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It Happened This Week in L.A. History: Silver Screen Thrills

Posted By: Virginia Isaad · 11/21/2012 9:30:00 AM

November 21, 1983

Michael Jackson premieres his iconic 14-minute video for Thriller in a Westwood theater for a week to qualify for the Oscars. The film, directed by John Landis of An American Werewolf in London fame, opened for Disney's Fantasia. Landis' 1981 film was the main inspiration for the video, which was filmed throughout L.A. and at the Palace Theatre downtown. The famous zombie dance sequence by “Beat It” choreographer Michael Peters took place at the junction of Union Pacific Avenue and South Calzona Street in East L.A. The final house scene, co-starring Playboy playmate Ola Ray, was filmed at 1345 Carroll Avenue in the Angelino Heights neighborhood of Echo Park.

Thriller was the final video to be released from the best-selling album of the same name, and it went on to become one of the most successful videos of all time, garnering two Grammy Awards and three MTV ...

The Thursday Afternoon Cram: Happy Dwight Howard Day!

Posted By: Shayna Rose Arnold · 11/15/2012 2:45:00 PM

Everything you need to know from today's front pages

10 Local Courthouses To Shutter Due to Budget Cuts
The days of celebrities going on trial in Beverly Hills come to a close.

Magic Johnson: “I Don’t Believe in Jim Buss”
The former Laker calls for a public foul against the team owner.

5-Hour Energy Linked To More Than a Dozen Deaths
Maybe stick to a handful of almonds.

L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested on Suspicion of Murder
Francisco Gamez had been assigned to the West Hollywood station since 2005.

BP To Pay Highest Criminal Fine Ever for 2010 Gulf Spill
$4.5 billion, to be exact.

It Was Dwight Howard Day at City Hall Today
Snoop Lion was also in the hall-ouse.

Burbank Ikea May Become Much, Much Larger Burbank Ikea
The chain’s meatball portion size is not expected ...

Addicted to Sobriety: My Five Favorite Moments From The Fix’s Recovery Fair

Posted By: Anna David · 11/14/2012 6:51:00 PM

Recovery Fair was not something I could have imagined when I first got sober in 2000 and thought sobriety meant talking about the good old days with a bunch of tattooed losers and never having fun again (I assumed sober people got their kicks by holding hands and singing Kumbaya). Once I cleaned myself up, however, I saw that addiction had prevented me from learning some of the basics about how to live, and it made me think that creating a day that showed just how much fun sober people could have—and also introducing them to the people, services and products that would show them how to live better, whether it was a chiropractor, an accountant to help straighten out those long-avoided tax returns or a non-alcoholic cooking powder wine so they could make coq au vin without worrying that they hadn’t sautéed all the wine off—might be a good ...

The Wednesday Afternoon Cram: We Are Happy To Report The World is Not Ending

Posted By: Shayna Rose Arnold · 11/14/2012 2:06:00 PM

Everything you need to know from today's front pages

Cal State Chancellor Asks For Pay Cut to Reduce Costs
He’ll see his salary drop from roughly $450,000 to $ 410,000.

Strippers Win $13 Million Settlement in Spearmint Rhino Class Action Suit
They’re gonna need thongs with really deep pockets.

Arrests Made At Flux Pavilion Concert in Santa Monica
A man and a woman were nabbed for public intoxication.

Justin Bieber Cited For Unsafe Left Turn in West Hollywood
This is how it starts.

NASA Does Not Think The World Win End on Dec. 21
And these guys put the Curiosity Rover on Mars. Or so they say.

Man Accidentally Stabs Himself During Liquor Store Fight
On the upside, he shouldn’t face stabbing charges.

People’s Sexiest Man Alive is… Channing Tatum!
The country will, once again, be divided.

The Tuesday Afternoon Cram: More School Days, No More Super Bowl Ads

Posted By: Shayna Rose Arnold · 11/13/2012 2:13:00 PM

Everything you need to know from today's front pages

Teenager Bitten By Rattlesnakes 6 Times While Trying To Get Cell Service
Add “Rattlesnake nest in Jamul” to the map of places your provider drops calls.

Man Shot While Waiting to Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Since the shooting appears to be gang related, the incident may be less ironic than it sounds.

ABC Buys Script For Show Based on Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
We hope a goat bleats in the finale.

LAUSD Rescinds Fuloughs!
The school year will end on June 7, 2013.

L.A. Home Prices, Sales Way Up
The city’s got a lot of hot pockets (and not the kind you microwave).

Another Sales Tax Hike Set For March Ballot
Will Angelenos dig deep again to pay for city services?

Super Bowl Ad Space ...

Moving On: Meet the Lakers' New Head Coach Mike D'Antoni

Posted By: Greg Boss · 11/12/2012 3:36:00 PM

Within the span of 72 hours, the Lakers divorced Mike Brown, rebounded with old flame Phil Jackson, and settled down with new coach Mike D’Antoni. What are we to think about all this promiscuous hoopla? Opinions may vary and confusion may linger, but one thing is certain: D’Antoni’s job description is clearer than Jack Nicholson’s passion for the team: Bring a 17th NBA Championship to Staples Center, and this year would be nice.

So who is D’Antoni, exactly? And what does the sports world make of his sudden hiring? Here is a quick dossier on the man who just yesterday became the despised stepfather of all Phil Jackson fans:

Age: 61 (Born May 8, 1951)

Birthplace: Mullens, West Virginia

College: Marshall University
Pro Baller:
D'Antoni was drafted 20th by the Kansas City Kings in 1973. He played a total of 18 seasons, six in the NBA and 12 with ...

The Monday Afternoon Cram: Good Sams Save a Life, a New Lakers Coach, and More

Posted By: Shayna Rose Arnold · 11/12/2012 1:52:00 PM

Everything you need to know from today's front pages

L.A. City Council Proposes “Meatless Mondays”
Local leaders would like you to eat more veggies today, please.

Suspect Booked in Fatal North Hollywood Hit-and-Run
Police found the victim’s property in the car of a driver involved in a second accident hours after the hit-and-run.

Thousands Ski At Mountain High on Opening Day
Going to the beach is so yesterday. Literally.

Good Samaritans Help Driver After 405 Crash in Encino
Two witnesses saved the 23-year-old’s life.

Report: Genders Split on Condom Measure
It may not shock you to learn that 63% of women supported Measure B and 61% of men did not.

Mike D’Antoni Named Lakers Coach, Signs 3-Year Contract
But we just printed a WE WANT A RE-PHIL! shirt.

Lance Armstrong Cuts Remaining Ties with Livestrong Foundation
The cyclist ...

November Surprise: Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on Last Week’s Most Eye-Opening Outcomes

Posted By: Shayna Rose Arnold · 11/12/2012 11:12:00 AM

The election may have been last Tuesday, but to us, this is the true morning after--when the Sunday pundits have finally gone breathless, the Sunday papers have stamped their "last word" on the outcome of the day, and the rest of us can quietly evaluate the impact of what went down. Despite Nate Silver's stellar analysis, lots of genuine surprises did occur last week, so we thought we'd ask Ben Smith, Buzzfeed editor-in-chief, to share a few. Practically no one is media has weighed in as much as Smith on one of the most partisan fights for the White House yet. Just days before hurricane Sandy wrecked its havoc on the East Coast—and the course of Romney and President Obama’s final days of campaigning—Los Angeles magazine co-sponsored a frank political discussion at the Soho House in West Hollywood with Smith (who had just announced the opening of Buzzfeed's L.A. ...

It Happened This Week in L.A. History: The 99% Take to The Streets

Posted By: Virginia Isaad · 11/12/2012 9:30:00 AM

November 17, 2011

Angelenos took to the streets of L.A. protesting the Wall Street bailouts in what was designated as the National Day of Action by the social movement Occupy L.A. The protesters began gathering at 7 a.m. and shut down the financial district, marching from Bank of America Plaza through Wells Fargo Center Plaza in downtown L.A.

The movement included several hundred Occupy L.A. activists alongside the Good Jobs L.A. organization members, and union workers. Some blocked the intersection on 4th and Figueroa Street, building three tents with signs reading “We are the 99 Percent.” Over thirty officers patrolled the site with orders for the crowd to disassemble. 70 protesters were arrested.

The Occupy L.A. movement had officially begun October 1 when hundreds of protesters settled in at City Hall. After two months the campsites were cleared out around midnight on November 30 with over 250 arrests.

Photograph ...

The Friday Afternoon Cram: Two High-Paying Jobs Have Opened

Posted By: Shayna Rose Arnold · 11/9/2012 4:12:00 PM

Everything you need to know from today's front pages

Lakers Fire Mike Brown as Coach
He takes the fall for the team’s 1-4 season start.

A Woman’s Body Was Discovered in a Mid-City Driveway
Detectives are looking for witnesses and clues.

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Newhall
Is everyone prepared for the big one? Here’s what you need to know.

LAUSD Likely to Rescind Furlough Days
Prop. 30 is at work already.

Daniel Craig: James Bond is Not Gay
Clearing up what was never in question.

Beatles Pop-Up Shops To Pop-Up Next Week
DVDS and Blu-Rays will be sold aboard a double-decker bus.

C.I.A. Chief David Petraeus Resigns, Admits Extramarital Affair
A November surprise.

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