Wednesday, May 27, 2009

President Obama Arrives at LAX

President Barrack Obama arrived at LAX aboard Air Force One this afternoon. The President is scheduled to speak a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Beverly Hills later this evening.
An anti-war protest and rally are expected to take place outside of the Beverly Hills Hotel where the fundraiser is being held.

Photos by Ted Soqui c 2009

Prop 8 Protest March in West Hollywood

Hundreds attend a proposition 8 protest rally in march in West Hollywood. The California Supreme court voted 6 to 1 to uphold proposition 8 earlier in the day.
Speakers at the rally included L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa, West Hollywood City Council member John Duran, U.S. Army Lt. Dan Choi, Drew Barrymore, and George Takai who ended his speech with  the Vulcan greeting "live long and prosper."
LA Weekly slide show click here.

Photos by Ted Soqui c 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Proposition 8 Decision

The California Supreme court upheld proposition 8, the voter passed measure that banned same sex marriage in the state of California. The court also upheld the 18,000 same sex marriages who wed last year. 
The cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco have filed lawsuits challenging the measure.
Rallies are planned in Los Angeles later today in response to the court's unpopular decision.

Photos By Ted Soqui

Thursday, May 21, 2009

American Idol Season 8 Finale

Kris Allen
Adam Lambert

Jason Castro

Michelle Quan

Adam and Kris

Black Eyed Peas

Images from the American Idol season 8 finale held at the Nokia theater at L.A. Live. Kris Allen was crowned the "American Idol" with over 100 million votes cast. 

Photos by Ted Soqui c 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

"Westside Rapist" Apprehended After 30 Years

The LAPD cold case detectives finally caught their man. 
The "Westside Rapist" was apprehended by LAPD after a 30 year long murder/rape spree in Los Angeles. He was dubbed the "Westside Rapist," because he preyed on the elderly and frail of Los Angeles' westside. 
John Thomas jr. was caught with new DNA technology after submitting to a required DNA test, due to his status as a convicted sex offender, he spent several years in prison for previous sex crimes. The test was administered by LAPD officers.
The 72 year old John Thomas is eligible for the death penalty for his crimes and or life in prison without parole if convicted.
He is also now L.A's most prolific serial killer and is being held in jail without bail.

Photos by Ted Soqui c 2009