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  • A 'crown jewel' of the L.A. River project could cost $252 million

    A 'crown jewel' of the L.A. River project could cost $252 million

    A plan for turning a former rail yard next to the Los Angeles River into park space, wetlands and other amenities could cost more than $252 million, city analysts said in a report Thursday. The City Council voted in May to allocate $40 million for the purchase of the vacant site, which is owned by...

  • Edward Lofgren, physicist who built early particle accelerator, dies at 102

    Edward Lofgren, physicist who built early particle accelerator, dies at 102

    A pioneering physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who helped build a key tool for studying the universe and played a role in the project that created the first atomic bomb has died, a lab official said Thursday.  Edward Joseph Lofgren led the development, construction and operation...

  • LAUSD considering a later start for school year

    LAUSD considering a later start for school year

    For teacher Stuart Sellz, the slick tile floor of the auditorium at Lawrence Middle School in Chatsworth made for an odd but familiar place to conduct a recent physical education class. Such coping strategies are common during the hottest months of the Los Angeles Unified School District calendar. ...

  • UC Berkeley reinstates controversial course on history of Palestine

    UC Berkeley reinstates controversial course on history of Palestine

    UC Berkeley senior Paul Hadweh designed a course on the history of Palestine in order to spark discussion about his family’s homeland under Israeli occupation.  “I wanted to create a space where we can read, think and speak critically about the question of Palestine,” Hadweh said. But the one-credit,...

  • A girl with two graves: The past haunts a city that evicted its dead

    A girl with two graves: The past haunts a city that evicted its dead

    They found her buried under a garage earlier this year, her small body perfectly preserved in an airless, metal casket. She wore a white christening dress with hand-stitched lace that would have dragged along the ground when she walked. Her blond hair had been laced with sprigs of lavender and...

  • Mother gets 21 years to life for drowning toddler in custody dispute

    Mother gets 21 years to life for drowning toddler in custody dispute

    An Oceanside woman was sentenced to 21 years to life in prison for intentionally drowning her toddler son after learning she’d have to split custody of the boy with his father. Veronica Rivas, 30, pleaded guilty in Vista Superior Court last month — three weeks before trial — to second-degree murder...

  • Sixty years later, remembering San Diego's shoe bandit

    Sixty years later, remembering San Diego's shoe bandit

    Were they ever going to catch this guy? Sixty years ago this month, a shoe bandit had San Diego and Coronado on edge. He accosted women as they walked home at night from the bus or the ferry, knocking them to the ground and stealing just one shoe, usually the left. He sneaked into homes and took...

  • Standoff in Chatsworth ends with arrest of armed man aboard Amtrak train

    Standoff in Chatsworth ends with arrest of armed man aboard Amtrak train

    Andrew Mitrak had been in San Luis Obispo on business Friday and was taking an Amtrak train to South Orange County to surprise his mother for her 60th birthday. Family dinner would start at 8:30 p.m., and he planned to be there. But about two hours earlier, his train stopped in Chatsworth. As...

  • For Reagan campaign manager, this election is tough to watch

    For Reagan campaign manager, this election is tough to watch

    You got a bad back, you go see a chiropractor. You got a toothache, you go see a dentist. You got the election year blues, you go see Stu Spencer. So I drove to Palm Desert, pulled up to Keedy’s Fountain Grill, and had lunch with the man. Spencer ran four of Ronald Reagan’s campaigns — two for...

  • L.A. expands homeless outreach program

    L.A. expands homeless outreach program

    A program intended to connect homeless Angelenos with housing and social services will expand into South Los Angeles next month, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday. The Homeless Outreach and Proactive Engagement initiative launched in the San Fernando Valley in May. The program connects L.A. Police...

  • San Diego could do more to reduce pedestrian deaths, audit says

    San Diego could do more to reduce pedestrian deaths, audit says

    San Diego police and transportation officials are not doing enough to protect pedestrians from being injured and killed, a lack of attention to detail and data that is contributing to a rising number of fatalities, a city audit has found. Auditors said 270 people died on San Diego streets over...

  • This border fence has become a magnet for family reunions. Just don't try to hug

    This border fence has become a magnet for family reunions. Just don't try to hug

    Andres Gallegos Arguello stood on the American side of a metallic mesh fence in Friendship Circle between San Diego and Tijuana. His mother and father stood on the other side. It was a family reunion under the close watch of the Border Patrol agents that serve as chaperones for every one of these...

  • For me, being Latino means living between two worlds

    For me, being Latino means living between two worlds

    Being a Latino in  the U.S. can sometimes mean an evolving sense of identity. When I was a child, I identified simply as American — without a hyphen, asterisk or modifier. I thought being American meant reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, learning about the War of 1812 in history class and watching...

  • A plan to keep rivers flowing for fish triggers another water fight

    A plan to keep rivers flowing for fish triggers another water fight

    State regulators want to leave more water for fish and wildlife in the heavily tapped tributaries of the San Joaquin River, setting the stage for another bruising California water fight. The proposal to keep more water flowing in the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers could spread the pain...

  • California's shifting demographics are reshaping UC student body

    California's shifting demographics are reshaping UC student body

    Armando Olea represents the future of the University of California.  The incoming UCLA freshman is a top-flight student, earning a 4.2 GPA at his San Diego high school. He’s the son of Mexican immigrants and the first in his family to attend college.  And he’s one of nearly 8,000 more Californians...

  • Frank Wyle, aerospace innovator and L.A. museum benefactor, dies at 97

    Frank Wyle, aerospace innovator and L.A. museum benefactor, dies at 97

    Frank Wyle was once asked how he had managed to navigate a life of diverse experiences. The aerospace innovator replied that he envisioned it as a series of chapters: Each was to be embraced with excitement and without wistfulness for the past. That philosophy guided Wyle down a colorful path during...

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