Tinder Confidential: The Hookup App's Founders Can't Swipe Away the Past

Ashley Terrill was in hiding the first time I heard her voice, splitting time between her Los Angeles home and a $600-a-night room at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Terrill had locked her laptop and phone in a secret vault, and would only contact me on disposable phones—all because, she claimed, the estranged co-founder… »Monday 11:40am11/23/15 11:40am

The Story and Nightmare Emails Behind One Elite Silver Lake Preschool's Turmoil

A specter of tyranny is haunting Silver Lake, Los Angeles. At Camelot Kids, a preschool in the ultra-hip east side of the city, where parents pay $18,000 a year for their progeny to have a full-service alternative nursery school experience, this summer saw a wave of toddler purges, mass teacher firings, and public… »11/11/15 1:50pm11/11/15 1:50pm

Ex-Marlborough School Teacher Sentenced to Year in Jail for Sexually Abusing Students

Joseph Thomas Koetters, a former English teacher at the elite Marlborough School in Los Angles, pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts relating to his sexual abuse of two female students. Koetters resigned from his most recent teaching job in July 2014 after Buzzfeed reporter Katie J.M. Baker began inquiring about… »10/21/15 6:30pm10/21/15 6:30pm

Why Did a Teen Claim Kylie Jenner Is Stalking and Trying to Kill Her? 

Earlier this week, TMZ reported on the strange case of a 17-year-old girl who claimed that the youngest and most popular Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, had been stalking and harassing her, and even staged a car accident in an attempt to kill her. The teen went as far as filing a temporary restraining order against Kylie… »9/25/15 5:38pm9/25/15 5:38pm

The LAPD says Saudi Prince Majed Abdulaziz Al Saud, arrested on sexual assault charges against a dom

The LAPD says Saudi Prince Majed Abdulaziz Al Saud, arrested on sexual assault charges against a domestic worker in his home, is being accused of sexual assault by other women as well. An LAPD spokesperson told the L.A. Times the other accusers are also women who worked at the estate where he lives. »9/25/15 3:47pm9/25/15 3:47pm

Saudi Prince Arrested in Los Angeles on Charges of Sexual Assault, False Imprisonment 

A Saudi prince living in Los Angeles has been charged with sexual assault after neighbors reportedly saw a bleeding woman screaming for help as she tried to scale the walls surrounding a large estate in Beverly Glen. Los Angeles police told reporters that Prince Majed Abdulaziz Al Saud is accused of trying to force a… »9/25/15 9:55am9/25/15 9:55am

California Man Was Not Actually Human-Alien Hybrid Sent to Save Humanity

The circumstances surrounding Jeffrey Lash’s death on July 4 in a wealthy Los Angeles suburb are still unclear. Also unknown is where Lash managed to acquire the hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and the many, many guns found in his home. However, contrary to what he told two devout followers, we can be pretty… »8/28/15 11:30am8/28/15 11:30am

I Went Undercover to Find Out What It Takes to Be an Underpaid NBA Cheerleader

A Clippers Spirit cheerleader named Candace taught us our first dance routine. On all fours, we whipped our hair around. This was my favorite part. Not thinking about everything I was doing wrong, I whipped my head so vigorously that one of my extensions came loose, and I skipped toward the back of the room to fix it.… »8/25/15 4:00pm8/25/15 4:00pm

For SoCal Girls Like Me, Romeo Santos and Bachata (Almost) Sound Like Home


When Romeo Santos walked offstage toward the pump fake ending of the first of his three Barclays Center performances last month, the crowd of Romeístas was unified in our ravenous desire for more. “PROPUESTA INDECENTE!” we all screamed, playing along despite knowing full well the King of Bachata wouldn’t let the night… »8/25/15 10:40am8/25/15 10:40am

Resilience Is Futile: How Well-Meaning Nonprofits Perpetuate Poverty

Two years ago, I was hired as a campaign coordinator for a community initiative in South L.A. I got the job because I’d been an organizer for labor unions, and I was eager and thrilled. I’d be coordinating The Belong Campaign, part of a nonprofit funded by government entities as well as large foundations. My cubicle… »7/14/15 3:15pm7/14/15 3:15pm

Katy Perry Wants to Buy a Hollywood Convent and the Nuns Are NOT Happy

Katy Perry, some nuns, an archbishop, and a restaurateur are currently fighting over a piece of real estate. It’s all about who has the “legal right” to sell an old convent, located in Los Feliz, “which covers several acres and offers million-dollar views of downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains.” How… »6/29/15 12:30pm6/29/15 12:30pm

'Everything Really Hit Rock Bottom': How Nasty Gal's Culture Went Nasty

“Be a nice person at work,” Sophia Amoruso writes in her 2014 book #GIRLBOSS, a combination memoir and self-help book for hungry millennial feminists looking to get ahead in life and business. “If you are a total terror to work with, no one will want to keep you around. And the worst kind of mean is selective mean—the… »6/17/15 11:30am6/17/15 11:30am