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The man who reportedly created Bitcoin is 64 year-old Satoshi Nakamoto.
Newsweek magazine says he lives in a house in Temple City, with his mother, and has a $400 million fortune thanks to the virtual currency.
But then, Nakamoto gave the Associated Press a two-hour interview yesterday claiming that he is NOT the creator of Bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world’s most popular digital currency came …
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This week marked the 21-year anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City.
On February 26, 1993, terrorists, who were later convicted, detonated a truck full of explosives in the parking garage of the Twin Towers complex in an effort to topple the buildings. Their plan didn’t work.
But it set into motion a serious effort to strike the United States at …
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A federal grand jury has indicted State Senator Ron Calderon and his brother Tom on multiple corruption charges.
The US Attorney’s Office says the Calderons face charges of mail and wire fraud, bribery and money laundering.
Gene Maddaus is a reporter with LA Weekly, and Andrew Blankstein is with the NBC News Investigative Unit based here in LA.
Did we see all of this coming? Especially given the Calderon …
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President Obama spent a few hours in California’s Central Valley today, where he announced drought aid for farmers, food banks and rural communities. After landing in Fresno this afternoon, the president held what the White House called “a roundtable with community leaders.”
The president’s visit comes on the heels of $173 million his administration announced for California drought relief. ($100 million for livestock; $60 million …
It’s been a year to the day since Los Angeles Police officers shot at a pickup truck in Torrance they thought belonged to fugitive and ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.
Dorner had been fired from the force, written an internet manifesto alleging a culture of discrimination and intimidation, and went on a killing spree against those he believed were behind his firing.
The pickup truck, which was …
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Gene Maddaus reports for the LA Weekly and Seema Mehta reports for the Los Angeles Times.
Longtime West LA Congressman and powerful Democrat Henry Waxman announced this week he will not seek another term, after serving 20 of them on Capitol Hill.
That’s 40 years in Washington.
And now the race is on here at home to succeed him, which is landing some familiar names on the ballot.
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Paul Pringle writes for the Los Angeles Times, and Jeremy White reports for the Sacramento Bee.
Pringle’s story that work had been done by county workers on LA County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas’s house caused the politician to lash out this week on Which Way LA?
The Times story reported that all the work went beyond permissible security improvements. Ridley-Thomas says allegations that he allowed taxpayers to foot the bill for extra work are …
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In the midst of growing criticism about his leadership at his department, LA County Sheriff Lee Baca announced this week he’s stepping down on January 31 from the post he’s held for more than 15 years.
Baca says he doesn’t want to be a distraction going forward.
Baca’s been under intense scrutiny for accusations of abuse at jails and, of course, the indictment of 18 former …
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This month, a popular game turns 40 years old. Happy Birthday, Dungeons & Dragons!
It’s hard to imagine how a board game has influenced movies, books and video games, yet, this game has crossed the threshold of dark basements and invaded pop culture today.
For those unfamiliar with Dungeons & Dragons, before it was a video game, it was a board game. To play, a group …
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Afternoon Delight: ‘Take bath’, ‘Dream good’, ‘Listen to radio a lot’ – What are your New Year’s resolutions?
Had your fill of the holidays, and ready for 2014 to take over?
January first is filled with promises and goals. Lose weight, stop biting your nails…sound familiar? But how about ‘take a bath’ or ‘change socks’?
Those are some simple resolutions made more than 70 years ago by folk singer and Okie-turned-Angeleno Woody Guthrie. When Guthrie’s wife asked for help with her resolutions, it inspired …
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The year is coming to a close and we look at some of the biggest stories of 2014.
There were a couple of high profile shootings underscored security and response at public places across LA.
One tragic day in June turned an idyllic Friday in Santa Monica into a horrible day for people in around the Santa Monica College campus.
That’s when a man who grew up not …
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On this week’s Mixer, we covered several stories included on our newsroom’s whiteboard.
There’s an ongoing FBI investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that’s already led to the indictment of 18 former and current deputies for misconduct in county jails.
We learned today that the feds are seeking to expand their investigation by convincing deputies to provide evidence against colleagues and the department brass.
Also, this week …
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LA County Sheriff Lee Baca admits that mistakes were made in the hiring of dozens of officers with histories of misconduct. And a convicted sex offender has sued hundreds of Southland businesses under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
LA Times reporter Robert Faturechi, and Hillel Aron, who writes for the LA Weekly, join us for this week’s Mixer.
An LA Times investigation reports the LA County …
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Tiffany Hsu from the Los Angeles Times and Gustavo Arellano from the OC Weekly joined us.
Yes it’s Black Friday. But we don’t care about the fights going on in the aisles of Walmart. There were gatherings outside, where a couple hundred protesters turned out in a steady rain.
Wal-Mart has long been a target of labor unions because it is a non-union operation. And the group …
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The price-tag for a 173-acre Port of Los Angeles freight terminal upgrade has doubled in just four years, from $245 million to $510 million. And the design changes that ballooned the cost were made without the knowledge of the LA City Council. Despite council concerns, members ratified the revised costs.
So the question is whether this represents a complete lack of accountability. Who is the person, or …
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Cartoonist Gahan (pronounced GAY-in) Wilson has been described as playfully dark. As someone who could draw a toothy monster next to a contemporary figure. Dealing with a subject that’s light… or very, very heavy.
You probably have seen his illustrations featured in the New Yorker and National Lampoon, where his comic strip titled Nuts was published.
Today, Wilson is 83, and his skill at juxtaposing the …
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Gene Maddaus from LA Weekly and Kate Linthicum from the Los Angeles Times joined us.
Taxpayers may have to dig into their pockets to sustain the LAUSD’s plan to equip teachers and students with iPads. It could take bond measures to keep the program going long-term.
The school district is using money from construction bonds to pay for the iPad rollout. The iPads are only guaranteed to …
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The federal ground stop at Los Angeles International Airport is over now, but trying to get flights and people in and out is proving slow and difficult.
That’s after a man walked into Terminal 3 this morning about 9:20, pulled out a high-powered, semi-automatic rifle from a duffle bag and began firing at TSA agents.
One agent was killed, though his name has not been released. …
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As the week draws to a close, Howard Blume and Dave Zanhiser — both from the LA Times — help us tie a ribbon on it.
The bell reportedly may be ringing for John Deasy.
The LAUSD superintendent may be about to resign. That story reported by Howard and the LA Times, who say Deasy could be leaving in the next few months.
Deasy has neither confirmed nor denied the …
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After taking a couple of weeks off, we mixed it up again. Gene Maddaus, from the LA Weekly, and Seema Mehta, from the LA Times, offered their insights.
LA City Councilman Jose Huizar has admitted to having an affair with a former aide, after she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him.
His former office employee Francine Godoy claims he waged a “campaign of retaliation” against her after she turned down requests for “sexual …