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Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Raves

Government's Rave Lawsuit Against EDC Promoter Dismissed

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Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 4:43 PM

AARON LEMING FOR LA WEEKLY
  • Aaron Leming for LA Weekly
A lawsuit against rave promoters at the L.A. Coliseum and Sports Arena was thrown out by a Superior Court judge, festival organizer Insomniac Events announced today.

The civil suit by the government-controlled Coliseum against the promoters alleged the organizers bilked the venues out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by paying a Coliseum employee for work on the side:

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CAMERON BAY / TWITTER
  • Cameron Bay / Twitter
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (a.k.a. Cal-OSHA) is investigating a July 31 porn shoot in which the patient zero of porn's recent HIV scare, Cameron Bay, allegedly performed without condoms.

See also: Porn Star Cameron Bay's HIV+ Status Confirmed by Additional Tests.

The investigation into kink.com's "Public Disgrace" shoot, apparently part of a series under that title, was confirmed to the Weekly by a Cal-OSHA representative.

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TIMOTHY NORRIS FOR LA WEEKLY
  • Timothy Norris for LA Weekly
Summer's almost over, and we know you want to get your last kicks in.

The LAPD, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and nearly 100 other local police agencies know this. So while you're enjoying the holiday weekend, they'll be working overtime looking to bust drunk drivers.

They've been kind enough to give us some info about where they'll be and, in some cases, exactly when they'll be there. Study this cheat sheet. Print it out. Take it with you:

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  • National Park Service/Irv Nilsen
It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment. And a motorcyclist who happened to be cruising on Mulholland Highway in the Santa Monica Mountains stopped in his tracks to snap this photo.

Kate Kuykendall of the National Park Service told the Weekly that of hundreds of mountain lion "kills" that have been examined over the years in the area, this was a first:

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Marijuana

Marijuana: Obama Administration Backs Off on Pot Enforcement (Again)

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Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 3:22 PM

SUSAN SLADE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR LA WEEKLY
  • Susan Slade Photography for LA Weekly
The federal government will officially stand back when it comes to enforcing its anti-weed laws in states where marijuana is legal.

So says a memo from Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole today. Some in the pro-pot world were cautiously optimistic, noting that the Obama administration has said one thing but done another (particularly in L.A., where feds have cracked down on dispensaries despite promises to not do so):

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East Central University baseball player Chris Lane was laid to rest in Cannberra, Australia yesterday, and today his childhood baseball coach wants to create a little good out of something so tragic.

Already over 33,000 people have supported coach John Edwards' petitioning of Major League Baseball and Little League Baseball to help build an Australian "Chris Lane Memorial Field" in the slain 22-year-old college catcher's honor.

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You only wish traffic will be moving this fast tomorrow. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FLICKR/ MARK LUETHI
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  • You only wish traffic will be moving this fast tomorrow.
This just in: Your commute tomorrow is going to blow.

That's according to the good people at INRIX, who use complicated but oh-so-precise forecasting to explain what's happening on L.A.'s roadways (and, OK, sell their traffic app, too).

See also: Los Angeles Reclaims Title as America's Congestion King

Spokeswoman Chryst'l Sanchez tells the Weekly that INRIX's forecasts show a 39 percent increase over normal weekday traffic in Los Angeles tomorrow, the Friday before Labor Day. All those people trying to skip town, wouldn't you know?

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NANETTE GONZALEZ FOR LA WEEKLY
  • Nanette Gonzalez for LA Weekly
Smoke pot? Don't lie! Look who you're talkin' to. L.A. Weekly. Yes, Cannabis Rules Everything Around Me.

Anyway, if you do partake of the wacky tobacky, consider yourself in good company. Weed is the most popular illicit drug on the planet. So says a new study published this week. According to the researchers ...

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@HOMEGROWNVIDEO / TWITTER
  • @homegrownvideo / Twitter
The porn industry's so-called "moratorium" on production is over after nearly a week (Aug. 21-27), but it seems that not everyone honored the shutdown, a fact that has been observed on some adult-biz blogs.

See also: Porn Production OK'd After HIV Scare, But Some Performers Are Wary.

In fact, a production company called Homegrown Video sent us a statement practically bragging that the moratorium would be ignored by so-called amateur pornographers:

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Web awards

#LAWebAwards: The 2013 Winners List

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Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM

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The Internet just won't stand still. A few years ago it was all about Facebook and Twitter. Then Pinterest, then GIFs. Now we're all taking a crash course in something called Vine. Oh, and did you hear MySpace is back — and Yahoo is beating Google?

But as online life continues to evolve, the medium is increasingly less important than the message. Smart, funny and creative, our 2013 Web Award winners would succeed in any platform, and whether they're posting photos on Instagram, uploading videos on YouTube or putting good old-fashioned words on a blog, you'd be wise to stop snapchatting already and check out their awesomeness. —Sarah Fenske

Best Arts Blog

L.A. Taco

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Based on its name and tagline — "celebrating the taco lifestyle in Los Angeles" — it would be easy to mistake L.A. Taco for yet another of this city's countless food blogs. But while there are food-centric regular features like "Bang for Your Burger Buck," this blog's meatier offerings celebrate the art painted and plastered on public walls from Boyle Heights to Venice Beach. Founded in 2005 by an anonymous collective of bloggers whose love for street art is as great as their love for street food, L.A. Taco not only covers local news — such as the city's ban on murals and the subsequent protests — but also promotes underground art shows and documents L.A.'s constantly changing graffiti landscape.

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