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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Real Estate

Justin Bieber Takes Over Notorious L.A. Party House

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Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM
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The party house in the Hollywood Hills depicted above has already been the target of neighbors' complaints, so we wonder how things will go with Justin Bieber reportedly renting the place.

See also: Weidlake Party House Gets MTV Show Despite Neighbors' Complaints

The Weidlake residence in the hills has been the site of parties, porn shoots and reality television shows, neighbors say. Now Justin Bieber, whose brief time at a Beverly Hills condo this summer was punctuated by reports of several police responses, is renting the 16,000-square-foot glass pad for $29,500 a month, says real estate site Trulia.

It's a young bachelor's dream house:

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There's way more to the story of mixed martial artist Jonathan "War Machine" Koppenhaver's alleged attack on porn star Christine "Christy Mack" Mackinday and her male companion earlier this month.

In their arrest warrant request for the fighter, who was captured Friday at a Simi Valley hotel, police say that victim "Mackinday was further found to have [been] sexually assaulted by Koppenhaver."

See also: War Machine Captured in Simi Valley

The document was released to the Weekly and other outlets by the Clark County District Attorney's office this week. It offers graphic accounts of the alleged attack reported early on August 8 in Mackinday's Las Vegas residence:

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Updated at the bottom with the South Pasadena police chief saying the alleged plot was "very viable."

Details were thin but South Pasadena police say they thwarted a "potential mass shooting" at South Pasadena High School.

Two students of the institution were arrested, and "enough evidence was discovered" to make authorities believe the alleged threats were legit, the South Pasadena Police Department said in a statement overnight.

Cops allege that three staff members were targeted for death and that the duo planned to kill ...

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BuzzFeed's Adrian Carrasquillo at the recent NAHJ convention. - BUZZFEED
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  • BuzzFeed's Adrian Carrasquillo at the recent NAHJ convention.
For decades, journalism groups have pressured news outlets to hire more minorities, particularly Latinos in Southern California. The idea, says the American Society of News Editors, "is to have the percentage of minorities working in newsrooms nationwide reflect the percentage of minorities in the nation's population by 2025." 

The results have so far been a mixed bag. While minority representation in the Los Angeles Times newsroom, for example, is at 21.4 percent, the number of Latino reporters and editors at the paper is a sad 7.7 percent — even as Latinos comprise one of every two people in L.A. County and now outnumber whites in California. Still, even that's better than the 5 percent or so newsroom representation Latino journalists see on a national level. 

Online news outlets have been gaining on print when it comes to getting minorities in their newsrooms. There, one in five journalists is a person of color. One publication, BuzzFeed, says it's showing the way forward when it comes to covering Latinos in the United States:

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That ain't smog, it's haze! - ROBERT S. DONOVAN / FLICKR
Has there ever been a more misunderstood American city than Los Angeles? Despite being the nation's second most populous metropolitan area, despite being the entertainment capital of the world, and despite having near-perfect weather 300 days out of the year, L.A. is routinely reduced to the most banal of stereotypes.

Perhaps it's because of its sheer vastness — how else to sum up the Valley, the South Bay, the Westside, the Eastside, the mountains, beach and skyscrapers all in one? And let's be honest. Lots of stereotypes are true! But which ones?

Allow us to educate the rest of our country:

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Marijuana

Are You Ready to Vote on Weed Shop Policing?

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Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 2:12 PM
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A proposed law that would have established policing of marijuana dispensaries statewide was essentially killed in the California legislature last week.

Dale Gieringer, state coordinator of California NORML, says it's now time to take the matter directly to voters. He envisions the possibility, in 2016, of an initiative that would ask you to approve both the legalization of recreational marijuana and the creation of a regulatory framework for all pot retailers.

That could mean having the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control act as police for medical and recreational shops:

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ARIELLE PARDES
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It all started with a bromance between the founders of Me Undies (maker of impossibly soft underwear) and Saucey (delivery service bringing booze to Angelenos). Hoping to create a partnership, they came up with the idea of “sleepover packages” combining underwear and booze delivery—for a girls' night in, a bros night, or date night with your dude. A model sporting Me Undies boxers makes the delivery, because this is L.A., where even the delivery guys are models.

Finally, I thought, an app that delivers booze and underwear at the same time! As contrived as it sounded, it also seemed perfectly suited to my life. My boyfriend and I live together, and we would rather stay home and watch a movie just about any night of the week than head to The Bungalow. So we cleared our schedules on Friday night, downloaded the Saucey app, and opted into what promised to be the weirdest date night ever.

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The unluckiest marijuana grower of the summer had his grow house busted by authorities after a driver being chased by the California Highway Patrol inadvertently crashed into a warehouse full of weed, authorities said over the weekend.

The driver was taken to County-USC Medical center "with major injuries," the CHP said in a statement. But first the driver had to be pulled the wreckage, which was inside the Huntington Park warehouse.

Also inside, CHP officials said, were ...

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The streets just northwest of downtown were busy with club-goers attending the Echo Park Rising music festival over the weekend, but that didn't stop three suspects from attacking a skateboarder over his ride, according to police and reports.

The skater in his 20s was fatally stabbed, cops said. Family members told CBS Los Angels his name is Carlos Arellano.

Los Angeles Police Department officials said the victim was walking on Sunset Boulevard, possibly with his girlfriend, when at least one of three suspects walking in the opposite direction demanded the board:

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A Southern California teenager was arrested after he allegedly used Instagram to make graphic and violent threats against students at Valencia High School in Santa Clarita, authorities said over the weekend.

The Instagram threats included photos of guns and dead bodies as well as sexist and racist language, according to an L.A. County Sheriff's Department statement.

At least one post included a photo of a "school marque," deputies said. However, ...

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