There is officially no mystery left in the universe. This week, the rap riddle of Ice Cube's 1993 LA-centric anthem "It Was a Good Day," was finally solved.
After decades of what we can only assume was rigorous assessment, complex computation, and lots of snacks, the website Murk Avenue made a bold assertion: The exact date of Ice Cube's "Good Day" in LA was... January 20, 1992. National Good Day Day.
Following song cues and clues it was determined to be the only day that Yo MTV Raps was on air, the sky was clear, beepers were in widespread use, the Lakers beat the SuperSonics, and Ice Cube had no planned events.
Naturally, this sparked an inspired online debate among Los Angeles historians and general practice contrarians.
Called into question was the validity of the research, the accuracy of the fact checking, the number of Good Year blimps in the city, almanac weather data for Compton, television lineups, sports stats, electronics usage, Boyz n the Hood production schedules and so forth.
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KISS robber was made for robbin' you, baby.
Masked and menacing, a tribute bandit has taken center stage in the Sacramento area as the so-called KISS robber, despite looking quite a bit like an Insane Clown Posse devotee "juggalo."
Thought to be responsible in a string of convenience store and other robberies, the suspect met face to face with retired, 80-year-old Indian policeman Baldev Singh earlier this week, who was not a fan.
Singh told Fox 40 Sacramento he had been an officer in Punjubi, India, and was not scared when the man fired off a shot. Instead, he ripped the mask off the poseur. No one was injured in the incident.
The mask is now in the hands of authorities, and police are hoping to retrieve DNA and find a match.
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A large tree near Los Feliz Blvd. was uprooted by strong winds near Griffith Park last year.
Santa Ana winds, true to Steely Dan prediction, are here again. A significant and dangerous wind event with conditions conducive to rapid fire growth, is expected across Ventura and Los Angeles from Friday to Saturday afternoon.
Gusty winds will increase throughout the morning, with the strongest blows expected to reach 60-70 mph across the mountain regions, the National Weather Service warns. In valley and coastal areas, north to northeast winds and gusts should reach about 35-55 mph.
Potential hazards include the usual suspects: downed trees, destroyed power lines, and dangerous cross-winds for high vehicles.
Additionally, the extremely dry air (with relative humidity dropping into the single digits and teens) combined with the strong offshore winds, will produce critical fire weather conditions across a majority of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
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Travel and surfing journalist Michael Scott Moore was kidnapped by Somali pirates on Saturday. His book "Sweetness and Blood" was named a book of the year by the Economist in 2010.
Manhattan Beach surfing and travel journalist Michael Scott Moore was taken hostage in Somalia on Saturday while researching a book about Somali pirates.
The writer, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Germany, was kidnapped days before two aid worker hostages, including 32-year-old American Jessica Buchanan, were rescued in a midnight raid by Navy SEAL Team 6, the L.A. Times details.
The U.S. State Department is concerned, and issued a statement saying as much: "We are aware of news reports that a U.S. citizen has been kidnapped in northern Somalia and we are concerned about the individual's safety and well-being."
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Anita Garouni's painting "Home" was rejected as a public art donation by the City of Glendale.
Noses are up and thumbs are down in Glendale where officials have rejected a donated public art piece for the first time in more than ten years.
The colorful piece, featuring Armenian figures floating near the Statue of Liberty and Turkey's Mt. Ararat, was praised for its "beautiful theme" but considered not culturally inclusive enough. It also "wasn’t of the highest aesthetic quality," according to a report that appraised the 18-by-24 inch oil painting at $1,800.
Robbed of this diamond in the rough, residents of The Jewel City will have to look elsewhere for their daily recommended allowances of floating heads, Armenian princesses and Noah's Arks once destined for a city-owned office wall.
A 15-year resident of Glendale, artist Anita Garouni said of her creative tour de force, it is "an expression of deep gratitude for America, my country, who accepts all…and gives safe haven for the immigrants of the world," explains the Glendale News Press.