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Updated at the bottom: The LAPD is actively searching for an SUV like the one involved in the shooting. First posted at 1:19 p.m. Three people were killed after someone in a Range Rover opened fire on a Maserati on the Las Vegas Strip early this morning, police said. The brazen attack in the middl ... More >>
L.A. Weekly is determining the best L.A. novel ever by holding a tournament featuring 32 of our favorites in head-to-head matchups, until there's only one novel standing. For further reading check out: *Best L.A. Novel Ever: The Tournament Brackets *Best L.A. Novel Ever: More Matchups Bob Jones, th ... More >>
[Editor's note: Soon-to-be-award-winning gonzo music journalist Danielle Bacher prowls the late late night scene for West Coast Sound. For this installment, she hit the town with MCs Subz and Eso Tre from Substance Abuse, who are known for their well-regarded 2006 album Overproof and their just-rele ... More >>
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Over the past week, West Coast Sound has brought you interviews with local rappers whose music and lives have been profoundly affected by the L.A. riots. Today we present all of them together, beginning with a rare video of Tupac Shakur (above) giving his thoughts on the riots, a week after they ... More >>
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Luigi VenturaDito Montiel and Aqeela Sherrills at Occupy L.A.Woodrow Coleman came all the way from Long Beach to see the Arab Spring bloom in downtown L.A. The African-American septuagenarian with deep-set brown eyes and a woolly white tangle of beard sports a well-worn baseball cap that sug ... More >>
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Oscar de la Torre.The Santa Monica City Council has agreed to look into possible police misconduct after authorities put a school board member under suspicion for child endangerment and then dropped the investigation. The Santa Monica Police Department opened an investigation into Oscar de la ... More >>
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Death of a street sentinel
Should a movement to protect kids be named after an alleged gangbanger?
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Choc Nitty’s All-Star Ghetto Mixtape Tour... starring Six Reasons, DJ Ayah, Fleshless, Jay Rock, Jay Ridah, Fatso Fasano, Grown Mo and many more
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L.A.s Omar Cruz: Could he become the first Mexican-American rap star?
Federal trial exposes the Avenues of hate
After a five-year war, Snoop and Tha Dogg Pound reunite for love, profits and West Coast pride. Ben Quiñones catches the buzz.
Janice tries to invoke reason in her brother’s gang injunctions
“An American Family” role model faces a drug charge; ex-Crip and memoir writer haunted by his words
During a mysterious psychotic episode, a South African filmmaker threatened to kill his children. Did our justice system protect his family over the next year — or simply destroy it?
Meet Alonza Thomas, first-time juvenile offender, now superpredator
L.A. rapper Kam and the politics of love
Is The Game playing for keeps?
Peter Torres is the only LAPD officer who calls the hard streets of Newton Division home. Is he the next generation of L.A. policing?
After 27 years at the pulpit, and 12 as South-Central’s ranking ambassador, Cecil Murray, resigns as pastor of First AME
Thirty years of survival in the wild
Son of peace activist dies in party shooting
Compton’s evolution from mild-mannered L.A. backwater to ground zero of ghetto nation makes cowards — and accomplices — of us all
Excerpts from the L.A. Weekly’s interview with Martin Ludlow, candidate for the 10th Los Angeles City Council District
Nick Broomfield imitates life imitating art
An anecdotal history of the LAPD
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Who's Defacing Our Lady of South-Central
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