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 4:37pm8/25/15 4:37pm

Give the Olympics to Los Angeles

The news that Boston no longer wants to host the 2024 Summer Olympics isn’t really a shock. Few cities these days do. But the Olympics don’t have to be bad for the host city—and done right, they can actually benefit it. Nowhere is that clearer than Los Angeles, the new frontrunner for 2024. The Olympics would be good… »7/29/15 8:11am7/29/15 8:11am

Alleged Taxi Thief Handing Out Money To Kids During Car Chase [UPDATE]

L.A. cops have been chasing a Prius for more than an two hours in an attempt to arrest the man they believe stole the very taxicab he’s driving. (As might be expected given the auto model, it’s a slow-speed chase.) The driver/alleged armed robber has been driving through neighborhoods as kids get out of school,… »4/10/15 6:24pm4/10/15 6:24pm

L.A. Police Chase Results In Live, Televised Gunfight

A man police say is suspected of kidnapping led Los Angeles officers on a chase through south L.A. before stepping out of his car and firing a handgun at cops—before taking a barrage of return fire and seeking cover. All four Los Angeles major network affiliates covered the battle live—despite policies that recommend… »3/13/15 8:50pm3/13/15 8:50pm

Report: AEG Throws In The Towel On Downtown L.A.'s Farmers Field

Sports and entertainment behemoth AEG has admitted defeat for one of its signature projects—Farmers Field, the proposed downtown Los Angeles NFL stadium—with the Los Angeles Times reporting that AEG “has informed city officials that it will not seek an extension of an April 17 deadline to secure a team.” AEG first… »3/09/15 9:30pm3/09/15 9:30pm

Rams Owner Who Just Bought Land In L.A. Is Ignoring St. Louis

It appears that St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is pulling out all the stops in an effort to terrify the city of St. Louis into believing it is about to lose its NFL team. Not only has he purchased land suitable for an NFL stadium in L.A., he's also refusing to speak to St. Louis city leaders who are trying to… »1/08/15 9:49am1/08/15 9:49am

Are You Lying About Where You're From? The Real Borders of Your City

Where do you have to be born to say that you're from a given city and not be lying? Back in August, prompted by a New Republic article called "Don't Say You're From the City If You're Really From the 'Burbs," we asked you—Gawker readers—to tell us the real borders of some of America's largest cities. Here are your… »10/06/14 3:41pm10/06/14 3:41pm

Why Would Any Country Host the World Cup?

There should be a sense of pride and revelry overtaking the nation of Brazil, where the World Cup starts today. Yet residents in cities across the country are protesting with transit strikes and tent occupations, hoping to draw attention to the extreme costs and unfinished facilities stunting the sluggish economy. »6/12/14 2:13pm6/12/14 2:13pm

How 19 Giant Earthmovers Carved Dodger Stadium Out of a Mountain

They literally moved mountains to create Dodger Stadium. Between 1959 and 1962, an army of construction workers shifted eight-million cubic yards of earth and rock in the hills above downtown Los Angeles, refashioning the rugged terrain once known as the Stone Quarry Hills into a modern baseball palace. »5/06/14 6:02pm5/06/14 6:02pm

Rams Owner Buys Stadium-Sized Site In Los Angeles

There have been so many rumors and pie-in-the-sky dreams about a Los Angeles football stadium that we won't believe it's happening until they actually cut the ribbon. But so far, nothing has come to nothing because those dreams were held by rich men hoping to lure an NFL team to L.A. This one's different. The man who… »1/31/14 9:19am1/31/14 9:19am