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Metro Train, Bus collide in Los Angeles

September 19, 2008

But it does not appear that text messaging is to blame this time. The collision, which occurred near Washington Boulevard and Griffith Avenue, was reported around 6:15 a.m.

From the Los Angeles Times:

A Metro Blue Line train collided with a Metro bus in downtown Los Angeles this morning, causing minor injuries to 13 people, authorities said.

The bus was not carrying any passengers. All the injuries were to people on the Blue Line train, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The collision caused the train to derail but it remained upright, he said.

The Blue Line train was southbound when the collision occurred, and a bus is being arranged to carry rail passengers between the San Pedro and Long Beach Boulevard stations while the track was being cleared, said Metro spokesman Jose Upaldo.

Blue Line riders can expect 20-minute delays, Upaldo said. The intersection is blocked off as authorities investigate how the collision occurred, Humphrey said.

The Blue Line travels from downtown Los Angeles to downtown Long Beach, serving many South L.A. areas, such as Compton, Vernon and Florence-Firestone. It is the longest line in the Metro system and the second busiest light rail line in the United States, averaging more than 70,000 weekday boardings, according to Metro Rail.

Dr. Dre’s Son Found Dead

August 27, 2008

UPDATE: The cause of death has been determined to be a heroin overdose.

The son of rap legend Dr. Dre was found dead over the weekend in his Woodland Hills home according to coroner’s officials in Los Angeles.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Andre R. Young Jr. had been out with friends the night before and was discovered in his bed by his mother at 10:24 a.m. Saturday, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said.

Andre Young Sr., professionally known as Dr. Dre, released a statement to the media through a representative.

“Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son Andre Young Jr. Please respect his family’s grief and privacy at this time,” his publicist, Lori Earl, said in the statement.

Young Jr. was the subject of a paternity dispute in 1990 when his mother, Jenita Porter, filed a lawsuit against Dr. Dre in Orange County Superior Court, seeking $5,000-a-month child support.

She said in the suit that although Young promised to support their then 2-year-old son before his birth, she had received only a small amount of cash, a few gifts and diapers during their four-year relationship.

An autopsy was performed Monday, but the cause of death wasn’t likely to be determined for eight weeks while toxicology tests are done.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Dre has become one of the biggest hitmakers in the hip hop industry. The founder and chief executive of Aftermath Entertainment helped change the face of music by innovating the sound of gangsta rap with his incendiary group N.W.A. in the 1980s. My heart goes out to Dr. Dre and his family.