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The Seedy Underside of the '60s Surf Scene

'Vanity Fair' peeks into life of legendary Miki Dora, and the 'lost boys' who followed him

(Newser) - Three teens featured in a 1961 Life magazine article thrust California surfing life into the spotlight, a seemingly carefree existence of surf, sand, and sun. But as Sheila Weller explores in Vanity Fair , there were darker undertones floating underneath the Malibu surfing scene, an "underground saga" that often masked... More »

Intruder Shot, Guard Stabbed at Miranda Kerr's Mansion

Guard confronted man who jumped fence

(Newser) - An intruder was shot three times and a security guard was stabbed near the eye in a grim struggle outside Miranda Kerr's Malibu home Friday, police say. A neighbor says he and some workmen witnessed the fight and ran to help. He says the intruder kept trying to attack... More »

Brady Bunch Star Cashes In on Home She Bought at 11

Eve Plumb made a good investment in Malibu

(Newser) - Perhaps Jan Brady's catchphrase should have been "Money, Money, Money." Eve Plumb, the actress who played the Brady Bunch middle child has just sold the 850-square-foot Malibu home she bought as an 11-year-old in 1969. The $3.9 million sales price is more than 10 times her... More »

Man Almost Drives Over Ledge, Then Gets Hit by Bus

He became 'disoriented' after first crash in Malibu, Calif.

(Newser) - A man in Malibu, Calif., was hospitalized Saturday after being involved in not one, but two car accidents along a road winding through the area's canyons, KABC reports. Per a Facebook post by the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station, the driver—identified by the California Highway Patrol as Silviano... More »

Bruce Jenner Not Texting During Car Crash: Photo

Former Olympic athlete was smoking at the time

(Newser) - Looks like Bruce Jenner wasn't texting when he caused a fatal accident yesterday—so vehicular manslaughter charges may not be in the offing, TMZ reports. A photo snapped by an "independent photo agency" (TMZ's words) shows the former Olympian with a cigarette in his hand when he... More »

Bruce Jenner in Car Crash That Leaves 1 Dead

Jenner appears talking in pictures taken after accident

(Newser) - Bruce Jenner was in a car crash that involved several vehicles and left one person dead, the Los Angeles County sheriff's department says, per CNN . At least seven people were injured in the incident, Fox 11 reports, but a Jenner rep tells the AP he wasn't one... More »

U2 Guitarist Gets Green Light for Malibu Mansion Plans

The Edge must scale down his 5-structure oceanfront project, however

(Newser) - The California Coastal Commission staff has agreed to allow U2's guitarist to build a scaled-down compound in the mountains above Malibu . The staff recommended yesterday that the commission approve a smaller development than the one originally envisioned by David Evans, known better as "The Edge." Evans has... More »

Why Chris Brown Got Booted From Rehab

Judge orders R&B singer to stay in jail for a month

(Newser) - Chris Brown was kicked out of a Malibu rehab facility last week, and TMZ says it knows why. First off, he violated a rule specifically imposed on him because he assaulted Rihanna: to keep at least two feet away from all women (he touched a woman's hands and elbows).... More »

Malibu Tows Rotting Whale Carcass Out to Sea

Smell bothered millionaires

(Newser) - Malibu's version of a nightmare is over: A tugboat has towed the carcass of a 20-ton fin whale some 20 miles out to sea and away from the beach where it was decomposing , reports the AP . The tugboat crew was hired by a homeowners' association that took matters into... More »

20-Ton Whale Carcass Rotting on Malibu Beach

Officials not sure what to do, as whale carcass too weak to move

(Newser) - There's something rotten on one of the most exclusive beaches in Malibu—and it looks a lot like a 40,000-pound, 40-foot-long fin whale carcass. The remains are decaying close to homes owned by Barbra Streisand and Bob Dylan, and officials are at a loss about what to do,... More »

John Clark Gable's Girlfriend Found Dead in Their Home

Officials probe mystery death in Malibu digs of actor's son

(Newser) - Officials are investigating the sudden death of the 41-year-old girlfriend of Clark Gable's son in the couple's Malibu home. John Clark Gable told police that Christiane Candace Lange retired early to bed earlier this week because she wasn't feeling well. He discovered her unresponsive the next morning... More »

Dick Clark's Flintstone-y Mansion for Sale

Malibu estate listed for $3.5M

(Newser) - Dick Clark has put his 23-acre mountaintop home in Malibu up for sale for $3.5 million, reports Forbes . This one seems to be drawing lots of attention because the home looks like it's straight out of the Flintstones, notes the Los Angeles Times , which says the interior has... More »

U2 Guitarist Loses Bid to Build 5 Coastal Mansions

The Edge wants a grand, 156-acre development in Malibu

(Newser) - California coastal officials have rejected the quaint plan from U2 guitarist the Edge (aka David Evans) to put up five mansions on an environmentally sensitive ridgeline above Malibu, reports the Los Angeles Times . "In 38 years of this commission's existence, this is one of the three worst projects... More »

Scarlett, Penn Can't Keep Hands Off Each Other

They reportedly go PDA crazy at correspondents dinner

(Newser) - The May-November romance of sexy celebs Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn is heating up. The two reportedly engaged in a slightly disconcerting super-hot make-out session smack dab in the middle of the White House Correspondents Dinner over the weekend. Scarlett, 26, couldn't keep her paws off 50-year-old Sean, even... More »

What a $5,600-a-Week Luxury Detox Is Like

Painful at first, but by the end...

(Newser) - On the first day of her $5,600-per-week stay at a ritzy Malibu detox ranch, Christina Binkley was awakened at 5:30am to do yoga, eat a tiny frittata, and then go on a 12-mile hike. "The scenery was gorgeous," she writes in the Wall Street Journal , but... More »

Mel Gibson 'a Gentleman' After Crashing His Maserati

Malibu crash could've happened to anyone, cops say

(Newser) - Mel Gibson is, for a change, in the news because of an actual car crash instead of the trainwreck that has become his life. A rep for the actor says he's doing "fine" after losing control of his 2008 Maserati and hitting a rocky hillside in Malibu on Sunday... More »

Woman Fleeing Assailant Jumps off Malibu Cliff

Attacker tried to sexually assault jogger, fled in her car

(Newser) - A woman jumped off a cliff to escape a man who was attempting to sexually assault her at a California state park, the LA County sheriff's department says. The woman, who had been jogging in Malibu, suffered cuts and bruises after falling about 100 feet and landing on the beach.... More »

Wells Fargo Exec Squats in Foreclosed Beach House

Owner of $12M spread was Madoff victim

(Newser) - Wells Fargo has tried to distance itself from an executive who allegedly hung out in a bank-owned $12 million beach house, promising “decisive action” against any employee “who may have violated Wells Fargo’s policies.” Cheronda Guyton, the senior VP in charge of foreclosed commercial properties, allegedly... More »

Heidi, Seal Renew Vows 'White Trash' Style

Couple expecting baby girl

(Newser) - Heidi Klum and Seal decided to go more backwoods than Hollywood when they renewed their wedding vows—an annual tradition for the couple—over the weekend, Us Weekly reports. The theme of the Malibu beach party was "white trash," a witness says. Klum wore her hair in cornrows;... More »

U2 Star Plans 5 Malibu Homes; Locals Annoyed

The Edge's project raises concerns about environment

(Newser) - U2’s the Edge is ruffling the feathers of some of his fellow Malibu residents with a plan to build five houses atop a hill overlooking the Pacific, the Los Angeles Times reports. Both potential neighbors and California preservation agencies charge that David Evans' project is too ambitious for the... More »

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