My LA Life

January 23, 2009

Arrest in slaying of homeless man set afire (LA TIMES)

Filed under: news — Tags: — MT @ 4:01 am


Los Angeles police have arrested a man in connection with the gruesome killing of a homeless man who was set on fire last year.

The arrest caps a nearly four-month search for suspects in a killing that outraged the city.

Benjamin Mathew Martin, 30, was apprehended in Rancho Mirage today, said LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck. Martin’s alleged motivation for the killing, Beck said, appears to be “straight-up personal dislike and a little bit of crazy.”



January 14, 2009

Like Winter In July

Filed under: news, Uncategorized — MT @ 6:23 am

From the LA Times:

Southern California’s unseasonable January heat wave shows no signs of letting up.
Temperatures across the region flirted with record-high levels Monday afternoon, and the warm, windy conditions were expected to remain through the weekend.
Temperatures in downtown L.A. reached 88 degrees, edging out the recorded high of 87 degrees and rising 20 degrees above normal levels, said Todd Hall, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Records were also set in Long Beach and Burbank at 87 degrees; San Gabriel at 88; and UCLA at 86 degrees. A 54-year-old record was broken in Oxnard, where temperatures inched up to 86 degrees, passing the 1955 record of 85.

January 4, 2009

How to scare anyone in California (UK Times)

Filed under: news — Tags: , , — MT @ 9:34 pm

Hundreds of earthquakes have hit Yellowstone National Park, raising fears of a more powerful volcanic eruption.

The earthquake swarm, the biggest in more than 20 years, is being closely monitored by scientists and emergency authorities.

The series of small quakes included three last Friday which measured stronger than magnitude 3.0. The strongest since this latest swarm of quakes began on December 27 was 3.9.

No damage has yet been reported but scientists say this level of activity – there have been more than 500 tremors in the last week – is highly unusual.

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December 31, 2008

Just like you and me

Filed under: news — Tags: , — MT @ 4:13 am

Cocaine repels most insects — which is why the coca plant makes the chemical in the first place. But in a surprising new finding, U.S. and Australian researchers reported Friday that honeybees are susceptible to the drug’s insidious lure.

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December 30, 2008

Don’t drive on the 10 East in the morning….(LA TIMES)

Filed under: cars, news — MT @ 3:41 am

“To the driver of license plate 5WS—-:”I saw you the other day on the 10 East, sir. I was behind you for close to five minutes wondering why on earth you weren’t keeping up with traffic, why your brake lights kept coming on, and why you didn’t flinch when half a dozen people cut you off. It was when you swerved just a bit to the left, and then just a bit to the right that I became worried enough to pass, but the true horror of the situation didn’t set in until I began making my way around you.

“You see, you were reading the Wall Street Journal…….

Please, put down the paper . . . for the sake of every commuter on the 10 East.”

December 28, 2008

Life imitates Art, sexy edition

Filed under: news — MT @ 9:04 pm


Longtime Rossini friends were stunned when the veteran lawman turned in his badge on Dec. 8. Exactly why Rossini downloaded Pellicano files remains a mystery – but what is known is that Rossini passed them to a mysterious woman described in court papers as “Madame X.” And some of them ended up in the hands of Pellicano’s defense attorneys, who claimed they were sent anonymously.

The actress had told people she was writing a screenplay about the outlaw investigator.

The screenplay, if it exists, hasn’t been optioned yet. But Rossini, who pleaded guilty, lost his high-powered counterterrorism job and faces five years in prison.

Actually Linda, the better story is about the actress and the FBI man……

December 25, 2008

US phrases that piss off the English (UK Telegraph)

Filed under: news — Tags: — MT @ 9:04 pm

That’s some churn you have there…..

Filed under: news — MT @ 8:52 pm

Customers, who pay $35 to $45 a month, are given a pendant or a TV set-top box that connects to Lifeline. If they experience a medical problem, they push a button on the device to summon help.

The company loses about 35 percent of its subscribers each year, mostly because of death.


Christmas Evil (actual)

Filed under: crime, news — MT @ 7:33 pm

Man in Santa Suit Kills at Least 5 at Holiday Party

As I’ve always said, stay away from West Covina. It’s deadly out there.

Jews still run Hollywood (UK Guardian)

Filed under: film, news — Tags: — MT @ 5:00 am

Great piece. And not as racist as that headline would suggest. 🙂


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