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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sex Crimes

Are Pick-Up Schemes Endangering Young Women?

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Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 7:03 AM
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There are douches out there who subscribe to the idea that bedding women is a game that can be learned.

For many of his critics, Julien Blanc of West Hollywood's Real Social Dynamics school is one of them. He was kicked out of Australia following uproar over his teachings (he once kidded on Twitter that women could "roofie your own drink"), and there's a movement afoot in the United States to prevent the RSD folks from finding venues for their pricey pick-up classes.

See also: Julien Blanc, the Pick-Up Artist Reviled on Twitter? Of Course He's From L.A.

But is there really harm done when a bunch of dorks waste money on this kind of nonsense? Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred believes there is.

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EXCLUSIVE: Inside the Gay Wing of L.A. Men's Central Jail from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

With rouged lips, long hair and a strut that would give Naomi Campbell pause, Dave Williams, 47, works the 75-foot runway that stretches between crowded rows of green chipped-paint bunk beds at the L.A. County Sheriff’s Men’s Central Jail.

Williams, a transgender inmate known on the inside as Yah Yah, glides past a hooting and hollering crowd of her fellow gay and transgender inmates, perched atop their beds for a prime view. She’s flaunting a white cotton halter-top baby-doll dress and matching white Cinderella gloves, hand-crafted for her by one of the trans women inside this infamously tough downtown L.A. jail.

Laughing onlookers chant, “Work it, Yah Yah!” “Perform honey!” “Better work that runway!”

Catwalking on the balls of her feet as another inmate improvises syncopated beats by banging on a metal bed frame using a plastic spoon and a plastic 7-Up bottle, Yah Yah is in her element. Her infectious energy lights up the locked, windowless room filled with roughly 140 inmates. Two other inmates, both with long dark hair and wearing form-fitting minidresses, jostle to be the next to parade down the aisle. They twitch their hips and seem to be having the time of their lives as scores of men and transgender women whoop and shout out unprintable encouragements.

The impromptu fashion show broke out the moment after inmates spotted L.A. Weekly’s video camera. Shortly before, Yah Yah, one of four inmates approved by the Sheriff’s Department to speak to, and be videotaped by, the newspaper, had been explaining, “You’re allowed to be with whomever you want to, talk to whomever you want and do whatever you want to, basically, as long as you do it in a respectable way.”

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

WTF

Scariest Road Rage Ever: Shotgun-Wielding Suspect Rams Random Car Repeatedly

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Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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A motorist repeatedly rammed a random car he was following on the streets of Silver Lake and Echo Park before stepping out with a shotgun in-hand, police allege.

Luckily for the victims, the gun, and another firearm the suspect allegedly had inside the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup he was driving, were unloaded, officials at the Los Angeles Police Department told us.

Still, it must have been a nightmarish scenario for two people inside a Mini Countryman early this morning.

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The website Thrillist, with the help of Chris Kolmar of real estate site Movoto, examined the alcoholic attributes of each state in the nation, including the per-capita number of craft breweries and even bar closing times, to determine "America's booziest state."

If you guessed that cold, northern locations did well — if only because they need the hooch just to stay warm half the time — you're right.

See also: 4 a.m. Last Call For Alcohol Nixed By California Lawmakers

But you might be surprised at how well otherwise sunny California did here.

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Los Angeles is America's third least-affordable city for housing, an annual analysis from personal finance site Interest.com has found.

L.A. continually ranks among the worst cities in the United States for real estate and rental costs, especially when our low, per capita income of $27,900 comes into play. That really won't even get you an average, two-bedroom apartment, which rents for about $1,400.

See also: It's Official: L.A. Is the "Most Unaffordable Rental Market" in America

According to an Interest.com representative, the median L.A. household would have to take in nearly one-third more in income in order to afford a median-priced home here:

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The biggest magnet for foreign college students in the United States is no longer USC.

The University Park school was beat out by New York University in this year's "Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange," published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Even though USC was one of only four universities in the nation to break through the 10,000-international-student mark for the first time, its 12-year streak as the number one destination for overseas students came to an end in 2013-2014, the report says.

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You think you're blowing your life away navigating Los Angeles traffic. You really begrudge that fact. You jabber about this problem incessantly at parties and in movie lines, and everybody within earshot weighs in about it so they, too, can share that rush of satisfaction that vanishes like a late fall sunset.

But what if, while driving, you were actually gaining insight into others, or learning local cultural lessons — or complicated things about yourself that would normally cost you an arm and a leg at the therapist's? Here, then, are 12 true things you will learn while driving in Los Angeles:

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Loa Angeles environmental attorney Robert P. Silverstein. - ILLUSTRATION BY PJ MCQUADE
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  • Loa Angeles environmental attorney Robert P. Silverstein.

UPDATED Nov. 14: The California Supreme Court has denied Target's request to resume construction of its unfinished store on Sunset Boulevard while it appeals a Superior Court ruling that halted work there in mid-August. See details below.

Robert P. Silverstein must be one lucky man. He has faced down the City of Los Angeles, its teams of attorneys, its deep pockets. And five times in front of five different judges, Silverstein has prevailed in his legal battle against Mayor Eric Garcetti's push to transform Hollywood into a kind of dense, Century City–meets–Warner Center skyscraper zone.

Then last week, Mother Nature herself sided with the slight but fiery Silverstein.

An official "earthquake fault zone" map, released by the California State Geologist, officially determined that an active surface-rupture fault snakes from the eastern border of West Hollywood through Hollywood and Los Feliz to Atwater Village, running beneath scores of old, low-slung Hollywood buildings and parcels that investors have been buying — or eyeing — with hopes of clearing the land and bringing in more dense development.

But geologists say the Hollywood earthquake fault is powerful enough to split in half any building sitting atop it. The state's official geological map has thrown into legal doubt the future of a number of plans that now exist only on paper, including the Millennium Hollywood project, whose New York developers want to erect twin 35- and 39-story skyscrapers next to the Capitol Records building.

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Despite an independent study that found the relatively new toll lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways in L.A. didn't improve traffic flow much, county transportation officials are looking to expand the tolls to other stretches of your favorite parking lots.

The lanes have brought in $18 million to county transportation coffers since they first took the "free" out of freeways in L.A. in 2012. That figure surpassed a $10 million goal, says the office of county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

See also: Ready To Pay $1.40 A Mile For Faster Lanes On The 110 Freeway?

Metro board members Ridley-Thomas, Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, and John Fasana, Duarte councilman, this week asked for a study that would look into expanding the pay-to-drive program.

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PORNHUB
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When the now notorious "masturbation billboard" went up over the Sunset Strip last month, we were sort of proud.

After all, New York City, the world capital of municipal self-aggrandizement, couldn't handle adult website Pornhub's "all you need is hand" message about staying in with your iPad for a nice romantic evening of loving thyself.

See also: Why Is There a Huge Masturbation Billboard Over Sunset Blvd?

The Times Square version of the advert came down quickly after management at the Hilton DoubleTree, to which it was affixed high in the sky, said it was just not appropriate for its touristy clientele.

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