CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- When news hit Monday that the California Supreme Court had created political turmoil by throwing out the state's new voting maps, the phone lines and email in-boxes of Sacramento operatives quickly whirred to life. It was indicative of the hair-trigger speed with which politics moves these days. So quickly, in fact, that the panicked politicos who immediately reached for their smartphones didn't realize they were the victims of an April Fool's Day joke. Longtime lobbyist and political observer Scott Lay included the fictional piece in his popular email newsletter, the Nooner.
October 3, 2012 |
Ashton Kutcher is the latest famous name to be associated with a "swatting" - a malicious prank in which a seemingly serious distress call to police turns out to be a false alarm with a spoofed phone number, aimed at luring a SWAT team to swarm a particular location. Police hurried to Kutcher's Lake Hollywood home late Wednesday morning after a woman called police - more on that "call" later - and claimed to be hiding in a closet because there was an armed man inside the home, L.A. Now reported.
November 28, 2012 |
Is scaring the living daylights out of someone hilarious or mean? You decide. Last week, the Brazilian hidden camera show "Programa Silvio Santos" aired clips of people screaming in terror at a ghostly girl in a broken elevator. The video was posted to YouTube, where it already has more than 7 million views and rising. Gawker, and several other news sources, have referred to it as possibly the scariest prank ever. The poor unsuspecting subjects enter an office building and are directed to the elevators by a friendly woman at the front desk.
June 26, 2013 |
In the wake of a Los Angeles Times story exposing a casting prank pulled on a group of 30 young actresses, Breakdown Services, the parent company of Actors Access, has taken immediate steps to completely remove the project from its website. Most of the actresses who walked into what they thought to be an audition for a role in the feature film “May the Best Man Win” discovered the casting call on Actors Access. “The whole thing is disgusting," said Gary Marsh, founder of Breakdown Services.
January 22, 2013 |
Same story, different celebrity: Chris Brown's house was the target Monday of an apparent "swatting" incident, in which police responded in force to a distress call that turned out to be fake. In this case, dispatchers were advised around 5 p.m. of a domestic violence situation - we're biting our tongue - in which the caller told police his parents were fighting and he wasn't sure if his mom had been shot, Los Angeles Police Department sources told L.A. Now and TMZ . When police arrived at the address, surprise, no gun, no fight, no nothing.
June 13, 2012 |
"Cake Boss"Buddy Valastro might want to stick a rolling pin his mouth - at least when it comes to making transgender jokes. TLC has pulled Monday's episode of the popular reality show set in a New Jersey bakery after Carmen Carrera - a transgender woman who has appeared on"RuPaul's Drag Race" and other shows - vehemently objected to how she was portrayed. Carrera said the producers lured her on to the show under false pretenses, making her believe she'd be a role model for transgendered persons when in fact she was used as part of a homophobic prank.