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OPINION
July 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
As crime in Los Angeles has dropped from the frightening levels of the 1990s to the astonishingly low rates of the last decade, pressure from residents and leaders to spend more money on law enforcement has turned into pressure to instead spend less, especially when so many other city services have been cut to accommodate shrinking budgets. But a well-trained police department with enough officers and expertise to respond rapidly to trouble isn't simply a previous era's priority. It is a perpetual need.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Deborah Cohan, nervous about undergoing double mastectomy, did what few would be willing to do: get down to Beyonce for a flash mob dance party with her surgical team. A video of the dance party at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco -- Cohan dancing near a gurney, her surgical team suited up and gyrating around her to Beyonce's "Get Me Bodied" -- went viral on the Internet.  Cohan, recovering after being released on Wednesday, has been lauded for turning a difficult ordeal into an inspiration for others around the world.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2003 | Mark Ehrman, Special to The Times
On the balcony outside the Sunset 5 theater in a shopping complex in West Hollywood, many people are quietly milling about, but few of them are waiting to see "The Secret Lives of Dentists." At exactly 9:10 p.m., a soft hiss fills the air. Sounding vaguely machine-like at first -- something having to do with a ventilation system, perhaps -- it grows louder and more distinctly human. Fifty to 100 people, for no apparent reason, have started shhshing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2013 | By Jason Wells and Alene Tchekmedyian
Burbank police issued 88 citations during a car enthusiast "flash mob" Tuesday that attracted roughly 1,300 vehicles and thousands more spectators to the Empire Center parking lot. Two vehicles were impounded after their drivers were cited for engaging in speed contests, police reported Thursday. Three citations were also issued for possessing marijuana, while another 74 were handed out for vehicle code violations, such as missing front license plates or headlights that were too dim. The flash mob of customized vehicles was organized through social media and attracted about 4,500 people, according to Burbank police.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2004 | Chris Pasles
Sometime in October, British commuters at a busy mainline railway station will be suddenly confronted by a 65-piece orchestra, soloists and chorus from the Royal Opera House when the BBC stages a surprise "flash mob" opera. "We are trying to keep the date secret," BBC Three Controller Stuart Murphy told the London Times on Wednesday. The location will also be kept secret until the day of the performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2011
SERIES The This Old House Hour: The Los Angeles house gets its finishing touches from plaster specialist Alfonso Garcia, plumbing and heating contractor Eric Downs, landscape designer Melanie Williams and interior designer Rachel Horn in this new episode (7 p.m. KOCE). The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon (Jim Parsons) falls victim to a hacker who robs his online game character in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). American Idol: Two contestants are eliminated in a results episode that features performances by will.i.am, Jamie Foxx and Fantasia (8 p.m. Fox)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 30, 2012 - Jan. 5, 2012 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES The Big Bang Theory: "Southland's" Regina King guest stars as the university's director of employee relations on a new episode of the sitcom (8 p.m. CBS). 30 Rock: Liz and Criss (Tina Fey, James Marsden) tie the knot in this repeat episode (8 p.m. NBC). Nashville: The soapy drama set in the country music capital repeats its pilot episode (8 p.m. ABC)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 30, 2012 - Jan. 5, 2012 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Mobbed: The Howie Mandel-hosted series about flash mobs offers back-to-back new episodes (8 and 9 p.m. Fox). Cousins on Call: Real-life cousins and home-improvement experts Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri team with Ellen DeGeneres to help a couple affected by Hurricane Sandy in the debut installment of this reality series (8 p.m. HGTV)
BUSINESS
April 14, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
The crowd stood at the corner of San Pedro and Boyd streets, a bustling shopping area near L.A.'s Skid Row, waiting for stragglers to arrive before descending on the store. But this mob wasn't an angry one. It had gathered on a recent Saturday afternoon to spend money at a small cafe and boutique. Dubbed a "cash mob," members of the group, many of them young professionals, had arranged the event through social media. Over the course of an hour, the shoppers plucked soy candles, pillows, purses and ornate jewelry from the shelves.
NEWS
July 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Feel free to move about the cabin -- and hula. Twenty performers from San Francisco's Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu hula troupe stepped from their seats and started dancing on a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu earlier this month. A video released by Hawaiian Airlines, above, shows the troupe singing "Ke Aloha" as well as "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" as music flows from the plane's speakers. Flash mobs often use airports as their stage, but there's something fun about the surprise factor at 38,000 feet in the air (unless you're trying to sleep or work)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
Roughly 1,000 vehicles flooded the Empire Center in Burbank on Tuesday night for a car “flash mob” organized through social media, snarling traffic as crowds swarmed the parking lot. More than 20 police officers from Burbank, Glendale and San Marino were assigned to patrol after a similar event in November also caused traffic headaches. Earlier in the evening, police closed the parking lot to cars, shut down surrounding streets because of traffic congestion and warned motorists to avoid the area, the Burbank Leader reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
Police in Burbank will be beefing up their presence at the Empire Center on Tuesday in anticipation of a car enthusiast “flash mob.” A similar event organized over social media last year attracted hundreds of people and their custom cars to the parking lot, and police expect more of the same this time around. "We are aware of it," Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn told the Burbank Leader. "We have the resources available to address any traffic or criminal issues that arise.
OPINION
July 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
As crime in Los Angeles has dropped from the frightening levels of the 1990s to the astonishingly low rates of the last decade, pressure from residents and leaders to spend more money on law enforcement has turned into pressure to instead spend less, especially when so many other city services have been cut to accommodate shrinking budgets. But a well-trained police department with enough officers and expertise to respond rapidly to trouble isn't simply a previous era's priority. It is a perpetual need.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber, Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein
The rallying cries shot out across Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday evening. "Take the riot to Hollywood," one expletive-laden message on Twitter beseeched. "Hollywood. 7:30. " That invitation for trouble and others like it, police believe, were the seeds of a bizarre, chaotic night in the city's entertainment mecca that caught the LAPD off guard and left city officials scrambling to assure tourists and revelers, once again, that Hollywood is a safe place to be. A group of 40 to 50 people, mostly teenagers, heeded the social media calls and went on what police described as a rolling crime wave.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
The Galaxy S IV is set to debut Thursday at a launch event in New York, and Samsung has been building buzz for the new smartphone all week with more teasers. "The countdown for #TheNextBigThing has begun. Who's ready for the Global Unpacked Event on March 14?" read a tweet from the Samsung Mobile U.S. Twitter account, along with a photo of the new smartphone semi-cloaked in darkness.  From the looks of it, the new phone appears to be a lot like its predecessor, the S III, although maybe slightly bigger.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 30, 2012 - Jan. 5, 2012 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES The Big Bang Theory: "Southland's" Regina King guest stars as the university's director of employee relations on a new episode of the sitcom (8 p.m. CBS). 30 Rock: Liz and Criss (Tina Fey, James Marsden) tie the knot in this repeat episode (8 p.m. NBC). Nashville: The soapy drama set in the country music capital repeats its pilot episode (8 p.m. ABC)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2012 | By Chris Barton
  Oh, Copenhagen. You brought us the Midcentury furniture designs that make "Mad Men" an interior decorator's dream and saw the wisdom of bike commuting long before L.A. earned its first CicLAvia. Now you've one-upped every philharmonic in the world with video of your orchestra (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) making an entire subway train weak in the knees with a flash mob performance of Grieg's "Peer Gynt" on a Copenhagen Metro train. In a video filmed last month that justifiably went viral, the Copenhagen symphony is subtly introduced on one of the station's signs with the announcement, "Classical special train: Enjoy the music," before treating commuters to probably one of the most beautiful rides of their lives.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Anonymous Kollektiv, a German group claiming ties to the shadowy hacker group Anonymous, signalled out the Wall Street Journal today as the target of a crowd sourced "comments" flash mob. To be clear: No servers were brought down, the Wall Street Journal's site didn't go dark and no reporter's sensitive source list was hacked. Instead, hundreds of people posted a relatively mild paragraph in the comment section on various Facebook pages run by the Journal, suggesting that the paper was trying to stir up fear in Americans by comparing Anonymous to Al Qaeda.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 30, 2012 - Jan. 5, 2012 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Mobbed: The Howie Mandel-hosted series about flash mobs offers back-to-back new episodes (8 and 9 p.m. Fox). Cousins on Call: Real-life cousins and home-improvement experts Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri team with Ellen DeGeneres to help a couple affected by Hurricane Sandy in the debut installment of this reality series (8 p.m. HGTV)
NEWS
August 22, 2012 | By Amanda Natividad
Mass picnic in L.A.: After successful events in San Francisco and San Diego, PopUp Dinner comes to L.A. In this self-described “underground dinner meets flash mob meets outdoor picnic," guests will be required to wear all white and bring their own tableware, food and drink. Tables, chairs, entertainment and optional dinner baskets curated by local chefs will be provided. Dinner menu includes: Toma Point Reyes farmstead cheese; organic red grapes; sesame cracker, prosciutto and parmesan-crusted baguette; watermelon, feta and mint salad with aged balsamic reduction; sesame seared ahi tuna with organic field greens and wasabi vinaigrette; sweet mascarpone, glazed mission figs and Maldon sea salt; and Ghirardelli dark chocolate pot de crème.
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