• Torched Dancer Suspects Nabbed A joint effort by police and U.S. Marshals netted the two suspects who allegedly set bikini dancer Roberta Busby afire in the early morning hours of last Thursday. Rianne Theriault-Odom, 27, and Nathaniel Petrillo, 22, were run to ground at a San Fernando Valley motel Monday afternoon.

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  • A Break in Silver Lake Crime Wave? Police have arrested two men and two juveniles in possible connection with 10 robberies that have plagued the Silver Lake-Echo Park area since December 30.
  • Depends What You Mean by "Welfare" Nadya Suleman's publicist has confirmed to the L.A. Times that the mother of octuplets is receiving public assistance ($490 per month in food stamps plus federal funds for three disabled children). Michael Furtney says Suleman, who has denied taking welfare money, does not consider the assistance she receives to be welfare.
  • Median Home Prices Plunge 35 Percent L.A. Business Journal reports that L.A. County home prices fell steeply in January since one year ago, citing a study by the Long Island-based HomeDataCorp. An L.A. Times Business page piece recently reported that the real estate Web site Zillow.com has been disputing the way median home values are calculated, claiming they are being underestimated.
  • Villaraigosa: A Half-Term Act II? Associated Press says that L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who faces no credible opposition to his bid for re-election this March, won't promise that he'll serve out a second term. The report says he is eyeing the 2010 governor's race -- a competition that could see Villaraigosa run smack up against San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
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  • Punch Line Actor-comedian Faizon Love (Wonderland) was charged Monday with slugging a man outside the Standard Hotel last month. A District Attorney's office press release claimed Love got into a verbal confrontation with a group of people outside the trendy West Hollywood inn before striking the man twice. A prosecutor is asking that Love, who has not yet been arraigned, post $30,000 bond.


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