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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Video Gamers Have Fast Hands, Sharp Eyes, Study Says

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Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 8:06 AM

  • Shannon Cottrell for LA Weekly
As the E3 Expo opened at the Convention Center this week, bringing geeks far and wide to see the latest in video games and gaming hardware, a new study says players have skills other than eating Cheetos and repelling real-life love interests.

According to a summary of research from Duke University's Visual Cognition Lab:

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pranked again, but was Howard Stern involved? - B. NORTON
  • B. Norton
  • Pranked again, but was Howard Stern involved?
Who is Ronnie the Limo Driver?

The part of the country that doesn't listen to Howard Stern and his pranksters learned the answer to that question when an unidentified Stern fan tricked CBS2/KCAL 9 Los Angeles into putting him live on the air as a "spokesman" for California Department of Fish and Game.

Breaking into a report from KCAL 9 reporter Carter Evans, who was within earshot of the firefight between sheriff's deputies and Dorner but was not hit, a KCAL 9 news anchor asks "Mr. Taugher" of "Fish and Game" a series of questions about the first person to spot Dorner.

The "spokesman" then claims that Ronnie the Limo Driver shot Dorner after getting caught in a "fightout" between game wardens and Dorner on his way to a "block party," then tells the anchor, "You know, you're a real dumbass! ..."

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

The King of Pop is dead. Long live the King of Pop impersonators. - KEITH PLOCEK
  • Keith Plocek
  • The King of Pop is dead. Long live the King of Pop impersonators.
Yesterday was the second day of Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial for administering the anesthetic that killed Michael Jackson, and it proceeded without sad revelations like Day One's audio of MJ talking, very slowly, about future concert plans.

This didn't stop the characters from hanging out on Temple Street in downtown Los Angeles. As the trial continues, many of these folks will keep coming back, day after day, to bask in the proximity of being anywhere near another chapter in the legal wrangling that followed the death of the King of Pop.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
Reporting that former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a love child with a member of his household staff, the LA Times finally published a story it's been after for years.

In 2003, the Times assigned dozens of reporters to find Schwarzenegger's then-rumored love child for its "groping series," which ran just before his election as governor. LA Observed reported that the paper may have lost as many as 9,000 subscriptions over the project.

The website Gawker reminds us that the London Daily Mail in 2003 outed Tanner Tousignant of Brea in Orange County as the child and his mother, Tammy Tousignant, as Schwarzenegger's lover -- and flight attendant aboard his private jet.

No one knows if this is true, and the Times has decided not to tell us, saying they know but won't reveal it due to privacy concerns for Schwarzenegger's other family.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

The keys to Coachella.
  • The keys to Coachella.
One week after the start of Coachella ... and some folks still haven't found their keys.

Don't worry. Festival organizers probably have them in what seems to us to be a massive lost-and-found collection.

Besides keys there are cellphones/smartphones, bags/backpacks and cameras. Let us just take a wild guess:

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

'Octomom' Nadya Suleman is too good for porn. See? - TMZ
  • TMZ
  • 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman is too good for porn. See?
Updated after the jump with Suleman's lawyer saying she "wants nothing to do" with the porn maker.

We've said it before: Vivid Entertainment, the nation's largest porn production house, has been hounding "Octomom" Nadya Suleman like a pimp after a homeless girl.

Sadly, Vivid is giving up. Suleman recently rejected Vivid's "no strings attached" check to cover the February rent on her La Habra tract house, saying, according to the porn maker, "Tell them to keep their money."

On Wednesday Vivid stated that its offer to buy the home has been withdrawn.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

  • Charles Manson on the line.
Charles Manson had a smuggled cell phone in prison. CBS has truly creepy audio of Manson singing in a sicko call to the outside world. The Weekly explained the ugly game by legislators Mark Leno and Tom Ammiano, who head public safety committees in Sacramento -- and refuse to make smuggling cell phones into prison a serious crime. They're letting prison gangs like Mexican Mafia order murder and mayhem via cell phone.

So cloak the prisons, right? No, the telecom industry, greedy bastards, say that cloaking would interrupt some signals on streets next to prisons and lose them business. The me-me California prisons guards, CCPOA, insist they need to "call home" (guards and their families should get 2-way radios). So people have to die for these selfish jerks:

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Champagne-colored everything, for your puking pleasures - DISNEY PARKS
  • Disney Parks
  • Champagne-colored everything, for your puking pleasures
Yeah, yeah -- Vegas is pretty tops for NYE, but keep an open mind.

The Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim has unveiled a fourth *magical* suite in its new series: the 750-square-foot Fairy Tale Suite. And let us tell you -- it is fucking baller. If princesses could ball.

Or, if you prefer to do your princess balling in more of a humble Snow White setting, six-person log palace Big Thunder next door might "suite" your 2011 somewhat better. Teehee.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Gerrymandering" looks into the sleazy politicians' game of drawing crazy-shaped "voting districts" that chop up cities and cross over mountains, all with the aim of separating Republican voters from Democratic voters to fix an election victory for one party or the other.

The film could sink Proposition 27 on the November 2 ballot in California. Prop. 27 was dreamed up by entrenched Sacramento legislators to undo California voters' approval of a ban on gerrymandering.

Billionaire and Democratic Party insider Haim Saban is trying to help his pals in Sacramento bring back gerrymandering, so he's expected to pour big bucks into Prop. 27. But even Saban's money may not be enough to counter the film by directed by Jeff Reichert.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Dan Tana's on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood
  • Dan Tana's on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood
Dan Tana's, the famous Italian restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, recently lost another round in its dispute with an Atlanta sports bar/restaurant that goes by the name of Dantanna's.

This time, the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta said the lawsuit has no merit.

In the court's July 15th ruling, according to Courthouse News Service, Judge R. Lanier Anderson wrote that there was "minimal evidence" that customers would confuse the restaurants, "aside from the initial similarity of their names and the fact that they both provide restaurant services."

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