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That Time Jussie Smollett Hosted A TV Show About Lynching Victims By Mike Roe with John Horn. Actor Jussie Smollett allegedly staged his own beating due to being dissatisfied with his salary on the Fox TV show Empire, according to the Chicago Police Department. The alleged attack included placing a noose around his neck.

Commercial Building in Wilmington Could Make Way for Affordable Housing A vacant commercial building in Wilmington could be replaced with affordable housing, according to plans submitted yesterday to the City of Los Angeles. The one-story structure, located at 445 N. Avalon Boulevard, is slated to give way for a 32-unit apartment building.

It’s snowing in Los Angeles, from Malibu to Pasadena Flurries are falling in parts of Los Angeles, where the snow level drop as low as 1,000 feet.

Federal Prosecutors Violated Law in Jeffrey Epstein Case, Judge Rules A judge ruled Thursday that federal prosecutors broke federal law when they signed a plea agreement with wealthy, politically connected Florida financier, Jeffrey Epstein, and concealed it from more than 30 of his underage victims. Epstein sexually abused more than 30 minor girls from 1999 to 2007 at his mansion in Florida, elsewhere in the U.S.

LeBron James, Lakers Race to Make Playoffs The Los Angeles Lakers return from the All-Star break with a losing record and outside the playoff chase. With LeBron James historically kicking into a higher gear after the break, the Lakers look to make a run…

Dreamy, Midcentury Madness in Palm Springs Appreciate architecture, art, design, and all things mid-century modern? If so, hit the road for Palm Springs. The desert oasis is celebrating Modernism Week through Feb. 24. Take in tours, talks, cocktails and classic cars.

Photos: Winter Storms Bring Days of Rain, Snow and Wind to Southern California A series of strong winters storms have ushered days of rain and snow into Southern California.

Affordable Housing Could Replace Mortuary in South L.A. An affordable housing development is slated to replace a former mortuary in South Los Angeles. The property, located at 5130 S. Broadway, is being targeted by an entity called Hope on Broadway, LP for the development of up to 43 residential units.

Here's Everything You Need To Know About USC's Many, Many Scandals In July 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported a major scandal that appeared stranger than fiction: Carmen Puliafito, the dean of USC's medical school and a nationally recognized opthamologist, had cavorted with a prostitute and criminals, used hard drugs with them both on and off campus, and tried to cover up a fellow drug user's overdose.

Get Schooled in Scares, Home Haunters, at Haunt X That the excited visitors who stop by your place to enter the universe you built from scratch will be wowed, will laugh, and will enjoy a few jumpy thrills. Is this the autumn you finally haunt your own home? Or that you further burnish the spooky yard you've been crafting over several years?

Yes, That's Snow You Just Saw In Los Angeles "I disagree. Hail is pellets, right? These were NOT pellets. They melted pretty quickly but they were definitely flakes."*. The National Weather Service agrees. We rarely see snow in this part of Southern California but it does happen. In 2011, it snowed in Burbank and other parts of Southern California.

These Are the Coolest Food Events in Los Angeles 7th Street, Los AngelesDetails Happening at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $200 and available here.

Toppled Tree Smashes Cars on 405 Freeway, Halting Onramp Traffic A tree knocked down by winds in Sherman Oaks banged up several cars and halted onramp traffic Thursday afternoon. The toppled tree took out the SUV and caused damage to another sedan at around 1:30 p.m. on the 405 Freeway, affecting traffic heading south.

In Defense Of Koreatown's Weird, Wacky, Misunderstood KFC But ugly is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe a better understanding of the quirkiness and vision behind the building will help the haters discover it's actually a local gem. FROM ORDINARY TO 'ORGANIZED CHAOS' The restaurant used to operate in a basic, forgettable building.

Mother Recounts Trying to Save 4-Year-Old Son Impaled by Broken Glass Adrian, 4, suffered a fatal wound from the piece of broken glass, which came from a large picture frame that had shattered. Velez rushed the boy Wednesday afternoon from the house in the 3200 block of North Reese Street to the nearest hospital. "They tried to do everything," she said.

Blind Lemon Peel Opens For Titans Of Blues Tour At Rose Theater In Pasadena February 28 Blind Lemon Peel opens the Titans of the Blues Tour on February 28 at the Rose Theater in Pasadena. The Titans of the Blues Tour stars Coco Montoya and Tinsley Ellis, both top Alligator Records blues artists. Blind Lemon Peel is no stranger to the LA Beat, having been interviewed here before.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Smith And William Shatner Guest Star On An All-New 'The Big Bang Theory' The Big Bang Theory returns with an all-new episode tonight at 8:00 PM ET/PT, only on CBS. Tonight's episode features a litany of guests stars including Joe Manganiello, Kevin Smith, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the show's great white whale - William Shatner.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation sues LA over Crossroads of the World redevelopment The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is suing the city of Los Angeles in an attempt to stall or stop the $1 billion Crossroads of the World redevelopment in Hollywood.

L.A. Weekly Movie Picks: UCLA's Liberating Hollywood Series Concludes With Offbeat Rarities Liberating Hollywood concludes with a Joan Micklin Silver double feature. Silver's first feature, Hester Street, produced with husband Raphael D. Silver in 1975, announced the arrival of a gifted and sensitive independent artist.

CEQA Exemption Approved for 27-Story Chinatown Development The Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to designate a proposed high-rise development near the Gold Line's Chinatown Station as a Sustainable Communities Project, thereby exempting it from more stringent review under the California Environmental Quality Act.

No, It's Not Just You. It Really Is Colder In LA This Week Temperatures have been meeting and beating old record lows since the beginning of the week, according to the National Weather Service. A low of 33 degrees at the Santa Barbara Airport on Tuesday broke the record of 34 degrees, which was set in 1990.

Whisperlodge is an AMSR Video Performed in Real Life Do ASMR videos give you tingles? Have you ever wanted to experience an ASMR video in real life? Your chance comes this March when Whisperlodge returns to Los Angeles, this time softly crinkling paper and whispering ear-to-ear in Silver Lake.

LA To Recycle 100 Percent Of Its Wastewater By 2035, Mayor Says That, in turn, will raise the portion of L.A.'s water supply made up of recycled wastewater from those four water treatment plants from 2 percent to 35 percent, Garcetti said.

The Comedian Who Plants Fake Toys and Signs Into Real World Locations is Getting His Own Pop-Up Show Obvious Plant's Museum of Toys will offer a look at over 100 items, revealing an alternative timeline in which toys that never should have existed did. Wysaski began his comedy career on the internet a decade ago with the website Pleated Jeans where he created and shared humorous content.

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