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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weather

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

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Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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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 two-season average rainfall for downtown Los Angeles was the driest ever, said Stuart Seto, weather specialist at the National Weather Service. A rainfall season goes from July 1 to June 30.

The National Climatic Data Center says that our January through June in California was the "warmest to date" and that ...

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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, Andrew Mahoney, says he lives at the Veterans Affairs compound in West Los Angeles because he's being treated there for alcoholism.

The 43-year-old said he was exercising his freedom of speech and described the CHP's questioning as "overreach." Here's the tweet in question:

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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 and maybe get away with it, though we're certainly not encouraging anyone to try it.

One guy attempted the old cocaine-in-the-surfboard trick at LAX this year, and feds announced this week that he was just sentenced to 5 years behind bars:

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Monday, July 21, 2014

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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.

See also: EDC Vegas Raver Montgomery Tsang Died From an Ecstasy Overdose

A coroner's official told us that, after toxicology results were revealed to investigators, the exact cause was determined to be ...

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GALACTIC CAP
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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 Drug Administration approval process, Powell told us.

See also: Could This Condom Save the Porn Industry?

Well, he recently reached out to L.A. Weekly to share some good news:

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You're so smart, you know how to avoid L.A.'s urban booby traps and tap its big-heartedness. You're so good, you share this wisdom with friends and family. Special knowledge like that godsend, the easy-peasy shortcut between the Westside and DTLA — Slauson Boulevard. And the fact that Sprouts has "double ad" prices on Wednesdays.

But here's the thing. If you've got some decent survive-and-thrive tricks in your quiver but you're still fairly clueless, how would you even know that? Isn't this the very definition of "clueless"? Here, then, are key rules for negotiating life in L.A., a city you're pretty sure you know — but oughtta know better:

10. Avoid the Arrival Level at LAX
Never ask your ride to meet you on the “arrival level” at LAX, which is for saps, New Yorkers and pickpockets. Direct your ride to pick you up on the usually less-congested “departure level” and escape a serious slice of hell. It's perfectly legal. As far as we know. 

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A Southern California volunteer reserve police officer resigned over the weekend after video (below) 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 Weintraub." He called her departure "the right thing for everyone involved."

Weintraub's video, part of an ongoing series she calls "Cup Holder Commentary," is clearly meant to be funny ... but it's not:

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How bad do you 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 at least one deputy might have opened fire in the confrontation with 29-year-old Barry John Montgomery, who's 5 feet, 6 inches, 120 pounds.

Montgomery's sister told NBC Los Angeles that he is a paranoid schizophrenic who doesn't always respond immediately to strangers:

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Marijuana

Explosion Leads to Fire, Then to Marijuana, in Downtown L.A.

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Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM
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Sounds of an explosion at an old downtown warehouse prompted calls to the Los Angeles Fire Department last night.

And when firefighters arrived they found flames raging on the third floor of the structure, said LAFD spokesman Erik Scott told us.

But the real find came during the firefight, he said:

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A man killed his accomplice in an apparent accidental shooting during a botched robbery in El Sereno this morning, police said.

The shooter was arrested and his accomplice was dead at the scene when cops arrived to a market at Alhambra and Hollister avenues shortly after 11:15, Los Angeles police Officer Nuria Venegas told us.

The alleged robbers scuffled with an owner or employee at the market, and one who had a rifle fell, possibly causing the weapon to go off, she indicated:

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