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News, The Informer 1 Dead, 7-Plus Injured in Venice Beach Lightning Strikes

1 Dead, 7-Plus Injured in Venice Beach Lightning Strikes

A man in his 20s died after he was struck by lightning on the beach in Venice today, an L.A. County Department of Coroner's official said. The exact cause of death had yet to be determined, coroner's Capt. John Kades told us. The man was one of eight people hospitalized...…
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News, The Informer Possible Tagger Shuts Down L.A. Freeway at Rush Hour

Possible Tagger Shuts Down L.A. Freeway at Rush Hour

A man who might be a tagger and whom authorities are treating as suicidal prompted the California Highway Patrol to shut down both sides of California's main freeway at rush hour in East Los Angeles today, officials said. An L.A. County Sheriff's Department sergeant told us the man, seen perched...…
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News, The Informer LAX Area Streets Could Be a Parking Lot This Weekend

LAX Area Streets Could Be a Parking Lot This Weekend

In the heart of summer travel season, the folks at Metro have decided to shut down the main artery to LAX, where 200,000 passengers a day were expected this weekend. At least they warned us.  Century Boulevard at Aviation is scheduled to be closed for 57 hours starting at 9...…
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News, The Informer DUI Crackdown Hits the Grove Area and USC's Neighborhood

DUI Crackdown Hits the Grove Area and USC's Neighborhood

It will be one of the warmest weekends so far this year.  And the heat will be on the streets, too. Yes, it's time once again for our DUI checkpoint and patrol cheat sheet, in which the Los Angeles Police Department and other agencies warn you about where they'll be...…
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News, The Informer Jeffrey Joseph, Convicted Pot Shop Owner, Missing in Marijuana Country

Jeffrey Joseph, Convicted Pot Shop Owner, Missing in Marijuana Country

An L.A. man on probation for running a rogue pot shop in Venice has gone missing in Northern California's marijuana country, his family says. The last known whereabouts of 45-year-old Jeffrey Keith Joseph was the Hoopa, California area of Humboldt County — the location of a cellphone tower that "pinged" a call he made...…
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News, The Informer USC Grad Student Found Dead, Might Have Been Assaulted

USC Grad Student Found Dead, Might Have Been Assaulted

A 24-year-old USC graduate student was found dead in an apartment near campus this morning, police said. An LAPD statement says the young man "may have been the victim of an assault." The discovery in the 1200 block of 30th Street was reported to the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest...…
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News, The Informer L.A.'s 5 Most Expensive Rental Neighborhoods Are on the Westside

L.A.'s 5 Most Expensive Rental Neighborhoods Are on the Westside

L.A. is in the midst of a housing crisis, including impossible real estate prices and some of the highest rents in America. And, according to the online rental marketplace Lovely, it's not getting much better: Rent increased six percent compared to last year, the site says. The good news is that the...…
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News, The Informer L.A. City Hall Gets Behind Hit-&-Run Amber Alerts

L.A. City Hall Gets Behind Hit-&-Run Amber Alerts

L.A.-based Assemblyman Mike Gatto's proposal to create an Amber Alert-like system of freeway sign messages for serious hit-and-run collisions across California is getting the support of L.A. city leaders. Councilman Mitch Englander and brass from the Los Angeles Police Department stood with Gatto outside City Hall yesterday to trumpet the...…
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News, The Informer Here Is Where Violent Crime Is Surging in L.A.

Here Is Where Violent Crime Is Surging in L.A.

Earlier this month Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck announced that violent crime had increased in the first half of 2014. The city saw a 2.8 percent bump compared the same period last year. But while the increase was small, it was the first time the city had seen...…
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News, The Informer Former Councilman Alarcon Convicted of Lying About Where He Lives

Former Councilman Alarcon Convicted of Lying About Where He Lives

We really don't ask much of our City Hall leaders. Some have been drug abusers. Others philanderers. One small hoop they must jump through, however, is that they must live in the place they represent. That, apparently, was too heavy a requirement for former city Councilman Richard Alarcon, who today...…
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News, The Informer The Best Warm Weather Places in America Are Right at Home

The Best Warm Weather Places in America Are Right at Home

This news is not going to knock anyone off their seat. But, yeah, L.A. County is home to the best warm weather places in the nation. At least that's the conclusion of personal finance site WalletHub, which this week named Glendale, Pasadena and Burbank as "cities with the best ... year-round...…
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News, The Informer Nearly 1 in 3 UCLA Fall Freshmen Could Be Non-Californians

Nearly 1 in 3 UCLA Fall Freshmen Could Be Non-Californians

You pay your taxes. But California's higher education system, reduced in some respects from the best in the world to yet another series of institutions that benefits the rich, has seen the cost of going to college triple in the span of a decade at some campuses. See also: UC Tuition...…
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News, The Informer L.A. Teens Fast For Central American Immigrants

L.A. Teens Fast For Central American Immigrants

When you were a teenager you hung out at the mall, made mixtapes and ate McNuggets. These here L.A. kids are going without food this week to support the children coming to the United States illegally from Central America. The young people "will be drinking water only" through Friday, a...…
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News, The Informer So Far, 2014 Is the Hottest Year Ever Recorded in California

So Far, 2014 Is the Hottest Year Ever Recorded in California

With the first six months of 2014 behind us, federal weather experts crunched the numbers and concluded that it was the hottest first half of any year ever recorded in California. Not only that but the 2-season average rainfall for downtown Los Angeles was the driest ever, said Stuart Seto,...…
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News, The Informer Veteran Visited by CHP After Tweeting That a Controversial Cop Should be "Executed"

Veteran Visited by CHP After Tweeting That a Controversial Cop Should be "Executed"

A U.S. Army veteran says he was visited by a California Highway Patrol threat assessment investigator after he tweeted that a CHP officer caught on video pummeling a homeless woman in Mid-City "deserves to be executed." See also: CHP Officer's Videotaped Beating of Woman Sparks Calls For Federal Investigation The vet,...…
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News, The Informer The Old Cocaine-in-the-Surfboard Trick Didn't Work for One Smuggler

The Old Cocaine-in-the-Surfboard Trick Didn't Work for One Smuggler

It sounds, on the surface, like a genius way to get large quantities of cocaine to your desired destination: Stuff the drugs inside a surfboard. Most surfboards are comprised of a powdery white polyurethane foam core that's sealed in fiberglass and resin. One could, theoretically, replace some of that foam with Bolivian marching powder...…
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News, The Informer EDC Vegas Raver Anthony Anaya Died of Ecstasy, Cocaine, Alcohol

EDC Vegas Raver Anthony Anaya Died of Ecstasy, Cocaine, Alcohol

A young man who attended Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas last month died because he consumed ecstasy, cocaine and alcohol, the Clark County Coroner's office told us today. Anthony Anaya, a 25-year-old from Everett, Washington, died June 21 at the Vdara Las Vegas resort on the city's famed strip...…
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News, The Informer Innovative Condom Is Crowdfunding Its Way Into Your Bedroom

Innovative Condom Is Crowdfunding Its Way Into Your Bedroom

An innovative condom that only covers the tip of the penis is one step closer to reality. We last told you about local inventor Charles Powell's Galactic Cap in May, when he was using Indiegogo to try to raise $100,000. That cash would be used to launch clinical trials and start the U.S. Food and...…
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News, The Informer SoCal Cop Says She Was "Hoping" to "Run Over Some" Bicyclists (VIDEO)

SoCal Cop Says She Was "Hoping" to "Run Over Some" Bicyclists (VIDEO)

A Southern California volunteer reserve police officer resigned over the weekend after video (on the next page) of her saying she'd like to "run over some" bicyclists went viral. Santa Paula police Chief Steven McLean said in a statement that "I have accepted the resignation of Volunteer Reserve Officer Laura...…
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News, The Informer Cops Allegedly Beat Mentally Ill Man in Compton Park Bathroom

Cops Allegedly Beat Mentally Ill Man in Compton Park Bathroom

How bad to have to be beaten for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department to look at your injuries and say, Hmm, this deserves an internal investigation? Must have been bad, because over the weekend the department said the man's condition inspired a higher level of inquiry. And it admitted that...…
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