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Breaking: Arrest Made in Brianna Kupfer Murder Investigation

KTTV reports that an arrest has been made in the murder investigation surrounding the murder of Brianna Kupfer. Pasadena police arrested Shawn Lavall Smith, 31, on Fair Oaks Blvd. TMZ is reporting...

LAPD Names 31 year old homeless man as chief Suspect in Murder of Brianna Kupfer

The LAPD has named a homeless man as the prime suspect in the stabbing murder of Brianna Kupfer, 24. The murder has shocked Los Angeles and the rest of the United States. The 24 year old graduate...

LA County Owes $1M to Jailhouse Whistleblower; Wealthy Socialite Free on Bail After Allegedly Running Over Two Children; CA's Recycling System Rifled with Fraud and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings A court upheld the firing of 2 LAPD officers who ignored a robbery to play Pokémon Go An appeals court in California has upheld the firing of two former Los Angeles Police...

Largest Volcanic Eruption Of This Century Could Be Heard 6,500 Miles Away in Fairbanks, Alaska

January 14th's eruption of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano, located on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire, sent tsunami waves across the Pacific Ocean. The audible report carried some...

Many of Santa Monica's Homeless Are Armed

Early Friday morning I met an unhoused person charging his phone on the 3rd level of Garage 4. He gave me his permission to record our conversation. We spoke for 40 minutes, sitting between one...

Learn How to Maximize Spousal and Survivor Benefits

Ask Rusty – Is My Analysis of my Wife's Social Security Correct? Dear Rusty: I am 63 and my wife is exactly 4 ½ years younger than me to the day. I plan to file for Social Security when I...

Betty White Was For the Birds: How I Befriended Betty White On an Animal Centered Film Shoot.

In the mid 90s I got a call from the folks over at Buena Vista Television to direct and edit a pilot presentation for a proposed syndicated show called "The Betty White House." The idea was that...

The Divine Feminine and Imagination

"Imagination is more important than knowledge," one of Albert Einstein's prolific quotes, resounds through the ethers with trembling ominousness. As western culture continues exponentiating...

Across the Country, Grocery Store Shelves are Reportedly Empty, Or Missing Key Products

Supply chain shortages have left many grocery shelves bare in the United States. Many are pointing to the number of grocery store clerks who are sick with Covid, or in quarantine due to exposure. In...

What Happens to Social Security Benefits Withheld Due to the Earnings Limit?

Ask Rusty – How Do I Get Back Benefits Withheld Due to the Earnings Limit? Dear Rusty: If I work and take Social Security before my full retirement age, how can I find out how I will be paid back...

Westside School of Ballet announces a new line up of three divisions of boys-only ballet classes

Watch out, Mikhail Baryshnikov! Westside School of Ballet has announced three divisions of boys-only ballet classes. The 50-year legacy dance academy's website states: "The Boys-Only classes promote...

Gascon Has Made DA Office Into Image of a Badly Run Airline

Often questioned about his lack of prosecutorial experience, George Gascón has compared running the District Attorney's Office to managing an airline. Experience? Expertise? They don't matter. What...

Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich Rolls Eyes at MLK Jr.'s Message on Civility

Rattled after public speakers criticized her favored Housing Commission applicant (an incumbent of ten years), the Mayor admonished the commenters for exercising their freedom of speech during the...

The Health Care System is Racist, Whether Minorities Get Covid More than Non-minorities or Less, Say Public Health Officials

January 14, 2022 - At Thursday's media briefing, both LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell and Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer expressed concern over the health disparities between affluent...

LA Superior Court Extends Deadlines for Criminal Cases by Two Weeks Because of Omicron Variant of Covid-19

Citing the surge in Covid 19 infections caused by the kinder and gently Omicron variant, the LA Superior Court has extended criminal deadlines two weeks. Unlike Civil litigants, criminal defendants...

LASD Seek 3 Suspects in Three 7/11 Robberies Monday Night Near Lakewood

LA County Sheriff's are seeking 3 suspects in a series of armed robberies that occurred at convenience stores on Monday night, officials said. Suspects wearing the same clothing took place in all...

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