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Only Food Critic to Win a Pulitzer Dies

Jonathan Gold of the 'LA Times' dead at 57, only weeks after pancreatic cancer diagnosis

(Newser) - Jonathan Gold was a restaurant critic, the only one to win a Pulitzer Prize for his efforts, and he was 57 when pancreatic cancer ended his life on Saturday—just a few weeks after his diagnosis. He was also a gentle giant in an industry that has now lost two... More »

Woman Killed in Hostage Standoff at Trader Joe's

Man in custody after shooting grandmother, car chase, gun battle, taking hostages

(Newser) - A California domestic dispute spiraled out of control Saturday, ending with the death of a complete stranger. Police say that an unidentified 28-year-old male got in a fight with his grandmother, shot her at least seven times, then forced another female into the grandmother's Toyota and fled, reports the... More »

Future Trips to Hollywood Sign Could Take Just 6 Minutes

Warner Bros. reveals $100M plan for tram to ease traffic

(Newser) - Getting to the Hollywood sign could take only six traffic-free minutes if Warner Bros. has its way. As a means of solving the problem of congestion on roads and hiking trails leading to the famed attraction, the entertainment company says it will pay to build a mile-long, pay-per-ride tramway that... More »

Former Basketball Star Dies in Police Standoff

Tyler Honeycutt apparently took his own life

(Newser) - A former college basketball star who later played for the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets was found dead Saturday after exchanging gunfire with the LAPD, the LA Times reports. SWAT officers responded to a "man with a gun" call at the Sherman Oaks, Calif., home of Tyler Honeycutt, where... More »

Check Out Gang Members' New Weapon: the 'Ghost Gun'

Buyers purchase an 'unfinished receiver' and do the rest themselves

(Newser) - Dozens of firearms lay spread out on tables at the LAPD's Hollywood station this week—all seized in a six-month undercover sting against LA-area gangs, the LA Times reports. What's unusual is that they're all "ghost guns," partly homemade weapons without serial numbers traceable by... More »

He Climbed a Freeway Sign, Then Put on a Show

Environmental activist arrested for his traffic-stopping stunt in Los Angeles

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times describes him as an "aspiring rapper," but Alexander Dunn apparently aspired to snarl traffic and get arrested instead on Wednesday. The 29-year-old performer, sans shirt but with boxer shorts, ascended an exit sign around 8am on one of the 110 Freeway's southbound offramps,... More »

Elon Musk Throws Party for Flamethrower Buyers

First 1K could pick them up in person

(Newser) - The first 1,000 customers who bought flamethrowers from Elon Musk at $500 a pop could pick them up on Saturday, though they're now labeled "Not a Flamethrower" to get around pesky regulations about transporting flamethrowers between states. Musk—who sold 20,000 of the devices to raise... More »

Son of Hollywood Actors Accused in Random Attacks

Redmond O'Neal allegedly attacked five men in early May

(Newser) - The son of two famous Hollywood actors is accused of conducting a crime spree in Southern California that left one man stabbed in the face and lying in a pool of blood, USA Today reports. Police say Redmond O'Neal, the son of actor Ryan O'Neal and late actor... More »

Sons of Anarchy Star Alan O'Neill Dead at 47

Irish actor was found unconscious n LA apartment

(Newser) - Sons of Anarchy stars are mourning fellow cast member Alan O'Neill, who died after being found unconscious by his girlfriend in their Los Angeles apartment Wednesday night, Variety reports. He was 47. The Irish actor starred as former "True IRA" member Hugh in the sixth and seventh seasons... More »

Woman's Ashes Reportedly Thrown at LAPD Chief

Suspect is aunt of Wakiesha Wilson, who died in jail

(Newser) - "That's Wakiesha! She's gonna stay with you!" a relative of a woman who died in police custody shouted at a meeting of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners Tuesday, moments after throwing what appeared to be ashes at Police Chief Charlie Beck. The scene erupted... More »

Handprints Helped Save Boy Stuck in LA Sewers

Jesse Hernandez was rescued after 13 hours

(Newser) - The story of 13-year-old Jesse Hernandez might have had a far more tragic ending if not for handprints the boy left on a tunnel wall after he plummeted through a broken plank into the Los Angeles sewer system. After hours of searching Sunday, city workers put cameras tethered with 1,... More »

After Frantic 13-Hour Search, News on Boy Who Fell in Drainpipe

13-year-old Jesse Hernandez found safe after falling into drainpipe

(Newser) - A family in Los Angeles just got their own Easter miracle. Jesse Hernandez, a 13-year-old who fell into a drainage pipe while picnicking in Griffith Park on Sunday with relatives, spurring a massive search, was found "alert and talking" in the sewer system Monday morning, fire officials tell the... More »

Surprise Corey Feldman Tweet: 'I Was Attacked 2nite!'

Actor says man opened his car door and stabbed him in attempted murder

(Newser) - Corey Feldman has said he wants to blow Hollywood open and expose the pedophilia that lies within, and he has also said he's been targeted for these allegations. Early Wednesday, a new development: a series of all-caps tweets from the actor showing him in what appears to be a... More »

Introducing America's Most Expensive Home

'The One' goes up for sale this year for $500M

(Newser) - The priciest home in America is set to hit the market in Los Angeles later this year. Nile Niami, the developer known for such epic real-estate offerings as the $100 million " Opus " in Beverly Hills, has been working on " The One " in Bel Air for years.... More »

Nun Involved in Katy Perry Lawsuit Collapses in Court, Dies

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman was 89

(Newser) - A nun who was involved in a lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles died Friday after collapsing during a court appearance, the AP reports. Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, had served the church "with dedication and love for many years,... More »

School Closed Over Threatening Post on Ex-NFLer's Instagram

Post on Jonathan Martin's account tagged 2 ex-teammates he accused of bullying him

(Newser) - A Los Angeles prep school was closed Friday and a former NFL player detained by police over an Instagram post showing a gun and shells on a bed, Deadspin reports. According to the Los Angeles Times , the image was posted to a verified Instagram account belonging to ex-offensive lineman Jonathan... More »

Family Says Son Died After Lyft Driver Left Him on Freeway

23-year-old Justin Lavelle killed by hit-and-run driver Jan. 31

(Newser) - The California Highway Patrol is investigating after a 23-year-old Lyft passenger somehow ended up on a Los Angeles freeway, where he was killed by a hit-and-run driver, CBS Los Angeles reports. According to NBC Los Angeles , Justin Lavelle was taking a Lyft from West Hollywood to Long Beach early Jan.... More »

Deputy Was Shot in Head 23 Years Ago. He Died Tuesday

Steven Belanger had bullet lodged in brain since 1994 shooting

(Newser) - A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy died Tuesday, 23 years after he was shot in the head, permanently lodging a bullet in his brain, the Los Angeles Times report. In December 1994, 29-year-old deputy Steven Belanger pulled over a driver he recognized as an assault suspect. He was... More »

10 Worst Cities for Traffic

Sorry, drivers of Los Angeles

(Newser) - It's not a title that Los Angeles drivers want, but it's one that probably won't surprise them much. INRIX, a company that specializes in transportation data, calls LA the most congested city in the world for traffic in its annual report card . The results show that Los... More »

Actress' Sister Goes Missing in Los Angeles

Julia Kebbel was last seen walking her dog late Wednesday night

(Newser) - One actress put out a call for help finding her missing brother over the weekend, with sad results . Now, another actress is looking for a missing sibling. Arielle Kebbel, who's set to appear in Fifty Shades Freed, posted to Instagram on Saturday that her sister Julia Kebbel hasn't... More »

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