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Flying Manhole Cover In Westwood Sends Metro Driver To The Hospital, Underground Explosion Investigated

Photo by Brian Bubonic via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A Metro bus driver was taken to the hospital and treated for a "stress reaction" when an underground electrical transformer bank exploded Tuesday morning in Westwood causing a manhole cover to fly up from the street and strike the back of a bus parked near the UCLA campus, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Los Angeles city fire officials, reports LA Now....

'Five Californias' Revealed In New Quality-Of-Life Human Development Study

Photo by bbonen via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A Portrait of California, a new report released Tuesday by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) divides the state of California into five population segments ranked by quality of life based on health standards and living standards, among other factors, as well as ranks the state's major metropolitan areas, notes the Los Angeles Business Journal. Using a created "composite measure of health, education, and...

Hey, Where Are You Going... With That Entire ATM Machine?

Photo by Rajiv Patel via Flickr Burglars have reportedly been targeting ATMs and stealing entire machines from outside of businesses on the Westside and Midtown in what the LA Times is calling "a mini-crime wave." A series of burglaries, from Venice to the Wilshire District, began in April, Los Angeles police say. Two suspects pried open a number of machines to steal cash, occasionally making off with the whole device via a white pickup...

Grease Is The Word: Original Tommy's Chili Cheeseburger Anniversary Special Is $.65

For tonight's burger history lesson, prepare to be covered in orange grease and chili-induced shame. A Los Angeles mainstay, the Original Tommy’s at 2575 Beverly Boulevard and Rampart is celebrating over six decades of Tommy Koulax's original burger stand with a 65-cent chili cheeseburger and Coke special until 10:00 p.m. on Sunday night.

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For Those Who Suckle At The Silvery Teat Of PBR: Pabst Corporate Headquarters Moving To Los Angeles

Photo by playonthefreeway via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr This summer, the hipster beer mothership, Pabst Brewing Co., will move operations of her silver cans from Woodridge, IL, a Chicago suburb, to the bosom of Southern California. The decision to relocate headquarters to Los Angeles comes following the company's purchase last year by billionaire investor C. Dean Metropoulos for for about $250 million. There was no immediate word on speculation that tax incentives...

Netflix To Offer Miramax Catalog In June

Photo by MoneyBlogNews via Flickr Several hundred titles from the Miramax film library will be instantly watchable beginning in June according to a multi-year agreement announced today by Netflix and Miramax. It will be the first time Miramax titles will be available through a digital subscription service. Notes EW: Once a massive independent studio with corporate backing from Disney, Miramax has essentially shuttered its film production. However, it still possesses a tremendously valuable film...

Big Rig Kills Two On Freeway Next To Disabled Vehicle

Photo by sfxeric via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Two people were reportedly struck and killed by a big rig early today on the eastbound 60 Pomona Freeway as they stood outside their disabled vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol, reports the Daily Breeze. The crash occurred around 3:15 a.m. shutting down eastbound lanes between Reservoir Street and the 71 Chino Valley Freeway for hours. The coroner's office and CHP confirmed two...

Hallucinating Man Stabs Driver After Head-On Collision, Then Stabs Self In Neck With A Drill

(Photo by Samuel M. Livingston via Flickr) A 300-pound hallucinating man detoxing from pain medication drove head-on into another car around noon on Sunday, stabbed the driver, tried to stab the passenger, fled to a nearby residential garage, and then stabbed himself repeatedly in the neck with a cordless drill, reports the LA Times and Temecula Patch. The suspect, 38-year-old Menifee resident Garrie Aspengren Jr., who reportedly had not slept in several days, was...

Rude, Lewd, Sued? Andy Dick Urinates On The Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival organizers are considering legal action against the troubled and destructing 45-year-old comedian/actor Andy Dick for reportedly lewd behavior and property damage at the Newport Beach Film Festival last month. Eyewitnesses and a festival co-founder saw an allegedly intoxicated Dick unzip his pants, expose himself, rub up against tables, enter a display booth, urinate on the backdrop and then pull it down and destroy it, reports RadarOnline, according to the Orange...

We Lost Three Today: Jim Henson, Andy Kaufman, Sammy Davis Jr.

Three is the un-magic number of today's video lunch retro delight buffet. These massive talents all departed the planet on May 16. Andy Kaufman who (most likely did not fake his own death but rather) died tragically at age 35 in Los Angeles from cancer in 1984, and both Jim Henson and Sammy Davis Jr. in 1990, Henson at age 53 in New York from a streptococcal infection and Sammy Davis Jr. in Beverly Hills...

'Fuel-Driven' Brush Fire Burns Above JPL In La Cañada-Flintridge

(Photo by larawarren via Twitpic) Up to four acres (based on varying reports) are in flames in La Cañada-Flintridge as Los Angeles County fire crews on the scene work to contain the situation near the Jet Propulsion Laboratory after receiving the call from the 4800 block of Oak Grove just after 12:30 p.m. on Monday, reports CBS Local. According to authorities, the blaze is travelling uphill burning light brush and grass as a "fuel-driven...

'Dougie' Rapper M-Bone Struck Twice In The Head, Killed In Shooting At Inglewood Liquor Store

22-year-old hip-hop artist “M-Bone” (Mante Talbert) was killed Sunday night in Inglewood, a reported "victim of random violence" according to a statement from his publicist Greg Miller, reports the Associated Press. "He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed," said Miller. According to police, Talbert was struck in the head twice during a drive-by shooting in the 400 block of North La Brea Ave. around 10:30 p.m. The victim...

Get Out: NHM Bug Fair, Civil War Re-Enactment At Pierce College, Taste Of The Eastside At Barnsdall

Bug Out: "One of the most popular Museum events, Bug Fair is held on the second weekend of May each year! The two-day Bug Fair is an insect extravaganza with hundreds of things to see and do," says the Natural History Museum. 70 Exhibitors, Governmental agencies, educational institutions, entomological societies, private companies, have on display and for sale thousands of items including preserved (and live) insect specimens, books, equipment, supplies, products, honey, silk, wax, art, toys, clothing, and more.

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Grocery Store Shootout: Kohl's Robbery Suspect In Critical Condition After Police Gunfight At Ralphs

Wanted for his alleged involvement in the armed robbery of a Kohl's department store around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, a suspect was shot by police around 10 p.m. that evening inside a local Ralphs, reports the L.A. Times. The suspect, who is listed in critical condition, pulled out a handgun and ran into the store, according to authorities, as a Glendora police officer was attempting to detain the suspect in the parking lot.

Died (Almost) This Day In LA: It's Frank Sinatra Sunday

The Hollywood Palladium opened its doors for the first time on September 23, 1940 with today's video lunch featured performer, the then not-so-well-known Frank Sinatra singing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. You know the rest of that story. He became an idol of the 40s, an Academy Award winner in the 50s, signed with Capitol, left Capitol, founded Reprise Records, toured the planet, turned to...

Phone It In: Operation Pothole Will Fill 20,000 In 2 Days

Photo by Deborah Fitchett via Flickr Who ya gonna call? Holebusters! 'Operation Pothole' is back, so put your spirit fingers to work and start dialing 3-1-1 to report those car-breaking, neck-aching, swerve-making potholes (or submit a request online). By order of the Mayor, crews will be fanning out across the city over the weekend of June 4 and 5 with a mission to repair 20,000 potholes in two days. Residents can help improve our...

Disney Trademarks 'Seal Team 6,' Name Of Navy Unit That Killed Osama Bin Laden

To be noted in the bloody annals of opportunistic franchising, The Walt Disney Company filed trademark applications on May 3, 2011 for “Seal Team 6,” the name of the Navy SEAL special forces team that killed Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011, reports Fishbowl NY. The trademark applications came on May 3rd, two days after the operation that killed Bin Laden… and two days after “Seal Team 6″ was included in thousands of...

Week Around The Ists

An 8-bit Mario designed from a stack of cans at Chicago’s South Loop Whole Foods. (Photo by Anthony Todd for Chicagoist) It was a bad week for hipsters at Chicagoist. A hipster post-grad map of inhabitable U.S. cities inexplicably omitted Chicago; a flyer demanded "white hipsters" leave the predominantly Mexican Pilsen neighborhood; and they obtained an email from Pabst announcing they were leaving suburban Woodridge for Los Angeles. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the ist-a-verse... There...

Woman, 29, Charged With Two Shootings Including Shotgun Slaying Of MTV Music Coordinator

29-year-old LA resident Destiny Young, arrested Wednesday in connection with a string of armed robberies, was charged Friday in the shotgun killing of 30-year-old Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir, the MTV music coordinator shot in the back of the head near his mid-city home. She was also charged in the shooting of Marcelo Aragon who was struck by shotgun blast and robbed on April 30, reports LA Now. 26-year-old Jabaar Vincent Thomas and 33-year-old Richard Edward...

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Get Out: Pablove Shutterbugs, NASA JPL Open House, MOCA Teen Night, Bimmerfest

Space Out: It's time to visit NASA. This weekend is the popular, two-day JPL Open House celebrating "accomplishments with exhibits and demonstrations about the Laboratory's ongoing research and space exploration." Lab scientists and engineers will be on hand during the open house to answer questions "about how spacecraft are sent to other planets, how scientists utilize space technologies to explore Earth and how researchers are searching for planets beyond the solar system." Parking is free. Admission is free.

FBI Arrests Man In Los Angeles For Allegedly Funding Pakistani Taliban

Photo by Vectorportal via Flickr Accused of funneling money to the Pakistan Taliban, the FBI arrested three Florida residents on Saturday, one of whom was captured in Los Angeles, reports the Daily News. The arrests were part of an investigation of a Florida family of Pakistani expatriates that is allegedly funding religious extremists "to topple the Pakistani government and fight the United States," according to the FBI. 76-year-old Hafiz Khan, the imam of a...

Weekend Weather Sees Drizzle, Not Sizzle

Photo by Shawnté via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Moody May rears its gray and cloudy head with highs in the mid-60s on Saturday and south wind around 5 mph. Nighttime lows are expected near 54 degrees in the evening with a 20 percent chance of invading rain showers across the Los Angeles region on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Expect partly sunny skies and temperatures to peak again in the...

This Was A Pizza Hut, Now It's All Covered With Daisies

In a song that speaks to Los Angeles, birthday boy David Byrne reflects on the blight of nature as it overtakes the majesty of Earth's Pizza Huts, Dairy Queens, and honky-tonks in this 1988 faux-anti-green anthem (Nothing But) Flowers from the Talking Heads' final album Naked. Today's video lunch is a solo performance from 1992 that includes an important history lesson about Jurassic technology, "From the age of the dinosaurs, cars have run on gasoline. Where, where have they gone? Now, it's nothing but flowers."

Pastrami, Hold The Listeria: 16,000 Pounds Of Meat Recalled

Ready-to-eat meat recalled. Go to a real deli. (Photo by djjewelz via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr) Nearly 16,000 pounds of ready-to-eat pastrami and roast beef deli meat products from a Los Angeles-based food company are being sought in a Class I recall, "a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death," because of a potential bacteria contamination,...

Who Wants To Be A Weedionaire: Illegal Grow House Raid Rolls Up $2.5 Million Worth Of Marijuana

(Photo by Lee J Haywood via Flickr) LA County Sheriff’s deputies seized as much as $2.5 million in marijuana from an illegal grow house operation on Thursday, reports KTLA. A month-long investigation of two locations (one in Alhambra, one in an unincorporated area in San Gabriel) believed to operated by 30-year-old convicted felon Joseph Hsu, produced in total over 440 plants, approximately 150 pounds of dried marijuana, two handguns and a shotgun. Hsu was...

Foam Party: CA Lawmakers Consider State Styrofoam Ban

Photo by Bob B. Brown via Flickr California lawmakers are considering a bill that would make the Golden State the first to institute a full ban on restaurants and eateries serving food and beverages in Styrofoam containers, reports ABC Local. Sen. Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach, the bill's author, says "there are other biodegradable materials that could replace Styrofoam containers and they are not more expensive," notes ABC Local. 47 cities already have similar...

July Is The Wrong Month To Get On The 405

Photo by GarySe7en via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A 405 Freeway construction-awareness campaign is gearing up to prepare summer drivers for the impending, grinding, halt that is the Mulholland Dr Bridge Demolition & Reconstruction. All lanes of the 405 Freeway will be shut down in both directions for more than two days in July, according to officials, with closures beginning Friday night July 15 and and reopening 53 hours later at 5:00...

Grand Jury Indictment For LAUSD Officer Shooting Hoax

A group of police officers search outside El Camino Real High School (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Jeffrey Stenroos, the LAUSD police officer charged with faking his own shooting in January and setting off a valley perimeter lockdown and manhunt, was arraigned on Friday after "a grand jury indictment alleged he planted evidence, the L.A. County District Attorney’s office announced," reports the L.A. Times. The indictment charges the 30-year-old school police officer with five felony...

Drive Sober, And Friday The 13th Won't Have To Be Unlucky: LAPD Running DUI Checkpoint Tonight

The Los Angeles Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety/Driver’s License checkpoint tonight 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. The checkpoint will be running Friday May 13, 2011 at Vermont Avenue and 3rd Street from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.. At the checkpoint they will be looking for proper licensing and signs of alcohol and...

80-Year-Old Woman In Floral Scarf & Sunglasses Robs Shopper At Gunpoint In Kohl's Parking Lot

Photo by Vintage Collection via Flickr Fontana police are searching for an 80-year-old Caucasian woman wearing a floral scarf and sunglasses accused of robbing a shopper at gunpoint on Sunday in the parking lot of a local department store, notes KTLA. The victim claims she was walking to her car at the Kohl's on Summit Avenue around 11 p.m. when she was approached by an elderly woman who allegedly "came at her with a...

Swift-Moving North Hollywood Fire Claims A Pair Of Pet Dogs

Photo by Shawn Kaye via LAFD on Flickr Photo by Shawn Kaye via LAFD on Flickr Despite extreme efforts by the Los Angeles Fire Department two pet dogs have died of apparent smoke exposure following a "swift-moving North Hollywood house fire," at 6014 Farmdale Avenue on Monday, officials said. 4 companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD rescue ambulances, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, and a total of 27...

Why Is This Park In Jail? The Fight To Free 'Bundy Triangle'

Like holding a candy bar just out of reach of a 6-year-old on Halloween is the open-space-locked-behind-bars scenario of 'Bundy Triangle Park' to the nature deprived city slickers of West LA. Last week, Carter Rubin and writer Joel Epstein took to the YouTube with some videos shot at the corner of Santa Monica

Go Ahead And Play The Blues If It'll Make You Happy: Happy Birthday To Homer Simpson, Sid Vicious & Bono!

Today's video lunch is a triple-header of three unlikely birthday mates. One is dead, one always wears sunglasses (except in this video) and the other is a cartoon. See Sid sing My Way, observe Homer as he evolves from a single cell to a couch potato, and get moody with black and white Bono while he croons from atop a giant statue. Way to go everybody. Happy Birthday, Homer! Happy Birthday, Sid! Happy Birthday, Bono!...

Photo Of The Day: Domo Nom Nom Dodger Stadium

Photo by nesoxochi via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr This is Domo. He is hungry. He likes to eat baseball. Guard your everything....

The Great Conjunction Is Near: 4 Planets Now Visible Pre-Dawn

Mystics and Skeksis, grab your shards and look to the pre-dawn skies this week for a preview of the Great Conjunction. Four planets, Venus, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter are now visible to the naked eye, each spaced within 10 degrees of each other. The moon reaches its first quarter phase on Tuesday, May 10 making tonight an ideal time to spot Saturn in the early-evening southeast sky, notes the Griffith Observatory Sky Report. The...

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Shot In The Head And Left Bleeding On The Sidewalk, MTV Coordinator Dies Near Mid-Wilshire Home

Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr About 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, a man walking his dog found the body of 30-year-old Gabriel Aron Benmeir on the sidewalk on Packard Street between Stanley and Spaulding avenues, according to Los Angeles police, reports LA Now. Neighbors on the "quiet Mid-Wilshire street" who were questioned by authorities reported hearing a gunshot at about 1 a.m., leading police to determine that "the...

UC System Considers Varying Tuition By Campus

A reduction in state funding has already forced tuition increases, class option decreases and layoffs in the University of California system. Now, leaders of the 10-campus education chain are considering a proposal to allow undergraduate tuition to vary by campus, reports the L.A. Times. Advocates say that "the change would raise funds the schools could share...

Disneyland Goes Dark: Photos From The Spookiest Place On Earth During 'Bats Day In The Park' Goth Invasion

This is what happened on Sunday at Disneyland. Born of the goth/industrial/deathrock scene, Bats Day In The Park, which began as a simple gathering in 1999, has turned into a three day convention of all things dark n' brooding with vendors, activities, and parties culminating in a full force park invasion. And because no one feels the Monday pain quite like Azrael Abyss, Prince of Sorrow, here's a little Goth Talk to put things...

Go On And Cry In Your Coffee But Don't Come Bitchin' To Me: Happy Birthday Billy Joel!

I'm sure you have some cosmic rationale, but here you are with your faith and your Peter Pan advice and your birthday video lunch. Chuck Klosterman has had a a few words to say about you in recent years, as has Sir Elton John, and we heard about the memoir getting cancelled. But did you know that for kids growing up on the east coast it was required in some school districts to learn your...

Humpback Whale Killed By 'Ship Strike' Washes Onto Rocks

Photo by SandyMazza via Twitpic Approximately two-thirds of an adult humpback whale washed up onto the rocks at White Point Beach in San Pedro this weekend after being killed by a "ship strike," said officials. Missing its head and torso, the animal most likely was hit by a large vessel and sucked into a propellor that severed the ocean giant. A 30-foot section of the mutilated creature (believed to have been a full-grown male,...

Biblical Law Vs. Copyright Law: Photoshopping For God & The Case Of Disappearing Hillary

The blog Failed Messiah was the first to post an image from a story in a Hasidic newspaper, Der Tzitung (or Der Zeitung depending on which Bubby you ask), showing an altered reality of the newly iconic Situation Room photo taken during the Osama bin Laden strike.

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Get Out: Bats Day In The Park At Disneyland, Rose Bowl Flea Market, The People's Games In Venice Beach

Photo by Loren Javier via Flickr Hats For Bats: Nocturnal? Not today. Born in 1999 of the goth/deathrock/industrial scene, Bats Day In The Park is an outing of and for the highly costumed kind. Picture Mickey ears clipped into bat wings, and so forth. "The annual spooky trip to Disneyland is just a park meet during a normal operating day at Disneyland. Please use discretion regarding the length of shirts and skirts and language...

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Same Bank In Thousand Oaks Robbed Twice In Four Days

Photo credit: Thousand Oaks Police Department The FBI and local authorities are searching Sunday for suspects wanted in connection with two separate robbery incidents within four days of each other at the same Thousand Oaks bank. Chase Bank at 148 W. Hillcrest Drive was robbed first on May 4 and again on May 7, according to the Thousand Oaks Police Department, reports CBS Local. Police said in both cases, no weapons were seen, and...

Man Shot On Sunset Blvd In Echo Park Has Died

Photo by Peggy Archer via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Rampart Division police have reportedly confirmed that the man shot in the back Friday night while fleeing attackers on Sunset Boulevard has died, according to The Eastsider LA. No additional details about the victim or the incident have been released. The man was reportedly being chased by a group of suspects when he was shot in the back. The shooting was described as...

No More Animal Promos, Pink Taco Pledges To PETA

Pinky, Pink Taco's mascot, seen tied up outside the chain's Century City location on Cinco de Mayo. (via TwitPic) A PETA-packed punch to Pink Taco has yielded a pledge from the restaurant to never again use animals in events or promotions after the Century City location painted a live donkey pink and tied it to a post in 90-degree heat to promote Cinco de Mayo specials on Thursday. Harry Morton, the restaurant's owner, was...

Nor Do I Think It's Very Intelligent To Keep An Electrical Gadget On The Edge Of The Bathtub: Best Of Movie Moms

The Daily What knows that all moms really want for Mother's Day is a montage. Full list of films used in today's video lunch can be found at The Forward. Bonus mom-related video lunch offering: Lois Mom Mommy Mum Muma Mama Ma.

Murder-Suicide In East LA Leaves Mother, Father & 5-Year-Old Twins Dead

Photo by stevelyon via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Two young children and their parents have died in a suspected murder-suicide that occurred Saturday night in East Los Angeles, notes a Los Angeles Sheriff Department release. According to the L.A. Times, the children were 5-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. The suspect, 45-year-old Salvador Acevedo, and his girlfriend, 33-year-old Iris Oseguera were the parents of the twin children. According to authorities, Acevedo...

Historic Post Office Set To Close In Venice

In Venice, a historic post office on Windward Circle is preparing to close down and consolidate operations nearby at the Grand Avenue annex. If a post office moves, who forwards their mail? Inside the building, a mural of Venice founder Abbot Kinney was discovered after being "covered and forgotten for many years," notes ABC Local.

LAPD Millionaires: LA Officers Sue More Than In Other U.S. Cities, $18 MIL Awarded In Settlements In Five Years

Photo by Tracy O via Flickr They're being called "millionaire cops," because in the last ten years at least "17 officers have won million-dollar-plus jury verdicts or settlements from the city in lawsuits in which they leveled accusations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, retaliation and other workplace injustices," reports the L.A. Times. Many more have also won five-figure and six-figure payouts. City records show that from 2005 to 2010, officers have sued the department...

Week Around The Ists

A young man celebrates outside of the White House following Osama bin Laden's death. (Photo Credit: Jeff Martin) DCist started its week, as the rest of the country did, with news that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. A spontaneous celebration broke out at the White House, though we wondered if the hundreds of people who borrowed one of the city's shared bicycles to get to the celebration would be able to...

Get Out: Elliott Smith Documentary, For The Birds Audubon Exhibit Closing, 20th Santa Monica Festival, 3rd Unique LA

Photo by i_hate_my_screen_name via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Coming Up Roses: Elliot Smith Documentary will be screening two nights as part of the Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival (formally the Los Angeles International Film Festival), each followed by a guest panel. Saturday at 2:00 p.m, Sunday at 8:00 p.m. at the Hayworth Theater, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90057. Tickets. For the Birds: Head to the Audubon Center at...

Marvel At The Generosity: It's Free Comic Book Day

Photo by RLHyde via Flickr Free Comic Book Day is exactly what it sounds like. On the first Saturday in May, participating comic book shops across country and around planet Earth will "give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores," notes the official site. Enter your zip code here and find the closest participating shops. In LA today, special events abound from the Secret Headquarters in Silver Lake to...

The Buzz: Bees Swarm In Fullerton, Residents Forced Inside

Photo by Michael Zampelli via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr So.. a giant bee swarm was spotted Friday afternoon near North Parks Road and Mariposa Lane in Fullerton, reports KTLA, and residents were warned by police to stay indoors. It was unclear whether the buzzing, stinging, cloud was made up of Africanized bees. Police were first notified around 3:15pm after "several people were reportedly stung, and one was taken to a local hospital,"...

Man Shot In The Back Fleeing Attackers On Sunset Blvd In Echo Park, Man Shot & Killed In Cypress Park

Photo by Peggy Archer via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Two shootings took place this morning leaving one man dead and another injured. The first victim is reportedly in critical condition after being shot in the back in Echo Park while "being chased down Sunset Boulevard by a group of attackers," notes The Eastsider LA. According to Rampart Division police, the man collapsed near the intersection of Sunset and Logan Street around 12:...

Cat And Dolphins Playing Together, Mass Hysteria!

This is the story of a cat and some dolphins that are friends. Watch, gasp, repeat. Maybe we can all get along. Today's video lunch breaks down the divide between fur and fins, land and sea, claws and Cetaceans. Way to go, mammals.

Police Seek Order Following Venice Beach Wave Of Violence

Photo by Neil Armstrong2 via Flickr SoCal officers are are cracking down on Venice Beach in an effort to set a tone of "public order" following a recent series of violent incidents including a boardwalk shooting during a flash mob and a stabbing at a drum circle, reports the Associated Press. Fearing crime could spiral, the authorities have started cracking down on the unruliness that typifies the boardwalk - a 1.5-mile ribbon of asphalt...

David Beckham In Car Crash On 405 Freeway

David Beckham was involved in a car accident on the 405 Freeway near Torrance on Friday morning when his black Cadillac rear-ended a stalled Mitsubishi that had reportedly broken down in the carpool lane, according to authorities, reports TMZ. According to the California Highway Patrol, "Beckham did...

Forget To Fill Up The Rental Car? No Prob, That'll Be $9/Gal

Photo by NatalieMaynor via Flickr It was just last week a visiting friend remarked that the penalty gas rate at $4 per gallon was, for the first time in his experience, cheaper than the cost to fill up on his own here in Los Angeles. WHY MUST YOU SPEAK SO LOUDLY?? THEY HEARD YOU!! The L.A. Times is reporting that some agencies are now charging upward of $9 per gallon to refill the rental...

Banksy-esque At The Corner Of Melrose And La Cienega?

Photo by depescemode via Twitpic A familiar looking black and white rodent painter has appeared with a giant yellow flower at the corner of Melrose and La Cienega. Banksy? Banksyesque? Dangeresque II? Perhaps it's an elaborate Mother's Day offering for one lucky mum. Photo by LeilaMarsh via Twitpic...

Know When To Hold 'Em: Caltech Bets They Found The Gambling Part Of The Brain

Photo by Bert Kaufmann via Flickr The exact location in the brain that influences a gambler's belief that payoff is headed their way has been discovered by Caltech researchers, it was announced on Saturday, reports the Daily News. For example, despite perhaps intellectually knowing that mathematical odds don't change at a slot machine, say, people may sit at the same machine for hours because they think they're "due" for a jackpot. The study, done...

Holocaust Remembrance Day, Database Of Rare Historical Records Is Now Online

"This year marks both the 65th anniversary of the verdicts at the first Nuremberg trial, a defining moment in international justice, and the 50th anniversary of Adolf Eichmann’s trial, where the world heard firsthand testimonies from those who had suffered the horrors of the Holocaust. From this tragedy we see the cost of allowing hatred go unanswered in the world, but from this justice we also see the power of holding the perpetrators of genocide accountable"

Andy Dick Arrested, Drunk & Disorderly In Temecula

(Photo Credit: Riverside County Sheriff) Comedian Andy Dick has been arrested again in Southern California, this time for being "drunk and disorderly in public" after an incident at a Temecula restaurant, say authorities, reports the Associated Press. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department website says the 45-year-old comic actor was arrested Monday night at a Temecula restaurant and booked for investigation of disorderly conduct involving drugs with alcohol. He was released after posting $500 bail....

Neo-Nazi Shot To Death By His Young Son In Riverside

32-year-old white supremacist plumber Jeff Russell Hall, the Southwestern regional director of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement group who last year ran for a post on the Riverside Municipal Water District board, was shot to death on Sunday by his young son.

James Browwwwn, James Browwwwn!

Happy would-be birthday to Mr. Sex Machine Dynamite, The Hardest Working Godfather of Soul in Show Business. We hope you like your gift. We got you a brand new bag. James Browwwwn, James Browwwwn! Watch the Minister of the New New Super Heavy Funk get up, get on up, and stay on the scene.

Grape Tomatoes Recalled For Cuteness, Err.. Salmonella

Grape tomatoes supplied to Tracy, CA-based company Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. have been recalled by grower Six L's after it was discovered they may be contaminated with Salmonella, reports the Food and Drug Administration. The recalled tomatoes were used in a variety of Taylor Farms prepared/packaged salad products with sell-by dates between April 27 and May 9.

Why Can't Everyday Be Grilled Cheese Month?

In this brief retrospective, 'Remembering Grilled Cheese Month,' LAist takes a look back at two of this year's best sandwiches. Clementine, the sainted source for seasonal foods, went weekly mad with different selections all throughout April as part of their 10th annual celebration. The bad news, it's May. The good news, FIVE TYPES OF GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES are still available! Everyday. Including two of our favorites. Praise unto thee, cheeses....

Trump Gets Served At The 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Roast was on the menu Saturday night at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner thanks to aspiring comedian and President of the United States, Barry McSassypants. Following a short film montage and a barrage of birther-absurdity jokes, Obama went on to skewer Trump and others. Further proving his American-ness, Obama also screened a clip from his "official birth video," which hilariously turned out to be a clip from [SPOILER BLOCK].

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Tonight in Extra Extra! The future of smoking in Burbank, sexual assault at Arclight parking lot, Disneyland AIDS march, suspect sought in Angeles Forest murder. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

Ben & Jerry's Truck Greets LA With Six Weeks Of Free Ice Cream

Photo by Mr. T in DC via Flickr The boys are back in town. Ben and Jerry, that is. Today the Ben and Jerry's truck rolls into Los Angeles for six weeks of scoops and freebies. Follow them on Twitter to find out where they'll be chilling. The Vermonters are making their debut, appropriately, on Vermont (at Wilshire). They'll be there until 4:00 p.m. The free-ness stops at 10:00 a.m. for those seeking breakfast...

How To Become A Felon In 2 Easy Steps

Step 1) Get a laser pointer. Step 2) Point it at an aircraft. Voila! In addition to last month's North Hollywood laser showdown four more people around the southland have been arrested on suspicion of pointing lasers at L.A. County sheriff's helicopters, "imperiling the aircraft and their crews," in similar incidents, said the Sheriff's Department on Sunday.

When Dead Cow Skin Doesn't Send The Right Message: Saying 'I Love You' With Computer Folders

Perhaps the best recent example of "a little thought and creativity goes a long way," this video lunch puts a tidy end to nearly every excuse that exists for not getting your loved one an anniversary present. This clever fellow placed a folder on his wife's desktop to celebrate their third anniversary. Nicely done. PS, different Lisa.

Anaheim Will Not Have 'Kings' To Rule The Court

Photo by STERLINGDAVISPHOTO via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr With the Sacramento Kings at "the brink of relocating" to the Honda Center in Anaheim, the Maloof family, team owners since 1999, announced Monday after months of negotiations, that plans to move to Orange County have been "at least temporarily abandoned" because of "opposition to the move by the NBA," notes the OC Register. The Maloofs thanked Sacramento fans for their loyalty in a...

His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama Rallies For The Trojans

Photo by red.dahlia via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Bodhisattvas likely do not care much about football, however, USC officials are saying it looks like Nobel Peace Prize #winning Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, will rally to make it to campus on Tuesday for two speaking engagements despite Monday's health-related cancelation at a UCLA symposium on Buddhism and Neuroscience. His first-ever visit to the university, the Dalai Lama is scheduled for two...

Hiker Discovers Dead Man In Chantry Flats, Handgun Found Near Body By Police

Photo by David Kimbrough via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr The body of a deceased man was discovered by a hiker in the Chantry Flats area Monday around 8:30 a.m., according to a report by Sheriff’s Homicide investigators. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has not yet identified the remains. The hiker reportedly "saw a male in the Chantry Flats area who he thought might be sleeping. However, he remembered reading in the...

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Get Out: Cowboy Festival, Franklin Village Street Fair & UCB Comedy Bash, International Children's Day At Aquarium

Photo by Ryan Resellar via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Git Along Lil Doggies: Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, featuring a roundup of Western gear, food, clothing, and living history exhibits, returns to Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio and other venues around Santa Clarita. "Saddle up and step back to a simpler time of chaps, saddles and old-time saloons. This year’s festival will include a mix of new attractions and returning favorites, including dutch...

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Wham-O 'Fun Fountain' Clown Head: Revisiting The Best Dangerous Water Toys

There's nothing quite like a creepy clown fountain on a hot summer day. The leaking hose, the menacing grin, the turbo water, the hard plastic hat that falls on you during the frolic, it's all part of the fun of the Wham-O Fun Fountain. Sure the thing hurt when it fell on you, that's why you learned how to make it fall on someone else.

Drop Me In The Water: Photos From L.A. River Clean-Up Day

Friends of the Los Angeles River, with support from an estimated 5000 volunteers, and in conjunction with the Mayor's Day of Service, got down to the business of nature on Saturday for the 22nd Annual L.A. River Clean-Up. From 9:00 a.m. until noon, crews helped with beautification and revitalization efforts in 14 locations with 25 tons of garbage "projected to have been pulled out of the river," reports KTLA....

SoCal Rider Jeff 'Ox' Kargola Dies In Mexico Motocross Race

Motocross (Photo by Geraint Warlow via Flickr) Jeff 'Ox' Kargola, a Southern California freestyle racer, died Friday from injuries sustained in a crash on day two of the"Desert Assassins' 2011 Rip to the Tip" motocross competition in Mexico, an event that takes riders along the length of the Baja Peninsula in an eight-day, 1,300-mile race to Cabo San Lucas over mountains, beaches and deserts, reports the LA Times. He was 27. Kargola who lived...

Thor Uses His Hammer To Shut Down Hollywood Boulevard

Photo by Gary Se7en via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr "Honk if you love Thor," the marketing team could have branded on billboards around Hollywood, because honk they will, if only for the traffic rat king that's sure to irk Monday's commuters, crosswalkers and joyriders in advance of the premiere. Heads up, motorists (and pedestrians), a full street closure has been announced for all lanes of Hollywood Boulevard tomorrow between Highland Avenue and...

Week Around The Ists

(Photo by James Calder via DCist) DCist normally would have spent some time analyzing the Washington Redskins’ draft class, if only we hadn’t been so distracted by Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s continuing legal tantrum against the Washington City Paper or defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth’s claims that a woman he allegedly sexually abused “was just upset [he] had a white girlfriend." (Who are we kidding? Any draft analysis would have just ended up taking a...

LADOT XXX: Full Investigation Of Porn Video Announced

Not real officers. (Photo by Herr Hans Gruber via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr) A full investigation is officially underway by the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation after a video surfaced of two uniformed officers allegedly appearing in an adult video, said LADOT Interim General Manager Amir Sedadi in a statement on Sunday. Photos of what appeared to be LADOT officers engaged in misconduct were provided anonymously to the Los Angeles...

Get Out: Doo Dah Parade, Lemon Festival, Superhero Saturday Marathon, Festival of Books, LA River Clean-Up, Beer & Bikes

Photo by Joits via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Camptown Ladies Something Something: Grab your lawn chair and get weird in Pasadena for the 34th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. "Daring to go where, well, we went last year, this year’s Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will venture eastward for the second time in its colorful history. While the alternative event has enjoyed much popular success in the Old Pasadena retail and entertainment district,...

Woman Shot To Death On 210 Freeway, Pushed From Car

Photo by TooMuchFire via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A Glendale man was in surgery Saturday after reportedly suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound that occurred after allegedly shooting and killing a woman Friday night on the 210 Freeway in La Crescenta and pushing her body out of the car, reports the Glendale News-Press. Police began receiving witnesses 911 calls around 5:00 p.m. and closed the La Crescenta Avenue on the westbound 210 after...

Drunken 25-Year Old With Blood On Vehicle Arrested At DUI Checkpoint, Linked To Deadly Pedestrian Hit & Run

Photo by Urban Woodswalker via Flickr A DUI checkpoint in Lancaster yielded a drunken 25-year-old man and a link to a deadly pedestrian hit-and-run when officers noticed blood on the vehicle. The driver, sidro Peralta of Littlerock, was booked Saturday, according to police, "on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run, and felony driving under the influence," reports the Daily News. Peralta was stopped at a drunken driving and license checkpoint near Avenue J...

Video Lunch (Served Rare): The Unreleased Willie Nelson 4th Of July Picnic Concert Film From 1974

Do yourself a favor and watch as many of these video lunch rarities as your Saturday will allow. The long running Willie Neslon 4th of July Picnic had to start somewhere and on the second year of its existence, this film was created. Some time between 1974 and today, it fell into a a series of rights-related quicksand pits and has yet to see an official distribution. Check out IMDB for at least one version...

Check Out The Big Brain On Brad: 1st Place Nat'l Academic Decathlon Win For Granada Hills Charter HS

Photo by basykes via Flickr For the 9th consecutive year, California has taken home the brain bacon as winner of the national Academic Decathlon. On Saturday at an awards banquet in Charlotte, NC, it was revealed that Granada Hills Charter High School beat out 35 other teams from across the country, besting their closest competitor, a Houston area school, by about 1,700 points, and scoring an 18th win for California while earning the Los...

Gunmen Shoot Seven At Funeral Fundraiser For Killed Friend

Seven people were shot at a single family home on Holmes Avenue in South Los Angeles on Saturday when gunmen allegedly opened fire at a benefit party sometime around 1:00 a.m., reports KTLA. The party was reportedly a fundraiser arranged to "offset funeral costs for a 22-year-old man that was recently murdered," according a partygoer who said she and others were dancing when the incident occurred...

No Jacket Required: Your Warm Weekend Weather Forecast

Photo by arne meyer via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A gust of wind. A dog barks. Cue the truck. An "offshore breeze" will be accompanying a warm weekend of clear skies and 70s highs by the beaches with temps up to the 90s expected for inland and valley areas, notes CBS Local. Sunrise Saturday saw heavy wind and coolness in the mountains with 56 mph gusts reported in Malibu (64 mph near...

We Want You! UC Schools Recruiting Out-Of-State $tudents

Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A campaign to recruit out of state and international students to University of California campuses is causing tension in the community, reports ABC Local. Imported students pay more to attend than residents, and with cuts in funding, UC officials are "looking for a way to raise money," and are reportedly "focusing more on those admissions." A typical non-California student pays about $35,000...

Meet The Twins: Mariah Carey Delivers Double Babies In LA

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrated anniversary number three by delivering two babies today in LA. A representative for Carey confirmed the births to the Associated Press, notes Yahoo! Music, saying, "The singing superstar gave birth Saturday at 12:07 p.m. EDT at an undisclosed hospital in Los Angeles."

Froggie Went A-Courtin: Feds Sued By Environmental Group Over Endangered SoCal Frog

An environmental group, the Center for Biological Diversity, reportedly filed a a 60-day notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on "allegations that the agency failed to develop a recovery plan for the endangered Southern California mountain yellow-legged frog," reported the Riverside Press-Enterprise...

Safety Comes To Santa Monica Farmers Market

Santa Monica's Downtown Farmers Market will begin implementing new signs and safety barricades (resembling tennis court nets) at each of the market entrances as part of the city's "ongoing commitment to maximize market safety," notes the city website. Market operation, access and vendor space will not be interrupted...

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