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Bruce Springsteen transforms Honda Center into the Bossiest place on Earth [PHOTOS/VIDEOS]

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on December 4, 2012.

Bruce Springsteen is an incontrovertible force of nature — nothing short of one can drive 16,000 people to Anaheim in rush hour on a Tuesday.

All around the world Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have been marching, but on Tuesday, the tour took a second 2012 spin through Southern California, transforming Anaheim's Honda Center into the Bossiest place on Earth. 

Who’s the leader of the Club that’s made for you and me?   M-I-C-K-E-Y   B-R-U-C-E.

As it turns out, Disneyland is Bruce's Niagara Falls, and the crowd was treated to a "slowly I turned...step by step..." retelling of the time he and Steve Van Zandt were flagged by security at the Magic Kingdom and denied entry.

As Springsteen recalls, they were at the height of Born in the USA stardom when the two were booted for being dressed like totally super '80s caricatures and refusing to remove their banandas. So they went to Knott's Berry Farm instead. And apparantly they got thrown out of there too. (We're looking into that.)


Activist groups calls on Attorney General to investigate Anaheim officer-involved shootings

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Alex, 18, lights a candle for his friend, Manuel Diaz. Diaz was shot and killed by Anaheim police on Saturday, July 21, 2012.

Members of the Latino rights group called on Attorney General Kamala Harris Monday to investigate the Anaheim Police Department after a rash of officer-involved shootings over the last week and a half.

Co-founder Roberto Lovato said the group gathered 18,000 signatures for the petition asking Harris to get involved. 

At the moment, the FBI and the US Attorney's Office have agreed to conduct independent reviews of the death of Manuel Diaz, who was shot and killed by an Anaheim officer July 21. Additionally, the city has hired the Office of Independent Review, a contractor that audits police departments, to review the case. The Orange County District Attorneys office, which conducts investigations of all officer-involved shootings, is also investigating the shooting for possible criminal charges. Lovato said there's enough anger in the community that the state should also get involved in the case to investigate not only Diaz's death, but past officer-involved shootings and the department's crowd control policiies. 


Anaheim cancels Neighborhood Council meetings in the wake of officer-involved shootings

Some community leaders in Anaheim's south and central neighborhoods are upset that someone in the city thought it necessary to cancel previously scheduled meetings of the Neighborhood Councils there. Two officer-involved shootings over the weekend provoked protests that turned violent in recent days, and city leaders apparently expressed concerns that the meetings wouldn't be safe.

Neighborhood Councils meet on a quarterly basis and according to the city's website, "focus on the needs of individual neighborhoods, as well as foster community involvement." Traditionally, members of city government and the police department attend the meetings to hear neighborhood concerns.

The East and West districts have already had their meetings this quarter. Meetings in the south and central districts were scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of this week, until someone in the city decided that safety concerns made the meetings unfeasible. Thursday's meeting was to take place at Paul Revere Elementary School, which is in the same neighborhood where Manuel Diaz, apparently unarmed at the time, was shot and killed by police on Saturday. That shooting is under investigation by several agencies, including the FBI.


Anaheim investigates police shooting incidents, weekend conflicts (Video)

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Anaheim police were involved in two fatal shootings over the weekend. Officers shot and killed a gunman early Monday during chase having to do with a stolen SUV. On Saturday, an unarmed man, Manuel Diaz, was shot during a clash with police and later died. Officials said Diaz appeared to be engaged in suspicious activity in a high crime neighborhood.

Saturday's killing led to protests at the Anaheim police station and a number of emotionally charged community rallies, some of which turned violent. Robert Dunn with Anaheim PD spoke with KPCC about the "armed versus unarmed" question regarding the Saturday officer involved shooting which killed Diaz. 

"Two uniformed officers observed three males near a vehicle and wanted to speak with those males. All three males ran away on foot from them (officers). One of our officers went on foot pursuit chasing one male from the alley to the front of an apartment complex.

As that male was running he threw several items. It was during that encounter, in front of the apartment complex, that the officer-involved shooting occurred.

And, that, the mechanics of that, are what’s under investigation, what precipitated that is what the DA is looking into. But we have not located a gun at the scene."


Backpack of 'volatile' explosives found under OC bridge

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Orange County workers discovered a backpack containing grenades and other explosive devices near the intersection of Orangethorpe and Lakeview avenues in Placentia.

A backpack packing a number of explosive devices was found Monday in a storm channel under a bridge near Anaheim. Orange County bomb squad investigators detonated the hand grenades about 1:15 p.m. in a containment vessel, and the rest of the explosives were boomed about 2:45 p.m. in a larger open-air trailer, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.

The bag, found by a county work crew in a drainage ditch near Orangethorpe and Lakeview Avenues, contained six grenades, a number of blasting caps, canisters, fuse ignitors, black powder, white powder and other items.

Amormino told KPCC's Rob Strauss that the longer the bag sits, the more unstable it becomes.

"[The explosives are] all located in this backpack, which has been there for a while. We can tell by the deteriorating condition of the backpack. But because they have been there for a while, makes them even more volatile."