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  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • L.A. County supervisor's alternate bullet-train route gaining traction

    L.A. County supervisor's alternate bullet-train route gaining traction

    To get high-speed rail from Palmdale to Burbank, planners have focused for years on two potential routes that parallel the 14 Freeway and course through the rural and growing communities of Acton, Agua Dulce and Santa Clarita — hostile territory for the bullet train project. Los Angeles County...

  • Brush fires erupt in Angeles National Forest, Malibu

    Brush fires erupt in Angeles National Forest, Malibu

    Firefighters were responding to a brush fire in Angeles National Forest on Thursday. The blaze, which has been dubbed the Shoemaker fire, had burned about 60 acres near the San Gabriel River Ranger District roughly 45 minutes after it was first reported about 1 p.m., officials said. The fire is...

  • Circumstances of deadly CSUN fraternity hike unclear

    Circumstances of deadly CSUN fraternity hike unclear

    Armando Villa and a group of fraternity pledge brothers set out for their hike Monday night, climbing a trail at the edge of Angeles National Forest barefoot. They left their cellphones behind, carrying only some water. But Tuesday, as the sun beat down on the chaparral-covered slopes, their water...

  • CSUN students shocked, saddened by hiking death of fraternity pledge

    CSUN students shocked, saddened by hiking death of fraternity pledge

    Cal State Northridge students expressed shock and sadness Thursday over the death of a 19-year-old fraternity pledge during a hike in the Angeles National Forest. "Oh my God, that's sad," said Joanna Amezcua, 23. "I don't think they should have gone to that extreme. It shouldn't be about that."...

  • CSUN student died on fraternity-planned hiking trip, Pi Kappa Phi says

    CSUN student died on fraternity-planned hiking trip, Pi Kappa Phi says

    A Cal State Northridge student who died while hiking in the Angeles National Forest was on a fraternity-planned trip, an official with Pi Kappa Phi said Thursday. Armando Villa, 19, was one of several new members of Pi Kappa Phi participating in a chapter-planned activity Tuesday, said Justin Angotti,...

  • Cal State Northridge fraternity pledge dies after alleged 'hazing' hike

    Cal State Northridge fraternity pledge dies after alleged 'hazing' hike

    The family of a Cal State Northridge fraternity pledge who collapsed and eventually died after a hike in the Angeles National Forest is blaming the student’s death on hazing. Maria Castañeda, who identified herself as Armando Villa's aunt, told KABC TV Channel 7 that the 19-year-old had gone hiking...

  • CSUN investigates Pi Kappa Phi fraternity after student dies on hike
    CSUN investigates Pi Kappa Phi fraternity after student dies on hike

    A Cal State Northridge fraternity was ordered to "cease and desist" all activities after the death of 19-year-old student on a hiking trip in the Angeles National Forest, a school spokeswoman said Wednesday evening.

    The university has launched an administrative investigation of the incident involving...

  • Where to watch Amgen Tour of California finish in SoCal this weekend
    Where to watch Amgen Tour of California finish in SoCal this weekend

    Prepare to say "wow" or "wah" when almost 130 bicyclists heading for the finish line in the 2014 Amgen Tour of California roll through Southern California this weekend.

    The wow factor is watching the Tour de France-like racers clip through three final stages that begin in  Santa Clarita and Thousand...

  • Student who died in Angeles National Forest after leap is identified

    A 19-year-old from Monterey Park was identified as the college student who died after jumping from rocks into a pool of water in the Angeles National Forest during a hike Monday.

    Kevin La’s cause of death is still pending an autopsy report, said Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.

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  • Student's jump from rocks into water proves fatal in Angeles forest

    A college student died Monday after jumping from rocks into a pool of water in the Angeles National Forest during a recreational outing with about a dozen other students, authorities said.

    The group of 13 college students was hiking near Hermit Flats when some of them decided to jump off the rocks.

    ...

  • Supervisors vote to review tax-funded payments to rehab clinics
    Supervisors vote to review tax-funded payments to rehab clinics

    In response to a scathing report about a lack of government oversight and improper payments to taxpayer-funded rehabilitation clinics, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to review its authority over such contracts and its ability to end payments to clinics that...

  • Legal dispute prompts feds to withhold $2 billion for transit
    Legal dispute prompts feds to withhold $2 billion for transit

    The federal government is withholding about $2 billion from transit agencies across California, including $268 million earmarked for bus, rail and street projects at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

    The money has been held back since December because the U.S. Department...

  • County treasurer targets contributions to school bond campaigns

    Financial underwriters who want to do business with the County of Los Angeles must agree not to give political donations to school bond campaigns under new rules adopted this month by government finance officials.

    Because Los Angeles County is by far the largest municipal bond issuer in California,...

  • Plague found in squirrel; parts of Angeles National Forest closed
    Plague found in squirrel; parts of Angeles National Forest closed

    Los Angeles County health officials confirmed this week that a trapped ground squirrel tested positive for plague, and as a precaution parts of the Angeles National Forest near Wrightwood have been closed.

    The areas closed, since 1 p.m. Wednesday, include the Twisted Arrow, Broken Blade and Pima...

  • Last delivery of new rail cars enhances safety of Metrolink fleet
    Last delivery of new rail cars enhances safety of Metrolink fleet

    Spurred by two deadly crashes since 2005, Metrolink has now replaced almost all its fleet of aging rail cars with a state-of-the-art model designed to better protect passengers and crews during crashes.

    Officials for the commuter railroad announced Tuesday that they had taken delivery this month...

  • L.A. council to ask voters to decide on creating health agency

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    Feeling backed against a wall by petitioners from an AIDS activist group, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to place a measure on next year’s ballot asking whether voters want the city to create an independent health agency....

  • Probation chief wants to keep tabs on felons after jail terms end

    A top Los Angeles County lawman wants judges to issue more “split sentences” so state felons being held in local jails under prison realignment must also serve a period of probation.

    Without that, Chief of Probation Jerry Powers told county supervisors Tuesday, officials have no ability to make...

  • Metrolink commuter rail approves 5% fare increase starting July 1
    Metrolink commuter rail approves 5% fare increase starting July 1

    The board of the Metrolink commuter rail service on Friday raised fares 5% to help close a $10.2 million budget shortfall.

    The hike will be effective on July 1, but monthly pass holders can expect to pay the new fares when they buy their July passes on June 25. Students, however, will be exempt...

  • L.A. County ends contract with troubled foster care contractor
    L.A. County ends contract with troubled foster care contractor

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to cancel its decades-long relationship with a foster care contractor with a long history of financial misspending and substantiated child abuse committed by the foster parents it recruited and supervised.

    Supervisors Gloria...

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