Mark Twain said a classic book is a work that everyone wants to have read but no one actually reads. For many Angelenos, Herman Melville's Moby Dick is just such a classic. It's a book set in New England at a time when whaling was an enterprise and tattoos were terrifying. Melville's world is a star ... More >>
Elected board members of the Los Angeles Unified School District -- the second largest public school system in the country -- unanimously approved a Parent Trigger for the 24th Street Elementary School in West Adams. It's a first for L.A. Unified, and Los Angeles mayoral candidates are weighing in o ... More >>
See also: *Family Fun Arcade Prepares to Close After Four Decades *10 Best Arcades in L.A. At 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, the Granada Hills shopping center that is home to Family Fun Arcade was so full that guys in neon raincoats were directing traffic. But the crowd wasn't here for gaming action -- ... More >>
As expected, the L.A. City Council gave its final unanimous approval this afternoon to a new zoning code that will allow for the Manhattanization/Blade Runner-ization of Hollywood. Opposition to the plan has been long and loud. Hollywood preservationists are hoarse from screaming at city leaders, w ... More >>
In 1997, 18-year-old Andre Wilks broke into a Nissan Maxima parked outside of a Target store in Granada Hills and stole a cell phone. The vehicle burglary qualified as a third strike for Wilks, who had been convicted in 1995 for a purse-snatching spree committed one week after he turned 16. If the ... More >>
One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here. When Alice Shin's brother-in-law phoned her to say that he'd gotten his hands on a truck they could use to begin peddling tacos filled with Korean-style barbecued meats, as the ... More >>
Shawn Tischler, missing denizen of Venice Beach By Carly Klein Schizophrenic former TV extra Shawn William Tischler went missing May 27 in Pacoima, and his father is asking the Los Angeles public's help in finding the slight, tattooed Venice regular who "doesn't know who he is and gets confus ... More >>
ryanorourke.orgRalphs meat aisle: No longer to be trustedGoddammit -- we might as well have splurged on Whole Foods. An investigation by the L.A. City Attorney's Office, unveiled in May 2010, found that 14 different Ralphs stores throughout L.A. County had been overcharging for prepackaged m ... More >>
New, improved Hollywood BoulevardLos Angeles City Hall produces padded "population growth estimates" for L.A., an over-jammed city now driving away more humans than it attracts. Now, Antonio Villaraigosa and Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner are using the junk data to further remake Hollywood. Cit ... More >>
â€‹Had D.A. Steve Cooley been elected attorney general, the odds-on favorite to replace him would have been his third-ranking administrator, Jacquelyn P. Lacey.Lacey, 53, was considered most likely to get Cooley's support for the appointment. She's also a Democrat and an African-American, which woul ... More >>
Google MapsVenice Breakwater.A fisherman died as he was fishing on the rock pile known as the Venice Breakwater over the weekend, reportedly as he bent down to wash his hands in the ocean. He fell in and people flagged down police about 11 p.m. Saturday, according to Fox 11 News and other rep ... More >>
Who says you can't make a profit selling medical marijuana? Despite the protestations of numerous medical weed store owners, who regularly gripe that they're just making ends meet, Los Angeles Police Department found a detailed list of the hefty profits made on different marijuana strains sold at ... More >>
Has Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti flip-flopped on medical weed shops?It was only a few weeks ago, on November 6, that Garcetti, now a leading voice in the debate over a medical marijuana ordinance, told L.A. Weekly that he thought medical marijuana stores don't "need to be everywh ... More >>
But will he be thwarted by cute raccoons and stubborn goats?
As a media throng watched from behind yellow crime scene tape, dozens of law enforcement and forensic experts on Monday began excavating a small piece of land along the 23 Freeway in Moorpark where police believe child serial murderer Mack Ray Edwards buried 16-year-old Roger Dale Madison 40 years a ... More >>
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