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Suspects in Chase Drive Right to LAPD Headquarters

Whoops

(Newser) - It hasn't been a good week for drivers in LA leading police on high-speed chases. Early yesterday evening, one suspect led cops on a 100mph pursuit through the streets of Hollywood before unsuccessfully trying to escape on foot, the Los Angeles Times reports. Then three other suspects apparently wanted... More »

Teacher on Leave for Saying Teacher-Student Sex Is OK

Sean Kane Facebook rant: Students at sex party should've 'kept stupid mouths shut'

(Newser) - Two female teachers at West Covina's South Hills High School were arrested on suspicion of having sex with students, and not only is their co-worker, art teacher Sean Kane, upset about their arrests—he apparently thinks teacher-student sex is OK all around, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kane, a... More »

2 Tuskegee Airmen, Lifelong Friends, Die on Same Day

Clarence Huntley Jr., Joseph Shambrey were both 91 and living in LA

(Newser) - Two members of the Tuskegee Airmen—the famed all-black squadron that flew in World War II—died on the same day. The men, lifelong friends who enlisted together, were both 91. Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey died on Jan. 5 in their Los Angeles homes, relatives said yesterday.... More »

Why LA Gangs Are Fading Away

Pacific Standard looks at surprising decline in gang activity

(Newser) - Seven years ago, Simon Tejada tried selling his house in a gang-ravaged part of Los Angeles. But the three-bedroom appraised at $350,000 only drew a $150,000 offer: "Your house is fine," said the guy making an offer. "The neighborhood's awful." Last year, however,... More »

How a Criminal Found America's First Big Sex Tape

And distributed it with money from a mobster's son

(Newser) - Remember an old sex tape, before Kim Kardashian, starring an actress and a rocker on a yacht? Well, the 1996 video that fully unveiled Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee only went public because an electrician stole it, a mobster's son funded it, and lawyers couldn't contain it, Rolling ... More »

LA's Warm Streak Ends at 375 Days

It didn't hit 60 degrees for first time in more than a year

(Newser) - It was 48-below in Daniel, Wyoming, before sunrise today, it snowed in Vegas , and the average temperature in the Lower 48 states was 14 degrees, making for the coldest December morning in 16 years, reports the Washington Post . But in the everything's-relative department, the Los Angeles Times points out... More »

Hearse Stolen Outside Church, Casket Inside

Family chases down thief four blocks away

(Newser) - A pastor's wife says a hearse was stolen from outside a Southern California church ahead of funeral services with a casket inside. The Los Angeles Times reports that the hearse was idling outside Ebenezer Baptist Church in South Los Angeles while the funeral director arranged flowers for Saturday morning... More »

America's Only 'Art Cop' Just Cracked a Big Case

$10M in stolen paintings recovered

(Newser) - One of the biggest art heists in Los Angeles history has been cracked by the country's only full-time art cop. Nine paintings stolen from a wealthy real-estate investor's home in 2008, including works by Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera, were recovered after Detective Donald Hrycyk got a tip... More »

LAPD to Get a Body Camera for Every Cop

City to buy 7K cameras, mayor says

(Newser) - Los Angeles has announced the country's biggest police body camera program so far, with plans to buy 7,000 cameras to record every LAPD officer's interaction with the public. The rollout will begin with 800 body cameras funded by $1.5 million in private donations, and Mayor Eric... More »

Another (Different) Reason to Fear an LA Quake

Los Angeles has 3 main aqueducts, and they cross the San Andreas fault

(Newser) - Here's an unfortunate hypothetical: An earthquake strikes along the San Andreas fault, damaging three aqueducts that cross it some 32 times. Those aqueducts supply Los Angeles with all but 12% of its water—meaning a serious quake could ultimately leave 22 million people without water. (There would be about... More »

Massive LA Fire Treated as Arson

Building under construction was controversial for pedestrian bridge

(Newser) - A huge blaze that destroyed an apartment tower under construction in downtown Los Angeles overnight is being investigated as possible arson, the LA Times reports. Such big fires are always treated as criminal acts, a fire captain says, but "it's very rare for the entire building to be... More »

'Chinese Beverly Hills' Comes to America

Wealthy buyers snap up McMansions in Arcadia, Calif.

(Newser) - Dozens of new McMansions are cropping up in an LA suburb with the usual wine cellars and marble-lined entry halls. What's turning heads: Asians are buying most of the properties and transforming Arcadia, Calif., into what some call the "Chinese Beverly Hills," the LA Times reports. In... More »

LA to Protesters: No Need to Pay Bail, Go Eat Dinner

Those arrested in Ferguson protests get a reprieve

(Newser) - "We have every legal right to keep them until they post bail," says a Los Angeles police commander—but the city won't. People who are currently in jail after being arrested in Los Angeles while protesting the Ferguson grand jury decision are being released in time for... More »

Ladies, Meet the Lumbersexual

He's the answer to the metrosexual and the latest thing in men's fashion

(Newser) - He's unshaven, a little dirty, and dresses like a woodsman. No, he's not a slob, he's … sexy? This guy—think Tim "the Tool Man" Taylor, Nick Offerman, or Chuck Norris—is a lumbersexual, apparently. And just what is that? He's the opposite of the... More »

Report: Black Man Secretly Helped Great Crime Writers

Gumshoe Samuel Marlowe apparently wrote to Chandler, Hammett

(Newser) - Two great American crime novelists may have relied on a man unknown to history—a black detective in Los Angeles—to help them get their facts straight, the LA Times reports. Samuel Marlowe, said to be the city's first black gumshoe, worked for celebrities, studios, and speakeasies in the... More »

Los Angeles Skyline Is About to Change

City will no longer require flat tops for helicopters

(Newser) - Los Angeles isn't exactly known for its skyline, and one reason for that is the longstanding Regulation 10, which ensured that buildings had helipads on top. Last month, however, the fire department decided to drop the rule, the New York Times reports. After all, only once in the rule'... More »

Masked LA Bus Rider's Threat: 'I Have Ebola!'

Driver quarantined amid terror investigation

(Newser) - In what authorities are investigating as a possible terrorist threat, a masked man on a Los Angeles bus announced yesterday afternoon: "Don't mess with me, I have Ebola!" The passenger's warning—which officials think was a hoax—prompted the driver to be quarantined as officials try... More »

Elderly LA Woman Vanishes, Found Years Later in Maine

Sarah Cheiker apparently gave her money to 3 companions

(Newser) - An elderly woman is still fuming after three people allegedly took her money and left her to live in squalor in rural Maine, a source tells the LA Times . The paper today revisits a story that has its start around 2008, when three people randomly knocked on the Los Angeles... More »

NFL Could Have an LA Team in a Year: Report

Rams, Chargers, Raiders possibilities to move

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Rams? The LA Chargers? How about the Raiders? Southern California football fans may be in luck: An insider tells Pro Football Talk that Los Angeles could have its own team, or two, in the next 12 to 24 months. The Chargers, Raiders, and Rams—all of which... More »

Family: We Know Who Killed Bugsy Siegel

Descendants of Siegel's business partner name the gunman

(Newser) - Before dying of cancer, a 71-year-old realtor sat down with Los Angeles Magazine to make a startling claim: He knows who killed infamous mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. What's more, he says, the gunman did it for love. The story goes back to the 1940s, when LA mobsters began... More »

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