Wow, Los Angeles Times digger Phil Willon got hammered coming and going in his effort to expose the scandal in which Antonio Villaraigosa has failed to report what could amount to tens of thousands of dollars in freebies so he could attend sport, concert and awards events.
First, the inimitable John Schwada at Channel 11 scooped the Times with his embarrassing report about Villaraigosa's bizarre reasoning that he's above the rules in accepting free tickets. Second, the Times rushed its story into the Saturday, May 29, holiday weekend edition -- a paper seen by so few people that politicians often choose this date to release ugly info about themselves.
Third, Willon's story was ruined by one of the most inept headlines ever, and his lead was deeply, deeply buried by an inept editor:
A man who was found shot to death in an alley in South Los Angeles May 30 has been identified as 20-year-old Claudio Johnson.
Johnson was discovered by Los Angeles Police Department officers around 7 am in the 5900 block of South Figueroa Street. Johnson was lying in an alleyway behind his house and had been shot. The Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to the scene and pronounced Johnson dead.
A 21-year-old man who was shot in the head during a home-invasion robbery in Panorama City has been identified as Diego Frausto.
The shooting occurred at 9:38 p.m. May 26 in the 8900 block of Greenbush Avenue.
Does Los Angeles County own you a piece of $45 million? You could easily be one of the 25,200 people the county can't "find" who got screwed shortly after the last California housing bubble collapse in 1991. If you don't know the squirmingly familiar lessons from that disaster, read "Unreal Estate" published in 1993 in the now-defunct L.A. Times Sunday magazine.
If you owned a home or condo in 1993, don't get screwed again. In the early 1990s, L.A. County royally messed up its refunds to people whose homes had tanked in value, who overpaid their property taxes as a result, and who were owed a refund. L.A. County owes thousands of people an average of $641 -- but some big property owners like big corporations are owed far more, and some little owners are owed only a couple of dollars.
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However, as slow as the investigation has been into her early April death in Cancun, the process of bringing charges against a suspect seems to be just as deliberate in Mexico: A judge will weigh the prosecutors' case before officially bringing possible charges against Bruce Beresford-Redman, if that happens at all.
At least 400 bicyclists (organizers say it was 600 to 1,000) showed up for the ride to a BP station in Beverly Hills to protest the company's role in the Gulf oil spill. It's not clear what precipitated the cop's action on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue, but after the camera man appeared to have yelled, "Wow, wow, wow -- what the f--- was that for," he says he was tackled and detained.
The suspect in the case, stage actor Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 26, was under arrest. The motive, authorities indicated, might have been $2,000 withdrawn from Herr's bank account via ATM. More from OC Weekly.
An ex-con pleaded guilty this afternoon to the murder of Lily Burk, a 17-year-old Los Feliz girl who was kidnapped and later killed inside her car near downtown Los Angeles.Charlie Samuel, 50, avoided the death penalty by pleading to the July 24, 2009 slaying. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Samuel, a transient with a history of crimes, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, kidnapping to commit robbery, second-degree robbery, attempted first-degree ATM robbery, carjacking and kidnapping for carjacking. He also admitted special circumstance allegations of murder during a carjacking, murder during a kidnapping and murder during a robbery.
Judge Alvin Hellerstein said, " ... Whether it's sooner or later, The Associated Press is going to win" the case. Fairey has argued that his use of the photo is covered by the legal "fair use" doctrine and alleges that AP itself has used copyrighted images in the past without permission.