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Chuck D and Public Enemy, The Real McCoy, and reggae artist Arise Roots, will put on a free concert for the residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row district on Sunday, January 15.
This event, dubbed as both the "Operation Skid Row Music Festival" and the "Occupy Skid Row Music Festival", is a call to action for "the Hip Hop community to get actively engaged in social organizations and social movements," according to a statement issued by the organizer, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN).
Pete White of LA CAN told KPCC that even though there will be famous rappers present, "it's not a show," explaining that in addition to music there will be speakers, poetry, conversation about social movements, and a "re-imagining" of some of the bleakest areas of our city.
Originally publicized as a music festival starring a dozen or so classic LA rap acts agreeing to play for free (names like Cypress Hill, Kurupt from the Dogg Pound, Mellow Man Ace and Zzyzzx, King T, Rapper’s Rapp Group, Sir Jinx and General Population, OG Kid Frost, L.A. Posse, and the Egyptian Lover were bandied about), the sponsor-less, grassroots effort took a somewhat different musical shape as the play date approached. Chuck D and Public Enemy's involvement remained, despite a less robust supporting line-up.
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Musician Zach Ernst of Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears performs during the first day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2011 in Indio.
Coachella 2012 tickets, or rather, what's left of them, go on sale Friday morning at 10:00 a.m.
Though Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival organizers did not reveal how many passes were sold in the summer pre-sale, they did issue a statement about limited availability noting, "There are not many left for Weekend 1, and those must be purchased with a shuttle pass.''
The festival, slated for April 13-15 and April 20-22 in Indio, CA, features headliners the Black Keys, Radiohead, and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg.
As of Thursday, first tier general admission tickets ($285), VIP passes ($665), VIP parking ($100), and tent camping spots were all sold out for the first weekend. Remaining Weekend 1 tickets will need to be purchased with an accompanying shuttle pass. Tent camping spots were also sold out for the second weekend.
About 400 firefighters in San Bernardino County are battling a 15-acre fire that erupted Thursday night when a pickup truck plunged off Highway 18 near Crestline and burst into flames.
San Bernardino National Forest spokesman John Miller says the driver escaped with only minor injuries. One firefighter suffered an apparently broken ankle.
No homes are threatened but Highway 18 remains closed.
The blaze is being pushed by 30-mph winds and the National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for extreme fire conditions in the mountains, valleys and coastal slopes. The warning continues until this evening because of a high-pressure ridge will keep things hot, dry and gusty.
UPDATE 9:28 a.m. Highway 18 is scheduled to re-open at 10 a.m. The number of firefighters there does not necessarily reflect the seriousness of the fire, but concern about the conditions.
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Heroin was the secret ingredient in a bean and cheese burrito that was smuggled into a Los Angeles courthouse jail allegedly by a sheriff's deputy. Ths suspected deputy at one time starred on the Fox reality show "The Academy," and was kicked off for poor performance.
Charged with bringing drugs into a jail and conspiracy to commit a crime, 27-year-old deputy Henry Marin surrendered to fellow deputies at the South Los Angeles station on Wednesday. Marin pleaded not guilty to charges related to the contraband nosh and was relieved of duty. He was released from custody on Wednesday on $25,000 bail.
"We take this very seriously," said L.A. County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore, reports the L.A. Times. "This kind of behavior is absolutely inexcusable for anybody, especially a law enforcement representative. Of Marin's performance on "The Academy," Whitmore said, "He certainly wasn't one of our best."
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Clark Gable III, grandson of legendary Hollywood icon, Clark Gable, was sentenced to jail today for pointing a laser at a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter above Hollywood Boulevard on July 28.
Gable, apologetic in court, told the judge he was sorry, and that he'd learned a good lesson, says KTLA. The 23-year-old Canoga Park resident was ordered to 200 hours on a Caltrans work crew and ten days in jail. He will be on formal probation for three years and has already paid $570 in restitution.
The King of Hollywood's kin claimed he was attempting to point the beam at the Hollywood sign and missed. Authorities said light obstructed the vision of the two officers briefly.
The "aspiring reality star" was previously in news when he was stabbed in the torso at a 2009 Calabasas party.