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Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

President Donald Trump's embattled spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, is resigning his position. Sean Spicer's decision appears to be linked to the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci.
Public Safety

Judge denies Baca's request to remain free pending appeal

Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca asked to stay out of prison while he appeals his conviction. A judge denied the request but the decision can also be appealed. Baca, 75, is scheduled to surrender next week to begin serving his three-year prison sentence for his role in a conspiracy to block an FBI investigation into inmate abuse.


Crime & Justice

OJ Simpson granted parole after nearly 9 years in prison

Simpson's chances of winning release were considered good, given similar cases and his behavior behind bars. His defenders argued, too, that his sentence was out of proportion to the crime and he was being punished for the two murders he was acquitted of during his 1995 "Trial of the Century" in Los Angeles.


'LA's most famous feline,' P-22, gets his own museum exhibit

The Griffith Park mountain lion has achieved a kind of celebrity status. The unlikely story of this puma — who has beaten the odds again and again, dodging threats ranging from rat poison to busy freeways — is now featured in a special exhibit at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. 

Environment & Science

No more feeding the wild burros in Riverside County

A new law now in effect imposes a fine of up to $500 for feeding the animals. The animals' ranks have swelled into the hundreds, and as more people have been feeding them, they're losing their instinctual fear of humans, which has led to a rise in the number of burros injured or killed by cars.





Angels Flight railway prepares to ascend once again

The shortest railway in the world — which first opened in 1901 and cost a penny to ride — has been closed in recent years due to safety issues. After upgrades, it's nearly ready to ascend again in downtown L.A. It needs to pass a final inspection before running again in early September.
Arts & Entertainment

7 things to do in SoCal this weekend

From gazing at the night sky in the Santa Monica mountains to watching a weiner dog race in Cypress, we've got a list of food, festivals, and nighttime activities to check out this weekend (including a plan for those staying at home: FYF Fest live stream on Twitter!). See our full roundup.

SoCal, What's Good?

Meltdown Comics & Collectibles

What it is:
If the success of numerous superhero blockbusters is any indication, this could very well be the golden age for Meltdown Comics & Collectibles in West Hollywood. The shop has an incredible variety of comic books, graphic novels, zines, toys, figurines and gifts for the nerd you love.
Why it's cool:
Unlike some specialty shops, Meltdown has a legacy of meeting customers where they are. In other words, even someone looking to buy their first comic is welcome.
You should know:
In addition to the selection of comics and collectibles, Meltdown hosts a variety of live events (screenings, stand-up, podcast tapings, talks, etc.) almost every day of the week. Check their site to find one that suits you.