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How Scalia's death may save teachers unions -- for now

The death of U.S Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could deal a major blow to a California lawsuit that had been widely expected to weaken the financial muscle of teachers unions across the country. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Assn., many court watchers had expected Scalia to deliver...

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  • 818 Roundup: Bike ban on Burbank bridge and a new bike lane in Glendale

    818 Roundup: Bike ban on Burbank bridge and a new bike lane in Glendale

    Good morning, 818. Today is Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 82 and a low of 53, according to the National Weather Service. Here are your local headlines: Crime and Public Safety Two probationers arrested Two men on probation for crimes committed...

  • Hoping to rally migrants' cause, L.A. pilgrims head off to see Pope Francis

    Hoping to rally migrants' cause, L.A. pilgrims head off to see Pope Francis

    Every weekday, Iris Alondra Hipolito waits for her 14-year-old brother Luis to arrive home from school. The 17-year-old fixes Luis a meal of rice and shredded beef before she sits down to help with homework. She asks him about his day. “I play the role of mom now,” Iris said. Their mother lives...

  • Weekend tour: A fresh look in San Pedro

    Weekend tour: A fresh look in San Pedro

    Set on a corner lot in the South Shores area, this new-look contemporary pairs high-end finishes with indoor-outdoor spaces for a light and airy aesthetic. Eye-catching details include swiveling glass doors, a glass-enclosed wine rack and a wall fireplace done in white Valentino marble. Fire and...

  • English Tudor with a modern makeover in Santa Monica

    English Tudor with a modern makeover in Santa Monica

    This 1920s English Tudor in Santa Monica retains its vintage good looks while incorporating such contemporary details as distressed herringbone wood floors, bold light fixtures and mix of marble finishes. Rows of glass doors open to an outdoor living area to bring together interior and exterior...

  • 'Big Bang Theory's' Johnny Galecki ready to say goodbye to old home

    'Big Bang Theory's' Johnny Galecki ready to say goodbye to old home

    It's in with the new and out with a bang for Johnny Galecki. "The Big Bang Theory" star, who bought a pedigreed home from action film star Jason Statham last year, has put his old house in Hollywood Hills West on the market for $1.995 million. The 1950s bungalow sits on more than a third of an...

  • 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...

  • Burger King closes in La Crescenta

    After operating for 30 years in La Crescenta, Burger King's last day of business at 3517 Foothill Blvd., was Friday, according to a letter that staff addressed to customers and posted on the restaurant's drive-through window. NEWSLETTER: Stay up to date with what's going on in and around your neighborhood...

  • Police helicopter scares off juveniles reportedly attempting to break into a Burbank home

    Police helicopter scares off juveniles reportedly attempting to break into a Burbank home

    Three Los Angeles juveniles who tried to break in to a Burbank home Thursday morning got spooked by a police helicopter that responded to the scene after an alert neighbor called police. Around 10:15 a.m., a resident saw the three boys knock on her neighbor’s front door, walking away and returning...

  • Tsangeos, Fregoso lead surge to top for Flintridge Prep boys' basketball team

    Tsangeos, Fregoso lead surge to top for Flintridge Prep boys' basketball team

    Having regrouped from injuries, senior duo has Rebels thinking big with postseason on deck.

  • 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...

  • Tattoo parlor alongside groceries? Whole Foods floats ideas for its new 365 stores

    Tattoo parlor alongside groceries? Whole Foods floats ideas for its new 365 stores

    Will Whole Foods shoppers want to get a tattoo to go after picking up a head of their favorite organic lettuce? The company hopes the concept would at least pique their interest. As the Austin, Texas-based grocery chain prepares to launch its new, smaller-format 365 by Whole Foods Market stores,...

  • Opponents gather to fight Costa Mesa development-control initiative

    Opponents gather to fight Costa Mesa development-control initiative

    The debate over the future of Costa Mesa development took a new twist Thursday night at the Crew Salon, where a group of about 10 residents concerned about a petition proposing a new hurdle for some projects met to begin figuring out ways to stop it. The proposal by Costa Mesa First, a political...

  • 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...

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