Department of Health calls for 100,000 vaccinations as fatalities climb in 2013
I talked earlier today to Ed Winter, assistant chief coroner of Los Angeles County, who tells me that he's ruling Alexander Jentzsch's death an accident. The 27-year-old son of Scientology president Heber Jentzsch was found dead on the morning of July 3 at the home of his in-laws. Winter has now d ... More >>
Oluremi "Mimi" Faust is one of the stars of VH1's popular show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, which runs on Monday nights. A week ago, Mimi stunned the show's largely African-American audience when she revealed that she had been abandoned at 13 by her mother, who was a Scientologist. With the help of ou ... More >>
Medical marijuana is soon to be no more in Malibu, Calif. Federal law enforcement authorities' continued pressure on dispensaries has already prompted one of the town's prescription pot shop to close. The city's second store will shutter July 1, according to media reports.
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the worl ... More >>
The latest victim to succumb to death in her workplace cubicle is 51-year-old Los Angeles County compliance auditor Rebecca Wells, who reportedly "died unnoticed in her cubicle sometime Friday," to be discovered a day later by a weekend security guard. These words invoke a visceral horror and ... More >>
Los Angeles County health officials are investigating Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion because 100 people fell ill after attending a party there. In the days after the party on February 3rd, all these people started reporting "fever, respiratory problems and violent headaches." Because of the Pl ... More >>
And does he advocate calling a young girl a white bitch?
A Brooklyn writer took to the New York Times today to bitch about people who "curse" too much. The worst offenders, he says, are "20-somethings whose informal language consists of a liberal use of profanity blended into their OMG-juvenile act." "Is there a cure for this rampant vulgarity?" he a ... More >>
Lindsay Lohan is free once again. But to rewind: In the last few weeks, Lindsay Lohan failed two court-ordered drug tests, showing either an amazing amount of gall or demonstrating the intensity of a horrible disease. Probably both. As punishment, on Friday morning a judge ordered her directl ... More >>
Teens can drive at 16, but should they have the freedom to "like" Justin Beiber's fan page? A lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Court alleges that Facebook unfairly takes advantage of teens because with that preferential button-push, they endorse a product (or person, or thing, or ... More >>
And are they ready for prime time?
A Cunning American Boy Becomes a Mexican Cartel Soldier and East L.A. Executioner
The Los Angeles County coroner's office made if official today. According to a just released statement, Jackson's "manner of death has been ruled homicide. Cause of death was established as acute propofol intoxication. Other conditions contributing to death: benzodiazepine. The drugs propofol ... More >>
The AP is reporting that the Los Angeles County coroner has ruled that Michael Jackson's death was a homicide. Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor who administered the propofol that likely killed the singer, is "the target of a manslaughter probe headed by Los Angeles police," according to the repo ... More >>
--Postpunk pioneers the Feelies, whom this paper once called "The best underground band in New York," will reissue their 1980 debut, Crazy Rhythms and the 1986 Peter Buck-produced follow-up The Good Earth, on September 8. The reissued albums will be released on CD and vinyl in their original ... More >>
The weekend saw a host of news reports that make us all wonder how we didn't see Michael Jackson's death coming. But no matter how many tales of the King of Pop's fragility there are, we still can't believe he's gone. It's impossible to sort through all the speculation, but here are the depressing f ... More >>
Reagan's mass firing of air traffic controllers made American skies much less safe in the 1980s. Is Bush's flight plan the same?
Notes on a dirty old man: The patron saint of literary nihilism gets the celebrity treatment
A Mentally Ill Inmate Slips Through the CracksInto the Path of a Subway Train
Natural disasters, an anemic economy, and Ah-nold. California, here we come.
He's Back in Bed With the Republican Right