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'Cougar' billboard gets catty response from your mom

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Screenshot via CougarLife.com

This screenshot from CougarLife.com looks nothing like the NSFW billboard towering above Sunset Blvd.

Finding love online is no longer just for vegans, virgins, married people and the mustachioed. Cougars have clawed their way to the top of dating food chain. Or at least to the top of a NSFW traffic-stopping billboard in West Hollywood.

The advertisment for CougarLife.com, an online dating service catering to so-called "cougars," is causing a some sort of purr on the Sunset Strip. The ad features an image of woman sipping a cocktail, and a bit of profane wordplay. 

John Duran, the former mayor of West Hollywood, who currently sits on the city council, told KPCC's Ashley Bailey that he hasn’t heard any complaints about the billboard. He says the ad is consistent with the culture of West Hollywood.

"We’ve been the home to the Marlboro man, we’ve been the home to a lot of underwear ads with people scantily clad.  I mean, if somebody was trying to put up a billboard that constituted hate speech or was full of bigotry or hatred, we wouldn’t allow that. But, otherwise, we follow the constitutional standards of free speech and free expression because we’re a city that’s pretty big on civil liberties."

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The Abbey bans 'offensive heterosexual tradition' of bachelorette parties

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The Abbey in West Hollywood, CA.

The Abbey, one of West Hollywood's most well-known establishments, announced Thursday it will be banning the "offensive heterosexual tradition" of bachelorette parties until marriage is legal "everywhere for everyone," according to the official press release.

"Every Friday and Saturday night, we’re flooded with requests from straight girls in penis hats who want to ogle our gogos, dance with the gays and celebrate their pending nuptials. They are completely unaware that the people around them are legally prohibited from getting married,” said David Cooley, Founder of The Abbey.

The Abbey is taking a stand against a practice it says, "flaunts marriage inequality in the face of gays and lesbians," and as a sign of solidarity "on the heels of a ban on Gay Marriage in North Carolina and a number of other states across the south," according to the statement.

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Suspect pulled shotgun from suitcase in Metro bus killing, says D.A.

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The scene in West Hollywood on Sunday after a bus driver was shot by a passenger. On Tuesday, Anthony Craig Chambers, 41, was charged with special circumstance murder.

The L.A. County District Attorney filed charges Tuesday against 41-year-old suspect Anthony Craig Chambers for the fatal shooting of 51-year-old Metro bus driver Alan Thomas.

Thomas had just steered the bus onto Santa Monica Boulevard out of a layover area at La Cienega Boulevard when he was attacked on Sunday morning.

Shortly after boarding around 9 a.m., the defendant allegedly pulled a shotgun from a suitcase, approached the victim and shot him twice, according to the D.A.'s news release.

Chambers was arrested near the scene. Thomas was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center where he died around 9:30 a.m.

For lying in wait, Chambers was charged Tuesday with special circumstance murder. He was also charged with murder of transportation personnel, and there was a special allegation of personal use of a firearm. 

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Suspect named in fatal shooting of Metro bus driver in WeHo

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The scene in West Hollywood on Sunday after a bus driver was shot by a passenger. On Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Anthony Craig Chambers, 41, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Authorities have a suspect name but no motive for the fatal shooting of a bus driver in West Hollywood over the weekend.

LA County sheriff's investigators have identified 41-year-old Anthony Chambers of Los Angeles as a suspect in the Sunday morning shooting.

Chambers was booked for investigation of murder and is being held Monday on $1 million bail. Authorities believe Chambers and the bus driver were the only people on the Metro bus at the time of the shooting. The victim was reportedly hit in the torso.

Witnesses told investigators they saw Chambers climb out of a bus window and run down the street. He was reportedly arrested soon after.

The driver was identified Monday as 51-year-old Alan Thomas, a five-year veteran, according to the L.A. Times.

Thomas had just steered the bus onto Santa Monica Boulevard out of a layover area at La Cienega Boulevard when he was attacked, said Metro spokesperson Marc Littman, NBC LA reports.

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Knife-wielding man’s robbery thwarted, barricades self in West Hollywood bathroom

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Police and SWAT teams set up a command post in the parking lot of a coffee shop near Beverly and Robertson boulevards.

A knife-wielding robber messed with the wrong guy, police say, after a retired cop thwarted his robbery attempt last night in a West Hollywood restaurant, then chased him into the bathroom of a fancy clothing store.

That’s where the would-be robber barricaded himself, police say, leading to a big scene as SWAT teams set up a perimeter and worked on talking him out. He finally surrendered after a three-hour standoff.

According to KTLA and other reports, the retired Simi Valley police officer was having dinner with his girlfriend at The 3rd Stop restaurant near Robertson Boulevard and 3rd Street around 8 p.m. when an apparently homeless man walked right up to their table, pulled out an 8-inch kitchen knife and demanded their food.

The cop, who has the amazing name of Kido Ebrahimzedah, pulled a gun on that knife fight and the would-be robber turned and ran.

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