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News, The Informer Magnets vs. Charters: Meet the Woman Helping You Choose the Right LAUSD School

Magnets vs. Charters: Meet the Woman Helping You Choose the Right LAUSD School

It’s that day of the year again – out come the shiny new sneakers, brightly colored backpacks, and paper-bag lunches. Today, more than 640,000 kids from kindergarten through grade 12 return to school as the LAUSD opens its doors for the first day of instruction. With nearly 900 public schools...…
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News, The Informer Car Dwelling in L.A. Has Become an Epidemic, to the Dismay of Many Homeowners

Car Dwelling in L.A. Has Become an Epidemic, to the Dismay of Many Homeowners

Every year, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the largest local organization addressing homelessness, tries to count the number of people without housing in Los Angeles County. The organization's more than 4,000 volunteers manually tally every person they can find on the streets. This year, for the first time,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle BUSted! A Storytelling Show For People Who Don't Drive

BUSted! A Storytelling Show For People Who Don't Drive

“This one starts like all good bus stories – when you gotta leave two hours before wherever the fuck you gotta go in L.A.” The audience, seated around the back patio of Stories Books and Café in Echo Park on Saturday, chuckled knowingly. They were gathered for this month’s edition...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Further Proof That Kings of Leon Are Jerks

Further Proof That Kings of Leon Are Jerks

On August 24, 2009, interns working for NBC’s Tonight Show (then hosted by Conan O’Brien) were surprised when musical guests Kings of Leon insisted on a closed rehearsal. Normally, employees and interns could watch artists sound-check during their lunch break, but Kings of Leon shut them out. It seemed an...…
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News, The Informer Could a City-Wide $15 Minimum Wage Be Coming to L.A.?

Could a City-Wide $15 Minimum Wage Be Coming to L.A.?

You may have heard that Seattle passed a citywide $15 minimum wage last month, highest of any city in the U.S. You could even feel a little jealous of our northern neighbors, given how expensive rent is in Los Angeles. Well, brace yourself, because the "fight for fifteen" has arrived in L.A., with...…
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News, The Informer Bicycling Can Be Deadlier in L.A. Than in Mumbai, Shanghai and Other Heavy-Traffic Cities (VIDEO)

Bicycling Can Be Deadlier in L.A. Than in Mumbai, Shanghai and Other Heavy-Traffic Cities (VIDEO)

At first, riding a bicycle through Mumbai seemed like a death wish. I saw lines of cars, scooters, rickshaws, horses, oxen, and even human-pulled carts lurch into intersections before the light turned green. I hesitated at the crosswalk, holding up traffic and setting off honking from behind. I was petrified...…
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News, Features Everybody Got Naked With Charlie "Bird" Parker at the Wildest Party in L.A. History

Everybody Got Naked With Charlie "Bird" Parker at the Wildest Party in L.A. History

Charlie "Bird" Parker has been called the greatest saxophonist who ever lived, a jazz legend who not only spearheaded the bebop movement but also laid the foundations of modern jazz. He was also a party animal. In 1952, Los Angeles would play host to one of Parker's wildest exploits. The...…
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News, The Informer Illegal Fireworks Crackdown in L.A. Has Chinatown Rattled

Illegal Fireworks Crackdown in L.A. Has Chinatown Rattled

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Friday a crackdown on the sale of fireworks across the city. Since June 20, his office, in conjunction with the Fire Department, Port Police, and Department of Street Services, has filed four criminal cases against shop owners in Chinatown and the Toy District, confiscating 1,000...…
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News, The Informer Why Don't White People in L.A. Take the Bus?

Why Don't White People in L.A. Take the Bus?

You know that it's a bit uncommon for white people to take the bus in L.A. when a "how to" guide is published. In 10 Things to Know About Taking a Bus in Los Angeles, Liz Shannon Miller depicts a ride on the Los Angeles Metro bus system as an...…
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News, The Informer Clayton Kershaw's 5 Best Performances (VIDEO)

Clayton Kershaw's 5 Best Performances (VIDEO)

Post by Los Angeles Dodgers. (Videos by Los Angeles Dodgers. Check out Kershaw, above, slicing through the Rockies' lineup) In January, the Dodgers raised eyebrows by awarding star pitcher Clayton Kershaw the highest average annual salary in MLB History. Statistical gurus figured that the seven-year, $215 million contract pays the...…
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News, The Informer #BringBackOurGirls Brought Ramaa Mosley Death Threats. Now She's Telling Her Story

#BringBackOurGirls Brought Ramaa Mosley Death Threats. Now She's Telling Her Story

Ramaa Mosley didn't know how bad things were until she received an anonymous phone call at her home. "I'm not sure if you've seen Twitter," the caller said, "but you've got a real situation on your hands. This is going to be going to be KONY 2012 all over again,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Far From Silicon Valley, a Tech Journalist's Podcast Brings in $11,000 a Month

Far From Silicon Valley, a Tech Journalist's Podcast Brings in $11,000 a Month

In December 2013, tech reporter Tom Merritt moved from San Rafael to L.A. for his wife's new job at YouTube, and was summarily fired from popular Bay Area website TWiT.tv, where he'd been a news anchor for the show Tech News Today. It came as a shock; Merritt had made...…
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News, The Informer Yes, George Will, She Is a Rape Victim. But That Is Not a Privilege

Yes, George Will, She Is a Rape Victim. But That Is Not a Privilege

After Savannah Badalich was raped in her sophomore year at UCLA, an experience she wrote about for both her campus newspaper and the Huffington Post, she's become the face of sexual assault victims at her school. She's received rape threats in the comment section of articles she's posted online. An anonymous...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Meet Stanly, The Hip-Hop Godfather of China

Meet Stanly, The Hip-Hop Godfather of China

Not long ago, I found myself in Western China, and met some dancers who talked with great reverence about a man named Stanly. They made him sound like a legendary figure; the "godfather" of Chinese hip-hop, some called him. "You don't go to Shanghai without seeing Stanly," said Pracat, a breakdancer...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Tragic Death of Local Musician Ryder Buck, and His Uplifting Story

The Tragic Death of Local Musician Ryder Buck, and His Uplifting Story

Ryder Buck was an up and coming L.A. singer-songwriter. His band, Ryder Buck and the Breakers, were regulars at Patrick's Roadhouse in Malibu and the Pig and Whistle in Hollywood. His acoustic renditions and reggae originals even gained a following in Mexico. At 23 years old, the young musician was getting...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Which Has a Better Music Scene: UCLA or USC?

Which Has a Better Music Scene: UCLA or USC?

The rivalry between USC and UCLA is long and storied. Do you bleed cardinal and gold, or blue and gold? This question is usually most heated on the football field. But we wondered: Which university has the better music scene? To duke it out we brought in two of our...…
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Music, Ethan Gold's Art and Tragedy

Ethan Gold's Art and Tragedy

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Music, West Coast Sound When I Said You Should Tip the Sound Guy $20, You Called Me a Fuckwit

When I Said You Should Tip the Sound Guy $20, You Called Me a Fuckwit

Wow, everyone loved my piece about how bands should tip the sound guy $20 if they don't want to sound like shit! I am humbled by the universal praise it's received. Just kidding; out of its 100+ comments, only three or four came to my defense, and seemingly only a...…
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Music, West Coast Sound If Your Band Wants to Sound Good You Must Give the Sound Guy $20. No, Seriously

If Your Band Wants to Sound Good You Must Give the Sound Guy $20. No, Seriously

See also: When I Said You Should Tip The Sound Guy $20, You Called Me A Fuckwit Hey bands, ever wonder why you sound so bad when you're performing? Sure, it might be because you stink, but more likely there's something else at play: You forgot to tip the sound...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Best Los Angeles Concerts of 2011

The Best Los Angeles Concerts of 2011

5. Bon Iver Shrine Auditorium, September 19th In 2009, Justin Vernon and his band, Bon Iver, received glowing reviews for their beautiful performance at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, playing at dawn as the first rays of sunlight reached across the L.A. skyline. So when the band finally returned to play the...…
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