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After Our Uber Exposé, Their PR Team Tried to Dupe Us

Yesterday — barely 24 hours after we published a first-person essay critical of Uber — L.A. Weekly's editorial assistant was contacted by a stranger offering a first-person essay about how great Uber is. It was kind of strange. It was purportedly written by a former taxi driver named Cabdi Xuseen ("Confessions......

Dreaming Sin Fronteras

After L.A.-based actor Antonio Mercado's mother died of cancer, he found himself back in his native Denver, teaching high school. There he found himself struck by just how many of his straight-A students were undocumented — and that high school graduation left these otherwise all-American kids bereft of options. That......
Actors in Dreaming Sin Fronteras

A Night of Stories About Growing Up as an Undocumented Immigrant

When Alejandra Cardenas was shot that terrible night at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012, many thoughts and images raced through her head. The tear gas, followed by the screaming. The shotgun pellets fired into her leg. The terrible scenes she saw as her boyfriend carried her out of......

L.A. Weekly's Pancake Breakfast 2014

For office drones, brunch options can be sadly limited. After all, we can only gorge ourselves in a few select prelunch hours on the weekends — and since far too many people in this giant metropolis have the same limited availability, the best places in town tend to be jam-packed......
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Is "Louis Slungpue" a Firefighter? He Says So on KFI

"Louis Slungpue," the fake DWP spokesman who briefly convinced reporters at ABC7 on Tuesday that flooding at UCLA might have been caused by a cherry bomb down a toilet, or "a real large dump," is an instant prankster folk hero. We weren't the least bit surprised to learn that the man......
Gene Maddaus

Gene Maddaus Named L.A. Press Club Journalist of the Year – Again

The L.A. Weekly's Gene Maddaus defended his title as Journalist of the Year at last night's 2014 SoCal Journalism Awards, taking the night's top honors for the second year running. Judges called Maddaus "a clear winner in a field fraught with talent." The Weekly took an additional six first-place honors, sweeping some......
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The Last Confession Suggests It's Not Easy Being Pope (GO!)

The Last Confession couldn't be more timely: A new pope shakes up the old guard with his insistence on humble living, refusing to hold a papal coronation or employ the traditional royal "we." He even hints at an openness toward birth control. But the play, at the Ahmanson through July......
Amy Alkon and a fan at her book party in Brentwood June 2.

Good Advice, Bad Words: Amy Alkon Explains It All in Brentwood

Amy Alkon, the "Advice Goddess" who has played Ann Landers at laweekly.com and other newspapers and websites for more than 20 years, was doing what she does best to a standing-room-only crowd at Diesel Books in Brentwood last night: giving solicited advice. How to split checks on girls' night out, one fan......
V. Stiviano

The 5 Most Delusional Things V. Stiviano Said on Dr. Phil

Today Donald Sterling's "visor-wearing personal assistant," the "unknown mystery brunette" whose "15 minutes of fame started ticking" when TMZ revealed tapes of her conversations with Clippers owner Sterling, made an appearance on Dr. Phil. And it was EPIC. Forget Barbara Walter's soft-eyed gaze and gauzy questions designed to let a gal explain......