Many updates at the bottom: Three are now reported dead; L.A. authorities are on heightened alert. First posted at 12:23 p.m.
See also: L.A. Witness In Boston: 'We Were Caught Between 2 Explosions.'
About a half-dozen people were injured in two mid-race explosions at the Boston Marathon today, acc ... More >>
By Alan Scherstuhl
Editor's note: Alan Scherstuhl sometimes writes about country music for our sister blog at the Village Voice.
Brad Paisley, "Southern Comfort Zone"
Current Billboard Country Singles Chart Position: 10
The Verdict: Holy shit, songs on the radio can still be important!
In this ... More >>
What could you buy with $16.9 million?
George Joseph, the billionaire auto-insurance magnate, hopes it will be enough to score votes from a plurality of Californians -- that's how much of his personal fortune he'd spent, as of Nov. 3, to push Proposition 33. (For the latest, check out the nonpartis ... More >>
It is difficult to capture the hyper-sincere flim-flammery that is our good ol' crazy Uncle Joe. Doesn't he seem like the kind of well-meaning yet obtuse relative who'd ask you to reach into his pocket for some sticky gumdrops covered with lint?
Like someone on the autism spectrum, Vice President ... More >>
Did you play the presidential drinking game on Wednesday night? Well, even if you think you did, you probably didn't -- mainly because if you're reading this then chances are you're still alive and not the victim of massive, massive case of alcohol poisoning.
I mean, we get it, no one really plays ... More >>
In his 30 years in Congress, Howard Berman has established a reputation as a savvy Washington operator. That reputation has become his chief selling point now that he's fighting for his political life.Berman's supporters like to note that he has a long list of bills to his name, on topics as diverse ... More >>
ReutersXi knows how to party.China and Los Angeles are BFFing out of control right now.
After L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took a $30,000-a-day tour of Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai in December, one of China's top officials is returning the favor:
Vice President Xi Jinping, fully expec ... More >>
Associated PressDoesn't Biden get a No. 2? Racism, we tell yaBarack Obama and the lagging Los Angeles Lakers meet again, for their annual shoot-the-shit play date!
A presidential elbow-rub is apparently one of the perks of winning NBA titles -- and both parties are milking this photo op for ... More >>
Bill Clinton is at UCLA tonight.Those dueling visits by presidents Obama and Clinton we told you about have turned into another classic bout between archrivals USC and UCLA, and we have to ask: Which school is getting the better speaker?
Obama is heading to USC next Friday (Oct. 22) to speak ... More >>
Obama returns to L.A. next week.POTUS overload, L.A? President Clinton is visiting Los Angeles Friday to whip up support for gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown.
Then President Obama is back in town the next Friday raise funds for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, who's defending her seat.
After th ... More >>
Bill Rosendahl.It was the Great Traffic Jam of 2010. And no matter how faithfully they display their Obama/Biden bumper stickers, many Westsiders are pissed. When President Obama visited the Westside for a Democrat fundraiser Monday evening some of the area's main arteries, including Olympic ... More >>
Papa Michael Reagan.After his son was arrested outside his San Fernando Valley home, Michael Reagan, himself the son of late President Ronald Reagan, compared his progeny's arrest to that of black Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. outside his own home in July.
"Where is the American Ci ... More >>
If you're thinking of getting a glimpse of President Barack Obama, here's his itinerary from City News Service, and Yo! Venice offered a link to the signup sheet for attending the Town Hall (but alas, the seats are now all gone). It will be interesting to see whether the President announces any Los ... More >>
The L.A. County Federation of Labor, to which I belong as a union delegate, threw an Inauguration Day viewing breakfast this morning. Like the Fed's annual Labor Day breakfast and other early morning rallies, this one showed some health-consciousness in the chicken sausage cakes and turkey bacon off ... More >>
. . . or is this frame from Fox News' scary trailer really depicting Barack Obama and Rahm Emmanuel as Othello and Iago? Just askin'.The ad, seen here from YouTube, caused a stir on News Hounds and the Huffington Post last month, with writers noting the commercial's use of dark, Omen-lik ... More >>
BY MARC COOPER
Yo via Blackberry!
I'm at McCain rally right now Monday nite in Henderson, Nevada on outskirts of Las Vegas.
A poor turnout my friends. I got here 3 hrs ago to beat the crowds. But my daughter just arrived as program is beginning and she got in.
This venue holds about 5k and is n ... More >>
When I asked the security guard stationed in the upper reaches of the Sun Dome on the campus of Tampa‚Äôs University of Southern Florida (home of the Bulls) how many people were on hand, he smiled and said, "I don't know, but a lot more than they expected. That's why this section is open."
From wh ... More >>
By Daniel Heimpel
Saturday was a little weird. First, I was in Carson. Second, I was eating a chicken sandwich from KFC. And third, Sarah Palin was coming to town. Seated at a concrete table in front of the fast food restaurant, I had a good view of the action. A large group of predominantly black ... More >>
BY MARC COOPER
Washington D.C. -- I had a grand time watching the debate in the jam-packed Hawk 'n Dove bar up on Capitol Hill. Lots of roaring and cheering as almost the entire crowd was gleefully playing Palin Bingo.
I have so far refused to take Governor Gidget seriously and will hold to my vow ... More >>
All the talking heads are saying that the key to Sarah Palin's success in Thursday night's Vice Presidential debate with Joe Biden is to "let Sarah be Sarah."
I'm not entirely sure what that means, but I think the gist of it is that Palin has been over-managed by handlers who are stuffing her head ... More >>
By now you've seen Obama's speech and heard it sliced and diced ad nauseum. Or, maybe not. The news cycle seems to have shrunk from an already truncated 24-hours to about twelve as the morning talk shows focus on McCain's bizarre choice of Sarah Palin for running mate. Good judgment, John. It does r ... More >>