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Police release 911 tape from Rodney King death

Rodney King speaks with fans before pres


Rodney King on April 30, 2012.

Rialto Police have released a tape of the 911 call Cynthia Kelley placed after her fiance, Rodney King apparently fell into his backyard pool and drowned. 

"Hurry up, please, oh my god, he's at the bottom of the pool," Kelley says repeatedly on the tape, as the dispatcher assures her help is on the way. 

"Are you able to get in the pool and help him?" the dispatcher asks.

Kelley, sobbing, says, "no, I can't swim." Kelley also tells the dispatcher she was asleep when she heard a splash, and then came out to the pool, finding King in it. 

Rialto Police Capt. Randy De Anda told KPCC that first responders performed CPR, but were unable to revive him, and King was later declared dead at a hospital.

At the time, neighbors wondered why they didn't hear screaming from the house, which is usually quiet. 


$200 for Kings parking? Luxe Hotel dares you to park there for the Stanley Cup

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Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals had the Luxe hotel charging $200 for parking.

The most expensive parking spot for the Kings game is not what you think.

Situated across the street from the Staples Center, the Luxe Hotel is getting roughed up for a photograph posted online by Unite Here Local 11 apparently hawking parking for tonight's game at $200. 

Parking manager Gerlado Villalvazo told KPCC that the hotel was charging $20 this morning and that the price jumped to $60 around 2:30 p.m. where it was holding steady as of 3:45 p.m. But spots could reach $200 -- a threshold it reached during last week's game.

The dramatic price spike, however, is less a function of greedy-fueled supply-and-demand mania, and more an issue of space. The ridiculous price tag is designed as a deterrent.

Villalvazo explained lightheartedly that motorists were ignoring the "Lot Full" and "Hotel Guests Only" signs, and were pulling in anyway causing trouble for guests and parking personnel.