Monday, February 28, 2011

Law Thien Huynh: Student Charged with Murder of Vocational School Instructor Roberto Herrera

Downtown Los Angeles as seen from my American ...Image via WikipediaLOS ANGELES – A 22-year-old student accused of fatally shooting his vocational school instructor was charged with murder today, the District Attorney’s Office announced.  Law Thien Huynh (dob 12/28/88) is expected to be arraigned in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The complaint includes gun-use allegations.

Huynh is accused of shooting Roberto Herrera, 44 – a security guard training instructor at Coast Career Institute – on Feb. 23. He is charged in case No. BA381445.  The defendant allegedly walked out of class momentarily, returned with a firearm and proceeded to shoot Herrera multiple times in the head.

Huynh’s bail is recommended at $2 million. If convicted as charged, the defendant faces 50 years to life in state prison.
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GERALD VIDAL: Magazine Salesman Convicted of San Fernando Valley Assault

Hillside view of Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...Image via WikipediaVAN NUYS – A Van Nuys jury deliberated four hours today before convicting a door-to-door magazine salesman of sexually assaulting a San Fernando Valley woman a little more than a year ago after forcing his way into her home.

Deputy District Attorney Jane Creighton said 25-year-old Gerald Vidal faces multiple life prison terms when he returns to Superior Court on March 29 for sentencing by trial Judge Barry Taylor. The defendant has been jailed on a little more than $4.5 million bail since he was arrested by Los Angeles police shortly after the assault in Winnetka on Dec. 17, 2009.

Creighton said the jury convicted the defendant of eight felony counts: one count each of first-degree burglary, attempted sodomy by use of force, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, assault to commit a felony during the commission of a first-degree burglary and forcible oral copulation; and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object. The jury also found true allegations on three of the sexual assault counts that the crimes were committed during the burglary.

Vidal was working with an out-of-state group of door-to-door magazine salespeople who were staying at a motel in Woodland Hills.

Authorities said the defendant knocked at the door of the victim’s home on Dec. 17, 2009. The victim said she would buy a magazine subscription, but had to go to the bank to get money.

She closed the door and a few minutes later, Vidal returned, forced
his way inside, sexually assaulted the victim and ransacked the
house, authorities said. He was tracked to the motel by police and arrested there.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011


By Randy Economy
February 27, 2011
10:18 p.m. PST

Phoenix, Arizona

We might have a late entry into the new season of Dancing With the Stars!  Yep. Meet Arizona State Senator Scott Bundgaard. Paging Bruno and Carrie Ann.  Gotta get this guy an agent in Hollywood ASAP!  

Here is the lo down.
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The clean cut, super conservative, newly elected state senator from Peoria, Arizona,  Bundaard allegedly got into a nasty fist fight with his girlfriend inside the car they were driving in after attending a charity dancing event. 
Bundgaard and his  girlfriend of seven months, a nice Christian gal named Aubry Ballard, were leaving a National Kidney Foundation charity event in Phoenix when literally all hell broke loose between the two.   National Kidney Foundation?  Are you kidding me? That radical group?

At around 11:20 pm, Phoenix Police arrived at a median on Arizona Highway 51, just south of Cactus Road in north central Phoenix where the car the two were driving had pulled over as their verbal argument had already turned violent.

Bundgaard had already forcefully pulled his gal pal out of the car's driver seat, and well, it was "on" after that.  Bundgaard pulled out his "I am a State Senator Get Out of Jail Free Card" and invoked his "Constitutional Right 11th Amendment."  Give me a break.

Though both Ms. Ballard and Senator Bundgaard were taken into custody, only the female victim in the domestic violence incident was arrested.  Complicated.  Not really.  Being an elected official has its "privileges" and this case is going to become a national outrage within hours.

Sweet Aubry was arrested, and spends the night in the clink. Today Senator "hot lips" is now on the "defensive" and is about to be run out of town on a Meg Lev High Speed Rail Train.

“We want to jointly apologize for allowing a private matter to interrupt the public – and especially for taking up the valuable time of law enforcement. The police officers who responded deserve thanks for their sensitivity and compassion.We have cared for each other in the past; we wish the best for each other in the future. Like most relationships, ours has had some ups and downs, but it has always been based on our Christian faith and our respect for one another. With that in mind, we intend to go our separate ways now and put what happened Friday night and Saturday in the past. Obviously, we’re both tired and embarrassed. Each of us would like to reclaim some privacy. We hope the media and the public can respect that decision. Thank you for your understanding.”

- Sen. Scott Bundgaard and Aubry Ballard

Are you nuts?  You practically killed each other and now you want your "privacy?"  OMG.  Time for this nut bag to resign FIRST thing Monday morning.

Another statement, this time from Aubry....

"Last night was the absolute worst night of my life. This morning and the hours I spent in jail were equally horrible. To go from putting on a beautiful dress for a great date to a fundraiser to ending up on the side of a freeway? I don’t have another tear left to cry,I’m still trying to get my mind around a few things: Scott’s actions, the 17 hours I spent in jail awaiting processing, my bruises, scrapes and soreness and his statements to the media. I’m not a public figure. Nor am I someone who wants to see her private life made public. At the same time, I value my reputation. I’ve always been a strong believer in the truth. I have a lot of thinking and praying to do before I decide what to do next."
Save your comments for the Jury, and call Attorney Gloria Allred first thing Monday morning.
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365 Day 19 FailImage by jamestruepenny via FlickrBy Randy Economy
Sunday, February 27, 2011
8:32 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

The 83rd Academy Award for Best Picture has been won by "The Kings Speech."  It beat out nine other films in Hollywood tonight for the top film award for this past year.  Director Steven Spielberg presented the Oscar.

What an anti-climatic end to one of the worst Oscar casts ever produced.

Let the bashing begin.
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Filming Colin and HelenaImage by Lancashire County Council via FlickrBy Randy Economy
February 27, 2011
8:18 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

Collin Furth, the man who gave the voice to a King, has won the Academy Award for Best Actor.  Furth collected his Oscar just moments ago from last years winner Sandra Bullock.

This was a emotional win for Furth.

He thanked his fellow actors in this category including Javier Bardem, Jeff Bridges (who has the SECOND HOTTEST EYE PATCH in HOLLYWOOD), Jesse Eisenberg and James Franco.  This is the FIRST OSCAR win for Furth!


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Natalie Portman at the premiere gala for Love ...Image via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
Sunday, February 27, 2011
8:13 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

The amazing Natalie Portman has won the Best Actress Award for her performance in "The Black Swan."  Jeff Bridges presented the award at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

This is the first Oscar win for Portman.

She was AMAZING in this role! The Academy gets an "A PLUS" for this category!

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83rd Academy Awards:TOM HOOPER wins Best DIRECTOR "The Kings Speech."

Oscar iconImage via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
8:09 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

The director of The Kings Speech has taken home Oscar gold.

Tom Hooper won directing "The King's Speech" at the 83rd Academy Awards.

It is the first Oscar win for the 38-year-old filmmaker, who was considered to be in a tight race with "The Social Network's" David Fincher for the prize. 38 years old?  Yep.  His world is an "oyster!"


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WE BELONG TOGETHER! Randy Newman wins for Best Song for Toy Story 3. The nighmare continues...

Randy Newman (album)Image via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
February 27, 2011
7:48 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

Randy Newman has won the Oscar for Best Song for We Belong Together, from Toy Story 3.  During his acceptance speech he even bashed the Academy for only nominating "four songs" in this category. 

The nightmare continues....

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EVEN BILLY CRYSTAL CAN'T RESCUE THE 83rd ACADEMY AWARDS. Inception wins for Best Visual Effects. Film Editing goes to The Social Network.

Bob HopeCover of Bob HopeBy Randy Economy
Sunday, February 27, 2011
7:30 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

Even Bill Crystal has bombed tonight at the 83rd Academy Awards.  He just completed a "tribute" to the one and only Bob Hope, the all time best host of the Oscars.  Yikes.  Heads are going to roll in T-Town in around two hours over this GAWD AWFUL show.

I am now feeling sorry for Anne Hathaway.   I wonder if they should go back to the days when they "didn't have an actual" host but just have "Presenters?"

Judd Law and a sweaty Robert Downey Jr. is now presenting the Oscars for  Achievement in Visual Effects.  The Oscar has been won by "Inception."

Robert Downey, Jr., taken at the AIR AMERICA m...Image via WikipediaThe Oscar for Best Film Editing goes to The Social Network.

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Photo by Bill Ebbesen.Image via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
February 27, 2011
7:22 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

The Oscar for Best Documentary has gone to the film INSIDE JOBS.  It was about the collapse of Wall Street and "insider trading."

Oprah Winfrey, who looked like she was wearing a blanket will sparkles (who dressed her?) presented the award.  My pick was for the documentary that was about the life of tagger "Banksy." 

Academy got this one WRONG. 

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83rd Academy Awards: Best Short Film goes to Strangers No More. God of Love wins Best Short Action Film.

Oscar iconImage via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
February 27, 2011
7:12 p.m.

Hollywood,  CA

Best Line Action Short Film Oscar for 2011 has been awarded to God of Love.  Producer Luke Mathew was the first to admit that he needed to a hair cut.  He also thanked Sasha Godon, the "dream of his life."

The Oscar for Best Short Film has been won my Strangers No More.  Accepting the award was Producers Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon. 

The show is still ranking an "F."  Just ask Melissa Leo.
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83rd Academy Awards: Best Make Up Costume Oscars are wrapped up by the "gross" Wolfman, and Alice and Wonderland wins for Best Costume.

The panel for the 2009 film "The Wolfman&...Image via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
6:54 p.m. PST

Hollywood, CA

...Rolling right still the most "boring" Oscars in the 83rd year history of mankind, the Oscar for Best Make Up has been presented by actress Cate Blanchett to The Wolfman Rick Baker and Dave  Elsey.  Blanchet called the works of "The Wolfman" gross.  I call Cate Blanchett's dress, the WORST of the NIGHT.

The Oscar for Best Costume Design has been won by Colleen Atwood from "Alice in Wonderland."  Colleen is one of the BEST COSTUME designers in AMERICA!  Great to see her win, again!

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83rd Academy Awards: Both Sound Oscar's goes to "Inception."

Cover of "Inception"Cover of InceptionBy Randy Economy
February 27, 2011
6:47 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

The Best Sound Oscar's for 2011 has been presented to the production team for "The Inception."  They won for both Best Sound, and Sound Editing.

Richard King wins for Sound Editing.

That makes two wins for Inception.
Two wins for The Fighter.

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83rd Academy Awards: Best Original Score Oscar presented to The Social Network's Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16:  Musicians Att...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeBy Randy Economy
February 27, 2011
6:40 p.m. PST

Hollywood, CA

The Oscars for Best Original Score has been presented to The Social Network and producers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Atticus Ross is probably the "coolest" name in Hollywood.  Love these two guys.  Great PICK ACADEMY!
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83rd Academy Awards: Christian Bale wins Best Supporting Actor for his role in "The Fighter."

Christian Bale at the red carpet film premiere...Image via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
February 27, 2011
6:30 p.m. PST

Hollywood, CA

Christian Bale has won the Best Supporting Oscar for his role in "The Fighter."  Bale beat out Geoffrey Rush from The Kings Speech.

This is the first Academy Award Nomination and award for the actor.  He needs a shave.  Yep.  What is up with that beard?

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83rd Academy Awards: Denmark's "A Better World" wins for Best Foreign Film.

Academy Award for Best Foreign Language FilmImage via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
February 27, 2011
6:26 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

The Best Foreign Language Film has been presented to the country of Denmark for  "A Better World."

It is the third time that Denmark has won in this category.  Are you still alive in your Office Oscar Pool.

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83rd Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay presented to David Seidler "The Kings Speech."

Javier Bardem at the 2007 Toronto Internationa...Image via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
February 27, 2011
6:17 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

The 83rd Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay have been presented to The Kings Speech and David Seidler.  He is the oldest person ever to win this award, so he claims.  Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem were the presenters and looked dapper in White tie.

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83rd Academy Awards: So far Oscar gets an "F" as in "WTF!" Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Aaron Sorkin.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14:  Writer Aaron So...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeBy Randy Economy
February 27, 2011
6:12 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

The fist 40 minutes of the 83rd Academy Award have concluded.  So far, the show gets an "F" as in "WTF."  Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo hit it out of the park when she said, "WTF" in her acceptance speech for in "The Fighter."

Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Aaron Sorkin for "The Social Network."  Great pick, Academy!

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83rd Academy Awards: Best Animated Short Film goes to The Lost Thing. Best Animated Feature Film goes to Toy Story 3

By Randy Economy
February 27, 2011
6:03 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

Best Animated Short Film goes to "The Lost Thing."  Are you still in your office pool?  This Oscar's is already a "lost thing."

Best Animated Featured Film goes to Toy Story 3.

Justin Timberlake is NO BANKSY!

What the F**K? Melissa Leo wins Best Supporting Actress? Was she drunk? Will she be heading to rehab?

Oscar Winner Melissa Leo: Leaving the Governor's Ball.  WTF?

My Blog readers have been sending me tons to emails asking if Melissa Leo, the winner for Best Supporting Actress was "drunk" tonight at the Oscars?

What do you think?  Her trench mouth acceptance speech dropped the "F-Bomb" and sent the entire mood for the Oscars.  If was all down hill after that. I hope Melissa Leo is happy with her accomplishment tonight.
Too bad no one is going to remember her role in "The Fighter."  She is the now part of Oscar lore. Hit my comment section below.  Were you stunned by her "trashiness?"  Sound off!

By Randy Economy
Sunday, February 27, 2011
5:54 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

Best Supporting Actress goes to Melissa Leo for "The Fighter."  Kirk Douglass presented the Award.  Sad to see this Oscar Awards turning into a train wreck. 

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83rd Academy Awards: The Most Idiotic Opening in the History of Oscar. This is going to be a bumby road.

James Franco at the premiere of Spiderman 3 in...Image via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
February 27, 2011
5:44 p.m.

Hollywood, CA

The 83rd Academy Awards has begun with a huge dude.  This was the most idiotic opening act ever conducted at any Oscar's.  Anne Hathaway and James Franco are totally over their heads, already.  This is going to be a BUMPY RIDE.

Alice in Wonderland just won the first Oscar for Best Art Direction.

Oscar for Cinematography goes to Wally Pfister for Inception.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011


Interstate 5 shieldImage via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
February 26, 2011
11:20 p.m.

Grapevine, CA

Can you say "blizzard" in the Grapevine?

Yep.  Tonight is a total mess on the main roadway that connects Southern and Central California as the famed Grapevine is shut down in both direction just outside of Santa Clarita due to "blizzard like" conditions.  Literally thousands of cars are jammed on the 5 Freeway in both directions just north of Los Angeles.

Here is the official "advisory" that has just been issued by the California Highway Patrol and the California Transportation Department (CalTrans):

I 5 


I love that last note.  "Use an Alternate Route."  Ahhh. 

There is NO ALTERNATE ROUTE. Your stuck in the snow.

Ahhh.  Caltrans.  Gotta love them jokesters.

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VIOLENCE In NUEVO LAREDO: Four "headless" men found in downtown area across from Laredo, Texas. What if this happened here in LA County? How would you react?

Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan AreaImage via Wikipedia
By Randy Economy
February 26, 2011
10:33 p.m.

Nuevo Lardo -- 

The boarder area between Laredo Texas, and next door "sister city" of Nuevo Lardo, Mexico is once again the scene of a horrific multiple murder that has become a "daily" routine crime in this drug ravaged area.

On Saturday, police found the decapitated bodies and heads of four men in downtown Nuevo Laredo.

A Nuevo Laredo city official who spoke on condition of anonymity to several news agencies says the bodies were dumped Friday night at a monument in the city's center, right near the Municipal Palace (aka: City Hall).
Police are calling this any other "drug cartel" hit.  You think?
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Can you imagine if this took EXACT crime took place on the streets of Los Angeles, or Downey, or in Hollywood?
Unfortunately, these kind of brutal multiple executions are now just another "routine" news story in Mexico along the US-Mexico Boarder.

Made me think.

What IF this happened here in your backyard?  How would you react?  

Hit my comment section?  Is the war of drugs "winnable?"  

Would you travel to this part of Mexico again?  Sound off.

Public Clock in hidalgo Plaza, Nuevo Laredo, M...Image via Wikipedia 
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