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Extra, Extra: A Beautiful Bookstore, Occupiers for Art, and Migratory Birds

February 7, 2012
Extra, Extra: A Beautiful Bookstore, Occupiers for Art, and Migratory Birds

In tonight’s Extra, Extra, a local bookstore gets recognized for its looks, Occupy L.A. protesters stand up for murals, and workers hope to attract birds to the Tujunga Wash. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook , and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports . more › View post: Extra, Extra: A Beautiful Bookstore, Occupiers for Art, and Migratory Birds

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Proposed State Tax On Cigarettes Could Create 12,000 Jobs

February 7, 2012
Proposed State Tax On Cigarettes Could Create 12,000 Jobs

The California Cancer Research Act (CCRA) , a statewide June 5 ballot initiative, aims to increase the tax on cigarettes, and a recent University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) study says the initiative would create thousands of jobs and significantly boost the state’s overall economy. more › Read more: Proposed State Tax On Cigarettes Could Create 12,000 Jobs

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Schizophrenic Man Accuses Hospital of Dumping Him on Skid Row Against His Wishes

February 7, 2012
Schizophrenic Man Accuses Hospital of Dumping Him on Skid Row Against His Wishes

A Southern California man who suffers from schizophrenia claims that he was dumped in front of a homeless shelter by a local hospital, rather than being taken to his mother’s house, per his request. more › See the original post: Schizophrenic Man Accuses Hospital of Dumping Him on Skid Row Against His Wishes

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Female UCLA Student Sexually Assaulted On Campus Near Residence Hall

January 28, 2012
Female UCLA Student Sexually Assaulted On Campus Near Residence Hall

University police say that a UCLA student was sexually assaulted near a residence hall on campus early this morning. A male suspect called out to a female student climbing what are called the Saxon Steps before he sexually assaulted her. more › Continued here: Female UCLA Student Sexually Assaulted On Campus Near Residence Hall

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Pepperdine University Gives It to Students Straight: There’s No Room for an LGBT Group on Campus

January 25, 2012
Pepperdine University Gives It to Students Straight: There’s No Room for an LGBT Group on Campus

Last year, the Pepperdine student newspaper The Graphic asked the university to finally come out with a decision about whether a gay-straight alliance group on campus was acceptable. The university did just that, announcing that nope, Reach OUT isn’t aligned with the core religious values of the university, which is affiliated with the conservative Church of Christ. more › Here is the original post: Pepperdine University Gives It to Students Straight: There’s No Room for an LGBT Group on Campus

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Which California Lawmakers Are Part Of The One Percent?

November 13, 2011
Which California Lawmakers Are Part Of The One Percent?

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch By Will Evans The Occupy Wall Street movement has focused the national discourse on wealth inequality and, specifically, the split between the richest 1 percent and the 99 percent that’s left. While most Californians, by definition, are not members of the wealthiest 1 percent, it turns out that many of us are represented in Congress by those who have attained that elite status. The cutoff for the top 1 percent of American households, in terms of net worth, is about $9 million, according to New York University economics professor Edward Wolff. His estimate is based on the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Consumer Finances, which put the figure at $8.2 million in 2007, he said. That puts many members of Congress squarely within the 1 percent, including prominent members of California’s delegation, such as Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, also a Democrat; and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, a Republican. Exact numbers are hard to come by because politicians report their wealth within wide ranges. A real estate asset, for example, might be worth somewhere between $5 million and $25 million. The Center for Responsive Politics compiled the numbers from 2009 as a range between minimum and maximum wealth. Issa, worth between $156 million and $451 million, is California’s wealthiest representative in Washington, based on the center’s 2009 statistics. Issa doesn’t appear to be an Occupy supporter, calling for an investigation into whether union members’ money was inappropriately funneled to fund the protesters. An Issa spokesman did not respond to questions. Feinstein is next, with between $46 million and $108 million. Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, on the other hand, doesn’t make the 1 percent cut, with assets between $1.2 million and $5.6 million. A Feinstein representative pointed out that she supported President Barack Obama’s jobs bill, which included increased taxes on the wealthy. “This would have been paid for by asking America’s millionaires and billionaires – those who have benefited from this economy while so many others have suffered – to contribute a little more,” Feinstein said after Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the bill. GOP Rep. Gary Miller, who sits on the committee overseeing the banking industry, is worth between $19 million and $84 million. Pelosi reported a lot of liabilities, so her total is somewhere between negative $7 million and a maximum of $124 million, for an average of $58 million. Pelosi, however, has been supportive of the Occupy Wall Street movement. “I support the message to the establishment, whether it’s Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest, that change has to happen,” she said on ABC’s “This Week.” Story continues below. The Occupy protest in Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento is marked by a collection of signs that read, “We are the 99 percent.” But exactly who makes up that percentage seems to be more of an idea than an actual number to some protesters. A woman at an information table at the small protest said there are no rich people in the 99 percent. “The 99 percent are the ones that are low income, and they get taxed more than anyone else,” said Mary, who declined to give her last name. Another protester, Kevin Carter, said only billionaires – of which there are none in Congress – should qualify for the 1 percent. “Millionaires are fine – they’re part of the 99 percent,” said Carter, 51. “Our challenge is to get the millionaires to understand this is not about class warfare.” Carter said he’s less concerned that politicians are wealthy than that they’re swayed by corporate lobbyists. Derek Cressman, Common Cause’s Western states regional director, said the extreme wealth of many politicians puts them out of touch with regular people. The influence of the wealthy, he said, has led to “policies that have really made the 1 percent dramatically better off and left 99 percent of us behind.” “If we want a government of the people and by the people … you’d want 99 percent of the members of Congress coming from the 99 percent of society that’s not worth $9 million,” he said. Some wealthy politicians, like the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, do stick up for the poor, Cressman said. But in a representative democracy, he said, “the 99 percent should be represented ourselves, rather than counting on the charity or benevolent sympathies of the 1 percent.” Members of Congress are out of touch because they are powerful professional politicians, not because they’re rich, said Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute. The emphasis on the richest 1 percent can be harmful because it targets people who are successful but haven’t done anything wrong, he said. “I think that corporate welfare is obscene, but I don’t think the existence of inequality and wealth is simply a bad thing,” he said. “There’s people who got rich because they worked hard or gave us something that we really want.” Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs is a lot different from admitted fraudster Bernard Madoff, Tanner said. “Steve Jobs did more to make us better off than a lot of social workers,” Tanner said. “I don’t care that he got rich – I got an iPad.” Table 1: Members of California’s congressional delegation with average net worth above $9 million, from 2009 Source: Center for Responsive Politics Table 2: All members of Congress with average net worth above $9 million, from 2009 Source: Center for Responsive Politics Will Evans is an investigative reporter for California Watch, a project of the non-profit Center for Investigative reporting. 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College Football Schedule Week 11: What To Say?

November 12, 2011
College Football Schedule Week 11: What To Say?

It is hard to imagine talking about college football after all of the gruesome revelations that have come out of State College, PA. It’s sick enough when a child fucker was running loose for decades victimizing underprivileged boys in the guise of his charity he established. But when a major university, a venerable football head coach and an entire police department in small town America covered up for this child fucker all in the name of the university, it is outright disgusting. more › Read the rest here: College Football Schedule Week 11: What To Say?

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Gregory Linton: Come Participate in Mr. Brainwash’s ‘Art Show 2011′

October 14, 2011
Gregory Linton: Come Participate in Mr. Brainwash’s ‘Art Show 2011′

Mr. Brainwash is excited to announce his biggest and most ambitious exhibition to date entitled Art Show 2011.  Not only is Mr. Brainwash putting on an art show, he is inviting any and all artists to come and participate in the event as a community art project. 
  
Since M&F is the voice of LA’s street art community, Mr. Brainwash extended a special offer to the followers and supporters of the blog by offering an exclusive first chance to put art on the walls this past Sunday. There was a huge turnout opening day with everything from five year olds to 60-year-old grandmothers, and first time artists to seasoned street art veterans. Here is a sampling of the great shots and amazing stories we captured from first day of Mr. Brainwash’s ‘Art Show 2011.’ If you want to be part of Mr. Brainwash’s ‘Art Show 2011.’ it is not too late. Due to the extreme popularity of the event, Mr. Brainwash has extended the hours, and the space will be open one final day, Sunday, October 16th from 11AM-10PM, so come share your art! AMK – LA based stencil artist AMK applied his signature spiders all over Mr. Brainwash’s ‘Art Show 2011′ and maintainted a stealthy look all the while. More HERE . Art Queen – One of the most compelling stories of the day was the 60 year old ‘Art Queen’ who has long been a fan and photographer of street art, but became inspired to create her first street art as part of ‘Art Show 2011′. She said that this is a secret side of her that most of her family and friends don’t know about. More HERE . Family Affair – ‘Art Show 2011′ is a family affair. Here are shots of a happy family supporting Dad as he places a piece on the wall and then all the cheerful members posing for a family portrait. More HERE . Highway Art – This was probably the most striking story of the day. This family lives in Reno, Nevada. But when the father heard about the opportunity to be part of Mr. Brainwash’s ‘Art Show 2011,’ he and his son hopped in the car and drove straight to the gallery. The piece is called Highway Art because it was created along the way, with collaborations ranging from truck drivers to Mr. Brainwash. More HERE . Inept – One of our favorite pieces of the day was this Star Wars-themed family portrait from street artist Inept. More HERE . LOUDLABS – The LOUDLABS crew affixing an actual canvas, not a wheat paste, to the wall inside ‘Art Show 2011′. LOUDLABS have distinguished themselves by bridging the gap between fine art and street art, as they only place canvases and tile pieces of art on the street. More HERE . Maggot – Maggot installing one of our favorite pieces to hit the streets of Los Angeles this year, featuring a mother fish nursing a bunch of baby fish. More HERE . Phobik – Street artist Phobik wearing a bandana and installing a hand painted shark piece. With fellow street artists KilleD and Surrendr putting a piece up in the background next to a piece by Gune Monster. More HERE . Professional Photo Shoot (With Gregory Siff) – There was a professional photographer on hand to snap anonymous photographs of the participants. Here is LA-based street artist/actor Gregory Siff striking a pose for the photo shoot. More HERE . Steve Jobs Tribute – A Steve Jobs tribute piece hand painted by artist Robert E. Richards. Dig the OG Apple throwback color scheme. More HERE . Teacher – Teacher has earned a name as one of LA’s top street artists. His pieces are almost always hand-painted or printed from a hand painted piece. The art pieces aren’t just aesthetically pleasing (although they are that), each one also comes packing a socially relevant message. Add that to the fact that Teacher is rolling out fresh new imagery and messages every week. And top it off with Teacher’s continually hitting some of the biggest, highest, hottest spots in town, and it becomes clear why Teacher has earned this street cred. And the best part is that Teacher is a great guy in person. He really is a nice, positive person, and like his tattoos say, Teacher really strives to ‘Be The Change You Want To See’ in the world. Here is an action shot of Teacher stenciling a piece at ‘Art Show 2011′. More HERE . Originally posted here: Gregory Linton: Come Participate in Mr. Brainwash’s ‘Art Show 2011′

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WATCH: Diamond Artest’s Inspirational Response To Cancer

October 14, 2011

While Kobe is trying to get to Italy ( The LA Times Lakers Blog reports that the Italian team is now appealing to President Obama), Blake Griffin is becoming comedy king of the year , and Luke Walton is currently assistant coaching at The University of Memphis, Ron Artest is spending a little more time at home. Artest (a.k.a. Metta World Peace) and his 8-year old daughter Diamond visited the KTLA morning news today to talk about the NBA lockout, Diamond’s budding music career, the art of handball, and her new single “Hero,” which tackles her battle with cancer. Diamond was diagnosed with cancer at age 4, and now as a happy and healthy 8 year old, she’s dropping tracks with the likes of Sade to inspire other children with cancer to believe in the best possible outcome. Her song “Hero” hit iTunes on September 27. Artest was most recently on the tube for getting voted off this season’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and before that, for asking to legally change his name to Metta World Peace. Diamond Artest was quoted as saying that she, too, would like to take her father’s last name of World Peace. According to The LA Times , she wants to do it out of “love and respect for her father.” Check out Diamond’s new music video above and watch the KTLA clip below to see just how big Ron Artest smiles when Diamond is on: Read more here: WATCH: Diamond Artest’s Inspirational Response To Cancer

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Interview with Brandon Johnson of Adult Swim’s ‘NTSF:SD:SUV::’

October 7, 2011
Interview with Brandon Johnson of Adult Swim’s ‘NTSF:SD:SUV::’

Tonight at 12:15am is the season finale of Adult Swim’s “NTSF:SD:SUV::” and we got the chance to speak with one of the series’ stars, Brandon Johnson, who plays the very stern and very procedural Alphonse. more › Original post: Interview with Brandon Johnson of Adult Swim’s ‘NTSF:SD:SUV::’

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