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Coachella 2012 has completely sold out... of tickets

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Coachella 2012 has sold out of tickets for both weekends.

Passes for both weekends of this year's deja vu fest, April 13-April 15 and April 20-April 22, are gone like the wind that comes sweepin' down the plain. And by plain we mean polo field. 

The festival's promoter Goldenvoice issued a caps-happy statement on Friday that read, "THE COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL SELLS OUT IN LESS THAN 3 HOURS."

Well, sort of true. It's more like one week and three hours. Passes went on "advance sale" last summer from June 3-10.

 

Were you able to purchase tickets? Which weekend are you going? Tell us in the comments.

 

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Bomb threat called into Alhambra High School

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A bomb threat was called into Alhambra High School around 11:40 a.m., police report.

Hundreds of students have poured onto the track field as the school is placed on lockdown pending an investigation. Alhambra police officers are going door to door with a canine unit, checking rooms throughout the campus for the reported "suspicious package."

Sgt. Jerry Johnson, a spokesman with the Alhambra Police Department, has confirmed that there was a call about a possible mysterious package on campus. KTLA reports that the call was placed by a "young person" and possible student, but Johnson could not confirm.

No devices have been found as of 2:00 p.m. 

It's unknown how long the lockdown will last.

This story has been updated.

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Public Enemy to headline Skid Row Music Festival on Sunday

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Chuck D by Shepard Fairey via ObeyGiant.com

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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Coachella 2012 tickets on-sale Friday morning, aka: How fast can you type?

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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.  

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Highway 18 closed: Hundreds of firefighters jump on fire near Crestline

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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