Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Updated at the bottom: The writer reached out to say that the article wasn't pulled because of the tweet, and to notify us that it's back up.

The storied Harvard Crimson newspaper pulled an article off its website after the author allegedly received a death threat from a UCLA fellow over the piece.

The man identified as Peera Hemarajata, a UCLA Medical and Public Health Laboratory microbiology fellow, reportedly tweeted that "I swear that if I saw this MF on the street I'd elbow his middle meningeal artery and leave him for dead from epidural hematoma." This has got to be the most technical gauntlet throw-down ever.

Reuters reporter Andrew MacGregor Marshall preserved the tweet on his own feed, saying that Hemarajata subsequently deleted his account:

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Results of the California Highway Patrol's investigation into an officer's videotaped beating of a homeless African American woman at the side of the 10 freeway last month have been forwarded to the District Attorney's office for its consideration, a CHP officer confirmed to L.A. Weekly today.

The woman's family said she sustained serious head injuries and emotional trauma following the July 1 attack. They filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the agency.

See also: CHP Officer's Videotaped Beating of Woman Sparks Calls For Federal Investigation

The CHP didn't have details about its investigation for us today:

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L.A. is the most unaffordable rental market in the United States. And if you're lucky enough to be in the market to buy your own place, you're also facing some of the highest prices in the nation. Now comes word that the cash in your pocket has become less valuable simply because you're in California.

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

This week the Tax Foundation looked at U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data to determine how far $100 will get you in each state.

As you can imagine, we didn't do so well:

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The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the Jay Z-curated Made in America festival, which is scheduled to take place at Grand Park and on adjacent streets.

See also: All-Ages Policy at Jay Z's "Made in America" Concert Is a Terrible Idea

The vote came late in the game, with the two-day concert planned for Aug. 30 and 31, only 10 days away. The details were negotiated in secret by the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, and approval for the event was proposed by councilmen Herb Wesson and Curren Price.

A rough sketch of the deal between the city and concert giant Live Nation says ...

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A man and his son play at Frog Spot, a new cafe and visitor center along the L.A. River in Frogtown. - ISAAC SIMPSON
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  • A man and his son play at Frog Spot, a new cafe and visitor center along the L.A. River in Frogtown.
It’s a sign of changing attitudes that there are no bars or restaurants in L.A.’s latest “most-talked-about” neighborhood. There are no grocery stores, no coffee roasters, no art galleries, no vintage clothing stops. In Frogtown, it's almost impossible to spend money.

“There’s no reason for people to come through here,” says Patricia Perez, a lifetime Frogtown resident.  “You hear that?” she pauses to let the silence wash over the conversation. “That’s Frogtown.”

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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 Hollywood Hills party house 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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