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News, The Informer Santa Monica Bans E-Cigarettes For Outdoor Diners

Santa Monica Bans E-Cigarettes For Outdoor Diners

Santa Monica, once a bastion of liberal freedoms, has formally banned e-cigarette use in outdoor dining areas, in parks, at beaches, around libraries, and at the city's famed pier. Santa Monica even banned vaping near ATMs, at bus stops, and "within 20 feet of the entrance, exit or open window...…
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News, The Informer Daniele Watts Hit With Lewd Conduct Charge

Daniele Watts Hit With Lewd Conduct Charge

Something tells us that if actress Daniele Watts would have kept quiet and walked away after she was contacted by police for allegedly having sex with her boyfriend in a Mercedes parked at an L.A. curb last month all this would have gone away. But Watts, know for her work...…
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News, The Informer Here Are California's Most Sexually Active Cities

Here Are California's Most Sexually Active Cities

Despite the fact that San Diego has for decades been California's second-largest city, it's number-one L.A. and third-place San Francisco that have been the West Coast's most-bitter rivals. See also: Here Are L.A.'s Top 5 Promiscuous Neighborhoods The Bay Area might have the Giants, the 49ers, and a red-hot tech scene...…
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News, The Informer Porn Gets Back to Business After HIV Scare

Porn Gets Back to Business After HIV Scare

The L.A.-based porn industry was ordered back to work this week after about a five-day production shut-down prompted by a report of HIV that was possibly contracted on-set. The question of whether or not HIV was actually contracted has not been answered by adult video trade group Free Speech Coalition...…
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News, The Informer L.A. Moves to Ban Pay-to-Park Apps

L.A. Moves to Ban Pay-to-Park Apps

The cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills are all moving forward with proposals to ban parking apps that allow you to sell your public-street spot to the highest bidder. As far as we know, there's only one app that does that: MonkeyParking, which was already told to...…
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News, The Informer Cal State Student's Disappearance Is Now a Capital Murder Case

Cal State Student's Disappearance Is Now a Capital Murder Case

A Long Beach man today faced capital murder in the death of missing Cal State Northridge student Abdullah Alkadi. Victim and perp met on social media after Alkadi posted a car-for-sale ad, prosecutors said. The L.A. County District Attorney's office said today that Alkadi was carjacked, robbed and killed. Those first...…
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News, The Informer The Deadline to Register to Vote Is Today

The Deadline to Register to Vote Is Today

Yes, there's an election next month. So called mid-term elections (two years before or after presidential elections) are notorious for their low turnout. But if you don't vote, you can't complain about the clowns elected by the people who do. Jobs up for your approval in Los Angeles county include...…
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News, The Informer "Fatal Attraction" Date Ends Up in Guy's Chimney, He Says (PHOTOS)

"Fatal Attraction" Date Ends Up in Guy's Chimney, He Says (PHOTOS)

The resident of a Southern California home called it a case of "fatal attraction." He told reporters that a woman he briefly dated recently had become obsessed with him and was even once caught prowling on his roof. This time around, the Thousand Oaks resident said, the woman he met...…
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News, The Informer California Voter Guide for Nov. 4, 2014: L.A. Weekly

California Voter Guide for Nov. 4, 2014: L.A. Weekly

Want to meet new people worth having over for poker or with whom to swap your second-hand novels? Try your voting precinct's active voters — also known as neighbors. There are about 1,000 of you per precinct, and it's always interesting to see who's out and about from your enclave...…
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News, The Informer 1 in 4 Californians Is Straight-Up Poor, Feds Say

1 in 4 Californians Is Straight-Up Poor, Feds Say

We recently told you that California is America's "richest state," which is true. Now we're telling you that, for the third year in a row, California has been named as America's poorest state. That's also true. See also: California Is America's Richest State How can both statements be accurate? Well, unfortunately,...…
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News, The Informer DUI Checkpoints Come to Hollywood, Echo Park This Weekend

DUI Checkpoints Come to Hollywood, Echo Park This Weekend

Fall DUI checkpoints have returned to Los Angeles with a vengeance. With Halloween approaching, don't get spooked by that black-and-white in your rear-view. You better drive sober, or not at all, the Los Angeles Police Department warns. To that end, the LAPD wants you to know that its officers will...…
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News, The Informer LAPD Moves to Fire Frank Lyga Following Racially Charged Remarks

LAPD Moves to Fire Frank Lyga Following Racially Charged Remarks

Controversial Los Angeles Police Department Det. Frank Lyga, whose racially charged comments to a police training class prompted his bosses to send him home with pay, was recommended for termination by the LAPD's Board of Rights this week, a police official said. The ball is now in the court of...…
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News, The Informer SoCal College Ebola Scare Looks Like a Dud

SoCal College Ebola Scare Looks Like a Dud

An Ebola scare at Southwestern College in San Diego county might be a dud. The Chula Vista school's spokeswoman told us this morning that much of the media speculation on the situation has been false: The student was not on a flight with the second Dallas nurse who contracted the...…
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News, The Informer L.A.'s Craptastic Traffic Cost You $5,700 Last Year

L.A.'s Craptastic Traffic Cost You $5,700 Last Year

Boy, Los Angeles, you must really love your cars. You pay dearly to drive them. Some have claimed that car culture is dead because the new generation likes smartphones better. New numbers released by traffic information provider Inrix suggest there are plenty of wheels still clogging our roads. See also: You're...…
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News, The Informer Porn Production Halted as a Report of On-Set HIV Is Investigated

Porn Production Halted as a Report of On-Set HIV Is Investigated

While the world frets over Ebola, the porn business continues to confront the scourge of STDs. The industry trade group known as the Free Speech Coalition yesterday called for a three-day production shut down after learning from a public health official that a performer possibly contracted HIV on-set. The Canoga...…
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News, The Informer Sorry Uber, Owning a Car in L.A. Is Still Cheaper

Sorry Uber, Owning a Car in L.A. Is Still Cheaper

Have you ever fantasized about ditching your car forever and just using Uber, Lyft or another ride-share service for your point-A-to-point-B needs? It's tempting. In an era when cars have become appliances (hello, Prius), a DUI case will cost you more than $15,000, and L.A. traffic remains the worst in...…
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News, The Informer Google Glass Addiction Is Now a Thing, Says SoCal Researcher

Google Glass Addiction Is Now a Thing, Says SoCal Researcher

The 1995 movie Strange Days was about the distant, high-tech future that would bring amazing and dark technology to our world in ... the year 2000. Yeah. If you can get past that part, the film could be seen as fairly prescient.  The main character (played by Ralph Fiennes) is a...…
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News, The Informer Everything You Need to Know About Ignoring Red-Light Camera Tickets

Everything You Need to Know About Ignoring Red-Light Camera Tickets

We still get questions almost daily about our coverage of L.A.'s red-light camera tickets — mainly, how you can essentially ignore them with little consequence. So, cutting right to the chase: You can still ignore them with little consequence, experts say. And, no, a recent California Supreme Court red-light camera...…
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News, The Informer L.A. Is One of America's Top Trick-or-Treat Towns

L.A. Is One of America's Top Trick-or-Treat Towns

Los Angeles is a spooky place. Sure, we don't have creepy clowns roaming random streets. But our rents are frightening. The condition of our roads is terrifying. And just dreaming of buying a house here will give you the shivers. The horror. See also: Creepy Clown Sightings Freak Out Bakersfield The...…
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News, The Informer L.A. Households Spend Top Dollar to Live Here

L.A. Households Spend Top Dollar to Live Here

This will come as absolutely no surprise. Angelenos pay top dollar to live in this here fair city. But we're not talking about the cash you spend on foodie pop-up restaurants, Uber surge pricing or parking near your favorite downtown mixologist.  See also: It's Official: L.A. Is the "Most Unaffordable Rental...…
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