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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...

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  • The Marathon Goddess is running her 100th in L.A. -- all to raise research funds

    The Marathon Goddess is running her 100th in L.A. -- all to raise research funds

    You might remember Julie Weiss from the last time we wrote about her, in 2013, when she was celebrating running her 52nd marathon … in 52 weeks. Well, since we left her, she's kept on running. And now, Weiss, 45, of Santa Monica, is about to mark the running of her 100th marathon at Sunday's Los...

  • 26.2 survival tips for the L.A. Marathon

    26.2 survival tips for the L.A. Marathon

    At this point, on the eve of the Los Angeles Marathon, you can't get in better shape. You either trained or you didn't. But you can survive and thrive if you have a strategy to avoid cramping and injury, and take advantage of the peculiarities of Los Angeles' hilly, attraction-studded "Stadium...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Obama makes visit to Burbank for appearance on 'Ellen' show

    Obama makes visit to Burbank for appearance on 'Ellen' show

    President Obama was in Burbank on Thursday afternoon for a taped appearance on the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at the Warner Bros. lot. Later in the day, he spoke at a pair of Democratic fundraisers in Los Angeles. NEWSLETTER: Stay up to date with what's going on in the 818 >> The trip to the Southland...

  • Alleged gunman and his alleged getaway driver in Burbank shooting plead not guilty

    Alleged gunman and his alleged getaway driver in Burbank shooting plead not guilty

    A probationer and his alleged getaway driver were charged Thursday in connection to a car-to-car shooting reported on a busy freeway overpass in Burbank earlier this week that left one man — not the gunman’s intended target — injured, officials said. Sylmar resident Joseph “Blanco” Lupercio, 24,...

  • L.A. builder KB Home settles allegations of building defects

    L.A. builder KB Home settles allegations of building defects

    KB Home, one of the nation’s largest home builders, reached a $23.5-million settlement with the Florida attorney general's office to resolve allegations of shoddy construction and deceptive business practices. The office of Florida Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi alleged that the Los Angeles company failed...

  • Coroner identifies El Monte couple killed in Boyle Heights gang attack

    Coroner identifies El Monte couple killed in Boyle Heights gang attack

    A man and his pregnant girlfriend who died this week after an unprovoked shooting in Boyle Heights have been identified as a teenage couple from El Monte, authorities said. The L.A. County Coroner said that the victims from Sunday’s shooting and subsequent car crash were Maria Cordova, 18, who...

  • Costa Mesa hosts UVSA Tet Festival this weekend

    Costa Mesa hosts UVSA Tet Festival this weekend

    The 35th annual UVSA Tet Festival will celebrate the Vietnamese Year of the Monkey from Friday to Sunday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. The event, billed as the largest Lunar New Year festival in the world, will feature traditional foods, contests, live entertainment, cultural displays,...

  • No permit? Parking will be tougher near Newport Harbor High

    The Newport Beach City Council this week tightened parking restrictions for non-permit holders on Margaret Drive in Newport Heights. A residential parking permit program has been in place since 1996, when parking issues in the neighborhoods around Newport Harbor High School came to a head. At the...

  • Gray whale pays a visit to Newport Beach

    Gray whale pays a visit to Newport Beach

    A gray whale stopped to have a meal just beyond the surf line along the Balboa Peninsula on Wednesday before continuing on its northward migration. Ryan Lawler, who owns Newport Coastal Adventure, saw the whale while on his boat. It was rolling around the sandy ocean bottom, likely to relieve itching,...

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