A social media scavenger hunt that includes envelopes of money left in hiding places has caused a bit of a frenzy in the Los Angeles area for the last couple of days thanks to someone with the username @HiddenCash on Twitter.
In Burbank Thursday evening, aerial video from news choppers showed crowds "rushing bus stops and grassy knolls as cars backed up on surface streets," local NBC News reported. "Burbank police called the situation a traffic nightmare, and expressed safety concerns about the frenzy" occurring after the clues were tweeted.
With more than 340,000 Twitter followers and growing, @HiddenCash, described as a successful real estate investor, has been hiding money in different California cities and promises to do it again Friday evening. more >>
Firefighters from Vacaville, California, who had to abandon their order at a local Costco register to respond to an emergency call over the Memorial Day weekend, were overwhelmed with thanks when they returned for their goods and found a gift left by a mystery Air Force wife.
According to a post on the Vacaville Firefighters Association Local 3501's Facebook page on Sunday, the mystery military wife paid for the goods the firefighters had to leave behind and thanked them for their service.
"While one of our crews was shopping at Costco, wearing our camouflage shirts to honor the military, they received a 911 call and had to leave their cart of food and run out to the engine. After returning to the store to pay, a military wife paid for the entire cart and left this note," explained the post with a picture of the note. more >>
"A perfect Christian family" of four was discovered dead in what homicide detectives suspect is a murder-suicide in an upscale Orange County, California, home Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the bodies were discovered in a home in Mission Viejo, noted as one of America's safest cities, after a relative called police at about 9 a.m.
Lt. Jeff Hallock, Orange County sheriff's spokesman, said deputies were waiting on fingerprint identification and family notification before releasing the names of the deceased. Public records and neighbors, however, said the home is owned by Mark Sheer and his wife, Lydia, who have lived there for several years with a college-age son and teenage daughter. more >>
In a 141-page manifesto titled "My Twisted World" in which he rants against women and his sexless life, mass murderer Eliot Rodger, 22, said his killing spree and eventual death in the streets of Isla Vista, California, last Friday could have been avoided if only he had lost his virginity.
Seven people, including Rodger, died as a result of his 10-minute shooting rampage in the quiet Southern California college town, which also left several others injured.
"In July , I spent a lot of time exercising in my room in a final effort to appear as attractive as possible to girls. I proposed that after two weeks of rigorous exercising, I will try my hardest to go out in Isla Vista and do everything I can to meet a girl and lose my virginity," Rodger wrote in the chilling manifesto in which he also planned to kill his stepmother and brother for being more popular than he was. more >>
The father of Elliot Rodger, who police say is the man responsible for killing six people in Santa Barbara, California, last week, is known for his film work within Hollywood and for directing a documentary about God in 2009.
Peter Rodger set out to travel to 23 countries for his project titled, "Oh My God," in which he interviewed celebrities like Hugh Jackman, David Copperfield and Ringo Starr, along with everyday people who are Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and atheists to discover what religion meant to them.
"My goal was to find out what 'God' means to people, and to determine whether religion and religious people were causing all the world's problems," Elliot Rodger's father said in 2009, according to Edge magazine. "There was such commonality in all the responses that at one point I didn't even think I had a film." more >>
LOS ANGELES – Author and pastor Erwin McManus ushered in a new chapter in his ministry, that includes encouraging and nurturing creativity within the Christian community, when he introduced his daughter and core members of Mosaic L.A. church's worship team to record their first album in front of 1,400 people at the historic Wiltern theater Saturday evening.
"This is not simply a concert, it's an act of worship to the creator of the universe," McManus, who is the lead pastor of the church that includes locations in Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, told the enthusiastic crowd.
McManus explained during a recent sermon on the importance of worship, that when the church launched more than 20 years ago, he was also the worship leader and was admittedly "not very good." However, during his first experiences with listening to old hymnal music, although sometimes difficult to comprehend, he realized that music was a powerful method that God used to move people, he said. The event on Saturday was the culmination of a dream he's had for more than two decades, McManus explained. more >>