Results tagged “Lisa Brenner”

Spicy Salmonella: Serrano Peppers From Mexico Recalled

Photo by karmadude via Flickr Los Angeles company WorldVariety Produce, Inc. is recalling Serrano Peppers that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The questionable peppers were isolated to 300 cases contained in Lot # 69073901, product of Mexico, sold from bulk displays between the dates of March 1, 2011 through March 18, 2011, posts the recall details on the FDA website. No illnesses have been reported to date and the recall reportedly extends only to...

Woman, Children Killed In Barstow Plane Crash

Photo by jthetzel via Flickr Authorities say a woman and two children were killed in Sunday's fiery plane crash of a Cessna 210 near a San Bernardino County airport, reports the OC Register. Said a spokesman for the FAA, the small single-engine aircraft departed John Wayne Airport and for Henderson Executive Airport in Las Vegas when it crashed. The bodies of those aboard the plane that was fully engulfed in flamed have not yet...

World Poetry Day: Shel Silverstein On The Johnny Cash Show

It's World Poetry Day so naturally today's video lunch tribute goes to the inimitable author / poet / songwriter Shel Silverstein whose Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree (not to mention the The Great Smoke Off and A Boy Named Sue) shaped the cadence and imagination of countless generations....

Claremont Clash: Neo-Nazi, Immigrant Rallies Meet In The Street

Photo by conner395 via Flickr A few hundred demonstrators attended a Claremont for Peace rally this weekend at Memorial Park while a few hundred more immigration rights activists counter-protested on the scene of a neo-Nazi rally at Foothill and Indian Hill boulevards held by white supremacists affiliated with the National Socialist Movement. According to police, about 30 people attended the neo-Nazi rally, reports KPCC held by a group described by the Southern Poverty Law...

Ocean Funnel Cloud: Waterspout Sighting In OC

NOAA File: Waterspout off the Florida Keys photographed from an aircraft. (via NWS) According to the National Weather Service, police in Huntington Beach received a call just after 11 a.m. on Monday about a waterspout sighting about a dozen miles northwest of Newport Beach, reports the Daily News. ABC7 weather reports via Twitter that a waterspout was sighted off of Newport Beach according police. On Friday, a waterspout off of San Francisco's Ocean Beach...

All Aboard: Metro To Cut Bus Service, Expand Rail

Photo by LA Wad via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr It's been five years since the federal consent decree alleging Metro "violated civil rights by favoring rail over buses" was lifted, and "ambitious" plans are underway to make the system more efficient, reports the LA Times. Combined with last year's changes, the latest plans "mark the most significant overhaul of L.A.'s bus system in more than a decade and would slash overall bus...

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Get Out / Stay In: Build A Pillow Fort, Dr. Goldfoot & The Bikini Machine, Coffee Cake Hamantaschen

(Photo by monkeytime | brachiator via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr) Thunder, lightening, marathon. Unless you're running or cheering along the route, perhaps this lazy Sunday would be better spent in the the great indoors. Here are some suggestions should you prefer to save yourself the frustration of relocation on such a winter's day. Umm, I mean, HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!! Fembot A Go-Go: If you have the internet, you can have...

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Rookie Wins LA Marathon, Sets Course Record

Photo by STERLINGDAVISPHOTO via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Despite cold weather and heavy rain, first-timer Markos Genet of Ethiopia won the Los Angeles Marathon this morning, breaking the course record by almost two minutes with a finish time of 2:06:35. The 26.2 mile race from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica was Geneti’s first competitive marathon, reports NBC Local. Buzunesh Deba, also from Ethiopia, captured the women’s division with a time of 2:26:34...

Boom Goes The Weather: Flood Advisory, Thunderstorms, High Surf, Heavy Wind & Rain [Updated]

Photo by Sundogg via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr What do you think of Dr. Goldfoot so far? Pretty entertaining, right? If you haven't gotten around to it yet, don't worry, showers are expected to come and go through the afternoon with a possibility of a thunderstorm and heavy rainfall. The high today is expected near 61 with winds 15-20 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph (up to 75 in the...

$1 Billion And 20 Years Ago: Michael Jackson's Thriller... With Legos

On this day in 1991 Michael Jackson essentially signed a $1 billion contract with Sony. Because of this, and also because we have Vincent Price on the brain (see: Dr. Goldfoot), today's video lunch is the classic video of a classic video: Michael Jackson's entire 13-minute "Thriller" reproduced shot for shot with Legos....

Barefoot, Shirtless & Soaking: Photos From The LA Marathon

It was a long and winding, wet and winning day for the waterproof marathoners of Los Angeles....

Woman Dies After Falling From Moving Vehicle On Freeway

Photo by GarySe7en via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Garden Grove police are investigating the death of a woman who reportedly fell or jumped from a moving vehicle headed eastbound near Magnolia Street on the 22 Freeway just before 3:00 a.m. on Saturday. The OC Register reports that the driver of the vehicle told police he stopped, put the victim back in the car, and took her to his residence in Santa Ana...

Rescued! Family Of Four Swept Away In Runaway Sailboat

Photo by Mr. T in DC via Flickr Officials say a family of four, including a baby and a dog, were rescued by the Coast Guard and Harbor Patrol after their sailboat broke free of its mooring early Sunday in Santa Barbara, reports KTLA. With wind gusts of 30-40 knots and sea swells between 6-8 feet, according to the United States Coast Guard, an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer onto the...

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Gaia comes to Chicago (Photo by TEFennell4 via Flickr) Chicagoist was very visual-themed this week. Art Shay's weekly peek into his photography archives focused on his time in postwar Japan with the MacArthur Occupation. They found a map that, while not taking the lay of the land into consideration, did give some idea of how a tsunami the magnitude of the one that hit Japan could damage Chicago. Another map they discovered (for $600)...

Get Out: Spaghetti Western Festival, Travel & Adventure Show, Ojai Wordfest

Photo by Culture Shlock via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Fistful of Dollars: The First Los Angeles Spaghetti Western Festival takes place today at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. The all-day event features screenings of classic spaghetti western, rare spaghetti western trailers, a special guest panel of heyday actors, a book signing breakout, and, of course, a live musical tribute to Ennio Morricone! 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601,...

Warren Christopher, Former Secretary of State Instrumental In LAPD Reform, Dies at 85

A powerful advocate for peace during the Clinton Administration and a key force behind LAPD reforms following the Rodney King beating, former Secretary of State Warren Christopher died of complications from bladder and kidney cancer late Friday night at his home in Los Angeles. He was 85. Christopher promoted peace in the Middle East, brokered peace Bosnia, expanded economic ties to Asia, and pushed for reform in Russia, reports KTLA, while here in California...

Alexandra Wallace Not Disciplined By UCLA, Leaving School

According to free speech advocates and some legal pros, UCLA was correct in the decision to not discipline student Alexandra Wallace for her controversial, three-minute, video manifesto about Asian students talking on cell phones in the library, reports LA Now. An expert on the 1st Amendment, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh said "This woman expressed her opinion, an offensive opinion to be sure," notes LA Now, but did not harass anyone nor did she...

Joe vs The Volcano vs Supermoon vs Cosmo's Moon

Today's video lunch is a double header in honor of tonight's SUPERMOON! Tom Hanks suffering from a "brain cloud" sails his steamer trunks to the edge of the world in search of orange soda and mineral rights while halfway around the world Cher loses her head and her gray hair when she falls in love with the one-handed brother of her mama's boy fiance during the return of Cosmo's moon. La bella luna!...

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Supermoon! Rare Lunar Event Tonight

Photo by Sundogg via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A rare, beautiful, super-sized, full moon will rise tonight as the celestial object arrives at its closest point to the Earth since 1993. Called a "perigee moon," la bella luna will be the biggest in nearly 20 years, however Los Angeles may be deprived a stellar viewing experience thanks to the rain and clouds in the forecast. "Perigee moons are about 14% bigger and...

Foul: Man With Knife Tackled On Staples Center Court

Police and security guards engaged a knife-wielding man in standoff Saturday morning on the basketball court of the Staples Center less than two hours before the LA Clippers were set to play the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Associated Press reported. Via Yahoo! News:"About 25 arena security guards descended on the man shortly after he was spotted walking onto the court with a knife and kept him surrounded until police arrived. He eventually made his way...

3 Manhattan Beach Officers Fired For Post-Bar Hit-And-Run

Three Manhattan Beach Police Department -- Richard Hatten, Kristopher Thompson and Eric Eccles -- were officially fired on Friday for their involvement in a hit-and-run and coverup in 2010 that allegedly occurred after the off duty officers left a bar. A fourth officer, Bryan Klatt, has been demoted from lieutenant to officer for not immediately informing the department about the accident. Reports the Daily Breeze: "Hatten, Thompson and Eccles were allegedly involved in the...

These Streets Were Made For Walkin': Marathon Closures Meet Anti-War Protest March In Hollywood

On the the eight-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, hundreds, possibly thousands, of people with varied political opinions converged at Noon on Saturday at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine to protest U.S. engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan and to march in an annual anti-war demonstration organized by Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER). Many streets will be closed again for the 2011 LA Marathon. Drive accordingly....

Puppy Power! New Ordinance Offers Better Pet Protection In L.A.

Photo by Synapped via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr The L.A. County Board of Supervisors passed amendments on Tuesday to an existing ordinance requiring pet breeders and pet owners in Los Angeles County to follow new rules designed to better protect the health of animals, reports KPCC. Breeders will now have to wait until dogs are at least a year old before breeding them, and no more than 50 unspayed or unneutered dogs...

MPTF Facility Sued Over Alzheimer's Patient's Death

The family of Carrie DeLay, an 89-year-old Alzheimer’s patient who died last year following a fall at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, has filed a lawsuit against the Motion Picture and Television Fund and its longterm care facility, reports The Wrap. "The family is seeking unspecified damages and charging the MPTF with wrongful death, patient neglect, elder abuse and violation of the patient's Bill of Rights," reports...

Fiery Plane Crash At Long Beach Municipal Airport [UPDATED]

Officials say a twin-engine plane crashed near Long Beach Airport on Wednesday morning, reports LA Now. Though few details were immediately available, an FAA spokesman said the aircraft caught fire after crashing. The Beechcraft King Air plane was headed to Salt Lake City before it crashed on departure at Long Beach Airport at 10:30 a.m., according to the FAA. Engine crews reportedly "responded after the crash and were in the process of surrounding the...

Smoke Weed Everyday - Nate Dogg Regulates Heaven

Today's video lunch pays tribute to Long Beach's "master of the rap hook," the late Nate Dogg, who died of unknown causes yesterday at age 41 after suffering with health problems including two strokes over the past few years. Said collaborator and long time friend Snoop Dogg, "I miss u cuzz I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up wit u and I will c u again n heaven cuz u know d slogan…all doggs go to heaven."

Panic! At The Drugstore: Iodide Sales Surge In The Southland

U.S. residents concerned about airborne fallout from Japan, have sharply increased demand for potassium iodide (KI), an inexpensive drug that can protect against one type of radiation damage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by preventing the thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine. While U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin commented that, "We can't be over-prepared," state and local officials are cautioning against using the drug, reports LA Now. Los Angeles County’s public...

Last Dirt Road In State Highway System Closes

Deemed too dangerous by Caltrans, Route 173, the last unpaved road in the state highway system, was closed on Monday in Lake Arrowhead due to maintenance and safety concerns. In the past 10 years, at least one person has died "falling down the steep, unguarded mountainside," reports The Sun, and to maintain the narrow road Caltrans has spent between $20,000 and $40,000 annually.

Sundance London - Festival Expands To The O2 In 2012

"Robert Redford, the non-profit Sundance Institute and AEG Europe today announced Sundance London, a four-day multi-disciplinary arts festival that will include film screenings, live music performances, discussions, panels and other public cultural programming to be held 26th - 29th April, 2012 at the world’s most popular music and entertainment venue, The O2," notes an official press release. Sundance Institute will curate the film component and AEG Europe will stage and promote the music. Robert...

Los Angeles Rescue Teams Search For Survivors In Japan

Rescue teams from Los Angeles County arriving in Japan work with other organizations to search for survivors following a violent 8.9 magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami that hit Japan's northeastern coast last week....

A Very Beasties Lunch: 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 2' Served 5/3

Artwork for Beastie Boys album Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two (Capitol Records) Beastie Boys and Capitol Records have set a date for the trio's first full-length, non-instrumental record in seven years, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. Announced this week, the long awaited return will spill out May 3, and to celebrate, we're serving a Beasties feastie for today's video lunch. The sequel to the non-released Part 1 (put on hold while dreamboat Adam Yauch...

'If You Don't Want To Get Shot By A Police Officer, Don't Try To Stab One With A Knife,' Says LAPPL

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled Tuesday the officer involved in the September 5 fatal shooting of a Guatemalan day laborer Manuel Jamines "acted lawfully," reports KTLA. The shooting occurred when police on bicycles, responding to reports of a man with a knife, confronted Jamines ordering him to put the weapon down. When he refused, fearing for their safety, officers opened fire, killing the 37-year-old. Outrage remains strong in the community following the shooting and...

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Move Over BBQ: In-N-Out Expands To Texas

Photo by TooMuchFire via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr At least eight In-N-Out restaurants are planning to open in Texas with the first locations set to open in as soon as two months, reports the OC Register. When In-N-Out announced it was conquering Utah three years ago, the regional chain reportedly said it had no additional plans for US domination. Does this mean we can expect an In-N-Out in Philadelphia?? For now, the...

Horse Of A Different Color: 2 Rescues Join LASD Mounted Patrol

Photo by STERLINGDAVISPHOTO via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Rescued from mistreatment and living in an equine shelter, a thoroughbred mare and a Palomino gelding are now getting "a second chance with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department," reports LA Now. 30-year-veteran, Sgt. John Hargraves, looking to replace his aging mount, heard animal services had recently seized a number of undernourished horses. At the shelter, he found two horses that seemed to have...

The Essential Los Angeles Dream, Circa 1980

The roller skating obsession of the late 1970s is like the food truck craze of the late 00s. Both have wheels. Both dominated Los Angeles. It's a theory I'm working on. I think it's a good one. This video lunch explores the first of those subjects. And since It would take a year to explore what Michael Nesmith has been up to since leaving The Monkees (like inventing MTV) lets just start with this.. the...

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Max: 7.0 Quake, 25-Foot Tsunami

Photo by exquisitur via Flickr Operators at Leslie Nielsen's favorite domed coastal facility, the San Onofre nuclear plant, are doing their best to reassure residents that the terrifying nuclear events currently unfolding in Japan will not happen here. Southern California Edison operates the station, and according to a spokesman, "the 84-acre generating station in the northern corner of San Diego County is built to withstand a magnitude 7.0 earthquake," reports LA Now. That threshold...

Is Your House Famous? Mapping 100 Years Of Movie Locations

Finally, a Google Maps mashup has arrived that will put to rest the age-old debate of Backlot vs Real Place. No one else wonders that!? Fine. It's still fun. Who knows, maybe some juicy cinema was filmed in your neighborhood. Using Google Fusion Tables, the interactive map pinpoints 9,736 locations from the movie sets of IMDB's Top 2,000 films of the past 100 years (1910-2010).

Like Totally Racist And Stuff: UCLA Student's Anti-Asian Video

A prattling, three-minute, cleavage shot video rant from UCLA student Alexandra Wallace has earned this unfortunate, small-minded specimen of a girl the un-enviable title of Worst Person Ever of the Day by the The Daily What following a racist, anti-Asian diatribe taking issue with, among other things, the non-use of "American manners" when she's studying "political science theories and arguments and all that stuff," in the library.

DUI Checkpoint Tonight On Manchester Ave, Impound Changes

Officers from the LAPD’s Crime Task Force / Driving-Under-the-Influence Enforcement Detail, South Traffic Division will be setting up a Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint eastbound on Manchester Avenue tonight between Broadway Street and Figueroa Street from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Yesterday, new impound protocol was announced.

Pterodactyl Terror: Tarantino Sues Ball About Birds

No wonder he's spending all month at the New Beverly. According to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Quentin Tarantino is suing his True Blood creator neighbor Alan Ball over "obnoxious pterodactyl-like screams" from Ball's "exotic bird menagerie," reports The Wrap.

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The People's Games: Team LA Tryouts Start This Morning

Photo by laverrue via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Hey sport. This one's for you. The "everyman’s Olympics” has arrived and now it's up to the athletes to represent the hometown in competition against other US cities. First matchup of the newly conceived The Peoples' Games will be a battle of basketball between New York and Los Angeles (other cities and sports to follow). The NY team will be coached by Earl "The...

Get Out: Tortoise's Japan Fundraiser, Redondo Beach Kite Festival, Benjamin Franklin At Bowers Museum

Go Fly A... Redondo Beach takes off today as thousands of people converge on the city's pier for the 37th annual Festival of the Kite. Organizers will by flying a "red, white and blue 25-by-14-foot behemoth" during the free-to-attend even, and prizes will be awarded for the best handmade kite, best ground display, highest-flying kite, youngest kite flier and youngest-at-heart kite flier, notes the Daily Breeze. No pun intended.

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Cold Cuts: Over 1400 School Jobs May Be Lost In OC

Photo by iboy_daniel via Flickr "Orange County's school districts plan to slash at least $129 million in spending and 1,429 jobs next year if the state can't avoid $2.3 billion in new cuts," reports the OC Register. Districts will again be implementing furlough days and salary freezes in addition to cutting programs and an increasing class sizes. March 15 is the state deadline for notifying teachers and other certificated employees of possible layoffs. State...

Illustrated Notes From SXSW Interactive

via Ogilvy Notes A pet project of the international advertising agency Ogilvy, Ogilvy Notes set up camp at SXSW where they've been hard at work creating illustrated retellings of Interactive panel discussions, keynote addresses, and presentations like "Public Transit Data, APIs and City Governments" and "Star Wars Uncut: The Force of Crowdsourcing." These colorfully compelling works are being distributed by hand to the nation's interactive thinkers who have converged on Austin, TX to eat...

Man, 90, Saves Girl From Runaway Horse At Santa Anita

Shear, a 90-year-old paddock guard and former jockey who worked at the Southern California thoroughbred track for almost 50 years, is being hailed a hero for jumping between the runaway horse and the young girl, injuring himself, but leaving the 9-year-old unharmed.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off - As An Indie Film

Ever wonder what Ferris Bueller’s Day Off would look like as modern, re-cut, indie-ified, coming-of-age Sundance selection? So did this guy after seeing the film recently and deciding an editing exercise was in order. Add in some soft music ( 'A Slight Return Home' by Wood Pigeon) and you've got next year's big hit. [reddit]...

Illegal Pot Clinic & Drug Lab Bust Shuts Down The 10 Fwy

Photo by jasonawhite via Flickr About 20 people were detained and the 10 freeway shut down for hours Saturday when police found 3,000 marijuana plants at an illegal pot clinic south of downtown Los Angeles. Officers serving a search warrant discovered a dangerous and extensive lab with "thousands upon thousands" of plants in a warehouse on the 1000 block of Santa Fe Avenue, reports KTLA. Officers also found evidence of chemicals consistent for making...

Fraud Alert: Environmental Health Inspector Scam In Pasadena

A woman who calls herself an "environmental health inspector" is posing as a member of the Pasadena Public Health Department and running a scam on local businesses. The impostor has reportedly been approaching local restaurants, "claiming to be there to inspect their premises for safety violations in exchange for cash payment," according to a city press release.

Helicopter Crashes Into Raytheon Building, Erupts Into Flames

A helicopter burst into flames after crashing into office and laboratory building at Raytheon aerospace development complex on the 2000 block of E. El Segundo Boulevard shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, reports Reuters. Eyewitness reported that the Sikorsky S-58ET helicopter "erupted into a ball of flames when it crashed," reports KTLA. The plane was reportedly lifting a large air-conditioning unit from a low rise building "when the pilot lost control, and the...

Bad Night For Party Buses: 4 Shot, 1 Man Trapped In Wheel

According to the LAPD, a 22-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was severely injured after he was run over by a "party bus" on Saturday night in Hollywood. Later, in another part of Hollywood, four people were shot during a fight on a "party bus" and, according to the LAPD, the suspect remains at large.

Tefillin Not Terror: FBI Grounds LA Flight Over Hebrew Prayers

File Photo: Tefillin Flight attendants on an American Airlines flight inbound from Mexico City to Los Angeles called police to meet the aircraft because of a perceived security threat when three men on board conducted "an unusual prayer ritual that alarmed them," an airlines official said Sunday, reports NBC Local. Pilots locked down the flight deck and followed standard security procedures, reports NBC Local, and "a full assignment of fire trucks met Alaska Airlines...

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Photo by Zoe Schlanger/Gothamist Gothamist watched as the Big Apple’s bicycle wars boiled over with a group of Brooklyn residents suing over a new bike lane in Park Slope (appropriately timed right before a public hearing about them) and reports of more bicyclist tickets. At least there was a bad half-ro haircut to lighten things up....

Get Out: Tar Pit LomoJourney, Austin Young PoptART Portraits, Nature Photography At King Gillette Ranch

Arty Ice Age: The Lomography Gallery Store leads a photo expedition back in time as part of their March Madness series. This weekend, the La Brea Tar Pits Lomo Journey travels to the last Ice Age for a mammoth look at the Los Angeles Basin. Price includes bus fare to and from the Tar Pits, museum entrance, a loaner camera and 2 rolls of film.

Kaiser Accident: 83-Year-Old Man Kills Wife In Hospital Crash

An 83-year-old man accidentally crashed his Ford F-250 truck into a parking structure wall at Kaiser Permanente in Panorama City on Friday, killing his 80-year-old wife as he picked her up from the hospital, reports CBS Local. Gordon Curry was sitting inside of his stopped truck at the...

Anonymous Donor Seeds Fruit Tree Giveaway In Highland Park

Starting at noon on Sunday, the Milagro Allegro Community Garden in Highland Park will be giving away 400 bare-root fruit and nut trees, thanks to an anonymous donor, reports the LA Times. Milli Macen-Moore, Milagro Allegro's resident master gardener and teacher, was reportedly contacted by the donor who...

Disrupting The Space-Time Continuum: Daylight Saving At 2AM

Photo by didier burton via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Mr. Sandman will be stealing an hour of snooze time from most of America on Sunday when we collectively turn ahead the clock from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. If you prefer to not to show up an hour late to brunch, perhaps reset the clock before you go to bed. To soften the sleepy blow, NPR reminds us that Daylight Saving Time...

Come To Mama You Hot Little Digits

Don't be at all 6s and 7s, honey. Miss One's the name, numbers is my game. And in this 1978 Academy Award nominated Universal Pictures/Motown Production, Themla Carpenter presents Diana Ross with a musical answer to the ultimate Video Lunch question… What's a Wiz?

O.J. Simpson Judge Presides Over Goldilocks Trial

Judge Lance Ito of O.J. Simpson trial fame, presided over a mock trial in West Covina on Thursday in the case of The People of Monte Vista Elementary v. Goldilocks. The blonde-haired defendant faced five charges including burglary, unauthorized credit card use, vandalism and theft of porridge, reports the Whittier Daily News. The prosecution claimed Goldilocks entered The Bears' residence with the intention of stealing porridge, purposefully broke Baby Bear's chair, and made off with...

Tsunami Fatality ID In Crescent City, Santa Cruz Damage

In Crescent City, where damage is estimated to top $25 million, repeated surges, some nearing eight feet, tossed boats and left one person dead. The man swept out to sea while photographing the waves has been identified as Dustin Weber, 25, believed to be from Bend, Oregon, reports KTLA.

Woman Killed Stepping From Stalled Vehicle On 405 Freeway

49-year-old Rosa Margarita Montiel of Tehachapi was fatally struck Saturday by a Toyota Camry as she got out of a stalled vehicle on the northbound 405 Freeway in Mission Hills, said the California Highway Patrol, reports CBS Local. The accident happened around 2:15 a.m. just south of the freeway’s junction with the Golden State 5 Freeway .

8.9 Earthquake And Tsunami Hits Japan, Hawaii Tsunami Warning, California Tsunami Warning [UPDATED]

A monster 8.9 earthquake hit Japan at 2:46 p.m. Tokyo time on Friday about 80 miles off the eastern coast of Honshu at a depth of six miles triggering a massive 13-foot tsunami, reports the USGS. Television footage showed colossal, fast-moving waves moving inland washing away buildings, ships, cars and land. Reportedly, air and ground transportation is disrupted and limited, reports CNN. A tsunami warning was issued for the entire Pacific coast of Japan,...

SoCal Serial Killer Alcala Suspected In 1977 SF Cold Case

At left, police sketch of the mystery photographer who met Pam Lambson at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco in October 1977, drawn from the memory of a store clerk and at right, Photograph of serial killer Rodney Alcala, taken in the mid 1970s.(COURTESY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT) Condemned to death last year by an Orange County jury for five sexual assault slayings in the 1970s including a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl, serial killer...

PETA Wants Your Spider Filled Mazda

PETA has something to say to those creeped out by the recent spider infestation & exploding engine Mazda recall... Donate your car to us. 65,000 vehicles have been recalled due to potentially serious spiderweb-induced malfunctions, and PETA has posted a notice on its blog offering to accept Mazdas donated by arachnophobic owners who may be itchy about continuing to drive a spidermobile.

Hookers Of Hawthorne: 25 Arrested In Prostitution Crackdown

Over the last three weeks, twenty-five people -- 11 suspected prostitutes, one suspected pimp and 13 alleged "johns" -- have been arrested as part of a prostitution crackdown in Hawthorne, said police. Female police officers posing as prostitutes walked the sidewalks near Imperial and Hawthorne...

Hands Down: Glendale Police Bust Cell Phone Talking Drivers

A crack-down on the epidemic of distracted driving in Glendale has led to "more than 60 drivers busted for using hand-held phones while behind the wheel," notes the Glendale News-Press. On Saturday officers blew the whistle, literally, on vehicles exiting the Ventura (134) Freeway on the South Glendale Avenue off-ramp...

Parolee Flees Police, Tries To Climb A Wall, Gets Tired, Gives Up

A parolee led Costa Mesa authorities on a short chase Monday night around 8:45 p.m., when officers reportedly noticed the man driving with his high-beams on the southbound lanes of Harbor Boulevard. The 25-year-old man increased his speed when police tried to pull him over and lost control of the car, crashing into a curb near the 19th Street intersection, and fleeing on foot. The suspect ran through the parking lot of a nearby...

You Are Listening To Los Angeles: LAPD Scanner Set To Music

Viva la Soul Coughing. Got the Screenwriter's Blues? You won't for long. Not really sure what to make of all of this, but I cant stop listening. You Are Listening To Los Angeles is a trippy, hypnotic, Los Angeles Police Department scanner stream mashed up with ambient twinkling electronic music. Click the big round button to play. Welcome to your new freakout....

Verb, You're What's Happening

Get your thing in action. Verb, that's what's happenin'. Today's educational video lunch is a 1974 grammar lesson, Schoolhouse Rock-style. Music & Lyrics by Bob Dorough, Performed by Zachary Sanders, Animation by Phil Kimmelman and Associates....

Not Slick: Oil Spill Near Ventura County Beach

The Ventura County Fire Department has said a camper reported seeing hundreds of gallons of oil seeping onto the beach around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, reports KTLA. Authorities believe the spill is coming from a nearby oil field and were working to identify the exact source.

Flagrant Foul: Coach Attacks Student In Hollywood Locker Room

Photo by Sister72 via Flickr A coach at Bernstein High in Hollywood faces charges after allegedly assaulting a student in a locker room on Feb. 28. Charged with felony assault, 33-year-old Jorge Chavez was arrested on March 1 and released the same day on $50,000 bail, reports the LA Times. Photos reportedly show a large welt on the student's face from where Chavez allegedly kicked him, said a district official. Notes the LA Times,...

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Tonight in Extra, Extra! San Diego student goes missing in Spain, DtLA hit & run suspects hops a bus to flee, Modern interior home tours, Candlelight vigil for Miguel Sanchez, Greg Louganis dives into coaching, Construction jobs on the rise, Girl Scout cookie locator & Win tickets to Florence & The Machine! Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

Now Open: Paul Rodriguez Skate Spot In Lincoln Park

To break in the future site of countless of broken bones, Nike SB, LA 84, and the Paul Rodriguez Skateboarding Foundation held a grand opening of the Lincoln Park Skate Spot on Saturday. The spot, built by California Skateparks and designed by Lance Mountain and Paul Rodriguez, is located inside of Lincoln Park at 3501 Valley Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90031....

Where Are The Thin Mints!? Use The Girl Scout Cookie Locator

Photo by bandita via Flickr The Girl Scouts are back, and the gals in green have set up nearly 10,000 booths across the Greater Los Angeles area as they shoot for sweet treat domination during this year's cookie drive. To make matters of hunting and gathering easier, lets's remember the immortal words of a giant blue monster: C is for Cookie Locator. The Girl Scouts have gone high tech with an online "Cookie Locator"...

21-Year-Old Man Killed In Deadly Street Race With His Brother

21-year-old Caesar Michel was killed Sunday when he lost control of his car and hit a light pole while racing his brother in Garden Grove. The motorist was a Garden Grove resident, according to authorities, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Police dispatched to the scene of the racing crash found that the cars had been speeding south on Deodara Street when Michel reportedly lost control of his vehicle and struck the light pole north...

Stretchy Pants Alert: It's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week

Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt via Flickr Not to out-gloried by a seasonal stampede of cookie pushing Girl Scouts, the quintessential chocolate chip speaks up and says, "Hey everybody! Look over here!! It's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week! FOR REALLLLS!" The Huffington Post heeded the cry and has put together their Top 10 locations around Los Angeles to indulge in the warm, gooey basic. Can't get away from your desk to celebrate? Don't have...

Video Lunch: Stanley Kubrick Blows Up The World

Today's video lunch is brought to you by the memory of Stanley Kubrick who died on this day in 1999. Please enjoy this colorfully black & white end-of-the-world end-sequence from Kubrick's 1964 masterpiece Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Vera Lynn sings We'll Meet Again.

Hazelnuts Hazard: 7 E. coli Cases Linked To LA-based Company

Photo by steffenz via Flickr Los Angeles-based DeFranco and Sons has issued a voluntary recall of hazelnuts sold in bulk, individual containers, and mixed-nut packages throughout the United States and Canada due to a possible health risk of E. coli contamination, announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Seven people in three states, ranging in age from 15 to 78, became sick between December 20 and January 28 from E. coli-related illnesses, reports CNN,...

Free Taxi To The Polls! Election Day Bonus In Some LA Areas

Photo by Ben Fredericson via Flickr A number of taxicab companies will be offering free rides to the public on Tuesday as Los Angeles voters head to the polls to decide the fate of several City Council seats and a number of ballot measures in the March 8th city election. Voters interested in hitching a free ride should call 800-808-7293 with the location of their local polling place and provide the dispatcher with the...

Street Art For Kids: What To Do If Banksy Is Your Baby's Hero

Even the young ones are into street art these days. Inspired by a viewing of Exit Through the Gift Shop, the 10-year-old daughter of children's author Aaron Zenz declared her intention to become a street artist like Banksy when she grew up. Explaining that art is good, but vandalism is bad, pops and daughter dreamed up an art project that was publicly stealthy, but not destructive...

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Get Out: Truckit Fest, Festival Of Whales, Bootleg Dancing

Keep On Truckin: Invasion of the food trucks continues with a kickoff to a new monthly gathering at Union Station called Truckit Fest. On the first Sunday of every month you can swarm around your favorite rolling treats or option for the VIP treatment: valet parking, early entry, no standing in lines, private lounge, table service...

Bell City Council Candidate Dies Before March 8 Election

34-year-old Miguel Sanchez, a special-ed teacher's aide, part-time parks and recreation employee, and candidate for Bell City Council, died Friday afternoon after complaining of flu-like symptoms, reports the LA Times. Sanchez was to run in the city's general and special recall election on March 8 to replace former Councilman Luis Artiga who, amid allegations of misappropriation of public funds, resigned last fall. Sanchez had complained of flu-like symptoms last week and was admitted to...

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Skip The Skippy: Peanut Butter Recalled For Salmonella

A limited recall of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread was announced today because of spiders. I mean, salmonella. Notes KFI, "Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain." In...

Sex Offender Lures Kids With Parrot Named 'Mango'

Photo Credit: Huntington Beach Police Department 65-year-old registered sex offender Michael Joseph DeSilva was arrested in Huntington Beach on Saturday for allegedly trying to lure children with a parrot near Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, reports CBS Local. DeSilva was not making contact with children when officers approached, however witnesses told police the man was trying to get kids to play with his bird, “Mango.” Authorities are looking for any children who may...

Video Lunch: Powerfox & Ponymane Take On American Idol

Titillating titans of musical industry Jackie Tohn and Jes Hudak teamed up last year to form the superpower vocal duo Powerfox & Ponymane. Since then, the local singer/songwriters have amassed a wicked covers catalogue of vocal badassery taking on today's hits, American Idol, Saturday morning...

Hawthorne Couple Arrested For Edler Abuse, Animal Neglect

Hawthorne couple Gregory and Janice Bartmess, both 60-years-old, were arrested Saturday on suspicion of elder abuse and animal neglect after police found 13 dogs in varying states of neglect and Janice Bartmess' unresponsive mother at their home, reports ABC Local Responding to a tip, officers went to the house where they found rotting food and animal feces reportedly covering the floors. After rounding up the dogs, officers then discovered Janice Bartmess' 86-year-old mother bed-ridden...

Dead Can't Vote: Parks Mailer Named Deceased 'Supporters'

A mailer sent by an independent political action committee on behalf of Bernard C. Parks lists, among other inaccuracies, dead people supporting his reelection. L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who was also erroneously named as a supporter, backs Parks' opponent in the City Council race and has slamed the Chamber...

Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure Raises Over $1.5M In LA

The annual Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure 5K run/walk began at 9 a.m. on Sunday in Los Angeles with nearly 10,000 participating Angelenos raising over $1.5 million. According to CBS Local, Komen has invested almost $2 billion dollars to become "the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world."

Get Out: CicLAvia Mega Party, Chinese Lantern Festival, Mardi Gras Parade

Bike Or Bust: GOOD LA is throwing CicLAvia a mega parking lot party today in Atwater Village to support their 2011 programs and events. Live music and DJs, sustainably-brewed beer, food trucks, locally-harvested fruit by Food Forward, and tons of free tasters will be available all day. Eagle Rock Yacht Club will be running a Dodgeball game...

660 Patient Names, Medical Records Stolen From Rehab Center

The computer, reported stolen on Feb 24 from Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, housed names, D.O.B. and diagnostic information for at least 667 patients. Michael Wilson, the County Department of Health Services spokesman, said the records were not encrypted and that patients were sent letters about the theft.

Chief Overruled: LAPD Killing Of Autistic Man Was Wrong

The commission that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department has rejected the chief's recommendation and ruled instead that "two police officers were wrong when they fatally shot an unarmed autistic man last year," reports LA Now. Since becoming chief more than a year ago, the panel has only overruled Beck three times.

Share The Cher! 'Hell On Wheels' Is The Diva's First Video

Today's video lunch is an AMAZING, rare, grainy, short-film set to music... in other words, an early music video shot like a beer commercial. Whatever it is, it's a beautiful flowy hair Cher on skates in a zebra onesie outrunning a big rig. Behold the majesty of the Cher's 1979 Casablanca Records roller disco anthem, "Hell on Wheels."

Are Teen Parties A Fire Hazard? Glendale May Consider Curfew

Photo by Sundogg via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A measure to institute a curfew on wilderness areas and public parks may be considered by the Glendale City Council. Residents are complaining that late-night teen parties are "leaving a mess and endangering the community by smoking and building camp fires," reports CBS Local. The curfew -- in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. -- would go include areas like hiking trails, hillsides,...

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