is some skepticism given the previously revised recovery deadlines, like the April 21 post on a PlayStation blog cautioning "that it might be 'a full day or two' before PSN was restored," notes Mashable. Sony Executive Deputy President told reporters on May 1 that service restoration...

Local Highways Claim Three Lives In 36 Hours, 208 DUI Arrests

Photo by California CPA via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Over this year's Memorial Day Weekend holiday, three traffic-related deaths were recorded on LA County highways in the first 36 hours, notes California Highway Patrol reports the Daily News. From 6:01 p.m. on Friday to Sunday at 6 a.m., six traffic-related fatalities were recorded statewide, one less than the previous year. Also this weekend In Los Angeles County, CHP arrested 230 motorists on...

Do You Know Who That Was?! Clint Eastwood

When Chuck Norris goes to bed at night, he checks his closet for Clint Eastwood. Today's video lunch pays tribute to birthday boy Eastwood, the 81-year-old, ass kickingest, Academy Award winning director and producer and nominated actor who started his career on the TV series Rawhide, took a bite of spaghetti westerns and then got down with Dirty Harry. Industry moguls, tourists, and Grace all think he's a righteous dude. Also sharing the Clint's thunder...

Coachella 2012 Will Be Two Weekends Long

Kanye West headlines Day 3 of the 2011 Coachella Music Festival (Photo by Joey Maloney / LAist) Double the pleasure. Double the sunscreen. Double the ticket sales. Like deja vu all over again, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be spreading out the heat stroke over two weekends in 2012, organizers announced Tuesday, in an effort to give the fans double the chance of getting in after tickets to the festival sold...

This Metrolink Crossing Is The Bomb: Proximity To Propane Company Prompts $6M Upgrade

Photo by R.E.~ via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Metrolink's riskiest crossing is getting a $6 million upgrade after the Glendale locale on Doran Street ranked number one out of 312 locations for risk and in the top eight for accidents, reports NBC Local. The adjacent propane company, a "heavy flow of tanker trucks," and vehicles that stop illegally on the tracks give that Metrolink crossing, with about 90 high speed trains travelling...

California To Sell Ramirez Canyon Park, Barbara Streisand's Donated 22.5 Acres In Malibu

Photo by jorizaga via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Despite opposition, Ramirez Canyon Park, the 22.5-acre Malibu ranch donated by (mega) Barbara Streisand in 1993 to the state of California, is on the list of properties that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to shop around. Streisand reportedly says she understands if the gifted land needs to be sold to help balance the budget and hopes the buyer will preserve its "special habitat," reports the...

Man In Critical Condition After Fight Outside Santa Monica Bar

Photo credit: Santa Monica Police Department Police have released a sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with a May 6 assault outside of O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Santa Monica that left a man in critical condition. The 46-year-old victim was reportedly "drunk and collided with the suspect, who became so upset that he began to push the victim and knocked him to the ground," around 1:00 a.m., say police. The man...

Memorial Fund Created For Children Of Trader Joe's Employee Shot & Killed In Echo Park

via Eastsider LA The Silver Lake Trader Joe’s is collecting contributions for the children of Michael “Micky” David, their former employee who was killed after being chased down Sunset Blvd and shot on May 7 in Echo Park, reports The Eastsider LA. The Silver Lake store, where the 30-year-old David worked for 2-1/2 years, set up a trust fund to collect donations from fellow employees as well as customers. Anyone who is interested in...

DUI Memorial Day Weekend Checkpoints From Thurs-Sun

Zach Behrens/LAist In an effort to keep LA streets safe during the Memorial Day weekend holiday, the LAPD will conduct the following DUI enforcement activities: Thursday, May 26 - DUI Saturation Patrol in the Olympic Area from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m Friday, May 27 - Sobriety Checkpoint on Topanga Canyon Boulevard between Devonshire Street and Chatsworth Street from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Saturday, May 28 - Sobriety Checkpoint on Laurel Canyon Boulevard...

70 Years Of Bob Dylan

I was born too late (to marry him). Blame it on a simple twist of fate. 70 years of Bob Dylan begins now with a deliciously satisfying video lunch that represents but a dot of the Dylan dynasty. Happiest happy birthday, Bobby Z.

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Giovanni Ramirez, 31, Named As Bryan Stow Beating Suspect By LAPD

The suspect apprehended by LAPD SWAT Sunday morning in East Hollywood in connection with the brutal attack on Bryan Stow on opening day at Dodger Stadium has been identified by authorities as 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez, a Hispanic male from Los Angeles, according to a LAPD News Release. He was taken into custody on May 22 at 7:10 a.m., in the 800 block of North Mariposa Avenue and booked for assault with a deadly weapon....

The Great Seat Belt Crackdown Of 2011: CHP's $142-$445 Memorial Day Weekend Special!

More than140 local law enforcement agencies and the CHP are on high seat belt alert with a statewide, zero tolerance, "Click It or Ticket" Memorial Day weekend crack down that begins today, notes an LASD news release. For adults, the fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $142. For a child younger than 16, the fine jumps to $445 for first time offenders. Enforcement of this year’s "Click It or Ticket" mobilization is scheduled...

Court Date For Match.com Rape Victim & Suspect

53-year-old Carol Markin, the Los Angeles woman suing the dating website Match.com after an alleged rape, will be in court Monday. Markin wants the site to stop accepting new subscribers until a screening system for sex offenders can be implemented. Alan Paul Wurtzel, the 67-year-old accused of the attack, allegedly raped Markin at her home on their second date. After the assault, Markin claims she discovered online that Wurtzel previously had been convicted of...

Videos: LOST Was Lost One Year Ago Today, We Have To Go Back!

Will you go back to the island with me? Please circle yes or no. With a year of LOST recovery behind us (and a lifetime to go) it's only fitting to honor the anniversary of the series finale with a video lunch roundup of tributes, parodies, re-imagined title sequences, and nostalgia-inducing montages.

Car Chase Of The Day: 13-Year-Old In Stolen Vehicle Pursued By CHP In Long Beach

The California Highway Patrol arrested a 13-year-old boy on Monday after he allegedly led officers on a pursuit through Long Beach with a young passenger (reported as an 8-year-old by LA Now; a 10-year-old by KTLA) in a gray Honda sedan reported stolen on Sunday. According to LA Now the chase, ended around 10:20 a.m. when the boy hit a curb near Atlantic Avenue and Armando Drive. KTLA reports that the boy ran several...

Synagogue Bomb Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To 4 Felony Counts, Up To 70 Years If Convicted

Ron Hirsch (AP Photo/Santa Monica Police Department, File) 60-year-old Ron Hirsch, the transient suspected in an April blast that sent a 250-pound metal pipe encased in concrete crashing through a roof next to the Santa Monica Chabad House and into a home where a 12-year-old girl was sleeping, pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles federal court on Monday to four federal felony charges that could send him to prison for up to 70 years...

Candy Is Dandy: Today Is National Taffy Day

Today is National Taffy Day so quit your sobbing over boardwalks past and drown those salt water tears in a bag of the multi-colored mounds. Perhaps the best local bet for real deal assortment is a fix from the Candy Warehouse in El Segundo. Place your order online, specify local pickup, and swoop in for treats. Have a favorite local spot for the fresh stuff? Let us know!...

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Get Out: Venice Art Walk, The Big Parade LA, Worldfest

Today in (and around) LA! Step out with the Big Parade LA in a community climb, get the whole world in your hands at Worldfest, and Walk Like a Venetian with the art set.

Bryan Stow Dodger Stadium Attack Suspect Taken Into Custody [Update]

This artist sketch provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows the two suspects wanted in the attack on the Giants fan at Dodger Stadium that took place during the longtime rival team's game Friday April 1, 2011. The attack left the victim in critical but stable condition as authorities asked any possible witnesses Friday for help in identifying the assailants. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department) Early Sunday morning, around 7:00 a.m., one of...

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Eat More Green Vegetables: One And A Half Tons Of Pot Found In Lettuce Shipment

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection ) U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 1.5 tons of marijuana from a truck shipping lettuce from Mexico on Wednesday, authorities announced, reports KTLA. The 27-year-old Mexican driver was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and his border crossing card was cancelled. The drugs, worth an estimated $1.8 million, were found by a narcotic detecting dog when the driver was required to pull into the Otay Mesa...

Body Of Woman Found At Wilmington Trash Sorting Facility

Photo by GarySe7en via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr LAPD Detectives are investigating the discovery of a woman’s body found by workers at a trash sorting facility in the 900 block of East E Street in Wilmington on May 20 at around 6:15p.m., according to a police department press release. The facility receives trash and recyclable items from "all over Southern California including San Juan Capistrano to areas north of Los Angeles," notes...

Craig vs. Jubilee: Kyle Dunnigan Makes Funny In Silver Lake

Iliza Schlessinger’s Comedy Showcase on Day Two of the Silver Lake Jubilee concludes with a featured lineup tonight including J Chris Newberg, Jay Larson, Jodi Miller, Neal Brennan, Adam Devine, and the very funny Kyle Dunnigan.

Parole Agent Tip Led To Suspect Arrest In Bryan Stow Attack

This undated image by John Stow shows Bryan Stow holding his son and daughter. Bryan Stow, A Giants fan beaten at the Dodger home opener, has sustained brain damage as a result and remains in critical condition. (AP Photo/John Stow) Police in the Sunday morning SWAT apprehension of one of the two men suspected in the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow were led to the individual on a tip from a parole...

Attempted Murder With Wooden Cane: 58-Year-Old Man Arrested

(Photo by ashraful kadir via Flickr) A 58-year-old man Hispanic man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder with a wooden cane after an vicious attack on a 63-year-old man in San Diego, say authorities, reports KTLA. Two San Diego Police officers were conducting routine patrols near 16th Street and Island Avenue in the Sherman Heights area of San Diego when they came across the attack in progress at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning....

Cruisin' For A Bruisin': Photos From The Red Bull Soap Box Derby

A crowd of 115,000 spectators showed up downtown Los Angeles on Saturday for the tenth U.S. Red Bull Soapbox Derby. Check in with the official site to see how the teams fared and flailed....

Week Around The Ists

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Get Out: Ripley's Believe It or Not! Bug Fest, Silver Lake Jubilee, Strawberry Festival

Today in LA (and just beyond)! Get out for the California Strawberry Festival, a bug eating Believe It or Not! event in Hollywood and an all singing all dancing all laughing Jubilee in Silver Lake.

High School Fire Set Intentionally, Say Investigators

$250,000 in damage caused by a Saturday morning fire at Bloomington High School in San Bernardino County was the result of arson, fire investigators believe, reports KTLA. "Firefighters responded to the blaze about 3:49 a.m. at the high school at 10750 Laurel Ave. in an unincorporated part of San Bernardino County. The fire burned inside the school's administration building, according to a news release."

Young Girl Escapes Kidnapper In South L.A. [Updated]

A15-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital by Paramedics early Saturday morning after she reportedly broke free from a kidnapper's car and began screaming in a South Los Angeles neighborhood, says KTLA. According to police, the girl says she was kidnapped sometime after midnight on Saturday in Long Beach.

Plan For The Worst, Live To Tell About it: LA Emergency Preparedness Fair

(Photo by goingslo via Flickr) The Rapture may be a let down (Saturday isn't over yet...), but we still do live atop earthquake central and being prepared for a variety of natural and unnatural disasters is part of the deal. Today, The Los Angeles Police Department and The Los Angeles Fire Department are holding an Emergency Preparedness Fair until 1:00 p.m. at Helen Bernstein High School, 1309 North Wilton Place, Los Angeles 90028, to...

Let's Break Out The Booze & Have A Ball: It's The End Of The World 'Video Lunch' As We Know It

Winston Zeddemore: Ray, has it ever occurred to you that maybe the reason we've been so busy lately is 'cause the dead HAVE been rising from the grave? Dr. Ray Stantz: ...How 'bout a little music?

Backyard Body Found In El Monte, Tipster Jailed

Photo by Tony Webster via Flickr Human remains found in the backyard of an El Monte home are with the Coroner's office as investigators try to positively identify the body, reports ABC Local. Reportedly, a man phoned Alhambra police on Friday "claiming he knew where the remains were buried." Following the tip, officers discovered the remains, which appeared to be several years old, in the backyard of a home on the 9400 block of...

Man With Cancer, Returning From A Funeral, Finds Burglars Have Stolen His Family's Two Yorkies

A family is pleading for help and offering a large reward to locate a pair of Yorkies stolen from their Woodland Hills home on Thursday, reports CBS Local. One of the pets is a 2-year-old registered therapy dog, the other is an 8-month-old puppy. While the family was at a funeral, burglars reportedly "popped a kitchen window off its track" to enter the house and stole only the two dogs and their bed, reports ABC...

Woman Falls Into L.A. River Trying To Rescue Husband's Bird

A woman is being treated for "non-life threatening injuries" and a pet bird is home safe after 14 firefighters rescued the pair from the L.A. River in Studio City on Saturday. The bird, described by the LA Times as "similar to a large parrot," reportedly escaped, and with clipped wings, fluttered and fell into the river where it was washed downstream.

When Going Viral Is Bad: Museum Artifacts May Harbor Historic Diseases

Photo by mlanda7419 via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr While the issue of what to do with the known remaining caches of live smallpox was debated by the international health community this week, the Wall Street Journal took a look at a scab from 1876 after glove-wearing Feds swooped in to a Virginia museum to retrieve it, and the LA Times wondered aloud, "Could smallpox still be lurking in labs and museums?" In...

Puff Puff Prohibit: Renters Concerned About Apartment Anti-Smoking Bill In West Hollywood

Best sign ever. (Photo by Lisa Brenner, Used with permission) The Great California Smokeout continues with a state Senate-approved anti-smoking bill that has Weho apartment dwellers concerned about the power of prohibition that may be granted to landlords under California law. Notes Weho Patch, the bill passed last week could have a "major impact in West Hollywood by giving landlords ammunition to evict smokers." Senate Bill 332 introduced earlier this year by Senator Alex...

Something Is Rotten In The State Of NJ: Nationwide Cheese Recall Of Quenby Hall Blue Stilton

Photo by Lisa Brewster via Flickr Quenby Hall Blue Stilton Cheese, a nationally distributed product by Schratter Foods Incorporated in Fairfield, New Jersey, is being recalled because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women, was revealed during routine testing by the company, notes the FDA. The product comes in bulk: Round Half 8.5...

Parking Citations Audit Reveals Missed Revenue, Fees On Voided Tickets, VIP Treatment 'Gold Card Desk'

Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr, Used with permission City Controller Greuel released the second in a series audits of the LADOT parking citation process revealing massive oversights, missed revenue, questionable policies and special treatment, according to a statement from her office. According to the release, in revenue findings: Due to DOTs inability to investigate contested citations within their own required 240 day time period, valid tickets are...

Federal Regulators Deem San Onofre Nuclear Plant 'Low Risk'

Photo by exquisitur via Flickr Federal regulators, concluding their first inspection of the San Onofre nuclear generating station following the events that unfolded at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, deemed the San Onofre nuclear generating station at "extremely low risk of a meltdown in an earthquake," reports the Daily Breeze. Inspections in March and April found a few problems at the plant between Los Angeles and San Diego, including some manholes leading to tunnels housing...

Welcome Back, Hopper: Nearly Extinct 'Mountain Yellow-Legged' Tadpoles Hatch At LA Zoo

At the brink of extinction, the mountain yellow-legged frog, a once plentiful SoCal critter, has a new hope in population replenishing. The Los Angeles Zoo announced Thursday that it successfully bred over 200 of the rare, native tadpoles to be released into the wild," notes SoCal WIld. Six female and four male frogs produced hundreds of eggs in March with over two hundred tadpoles hatching in April. It's the first success for the LA...

Champagne Is A Great Leveler, It Makes You My Equal: Happy Birthday, Jimmy Stewart

"Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." -- Elwood P. Dowd, Harvey (1950)...

Video Obit: Wrestler 'Macho Man' Randy Savage Dies In Car Crash, Wife Injured

Champion professional wrestler, Slim Jim immortalizer, and 1970s minor league catcher, "Macho Man" Randy Savage died in a Florida car accident on Friday at the age of 58, reports the Associated Press. Savage, whose legal name was Randy Mario Poffo, lost control of a Jeep Wrangler, veered over a concrete median, crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a tree around 9:25 a.m. in Pinellas County, according to Florida Highway Patrol. The former wrestler,...

Starbucks Crime Trifecta: Bathroom Hidden Camera, Purse Snatching, Lady Gaga Scavenger Hunt

Photo by visualpanic via Flickr Police are searching for more victims in connection with the William Velasco case, the 25-year-old San Dimas man accused of putting a hidden camera disguised as a coat hook across from a toilet in the women's restroom at a Glendora Starbucks, notes LA Now. Velasco, who free on bail, notes the Daily News, is also under investigation for allegedly stalking a 21-year-old college student, breaking into her apartment and...

CA Geological Survey Releases Landslide Susceptibility Map

via GCS The California Geological Survey (CGS) has released a new map showing the susceptibility of California to deep-seated landslides and where landslides are more likely to occur. The map is ranked on a scale of zero to 10 combining factors of rock strength and degree of slope; greater slope + weaker rock = highest susceptibility. State Geologist of California and head of CGS, Dr. John Parrish, says the information provides an overview for...

30-40 South L.A. Gang Arrests Made Thursday Morning.

A gang sweep early Thursday saw a busload, literally, of arrests for drug trafficking. As part of a multi-agency effort, "30 to 40 members of the Black P Stone gang in Baldwin Village, affiliated with the Bloods," were taken to the Sports Arena complex south of downtown with TV crews recording "a police bus on scene" helping to manage the quantity of arrestees, reports LA Now and a Los Angeles Police Department Advisory. A...

Grease/Taxi Actor Jeff Conaway ODs, Hospitalized In A Coma

60-year-old actor Jeff Conaway, known for his role on the TV series "Taxi" and as Kenickie in the 1978 musical "Grease," is hospitalized in a coma following a drug overdose, possibly from pain pills, according to his manager Phil Brock, reports the Associated Press. He was found unconscious on May 11 and is hospitalized in an Encino hospital in critical condition. His recovery is uncertain, reports the AP. Conaway, in 2008, publicly discussed his drug...

LAPD Running Two DUI & License Checkpoints This Weekend

The Los Angeles Police Department have announced the locations of two sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints this weekend as part of their ongoing campaign to remove dangerous drivers from the roads and educate the public on safety risks of driving under the influence. Checkpoint 1 - Saturday May 21, 2011 Manchester Avenue between Main Street and Broadway from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Checkpoint 2 - Saturday May 21, 2011 Canoga Avenue between Victory...

SAG & AFTRA Talk Merger In Closed-Door Meeting

Photo by vmiramontes via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Leaders of SAG and AFTRA held a closed-door meeting on Tuesday night in Los Angeles to hear opinions on the possibility of merging the two unions, reports the Hollywood Reporter. According to sources, approximately 235 attendees were split roughly 50-50 for and against such a decision. However, those percentages are reportedly "not representative of the electorate," as SAG’s Hollywood Division is strongly pro-merger having...

Mysterious 'Surfing Madonna' Mosaic To Be Removed By Los Angeles Art Conservation Group

(Photo by attorneycredits via Twitpic) Some consider it graffiti, others consider it art, but Encinitas city leaders have considered it gone after unanimously voting to remove a mysteriously appearing, religious themed, stained-glass mosaic that popped up on Encinitas Boulevard between Highway 101 and Vulcan Avenue over Easter weekend, reports NBC San Diego. After its meeting last night, the Encinitas City Council unanimously voted to spend up to $2,000 for a Los Angeles-based art conservation...

Like Finding $6.6 Billion In The Pocket Of Your Jeans After You Wash Them: California's Revised Budget

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) With California state revenue exceeding expectation, Gov. Jerry Brown wants to use to use an unexpected $6.6 billion "to boost education spending and help repair California’s battered finances," notes the LA Times. Brown's revised budget plan, released Monday, puts about $3 billion more into school spending than initially proposed in January and seeks to eliminate several high paying "patronage posts" as well as "43 boards, commissions, task forces, offices and...

A Gram Of Tina Turner Tickets: Busting The Illegal Drug Trade On Craigslist

Photo by Mark Luethi via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr 50 million classifieds are posted on Craigslist every month including ads selling pharmaceutical and illegal drugs, notes ABC Local. The police know. And they know what "Tina Turner tickets" means when Tina isn't on tour. In a sting operation by members of the Health Authority Law Enforcement Task Force (HALT), a multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency unit that includes agents from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's...

More Passengers Passing On Burbank's Bob Hope Airport

Photo by Greg Lilly Photos via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Help us, Burbank Airport. You're our only (Bob) Hope. Airport officials were surprised to see a learn of a sharp drop in passengers, as well as a decline in parking revenue. The number of passengers dropped 5% in March, a percentage greater than expected, reports the Glendale News-Press. The loss of 7,497 passengers compared with the same period last year was 2%...

Spielberg & Jackson's 'The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn' Trailer Is Released 7 Months Early

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have teamed up for the motion-capture 3D collaboration, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. The trailer for the widely anticipated film has pushed into the media vein seven months before the movie is set to premiere.

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