About 11:25 p.m. March 14, 2011, three male African-Americans believed to be in their early 20s robbed a liquor store in the 4600 block of Beverly Boulevard. One was armed with a stainless-steel revolver. Two concealed their faces with ski masks, but one wore no mask.
Captured on video, the trio escaped in a dark-colored midsize sedan with a sunroof that was driven by a fourth suspect.
Detectives think these same men committed additional robberies around the same time.
These same suspects are believed to be responsible for additional robberies that occurred around the time of this robbery.
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Olympic Area Robbery Detectives at (213) 382-9460/9463. Call 1-877-LAPD-24-7 after hours or on weekends. If you wish to remain anonymous, call 1-800-222-TIPS, or send a text message via cell phone 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most phone keypads). All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.
By a 5-3 vote, the court said that federal immigration law gives states the authority to impose sanctions on employers who hire unauthorized workers.
The ruling cheered supporters of tougher immigration laws who said it would encourage states to take new steps, especially in the employment area.
The decision upholding the validity of the 2007 law comes as the state is appealing a ruling that blocked key components of a second, more controversial Arizona immigration enforcement law. Thursday's decision applies only to business licenses and does not signal how the high court might rule if the other law comes before it.
Still, the ruling placed the court's five Republican appointed justices on the side of the state, and against the Chamber of Commerce, which challenged the law along with the American Civil Liberties Union.
Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, said Arizona's employer sanctions law "falls well within the confines of the authority Congress chose to leave to the states."
Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, all Democratic appointees, dissented. The fourth Democratic appointee, Justice Elena Kagan, did not participate in the case because she worked on it while servingas President Barack Obama's solicitor general
Breyer said the Arizona law upsets a balance in federal law between dissuading employers from hiring illegal workers and ensuring that people are not discriminated against because they may speak with an accent or look like they might be immigrants.
Employers "will hesitate to hire those they fear will turn out to lack the right to work in the United States," he said.
The Obama administration backed the challenge to the law. The measure was signed into law in 2007 by Democrat Janet Napolitano, then the governor of Arizona and now Obama's Homeland Security secretary.
The employer sanctions law has been only infrequently used. It was intended to diminish Arizona's role as the nation's hub for immigrant smuggling by requiring employers to verify the eligibility of new workers through a federal database. Employers found to have violated the law can have their business licenses suspended or revoked.
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, praised the high court's decision. "Not only is this law constitutional, it is commonsense. American jobs should be preserved for Americans and legal workers," Smith said.
Lower courts, including the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, previously upheld the law.
Last month, a three-judge panel of that same appeals court upheld a trial judge's ruling blocking enforcement of parts of the broader Arizona immigration law, known as SB1070. The provisions that were blocked include a requirement that police, while enforcing other laws, must question a person's immigration status if officers have reasonable suspicion the person was in the country illegally. State officials have said they will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.
The ACLU's Cecillia Wang said the Supreme Court decision was disappointing, but narrow. "The decision has nothing to do with SB1070 or any other state and local immigration laws," said Wang, director of ACLU's immigrant rights project.
But Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the conservative American Center for Law and Justice, said the ruling should encourage states to play a larger role in immigration matters.
"While it's not a definitive answer to the main Arizona case, it certainly is a helpful sign from our perspective," Sekulow said. He filed a brief in support of the law that was upheld Thursday.
The case is Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting, 09-115.
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Elle Fanning is only in 7th grade, but her fashion sense ? and covetable wardrobe of Rodarte and Valentino ? could easily match that of someone twice her age. ?I?ve always loved fashion ever since I was really, really little,? Fanning told PEOPLE at the Young Hollywood Awards in L.A. ?I shop vintage all the time.? Dressed in Marc by Marc Jacobs shorts and high-neck top, the Super 8 actress noted she?s ?inspired by Twiggy right now? and is a fan of ?the ?60s and ?70s little baby doll dresses.? Proving her versatility, Fanning enthuses, ?I?ve always been obsessed with Marilyn Monroe and her ?50s style.? But it?s a more contemporary star that gets the ultimate compliment. ?Alexa Chung is my style icon.? But outside of a style beyond her years, Fanning says she?s just like anyone else her age. ?I go to regular school,? she explains. ?I have sleepovers on the weekend. I go to the movies with my friends. I do everything a normal 13-year-old girl does, really.? ?Dahvi Shira
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Not only has the sultry siren (pictured with Brad Pitt last week in Cannes) written and directed her first movie, the Bosnian war drama 'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' but she's now landed a distribution deal.
Jolie's film will be released Dec. 23, a date that clearly announces the film's ambitions as a serious awards-season contender.
You'd think it would be tricky, making the transition from sex symbol on camera to acclaimed filmmaker behind the lens. But if that's Jolie's dream, she's in excellent company. Critics and Academy voters have often been remarkably kind to matinee idols getting their feet wet as directors.
Exhibits A and B: Robert Redford and Kevin Costner. The movie hunks both won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture their very first time out of the gate. Redford won in 1981 for family drama 'Ordinary People,' Costner in 1991 for the epic western 'Dances With Wolves.'
(Coincidentally, both beat veteran Martin Scorsese, who was a contender with 'Raging Bull' in '81 and 'Goodfellas' in '91.)
Warren Beatty and Mel Gibson both won Oscars for Best Director, after their second efforts behind the camera, Beatty in 1982 for 'Reds' and Gibson in 1996 for 'Braveheart,' which also won Best Picture.
George Clooney was Oscar-nominated for his second directing job, 2005's 'Good Night, and Good Luck' (he didn't win).
The Academy also likes it when easy-on-the-eyes screen stars create their own opportunities by writing screenplays. Emma Thompson won an Oscar for her first screenplay, 1995's Jane Austen adaptation 'Sense and Sensibility,' in which she also starred. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won an Academy Award for their first screenplay, 1997's drama 'Good Will Hunting,' which had juicy roles for both of them. Beatty's first writing effort, 1975's 'Shampoo,' scored him an Oscar nomination.
Jolie's film has traits in common with some movies mentioned above. It centers on a controversial historical event (à la Costner, Beatty, Gibson and Clooney), although it's not a vanity project, since Jolie didn't cast herself in the movie.
It may help that Jolie, 35, already has an Oscar -- for her supporting role in 1999's 'Girl, Interrupted' -- and that she's made humanitarian disasters (of the sort depicted in her new film) her signature issue as an activist. Thus, she's unlikely to be seen as a dilettante with no business telling this story or getting behind the camera.
And let's face it, any excuse to get Jolie on a red carpet makes both the film industry and moviegoers very happy.
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Guarded by a team of security personnel, Lindsay Lohan was spotted arriving at Ft. Lauderdale International Airport in Ft Lauderdale, Florida earlier this morning (May 21).
The "Mean Girls" star sported a trendy look for her weekend travel, wearing a fedora, jean vest, black shorts and a pair of black platform booties as she made the trip to the sunshine state before starting her house arrest sentence next month.
On the career end of things, the troubled actress is drumming up some serious interest in the upcoming "Carrie" remake, as author Stephen King told Entertainment Weekly that he would support the casting of the 24-year-old for the lead role.
First voicing his curiosity as to why the remake is being pursued, King said, "The real question is why, when the original was so good? I mean, not Casablanca, or anything, but a really good horror-suspense film, much better than the book."
As for pondering a lead in Miss Lohan, the award winning author interestedly added, "Although Lindsay Lohan as Carrie White? hmmm. It would certainly be fun to cast."
The moment of truth arrived tonight on American Idol.
Just how rabid are the Lauren Alaina fans? Do Scotty McCreery's fans ever get tired of texting and dialing? Has Haley Reinhart been a sure thing all along? Are there going to be two young ladies in the finale for the first time since 2004?
Ninety-five million votes later, we have our answer.
Scotty and Lauren are in the finale, so, no girl-on-girl action and no last word for Haley.
Instead, we'll have the second boy-girl finale in a row and the youngest finale ever?at 17 and 16, they really are a boy and a girl!
That, and the fact that Scotty and Lauren are cute as buttons, counts for something. Right?
Haley, who had growled and clawed her way to the Top Three, ducking errant blows from the judges (minus Steven Tyler) throughout, looked a bit stunned, but regrouped in seconds.
Before you could even say, "Aw, man," the 20-year-old was blowing kisses to the still-adoring crowd and the standing-and-applauding judges.
"This is only the beginning. Thank you all so much," she said before breaking into "Bennie and the Jets."
All three finalists were "in it to win it" at some point last night, but the country-music machine proved too fierce.
Baby-faced Scotty turned in three wise-beyond-his-years country tunes, while Lauren, though more hit-and-miss, absolutely nailed "I Hope You Dance."
So here we are. Next week's Idol performances are on Tuesday for a change. Don't forget!
Are you tickled pink by these results or are you doing your best impression of the Haley growl?
(Originally published May 19, 2011, at 5:56 p.m. PT)
Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian may have access to some of the best hair and makeup artists in the world, but that doesn?t mean they don?t have a few beauty tricks of their own. The reality stars spoke to PEOPLE in N.Y.C. on Friday about some of the take-home tips they?ve learned throughout the years ? and it turns out they aren?t all that fancy. ?Once a week I take Vaseline and I put it on my knees my elbows and my feet and I sleep in it because sometimes I just hate being dry,? Khloe shared at the John Frieda ?Destination: Style? salon, a mobile salon making its way across the country to offer women free hair consultations and styling tips. ?I put socks on over my feet and I swear it?s like the cheapest thing you can buy and you?re so moisturized.? For big sis Kourtney, it?s all about the moisturizer, too. ?I started putting Aquaphor all over my face,? she revealed. ?It?s so healing, especially if you?re in the sun ? I mix it with serum and I just put it all over my face.? But their oldest beauty secret ? one they learned in childhood ? is a classic trick they picked up from mom Kris Jenner. ?She always tells us to use a hot washcloth and scrub up your face. She tells us that like every day,? said Kourtney. ?She says to get a scalding hot washcloth and put it on your face and it?ll steam your pores and scrub it and everything will come out,? added Khloe. ?I?ll do it once in a while but she lives by this and embeds it into our brains. We?re like, ?We get it, we get it!?? When it comes to hair, though, the girls aren?t quite as confident. That?s where the Destination: Style salon comes in. ?I love it because I get my hair done all the time, but if I?m not getting it done, I really don?t know what to do on my own,? Khloe said. ?I?ve never really sat down and asked questions. So I love that you get 15 minutes with a John Frieda stylist. You tell them your concerns and your problem areas, and they give you solutions on how to fix it.? Tell us: What are your best beauty secrets? ?Kim Peiffer
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