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Hot Dog! Los Angeles Eats More Frankfurters Than Any Other US City

Hot Dog! Los Angeles Eats More Frankfurters Than Any Other US City

What to Know

  • Even though Chicago and New Castle, Pennsylvania claim to be the hot dog capitals of the U.S., LA eats more than anyone else.

  • Annually, the consumption is about 20 billion sausages, the equivalent of 70 hot dogs per person.

  • See the full list of top 10 cities below.

The hot dog is one of the most consumed dishes by Americans and, according to the National Council of Hot Dogs — yes, that’s a real council — one city on the West Coast takes first place for most wieners eaten.

Los Angeles residents “consume more hot dogs than in any other city,” beating New York and Philadelphia, according to the NHDSC.

During the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day — clearly a high hot dog consumption period — Americans eat a total of about 7 billion sausages. That translates to 818 hot dogs every second during that time period.

Annually, the consumption is about 20 billion sausages, the equivalent of 70 hot dogs per person.

In Los Angeles, annual consumption is about 31 million pounds, according to the NHDSC. Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers consumed somewhere in the ballpark of 2.6 million hot dogs in 2016.

With these figures, Los Angeles surpassed Chicago, which was in fifth place on the list even though many consider it the hot dog capital. New York and Philadelphia took second and third place respectively.

In order, from first to tenth, the 10 cities that consume most hot dogs were: Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, Atlanta, Detroit, Washington DC and Tampa.

In another list put together by Nielsen in 2018, the 10 cities that consume most sausages were: Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Dallas/Fort Worth, New Orleans, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston and San Francisco.



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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Pack on the PDA at ‘Aladdin’ Premiere in Los Angeles

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Pack on the PDA at 'Aladdin' Premiere in Los Angeles

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Pack on the PDA at ‘Aladdin’ Premiere in Los Angeles | Entertainment Tonight

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Laundromat Owner is Attacked in Los Feliz

Laundromat Owner is Attacked in Los Feliz


Store security cameras caught the moment Carl Swanson was brutally beaten inside his business.

Police are searching for two suspects in connection with the attack. One of the attackers is a woman Swanson kicked out a week before.

Swanson was attacked as he mopped his business prior to opening last Sunday morning.

He was attacked with his own broom, the suspects kicked, beat and even bit him.

Swanson was left with a face covered in blood and two blows to the head.

Still recovering from injuries, Swanson and his wife Kerry went back to work at the fluff and fold business they own inside the laundromat.

He says the attack is a result of an ongoing problem from people either leaving or waiting to go to a nearby bar.

Swanson says that while people wait for the nearby bar to open, they want to wait inside his business. He says bar patrons are in the laundromat on a daily basis.



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Road Map Laid Out for Ban of Pepper Spray Use at Los Angeles County Juvenile Lockups

Probation Officers Charged With Unlawful Use of Pepper Spray at Juvenile Hall

A report released Monday laid out a road map of recommendations to phase out pepper spray at Los Angeles County juvenile halls and camps by year’s end after a troubling spike in its use.

The report by the so-called Probation Reform and Implementation Team was studying ways the department can make treatment of juveniles in custody more humane and safe after a big spike in pepper spray use first reported by the NBC4 I-Team in December.

The plan calls for immediate enhanced training for all staff on de-escalation techniques and nonuse of force options, limiting use of pepper spray to supervisors only as a last resort, putting pepper spray in a lock box, followed by a complete phase-out by the end of the year.

“Having gone through the experience of being pepper sprayed as an adult, I am glad to see that L.A. County’s Supervisors have decided to eliminate its use on youth under the care of the L.A. County Probation Department,” said member Jose Osuna, who formerly worked with Homeboy Industries. “I believe that the PRIT’s recommendations lay out the safest path that can be taken in order to accomplish that.”

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LA County Probation Chief Terri McDonald said she will take the recommendations under advisement.

“We appreciate the work the PRIT has undertaken to develop these recommendations and will take them under advisement as we continue to develop a comprehensive strategy to safely eliminate the use of OC spray in our residential facilities,” she said. “Our goal is to continue to work with our staff and partners to reduce the circumstances that contribute to the need for physical interventions. Additional training to build upon staffs skills working with high need youth and increasing rehabilitative services are among the actions we plan to take to ensure a safe environment.”

Hans Liang, the president of AFSCME Local 685, the union that represents rank-and-file probation officers is cautiously optimistic.

He’s encouraged by the recommendations that call for making the lockups safe for both youth and staff and that probation officers get a seat at the table in helping guide policy.

But banning pepper spray is an open question. There’ll always be emergencies such as riots or gang violence, he said.

“While there are some promising recommendations in the report, at the end of the day there’s going to have to be a reliance on management to be able to come up with a plan,” he said. “I don’t see how it will be eliminated completely. If management is successful in implementing these recommendations in a way that’s meaningful for everybody staff and youth included, then you would see the reliance on pepper spray drop.”

County Votes to Ban Pepper Spray in Juvenile Lockups

[LA] County Votes to Ban Pepper Spray in Juvenile Lockups

The County board of supervisors called for a ban after an investigation by the County’s Office of Inspector General found excessive and troubling uses of pepper spray. The OIG’s report came after the NBC4 I-Team found a 154 percent increase over a three-year period in pepper spray use.

“As the author of a recent motion to eliminate pepper spray from LA County juvenile halls and camps, I applaud the Probation Reform Implementation Team for synthesizing the insights of our community stakeholders on how to eliminate pepper spray while preserving safety in our facilities,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who wrote the motion to phase out pepper spray.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who wrote the motion to create the oversight panel, said reforming the department is long overdue.

“It is high time we come to grips with the problems plaguing the juvenile halls and probation camps,” he said in a statement. “The PRIT has given us a road map with clear and actionable steps on how to do this, crafted with input from a range of stakeholders. There is no excuse for not moving forward now, and with expediency.”



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Alex Trebek Says ‘We Will Beat Cancer’ While Joining Cancer Survivors at Los Angeles Event

Alex Trebek Says 'We Will Beat Cancer' While Joining Cancer Survivors at Los Angeles Event

Alex Trebek Says ‘We Will Beat Cancer’ While Joining Cancer Survivors at Los Angeles Event | Entertainment Tonight

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Attempted Burglar Barricades Self in Filmmaker Spike Jonze’s Los Feliz Home

Attempted Burglar Barricades Self in Filmmaker Spike Jonze's Los Feliz Home

An attempted burglar broke into the home of Academy Award-winning director Spike Jonze Tuesday morning and barricaded himself inside the Los Feliz property for hours before being taken into custody. 

The Los Angeles Police Department responded to the home of the famed filmmaker in the 4000 block of Farmouth Drive around 6 a.m. PT.

A suspected burglar got inside the home and was confronted by someone inside the sprawling hilltop property.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the person who confronted the burglar was Jonze, whose birth name is Adam Spiegel. 

By 11 a.m., the burglar was taken into custody. 

Jonze could be seen outside the home in a camouflage jacket, gray sweats and sandals talking to officers. 

No one was hurt, and it was not considered a home invasion, the LAPD said. 

Jonze is best known for his work on “Being John Malkovich,” “Her,” “Adaptation,” and more. He is also formerly married to actress and director Sofia Coppola. 



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Los Angeles Marks Anniversary of Armenian Genocide in 2019

Los Angeles Marks Anniversary of Armenian Genocide in 2019


Thousands of people were marching through Hollywood and the Mid-City area Wesdnesday to mark the 104th anniversary of the Armenian
Genocide, again calling on Turkey — and the United States — to officially
recognize that it occurred.

See images of the march below.



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Man Killed in Police Shooting in South Los Angeles

Man Killed in Police Shooting in South Los Angeles


A man was killed in a police shooting in South Los Angeles on Monday morning.

Officers received a report of a man with a gun around 6:45 a.m. in the area of 168th Street and Denver Avenue. 

The 35-year-old man died at the scene. 

No officers were injured in the shooting. 

Refresh this page for updates.



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Trucks, RVs Burn in Storage Yard Fire in East Los Angeles

Trucks, RVs Burn in Storage Yard Fire in East Los Angeles

Multiple trucks and large recreational vehicles were on fire at a storage yard in East Los Angeles on Thursday, officials said.

The fire was reported at the yard in the 1500 block of North Fishburn Avenue.

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