Security became far tighter, and way more paranoid, this week at the University of Southern California located a few blocks west of gang-riddled South Central Los Angeles, and some people might find the new lock-down rules a bit hard to take. A new rule instituted on Monday, Jan. 14 forces student ... More >>
Car culture was the last element I embraced in my new life as an Angeleno. The first few months I lived here, filling my gas tank made me physically ill. The cost! The fossil fuels! The hours spent in traffic! I may have cried about it once or twice, alone in my sad sublet behind one of Silver Lake' ... More >>
Reality show K-Town unmasks the liquid rituals fueling Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood
As many as 33 people were injured when a driverless dump truck rolled into a Metro bus which then careened into a woman driving her preteen daughter in a BMW in Hollywood today, authorities said. That driver seemed to get the worst of it, with the L.A. Fire Department's Brian Humphrey saying she ha ... More >>
The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the nation's most prestigious private universities -- its reputation for academic excellence bested only by its reputation for churning out sports stars. In fact, USC's PR team announced today that the school has produced more Olympians than any ... More >>
Randy Kagan, the L.A.-based comedian who was mauled by a patron at Hollywood Improv while doing a standup routine in April, was raving mad in the days that followed. Mad at the "fucking lunatic felon" who attacked him; mad at Improv security for not jumping in sooner; mad at the Improv in general fo ... More >>
Twenty years ago I discovered Morrissey; he gave expression to the deep isolation and longing for connection that I felt as a suburban misfit. As I grew older it became less about the Pope of Mope, however, and more about the well-dressed man singing operatic odes to skinheads and small-time crimina ... More >>
L.A. police and politicians have been tripping over themselves to regain the public's confidence after two USC graduate students from China were murdered in a BMW outside their apartment near campus. The mayor apologized profusely. The LAPD added 30 more officers to the Southwest Division. The City ... More >>
Student and parent fears about the crime-ridden area surrounding USC have not been quelled, this morning, by another attempted robbery and shooting near campus. Just after 12:30 a.m., four students were walking near Pi Beta Phi sorority house on "The Row" near West 28th Street and Figueroa, accordi ... More >>
Is Amanda Bynes the new Lindsay Lohan? Her hair is looking extra fried and face extra puffy these days. But more importantly, the former child star (and up-and-coming West Hollywood party girl) was arrested last night for drunk driving, according to Sergeant Arthur Famble at the West Hollywood Sher ... More >>
Updated at the bottom: What started the whole thing? First posted at 2:28 p.m. It's not unusual to hear of a man shot on a weekday afternoon in L.A. But in this area it is. Wilshire Boulevard was shut down near the Miracle Mile east of La Brea Avenue today after a man was shot on the street at Sou ... More >>
YouTubeSaid Jaziri.Said Jaziri, a controversial Islamic cleric who had been deported to Tunisia from Canada, was caught east of San Diego after he was allegedly smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. Jaziri was a Montreal imam who led ... More >>
Metro board chair Don Knabe says: Buses < Subways < My CarUpdated after the jump: The Bus Riders Union says the latest bus cuts are straight-up racist. Originally posted at 11:19 a.m. As Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pumps all time and city resources into three more stops (12 more minutes) onto ... More >>
The NME reports that producer and performer Daniel Lanois, known for his atmospheric collaborations with Brian Eno, U2 and Bob Dylan, suffered a motorcycle accident in LA that forced him to postpone a UK tour. The report is not specific as to the details: The Quebec-born musician/producer, b ... More >>
Devin PetelskiThe parents of a young woman killed in a collision with a Los Angeles Police Department cruiser in Venice have filed a civil suit against the city, the LAPD, and officers James Eldridge (the driver) and Ramon Vasquez, attorneys for the family announced Friday. Devin Petelski, 2 ... More >>
Number one.Remember when Escalades, Navigators and Hummers were all the rage? Dubs (20-inch-plus wheels), loud exhaust and bass music, right? Doesn't that seem like a million years ago? Today to be a true player in L.A., more modest hybrids are the status symbols to have. Kelly Blue Book on ... More >>
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