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Monday, November 30, 2009

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We've heard of families that do everything together, but this is ridiculous. Los Angeles police report that a couple took a 6- and 4-year-old along for an alleged, early morning robbery spree in the San Fernando Valley Monday.

The suspects hit a Rite Aid at 13333 Riverside Drive in Sherman Oaks at 2:45 a.m. and a CVS Pharmacy at 17320 Ventura Blvd.at 3:00 a.m. before making a fatal error and targeting the International House of Pancakes at 15635 Ventura Blvd. in Encino a few minutes later. Police say a pair of California Highway Patrol officers had just walked in the door when an employee pointed out the male suspect and said he had a gun.

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Medical marijuana dispensaries and collectives in the city of Los Angeles must grow their own pot, according to the latest version of an ordinance that will be considered soon by the City Council.

But an earlier proposal to limit pot shops to five pounds of marijuana on-hand at any particular time was shelved, according to a report by City News Service. "Because the Compassionate Use Act did not set a limit on how much you could or couldn't have, I think our view is that to limit the amount would be a violation of the law,'' special assistant City Attorney David Berger said.

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  • Aerialists of the 'Hunky Santa' show.
After a performer fell nearly two stories over the holiday break during a performance at the Beverly Center mall, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health stepped in late Monday to announce it is investigating the show's organizer.

The 20-foot fall happened Saturday during a performance of "Hunky Santa and the Candy Cane Girls" a display of acrobatic, aerialist moves by fit men and women dressed in Christmas-themed costumes. The 26-year-old performer broke a wrist and pelvis after slipping from an aerial perch and taking a dive to the ground floor as shoppers watched in horror.

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A vigil for Lily Burk, who was allegedly killed by a parolee. - TED SOQUI
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  • A vigil for Lily Burk, who was allegedly killed by a parolee.
Crime is down, particularly in Los Angeles, but if you wore a badge, you wouldn't be breathing easy right now. In a strange paradox, attacks on officers are up across the nation. The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, noted on Monday that "66 officers died in the line of duty between January 1 and June 30, 2009, compared with 55 deaths during the first six months of 2008."

It's a bad omen. The union took the weekend slayings of four officers in the Tacoma area to highlight the brazen disrespect that officers often confront. The Lakewood, Wash. cops, three men and a woman, were doing paperwork via laptop, preparing for their morning start to their shifts, when they were confronted by a suspect who opened fire, killing them all Sunday around 8 a.m.

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The male body discovered near the corner of Pico Boulevard and Orchard Avenue in the Westlake area on November 25 has been identified as 49-year-old Humberto Rodriguez. Police officers found Rodriguez's body around 6:40 a.m.

Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. The motive for the killing is still not known and the suspect remains at large. Anyone with information should contact Olympic Homicide Division at 213 382 9470

It was a big year for unemployment, foreclosures, stimulus packages, bailouts and ... the internet. After all, those without jobs, full-time freelancers and the under-employed would be bored to death if it weren't for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Now we're asking you to use that hard-earned online expertise and let us know what your favorite local sites are.

LAWeekly.com is hosting the LA Web Awards 2009 and we need you to nominate the best L.A. sites through Dec. 31. Celebrity and expert judges, including Attack of the Show's Kevin Pereira, Nerdist's Chris Hardwick, Digg's Aubrey Sabala, Web personality iJustine and more, will come up with the winners, to be announced at a major shindig in January that we'll tell you about later.

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The big question on a lot of people's minds following Tiger Woods' bizarre accident over the holiday weekend was whether the golf legend would attend the annual tournament he hosts this week in Thousand Oaks. The answer came Monday in the form of a resounding 'no.'

"I am extremely disappointed that I will not be at my tournament this week," Woods said via his website. "I am certain it will be an outstanding event and I'm very sorry that I can't be there." El Tigre cited those injuries he sustained when his Cadillac Escalade sheered a fire hydrant and hit a neighbor's tree in Florida shortly before 2:30 a.m. Friday.

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Three middle school boys were arrested in connection with the "kick a ginger day" attacks on redheaded students at their campus in Calabasas, authorities said today.

The suspects include two 12-year-olds and one 13-year-old. The older boy was arrested on suspicion of cyber-bullying -- ostensibly connected to a Facebook posting promoting the anti-gingite attack. The two 12-year-olds were booked on suspicion of "battery on school property," according to Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.

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Screenwriter Roger Avary, who co-wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Pulp Fiction, was back in prison this weekend after enjoying some freedom via a work-furlough program.

Avary, who had been in trouble with the law over a 2008 drunk-driving crash that killed a passenger, had been tweeting about his work-furlough stint last month, a fact revealed by the Los Angeles Times recently. The 44-year-old made his tweets private after the story, but not before he got in some kind of hot water that put him behind bars.

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Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner, who made international headlines in 2007 when he announced he was transsexual and would be living as a woman, died over the weekend. The Times reports that he likely committed suicide, although an official cause of death has yet to be released.

Two years ago Penner began using the byline Christine Daniels. Over the years he covered the Angels, the Olympics and soccer. He also had a column. He returned to his Mike Penner byline a little more than a year ago.

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