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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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L.A. Porn Production Shuts Down Over HIV Report

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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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California plans to give as much as $330 million a year of your money to one of the wealthiest industries in the state—Hollywood.

Gov. Jerry Brown today announced a compromise deal on legislation that will actually see fewer dollars going to media moguls than lawmakers wanted.

See also: California Report Confirms That Tax Giveaways to Hollywood Are a Waste

Assemblymen Mike Gatto and Raul Bocanegra reportedly wanted about $400 million in credits so California could nearly match New York's own tax incentives. They argued that well-paying Hollywood jobs were fleeing to the Empire State and other places outside L.A. that offered more lucrative tax deals to producers:

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Los Angeles has a bad reputation when it comes to high culture. Sure, we attract Hollywood hopefuls who put in more time at the gym than at the library. But we think our rep is mostly undeserved.

We have world-class dining, theater, art and music (Gustavo Dudamel!). Our own take on L.A.'s reputation is usually this: We're not New York. No other city is New York. So stop comparing everything to New York. It's a unique place. So is Los Angeles.

See also: 5 Times the East Coast Media Got L.A. Dead Wrong

But real estate website PropertyShark.com this week looked at the number of "cultural venues" in the largest American cities and compared that figure to each urban population:

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