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One corner. Four killings. How a South LA neighborhood is moving forward

The first to die was her friend “Ken Dog.” Five months later, her fiancé was gunned down, then another friend, “Bug” — all on the same South Los Angeles street corner. Semaj Smith lives in Harvard Park, one of the city’s deadliest neighborhoods. Her yellow house is riddled with bullet holes. A...

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  • Glendale Adventist Academy volleyball begins state drive with sweep

    BURBANK — A little more than a week removed from winning its first CIF Southern Section Division championship, the Glendale Adventist Academy girls’ volleyball team began its drive for another title Saturday night. The long layoff didn’t seem to bother top-seeded Glendale Adventist, which began...

  • Daily Pilot High School Male Athlete of the Week: Cooper helped CdM build a successful season

    Daily Pilot High School Male Athlete of the Week: Cooper helped CdM build a successful season

    Mitchell Cooper likes to build things, and not just chemistry in the water as a senior captain for the Corona del Mar High boys’ water polo team. Cooper is the president of the CdM Robotics club. Now that the boys’ water polo season is over, he will turn his attention to that after the holidays....

  • The deed is done: Ocean View boys’ cross-country advances to first state meet

    The deed is done: Ocean View boys’ cross-country advances to first state meet

    There were 10 team titles and 10 individual crowns awarded in Saturday’s CIF Southern Section finals at the Riverside City Cross-Country Course. None of them will be coming home with the Ocean View High Seahawks, but that will not prevent them from feeling like champions. For the first time in...

  • Skydiving Santa drops in on Pacific City in Huntington Beach

    Skydiving Santa drops in on Pacific City in Huntington Beach

    Santa Claus arrived in Surf City on Saturday. As part of an event for Pacific City, the North Pole’s most famous resident skydived onto the beach across from the shopping and dining complex on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. Santa’s appearance was greeted with free Santa hats, photo...

  • Glendale college women fall short of state podium

    FRESNO — It was a bittersweet moment for Glendale Community College sophomore Angelica Salas as she approached the podium at the California Community College Athletic Assn. state cross-country finals Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno. For the second straight season, Salas earned All-American...

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  • Burbank football topples No. 1 seed on way back to semifinals

    Burbank football topples No. 1 seed on way back to semifinals

    COVINA – A sensational receiving effort from senior Drew Pendleton, gritty and steady quarterbacking from Matthew Porras and a hard-nose resilience from the Burbank High defense turned into a winning combination Friday evening. From the second time in as many seasons, the Bulldogs are heading to...

  • St. Francis football stops second seed, heads to semis

    PERRIS — With victory for the taking and a CIF Southern Section Division III semifinal berth in sight, St. Francis High coach Jim Bonds made another gutsy play call. On third and seven at the 50-yard line with less than a minute to play, Bonds called a play-action pass and quarterback Darius Perrantes...

  • Huntington Beach boys’ water polo routs Grossmont in CIF State SoCal Regional opener

    With the opportunity to extend its season, the Huntington Beach High boys’ water polo team faced El Cajon Grossmont in the opening round of the inaugural CIF State Southern California Regional Division II playoffs on Friday. The Oilers will be returning to the tournament on Saturday. Behind a strong...

  • CdM girls’ tennis advances to CIF SoCal Regional title match

    The Corona del Mar High girls’ tennis team blanked Palos Verdes Pensinula 7-0 on Friday in a CIF USTA Southern California Regionals semifinal at The Claremont Club. CdM will play Arcadia in the Southern California Regional title match on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., also at The Claremont Club. The Sea...

  • Newport Harbor pulls away, advances into CIF State SoCal Regional Division I semis

    Newport Harbor pulls away, advances into CIF State SoCal Regional Division I semis

    You’ll have to excuse Newport Harbor High boys’ water polo coach Ross Sinclair if he’s been checking his phone a lot lately. He’s not trying to be rude. Sinclair’s wife, Coco, is expecting the family’s baby daughter any time now. Her due date was Monday, but as of Friday night, the Sinclairs were...

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  • Katy Perry and L.A. Archdiocese awarded $5 million in suit over convent

    Katy Perry and L.A. Archdiocese awarded $5 million in suit over convent

    A Los Angeles jury Friday found that restaurant owner Dana Hollister intentionally interfered with singer Katy Perry’s attempts to purchase a former convent from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Perry’s drawn-out legal fight to buy the Los Feliz property was partly settled earlier...

  • Sports Briefs: Vaqueros look to rebound at state

    Sports Briefs: Vaqueros look to rebound at state

    History at stake for Glendale Community College No team has enjoyed more success at the California Community College Athletic Assn. championships in recent years than the Glendale Community College women’s team. The Vaqueros have won back-to-back state crowns and have claimed eight overall in program...

  • Top Newport-Mesa school administrators get 2.5% salary increases this year and next

    Top Newport-Mesa school administrators get 2.5% salary increases this year and next

    Eight top Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials, including the superintendent, will receive 2.5% salary increases this year and next under a new contract approved by the school board this week. Newport-Mesa’s executive staff will receive a raise retroactive to July and an additional increase...

  • Newport studying Newport Heights traffic for kids’ sake

    Newport studying Newport Heights traffic for kids’ sake

    Newport Beach is taking a close look at how children get to and from school in Newport Heights — and how it can be safer. At a neighborhood forum Thursday at the Mariners branch library to invite residents’ input, city traffic engineer Tony Brine said the study will focus tightly on school-related...

  • Back Bay High organizes its first PTSA after pitch from new principal

    Back Bay High organizes its first PTSA after pitch from new principal

    Marc Trocchio was surprised to learn the continuation high school he would be leading as principal this year didn’t have an association for parents, teachers and students. “I was floored,” Trocchio said Friday morning. “That gets parents [and] students involved, even if it’s just one project a...

  • Portion of Glenneyre Street in Laguna to temporarily close

    Portion of Glenneyre Street in Laguna to temporarily close

    A portion of Glenneyre Street between Agate Street and Bluebird Canyon Road in Laguna Beach will close to cars on Nov. 28, according to the city. The closure will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. so the Laguna Beach County Water District can work on its equipment. Detours will be in place for vehicles...

  • Newport’s iconic Crab Cooker to close and rebuild because of 3-year-old foundation damage

    Newport’s iconic Crab Cooker to close and rebuild because of 3-year-old foundation damage

    Irreparable damage to the foundation of Newport Beach’s Crab Cooker restaurant means the longtime seafood establishment must be demolished and rebuilt, according to city and restaurant officials. The damage happened more than three years ago as the result of underground construction mishaps at...

  • L.A. County Supervisor calls for Glendale to revise report on Scholl Canyon Landfill project

    L.A. County Supervisor calls for Glendale to revise report on Scholl Canyon Landfill project

    Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis blasted the city of Glendale and its utility this week for what she claims is a failure to connect with residents in her district about a proposed green-waste, electricity-generating plant at the Scholl Canyon Landfill and asked for a revision of the environmental...

  • Reported burglary sends 2 Glendale schools into lockdown

    Reported burglary sends 2 Glendale schools into lockdown

    Columbus Elementary and Glendale Montessori schools were put on a temporary lockdown Friday morning after police responded to a burglary at a nearby church, authorities said. The burglary was reported around 7:20 a.m. at a church in the 600 block of North Pacific Avenue. Sgt. Daniel Suttles, a...

  • Turning on the AC: Area’s best sport heads toward home stretch

    Turning on the AC: Area’s best sport heads toward home stretch

    Every once in a while, I’m asked what I believe is our area’s top sport. This usually happens after one of the local squads wins a CIF championship. For this area, most sports have an ebb and flow. One season Crescenta Valley High football wins a championship, then Burroughs boys’ volleyball claims...

  • Ballot proposal seeks to exempt people without kids in public schools from paying education-related taxes

    A man using a Huntington Beach postal box has submitted a statewide ballot proposal calling for California residents without children in public schools to be exempt from paying school-related taxes. In his Aug. 30 proposal, Lee Olson, chairman of the Committee to End Slavery, asserts that California...

  • The Triangle complex in Costa Mesa sells for $55.7M

    The Triangle complex in Costa Mesa sells for $55.7M

    The Triangle — a retail, dining and entertainment center located where Newport Boulevard, Harbor Boulevard and 19th Street intersect in Costa Mesa — was sold recently to an undisclosed buyer for $55.7 million. Terms of the deal were announced this week in a news release from CBRE, which brokered...

  • Sports Briefs: City sends four schools to CIF-SS cross-country finals

    Sports Briefs: City sends four schools to CIF-SS cross-country finals

    City sends four schools to CIF-SS cross-country finals There will be a balance of legacy and youth when the Burbank High girls, Burroughs boys, and individual qualifiers Emily Virtue of Burroughs, Providence’s Carissa Guardado and Bellarmine-Jefferson’s Nick Montijo participate at Saturday morning’s...

  • The Whiteboard Jungle: Students’ writing skills diminishing

    The Whiteboard Jungle: Students’ writing skills diminishing

    Over the years that I have been an English teacher, there has been a steady decline in students’ writing skills. Every time I assign a major piece of writing, one that is multiple pages in length, I brace myself for the avalanche of papers about to be turned in. It’s not the sheer volume of 100-plus...

  • Share Our Selves gathering makes helping the homeless a family activity

    Share Our Selves gathering makes helping the homeless a family activity

    Children and their parents gathered in Costa Mesa on Thursday to learn more about local homelessness and participate in activities meant to help people who don’t have a permanent roof over their heads. During the two-hour Family Night sponsored by Share Our Selves at its center at 1550 Superior...

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