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  • Granada Hills Charter High wins L.A. Academic Decathlon

    Granada Hills Charter High wins L.A. Academic Decathlon

    Defending national champion Granada Hills Charter High School won this year’s academic decathlon in the Los Angeles Unified School District, officials announced Friday night. Granada Hills will continue to the state competition, but it won’t be alone. Other district high schools competing will...

  • Burbank superintendent driven to attain 100% graduation rate

    Burbank superintendent driven to attain 100% graduation rate

    Matt Hill and his staff called students who didn't get high school diplomas in 2015 to urge them to finish their studies.

  • Senator wants independent testing of air in Porter Ranch area before residents move back

    Senator wants independent testing of air in Porter Ranch area before residents move back

    The smell was gone. A video released by state officials Friday showed the moment when the massive gas leak at a Southern California Gas well was finally plugged Thursday morning. Plumes of methane are seen billowing from the well, then the plume falters for moment before simply vanishing — ending...

  • Bikes banned from Mariposa Street bridge

    Bikes banned from Mariposa Street bridge

    After hearing from close to 40 people calling for a total ban on bikes at the Mariposa Street bridge, several repeating testimony given two weeks ago, Burbank City Council members said this week they've got the message from the city's equestrians in the Rancho and elsewhere. "I get the bridge,...

  • Council to consider closing Victoria Street walkways

    Several Victoria Street walkways allowing access into Westside neighborhoods from the busy thoroughfare may be closed. City staff says residents near the openings feel they are "attracting undesired attention," namely drug use, alcohol consumption, public urination, graffiti and sleeping transients....

  • Equestrians say wording of municipal codes makes it clear: 'no bicycles'

    Equestrians say wording of municipal codes makes it clear: 'no bicycles'

    Throughout the debate about restricting bicycle use on the Mariposa Street Bridge, equestrians have claimed that, for cyclists, the span is a "bridge to nowhere." Bicycles, they have said, are banned altogether on the Los Angeles side of the bridge. "The municipal code in the city of Los Angeles...

  • Assembly bill would keep fairgrounds from being sold

    Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) has introduced a bill that would prevent any future sale of the Orange County fairgrounds. Assembly Bill 1907, introduced Thursday, would repeal a law that allows the California Department of General Services to sell the 150-acre property or any portion of it. "The...

  • Judge won't block Laguna's homeless laws while ACLU lawsuit is pending

    Laguna Beach officials scored a victory Wednesday in a federal lawsuit filed in August by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California that claims the city discriminates against homeless people with disabilities. U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford denied the ACLU's motion...

  • Staff cuts at O.C. jail made escape easier, deputies' union contends

    Staff cuts at O.C. jail made escape easier, deputies' union contends

    Staff cuts at an Orange County jail removed obstacles that would have otherwise prevented three dangerous inmates from breaking out last month, according to a lawsuit filed by sheriff's deputies.    In court papers filed Thursday, the Assn. of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs charged that staffing...

  • Glendale auctions off vintage arcade games

    Glendale auctions off vintage arcade games

    After nearly five years of sitting idle in storage, a collection of vintage arcade games once owned by a city agency has been sold. Forty-five classic games, including "Tetris" and "Street Fighter," went up for auction last weekend and netted $20,000 from multiple buyers, city spokesman Tom Lorenz...

  • Artists' immersive cake castle is a sugary installation with a dark twist

    Artists' immersive cake castle is a sugary installation with a dark twist

    Welcome to Candyland. Or “the frosted ghetto,” as artists Scott Hove and Baker's Son call it. The duo built a 7,000-square-foot cake castle and candied urban block party called “Break Bread,” which opens Saturday in downtown L.A.’s Think Tank Gallery. The six-room cake maze -- made from delicious-looking...

  • Dramatic video shows gas leak ending at Porter Ranch

    Dramatic video shows gas leak ending at Porter Ranch

    A dramatic time-lapse video shot by the California Air Resources Board shows the plume of gas from the damaged Aliso Canyon well disappear over seven minutes as crews gained control of the leak. The footage was taken shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday. The agency started shooting the video a few hours...

  • Whalen joins Dicterow in announcing City Council re-election campaigns

    Laguna Beach Councilman Bob Whalen announced Friday that he will seek re-election, meaning both council incumbents will try to retain their seats in November. Mayor Steve Dicterow officially announced he would seek another four years on the council at a campaign kickoff event at the venue [seven-degrees]...

  • Task force arrests two probationers, seize guns and drugs from motel room

    Task force arrests two probationers, seize guns and drugs from motel room

    Two men on probation for crimes committed in Glendale were arrested Thursday after police reportedly recovered two handguns, heroin, marijuana and 15 fraudulent credit cards in their Sun Valley motel room, police said. NEWSLETTER: Stay up to date with what's going on in the 818 >> Glendale’s AB...

  • L.A. councilman joins calls to speed up toxic cleanup around Exide plant

    L.A. councilman joins calls to speed up toxic cleanup around Exide plant

    Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar urged state officials Friday to accelerate the removal of toxic lead contamination surrounding a shuttered battery recycling plant in nearby Vernon, saying he was astounded that the state agency overseeing the testing and cleanup of up to 10,000 homes had...

  • L.A. Zoo event to spotlight love, animal style

    L.A. Zoo event to spotlight love, animal style

    Most grown-ups think they know about the birds and the bees, but if you really want to get the inside scoop about animals "dating, mating, and cohabitating," the Los Angeles Zoo will be hosting a unique celebration called "Sex and the City Zoo" this Saturday night from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Zoo's...

  • Topless woman sings in a tree in Huntington Beach

    A woman was taken to a hospital Friday morning after she was seen topless and singing in a tree in a residential neighborhood in Huntington Beach. Police officers arrived on the frontage road of Innsbruck Drive, south of Yorktown Avenue, at 11:03 a.m. to find the woman in the tree, said Huntington...

  • High surf forecast for warm holiday weekend

    Waves were building along area beaches Friday afternoon, moving into what forecasters expect will be a warm weekend with large surf. The National Weather Service issued a high-surf and rip-current advisory for Orange County beaches on Friday. Lifeguards anticipate that the large waves, paired with...

  • Hixson toxic emissions are down, but 'work is not done,' AQMD says

    Hixson toxic emissions are down, but 'work is not done,' AQMD says

    Toxic emissions from a Newport Beach metal finishing company have dropped significantly in the past year, but there's still work to be done, according to air-quality officials. Residents who live near Hixson Metal Finishing, in a section of Newport Beach that borders Costa Mesa's Westside, shared...

  • Flu stays mild in California, but officials expect an increase in cases

    Flu stays mild in California, but officials expect an increase in cases

    More Californians are falling sick with the flu this month, but the season looks to be far less dangerous than those of past years. As of the first week of February, 11 Californians under the age of 65 had died from the flu since the season began in October. At this time last year, there had been...

  • KISS singer Paul Stanley is coming to O.C. with his new Soul Station band

    KISS singer Paul Stanley is coming to O.C. with his new Soul Station band

    KISS frontman Paul Stanley is taking on a new musical style that might shock some fans of his hard-rock band, but it's one that he insists helped shape the face-paint-wearing, pyrotechnic group, which has been around since 1973. Teaming up with a dozen other musicians, Stanley, who sings and plays...

  • Suspected mail thief caught on camera stealing FedEx package from porch

    Suspected mail thief caught on camera stealing FedEx package from porch

    Police on Friday released surveillance footage showing a suspected mail thief stealing a package from a La Crescenta porch last week, police said. Around 11:20 a.m. on Feb. 3, the suspect drove by during a FedEx delivery to a home on the 5100 block of New York Avenue, said Glendale Police spokeswoman...

  • Sorry, L.A. Marathon runners: Weekend heat will near 90s before cool-off next week

    Sorry, L.A. Marathon runners: Weekend heat will near 90s before cool-off next week

    L.A. Marathon runners looking for respite from the heat will be disappointed this weekend as temperatures are expected to reach nearly 90 degrees before dropping again next week.  After enduring a string of heat records early this week, Los Angeles isn't expected to experience any more in the coming...

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