Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Former stuntman and flat-earth believer Michael ‘Mad Mike’ Hughes spent years trying to get as close to space as possible to see for himself if this planet is “shaped like a Frisbee.” That dream cost him his life Saturday when his homemade, steam-powered rocket had its parachute torn away during takeoff and nosedived about 5,000…
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A dramatic verdict was announced Monday morning in Harvey Weinstein’s months-long trial in New York City. The disgraced Miramax mogul was found guilty of a criminal sexual act and of third degree rape, and now faces up to four years in prison on the rape charge, and five to 25 years on the criminal sexual…
Vanessa Bryant has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company that was flying her husband, Kobe Bryant, their daughter Gianna, and other passengers, when the aircraft crashed on January 26. The complaint alleges that the pilot, Ara Zobayan,  was negligent and failed to “use ordinary care in piloting,” and that his employer, Island…
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It wasn’t a complete resurrection, but it’s as close as we’ll ever get. Should you ever doubt that a city can hold its collective breath, consider the night of Kobe Bryant’s collapse—April 12, 2013. Amid the airless, neon luxury of Staples Center, Kobe writhed on the hardwood, attempting to reconnect his ruptured Achilles tendon to…
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Kobe Bryant’s death on the morning of January 26 in Calabasas, in the crash of a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter that also killed his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, cut short the life of one of L.A.’s most dramatic, dynamic and—following an extended image-repair effort—beloved public figures. That the loss was at once so personal and…
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Early in-person voting in the California presidential primary kicked off in Los Angeles County this morning. Hundred of new “Vote Centers” were scheduled open their doors at 8 a.m., and many will remain open for eleven days until votes are counted on March 3. With the recent debacle at the Iowa caucus much on their…
Tuesday’s Democratic debate in Nevada was the first time former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg stepped onto the stage with the rest of the candidates—and he didn’t exactly have a night that was in line with his rising poll numbers. Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren took Bloomberg to task for the NDAs former female employees were…
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Insane Clown Posse has one of the most distinctive, loyal–and, at times, controversial–fanbases in pop music. And, this weekend, the face paint-sporting, Faygo-sipping crew will descend on DTLA en masse for Juggalo Weekend 2020. The festival consists of two live outdoor concerts at Pershing Square, with different performances by Insane Clown Posse to headline each…
Less than two years after billionaire surgeon Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong bought the Los Angeles Times, the paper is offering voluntary buyouts to its loyal, unionized employees. As CNN reports, the paper’s parent corporation, the California Times, made the pitch via email this week to staffers who have been with the company or its subsidiaries for…
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The combination of flaky dough and rich taste makes for a sweet beginning to the day. Here are four chocolate pastries that make our mouths water. Chocolate Croissant at Konbi At this tiny sandwich shop, pastry chef Jen Yee created an acclaimed version with French butter, Cacao Barry chocolate, and limited space and equipment. “We…