The LAPD, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies in Southern California routinely scan millions of license plates via patrol-car-based devices that can track your whereabouts.
What do they do with the info? It's not entirely clear, but the record shows that cops ha ... More >>
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Fanatics. Presently stationed in Washington DC. I will be here for a few weeks, working on a documentary series. Contractual obligations do not permit me to elaborate at this time but when I can, I will let you kno ... More >>
In the race to see which high-tech super-company is the creepiest and most Orwellian, Google has recently pulled far ahead of the rest of the pack. Its various tools, from Google Maps to Gmail to Google , have become so powerful and indispensable that they are literally everywhere you look. The comp ... More >>
Using the 110 Freeway through South L.A., which runs through some of the most economically challenged turf in Southern California, could soon cost you as much as ... $1.40 a mile.
That's because Los Angeles County's first "High Occupancy Toll" system will spark up starting Saturday. You'll have the ... More >>
Do you live in Pasadena, South Pasadena or San Marino? Do you keep your computer on 24/7, against the pleas of Southern California Edison? (Or are you willing to start keeping it on in the name of "crowd-sourced seismology"?)
Then Caltech wants very much to come to your home and install a creepy li ... More >>
Today in unexpected Cannes headline news: a convicted felon turns in one of the best performances at the festival thus far (and it's not Roman Polanski -- rimshot! -- who was the subject of a softball vanity documentary which screened here earlier in the week, and isn't really worth talking about).
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The Lancaster station of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department got a little help from Big Brother in cracking its latest robbery spree:
Of three armed robberies in Lancaster over eight days, one of the incidents was caught on surveillance tape. So Sheriff's investigators entered "a clear image of th ... More >>
Burbank ACTIONOver 100 worried residents packed into the disco-themed ballroom of Moose Lodge in Glendale last night -- summoned by a growing base of health, privacy and consumer advocates lashing out against California's sketchy new method of measuring household energy use.
The new wireless ... More >>
VeniceBeachLiveCam.comDon't mind us! Just checkin' the surf!This isn't Venice's first online surf watch -- but in the wide world of webcams, the brand-new Venice Beach Live Cam, sniffed out by crime blog Venice 311 today, is certainly king.
And it does a lot more than surf watch. With insane ... More >>
Luigi VenturaMaggie GoodrichLos Angeles is a capacious megalopolis that begins at Tijuana and ends at San Francisco. A rugged portion of that geography falls under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department, serving some 4 million people in the almost 500 square miles of L.A. prope ... More >>
MTV turns 30 this week, and on Monday we spotlighted the five '90s shows the channel should bring back. The end of that decade, of course, saw the rise of Total Request Live, which kicked off in 1998, by which point MTV had long succumbed to the domination of reality shows. Part of TRL's appe ... More >>
You'll occasionally score green almonds, those spring almonds that look like fuzzy uncured olives with a soft nut that you pop out to snack on, at the farmer's market this time of year. But rarely do farmers appear with the even younger version, those with merely a jelly-like idea of an almond so yo ... More >>
You read that right. And we suspect that even some of you conservatives are whispering to yourselves, "Holy Obama-care, I should have supported the health-care bill." Unfortunately, the Big Brother chronic in question is not USDA-grade, but rather Canadian.
The patient, Sally Campbell, 61, ... More >>