Eavesdropping In: State Releases 8th Grade Dropout Rates; @CondeElevator Quits; L.A. Bus Stop Benches Disappearing; Food Trucks Banned From Art Walk; Ex-Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead At 47

by Emily Green · August 12, 2011

For the first time, state officials report eighth-grade dropout rates in CA public schools, find 3.5% of eighth-grade students don't return for ninth. [LATimes]

The hugely popular anonymous twitter @CondeElevator reporting things overheard in the Conde Nast building elevators quits voluntarily saying, "[t]his got really crazy. Love my job. Better stop," after garnering over 62,000 followers in less than a week. [Post]

After the city fails to renew a contract, L.A.'s bus stop benches are disappearing as the company who provides them begins a removal operation. [KTLA]

L.A. bans vendors and food trucks from the Downtown Art Walk to promote crowd control and increase safety in the wake of a fatal car accident last month. [KABC]

Jani Lane, 47, ex-lead singer of Warrant found dead in a Woodland Hills hotel room with vodka and pills, cause of death TBD. [TMZ]