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    Elian González Brotóns, the man who was once at the center of an international custody battle which involved the U.S. and Cuban governments, has joined Twitter.

    González Brotóns posted his first tweet on Thursday, the same day Cuba announced that they would be allowing its citizens full internet access for mobile phones. His Twitter handle, @BrotonsElian, appears to pay tribute to his deceased mother, Elizabeth Brotóns, who drowned in 2000 while fleeing Cuba with González.

    In his tweet, he says he joined Twitter on his 25th birthday. He goes on to thank Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel for wishing him well on his birthday, and will continue to support him. He then says that his goal is to not disappoint “Cubans with dignity.”

    On Thursday, President Díaz-Canel wished González Brotóns a happy birthday on Twitter, and referred to him as the son and grandson of “Cubans with dignity,” and all of Cuba. The tweet went on to say that the battle for his freedom, led by Cuban leader Fidel Castro, showed how they can overcome challenges together.

    In 2000, González Brotóns was just shy of his sixth birthday when the small boat carrying him, his mother and a dozen others went down near Florida. González Brotóns’s mother was among those who perished. Elian was found floating in an inner tube and rescued by a fisherman who then turned the small boy over to U.S. officials.

    González Brotóns would then become the center of a bitter custody battle between his relatives in Miami who wished to keep him in the United States and his father, Juan Miguel González, who wanted him returned to Cuba. The international custody battle became a hot button issue during the 2000 U.S. presidential campaign and a central focus for the U.S. and Cuban governments.

    The months-long saga culminated with a dramatic raid on the Miami house, where U.S. federal agents retrieved Gonzalez at gunpoint in the early morning hours and he was flown back to the island in June of 2000, where he rejoined his father.

    The iconic photo of that historic moment, taken by Alan Diaz for The Associated Press, won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    Photo Credit: AP
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    FILE - In this April 4, 2010 file photo, Elian Gonzalez holds a Cuban flag during the Union of Young Communists congress in Havana, Cuba. Gonzalez, the Cuban boy at the center of an international custody battle nearly 20 years ago in April 2000, has joined Twitter after Cuba announced 3G internet access for cell phone users.FILE - In this April 4, 2010 file photo, Elian Gonzalez holds a Cuban flag during the Union of Young Communists congress in Havana, Cuba. Gonzalez, the Cuban boy at the center of an international custody battle nearly 20 years ago in April 2000, has joined Twitter after Cuba announced 3G internet access for cell phone users.

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    Refinery 29's immersive pop-up experience 29Rooms is back in downtown Los Angeles through Dec. 9.

    Photo Credit: Whitney Irick

    Refinery 29's pop-up experience 29Rooms returned to downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.Refinery 29's pop-up experience 29Rooms returned to downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.

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    At first glance, the trailer for "Vox Lux" might lead some to believe it's a twisted version of a Lady Gaga biopic. It isn't. It's a much deeper, dystopian look at pop stars and pop culture that will leave you uneasy, and questioning the price of fame.

    "Vox Lux" follows the rise to fame of a young girl named Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) who survives a grave injury during a Columbine-style school shooting in 1999. When she recovers, she performs a song at a memorial service that becomes so popular, it catapults her into stardom where she says for the next 17 years.

    Natalie Portman plays an older, edgy and somewhat tarnished version of Celeste who is mounting a comeback after a scandal. Celeste's manager throughout her rise and fall is played by Jude Law, who definitely does not have her best interests at hand.

    It's hard to tell if director Brady Corbet ("The Childhood of a Leader") wants the audience to feel bad for Celeste or revile in what she's become. But one thing is certain, they will be moved by the music and Portman's visceral performance.

    The songs in "Vox Lux" were written by pop superstar Sia specifically for the film, and the film's score was composed by singer-songwriter Scott Walker.

    "The music is just incredible," Portman said. "We're so lucky to have the Sia original songs that are just absolutely incredible pop songs."

    Because of the strong music element and Gaga-esque makeup and clothes, comparisons will be made to "A Star is Born." But this is not a love story. It's a heartbreakingly unfettered look at what happens when fame and tragedy collide. Or worse yet, when tragedy creates fame.

    "Vox Lux" opens in select cities on December 7th, and nationwide on December 14th. It stars Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Stacy Martin and Raffey Cassidy and was directed by Brady Corbet.

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    Christmas trees are almost always depicted as hailing from the fir family. After all, they've got that foresty vibe, and dark green needles, and a particular loamy scent.

    But many people who celebrate the season go a different route with their sparkly centerpiece. Arizona revelers have decorated their share of tumbleweeds, while palm trees, in beach communities, often rock a tangle of bright bulbs.

    Enter the cactus, which, like its plant-tastic cousin the needle-laden fir, has a green-ish hue, and a vertical character, and stands majestically in a solid pot.

    Unlike a fir, however, there are spines, which can add to the dramatic appeal, and a larger variety of shapes, and, yes, the need for less H2O.

    If this all speaks to you, this year, you're in luck, dear cacti lovers, for a Holiday Cactus Lot is popping up under the Metro station in Culver City over three December weekends. 

    The dates are Dec. 7-9, Dec. 14-16, and Dec. 21-23.

    And stopping by during the desert-stylish to-do? The recently debuted Milk Bar truck, Art of Tea (which will be serving complimentary sips), and "festive furnishings from Venice's Bend Goods."

    One thing to note? The cacti, which hail from Ponderosa Cactus in Highland Park, will not be as big as a saguaro or organ pipe. 

    We mean... Could you fit a saguaro in your den? Could anyone? Let's leave the saguaros to the Sonoran Desert, and admire them there.

    The cacti at the Holiday Cactus Lot are, in fact, smaller than a traditional Christmas tree, but so stunning, and unusual, in terms of holiday flora, that they'll add a certain aura to most any room, one has to imagine.

    PLATFORM has teamed up with Ponderosa Cactus for this offbeat and beautiful take on the most treeful time a year, a true treat for those drawn to the desert and to caring for a majestic plant that will live on long after the holidays wrap.

    Photo Credit: Platform

    The Holiday Cactus Lot is popping up beneath the Metro in Culver City over three December 2018 weekends: Dec. 7-9, Dec. 14-16, and Dec. 21-23.The Holiday Cactus Lot is popping up beneath the Metro in Culver City over three December 2018 weekends: Dec. 7-9, Dec. 14-16, and Dec. 21-23.

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  • 12/07/18--12:21: Pet of the Week: Rosie

  • Meet Rosie, the pet of the week for Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

    Rosie is a 3-year-old spayed female cat. She was fostered out for a bit, but now she's up for adoption at West Valley Animal Shelter in Chatsworth.

    Her foster mom says she's a little shy at first, but warms up quickly. She's also friendly with small dogs once she gets used to them. Rosie purrs instantly when you start to pet her.

    ID: A1820422 

    West Valley Center
    20655 Plummer Street
    Chatsworth, CA 91311
    (818) 756-9325 (center)

    Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter

    Rosie is the pet of the week for Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.Rosie is the pet of the week for Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

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    We're often told to think in terms of our brand, and about how the public might perceive us, and what image we must strive to live up to, day after day.

    Santa Claus has always been shipshape in this arena, for many people can name several different prominent qualities that swirl, like snow, around the famous and festive figure.

    And Hollywood, and the movies and TV, have absolutely played a ho-ho-hand in the fashioning of Mr. Kringle's colossal superstardom, at least over the last century or so.

    Thus call it a happy homecoming, of sorts, when Mr. and Mrs. Claus stop by Tinseltown on the afternoon and evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, all to attend Jollywood, a four-hour pop-up party at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard (a block east of the Pantages, in the Eastown courtyard).

    "Stop by" doesn't nearly give their arrival the acclaim it shall so deserve, for the celebrated pair will show up in an LAFD firetruck.

    Cameras up and out, Jollywood revelers, for this splashy, Hollywood-style entrance. The red carpet will be replaced, of course, by a red fire truck, and the fashionable red outfits the Christmas couple is known for sporting.

    Entry is free, free, free, upping the "jolly" factor promised in the name.

    But, indeed, there will be holiday-themed cocktails for sale, thanks to Wood & Vine. (Yep, wassail will be on the libation line-up, further upping the holiday-a-tude of the event.)

    Carolers, a gift market, tunes, and "sweet treats" will be part of the convival doing, as well.

    The Jollywood Entertainment District — we mean, of course, the Hollywood Entertainment District — is the organization behind the community-sweet get-together.

    A get-together that begins at 5 p.m. on Dec. 8, so plan an early arrival, if you want to see one of Hollywood's most famous and enduring star couples roll up in their Los Angeles Fire Department ride.

    Photo Credit: Gary Leonard

    Santa and Mrs. Claus will call upon the Dec. 8 party in an LAFD firetruck.Santa and Mrs. Claus will call upon the Dec. 8 party in an LAFD firetruck.

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    The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will not reopen the investigation into the 2011 death of Rebecca Zahau at Spreckels Mansion and the official cause of her death will remain a suicide, the department announced Friday.

    Sheriff Bill Gore opened a review in April into their previous investigation, which determined Zahau death was a suicide, after a jury ruled in a 2018 civil trial that Adam Shachnai was responsible for her death. 

    "After conducting this review, the case team found no evidence that led us to believe that Rebecca Zahau died at the hands of another," Gore said. 

    Adam Shacknai is the brother of Zahau's former boyfriend, millionaire Jonah Shacknai, and was the last person to see Rebecca alive. She was found dead by Adam Shacknai hanging from the balcony at Jonah Shaciknai's home.

    The Zahau family attorney, Keith Greer, said the department told him by phone about the ruling Friday morning. He said the finding is a "sad" reflection on the department.

    "We gave them another opportunity to do the right thing," Greer said. "Instead, they continue to support an improper and biased decision."

    Gore, who has long stood by the determination that Zahau's death was a suicide, said he was at first surprised by the civil verdict and found the theory presented by the Zahau family attorney, Keith Greer, "not logical."

    In a live TV interview with KSWB a day after the verdict, Gore said: 

    "There’s just no physical evidence or eyewitness evidence to tie Adam Shacknai to this murder. There’s no DNA, there’s no fingerprints," he said. "It’s interesting the attorney Mr. Greer managed to turn that into a theory that the crime scene had been wiped clean which is really difficult to do in this scientific age we live in."

    Greer said that was, "the most significant part.

    "If you look at things associated with the crime, not even Rebecca's DNA or prints are on them."

    For the review, Greer said he sent SDSO documents, including transcripts and other material from the 28-day civil trial.

    Jurors in the wrongful death lawsuit voted 9 to 3 that Shacknai battered Zahau and that his actions caused her death. They determined Shacknai owed Zahau's mother, Pari Zahau, approximately $5,167,000 in damages.

    Adam Shacknai issued a statement via his legal representation shortly after Sheriff Gore made his decision public.

    "I was in no way involved with Rebecca's death, which was part of a tragic sequence of events, that also involved the loss of my six-year nephew Max. I will be pleased to assist the investigation in any way requested, as I have all along."

    When the review was announced, Gore said while no new evidence was presented in Adam Shacknai's civil trial, new analysis of existing evidence was presented.

    "In the spirit of transparency and open-mindedness, we have agreed to undertake a fresh review of the case, by investigators who have had no prior involvement with the case, to evaluate the new information," Gore said at the time. 

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    Big Bear Mountain Resort shared flake-tastic photos depicting the result of the most recent snowstorm.

    Photo Credit: Jared Meyer/BBMR

    There's snow in those mountains: On Friday, Dec. 7, Big Bear Mountain Resort shared several snow-laden looks at its most recent snowfall, which immediately followed a few other significant flake-accumulating storms.There's snow in those mountains: On Friday, Dec. 7, Big Bear Mountain Resort shared several snow-laden looks at its most recent snowfall, which immediately followed a few other significant flake-accumulating storms.

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    Many Southern Californians will be heading for the mountains, and the brand-new snowy scenes that have popped up at higher elevations, over the second weekend in December, it's true.

    But, for many foodies, it will be all about making for the foam, and the sand, and the salty water, and the pier that happens to be home to a solar-powered Ferris wheel, a movie-star merry-go-round, and some of the best Skee-Ball this side of anywhere where there's also Skee-Ball.

    It's Santa Monica Pier we lovingly speak of here, and while the end-o'-Route-66 destination sits a few miles from ROW DTLA, the two places do share something in common: Smorgasburg LA.

    ROW DTLA is the usual place to find the stylish food market, on Sundays, but Smorgasburg LA does call upon Santa Monica Pier every now and then, as it will again on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 in the afternoon.

    Entry is free, but, for sure and completely, show with cash to nosh around the vendors that'll be on the pier as part of the pop-up.

    Goa Taco and Lobsterdamus will both be there, as well as several other foodie favorites.

    It's also a "holiday shopping" event, too, if you need to stock up on gifts. A beer garden, too, will be part of the sunny, temperate-cool scene. A scene that'll have sounds, in addition to the crashing waves below, thanks to the DJs on hand. 

    Photo Credit: Smorgasburg LA/Getty Images

    The ROW DTLA event, typically a Sunday to-do, is popping up near the beach on Saturday, Dec. 8. Yum and yum.The ROW DTLA event, typically a Sunday to-do, is popping up near the beach on Saturday, Dec. 8. Yum and yum.

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    Scientists have known for decades how the vast and barren landscapes of Mars look. Now, researchers are getting their first taste of what the Red Planet sounds like, NBC News reports.

    NASA’s InSight lander, which touched down on Mars less than two weeks ago, has recorded vibrations — low-pitched, guttural rumblings — caused by wind blowing across the science instruments on the spacecraft’s deck.

    “Capturing this audio was an unplanned treat,” Bruce Banerdt, InSight’s principal investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a written statement.

    Unaltered, these vibrations are barely audible, because they were recorded at a frequency of 50 hertz, at the low end of what the human ear can detect, according to Thomas Pike, the lead scientist for InSight’s Short Period Seismometer, one of two instruments that picked up the subtle movements.

    Photo Credit: Time Life Pictures/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty

    View of rocky surface of Mars from NASA's Viking 2.View of rocky surface of Mars from NASA's Viking 2.

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    David Swailes was a 10-year Los Angeles Police Department veteran who was married to his high school sweetheart. A father of four boys, he was making plans for a family trip to Disneyland.

    His wife of 14 years had noticed something was horribly wrong in recent months. His behavior had changed. There were fits of rage. He wasn't sleeping well and having nightmares when he did sleep.

    "There were all kind of pieces of a puzzle," said Melissa Swailes. "At the time, I didn't see how they all fit together.

    "I had every confidence that he would get through it."

    One day in 2016, on a son's second birthday, the day they were supposed to make that Disneyland visit, David Swailes killed himself with a gunshot to the head. 

    "It's just so still surreal, to go from making plans [as a] family to go to Disneyland, to making funeral arrangements," said Melissa Swailes.

    David Swailes' death was one of 36 LAPD officer suicides reported between 1998 and 2017, according to a study done by the department's Behavioral Science Services. During that same time, there were 16 officer deaths while in the line of duty.

    NBC4 -- with the support of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents the department's more than 7,000 rank-and-file officers -- sent surveys with questions about job-related stress faced by officers.

    More than 600 officers responded to the NBC4 I-Team survey.

    There were some common themes in the responses. Among them, 90 percent of respondents said there is a stigma in law enforcement that creates a barrier to seeking help for emotional or behavioral health issues.

    In Swailes' tragic case, his widow saw that running from call to call took its toll. He had become emotionally unstable, but knew services were available, she said.

    "He looked up the number, but he never called it," said Melissa Swailes. "Instead, he walked into our bathroom with one of his guns and shot himself in the head."

    "I would hate for another family to learn about this issue the way that I did."

    Ninety-seven percent of NBC4 survey respondents said they are aware of behavioral health services, but only 24 percent report using them. Seventy-six percent reported lingering or unresolved emotional issues from on-the-job stress.

    The survey results do not mean the streets are flooded with cops unfit for duty or excuse some officers' controversial actions, but the survey gives insight into the burdens of the badge.

    The union, department and families of those who have died by suicide are now speaking out about the issue in hopes of breaking any stigma attached to seeking help when they are experiencing those emotional issues.

    "Officers don't want to appear weak," said Steve Gordon, a director at the LA police union. "You know, they've got to be the tough guy. They've got to be the problem solver."

    Gordon, a veteran SWAT officer, is part of a peer support network.

    "What we want to do is break down that barrier and have these officers seek out the help they need without the stigma attached."

    Officer Tim Olsen understands that feeling. He had been on the job for just two months when he was thrust into the middle of the North Hollywood shootout. Two heavily armed gunmen wearing body armor opened fire on out-gunned officers and bystanders after a robbery at a bank in February 1997.

    Before his first year with the department was over, he was involved in two more shootings.

    "I drank a lot," Olsen said. "I didn't tell anybody that I was bothered by it, so I just sucked it up."

    The stress packed into those first months on the job cost him his marriage, Olsen said. He knew help was available, but felt shame and fear about asking for it.

    Chief Michel Moore advocates for peer-to-peer support and multiple checks even months after an an incident impacts an officer.

    "We want them to be involved in these services," he said.

    Moore sat down with the I-Team and opened up about losing his friend, officer Sonny Medina, who was also at the North Hollywood shootout and killed himself years later.

    "Why didn't we see that coming and how can we prevent that from ever happening again?

    "What we've done more recently is now we require them to go a second and third time," he said.

    Dr. Denise Jablonski-Kaye, a full-time psychiatrist with the LAPD, said she's heard excuses and stories, such as officers worried about being seen as unfit for the job. 

    "It just means that you're going through a difficult time," Jablonski-Kaye said. "If they get some help from us, it's not a sign of weakness. It's just getting some assistance, like a back-up call."

    As for Olsen, he said he's doing well. His turning point was when he thought about his daughter and being there for her. 

    "My goal is someone is going to watch this and realize that there is help for them, there are resources out there," said Olsen.

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    A motorcyclist who was involved in a hit-and-run crash is hoping footage from his helmet camera will help track down the driver who fled the scene.

    Dale Waterman was riding between cars slowed by traffic on the 210 Freeway when the driver of a black sedan abruptly switched lanes in front of him. The camera's first-person view shows Waterman had no chance of avoiding a crash.

    "I just see the camera go blurry when the impact happened," Waterman said. "After that, I went in chest first into the windshield."

    The driver of the car, according to Waterman, pulled over and began to discuss exchanging insurance information before speeding off.

    "I tend to be trusting in people I really didn't see him as going to run," Waterman said. "It just stunned me."

    The California Highway Patrol confirms it is investigating the incident as a misdemeanor hit and run.

    "He could have killed other people. He needs to be held accountable," Waterman said.

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    The rain in recent days has been putting many communities on edge, especially the ones near the Woolsey Fire Burn Scar. On Saturday, Ventura County held an event to get people ready for any possible flooding and mud flow problems.

    Dozens of people packed into Oak Park High School to learn more about mudslides and debris flow after the Woolsey Fire.

    The event provided helpful information to people like Angelika Humig, who moved to Oak Park with her family just two weeks before the fire started.

    "I'm a newbie here. I have no clue about anything. I just know I have mountains in the back yards," she said.

    Several different agencies explained how fire make certain areas more vulnerable to flooding and mudslides and which parts of Ventura County are most under threat.

    "We just have to be really mindful when it does rain that we have protections in place so that people's lives and properties are safe," said Linda Parks, a member of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.

    Booths at the event offered practical tips, such as what to have in an emergency "go bag" and how to have alerts from the county sent to their phones. Though she arrived to the event as a "newbie," Angelika Humig leaves with a trove of valuable knowledge.

    "Prepare yourself, have a plan, get out when you need to get out," she said.

    For more information, visit the Ventura County Recovers website.

    Photo Credit: AP

    Sandbags help to control mud and debris flow in an area burned by the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, Calif. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. The second round of a fall storm dumped snow and rain that jammed traffic on Southern California highways and loosened hillsides in wildfire burn areas on Thursday. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Sandbags help to control mud and debris flow in an area burned by the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, Calif. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. The second round of a fall storm dumped snow and rain that jammed traffic on Southern California highways and loosened hillsides in wildfire burn areas on Thursday. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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    Little Emma Rivera, 4, who suffers from cerebral palsy depends on a wheelchair to be able to move around, but on Monday, two men stole her wheelchair.

    Deputies responded to a vehicle theft in the 16000 block of Buena Vista Avenue when a family reported to the authorities that the custom wheelchair built for her daughter Emma had been stolen.

    Deputies were able to obtained surveillance video that showed suspects Eric Pepper, 47, and Jeremiah Hernandez, 42, stealing the wheelchair from the family's vehicle at approximately 3 a.m. on Dec. 3. One of the suspects was also seen carrying a trash bag and tossing it into a nearby dumpster, with both men seen getting into a black Land Rover.

    Deputies recovered the discarded bag and found a letter that appeared to be from an inmate in the Orange County Jail.

    Investigators came to the conclusion that the author or recipient of the letter was one of the suspects from the wheelchair theft. The surveillance video also helped authorities arrest both men at a home in Buena Park.

    As for Emma, her wheelchair was recovered, but it was damaged and no longer useable.

    Rivera's parents, Franklin and Genesis Rivera, said that her daughter relies on the wheelchair, which costs approximately $10,000.

    This story has a happy ending, as the wheelchair manufacturer donated a brand new wheelchair after investigators contacted the company.

    Photo Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department

    Two men were arrested for breaking into a vehicle and stealing a wheelchair.Two men were arrested for breaking into a vehicle and stealing a wheelchair.

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    A Spudnuts Donuts store owner in Canoga Park was attacked when a customer threw hot coffee into her face upon being asked to leave because she was being too loud.

    Cindy Seam, the victim, released the surveillance video that shows the attack.

    Seam says that she approached the woman and asked her to leave after a customer complained that the woman was being loud, causing a little girl to cry. Seam says she tried to fight back, but the pain from the coffee was overwhelming.

    The woman who threw the coffee was not caught and remains free on the streets. If caught, the woman could face assault charges.

    Seam says she released the video as a warning to other small business owners and workers to be alert. The store owner says she has owned the store for about five years, but her family has owned the store for about 30 years, and she has never experienced an attack like the one caught on the surveillance video.

    Woman caught attacked a store owner with a cup of coffee at a Spudnuts Donuts in Canoga Park.Woman caught attacked a store owner with a cup of coffee at a Spudnuts Donuts in Canoga Park.

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    The Lakers had all the grit and grind they needed against the Grizz.

    Six different players scored in double figures, as the Los Angeles Lakers mauled the Memphis Grizzlies, 111-88, on Saturday night at FedEx Forum. 

    LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma each scored 20 points apiece, as the Lakers led by as many as 29 points in the game.

    Both teams were playing on the second night of back-to-backs, but it was the visiting Lakers that brought all the energy and effort early, stealing the Memphis motto, "Grit and Grind," from the home team Grizzlies.

    "Defense and energy," said James of how the Lakers were able to beat the Grizzlies. "I don't know how we had energy coming off that back-to-back where we gave a lot last night in San Antonio, and they took it from us, but we found it. It was a good win for us in a place where they've been playing extremely good basketball."

    The Lakers outrebounded the Grizzlies 57-36, including 19 offensive rebounds in the rout.

    "It seemed like he [Tyson] was around every offensive rebound and defensive rebound," said James of teammate Tyson Chandler who had 14 rebounds. "At halftime we were up 36-11 on rebounding. That means we were defending and we were cleaning the glass."

    Wayne Selden led the way for Memphis with 17 points off the bench. Mike Conley had 12 points, and Marc Gasol and rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. each had 11.

    For the second consecutive night, James nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

    Josh Hart had 16 points in his second start in place of the injured Brandon Ingram. JaVale McGee had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

    The Lakers led by 23 points at the half, and unlike Friday night in San Antonio, they kept their foot on the gas, extending the lead to 29 in the third quarter and clamping down in the fourth quarter, holding the Grizzlies to just 88 total points. 

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Svi Mykhailiuk combined to hit seven three-pointers and 27 points.

    The Lakers improved to 5-1 on the second night of back-to-back games this season. 

    Please refresh this page for more updates, stats, and player reactions…

    Photo Credit: Brandon Dill/AP

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (3) reacts after scoring a 3-point shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (3) reacts after scoring a 3-point shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

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    Police were pursuing a DUI suspect driving in a black sedan in the San Fernando Valley area Saturday night.

    Newschopper4 Bravo and Gil Leyvas were overheat at approximately 11 p.m.

    However, police appeared to lose track of the pursuit vehicle near the 134 Freeway and 101 Freeway interchange, and a short time later, the Los Angeles Police Department vehicles on the ground and LAPD airship all pulled off the pursuit.

    As this was no longer an active pursuit, Newschopper4 Bravo also pulled off the pursuit at approximately 11:15 p.m.

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    We're in a pretty Muppet-y mood, 'round these SoCal parts, in 2018, thanks to "The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited" visiting the Skirball Cultural Center over the summer, and sassy events like "Puppet Up!," which popped up at the Jim Henson Studio lot in November.

    Of course, we're always and forever in a Muppet-y mood, and that's as true as the fact that Kermit is green, Miss Piggy loves her pearls, and Fozzie Bear has to "wocka wocka" with regularity.

    And that Muppet-y mood is about to take a distinctly merry turn, with the return of that heartstring-tugger, "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas."

    If you saw it when it first debuted in the U.S. in 1978, you saw it on television, the small screen, which is likely the place you've watched it ever since.

    But best shine up the washboard and tell all the country critters the good news: The residents of Frogtown Hollow will be goin' a-callin' to the big screen for "the first-time ever," on two special days at select cinemas around the region.

    Those dates are Monday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 16, and tickets are available through Fathom Events.

    But that isn't the only Muppet-flavored sweetness heading our way; "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" will also screen.

    The whole adorable affair may be found under the header "Jim Henson's Holiday Special," and Cheryl Henson, the president of the Jim Henson Foundation (and Mr. Henson's daughter), will appear on screen to talk about this holidaytime favorite.

    Your ticket to Frogtown Hollow and Fraggle Rock and two of the most festive Henson-happy happenings of the year?

    Row your boat over to Fathom Events now, for this two-day-only event. And remember: "There Ain't No Hole in the Washtub," but there is plenty of heart in this enduring family tale.

    Photo Credit: Jim Henson Company

    "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" rows into select cinemas around Southern California, and the nation, on Dec. 10 and 16, 2018.

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    Police in Pacoima are looking for the driver of a pickup truck involved in a crash with a parked car, leaving a man believed to be sleeping in the car dead. Gene Kang reports for Today in LA on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.

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    A man was killed while sleeping in his car when a pickup truck struck the parked vehicle along the side of the road in Pacoima early Sunday morning. Police are searching for the driver of the truck, who witnesses say fled the scene on foot.

    The crash occurred at around 3:20 a.m. along Branford Street and Telfair Ave. Another man sleeping in a separate car suffered back injuries.

    Beer bottles and drug paraphernalia were found inside the truck, police say.

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