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  • How Are You Gonna Rock When We Roll?

    Will Campbell
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Last night on the anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake, I watched CalTech Seismologist Lucy Jones tell reporters assembled at a press conference that for most angelenos it was a small one. Ha! How I wish I had been one of most angelenos. But I wasn’t. Not by a long shot. The fires down below: This is a crappy snap I made the morning of January 17, 1994, from a pull out on Mulholland looking down into a San Fernando Valley that was almost entirely filled with smoke and dust. There were two times in my life when I thought my ticket had been punched: that morning 21 years ago holding…
  • Adventures in blogging…care to join us?

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Jozjozjoz and moi at NAIAS I’m telling you, I’ve had the best adventures since I started blogging.  Most are because I used my “media credentials” to kick open doors and invite myself into new experiences.  Others because someone sought me out.  I’ve learned a lot about how this city ticks.  Or doesn’t. An example of just that sort of adventure came about last week for two of us here at blogging.la.  Both Joz and I were invited by manufacturers who sought us out to bring us to Detroit for the NAIAS.  Yes…they hauled these Angeleno’s out of…
  • Black sergeant sues San Diego Police Department over racist cartoon

    L.A. Now - Los Angeles Times
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    An African American San Diego police officer is suing the Police Department, alleging that he suffered harassment and job retaliation after complaining about the use of a racist cartoon during a training session.
  • 'Anna Christie' habors but a spark of greatness

    L.A. Times - California | Local News
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    There's no shortage of acting in the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie." Accents are adorned like fake noses, illnesses resemble those found in 19th century operas and bits of melodramatic business might as well be underscored with the clashing of cymbals.
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    Los Angeles Times - Top News
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
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  • 13-Year Old Charged With Murder in Middle School Stabbing

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:42 pm
    A 13-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing a 14-year-old high school student outside Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles was charged Tuesday with murder. The boy, whose name was not released because he was charged as a juvenile, is expected to appear in court tomorrow at the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse. He is accused of stabbing Steven Cruz, […]
  • Deputy Involved Shooting in East LA

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:12 am
    There was a deputy-involved shooting tonight in Laguna Park in East Los Angeles, a sheriff’s official said. The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. at the park at Dittman Avenue and Verona Street, said Deputy Grace Medrano of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert closing the Dittman Avenue off-ramp from […]
  • Crash Triggers Montebello Power Outage

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:57 pm
    A Quality Inn Hotel in Montebello lost its power after a big rig crashed into a utility pole and sheered off a fire hydrant this afternoon, Montebello police said. It happened about 3:50 p.m. on Telegraph Road near Gage Road, police said There were people stuck in hotel elevators as a result of the power […]
  • 14-Year-Old Stabbed to Death at East Los Angeles Middle School

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    A 14-year-old high school student was fatally stabbed outside Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles Friday. A 13-year-old was arrested at his home in Los Angeles Saturday afternoon. He was taken to the East Los Angeles sheriff’s station and booked for suspicion of murder, sheriff’s officials said. The identity of the suspect was not […]
  • Lawyers Seek Delay in Public Corruption Trial of Ex-State Senator

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Lawyers have agreed to delay the public corruption trial of former state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother until August, court papers obtained Thursday show. Prosecutors and defense lawyers filed a stipulation Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court to postpone the trial from May 19 to Aug. 11 because they need to review about 280,000 […]
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  • Boy, 13, Charged With Stabbing Student To Death Outside Griffith Middle School In East LA

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    LOS ANGELES -- A 13-year-old boy was charged Tuesday in the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old high school student outside a middle school in East L.A. Steven Cruz was killed Friday afternoon as he was walking home from Garfield High School. They say he's a reputed gang member. The suspect was charged with murder and was expected to appear in court Wednesday at the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse. Anyone with information is asked to contact the LACSD's Homicide Bureau at 890-5500. Tips can also be left anonymously online at lacrimestoppers.org .
  • Diversity at Sundance doesn't carry over to Hollywood

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer PARK CITY, Utah - One of the most buzzed-about movies at this year's Sundance Film Festival is "Dope," a coming-of-age story about three outcasts in the inner city. Studios will have to start paying attention - not only because of the backlash against the all-white Oscar nominations and snub of "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo, but because it's just good business, Famuyiwa and others said. AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report. Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.
  • Hearing for former NFL star Darren Sharper set for Feb. 17

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    LOS ANGELES ' A preliminary hearing for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper on charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub has been tentatively set for Feb. 17. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge set the new hearing date Tuesday after meeting privately with prosecutors and defense lawyers. He's been in custody since February. Sharper faces similar charges in Arizona and Louisiana, and federal authorities have ordered the Los Angeles sheriff to turn him over to U.S. marshals in New Orleans by Feb. 23.
  • Object Lesson: A space-time wormhole by Glenn Kaino at Honor Fraser

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    Want to do some time travel? Now on view at Honor Fraser gallery in Culver City, Kaino's 2014 piece, titled "As Far Away As a Minute," is made from wood and dozens of used sandpaper pieces that he harvested from friends' studios, autobody shops and wood-working spaces. Sandpaper is a material that Kaino finds fascinating for a variety of reasons. "As Far Away As a Minute" is on view at Glenn Kaino's solo exhibition "Labyrinths" at Honor Fraser through Feb. 14. 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, honorfraser.com . Find me on Twitter @cmonstah .
  • Nurse wounded in Los Angeles hospital shooting

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
    Community Hospital, which left a male nurse wounded. The victim's injuries were described as non-life-threatening, said Deputy Amber Smith of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau. Paramedics sent to the 12000 block of South Wilmington Avenue in Willowbrook at 12:13 p.m. took the victim for hospital treatment, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Rick Flores. Vincent Heard was booked on assault with a deadly weapon and several other charges, Smith said. Heard was patted down, but the weapon was not seen, Smith said.
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  • Attorney General Kamala Harris plans Senate campaign

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Staff and Wire Reports LOS ANGELES — Attorney General Kamala Harris announced in low-key fashion Tuesday that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated byBarbara Boxer. “California has been incredibly well served by the transformationalleadership of Senator Boxer and the continued service of Senator [Dianne] Feinstein. With your help, I hope to build on their legacies in the U.S. Senate,” Harris wrote in a statement posted to her website. Harris’ announcement came one day after Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announcedhe would not run for the seat. Their announcements avert a battle…
  • Dream Denied

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    By Thandi Chimurenga Contributing Writer Every year, the scene is the same: Millions of well-meaning patriots gather in parks and parades to salute peace activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor his fabled dream of an all-inclusive, color-blind America. Less attention is paid, however, to King’s fight for economic equality in America, which was a key component of the 1963 March on Washington where King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. Ignoring that reality is to ignore a key aspect of King’s dream for America, some activists say. “Dr. King famously said, ‘The…
  • Petition drive starts in Inglewood

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    By Gene C. Johnson Jr. Contributing Writer INGLEWOOD — A coalition of residents and community leaders kicked off a petition drive Saturday at Faithful Central Bible Church, beginning a signature-gathering process that would place on the ballot sometime this year a measure authorizing voters to add a sports entertainment district — including an 80,000-seat stadium — to the already-approved Hollywood Park plan. Backers of the City of Champions Revitalization Initiative have about 180 days to gather enough signatures to place the initiative on a 2015 municipal ballot, needing about 15…
  • Beck finally meets with Ford protesters

    Shawnte Passmore
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Staff and Wire Services LOS ANGELES — After 10 days of camping outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, dealing with frigid temperatures, the bust-up of their encampment and arrests, Police Chief Charlie Beck finally met with members of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles last Friday to discuss their demands. Demonstrators vowed to continuing protesting outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters after Beck refused to meet their demand that he immediately fire two officers involved in the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Ezell Ford. But Beck was supported in that action by…
  • ‘Django Unchained’ actress defends not giving ID to cop

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    LOS ANGELES — “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts defended her refusal to show her ID to Los Angeles police before they handcuffed her last week. The African-American actress and her white boyfriend accused police of racism for questioning them in what they said was only a public display of affection. “I believe in America and what it stands for,” Watts said Monday in an interview on CNN’s “New Day.” Police responded to a citizen complaint that “a male white and female black were involved in a sexual act inside a Mercedes” outside the gate of CBS Studio Center…
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  • UC doctors hold strike for the first time

    Rupan Bharanidaran
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    The original version of this article contained information that was unclear and has been changed. See the bottom of the article for more information. Doctors at all of the University of California student health centers went on strike Tuesday to protest what they say are unfair labor practices of the University. The Union of American Physicians and Doctors, which was chosen in 2013 to represent doctors in the UC’s student health centers, has been negotiating with the Universityfor more than a year for itsfirst labor contract for UC doctors. The union said this was the first time in 43 years…
  • Second Take: Blink-182′s apparent split leaves fans, media confused

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    It was announced by local radio station KROQ Monday that Tom DeLonge, co-founder and co-frontman of Blink-182, had left the band “indefinitely.” The band announced that he was to be replaced by Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio for the remainder of the band’s previously booked shows. The only problem was no one told DeLonge. Soon after the initial declaration by members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, DeLonge took to social media to deny that he had quit, calling the the whole media storm “weird” and “#awkward.”Hoppus and Barker still maintain that DeLonge…
  • UCLA asks staff, students to nominate 2015 Librarian of the Year

    Catherine Liberty Feliciano
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:45 am
    UCLA is asking students, faculty and staff to nominate librarians for the 2015 Librarian of the Year Award. The award, given by the Librarians Association of UCLA, recognizes a university librarian who has furthered the school’s teaching and research mission by tailoring his or her work to the campus’ needs, according to the press release asking for the nominations. In the past, the Librarian of the Year has typically received an engraved clock, a plant and $500 in professional development funds. All UCLA librarians who work at least half the full-time workload are eligible to…
  • USAC accepting applicants for delagates to national conference in DC

    Sujung Hahn
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:39 am
    An undergraduate student government office is now accepting applications from students who want to travel to Washington, D.C. for a national student lobbying conference in March. Students who apply by Feb. 1 may serve as UCLA delegates for the 46th annual United States Student Association’s National Grassroots Legislative Conference and National Student Lobby Day, known as LegCon, held from Mar. 27 to Mar. 30. About 60 students applied and 20 traveled to Washington, D.C. last year with the program organized by the Undergraduate Students Association Council External Vice…
  • USAC funds 10 parking scholarships for commuter expenses

    Joseph Vescera
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:37 am
    Jade Tamyo doesn’t think she will have to borrow money from her grandparents to pay for her $231 campus parking pass this quarter. The third-year sociology student commutes to campus about four times a week, often going straight to class from her jobas a law firm clerk in Marina del Rey. Though she said she tries to pay for all her expenses, the entire cost of a parking pass is difficult for her to front each quarter. Tamyo is one of the 10 undergraduate students who received the first transportation scholarships from the Undergraduate Students Association Council Financial Supports…
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  • Warrant Issued For Missing OC Man Accused Of Murdering His Wife

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — An Orange County judge Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for a missing man accused of killing his wife. Prosecutors believe 48-year-old Peter Chadwick has fled the area or committed suicide. The Newport Coast resident is accused of killing his wife, Quee, in October 2012 and then dumping her body in San Diego County. He was arrested on Oct. 11 near the U.S.-Mexico border. Chadwick, a real estate investor, and his wife were discussing the possibility of divorce at the time of her murder. Investigators found blood and signs of a struggle in the couples’ upscale…
  • OCFA Seeks Public’s Help In Identifying Yorba Linda Arson Suspect Seen On Surveillance Video

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    YORBA LINDA (CBSLA.com) — The Orange County Fire Authority Wednesday was seeking the public’s help in identifying an arson suspect seen on surveillance video setting a house on fire last year. The video shows the suspect approaching a home on Felicia Drive in Yorba Linda around 10:34 a.m. on Nov. 3, 2014, officials said. According to OCFA investigators, the heavy set man was seen “hurling an object through a window, igniting a container of fuel, throwing it through the broken window, and then running away.” He fled the scene on a child’s BMX-style bicycle…
  • Beverly Hills High Principal To Step Down, Eyes School Board Seat

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — The first black principal at Beverly Hills High School has announced plans to retire and seek a seat on the school board. Principal Carter Paysinger announced his retirement Tuesday night along with plans to seek a seat on the Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education in the November election. There has never been an African-American elected to the Beverly Hills school board or City Council. Last July, Paysinger filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging he was the target of a “malicious campaign of discrimination and retaliation” by…
  • Public’s Help Sought In Finding Murder Suspects In Rancho Dominguez Double Murder

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Homicide detectives Wednesday asked for the public’s help in identifying two male suspects seen in the area of a double homicide in May. Omar Williams, 18, and 20-year-old Jason Pina were fatally shot on May 5 in their vehicle in the 17600 block of Santa Fe Avenue in the Rancho Dominguez area, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Investigators said two black men were seen fleeing the shooting in a larger, dark colored SUV. At the the time of their deaths, Williams was a junior college student who had just passed a test to be a LA County…
  • NCIS: New Orleans Cast To Ride In Orpheus Parade

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The cast of NCIS: New Orleans will ride as monarchs in the Krewe of Orpheus parade, which rolls on Lundi Gras, the day before Fat Tuesday. Stars Lucas Black, Rob Kerkovich, Zoe McLellan and CCH Pounder will join the television show’s creator, Gary Glasberg, in the parade through the city’s streets before Mardi Gras day. New On CBS Primetime, ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Krewe Captain Sonny Borey, who founded the organization with singer Harry Connick Jr., said Tuesday the show has been a great ambassador for New Orleans so it’s only fitting…
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  • Tradesy raises $30 million for new-to-you fashion

    Annlee Ellingson
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    What's old is new again — new to you, at least — on Tradesy, a consignment platform boasting brands like Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Vera Wang. VC firm Kleiner Perkins is a fan of the Santa Monica startup, doubling down with a $30 million investment after leading a $13 million round in May. The deal, confirmed by Re/code, values Tradesy at $100 million "give or take $20 million." The new financing marks a bit of a turnaround for an idea…
  • After 'American Sniper's' success -- what's next at the box office?

    Annlee Ellingson
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    With "American Sniper's" record-breaking launch this month, the 2015 box office is off to its best start in years, running nearly 7 percent ahead of the first four weeks of 2014 and 16 percent ahead of 2013, which ended up hitting a ticket-sale high of $10.9 billion. Last year, the winter-spring season reached $2.58 billion, up 13 percent from the same time frame in 2013. The January-April period accounted for a quarter of the 2014 box office — a modest percentage compared to the summer (39 percent)…
  • TV ratings: Rising ‘Empire’ puts Fox ahead in demo

    Annlee Ellingson
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
    With no football on the broadcast schedule before next weekend's big game, Fox was able to score a demo win last week, led by the network's new hit "Empire." The third episode of the hip-hop soap starring Terrence Howard and Taraji B. Henson rose in the ratings again to a 4.4 average among adults 18-49, helping to drive Fox to a 1.8 for the week, reported TVbytheNumbers. CBS was runner-up with a 1.4 among adults. Fox and CBS were the only broadcast networks with any shows in the top 10 last week.…
  • J2 Global extends tender offer for Carbonite

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Undaunted by Carbonite Inc.'s rejection of its $415 million takeover offer, digital media company J2 Global Inc. said it is extending its tender offer by another month. Los Angeles-based J2 Global(Nasdaq: JCOM) in December sought to buy Boston-based online backup company Carbonite (Nasdaq: CARB) for $15 per share, a premium over the stock's trading price. Carbonite stock was trading at $14.89 a share late Tuesday in New York. On Jan. 9, Carbonite said its board unanimously rejected J2's unsolicited…
  • ​California Resources drops bid for Carson oil drilling project

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Oil and gas company California Resources Corp. said it will no longer seek approval for a massive oil drilling project in Carson because of low crude prices. Los Angeles-based http://www.crc.com"California Resources (NYSE: CRC), which was spun off from Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) last month, in 2012 proposed a plan to drill more than 200 new wells in the Dominguez Oil Field, about 20 miles south of Los Angeles. The field is estimated to hold 52 million barrels of oil, according to Reuters. On…
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  • Biz Strategist Victor Antonio Helps Families In Financial Crisis In New Spike TV Series

    The Deadline Team
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    Spike TV has greenlit ten one-hour episodes of Family Takeover, a new reality series aimed at helping families in financial crisis, featuring Fortune 500 business strategist Victor Antonio. It’s slated for debut in the fall. In each episode, Antonio will meet a different family who is facing a fiscal calamity. With a mix of expert guidance and tough love, Antonio will work tirelessly to help the family out of their monetary pit. "Family Takeover is extremely relevant to…
  • Starz’s ‘Blunt Talk’ Begins Production In LA – First-Look Photos

    Denise Petski
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Starz has released a couple of first-look photos from its original series Blunt Talk that began production on its first season this week in Los Angeles. The half-hour scripted comedy is greenlit for a two-season, 20-episode commitment, with the 10-episode first season set to premiere this summer. Patrick Stewart stars as Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news and the fallout from his well-intentioned but mostly misguided…
  • Mercedes-Benz’s Super Bowl Ad Directed By Robert Stromberg – Video

    Lisa de Moraes
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    Mercedes-Benz USA collaborated with Robert Stromberg –  Maleficent director and a two-time Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction for Alice In Wonderland and Avatar –  for its Super Bowl ad this year. It’s Stromberg’s advertising directorial debut. "We tend to think of fables as things of the past," Stromberg said, in re the ad, which is based on the Aesop fable about the tortoise and the hare. "It's fascinating for me to render a classic tale with modern tools, yet…
  • Lionsgate In Talks On Film Finance & Distribution Deal With China’s Hunan TV

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Lionsgate is in advanced discussions with China’s Hunan TV, the country’s second largest broadcaster, to partner on film production and distribution. Reuters first reported the talks after Hunan TV made a statement on the Shenzhen stock exchange. We hear that Hunan would come in to provide financing on Lionsgate’s $1.5B slate over a three-year period. We also understand that the companies are examining working together on local production and distribution in China, as…
  • Gore Vidal Vs. William Buckley Docu ‘Best Of Enemies’ Acquired By Magnolia & Participant – Sundance

    Mike Fleming
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    EXCLUSIVE: One of the hot Sundance documentaries is spoken for. Magnolia Films has teamed with Participant to make a high-six-figure acquisition of Best Of Enemies. This is a behind-the-scenes account of the explosive 1968 televised debates between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley Jr. They disagreed on everything from politics to religion and sex. The pic was directed by Morgan Neville, whose last docu 20 Feet From Stardom won the 2014 Best…
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  • BAFTA Tea Party & Memorial for Francesca Hilton

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:09 am
    The British Academy of Film & Television Arts, Los Angeles celebrated the 2015 Awards Season with their annual Tea Party at the Four Seasons Hotel. This is one of the most prestigious events in our town, which celebrates excellence in the craft, and wishes best of luck to all nominees for the award season ahead. Some of the celebrated guests included Oscar nominees Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Keira  Knightley (The Imitation Game).  This event also honored nominees & winners of other awards, including Sarah…
  • Holiday Happenings, Boyhood & Caucus Awards

    11 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    This holiday season was a merry one indeed.  Among the events we attended were Suzi & Fred Wehba’s Singing Soiree at their Green Acres Estate, featuring a 20 ft. tree!  Among the assortment of celebrated guests were Dr. Susan Stafford (former Hostess of Wheel of Fortune), Producer Barbara Valentine,   Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis (Fifth Dimension), and Pat Boone, whose glorious voice is always heard joining the group in a holiday sing-a-long. The Wehba’s are not only known for their fab parties, but for the generosity as humanitarians.  Suzie also hosted a holiday tea to…
  • Consumer Electronics Show 2015 – What is Hip

    11 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    The annual gathering of the tech cognoscenti occurred last week in Las Vegas. I will gather here some general observations, and in future installments I will dive more deeply into several intriguing product categories. The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show finished as the largest show in history with more than 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space featuring more than 3,600 exhibitors. I rubbed shoulders with 170,000 other attendees to bring you these updates. As always at CES, there were a few eyebrow-raising product launces. One was a window washing robot which managed to stay adhered to…
  • Sound Man – A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces . . . By Glyn Johns (Blue Rider Press / Penguin)

    29 Dec 2014 | 4:37 pm
    If you were the type who devoured everything when a new record came out in the late 60s and into the 70s, you scoured the liner notes. A name that kept popping up during my investigations was Glyn Johns. And no wonder, he engineered some of the best albums of the era, by the likes of…well, go back up and read the subtitle of his autobiography. As with many autobiographies, it is the origin story that is the most intriguing. Johns describes the several chance circumstances that set him on his path, starting with joining a church choir and another was becoming best friends with Ian Stewart.
  • Sirtaj Hotel, Beverly Hills

    26 Dec 2014 | 5:55 pm
    I have a growing affection for the boutique hotel that is situated on the edges of the main thoroughfare. One of my latest such discoveries is the Sirtaj Hotel, which is located a few blocks from Rodeo Drive on a leafy residential street. The new 32 room hotel has a delightful air of India in its décor. Indeed, the intimate restaurant features a range of Tandoori fare. The lobby flows easily into the chic bar, which in turns opens to the al fresco dining room. The interior design is crisp and comfortable, with a tasteful blend of fabrics. The service staff was uniformally gracious and…
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  • Sundance: Magnolia, Participant Nab ‘Best of Enemies’

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    Magnolia and Participant Media have teamed up to nab rights to “Best of Enemies,” a look at the TV debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal. Their erudite thrusts and parries were must-see TV during the 1968 presidential election and, the film argues, set the stage for the current crop of political bloviators. Variety... Read more »
  • Michel Gomez: “In a Very Tense Environment, Paris Hosted Major Domestic and Foreign Shoots in 2014″

    John Hopewell
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    The Paris Film Office was set up in 2002, as part of the Mission Cinema project launched in the same year. Both are integrated within the city council, the Mairie de Paris. Their goal is to provide a one-stop-shop for French and foreign professionals that will handle all logistical aspects required for shooting in the... Read more »
  • Sundance Film Review: ‘Zipper’

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    Following a potential political sex scandal through the eyes of the politician, “Zipper” plays like an odd hybrid of “Shame” and a season-long subplot on “House of Cards.” Tawdry but cripplingly self-serious, the second feature from Mora Stephens (a full decade after her little seen, and also politically themed, debut “Conventioneers”) benefits from Patrick Wilson’s... Read more »
  • Pink, John Mayer, LL Cool J and Tony Bennett Hail Grammy Producer Ken Ehrlich

    Variety Staff
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Ken Ehrlich’s relationships with music stars span generations and genres. Here’s reaction from a few to the word Ehrlich was to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Ken is a hands-on person. He is in the trenches piecing the show together and is driven by his love of music and the celebration of... Read more »
  • ‘Soundstage': Seminal PBS Series Became The Template For Music Television

    David S. Cohen
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    For a young Bonnie Raitt, appearing on one of the first episodes of WTTW’s “Soundstage,” was a pivotal career moment. “I was still relatively unknown nationally and to have Ken offer that kind of showcase, bringing me together with my friends and frequent tour mates Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, was a pretty amazing gift,”... Read more »
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    LA Homepage News

  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops

    Jonathan Mayo
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
  • Dodgers Minor Leaguers get 50-game suspensions

    Alden Gonzalez
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Dodgers Minor Leaguers Robert Carson and Theo Alexander were handed 50-game suspensions on Tuesday resulting from a second positive test for undisclosed drugs of abuse.
  • A-Gon puts faith in Dodgers' new-look lineup

    Alden Gonzalez
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Adrian Gonzalez, speaking from a skills clinic at a high school in East Los Angeles on Monday, said he isn't worried about the losses of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez affecting the Dodgers' power in 2015.
  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 second basemen

    Teddy Cahill
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Leading the array of new faces among top second-base prospects is Jose Peraza, who could soon be part of a formidable double-play combination with Andrelton Simmons in Atlanta. Micah Johnson of the White Sox and the Blue Jays' Devon Travis are the two players who remain from last year's list.
  • Adrian to help Dodgers launch weeklong caravan

    Ken Gurnick
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    First baseman Adrian Gonzalez will appear at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles on Monday as the 12th annual Dodgers Community Service Caravan kicks off.
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  • Gulshan Vivante Acts A Gated Society for A Relaxing Life

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:41 am
    Gulshan Vivante is a residential township which provides you with a sleek, multi-dimensional, infinitely flexible and open life. In order to lead such a life, you also need an aggressive support system which will be able to take care of all your requirements and needs. It is a society which has been developed for the ultimate living. The Gulshan Vivante luxury Homes have been designed keeping all your modern needs, indulgences as well as your luxuries in mind. Here, you will also be in a position to enjoy its location advantage as well as lush green surroundings and seamless connectivity. It…
  • New Jersey Lawmakers: Property-Tax Assessments A Job For The County, Not Towns.

    Peter Jordan
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    Atlаntiс Cоuntу Executive Dеnniѕ Lеvinѕоn hаѕ been vying to ѕаvе taxpayers mоnеу bу eliminating thе outdated nоtiоn оf hоmе rulе fоr muniсiраlitiеѕ. Initiаllу, the idеа оf home rulе held high ѕuрроrt because it аllоwеd municipalities to retain powers thаt would рrоtесt residents аnd еnѕurе thеir wеlfаrе. Unfоrtunаtеlу Lеvinѕоn аrguеѕ it’ѕ doing thе еxасt орроѕitе whеn it соmеѕ tо property tаxеѕ. Within Nеw Jеrѕеу there еxiѕtѕ a massive imbаlаnсе of property tаx being раid. Cеrtаin…
  • Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS® Offering Sold Listings!

    REW Nick
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    We've received word from the Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS® that effective February 2nd, 2015, they will be providing us with Sold Data in the IDX feed. Previously, this was restricted to VOW accounts. If you're a member of CCAR with a Real Estate Webmasters website & integrated IDX and are interested in displaying Sold Data, please proceed to our Ordering New Work page for further instructions.
  • Admirable Residential Flats and Apartments Provided By the Sikka Group

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:46 am
    In order to provide you with best path breaking projects and apartments, we, the Sikka Kaavyam Greens along with our incorporated Sikka builders groups offers you in getting provided with best residential and commercial values and apartments at desired affordable rates. With a greater ambition and aspiration, we are here to provide you with beneficial extensions and with best quality of styles and designs in fascinating the well outlined residential and business property, values and administrative division. We would always tend to assist you to avail clear aspects of functionalities and we…
  • Big Bear Real Estate Blog: 2014 Recap and Good News for 2015

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    By Mike Sannes, January 26, 2015 Thanks for checking in with us regarding the Big Bear real estate market. We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the market, if you would like a more specific valuation pertaining to your particular property, or if you have questions on any properties that you see for sale here in Big Bear, do let us know. We are happy to help and always look forward to hearing from you. 2014 was an interesting year for Big Bear real estate… We saw fewer sales: there were 1,060 residential closings in 2014…
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  • Disneyland 60th Anniversary – Big Announcement Today

    John Frost
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    Sleeping Beauty Castle is currently all wrapped up in tarps getting reach for a diamond overlay to celebrate the parks 60th anniversary. We will find out today what else Disneyland is planning for the major milestone. Sleeping Beauty Castle is … Continue reading → Disneyland 60th Anniversary – Big Announcement Today originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site, please click the above link to read the original story. Thank you.
  • Marvel’s Fantastic Four reboot teaser trailer released

    John Frost
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:08 am
    Disney may have bought Marvel studios, but unfortunately it was too late to land the rights to some of Marvel’s biggest properties. Those comics were licensed to other studios, who had previous deals with Marvel. There’s hope that some of … Continue reading → Marvel’s Fantastic Four reboot teaser trailer released originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site, please click the above link to read the original story. Thank you.
  • Imagineer Joe Rohde offers masterclass on storytelling in three Instagram posts

    John Frost
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:33 am
    Not only has Joe Rohde, imagineer and champion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, posted a terrific photo of a very hard to get image from Expedition Everest roller coaster, he’s provided something of a master-class on creating a back story for … Continue reading → Imagineer Joe Rohde offers masterclass on storytelling in three Instagram posts originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site, please click the above link to read the original story. Thank you.
  • Frozen composers to help Neil Patrick Harris kick off Oscars in song

    John Frost
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Neil Patrick Harris has made a bit of a name for himself as award ceremony host. Besides his everyman affability, his trademark has been a big show stopping musical opening number. Now that Harris is stepping onto the world’s biggest … Continue reading → Frozen composers to help Neil Patrick Harris kick off Oscars in song originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site, please click the above link to read the original story. Thank you.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom construction continues to reshape the park

    John Frost
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Walt Disney’s Imagineers are busy remaking large swaths of one of the world’s most beautiful theme parks – Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Not only is James Cameron’s Avatar project coming to the park, but Africa’s Harambe Village is expanding, the Discovery … Continue reading → Disney’s Animal Kingdom construction continues to reshape the park originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site, please click the above link to read the original story. Thank you.
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  • Final effort for the “No Big Dig” to save Hahamonga

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    Time is limited and the citizens in Pasadena aligned against the counties plan to rape, scrape and gut the Hahahmonga watershed need your help.  All efforts to bring reason and preserve the area have fallen on deaf ears. Their “Hail Mary” plan is to resort to litigation and they need our help.  They have a crowd sourced fund raiser going on indiegogo to raise the funds to litigate and bring a stop to the Counties plan.  Please donate today.  They’ve got 9 days left to raise the funds.
  • The begging gets better…enough to entice me at a fast food joint

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Click to embiggen and get the full picture Yes, the ubiquitous tipping jar got bumped a bit with some humor injected by some bored soul at the Philly’s Best in Monrovia.  
  • A Walk in the Woods Premieres at Sierra Madre Playhouse

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    No spoilers. But its a grand performance by all concerned Nancy Youngblut and John Prosky star in Sierra Madre Playhouse’s production of “A Walk in the Woods” Last night was the opening of Sierra Madre Playhouse’s performance of “A Walk in the Woods”.  It opened to a sold out house.  Its an entertaining, often poignant look at the world of diplomatic negotiators during the Reagan Era arms talks and their interchange on what makes us the same and different at the same time.  This play by Lee Blessing is directed by Geoffry Wade. The four scenes take place…
  • Adventures in blogging…care to join us?

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Jozjozjoz and moi at NAIAS I’m telling you, I’ve had the best adventures since I started blogging.  Most are because I used my “media credentials” to kick open doors and invite myself into new experiences.  Others because someone sought me out.  I’ve learned a lot about how this city ticks.  Or doesn’t. An example of just that sort of adventure came about last week for two of us here at blogging.la.  Both Joz and I were invited by manufacturers who sought us out to bring us to Detroit for the NAIAS.  Yes…they hauled these Angeleno’s out of…
  • How Are You Gonna Rock When We Roll?

    Will Campbell
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Last night on the anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake, I watched CalTech Seismologist Lucy Jones tell reporters assembled at a press conference that for most angelenos it was a small one. Ha! How I wish I had been one of most angelenos. But I wasn’t. Not by a long shot. The fires down below: This is a crappy snap I made the morning of January 17, 1994, from a pull out on Mulholland looking down into a San Fernando Valley that was almost entirely filled with smoke and dust. There were two times in my life when I thought my ticket had been punched: that morning 21 years ago holding…
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    L.A. Story

  • 'Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails' Pulls Into Discovery Cube LA

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Will and I meet Sir Topham Hatt at the "Thomas & Friends" exhibit at Discovery Cube Los Angeles.Thomas & Friends are pulling into a new station, as the super kid-friendly exhibit makes its way to Discovery Cube Los Angeles from now through April 26.Whether it's climbing into Thomas' cab, moving trains around various tracks, placing (rubber-foam) coal onto a conveyor belt, kids will have lots of fun interacting with this very hands-on part of the museum.Will and I had the chance to check out "Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails" at the relatively new Discovery Cube LA, and my…
  • Free Admission to LACMA Today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    "I Had a Dream" by Edward Biberman at LACMA (Photo credit: Instagram/lacma -- @danielleroberta)In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art -- aka LACMA -- is offering visitors free admission.As part of its Free Holiday Monday program, sponsored by Target, the museum invites families to come by and check out its exhibits, particularly the newly opened exhibition "Faces of America: LACMA Collects," featuring the above painting of the late MLK Jr. by Edward Biberman.Parents can even get timed tickets for their kiddos to visit the Boone Children's Gallery.
  • Coming Attraction: 'Odd Squad' Saves the World + Twitter Party

    14 Jan 2015 | 10:47 pm
    It's time for Agents Otto and Olive to save the world, and kids are going to love it!On Monday, January 19, be sure to tune in to "Odd Squad" on PBS Kids for a special event from the math-tastic show. "Odd Squad Saves the World" will feature an hour-long episode with four different stories. The special event also kicks off a week of new episodes.Included in the special will be:"Rise of the Hydraclops" -- In order to save the world, Agents Olive and Otto must find a treasure chest that Otto buried.CC, Will and I were able to catch a sneak peek of the episode, and both of them squealed with…
  • Coming Attraction: 'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Premiere on PBS #DowntonPBS

    2 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    While I'm definitely more of a coffee person, I'll be raising a teacup today in anticipation of the "Downton Abbey" season 5 premiere on Masterpiece on PBS!We left season 4 with Carson and Mrs. Hughes looking out into that great ocean while *gasp* holding hands! And which man will Lady Mary choose?And where exactly does George Clooney fit into this season?We'll find out on Sunday, January 4 (9 p.m. PT), when season 5 kicks off. It's been way too long!If you need a quick refresher on last season, head over to PBS to "binge watch" before the premiere.Enjoy!Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Lady…
  • Happy 2015!

    1 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Ian took this great pic of CC, and his mom added the New Year's message! Have a good one!Happy 2015!Hope you had a wonderful night last night. Did you watch fireworks? The ball drop?We've been cozying up at home, because we're all a little under the weather after a trip to Las Vegas earlier this week. (More on that later!) So, basically, we've been taking it easy. But, mulled wine has been on the menu!I know how crazy the holidays can get -- I'm still reeling from how busy December was for us -- and that can mean missing out on some cool SoCal activities.Here's a list of fun, family-friendly…
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    LA Snark

  • Tiësto & MOTi’s “Blow Your Mind” (Official Video)

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Watch Tiesto and MOTi's new video, "Blow Your Mind." Continue Reading → The post Tiësto & MOTi’s “Blow Your Mind” (Official Video) appeared first on LA SNARK.
  • Serial Breakfast Thursdays

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    For the past eight weeks, Thursday mornings have been dedicated to listening to the Serial podcast. Most episodes I listen to before I get out of bed, some I’ll listen to while making breakfast and only once have I been able to save… Continue Reading → The post Serial Breakfast Thursdays appeared first on LA SNARK.
  • Making the switch from iPhone to Android

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Two weeks ago, I made the switch from the iPhone 5 to the HTC One M8. I had been hating on my iPhone for a while and I was ready to make the switch, and a fellow Vons shopper with… Continue Reading → The post Making the switch from iPhone to Android appeared first on LA SNARK.
  • Waterloo & City, Callahan’s: Don’t go on me

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    There is no shortage of places to dine out in the LA area, I am aware of that. But the older I get, the more I prefer to go somewhere I know I’ll be comfortable and love the food. Trying… Continue Reading → The post Waterloo & City, Callahan’s: Don’t go on me appeared first on LA SNARK.
  • Play your own entrance music with Spotify Connect

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    Years ago, when my brothers and I were the only members of the BWA (Basement Wrestling Association), we would each take turns “coming down the aisle” to our favorite songs of the day. We’d take turns loading our cassettes into… Continue Reading → The post Play your own entrance music with Spotify Connect appeared first on LA SNARK.
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    Slapped By Life


    Ron Burch
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    You can pick it up here:Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Thumbnail-Flash-Fiction-Magazine/dp/1941462103CreateSpace - https://www.createspace.com/5255416Cobalt - http://www.cobaltreview.com/product/thumbnail-6-flash-fiction/

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    24 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm

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    Ron Burch
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Naughty or nice? PlayGround-LA continues its third season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on December 8 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… THE HOLIDAY PARTY! Los Angeles-based playwrights in the inaugural PlayGround-LA Writers Pool had four-and-a-half days to write and submit scripts inspired by the topic. The six finalists (see below) will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings at 8pm on December 8.This month's selected plays/playwrights are --Santa the Clause by Ron Burch, directed by Sylvia…
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    LA Jewish LawyerLA Jewish Lawyer

  • Gay Marriage – Is the Court Ahead or, Behind of Society?

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    La Jewish LawyerOne of the most controversial issues has been taken up by the United States. The issue is gay marriage. The court will decide this term if “gay marriage” is to be recognized nationally or not. The parameters of this struggle are seen in the need for certainty of marriage in all states versus the religious right and their interpretation of the Bible (marriage is between a man and a woman). Gay Marriage Yes or no?                       This country has many sharp divides. Among these divides is this issue. What…
  • Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    La Jewish LawyerWe are all familiar with the old saying “Justice delayed, is justice denied”. Litigation in the State of California continues to increase. Costs of litigation are also increasing. To start a lawsuit costs $435 in the State of California, County of Los Angeles for an “unlimited” civil case (seeking damages in excess of $25,000). Once the lawsuit is filed, it must be served by a disinterested person which is another cost which varies on who does it. The reason for this requirement is to eliminate parties allegedly serving documents on other parties and…
  • 5 Things YOU Need to Know Before 2015

    29 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    La Jewish LawyerHealth Insurance, Nudity, Driver’s Licenses and More…                   1. Get Health Insurance! Many people remember the rush to get health insurance at the end of 2013 and into 2014 and the problems in using the new website.  Unfortunately, this past year the news did not feel it was necessary to remind people that they still must have health insurance in 2015.  The Open Enrollment Deadline for Covered California ended on December 15, 2014, but that does not mean that there is not still time for a person to get health…
  • Torture Report & Private Contractors

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    La Jewish LawyerThe Senate Intelligence committee released its highly anticipated report about the Bush Administration’s “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” today.  The report was five years in the making and made a lot of claims, such as claiming that the techniques did constitute torture.  In addition, the report delineated a number of facts, like several purported foiled attacks were false, but the one thing that struck me most was the use of private contractors, psychologists who helped design and promote the program. The Senate Intelligence report clarified the role of a pair of…
  • DUI Basics

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    La Jewish LawyerWith the holiday season upon us, increased vigilance by the police looking fro drunk drivers comes to the forefront. Drivers that are intoxicated at the holidays pose increasing numbers risk to all motorists. California Vehicle code Section 23152(a)(b) is the basis for prosecution of  drunk drivers. These two sub sections deal with operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and for operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol reading of .08 or higher. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a “wobbler” in the State of California. What this means is…
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