Saturday, January 25, 2020
The Los Angeles City Council voted to approve a temporary ban on private detention centers in the city on Wednesday, in an attempt to prevent the opening of a controversial immigrant youth facility in Arleta that has drawn backlash from immigrants rights advocates. The motion, which was authored by Councilwoman Nury Martinez, will block the…
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» Annabella Sciorra testified in court that Harvey Weinstein raped her. The Sopranos star offered excruciating detail of an assault and pattern of inappropriate behavior. She is one of several women expected to testify in his New York trial.  [The New York Times] » K-Pop sensation BTS just became the first Korean act to ever have a platinum…
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Eating at the all the restaurants in our January guide to L.A.’s best new restaurants is totally doable, but it would take a while and cost significantly more than 80 bucks. That’s where our annual Best New Restaurants Celebration comes in. A mix of honorees from this year and previous years gather in one place to…
Trump administration officials stay pressed when it comes to teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg. The latest grown adult to express dissatisfaction that a 17-year-old girl with Asperger’s has renewed global youth enthusiasm in the environmental movement is treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin. The cabinet member spent precious moments of his press briefing at the World…
A U.N. report says that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have been behind the May, 2018, hacking of Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos’s phone. A statement released Wednesday by two United Nations special rapporteurs accuses Prince Salman of sending malware to Bezos’s iPhone X, giving his regime access to the…
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The official paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama are going on a whistle-stop tour. The Obama portrait tour will bring the works, which have been wildly popular with visitors since going on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in 2018, to five museums across the country, including LACMA. LACMA will be the third stop…
Longtime KCRW DJ Anne Litt has just been named the station’s new music director (or program director of music, as her official title will read). She’s the first woman to lead the beloved local tastemaker music station, which has a national reputation for breaking new music. Litt’s been on air at KCRW since 1996, and…
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Before Dennis Hopper was Frank, the PBR-swilling heavy in Blue Velvet, even before he embarked on Easy Rider, a project that defined an entire generation, he was a prolific photographer. In fact, he was so frequently seen with a Nikon camera—a gift from his wife, Brooke—dangling around his neck, his friends took to calling him…
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» Another parent involved in the college admissions scandal has entered a guilty plea. Karen Littlefair of Newport Beach is alleged to have paid for a stand-in to take Georgetown University classes online, pretending to be her son. Her son graduated, but the university has stated it could revoke the degree.  [Orange County Register] » Greta Gerwig,…
Only days before the presentation of the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, an explosive discrimination claim that raises questions about the integrity of voting and charges a “secret committee” chooses certain performers and songs is casting a cloud over “music’s biggest night.” It was filed on behalf of Deborah Dugan, who was put…