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Two dead at topless club shootings on Sunday


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Investigators are attempting to determine whether a shooting at Snooky's topless bar on Sunday night was justified, and if the incident was tied to another shooting that evening.

Sheriff's deputies say an unruly patron who was ordered to leave Snooky's returned with a shotgun and was fatally shot by a security guard in the parking lot of the Lancaster club around 11 p.m.

The patron was pronounced dead at the scene, and the guard was detained for questioning. "The security guard had a contact with the patron and assessed an immediate threat," said Lt. Richard Daniels, reports NBC LA.

About 80 miles away in Harbor City, a gunman eluded capture Sunday night after shooting and killing a man in his 20s at the Fantasy Gold strip club.


Little league strips season from 300 kids, balks at gentlemen's club donation

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No one's getting to home base this year. The Lennox Little League has changed its mind about accepting a $1,200 donation from a local strip club that could have saved their 2012 season.

Nearby gentlemen's club, Jet Strip, along with other donations, would have covered the higher price of playing ball after an increase in fees including the school district's double price for diamond usage.

Despite the fallout for around 40 teams — approximately 300 kids — league officials "felt the source of the money was not appropriate," KTLA reports.

League president, Roberto Aguirre, hopes the district will be able to re-negotiate fees so the kids can still play baseball this season.

Unlike, say, the movie-version of this storyline, Jet Strip was not asking for its logo to appear on any team jerseys.


In which the little league season is saved by a gentleman's club

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With bases loaded and two outs, who will go to bat to save little league? Turns out, a local strip club.

The Lennox Little League season was saved, in part, to a big donation from Jet Strip, a nearby gentlemen's club in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles. James Wallace, Jet Strip's general manager and a 15-year member of Lennox's Coordinating Council, said the club does not like to brag about donations.

Their $1,200 gift to the struggling league came after the Lennox School District imposed new regulations and fees to pay for a field security guard position. The school board doubled the per-day fee it previously charged the league for use of the fields, the Daily Breeze explained.

Disputes between the league and the district have impacted player participation and delayed the start of the season by weeks.