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Darth Vader Watches Man Smash LAPD Windows

Darth Vader Watches Man Smash LAPD Windows

By Anthony Alaniz

Only in Hollywood can you see Darth Vader helplessly watch a man vandalize four Los Angele Police Department cruisers.

A man wielding a metal rod smashed all the windows save for the windshield on the four cruisers. The incident happened near Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. around 1 p.m., said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh.

A KTLA photographer who was working in the area shot video of the incident. The video shows someone dressed as Darth Vader, light saber included, watching as the man swings the rod into the window of the car behind him. Some people passing by stared as they walked past the police cruiser.

The rod-wielding man pulls a laptop from the car and takes it to a kiosk, where he opens and then walks away from the scene.

Video later shows the man on the ground and surrounded by police. Someone in a police costume was standing nearby. The man was arrested without incident, Borihanh said.

No other information about the suspect was available, he said. It was just another day good triumphed over evil.

You can watch the video here.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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Former Student Detained In College Shooting Threat

Former Student Detained In College Shooting Threat

Source: CBS Los Angeles

By Anthony Alaniz

Authorities detained a 21-year-old woman Thursday in connection with a shooting threat. The threat was made to LA Valley College, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said.

The woman, who was detained for several hours, was former LAVC student Sydnee Lewis. She was taken into police custody at 10:40 a.m. at her Panorama City apartment near Sylmar Avenue and Plummer Street.

Authorities handcuffed and questioned Lewis as officers searched her apartment. No weapons were found during the search. She was released four hours later. Lewis suspects another woman made the threat.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was alerted to the threat around 9:15 a.m. Deputies considered the threat credible after an anonymous call about a possible shooter heading to the school, officers said.

“We continued to investigate, as we are now. We were able to determine that there was indeed a possibility this was going to happen. We were able to detain someone and we are continuing the investigation at this time,” Lt. Melva Mitchell said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.

The campus was evacuated as a precaution and all classes before 5 p.m. were cancelled. The case is still being investigated as investigators try to track down the person who actually made the threat.

Source: CBS Los Angeles

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Elderly Man Accidentally Drives Car Into Medical Office

Elderly Man Accidentally Drives Car Into Medical Office

By Anthony Alaniz

Two people were injured Tuesday after an elderly man accidently lost control of his vehicle and drove into a medical building.

The accident occurred at 10:15 a.m. at 999 North Tustin Ave., Santa Ana police officials said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.

The unidentified 87-year-old man mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the break when he was pulling into a handicapped-parking space.

“The vehicle, a 4-door Lexus, went over the parking stop, down a small slope and collided into Diamond Medical Office,” police officials said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.

The car took out several large glass walls and came to rest halfway inside the office according to reports.

The two injured in the incident, a doctor and female patient, suffered only minor injuries that resulted from the glass and debris, according to officials. The driver of the car was not injured. No charges have been filed at this time.

Source: CBS Los Angeles

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C7 Chevrolet Corvette vs. Porsche Carrera 911

C7 Chevrolet Corvette vs. Porsche Carrera 911

By Anthony Alaniz

It may seem like a moot comparison, but when a new, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray costs as much as the options alone tacked onto a Porsche Carrera 911, answers are needed about one’s sanity if they pluck down the cash for the 911.

In the video below, drifter extraordinaire Chris Harris takes the two sports cars out onto the track at Chuckwalla to see just how close these two cars compared.

While there is a power difference between the two—400 for the Carrera, 460 for the Corvette—they do accomplish their intended goals quite differently. The Corvette is, and always will be a General Motors product. It is the sports car for the masses, offering impeccable performance at bargain basement prices. It’s what the Corvette is known for, and keeps doing it better and better year after year.

The Porsche Carrera 911 is, and always will be a Porsche product. There is a certain level of opulence and importance that comes with the car the Corvette simply cannot match. There are things the 911 does better than the Corvette can ever dream of doing, but at the end of the day, the large price disparity between the two is enough to make anyone second guess their purchasing decision.

Source: Drive

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Woman Killed Over an Accidental Photobomb Outside Nightclub

Woman Killed Over an Accidental Photobomb Outside Night Club

Source: Facebook

By Anthony Alaniz

A woman was killed last week after she was beaten outside a Santa Ana nightclub. According to authorities, Pham was attacked on the morning of Jan. 18 as she stood in line outside The Crosby Club.

When officers arrived, they found her unconscious. She died Tuesday after being taken off life support.

According to one of Pham’s friends, the confrontation may have started when Pham unintentionally stepped into another group’s photo.

“I can’t imagine it starts with someone interrupting a photo,” her father, Dung Pham, said in an interview Sunday with The Los Angeles Times. “I don’t know what to think.”

Pham graduated from Chapman University with a degree in psychology and was married a year ago this month.

Police have arrested two suspects and are looking for another person of interest in the incident.

Last week, Vanesa Tapia Zavala, a 25-year-old of Santa Ana, pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with Pham’s death. She is being held on $1-million bail.

Police have released the names of the second suspect or of the other person being sought, officials said. The incident is still under investigation.

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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Two stranded in vacant dealership fire

Two stranded in vacant dealership fire

By Anthony Alaniz

A fire broke out at a vacant car dealership around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in Inglewood. Firefighters knocked had everything under control in under three hours.

Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames were coming out of the two-story commercial building, according to officials.

“It used to be a Honda dealership, it’s been vacant for a few months,” Los Angeles Fire Department Asst. Chief Ralph Terrazas said in an interview with NBC Los Angeles.

The dealership is located on the 5200 block of of Centinela Ave. near La Cienega Blvd.

Two homeless people had to be rescued by firefighters. They were on the roof when firefighters arrived on the scene. They searched the vacant building for any additional homeless people who could have been staying in the space.

It took approximately 120 firefighters to battle the blaze Tuesday. It wasn’t clear what departments were called to assist in fighting the incident.

No injurers were reported from the incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. No other information is available at this time.

Source: NBC Los Angeles

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Toyota FT-1 Concept could signal the return of the Supra

Toyota FT-1 Concept could signal the return of the Supra

Toyota FT-1 Concept

By Anthony Alaniz

The Toyota FT-1 Concept revealed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show could signal the return of the legendary Toyota Supra. While not many details are known about the concept, it is still an engine-less design visualization. It was designed at Toyota’s Calty design studio in Southern California in cooperation with Sony’s Polyphony Digital, makers of the Gran Turismo video-game franchise.

While rumors about the return of the Supra have been swirling since the mid-2000s, when Toyota introduced the Scion FR-S, it got many thinking that Toyota could be making a valiant push back into the sports car arena.

An interesting aspect of the FT-1 Concept is that it has likely been born out of a recent partnership with BMW that is supposed to yield a new sports car jointly designed by the two companies. It is unclear right now which company will lead the design and engineering, but even with Toyota bringing this concept to fruition and revealing at the auto show, there is hope that some sort of production vehicle based on this concept could be seen in the future.

It’s also best to remember that when Toyota was working with Subaru to bring the FR-S/BRZ to market, they released numerous concepts before the final, toned-down production version was revealed, leaving many bored with the styling.

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2015 Ford F-150 revealed

2015 Ford F-150 Revealed

2015 Ford F-150

By Anthony Alaniz

Ford has unveiled the 2015 Ford F-150 at this year’s North American International Auto Show. This is an important vehicle for Ford. While continuously being the brands biggest seller, it has a long history of being the number one selling vehicle in America. So, when Ford set out to design the 2015 model, the pressure was on to create a vehicle that was not only true to the “Built Ford Tough” mentality, but revolutionary as well, especially with ever increasing fuel economy standards.

One of the biggest, and most controversial improvements to the 2015 F-150, is its extensive use of aluminum, which has cut nearly 900 pounds from the previous model’s weight. That’s a huge improvement, letting the vehicle’s weight slip beneath the 5000-pound mark.

Styling is reminiscent of the Atlas Concept from last year’s North American International Auto Show—and that’s a wonderful thing. It looks powerful, yet elegant, and that mentality seeps into the restyled interior. The interior looks rugged, yet luxurious. It will look wonderful in the higher-trimmed models.

2015 Ford F-150 Revealed

2015 Ford F-150 interior

The engine lineup gets a reshuffling as well. Only one V-8 engine is available, the 5.0-liter Coyote engine. The base V-6 engine is downsized to 3.5-liters from 3.7, and the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is still available. New to the lineup is a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. No power figures for any of the engines are available yet.

Power will be sent through a six-speed automatic transmission, yet the new 10-speed transmission being developed jointly with General Motors should make an appearance in the truck in the next few years.

Another addition to the F-150 is features. Safety features like lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, second-row seatbelt airbags, and its signature Curve Control electronic stability control program are all available. Other neat features include adaptive cruise control, LED spotlights for the bed and side mirrors, a 360-degree parking camera, trailer-hitch assist, and a remote-locking tailgate.

Ford hasn’t released the pricing for the 2015 F-150, but the truck should be on dealership lots later this fall.

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Deceptive advertising charges filed against Los Angeles County dealerships by FTC

Los Angeles County car dealerships settle with FTC over deceptive ads

Source: Forbes

By Anthony Alaniz

The Federal Trade Commission has charged four Los Angeles Cunty car dealerships alleging they used deceptive advertising tactics. The deceptive ads were an apparent tactic to lure customers into showrooms.

Casino Auto Sales, of La Puente, Rainbow Auto Sales, of South Gate, Honda of Hollywood, in Los Angeles, and Norm Reeves Honda in Cerritos, were among the car dealerships charged, according to the FTC.

No fines or penalties were brought against the dealerships, though a violation of the consent order will result in a $16,000 fine per violation per day, said the FTC.

Allegedly, some of the advertisements would promote low cost vehicles, but the fine print would hide hidden fees, taxes, and down payments.

“You should never have fine print disclaimers that are inconsistent with any prominent claims your making, that’s deceptive,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News. “It doesn’t cure a misrepresentation to have fine print disclaimers that nobody can read or understand. It’s still deceptive.”

An Advertisement from Casino Auto Sales, provided by the FTC, stated a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe LS was priced at $17,995. Buried in the fine print was a $5,000 down payment, though it was unclear if the down payment was part of the $17,995 price or an additional fee.

This is part of a larger operation by the FTC called “Operation Steer Clear.” Six other dealerships across the country have been charged.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

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Electric cars may become solution for power storage

2014 Ford Focus Electric

2014 Ford Focus Electric (Source: Ford)

By Anthony Alaniz

A pilot program out of the University of Delaware hopes to turn electric cars into energy-grid storage units, allowing the car owners to get paid for the electricity taken from their cars when they are plugged into the grid.

This would be a way to control the flow of electricity into the system when other forms of renewable energy sources, like wind and solar power, are sometimes unstable.

“This is a fascinating option,” said Robert Weisenmiller, chair of the California Energy Commission, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “The technology works. You can do this. The question is … what do we need to do to make it happen?”

One issue with the concept is convincing automakers of the potential to create a value proposition for the car owner and boost sales, said Tom Gage, chief executive of EVGrid, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times.

Automakers are not in the business of stabilizing the electric grid. There are also concerns about voiding a vehicle’s manufacturer warranty.

Another hurdle is utility regulations and the companies. Typically, utility companies invest in large-plant technologies that make money by charging the customers. There are no large storage plants to invest in with vehicle storage so they may shy away from this type of emerging technology.

“There is momentum behind this idea,” Willett Kempton said, the brainchild behind the program, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “These batteries are a huge resource, and we are going to need them.”

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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