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Young L.A. poet who chronicled his cancer battle dies at 25

 Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25. Ritvo died Tuesday morning at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, his mother, Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, said Friday. Ritvo was diagnosed at 16 with Ewing's sarcoma,...

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  • Newport-Mesa parents and teachers urge speedy switch to new math curriculum

    Newport-Mesa parents and teachers urge speedy switch to new math curriculum

    A dump truck with a red painted sign reading "Dump Swun now, kids deserve better" sat in the parking lot outside the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board meeting Tuesday evening as parents, teachers and students told district trustees of their frustration with the Swun Math program and urged...

  • Some poles for planned protective netting structure at Estancia High to be removed

    Some poles for planned protective netting structure at Estancia High to be removed

    At least four poles installed as part of a netting structure being built to prevent foul balls from the Estancia High School baseball field from hitting nearby homes and solar panels will be taken down after homeowners raised concerns about the project last week. During a community meeting Wednesday...

  • Petition urges rejection of 45-unit Newport Center residential project

    Petition urges rejection of 45-unit Newport Center residential project

    A Newport Beach activist group and a political action committee are circulating a petition online urging the city Planning Commission to vote down a residential development planned to replace a car wash and gas station in Newport Center. Stop Polluting Our Newport and the Line in the Sand PAC began...

  • 'Mr. Rock N' Roll' is in harmony with Newport Beach

    'Mr. Rock N' Roll' is in harmony with Newport Beach

    Brian Beirne spent 29 years as a disc jockey (the longest continuous stint in FM radio history) playing oldies music for K-EARTH/101 in Los Angeles. You might know him by the moniker his listeners suggested because of his extensive knowledge of music and musicians — "Mr. Rock N' Roll." You might...

  • Judge rules to eliminate 'misleading' language in ballot argument

    An Orange County Superior Court judge has struck down much of the language within a ballot argument against a proposed Costa Mesa growth-control initiative after a resident claimed the argument's wording was misleading and inaccurate. Eleanor Egan, a former planning commissioner, had asked the...

  • Apartment fire in Glendale causes $90K in damage

    A fire in a Glendale apartment unit early Thursday morning caused an estimated $90,000 in damage, officials said. No one was injured in the blaze, which was contained to one unit of a two-story apartment building in the 1300 block of Fifth Street, said Glendale Fire spokeswoman Brandy Villanueva....

  • Malnourished boy found dead in Echo Park closet was subject of earlier child abuse reports, LAPD says

    Malnourished boy found dead in Echo Park closet was subject of earlier child abuse reports, LAPD says

    When police arrived at his Echo Park home on Monday, the body of an 11-year-old boy was lying in a closet, wrapped in a blanket.  The boy had been dead for at least several hours, showed signs of physical abuse and appeared to be malnourished, officials said. Authorities are now trying to determine...

  • Trail of 1983 double-killing suspect leads to Los Angeles, officials say

    Trail of 1983 double-killing suspect leads to Los Angeles, officials say

    A man wanted on suspicion of killing his male and female lovers in the Midwest more than 30 years ago may be dressing as a woman and hiding in Los Angeles, a Michigan investigator chasing the cold case said Wednesday. The trail leading to John Kelly Gentry Jr. went cold after 1983, when he was...

  • Small plane crashes into hangar at Fullerton Airport, two hurt

    Small plane crashes into hangar at Fullerton Airport, two hurt

    A single-engine private airplane struck three other planes and then crashed into a hangar after its pilot lost control during takeoff at the Fullerton airport Wednesday night, officials said. The plane, a Siai Marchetti SF-260, veered across the runway and hit the other planes before crashing into...

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