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Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dodgers

Final Dodger Games to Be Televised For Free

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Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 1:14 PM
Time Warner Cable has pissed off a lot of Dodger fans in L.A. because it has a monopoly on broadcasting the team's games, and most of Los Angeles isn't seeing them.

Of course, there are two or more sides to every story, and TWC says the folks it has been negotiating with for secondary rights, including DirecTV, aren't being reasonable about how much cash should change hands. Some of those companies, including DirecTV, are saying the same thing about TWC, which is paying about $8.35 billion for first rights to the games. 

See also: Four Workarounds for Fans Who Don't Have the Dodgers' New TV Channel

Now the cable giant is giving Angelenos the gift of free games on television at the end of the season (details below). Is it too little, too late?

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There are more Californians who want young border crossers from Latin America to stay than who want them to go.

But remember that, earlier this year, Latinos took over as the largest ethnic group in the state. When you break down the numbers, the Golden State doesn't appear to be that sympathetic to the plight of undocumented children, many of whom have been crossing the border illegally after trekking north from violence-plagued parts of Central America.

According to the latest USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll numbers, released today ...

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It's not your imagination: Angelenos pay some of the highest car insurance rates in the nation, according to a new study conducted by Quadrant Information Services for insuranceQuotes.com.

You could probably guess why. We live in a dense city with dense traffic. We buy nicer cars. We're the hit-and-run capital of America.

One expert, however, claims there's one more surprising factor here:

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The white boyfriend of black actress Daniele Watts said over the weekend that police stopped the pair in Studio City and questioned him as if he were the "client of a prostitute."

He also said in another interview that officers treated Watts and himself not as girlfriend and boyfriend but as "ho and trick." The subtext here, picked up by many observers, was that the actress was questioned and handcuffed because she is an African American woman whom cops believed was working the streets. Watts took to her Facebook page to say the encounter caused "anger, frustration, and rage." 

But yesterday the Los Angeles Police Department responded with a different story:

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Crazytown

Splitting California Into 6 States? FAIL

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Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM
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Updated at the bottom with the Six Californias campaign saying it will conduct its own review of the signatures. The group blames state "dysfunction" for today's failure.

A proposed initiative by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper to split California into six separate states failed to gather enough signatures to make the November 2016 ballot, the California Secretary of State's office said today.

The office said in a memo to local voter registrars and county clerks that "the petition has failed."

Former state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, chairman of OneCalifornia, an opponent of the wild idea, welcomed the flop, saying the proposal "was a solution in search of a problem that didn’t address any of our state’s challenges."

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FILE PHOTO FROM THE L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
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In the middle of the scenic San Fernando Valley stood a 14,000-square-foot warehouse. And in this warehouse, cops say, was much weed.

So much weed, in fact, that the operation allegedly churned out $3.7 million dollars with of street-value marijuana every two months, the Los Angeles Police Department announced in a statement this week. That would be an alleged $22 million worth of pot a year.

This agriculture was so fruitful, cops state, that it posed a danger:

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ARELLANO FAMILY
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Twenty-two-year-old Carlos Arellano was reportedly walking with his girlfriend, skateboard under his arm, when he was approached by three suspects and ultimately stabbed and killed over the board.

This on a busy night last month on Sunset Boulevard as many young patrons walked the streets between venues hosting the Echo Park Rising music festival. Police have yet to solve the case. Authorities have said the assailants might have been gang members.

See also: Young Man Killed Over His Skateboard in Echo Park

Tomorrow members of the L.A. skate community are hosting a memorial contest that will benefit Arellano's family, who could use help defraying the costs of his funeral, a co-organizer said:

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HARVEY MUDD COLLEGE
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This week Caltech, UCLA and USC ended up in the top 25 of U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Colleges" ranking of national universities.

Though it has its critics, the list is America's most widely read guide to the nation's most well-regarded schools. There's one other guide, however, that promises to help students find not the best education, but quite possibly the richest one.

See also: UCLA Beats USC in "Best Colleges" Ranking

The salary-search site PayScale this week did its own analysis of America's four-year institutions and concluded that an L.A.-based college gives its graduate the greatest "salary potential."

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Celebrities

Iggy Azalea Is Pissed Off About Sex-Tape Reports

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Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM
Iggy Azalea at Made in America in downtown L.A. - TIMOTHY NORRIS/L.A. WEEKLY
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  • Iggy Azalea at Made in America in downtown L.A.
Vivid Entertainment, the nation's most-prominent adult-video production company, today said someone has come forward with a purported Iggy Azalea sex tape.

The Australian rapper, who recently appeared at the Made in America festival in downtown L.A., has lashed out against the suggestion she made such a video.

The "third party" broker is apparently trying to sell the rights to the video for cash, Vivid said in a statement. The company is well known for releasing celebrity sex tapes, including those featuring Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson.

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L.A. has the worst roads in the nation, and they're an embarrassment. But, worse than that, if you drive a vehicle regularly, they take money directly out of your pocket.

See also: America's Worst Roads Are in L.A.

A new report from national transportation research group TRIP says that you pay $2,458 a year for "extra vehicle operating costs (VOC) as a result of driving on roads in need of repair, lost time and fuel due to congestion-related delays, and the cost of traffic crashes in which roadway features likely were a contributing factor."

That's quite a toll:

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