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  • Film Review: ‘Little Woods’ April 20, 2019
    So much of the recent political debate has focused on the United States’ southern border, and on the threat of illegal drugs and criminals filtering up through Mexico. But what of the north, where Americans traffic opiates and prescription pills from Canada across a border that runs nearly three times as long? “Little Woods” opens […]
    Peter Debruge
  • SiriusXM Unveils $8 Essential Plan for Consumers Without Cars April 20, 2019
    SiriusXM wants to cater consumers without cars, or cars without compatible stereos, with a new $8 plan for mobile and in-home listening. Dubbed SiriusXM Essential, the plan offers access to 200+ channels featuring the network’s entire music programming, as well comedy, news and select sports channels. Consumers will be able to test the new plan […]
    Janko Rottgers
  • Why John Lithgow Worried About Starring in Broadway’s ‘Hillary and Clinton’ April 20, 2019
    When Lucas Hnath first conceived of “Hillary and Clinton” in 2008, he was writing for and about a very different America. Now, a total reimagining of the show has made its way to Broadway with Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in the titular roles. At the opening on Thursday night, the cast and creatives talked […]
    marcmalkin
  • Adam Lambert Back to ‘Idol’ to Mentor Finalists Through Queen’s Catalog April 20, 2019
    Adam Lambert famously launched his career on “American Idol” a decade ago performing a brilliant audition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He wrapped that amazing eighth season performing with the band on the season finale, and years later earned his current spot as the front man touring as Queen + Adam Lambert. On April 28, Lambert comes full circle as he st […]
    chrislwillman
  • Beyonce’s Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping $60 Million (EXCLUSIVE) April 19, 2019
    Netflix has become a destination for television visionaries like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, with deals worth $100 million and $250 million, respectively, and top comedians like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle ($40 million and $60 million, respectively). The streaming giant, which just announced it’s added nearly 10 million subscribers in Q1, is honing in [ […]
    Shirley Halperin
  • Synthplex Conference Draws 2,500 Electronic Music Enthusiasts to Burbank April 19, 2019
    The inaugural SYNTHPLEX Music Conference, held in Burbank on March 28 through 31, drew more than 2,500 electronic music enthusiasts. The confab included performances, lectures and, most importantly, hands-on time with instrument manufacturers — from marquee names like Roland and Elektron down to smaller, more boutique modular companies. Among the highlights […]
    Shirley Halperin
  • ‘Field of Dreams’ Turns 30: Why the Baseball Classic Still Holds a Special Place in America’s Hearts (and Heartland) April 19, 2019
    Humphrey Bogart never said, “Play it again, Sam” in the 1942 Oscar-winning classic “Casablanca.” In fact, no one says it in the movie. And the mysterious voice in the adored 1989 fantasy film “Field of Dreams” does not tell Kevin Costner: “If you build it, they will come.” Released 30 years ago on April 21, […]
    Pat Saperstein
  • J-Pop Stars Perfume Talk Coachella, Influences and Sourdough Bread April 19, 2019
    One of Japan’s most popular groups, Perfume became the first J-Pop act to ever take the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with a performance last weekend. Formed in 2000, the electro-pop trio will do another set at the fest’s Gobi Tent on Sunday. That concert will conclude Perfume’s U.S. tour to promote their album, “Future Pop.” Nocchi [ […]
    chrislwillman
  • TV News Roundup: Netflix’s ‘Laugh-In’ 50th Anniversary Tribute Sets Premiere Date April 19, 2019
    In today’s TV News roundup, Netflix sets the premiere date for its 50th anniversary special of “Laugh-In.” DATES “Laugh-In: The Stars Celebrate,” the 50th anniversary tribute to the original series by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, will premiere on Netflix on May 14. The special, which was taped at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, pays […]
    Jordan Moreau
  • Live+3 Ratings for Week of April 8: NCAA Championship Game Dunks on Competition April 19, 2019
    The final of the 2019 NCAA basketball tournament, in which Virginia triumphed over a spirited Texas Tech team, unsurprisingly finished way out in front in the Live+3 ratings for the week of April 8. Although the sports broadcast’s scripted competition made some gains, its 5.4 ratings still more than doubled that of “Grey’s Anatomy” in […]
    Will Thorne

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  • Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca is denied new appeal and is likely headed to prison
    An appeals court will not reconsider its decision to uphold the conviction of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, all but extinguishing the chances the once-towering law enforcement figure had to avoid prison. Baca, 76, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, was sentenced in 2017...
  • Customs officer who was part of drug trafficking ring gets 12 years in prison
    A veteran U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer and his ex-wife were both sentenced to 12 years in prison for their roles in a drug trafficking operation, federal prosecutors in Southern California announced Thursday. Manuel Porras Salas, 52, and his former wife, Sayda Powery Orellana, 50,...
  • Former sheriff’s deputy will serve community service for filing false report
    A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy must complete 300 hours of community service as part of his plea agreement with prosecutors for filing a false report in 2011 after an incident at a medical marijuana dispensary resulted in two men falsely arrested. Julio Cesar Martinez, 44, pleaded...
  • Man wounded in Nipsey Hussle shooting to be released from jail
    One of two other men shot next to Nipsey Hussle on March 31 outside the rapper’s clothing shop is expected to be released from detention, his attorney said Thursday. Kerry Lathan, 56, was taken to Men’s Central Jail on a parole violation last week. A Sheriff’s Department spokesman could not say...
  • Slayings of two California women in the 1970s are linked to dead inmate
    DNA evidence has linked the cold-case rapes and slayings of two women on California's Central Coast to a man who died of cancer in a Washington prison nearly four decades after the killings, authorities said Wednesday. DNA taken recently from a razor that had belonged to Arthur Rudy Martinez matched...
  • These parents could help expose UCLA, USC roles in college admissions scandal
    No one was looking at Bruce Isackson. Seated in a Boston courtroom recently among a dozen other parents implicated in a scheme to defraud half a dozen top universities, Isackson — a real estate investor from Northern California — was overshadowed by his more famous co-defendants. A few rows ahead...
  • Essential California: An escalating war in Hollywood
    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, April 18, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES The Writers Guild of America is suing the four main talent agencies over a practice the union says is harmful to the interests of its members. At...
  • Pepper spray stops man who stabbed woman, stole BMW and ran down pedestrian, police say
    A 25-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night in Lake Forest after authorities said he went on a violent, nine-minute rampage that included breaking into two homes, stabbing a woman and hitting a pedestrian with a stolen car before being pepper-sprayed by a bicyclist. The situation began about 5...
  • Teen molested by Catholic school teacher gets record $8 million from L.A. archdiocese
    For more than a year, some at San Gabriel Mission High School had expressed concerns about Juan Ivan Barajas. Officials received reports about suspicious behavior between the athletic director and students at the all-girls campus from a coach and a parent, as well as in at least two anonymous letters....
  • Essential California: How a Pulitzer-winning investigation came to be
    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, April 16, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES It was a big day in the El Segundo newsroom of the Los Angeles Times as Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday. For the last two years our colleagues,...
  • Wild shootout with police in Manhattan Beach leads to attempted murder charges
    A man who authorities say was involved in a gun battle with police and injured an officer has been charged with attempted murder, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced Monday. James Louis Boyd III, 37, of Oceanside, was charged with 10 felony counts, including four each of...
  • Woman scammed immigrants out of $110,000 in home-buying scheme, police say
    A 39-year-old woman accused of scamming immigrants out of more than $110,000 in a home-buying scheme that lasted more than a year was arrested last week in Fresno, police said. Maria Teresa Flores-Morales of Fresno told people who were unsure how to go about buying a home that she could help them...
  • Lime scooter rider killed in Hollywood hit-and-run accident
    A 26-year-old pickup truck driver was held today on $2-million bond in connection with the hit-and-run death of a Lime scooter rider in Hollywood. Jared Walter Anderson was booked at the Los Angeles Police Department's Jail Division in the 3:50 a.m. crash at Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard, according...
  • Essential California: Lakers part ways with Luke Walton
    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, April 13. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES The Lakers hired Luke Walton almost three years ago with visions of him helping to resurrect the franchise, bringing Golden State Warriors-style...
  • Man who was shot in Nipsey Hussle’s killing is jailed on parole violation
    One of the men who was wounded in the shooting that killed beloved South L.A. rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle has been arrested on a parole violation, according to officials and court records. Kerry Lathan, 56, has been held in Men’s Central Jail since Monday on a parole violation,...
  • In plea deal, man is sentenced to 22 years in fiery street race that killed 3 people
    One moment, Alfonso Morillo III was asleep in the back seat of his friend’s Nissan on the way back from Disneyland. Two weeks later, he awoke from a coma in a hospital. Morillo, now 23, and six others were injured Feb. 27, 2016, when a man who was street racing lost control of his Dodge Challenger...
  • 6 California prison guards hurt in inmate attack
    California officials say six prison guards were hurt in an attack Thursday by an inmate at a maximum-security lockup. The inmate, Douglas Compton, refused orders to leave an out-of-bounds area of a yard at Calipatria State Prison in Imperial County, prison officials said. When three guards approached...
  • L.A. school police officer involved in shooting in Westlake
    A Los Angeles Unified School District police officer was involved in a shooting Friday following a carjacking and vehicle collision in Westlake, officials said. The incident, which did not happen on school grounds, took place shortly before 3 p.m. near the intersection of Alvarado and West 3rd...
  • Sheriff’s Department killing more misconduct investigations under Villanueva, report finds
    Officials working under Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva have been inactivating internal investigations of department personnel at a high rate, with most of the cancellations not conforming with department policies, according to a report issued Friday by the Sheriff’s Department’s chief...
  • Former West Covina Mayor Mike Spence found dead in motel room
    Former West Covina Mayor Mike Spence, once a rising conservative political star who openly struggled with drug addiction, was found dead at an Inland Empire motel Thursday night, according to authorities. The 52-year-old Spence rose to political fame as an outspoken critic of government assistance...
  • Santa Ana church youth leader accused of sexually assaulting two girls
    A 22-year-old church youth group leader was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting two girls who attended the Santa Ana church where he was affiliated, police said. Jesse Francisco Hernandez Perez, 22, of Anaheim was arrested by Santa Ana police detectives Wednesday and booked into...
  • Sheriff Villanueva’s reinstatement of deputies at odds with reforms, federal monitor says
    For several years, Los Angeles County’s vast jail system has been under careful monitoring by a team of court-appointed watchdogs who’ve helped implement policies to curb excessive force and retaliation against inmates. But the lead monitor, Richard Drooyan, is now saying he’s concerned that years...
  • Essential California: Inglewood’s upswing leaves vulnerable residents behind
    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, April 11, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES What’s happening in the Southern California city of Inglewood is in some sense emblematic of what’s happening across the nation. Rents are rising...
  • L.A. takes next step toward clamping down on developer donations
    Los Angeles officials took a tentative step Wednesday toward clamping down on political donations from real estate developers, as a City Council committee pressed forward with plans to ban donations from people seeking City Hall approval for their building projects. Committee members voted to recommend...
  • Man convicted in Chinatown double murder in L.A. faces life in prison
    A 39-year-old man faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted him Tuesday in the murders of two men stabbed at a Chinatown social club. After deliberating for an hour and a half, the jury convicted Vinh Dao of two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances,...

 


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