Somebody REALLY wanted a Darwin Award.
But he forgot to smash the camera of the woman taping the woman taping.
Cellphone video of a U.S. marshal rushing a woman filming police activity in metro Los Angeles, grabbing her cellphone, throwing it to the ground and kicking it has gone viral, prompting a U.S. congresswoman to take action.
U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., said in a statement that she was “alarmed and upset” at the video of the incident between a law enforcement officer and resident Beatriz Paez and has called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate.
“I condemn the actions of the U.S. marshal who violently and improperly responded by destroying Ms. Paez’s property, terrifying her and denying her rights,” Hahn’s statement read.
Along with the investigation, she said she also wants all members of law enforcement to receive training on how to treat citizens recording video.
The U.S. Marshals Service referred the Los Angeles Times to the South Gate Police Department.
A woman who answered the phone at the South Gate Police Department referred a phone call to a line that rang with no pick up or voice mail.
Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the the 1930s and 40s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.
Although she danced in numerous movies, commercials and TV shows, she had never seen any of them, and all of her photographs and memorabilia have been lost over the years.
With the help of Mark Cantor of http://jazz-on-film.com we finally our hands on three “Soundies” Alice appeared in, and were able to show them to her for the very first time. She had never seen herself in motion in her life!
The Washington Post sends a restaurant reviewer to see if a low rated restaurant on Yelp was as bad as the comments allege.
Pasta Italiana is a 5-year-old Woodley Park restaurant with more than 80 reviews and a one-star overall rating on Yelp. Ouch. Slams include “You would be happier with a bag of chips from the liquor store next door.” Curious if this was a case of Yelp bullying, Express asked Tim Carman, a food writer for The Washington Post, to dine at Pasta Italiana and review his experience. He graciously (and bravely) obliged, and this is his report. You can also read how Pasta Italiana’s manager feels about the restaurant’s poor Yelp reviews here. (Holley Simmons/Express)
Before digging into my plate of lobster ravioli with pink cream sauce I dug into the Yelp reviews of Pasta Italiana, a shopworn eatery in Woodley Park. The restaurant takes more hits than a tackling dummy.
You could argue that Pasta Italiana, like that tackling dummy, has been designed for abuse. The place sets itself up for a fight before you take a bite: It trumpets the word “organic” on the front door. Its wait staff may or may not, depending on whom you ask, claim the pasta is made in-house.
The place all but has a “Kick Me” sign taped to its back.
And kick it you will once the food arrives. The garlic-cream sauce draped over flabby, overcooked cheese ravioli was chunky and lukewarm; if there was garlic in the sauce, only a beagle could detect it. The gnocchi was a mountain of gluey pasta covered in a meat sauce many degrees shy of hot; the gnocchi sat on the plate, solid and immovable, as if molded from clay. The lobster ravioli came stuffed with a stringy mixture speckled with tiny dices of the advertised crustacean but tasting more like crab sticks.
(via Boing Boing)