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Los Angeles teacher draws fire over student’s Ku Klux Klan costume

June 16, 2018 |

A Los Angeles teacher has sparked outrage after allowing a student to dress up as a Ku Klux Klan member as part of a class project.
FOX News

McCormick Media’s deal to buy stake in Los Angeles Times owner falls through

June 6, 2018 |

An investor group’s deal to buy former Tronc Chairman Michael Ferro’s entire stake in the newspaper chain has fallen through.

In April, Ferro struck the deal to sell his 25.6% stake in Tronc — which owns the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers — for $ 208.6 million to McCormick…


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In the convention center arms race, Los Angeles plans to go big to take on Las Vegas and others

May 11, 2018 |

In the arms race among the nation’s largest convention centers, Las Vegas has unveiled its biggest weapon yet: a plan to make its already giant facility, well, humongous.

The proposed 1.4-million-square-foot expansion, once completed, would stretch the Las Vegas Convention Center two miles from…


L.A. Times – Business

All systems are go for SpaceX’s BFR rocket facility at Port of Los Angeles after City Council OKs plan

May 8, 2018 |

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a plan allowing SpaceX to build and operate a facility at the Port of L.A., where the Hawthorne space company will produce its next-generation BFR rockets and spacecraft.

The vote gives formal approval to a plan that got the greenlight last month…


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Tourists in Los Angeles County pumped a record $22.7 billion into the local economy

May 7, 2018 |

A record-setting pace of tourists visiting Los Angeles County injected $ 22.7 billion into the local economy last year, countering fears that a strong dollar and tough rhetoric from the White House might scare off international tourists.

The county hosted 41.2 million domestic visitors and 7.3 million…


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American Apparel is reopening exactly one store, and it’s in Los Angeles

May 4, 2018 |

American Apparel is returning to the physical realm.

The iconic Los Angeles brand is preparing to open a flagship store in its home city this year, its first foray back into brick-and-mortar shops after all its locations closed following a bankruptcy process. New owner Gildan Activewear Inc., the…


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Los Angeles holds talks as Amazon works with finalists for its second headquarters

April 27, 2018 |

Amazon.com Inc. is holding regular talks with Los Angeles city and county officials about the region’s bid to win the contest for Amazon’s $ 5-billion second headquarters.

The online shopping giant said in January that it had narrowed the list of contending metro areas to 20 finalists, including…


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Malibu Beach to sell for more than Playboy Mansion, break Los Angeles price record

April 25, 2018 |

Hard Rock Cafe co-founder Peter Morton will sell the home on Tuesday to gas billionaire Michael S. Smith.
FOX News

CBS’s NCIS Los Angeles Weaves Stolen Bitcoin Into Script, LL Cool J Is on the Case

April 13, 2018 |

$  10 Million in Bitcoin Stolen, LL Cool J is on the Case

Bitcoin’s ubiquity is almost sealed, as more and more entertainment shows weave the world’s most popular cryptocurrency into plotlines. A current example is CBS’s NCIS Los Angeles, starring LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell, where the digital asset plays a leading role. $ 10 million of it are stolen from a mining farm, and agents are dispatched. The episode, “Outside the Lines,” will air Sunday, 22nd April, 9pm (ET/PT).  

Also read: Coinsecure India Down After $ 3 Million in Bitcoin Missing

LL Cool J Sets Out to Find $ 10 Million Worth of Stolen Bitcoin

Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Los Angeles combines everything Americans adore: military, cops, true-ish crime, and glamor. The series, now in its 9th season, is a spinoff, focusing on a branch inside NCIS, the Office of Special Projects (OSP). It’s an elite division with a charter for counter-terrorism. Much of the show involves undercover operations as a result.

$  10 Million in Bitcoin Stolen, LL Cool J is on the Case
LL Cool J

Chris O’Donnell (Special Agent G. Callen) and LL Cool J (Special Agent Sam Hanna) are the marquee names, and work together. Mr. O’Donnell, 47, is perhaps best known for his role as Dick Grayson/Robin in the mid 1990s cinematic versions of the Batman franchise. Here, he’s leader of the OSP. LL Cool J, 50, made his name as an East Coast rapper in the 1980s with songs such as “I Need Love” and the early 90s smash, “Mama Said Knock You Out.” For the last nine years, his main role has been as a former Sea Air and Land Team (SEAL) member, and an Iraq/Afghanistan veteran, working under Mr. O’Donnell’s character.

“Outside the Lines,” episode 9.19 (the series’ 211th), broadcasts on Sunday, 22 April, 9pm (ET/PT) on CBS, was written by Joseph C. Wilson (JAG, NCIS). It follows characters Harley Hidoko (Andrea Bordeaux) and Sam (LL Cool J). A rather hefty theft involving a cryptocurrency mining farm of more than $ 10 million worth of bitcoin is the episode’s central theme. Hidoko embraces the task, as she is new to Los Angeles, and chances are criminals would not be able to identify her. Sam, on the other hand, cannot be so sure about his identity, as he’s worked the area for years. There is a real chance any undercover operation would be compromised by him.

$  10 Million in Bitcoin Stolen, LL Cool J is on the Case

Every Year, More Bitcoin Recognition in Pop Culture

As good soldiers, no matter what happens, even if Sam is discovered or captured, Hidoko knows she must continue the mission: recover millions in bitcoin. Still, they’re also taught to never leave a man behind. Thus, the probable tension.

This, of course, isn’t the first time bitcoin’s been on television. In 2016, Mr. Robot and CSI Cyber also used the idea. Last year, online service Crackle had it as a recurring theme in its show, Startup. At the end of last year, insanely popular situation comedy The Big Bang Theory also featured a bitcoin theme. This year, daytime talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres dedicated a funny segment to it, as did John Oliver.

Do you make it a point to watch shows that feature bitcoin? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Suzanne Boda leads operations of the biggest airline at Los Angeles International Airport

April 2, 2018 |

The gig: Suzanne Boda, 57, is American Airlines’ senior vice president for Los Angeles. That means the buck stops with her when it comes to the airline’s day-to-day operations at Los Angeles International Airport, as well as all local government relations and community outreach. She was named to…


L.A. Times – Business