Results tagged “Lisa Brenner”

Why Do I Run So Slow? Red Hot Chili Peppers' Under The Bridge (The Literal Version)

Today's video lunch takes a look at the look of RHCP's "Under The Bridge." Sometimes I sing under lights that are purple. Sometimes I'm shirtless and I tilt my head. Now there's something below me. A picture of buildings. Los Angeles skyline, cause that's where I live.

63 Is Not The New 35: Another Crackdown In Glendale Snags 70+ Speeders

Photo by sfxeric via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr With some drivers reaching speeds of up to 63 mph on city streets, police snagged more than 70 motorists over the weekend in Glendale as part of a citywide speed enforcement crackdown, reports the Glendale News-Press. Police cited 75 drivers for speeding, including one motorist for traveling at 63 mph and several others who were traveling at more than 50 mph on Victory Boulevard,...

2nd Annual Silver Lake Jubilee - Lineup Announced

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood because LA Weekly has the scoop on this year's lineup for the second annual Silver Lake Jubilee coming to an underpass near you on May 21-22. The unfussy, eco-minded $5 fest is two-days (and perhaps a little bit Monday) of music, comedy, literary, and community performances boozed together with vendors, artisans, workshops, eateries, and good times.

Michael Jackson Committed Suicide, Implies Murray Defense

In a pretrial hearing on Wednesday, Edward Chernoff, a defense lawyer for Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray, said the singer "was so anguished about his deteriorating finances in his final days that he took desperate actions that caused his own death," reports the Associated Press via Billboard. "Murray's lawyers suggest that Jackson, who was desperate for sleep, gave himself an additional dose of propofol while Murray was in a restroom. A coroner's report showed the...

Disney To Break Ground At Shanghai Park, China Gives OK

Photo by Loren Javier via Flickr Since the '90s a Walt Disney theme park and resort project has been in planning stasis pending approval from the Chinese government. Over the weekend, invitations to attend a "special event in Shanghai" were issued, reports the Wall Street Journal, to a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday "that Disney CEO Bob Iger is expected to attend," notes Deadline. Notes the Wall Street Journal: The groundbreaking ceremony follows Disney's recent...

2 Americans Killed In Their Car At Tijuana Border Crossing

Photo by richardmasoner via Flickr Two men identified by Baja California prosecutors as U.S. citizens were shot to death in their car while waiting to enter the United States at a Tijuana-area border crossing before dawn on Monday morning, reports the Associated Press. Witnesses at the San Ysidro US-Mexico crossing reportedly saw a gunman approach a line of waiting vehicles and fire into the victims' pickup truck, shooting the men in the head, arms...

Reward $50K In Giants Fan Beating Case, Mayor Calls Mom

Photo by California CPA via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr The search continues, and the reward increases, for two men who carried out a vicious attack on San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, a 41-year-old Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two who was beaten in a coma in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after last week's home opener, reports The Dodgers on Tuesday. [T]he total reward for information in the case...

Rising MMA Fighter Among The 2 Men Killed At U.S. Border

Sergio Salcido Luna, an aspiring, mixed-martial arts fighter in Bakersfield, is believed to be one of the two men shot to death inside a vehicle while waiting to enter the United States at a Tijuana-area border crossing early Monday morning. Luna, 25, and Kevin Joel Romero, 28, were in a line of cars poised to cross into San Diego at ...

San Diego Student Shot On Freeway While Driving To Class

Photo by drukelly via Flickr A 21-year-old college student was shot around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning near the Balboa Avenue exit of CA 163 while driving to the University of San Diego, according to officials, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. The woman was headed southbound in the fast lane when she reportedly felt a pain in her side. Unaware that she had been shot in the rib cage, the victim continued driving to...

What Do Kurt Cobain, Allen Ginsberg, Howard Hughes, Layne Staley & Charlton Heston Have In Common?

Where my boys at? Oh. Right. Today's video lunch marks the passing of a few famous fellows who by different means and measures all met the same inevitable end on April 5th. Say hello and goodbye to these poets, musicians, zillionaires, and Moses portrayers. Allen Ginsberg Charlton Heston Kurt Cobain Layne Staley Howard Hughes...

Freeway Flash: Naked Man Arrested On The 405

A man was arrested Tuesday after running naked through morning rush hour traffic on the 405 Freeway in West Los Angeles, reports the LA Times. The unidentified nudie was reportedly trying "to make contact with people in their cars" near Pico Boulevard, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesman.

The Great Divide: Possible New Borders For LA & OC [Updated]

The LA County Board of Supervisors is considering a public hearing on a proposal to "cede 42 acres of L.A. County land to Orange County -- and annexing about 36 acres from the neighboring county," reports LA Now.Initiated by Orange County’s Board of Supervisors, the proposal intends to simplify the border of Long Beach...

DWP To Cut $440M From Budget, 3-Year Hiring Freeze

Photo by numberstumper via Flickr Los Angeles' Department of Water and Power announced today plans to gut its budget by about $440 million in part by implementing a three-year hiring freeze, effective immediately, in the face of a huge deficit, reports ABC Local. As many as 500 of DWP's 9,000 employees will not be replaced when they either leave or retire from the nation's largest municipal utility. This substantial reduction in an "aging workforce"...

Virgin Oceanic Surfaces, Richard Branson Debuts 'Flying' Submarine In Newport Beach

With Virgin Galactic now taking reservations for outer space, billionaire voyager Richard Branson has turned his attention back to planet Earth with the launch of Virgin Oceanic. As it turns out, he would like to be, under the sea, in an tiny flying sub craft built for one. On Tuesday in Newport Beach, Branson unveiled a single-person submarine intended to set as many as 30 world records by exploring the deepest parts of the world's...

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The Ballad Of Drilling For Oil In Whittier

Come and listen to a story about a man named Hen(derson). A councilman and chairman of some Nature Preserve land. Then when the budget wasn't looking very good. He remembered under Whittier was a bubblin crude. Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea. Neighborhood groups put their hands up in the air. Environmentalists said...

Farmers Field Of Dreams: If You Build It, Will We Pay?

LA residents, football fans and non football fans alike, continue to be skeptical about the expense of building Farmers Field despite Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and AEG's assertion that it won't cost taxpayers money, reports Reuters.

Cheese Of The Week: 21 Ways To Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month!

April is not only for cell phone violations and texting tickets, it's also National Grilled Cheese Month! In light of this crunchy-on-the-outside melty-on-the-inside occasion, Cheese of the Week would like to treat you to a visual feast of worldwide cheesedom. I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round... Probably not what John Lennon meant. Closer to home, seasonal heavyweight Clementine is celebrating a decade of grilled cheese decadence with their 10th Annual...

Sylmar Standoff: Officer Shot In The Face, Suspect Barricaded

LAPD Officer Steve Jenkins An LAPD officer is in critical condition after being shot in the face early this morning while responding to a domestic violence call in Sylmar. A SWAT standoff is ongoing and the bomb squad is on the scene as the suspect remains barricaded inside his house, according to police, reports KTLA. The initial incident began around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday when authorities responded to a domestic dispute near Dronfield Avenue...

Martin Luther King's Prophetic Last Speech - 1968

Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot at 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968 while standing on the balcony outside of his second-story room of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. In town to support a strike by sanitation workers, the civil rights leader was on his way to an event when he was struck in the jaw by a bullet that severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead at a Memphis hospital just after 7:00 p.m. He was 39 years old. This powerful and prophetic speech, referred to as "I've Been to the Mountaintop," was delivered the day before his assassination.

Blossom Report: Signs Of Spring Sprout In The Southland

Despite a stormy start and record-breaking heatwave, it really is spring in Los Angeles. Nature knows this, and has been presenting us with compelling and colorful evidence to prove her point. After all, you can learn lots of things from the flowers. Like don't make the snapdragons angry. Those muthers will turn on you....

Woman Killed After Intentionally Walking Onto The 5 Freeway

Photo by delara-photos via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr According to authorities, a woman intentionally walked in front of a car on the northbound side of the 5 Freeway in Anaheim on Monday and was struck by several vehicles and killed, reports the Daily Breeze. The incident happened during the morning commute around 6:00 a.m. at Euclid Street. Northbound lanes were closed between Lincoln and Brookhurst Street while police investigated the accident, reports...

Cross-Dressing Bank Robber Gets Six Years In Federal Prison

Darryl J. Depastino, a Los Angeles man whom the FBI dubbed the "Masquerade Bandit," has been sentenced to six years in federal prison after pleading guilty last year to four bank robberies, including one where he disguised himself as a woman, reports CBS Local. Police said bank employees noticed 49-year-old Depastino's five o’clock shadow showing through his makeup.

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Get Out: Silver Lake Conservatory Amoeba Auction, 8th Annual Songkran Thai Festival, Passover Dessert Tasting

Rock On The Block: The Silver Lake Conservatory is holding a charity auction at Amoeba Music this afternoon with with rare and collectible memorabilia, concert tickets, promo items and more up for bids. All proceeds will benefit the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization based in...

Search Continues For Student Who Fell In San Gabriel River

The search continued Sunday morning at Foothill Boulevard and Azusa Avenue for 20-year-old Joe Le, a Golden West College student who fell into the fast and frigid East Fork of the San Gabriel River on Friday, reports KTLA. Reportedly, a person saw a body in the river on Friday but "lost sight of it as it drifted downstream." Le was trying to cross the snowmelt-swollen river at a spot where a rope is strung...

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NTSB Finds 'Widespread Cracking' On Southwest Jet

Photo by Ack Ook via Flickr Investigators found "widespread cracking" on the skin of the Sacramento-bound Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that dramatically broke open at 36,000 feet causing depressurization and forcing an emergency landing in Yuma, Arizona on Friday, said the National Transportation Safety Board, reports CNN. The flight data recorder indicated the plane was cruising at 36,000 feet when it depressurized, but it dropped to 11,000 within four-and-a-half minutes, Sumwalt said. The pilot...

Feathers Fly: Int'l Pillow Fight Day Pummels Pershing Square

Pillows fighters of the world united in Pershing Square on Saturday to beat the stuffing out of one another in the name of International Pillow Fight Day. Please enjoy the hypo-allergenic photo frolic recap....

NY I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down: The Final Sounds Of LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem is no more. DFA dignitary James Murphy and his beeping band of electro merrymakers said goodbye in arena fashion on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Many people took videos. Here are some of them. Daft Punk did not play at their house. But Arcade Fire did.

April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.. Ooh Shiny!

Photo by TSA Photography via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr The State of California, the California Highway Patrol AND the Los Angeles Police Department are totally pissed at you. You, being the millions of drivers who gave them the cell phone equivalent of a middle finger by ignoring warnings about distracted driving. As a result, we're all grounded. Welcome to zero-tolerance Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Increased enforcement for cell phone and texting violations...

Baby Rescued From 115-Degree Car Returned To Mother

Photo by emdot via Flickr According to police, the 14-month girl found locked inside a sweltering 115-degree car on Thursday while her father, 38-year-old Glendale resident Edik Magardomyan, filled a prescription at Costco, was released to her mother later that evening, reports the Glendale News-Press. The child, who was not injured in the 15 minute or more ordeal, was initially taken to the Burbank Police Department and it was unclear if she would be...

Week Around The Ists

Photo by Trip Heartmann DCist had a fine time poking fun at its neighbors to the north and south this week, as a non-descript group of large white letters spelling out "LOVE" in Dupont Circle ended up being an advertisement for Virginia tourism, Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors came up with some truly unoriginal names for several new Metro stations, and Maryland’s Preakness Stakes unveiled "Kegasus" -- a marketing abomination that might just signal...

Get Out: International Quidditch Western Cup, Life And Career Of Nina Simone, TOMATOMANIA!

Sporty Wizards: The International Quidditch Western Cup is happening. Really it is. Today and tomorrow in Cheviot Hills. The IQA, Inc is "a magical nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of Quidditch inspiring young people to lead more physically active and socially engaged lives," notes the official website. Moorpark College, Occidental College, UCLA and USC all have teams competing. POOF! Here's Saturday's schedule of events:

Santa Cruz Paramedic Attacked At Dodger Stadium Is In A Coma

41-year-old Bryan Stow, a Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two, has been identified as one of three Giants fans viciously attacked in the Parking Lot 2 of Dodger Stadium at the end of Thursday's home opener by two unidentified men wearing Dodgers clothing, reports LA Now. Stow hit his head on the pavement during the unprovoked attack and has been placed in a medically induced coma, according to family members. He is reportedly...

Guard The Goodyear: Sherman Oaks Tire Slasher Hits 15 Autos

Photo by corrieb via Flickr Van Nuys police are asking for help identifying one or more vandals responsible for a rash of tire slashing around the city. Reports KTLA, "Between March 19 and March 22, one or more suspects have targeted at least 15 vehicles primarily in the Sherman Oaks area, LAPD said in a statement." Incidents typically occur overnight between 10:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. Detectives remind residents to park in well-lit areas,...

Outlaws Sound Sexy In French: Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot Sing Bonnie & Clyde

Our favorite depression-era glamour outlaws are further romanticized in this double French treatement by storied singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and bombshell of the universe Brigitte Bardot. Written by Gainsbourg, who would have been 83-years-old today, today's video lunch is the 1968 single "Bonnie and Clyde" based on a poem written by Bonnie Parker a few weeks before the criminal pair's dramatic ambush finale.

Southwest Opens Up: Hole In The Fuselage At 36,000 Feet Grounds 79 Planes, Cancels 300 Flights

Giant dogs are not currently a threat to Southwest. (Photo by bravoinsd via Flickr) A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Phoenix-to-Sacramento flight carrying 118 passengers made a "rapid, controlled descent" emergency landing on Friday afternoon after the aircraft's fuselage cracked open at 36,000 feet causing an explosion-like sound and sudden loss of cabin pressure, reports LA Now. According to Southwest Airlines, the passengers on board Flight 812 have received a full refund along with an...

'Westside Rapist' Serial Killer John Floyd Thomas Jr. Sentenced To Life In Prison

74-year-old John Floyd Thomas, Jr. has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for seven murders and sexual assaults dating back to the 1970s. A serial killer known as the Westside Rapist, he is suspected in numerous other cases, reports the LA Times.

Take The Call? Top 42 Most Powerful People In Downtown

Los Angeles Downtown News has put together a 2011 Power List of the city's top players based on a quasi-scientific scenario-based ranking system that goes like this: "Pretend you’re a Downtowner with a modicum of power (though not enough for this roster). One afternoon you’re talking on the phone with, for example, the 18th most powerful person on the list, developer Jim Thomas.

Do Not Gobble: 55,000 Pounds Of Jennie-O Turkey Recalled

via USDA Approximately 54,960 pounds of Jennie-O frozen, "raw turkey burger products" may be contaminated with Salmonella prompting a nationwide recall, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The products subject to recall include 4-pound boxes of Jennie-O Turkey Store® "All Natural Turkey Burgers with seasonings Lean White Meat" -- each package containing 12, individually-wrapped, 1/3-pound burgers. The products were packaged on November 23, 2010 and distributed nationwide...

Accidental Sunroof: Photos From Inside The Southwest Plane

300 flights have been cancelled and 79 jets are grounded as investigators look into the Southwest Airlines near-disaster on Friday after the fuselage of a Boeing 737 bound for Sacramento cracked open at 36,000 feet causing a depressurization in the cabin and forcing a quick emergency landing. Passengers aboard the aircraft captured the incident with cell phone cameras....

We Know What You Ate Last Summer: Ralphs Database Hacked

Photo by It'sGreg via Flickr Ralphs parent company Kroger released a statement that someone outside of the organization gained "unauthorized access" to a list of shopper names and email addresses on Friday, reports KTLA. Authorities have been alerted, and according to the Ralphs website, no personal data or financial information was revealed. The company asserts it has, "taken steps to minimize this type of exposure in the future," and asks shoppers to be cautious...

Not April Fools: Teen Wolf To Become An MTV Series

MTV has released a trailer for Teen Wolf, a TV series remake of the 1985 Michael J. Fox film, starring Tyler Posey and a bucket of jail bait, set to premiere on June 5 following the MTV Movie Awards. Who remembers seeing this VHS on the shelf at the video store? Who can believe how many things in that last sentence are obsolete?

Ruby The Elephant, 50, Dies At Animal Sanctuary

A one-time circus performer and 20-year resident of the Los Angeles Zoo, Ruby, an African elephant who moved to a Northern CA sanctuary in 2007 amid controversy over her habitat at the Los Angeles Zoo, died on Tuesday at the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) elephant sanctuary in San Andreas. She was 50. Facility director Pat Derby, a veterinarian and the elephant staff were all with Ruby when she died. The necropsy will be...

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be Stan Lee's Cartoon Superhero, The Governator

Last week, Arnold Schwarzenegger's reps declined to comment on a story that "the former California Governor may be doing an animated series with producer Andy Heyward based on a superhero character created in partnership with comic book icon Stan Lee," reports Deadline. It seems the hush hush was preparing for the big Entertainment Weekly magazine cover reveal -- Meet The Governator, a Schwarzenegger post-Governor superhero crime fighter set to run his do-goodery operations from...

Fighter Jet Explodes Off San Diego, 10 Sailors Injured

Photo by Jerry Gunner via Flickr A Marine F/A-18C Hornet exploded aboard the carrier John C. Stennis about 100 miles off Southern California on Wednesday injuring ten people. The pilot of the F/A-18 was not hurt, however four sailors are listed in stable condition after being airlifted to Naval Medical Center San Diego according to the Navy said, reports the LA Times. Other injured sailors were treated aboard the ship by medical personnel. The...

USC Roof Sex Scandal Gets Taiwanese Animation Treatment

Next Media Animation (NMA), the Taiwanese animation house responsible for such classics as: The Vdara Death Ray and Mayor Throws Dumpings/Steals Purse, and recently signed a five year deal with Spike TV, is showing cartoon love to the lewd and lascivious co-eds of Southern California with a down-home cartoon featuring the USC / Kappa Sigma rooftop sex scandal....

Solar Project Could Displace 140 Endangered Tortoises

Photo by okarol via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr According to a new estimate made public on Tuesday, as many as 140 endangered tortoises could be displaced in northeastern San Bernardino County to make way for a BrightSource Energy's $2 billion solar energy development. Initially, developers estimated the relocation of only 17 animals, reports the Press-Enterprise. "At least 43 tortoises have been moved from the project site to protect them from grading and...

Billy Joel's Greatest Hits Played At Once, Memoir Canceled

A reaction to the news that our beloved Billy Joel is canceling his memoirs is today's bittersweet video lunch. Mr. Pressure, in a statement to the Associated Press on Thursday, said he'd changed his mind, and that it took writing the "The Book of Joel" to realize that he didn't want to talk about it.

You've Been Served: Food Trucks Sue Monrovia Over Old Town Parking Ban

A recently enacted law banning food trucks from parking in the Old Town shopping district has prompted an organization representing 100+ vendors to sue the City of Monrovia, notes KPCC. According to Monrovia officials, the law, adopted in January, was intended to protect local restaurants and...

Anti-Septic? Hospital Investigated For High Blood Infection Rate Receives Award

Photo by José Goulão via Flickr Despite West Anaheim Medical Center being under state and federal investigation for an alarmingly high rate of blood infections, the Southern California hospital has been named one of the Top 100 facilities in the United States, reports the OC Register. For the second time, Thomson Reuters, a business information services company, put West Anaheim on the list based on federal data including death rates, safety, profitability and patient...

Take That 1966! New Record High Of 92 Degrees Set Today Downtown

Photo by nicadlr via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr According to the Weather Service, a record high temperature for March 31 was set today in downtown Los Angeles with the thermometer spiking a red-hot 92 degrees. The former title holder, a year called 1966, maxed out 90 degrees. Elsewhere in the region, a high temp record was broken at Santa Maria Airport when the meter read 88. The old record of 86 degrees...

Man Arrested In Burbank After Leaving Baby In 115-Degree Car

Photo by Open Air Control Testing Ground via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr 38-year-old Glendale resident Edik Magardomyan was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment on Thursday at the Costco in Burbank after allegedly leaving his 14-month-old daughter inside a "sweltering 115-degree car" as he went inside to fill a prescription for eyeglasses, reports The Burbank-Leader. The baby, locked inside the car for at least 15 minutes on a record-breaking hot day, was...

'All Ears Bandit' Wanted For Three L.A. Bank Robberies

Where the practice of taunting bank robbers with silly, non-threatening names came from, I do not know. What I do know is that the "All Ears Bandit" is wanted by police and the FBI in connection with three local bank robberies at Bank of America branches this month where victims were threatened with a firearm. Law enforcement labeled the unidentified suspect the “All Ears Bandit,” based on descriptions of his large ears given by...

Wild On Waite: Campus Sex Photos Lead To Student's Suspension From USC Fraternity

The alleged rendezvous (via imgur) A University of Southern California student has been suspended from the infamously misogynistic email-sending fraternity Kappa Sigma, after sexual photos taken at the roof line of a campus building over the weekend were posted online. The allegedly well-documented NSFW sexytime incident took place atop the 12-story Waite Phillips Hall, reports KTLA. Zach Timm, president of USC’s Kappa Sigma, released a statement Sunday confirming the male in the photos was...

Wheel Fun: Magnolia Park's Shopping & Cycling Adventure

Photo by okarol via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Wheels by the hundreds are expected this weekend at the 4th Magical Magnolia Bicycle Tour, a self-guided "retail adventure" through Burbank's Magnolia Park neighborhood presented by Magnolia Park Partnership in collaboration with Burbank Bike, "a City of Burbank sponsored program aimed at promoting bicycling as an environmentally sustainable transportation alternative, and the Public Works Burbank Recycle Center, leading the way to Zero Waste," notes...

Cudahy City Manager Fired By City Council "For Cause"

(via City of Cudahy) Voting 4 to 0 in a short, closed session meeting Monday night, Cudahy City Council fired George Perez, the controversial City Manager for over a decade. City Atty. David Olivas was also dismissed. A councilman noted that members feared standing up to Perez, and the LA Times reports that the move was "a rare show of independence" by city council. Cudahy Mayor Josue Barrios said Perez was fired "for cause,"...

Window Washer Electrocuted At OC Hospital

A window washer was electrocuted early Tuesday morning while working at a Huntington Beach Hospital, according to authorities, reports KTLA. Firefighters say the victim was using a long extension rod on a brush that made contact with nearby power lines. The accident happened around 6:30 a.m. at Beach Boulevard and Newman Street on the north side of the building. The man was electrocuted and died at the scene. His name has not been released,...

Psychedelic PSA: Mr. Yuk Makes Wonka's Tunnel Look Tame

Home is full of bad things that can hurt you very much... Today's video lunch has a message, and that message is that your house is trying to kill you. Like a 1970s Paranormal Activity for the under 10 set, the green-faced Mr. Yuk poison prevention PSA warns little humans about the dangers at home through the use of bad-trip imagery, a menacing (yet catchy) song, and cartoons of dying kids. Enjoy the traumatic flashback. And dont' drink chemicals.

New MPAA Chief Makes First Speech At CinemaCon

At the National Association of Theatre Owners' CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, Christopher Dodd, the former Democratic senator from Connecticut, is addressing attendees today in his first public comments since taking over as chairman and CEO of the MPAA nine days ago, reports Deadline. He reportedly covered requisite topics like exhibition, intellectual property theft and international growth with an eye on China. He further suggested his political experience will be an asset in the...

Lady Gaga Gets Garland's Ruby Slippers At The Monster Ball @ Staples Center, 3/28/11

Covered in fake blood and dressed in costume couture resembling Carol Burnett's famous curtains, the now 25-year-old Lady Gaga brought a special birthday-edition of her Monster Ball tour to the Staples Center on Monday complete with a flame throwing bra, a piano built into the hood of a car and a powerful new rhetoric for her global and growing army of believers. With paws in the air and a loose storyline to lead her monsters...

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New LAUSD Superintendent Gives Up $55,000 Of His Salary

via LAUSD Earning less than his predecessor, incoming Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy has volunteered to take a 17-percent reduction in salary, a loss of nearly $55,000 per year, amid the school district's budget related job cuts. On Saturday, Deasy told school board members "to withold part of his annual salary as they continue to work out a budget deficit for the new year," reports KTLA. "...given our current circumstances, at this time...

2 Killed, 7 Injured After Boat Capsizes In San Diego Bay

A 35-foot sailboat capsized Sunday in San Diego Bay killing two people and injuring seven during a family trip, reports FOX5 San Diego. The accident happened late in the afternoon near Buoy 22, tossing all onboard the rented vessel into the water. Two men, thought to be in their 50's or 60's, drowned. Harbor Police and nearby boaters pulled rest of the group -- four adults and three children -- to safety, according to authorities....

Horror Movie: Machete Found Under Seat In An OC Theater

Psycho (1960) Hollywood is about ice picks today, but the OC is making its point with a machete. A true horror-movie scenario luckily un-realized, Costa Mesa police discovered a 25-inch machete hidden under a row of seats at a movie theater. According to officials, a man is under arrest after allegedly attacking another man with said machete in the 330 Bristol St. parking lot of the South Coast Plaza around 9 p.m. on Sunday,...

Born This Way: Lady Gaga Turns 25 Today In LA

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta aka the Lady who arrived at the 53rd Grammy Awards inside a translucent Mork from Ork egg, is celebrating the big 2-5 today in Los Angeles with concert at the Staples Center. We thought it fitting to celebrate early with a Gaga video lunch. So let's hear it for 1986. The year she was born. This way....

Man Who Jumped From Cliff In Suicide Attempt Pleads Not Guilty To Wife's Murder

Dawn Viens Still recovering from an attempted suicide jump off a Palos Verdes cliff in a February, 47-year-old David Viens, the Lomita restauranteur suspected in the death of his wife Dawn Viens, arrived in a wheelchair to a Los Angeles courtroom and pleaded not guilty to murder, reports KTLA. "Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Upinder S. Kalra ordered Viens to remain behind bars on $1 million bail. He is scheduled to return to court...

How Does Your Garden Grow: Weed Appreciation Day!

March 28 is Weed Appreciation Day! Not the kind of you puff puff give, rather, the kind of you might otherwise pull pull kill. So today, before popping off dandelion heads and slashing serpentine roots, take a moment to appreciate the beautiful nature of your phyto-intruders. And consider the words of Chance the gardener, "As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well, in the garden."...

Regulation Sought For Unlicensed Sober Living & Group Homes

Photo by moonrat42 via Flickr On Tuesday, the City Council’s Planning & Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) will hold a public hearing downtown to address the Community Care Facility Ordinance, a proposed measure aimed at establishing rules for sober-living homes, boarding houses and other "nuisance group homes that have proliferated in residential neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley," notes the Daily News. This "common-sense legislation" is not seeking to change current zoning laws, rather...

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Get Out: Tokidoki Relief Run, Designer Rummage Sale, TOMS DoGood Bike Ride

Sand Sprint: Rain or shine, Josh Duhamel’s Tokidoki Youth Relief Run will be raising money for earthquake/tsunami victims in Japan at Santa Monica Beach this morning. The 2-mile run has a $10 minimum entrance fee and money raised wil go entirely to the American Red Cross’ Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund...

'Solidarity Saturday' Draws 10,000+ To Downtown Labor Rally

Tens of thousands of people marched and gathered for the "Our Communities, Our Good Jobs" labor rally in downtown on "Solidarity Saturday" in support of union workers in Wisconsin and in Los Angeles. The demonstration, coordinated by the LA County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, traveled from the Convention Center to Pershing Square, sending a message that collective bargaining rights cannot be taken away, and bringing out unions members and supporters across different industries. Musical...

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Parents Of Vanished Disney Cruise Worker Meet Ship In LA

The parents of Rebecca Coriam, a Disney cruise ship employee who vanished at sea, met investigators on Sunday in San Pedro as the Disney Wonder docked at the Port of Los Angeles. The ship left Los Angeles last Sunday for a 7-day cruise off Mexico's Pacific coast. 24-year-old Coriam of Chester, England was last seen en route to Puerto Vallarta on Tuesday. Reports ABC Local, "She was seen early that morning making a phone call...

Pulp Muppets: Janice, Dr. Teeth, Eric Stoltz

It's Quentin Tarantino's 48th birthday so lets celebrate with weird rubber Muppets. Today's video lunch spectacular is an homage to the ultimate mayor of the New Beverly Cinema. Enjoy the freakiness then check out the untampered with version of this 1994 classic (really... it's almost 20 years old) at 11:59 p.m. on April 1 & 2 at the New Bev.

The Importance Of Not Being Impotent: Happy Birthday Viagra!

Photo by Felixe via Flickr A true upstart, on this day in 1998, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug Viagra, an oral medication that treats impotence, recalls History.com. Putting the fun in erectile dysfunction, Sildenafil, the chemical name for Viagra, was originally created to treat high blood pressure and angina. Insert joke here. Pfizer found, however: ."..that while the drug had little effect on angina, it could induce penile erections. The...

Glendale Theaters To Become Nightclubs?

Photo by Vintage Fairytale via Flickr As Glendale readies a plan for an expanded downtown arts and entertainment district, the city's Mann Theatres at the Glendale Exchange could be reborn, rebranded and renewed as nightclubs, reports the Glendale News-Press. The company’s lease ends June 30 leaving vacant nearly 54,000 square feet of space in the district which covers Maryland Avenue and Brand Boulevard between the Alex Theater and the library. The real estate broker...

Los Angeles Goes Back To The 80s. In Degrees.

Sunday is living up to it's intermittently dreary prediction, staying close to grey and blue with 5 mph winds and a max temp expected near 63 following the overnight rain. Monday should look and feel similarly, according to the National Weather Service, however by Tuesday...

Worst Karma Ever: Two Paramedics Injured When Hit-And-Run Driver Slams Ambulance

Photo by Instant Vantage via Flickr Somebody out there increased their bad karma factor by a zillion on Saturday after broadsiding an ambulance and fleeing the scene leaving two Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics injured as they were transporting a patient in Watts, reports LA Now. "The ambulance was traveling south on Wilmington Avenue about 11 p.m. when it was struck by a vehicle headed west on Santa Ana Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Sgt....

Google Goes Hollywood: Big Machers Recruited For Original YouTube Content

Image mashup by Lisa Brenner, Original photo by Brian Bubonic Google is going Hollywood and "enlisting top stars to supply original content for YouTube in a bid to boost profits and user engagement at the company’s online video site," reports the Financial Times. For lending their name to specialized channels and/or overseeing content (think: themes, niches, games, fashion, food, etc.), Google is reportedly offering top tier talent big cash advances against future ad revenue....

Week Around The Ists

Image via Chicaogist Over at Chicagoist, Art Shay shared some never-before-seen mementos of his friendship with Nelson Algren in honor of what would have been the author's 102nd birthday. They gave readers a sneak peek of the new Lake Bluff Brewing Company, interviewed author David Sirota, weighed in on Screeching Weasel frontman Ben Weasel's punching of a female heckler at SXSW,and started getting stocked for this summer's Downtown Sound series lineup. Meanwhile, elsewhere in...

Get Out: Vintage Fashion Show, RIPE Wine, Moonlight Rollerway Class, 14th Annual Art & Design Walk

Grape Date: A wine show about art tasting is RIPE, a exhibition at Crewest Gallery of wine barrels, bottles and corks transformed by urban and graffiti artists. At this weekend’s closing reception the art of wine comes to life with the help of City Sip Wine Bar and Robert Plata Wine Company who'll be pouring the most recent vintage of Plata Wine and artist Chaz Bojorquez signing labels. Crewest Gallery, 110 Winston St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 6-9 p.m., RSVP

Geraldine Ferraro, First Woman To Run On Major Party Presidential Ticket, Dies At 75

Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic congresswoman who, as Walter Mondale's VP pick in 1984, was the first woman to run on a major party presidential ticket, died on Saturday in Boston, reports Reuters, of a blood cancer after a 12-year illness. She was 75. "Ferraro was a telegenic, articulate and fiery three-term New York congresswoman when Mondale picked her from the male-dominated U.S. House of Representatives. Ferraro's presence on the Democratic ticket generated excitement on...

LACMA's Digital Museum Of Art Treasures

Now you can spend the night at the museum any old time you want with LACMA's collection of unrestricted, public domain, high resolution images. "From ancient sculpture to Impressionist masters, from scroll paintings to Mesoamerican pottery, we hope these works of art will inform and inspire," says the image library website. To see even more from LACMA's collection of 100,000+ objects, the art-obsessed can search the main collection database as well. Photos not listed in...

The Pips (Without Gladys Knight) On The Richard Pryor Show

In this classic 1977 television moment from the short-lived Richard Pryor Show, the Pips grab a few moments of full spotlight as they perform their song and dance parts of a two-hit medley (Heard It Through The Grapevine & Midnight Train To Georgia) without the interference of Gladys Knight. Pay attention to the empty microphone close ups. Comic gold.

Fire At The Disco: Small Electrical Fire Sparks The Roxy

(Photo by Dusty & Polly via Twitter) Sunset Blvd was closed for about 30 to 45 minutes in both directions last night while the Los Angeles Fire Department put out a small electrical fire at The Roxy, reports WeHo Daily. Smoke was reportedly spotted near the marquee out front, started by a neon transformer box. Everything was rock business as usual by 11:04 p.m. when The Roxy sent a Twitter message saying, “All is...

Eat Me And Grow Young: 14 Vintage SoCal Fruit Crate Labels

For the produce historians, ephemera addicts and shipping archivists in all of us, here's a juicy bite of the hundreds and hundreds of highly collectible Southern California fruit crate label art specimens....

Who Is The Pigeon Man? And Is This Illegal?

Who is the pigeon man and why is he stealing birds in downtown Los Angeles? A reader alerted us to strange video showing a man setting a trap for pigeons on Spring Street. The birdnapper and accomplice successfully capture four birdies in a cage and drive away in a brown Chevy pickup truck. The video, allegedly shot last week on March 18th, raises the question, "Is this legal?"

Smoke If Ya Got Em: 60 More Marijuana Dispensaries To Close

Photo by Michael Zampelli via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Everything is going to pot. An additional 60 medical marijuana dispensaries have been ordered to shut down immediately as Los Angeles city officials expand their campaign against dispensaries that did not register in the Top 100 lottery to determine which establishments can keep operating, reports LA Now. The new letters went out earlier this week about two weeks after the city attorney's office...

What Does $1.4 Billion Buy These Days? 18 New Highway Projects.

Photo by Andrew Meyers Photography via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr With all the bus and rail projects mandated by Measure R and all the bus and rail service changes currently being evaluated, Metro wants to make sure the public doesn't forget about its massive highway program of 18 new projects worth nearly $1.4 billion aimed to largely to improve commuting. While highway construction may seem to go against the mission of mass...

Heavy Rain Causes Three SoCal Sewage Spills

Persistent heavy rain has overloaded Southern California sewage systems causing it to barf sewage in three locations around the region. Long Beach closed its beaches on Monday after 250,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Los Angeles River near Studio City, an overflow that occurred on Sunday, says the Los Angeles County Bureau of Sanitation, notes the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Vigil Held For Costa Mesa Worker's Suicide Over Layoffs

Costa Mesa city employees by the hundreds met on Monday for a vigil to celebrate the life of Huy Pham, a talented 29-year old maintenance worker who jumped to his death from the Civic Center on Thursday as layoff notices were distributed through City Hall to nearly half the workforce in a city facing a $1.4-million deficit and rising pension costs. Co-workers who honored and mourned Pham remembered him as "a skilled workman who...

Former OC Student Broke Into High School, Installed Spyware, Changed Grades, Stole AP Tests

(Orange County district attorney's office) A former OC student was found guilty on Monday of breaking into Tesoro High School in Las Flores to change grades on his college transcript and to steal Advanced Placement tests. Omar Shahid Khan, now 21, had pleaded guilty to several felonies, including commercial burglary and altering public records, reports KTLA. Prosecutors said the Coto de Caza man broke into offices and classrooms several times between January and May...

Benedict Canyon's 85,000-Square-Foot Mystery Compound

Photo by Lisa Newton via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Benedict Canyon residents are uniting against a mystery landowner who plans to develop 5.2 acres on Tower Lane into an 85,000-square-foot compound complete with megamansion, villa, guest house, gate house, staff quarters, and more. Neighbors believe the project "pushes the bounds of common sense and decency," reports the LA Times. If the owner continues as planned, his 90210 complex -- located in the...

Dammit Jim, I'm A Doctor, Not An 80-Year-Old: Happy Birthday William Shatner!

Photo by x-ray delta one via Flickr A video lunch collection for the ages, today we celebrate the 80th birthday of Studio City resident William Shatner!! From the Twilight Zone to the sexy reaches of Star Trek space, from dramatic readings of Elton John to musical covers of Pulp, from TV legal council to online negotiator, Shatner is as Shatner does and we love the $#*! you say. We salute you, sir. Live long,...

Fools Rush In: 100-Year-Old Man Marries Girlfriend Of 30 Years

Photo by Jose and Roxanne via Flickr Capistrano Beach resident Forrest Lunsway celebrated his 100th birthday with a party on Saturday, surprising attendees by marrying his girlfriend of nearly thirty years, 93-year-old Rose Pollard, reports the OC Register. The couple met in 1983 while looking for dance partners after the passing of their significant others. Friends set them up on a blind date: It was a Christmas party at the Long Beach Senior Center...

LMU Threat: Email Warned Of 'Virgina Tech Style' Shooting

Students are being asked to watch for suspicious activity after police at Loyola Marymount University received an email threat last Thursday about a "Virginia Tech style" mass shooting on the campus, reports KTLA. School operations are proceeding as usual, however the university is taking the threat seriously, alerting students and faculty and adding extra LAPD patrols on campus.

Fungus Among Us: A Mushroom Grows In The City

Most of these aren't food. True. In fact, many are likely poisonous, so please do not rush out to your lawn and start mowing mushrooms with your face. The little fungi just seemed like a perfect rainy day food-ish phenomenon to feature. Promise you'll only eat the ones from the market. Or the ones you receive in a bag from a generous friend. Our take a cue from the (fun) guy who's been to...

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