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  • Top 5 WTF Stories Of 2012
  • Top 5 WTF Stories Of 2012

    It's been a banner year for WTF stories, a category we helped define a few years back with "Today In WTF" headlines. If you enjoy head-scratching stories, you really couldn't ask for a better front-row seat than the one journalists get in Los Angeles. We have it all -- victims...
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  • The Stupidest Polling Place Story You'll Read All Day
  • The Stupidest Polling Place Story You'll Read All Day

    Kudos to CBS2 for breaking new ground in stupid election reporting. The station reports on its website that at least six polling places have been set up in L.A. County mobile home parks or apartment complexes where registered sex offenders live.Why is that a problem? Here's El Monte resident Dan Jones:"They're going...
  • Malibu Whale Rotting On Beach Towed Out To Sea
  • Malibu Whale Rotting On Beach Towed Out To Sea

    Updated at the bottom: Locals weren't going to stand for it! Headline has changed. First posted at 7:09 a.m. Friday. So you bought a $4 million Malibu beach house for the private coastal access and the amazing view ... Except that your alleged private beach has a 35 foot, 40,000-pound...
  • Porn Stars Are Not Sexually Abused 'Damaged Goods,' Study Says
  • Porn Stars Are Not Sexually Abused 'Damaged Goods,' Study Says

    Female porn stars are not "damaged goods" who experienced more sexual abuse as children than average women, researchers have declared. No, in fact, adult performers report higher levels of self-esteem, spirituality and, of course, sexual satisfaction, according to the study "Pornography Actresses: An Assessment of the Damaged Goods Hypothesis." The...
  • Avielle Richman: Newtown Victim From Southern California
  • Avielle Richman: Newtown Victim From Southern California

    Over the weekend we learned that one of the precious little victims of the Newtown, Connecticut mass shooting was a Southern Californian. It appears that 6-year-old Avielle Richman moved to Newtown from San Diego in recent years. An Aug. 28 post on her blog, apparently written by her parents, says,...
  • California Is America's Poorest State?
  • California Is America's Poorest State?

    California is the state with more billionaires than any place in America except America itself. SoCal coastal property is gold. And Hollywood generates billions. But, according to a new U.S. Census measure of poverty, we're also tops in poor people. Yep, the bureau's "Supplemental Poverty Measure" numbers, culled from 2011...
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  • Snow Summit, Bear Mountain Open Today
  • Snow Summit, Bear Mountain Open Today

    One week after our last heat wave, snow season officially starts in L.A. Following a dusting of snow in local mountains, Snow Summit and sister resort Bear Mountain open for the season this morning with the help of snowmaking guns that have been working overtime Saturday and Sunday. Mountain High...
  • Man Builds Model of Downtown Los Angeles in Basement
  • Man Builds Model of Downtown Los Angeles in Basement

    It took him 10 years to build his ode to our city. And it doesn't even look like the town you know. That's because it's the Los Angeles of yesteryear. Larry Kmetz, a 70-year-old man previously know for amassing an impressive collection of R&B vinyl, has directed his passion into...
  • <em>L.A. Weekly</em> Sold to Voice Media Group
  • L.A. Weekly Sold to Voice Media Group

    The L.A. Weekly has been sold. Since October 2005, this newspaper has been owned by Phoenix-based Village Voice Media. Tonight, it was announced that the Weekly, along with the dozen other alternative newsweeklies in the chain, has been sold to a new, Denver-based entity in a management buyout: Voice Media...
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  • Space Shuttle Endeavour is Home: PHOTOS
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour is Home: PHOTOS

    In laid-back, SoCal style, the space shuttle Endeavour was more than fashionably late to its final home, the California Science Center, but people along its 12-mile route from LAX to Exposition Park didn't seem to mind the extra viewing time. The Endeavour got to its destination today at 1:10 p.m...
  • Chick-fil-A Still Hates Gay People, Maybe
  • Chick-fil-A Still Hates Gay People, Maybe

    Is Chick-fil-A now pro-gay? Well, last week's reports that Chick-fil-A is succumbing to LGBT activists by halting its contributions to groups that oppose same-sex marriage might have been overblown. L.A. has been a hotbed of anti-Chick-fil-A activism: Should the boycott be called off? One blogger points out that, despite the...
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  • Microsoft Opening Venice Offices
  • Microsoft Opening Venice Offices

    Microsoft is coming to Venice. The company confirmed to the Weekly that it's leasing space in the beachside community, which is already home to Google offices and those of other tech companies. Here's what Microsoft's director of consumer communications told us:...
  • Downey Workplace Shooting Leaves 3 Dead, 2 Wounded
  • Downey Workplace Shooting Leaves 3 Dead, 2 Wounded

    It's back to three dead instead of two. Headline has changed back to its original form. Updates at the bottom. Three people are dead and two people were injured in a workplace shooting in Downey today, authorities told the Weekly. Downey Fire Department paramedics responded to two locations on Cleta...
  • Marijuana Fully Legalized In Colorado
  • Marijuana Fully Legalized In Colorado

    In 2010 California had its chance to become the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana, medical or not. Proposition 19 was voted down. Tonight it appears that Colorado voters have done what otherwise liberal Californians could not: Legalize pot for recreational use. That state's constitutional amendment .....
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  • Ronald Baker's Porn Lawsuit Claims Illegal Boner Injections On-Set
  • Ronald Baker's Porn Lawsuit Claims Illegal Boner Injections On-Set

    The porn industry doesn't need any more cockblocking. Really. After a syphilis scare this summer, a new city of L.A. law requiring condom-use for on-location shoots and a November ballot measure that could require condom use for adult video productions throughout L.A. county, this business has its work cut out...
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  • Caltech is World's Best University; UCLA Ranks 13
  • Caltech is World's Best University; UCLA Ranks 13

    Los Angeles: Home of the Playboy Bunny, Ashton Kutcher and pet spas. This we all know. But who knew that our town is where the smartest nerds in the world get their degrees on? It's true. According to the latest World University Rankings by Times Higher Education in the UK...
  • Presidential Winner 2012: Obama Beats Romney
  • Presidential Winner 2012: Obama Beats Romney

    President Obama's reelection campaign took Ohio and thus the election shortly after 8:13 p.m., NBC News reported. Mitt Romney won in contentious and important states such as North Carolina and Arizona, but once the projections had Ohio and its potent electoral votes in Obama's corner, it appeared to be over...
  • Occupy LA 'Re-Occupation' Downtown Might Be Overstated
  • Occupy LA 'Re-Occupation' Downtown Might Be Overstated

    And you thought Occupy was over? With nearly a month before the presidential election, it appears that the Occupy movement has dwindled from public view. But on the one-year anniversary of L.A.'s own occupation of the City Hall Park, some protesters claim that the movement is back. Some twitter accounts...
  • Marijuana's The Next Big Wall Street Investment?
  • Marijuana's The Next Big Wall Street Investment?

    Real estate has been a dismal bust, Facebook is a disappointment, and Apple costs too much. What's an investment mogul to do? Boy, do we have a "green" opportunity for you. Marijuana is now fully legal in two states, Colorado and Washington, following last week's elections. There are opportunities here...
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  • Study: Close-Up Profile Pic is Ruining Your Game
  • Study: Close-Up Profile Pic is Ruining Your Game

    You might be losing Facebook friends and alienating potential OK Cupid matches based solely on the distance of your face from the camera in photos. Scientists at Cal Tech have found that people judge the subjects of photographs to be less trustworthy, less attractive and less competent in close-up shots...
  • <em>Fifty Shades</em> Porn Parody Targeted In Big Hollywood Lawsuit
  • Fifty Shades Porn Parody Targeted In Big Hollywood Lawsuit

    Porn has had a good run parodying box office franchises like Star Wars (Star Wars XXX). Such hijinks are considered constitutionally protected "fair use," so long as you're commenting and not just copying. Superstar adult producer Axel Braun (Star Wars XXX) told us last year that porn parodies attract legions...
  • Air Sex Returns To Los Angeles
  • Air Sex Returns To Los Angeles

    See also: *Air Sex Championships @ Bootleg Theater. Los Angeles is the capital of real sex, what with our globally potent porn industry and all -- not to mention Hugh Hefner, Larry Flynt and the lingerie biz. But what about faking it? You'd think we might be good at it,...
  • Jackie Lacey Takes Fundraising Lead in Campaign for District Attorney
  • Jackie Lacey Takes Fundraising Lead in Campaign for District Attorney

    Jackie Lacey has taken a solid lead in fundraising in the closing stretch of the campaign for L.A. County District Attorney.In filings posted this afternoon, Lacey reports raising $565,000 over the last three months. Her opponent, prosecutor Alan Jackson, reported $180,000.Lacey, the chief deputy D.A., had struggled to raise money...
  • Obama In L.A. Wednesday For Jay Leno
  • Obama In L.A. Wednesday For Jay Leno

    President Obama will be back in L.A. this week. Given the tight presidential race, it's only logical that the candidates would be aiming at voters through the most effective of means -- late-night talk shows. That's right, the prez will be appearing on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno .....