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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Outdoors

10 Things to Do Before Summer Ends in L.A.

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Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 7:00 AM
Topanga Beach: Now's the time for a visit. - PHOTO BY MARY BOVE
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  • Topanga Beach: Now's the time for a visit.
Autumn in L.A. is nothing to get depressed about. The weather's still gorgeous; the sun still shines. We'll enjoy plenty more 80 degree days as August turns to September.

And yet ... you can feel the days getting shorter, the nights getting cool. There's a bittersweet note in the morning air. Another summer, it tells us, is coming to an end. 

Soon, it will be time for pumpkin lattes and TV marathons and fall sweaters. But for now, it is summer's final hurrah — the energetic last push to squeeze every last minute out of the day while it's still long and the sun is still hot. Here are 10 things to get cracking on now — this weekend, before it's too late.

10. Visit that favorite Malibu restaurant.
We all have one, a place where we've made great memories drinking a glass of Prosecco (or maybe a really overpriced glass of beer) while the dolphins frolic (yes, frolic!) below. Whether you're into the deep-fried fun of Neptune's Net, the elegance of brunch at Geoffrey's or making a new favorite at the Weekly-recommended Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar, now is the time to take that trip down the PCH. So what if everyone else has the same damn idea? It's not like the traffic is ever going to get better.

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9. Get thee to the Hollywood Bowl.
If not for the first time this summer, at least for one last time. From Elvis Costello this weekend, to the L.A. Phil's final summer appearance on Sept. 26 with Trey Anastasio, to The Simpsons tribute Sept. 12-13, the options are plenty. Yes, it's a pain the ass to get in and out. No, it's not cheap. But what would you rather have come fall — a few extra bucks in your pocket, or memories of a night with Neutral Milk Hotel?

Too broke for the Bowl? Our run-down of free summer concert series goes through September

8. Work on your tan.
Yeah, yeah, you'll want to wear sunscreen. But a little glow is not the kiss of death; scientists now believe many people don't get enough Vitamin D. And you'll be glad for a little color come fall, pasty people!

7. Stock up on seasonal beer.
Drink some of local beers released this summer now before they're gone, possibly forever. Draft brews like El Segundo's Mosaic IPA, Highland Park's Enter the Future IPA and King Harbor Brewing's Swirly Chocolate Brown Ale won't be around much longer. For bottles/cans, Golden Road's Pamplemousse Saison was a 2014 summer one-off sold only at Whole Foods. Don't miss it.

Turn the page for more summer fun to squeeze in now, before it's too late
Say goodbye to summer with a pool party - PHOTO BY LINA LECARO
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  • Say goodbye to summer with a pool party
6. Go to a pool party.
Sure, you can lay out here practically year-round, but the shorter days and weaker sunshine of the fall and winter mean that you might well be shivering by many rooftop poolsides even when the mercury professes to be at 70. The Standard's Afternoon Delight pool party, held on Sundays, only runs through Sept. 21, while the W Westwood has its last Sunday soiree Sept. 1. Bag the hottie of your choice before they start hiding that smoking bod under layers of wool. (Seriously, what is with L.A. people and scarves?)

5. Take a weekend trip. 
Camp. Visit a national park — from the Channel Islands to Joshua Tree, amazing ones are in every direction. Plus, a little romantic trip might help carry that summer fling into the fall.

See also: 9 Amazing Romantic Weekend Getaways Near Los Angeles

4. Take a long run — after work.
Long-distance runners will tell you that the worst part about summer ending is the steadily encroaching nightfall — who has time to squeeze in a 5-mile run after work when it gets dark by 6 p.m.? It's not your imagination; every day now, sunset comes about two minutes earlier. Tonight the sun doesn't set til about 7:24 p.m; by month's end, that'll be a depressing 6:38 p.m. Pound out your frustrations now before it's too late.

See also: L.A.'s Best Spots for Outdoor Running

3. Wear white pants.
There are things one just doesn't do in civilized company come autumn. Our mother drilled this one in our heads, and we're sticking to it, damn it.

Heirloom tomatoes - PHOTO BY JEANNE KELLEY
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  • Heirloom tomatoes
2. Indulge in late-summer tomatoes — and maybe a fig or two.
Greenhouses give us tomatoes year-round, but you don't have to be a food-enthusiast to know they're at their best when grown the old-fashioned way. Sun-warmed, juicy, perfect alone or with a dash of olive oil and sea salt, a good tomato is the taste of summer. And don't forget figs. They're ripe now, locally grown, and delicious.

1. Spend the day at the beach
The light is amazing this time of year, with bright days followed by stunning sunsets. Yes, you can go to the beach in December, but it's really not the same. Pack a beachbag, put on your suit, and play hooky for a day. You have all of fall to atrophy in your cubicle.

See also: L.A.'s Best Beaches to Suit Every Mood
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Hollywood won big this week, as Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to fork over $330 million per year to subsidize film and TV production. This did not seem like a sure thing as recently as last fall, when Sen. Ron Calderon was caught allegedly taking $60,000 in bribes from an independent film producer who wanted to expand the film tax credit.

But the scandal turned out to be a speed bump. It didn't dampen the enthusiasm in Sacramento for handing out public money to film studios. And it certainly didn't stop Hollywood from handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars to lawmakers in the form of (perfectly legal) campaign contributions.

After the jump, a rundown of who took how much from Hollywood.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Porn

L.A. Porn Production Shuts Down Over HIV Report

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Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM
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Updated at the bottom with a response from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

The adult video industry's trade group today called for a moratorium on production after a performer might have tested positive for HIV.

The Los Angeles–based Free Speech Coalition said in a statement that one of the facilities used by porn stars under the industry's voluntary, twice-a-month STD testing protocol "reported a possible positive HIV test for an adult performer."

In the past, the FSC's moratoriums have been honored by most of the well-known adult studios:

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A brutal beating next to the Venice boardwalk this week was captured on video (below).

Los Angeles Police Department detectives are asking for your help in tracking down not only the suspect but the victim, whom "we haven't been able to locate," Officer Nuria Venegas told us.

The attack took place shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on Ocean Front Walk, according to an LAPD statement:

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A woman was fatally struck by a vehicle at Burning Man today, organizers said.

The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada identified the deceased as 29-year-old Alicia Louise Cipicchio of Jackson, Wyoming. Burning Man spokesman Jim Graham said she fell under a bus or "large vehicle" that was carrying participants early today.

See also: Burning Man Shut Down Due to Weather

He said that sheriff's officials ...

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A group of Los Angeles–area Uber drivers has teamed up with Teamsters Local 986.

The affiliation doesn't mean the drivers are unionizing. At this point, they couldn't do so if they wanted to because they are not technically employees. But Joseph DeWolf Sandoval, a member of the California App-Based Drivers’ Association (CADA) leadership counsel, says that could change if future court challenges are successful.

In the meantime, the formal alliance means that CADA will benefit from the "organizational and lobbying assistance" of one of America's most-powerful and iconic labor organizations:

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Tinder, man. Tinder. For all the single folks out there, it has largely replaced reading for pleasure and most other hobbies, now occupying roughly 99 percent of all human downtime (guesstimate). You Tinder on the toilet, you Tinder at Grandma's wake, you Tinder anywhere there's a good signal and some time and space to move your hard-won-by-evolution opposable thumb.  

You swipe right if you like someone. And of course any good game theorist would tell you that, since there's no cost to swiping right and lots of potential benefit, you might as well just swipe right for everyone. But with all that swiping, you're bound to come upon some duds. A lot of duds. All the same duds, in fact.

Here are the 10 who typically provide the most frustration: 

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There will be a massive police presence at the Made in America festival downtown this weekend. 

Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Rick Stabile says there will be about 270 city officers dedicated to patrolling the perimeter outside the two-day concert, which starts Saturday. Another 200 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies will be inside the venue, comprised of Grand Park as well as the closed downtown streets next to it, he said.

That deployment outdoes the 450 officers assigned to police raves at the L.A. Sports Arena following gatecrashing and drug-related crime at a 160,000-strong party at its sister venue, the L.A. Coliseum, in 2010:

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Jerry Brown, California's skin-flint governor, acceded Wednesday to an increase in the film tax credit to $330 million. Brown is a well-known skeptic of Hollywood subsidies, but the combined forces of organized labor, multinational entertainment conglomerates, and B-list celebrities proved too powerful to resist.

The industry didn't get the $400 million it wanted, but the final figure is closer to that number than to Brown's offer of $200 million. It's also more than triple the current $100 million tax incentive.

So who are the big winners and losers from this deal? A rundown:

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WTF

USC's Josh Shaw Admits He Made Up Story of Nephew's Rescue

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 4:27 PM
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Updated at the bottom with a statement from the player, who says his injuries were sustained in a fall.

USC starting cornerback Josh Shaw admitted that he made up a heroic story of saving a 7-year-old nephew in a pool and spraining both his ankles in the process, the school said today.

The injuries are real, and they had put the 6-foot, 1-inch player on the bench for the season. Now USC says he's suspended indefinitely from the team.

The real story of how Shaw sustained those weekend injuries still had yet to be told. His original tale, called into question by tipsters, involved a family party in his hometown of Palmdale and ...

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