On the Radar: L.A. gridlock, tropical weather, Burress to leave prison
Traffic backs up on the I-405 in Los Angeles during the Memorial Day weekend.
June 6th, 2011
06:42 AM ET

On the Radar: L.A. gridlock, tropical weather, Burress to leave prison

Three stories you need to know today:

L.A. gridlock: The mayor of Los Angeles will hold a press conference on Monday to explain measures the city will take when the 405 Freeway, Southern California's busiest traffic artery, is closed for a weekend in July.

On the weekend of July 15-18, a 10-mile section of Interstate 405, also known as the San Diego Freeway, will be closed to take down the Mulholland Drive overpass in a plan to add a carpool lane and other improvements.

Transportation officials warn of multi-hour traffic delays in Los Angeles County and beyond during the weekend closure and warn residents to plan ahead.

Some just plan on hunkering down.

"We'll be landlocked and isolated. We're going to Ralph's early, stocking up and not leaving the house for two days," Gerald Silver of Encino told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Tropical weather: A large area of disturbed weather in the western Caribbean Sea stands a 40 percent chance of becoming the season's first tropical cyclone in the next two days, the National Hurricane Center reports.

An Air Force Reserve "hurricane hunter" aircraft will fly into the system Monday to take measurements, according to the NHC.

Forecasters warn that even if the system does not reach tropical cyclone status, it's still likely to bring drenching rains, flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Jamaica and Haiti, where hundreds of thousands of people remain displaced after the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince.

The British Red Cross warned last week that the coming of the rainy and hurricane seasons to Haiti bring new fears of an increase in cholera. One treatment center reported a 50% increase in the past week.

Ex-Giant Burress to be released: Former NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress is expected to leave a New York prison Monday after serving 20 months on a weapons charge stemming from a shooting incident at a nightclub.

The former New York Giants player accidentally shot himself in the leg with a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol he was carrying in his waistband. The incident occurred in November 2008, in the VIP area of the Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan.

Burress was not licensed to carry a pistol in either New York or New Jersey, where he lived.

In August 2009, he pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted criminal possession of a weapon and agreed to serve two years under a plea agreement.

He spent the last 20 months at the Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, New York.

Burress became a hero to New York Giants fans in the 2008 Super Bowl when he caught the game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Eli Manning with 35 seconds remaining in the game.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Ellis from Panama

    Well kudos to the mayor of LA I wonder if he's GAY. The gayest people in the world are the happiest people in the world. I am the happiest person in the whole wide world.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    So if 405 closed, how to get to LA aquaduct from Tijuanna? What? Oh. I'm very thirsty.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ellis from Panama

    If HWY 405 my mother would be out of business.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ellis from Panama

    If HWY 405 closed my mother would be out of business.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    Ok. I'm coming up on the El Toro "Y". Should I take the 5?

    June 6, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Erik

    Get out of your cars and take the Metro... http://www.metro.net/riding_metro/maps/images/System_Map.pdf << plenty of trains here yeah... Oh wait, this is California we're talking about "I Have to take my gas guzzler, like oh my god what would I do if I had to get on the Metrooo..."

    June 6, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    Ok. I stayed on the 405 and am now in Irvine, but it's a parking lot. Ahkmed shall walk from here. I see a Sam's Club. Do they sell orange water color in bulk?

    June 6, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    Does Metro run from Irvine to LA Aquaduct? And does the bus driver accept pesos? I'm disguised as an illegal alien. (just found out Sam's Club doesn't take pesos. Ahkmed need help. Please to trade pesos for dollars

    June 6, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    This conversation stopped temporarily when Ahkmed and Ellis from Panama met after waving from their convertibles.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Ellis's mother is now making them some thick coffee.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Anthony's Case Posts

    The third week of the Casey Anthony murder trial gets under way Monday.

    On the second week, that ended Saturday, jurors had a front row seat to the vivid, yet imaginary, world the Florida mother created in the weeks after 2-year-old daughter Caylee disappeared in 2008.

    The jury heard detailed stories from Anthony's mother and her brother, of her business trips to Tampa and visits to an old flame that later proved to be false.

    Jurors also heard recordings of Anthony's police interviews, jailhouse visits and a 911 call.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Anthony's Case Posts

    By burying this ... you are not going to get yourself to a better place, OK?" Allen said. "What you're going to do is you're going to cause everybody else around you to suffer. And at some point this is going to come out; it always does."

    Anthony heard the same sentiment expressed during in a jailhouse phone conversation with her mother, also on July 16, 2008.

    When Anthony blames her mother for her being in jail, Cindy Anthony fights back.

    "Well, whose fault is your sitting in the jail?" she asked her daughter. "Blame yourself for telling lies."

    The excuses

    Testimony earlier in the trial in Orlando revealed that Anthony lied to her parents and avoided them for 31 days in the summer of 2008 while Caylee was supposedly missing.

    During the second week of the trial, jurors learned more about what Anthony told her parents during that time and what she was actually doing.

    From the witness stand Tuesday, Anthony's mother described heated confrontations with her daughter on July 15, 2008, after she learned Anthony had been lying about her whereabouts for a month.

    June 6, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Love it, ACP.
    "Vivid, yet imaginary."
    Don't stop yet...please...

    June 6, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tony Tomaro

    Frankly my dear....who gives a damn?

    June 6, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sarah

    Oh boo hoo you whiners! Take a weekend off or figure out something else. Do you know how many times there's a wreck on 95 where I live?! It stops traffic on the biggest highway on the east coast. We don't need a press conference to figure out what to do, we stay at home, or bust out a map and find another route. Hollywood sure is sissified!

    June 6, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
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