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Members of LulzSec, spin-off of Anonymous, arrested in NYC


This May 31, 2011, file frame grab of the PBS website shows what their site looked like after being hacked by LulzSec.

Top members of the computer hacking group LulzSec have been arrested and will face charges in New York, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.

Five people with the group were either under arrest or being sought, the official said. The details of the allegations weren't immediately available, but were expected in court documents that were being unsealed Tuesday morning.

The group also goes by the full name Lulz Security. Hackers associated with the group have claimed to be responsible for a variety of cyber attacks on big companies, law enforcement and government agencies.

LulzSec is a spin-off of the loosely organized hacking collective Anonymous, other spin-offs of which have recently claimed responsibility for exposing the personal information of LAPD brass. Its members attained notoriety last May by attacking the website of the public broadcaster PBS and posting a story claiming that the slain rapper Tupac Shakur was alive and living in New Zealand.


Enforcement status unclear for L.A. porn actor condom law, now in effect


Photo by Robert Elyov via Flickr Creative Commons

Though it reads like a thin, improbable premise on which to build an adult film, a new law has just gone into effect requiring porn actors in Los Angeles to wear condoms -- now all they need is a team of enforcers. Cue the Hot Cops?

An estimated 90 percent of the country's porn films are made in Los Angeles, and ensuring safer sex on set has fallen into the laps of city officials and industry leaders.

"Today really is a milestone in the advance of health and safety for these adult filmmakers," said Ged Kenslea, spokesman for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which lobbied for years for the measure.

When the law was passed in January, City Council gave police, the city attorney, the porn industry and others, a six month period to come up with an enforcement strategy. 

The status of enforcement during the four months that remain is unknown. City attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said he it was unclear whether police or health officials will begin showing up at shoots.


Serpent sightings: Rattlesnakes out of hibernation in SoCal

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Photo by Natalie McNear via Flickr Creative Commons

If you can't see the ground, you can't see serpents. Keep this piece of advice in your long pants.

While it's unusual to see so many fangs so early in the year, unseasonably warm temperatures have signaled the end of hibernation for a number of slitherers, resulting in an increase in rattlesnake sightings across Southern California, say experts.

Canyon dwellers are advised to wear pants long that enough to cover the tops of shoes, and to avoid walking in tall brush or grass, or anywhere else you can't see below. Additionally, hikers are urged not trek alone and to bring a phone (even though cell service varies on trails), in case of an emergency, notes KTLA.

During last year's snake awakening, we spoke with park ranger Jackeline Velasquez who explained that rattlesnakes tend to sun themselves on trails and roads during the day, and then move around in early evening as they prepare to hunt.


Lenny Dykstra strikes out in L.A. court, sentenced to three years in state prison

Dykstra Charges Baseball

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Former baseball player Lenny Dykstra, left, is led into a courtroom in San Fernando, Calif., Thursday, June 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Lenny Dykstra, the former fielder for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, was immediately taken into custody after being sentenced Monday in a Los Angeles courtroom to three years in state prison.

The Santa Ana-born lefty pleaded no contest to grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement in connection with a plot to lease high-end cars from several area dealerships using fraudulent paperwork, according to court records.

The judge rejected his last minute efforts to change the "no contest" plea and fight the charges, the L.A. Times reported.

In delivering the sentence, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig said the effort to steal cars showed "sophistication, planning." And prosecutors had argued that he did not exhibit any remorse toward his victims. "Mr. Dykstra might not believe he is a criminal, but his actions have been criminal," she said, invoking baseball terminology such as "strikes" and "home run" to underscore her point.


Nearly one year later, Dodger Stadium attack victim Bryan Stow moved from hospital to rehab

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 16, 2001: Bryan Stow, escorted by his neurosurgeon Dr. Gabriel Zada (L) and medical staff, is taken from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to Bob Hope Airport for a trip to San Francisco General Hospital, on May 16, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan from Santa Cruz, California, was beaten at the Los Angeles Dodgers parking lot after the opening day game against the San Francisco Giants. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan attacked to near death outside Dodger Stadium on opening day last year, is leaving the hospital for a rehab facility, the family said in a blog post.

The 43-year-old former paramedic and father of two, has been moved from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center to an unnamed facility where he will undergo "aggressive therapy" to help him become more independent. Stow will still have full-time assistance in an apartment he will share with two other patients, they say.

Nearly one year after the beating that caused brain injury, Stow still requires help getting dressed, moving around, and he suffers from memory loss.

Rialto residents Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are charged in the attack. They pleaded not guilty to mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and battery with serious bodily injury, and are awaiting trial. Stow's family has filed a damages lawsuit against the Dodgers.