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A stabbing near a Southern California mosque was a hate crime, police said over the weekend. The Saturday night attack outside Masjid Al-Rasool mosque put a victim in Simi Valley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The incident occurred behind a Smart & Final market across the street from the house of worship at about 11:15 p.m., according to the Simi Valley Police Department. “The preliminary investigation indicated that the victim was targeted because of his appearance and association with the mosque,” according to a police statement.

T.J. Miller plays a deliciously snarky, self-obsessed stoner on HBO’s send-up of the narcissistic tech world, Silicon Valley. Erlich Bachman, Miller’s depiction of a low-rent tech guru, is the kind of guy who might slap an Uber driver after debating the potential impact of President-Elect Donald Trump. And that’s what reportedly happened early today.

Cops were dispatched to the 6900 block of Camrose Drive in the Hollywood Hills at 1 a.m. based on a report of a battery, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jenny Houser.

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You can get burgers with onions, chili and cheese, but one South L.A. food stand served up burgers with a side of crack cocaine, federal prosecutors allege.
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B.D. Burgers at 10203 S. Central Ave. in Watts was the site of two drug transactions cited in the sentencing this week of 57-year-old Brian Sawyers, who was listed as the owner of the eatery at the time of the crimes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

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Oscar “Manny” Mandujano-Quinonez allegedly used online dating sites not to steal hearts but to steal purses. The Riverside Police Department is investigating Mandujano-Quinonez, who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of grand theft, for several incidents, according to Detective Bryon Adcox.

“We found multiple victims and their personal belongings,” Adcox says — and there may be more. So far three victims, from Moreno Valley, Hemet and Riverside, have been identified, according to the detective. “One woman got ripped off a couple months ago, and the case spiraled from there,” he says.

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Earlier this month protesters descended on downtown Los Angeles after Donald Trump was elected president. Few, it seems, were surprised by that (or by subsequent protests) in a state where 61.5 percent of voters went for Hillary Clinton. What was surprising to most of the planet, even to the candidate himself, was that Trump won.

That might have put the Los Angeles Police Department at a disadvantage.

A suspect was still on the loose after a brutal murder outside a Hollywood nightclub yesterday, police said.

A victim was fatally beaten outside Hollywood club Couture about 2:35 a.m. Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Cops on patrol who were flagged down found 29-year-old Devon Jelkes of L.A. on the ground near a parked car on the 1600 block of North Cahuenga Boulevard, LAPD officials said in a statement. Cops say he had suffered “blunt force trauma.”

four-dead-lapd-southwest-restaurant-shooting-west-adamsA fourth victim has died following a weekend shootout at a makeshift restaurant in a home in West Adams, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison.

The victim was a man who had been in critical condition, he said. He was declared deceased today. Three others were declared dead at the scene after cops responded to 12:30 a.m. reports of shots fired near Rimpau and West Jefferson boulevards Sunday, police said.

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