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Two L.A. sheriff's deputies convicted of beating mentally ill inmate

A Los Angeles federal jury on Monday found two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies guilty of beating an inmate and falsifying reports to cover up the attack, the latest in a series of convictions connected to the county's jail abuse scandal. Bryan Brunsting, 31, and Jason Branum, 35, were each...

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  • At Empress Pavilion in Chinatown, it's not 1991, but not bad either

    At Empress Pavilion in Chinatown, it's not 1991, but not bad either

    Empress Pavilion is the biggest restaurant in Chinatown, a glittery, hangar-size seafood palace built at the height of the late 1980s boom. In its early years, you would typically wait an hour or more for a table on dim sum Sunday mornings, and in the evenings, the vast hall would be subdivided...

  • Winerave heads to Chinatown with #chinatownmixtape1

    Winerave heads to Chinatown with #chinatownmixtape1

    Maxwell Leer and Adam Vourvoulis are at it again. The two former sommeliers (Bestia and Trois Mec, respectively), together known as winerave, are planning what Leer calls a “standout TGIF” at Ling’s Wine & Beer Market in Chinatown on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Never heard of Ling’s Wine & Beer Market...

  • Hot sauce taste test: A walk-off for Sriracha?

    Hot sauce taste test: A walk-off for Sriracha?

    Like many of you, we in the Food section read David Pierson’s report on the San Gabriel Valley’s beloved Sriracha sauce with pleasure a couple of weeks ago. When you write for newspapers, you become used to gently worded letters from lawyers for Xerox and Styrofoam asking that you stop using the...

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  • Datebook: Shaping wood into abstraction, a group show about race, life lessons in 30-second videos
    Datebook: Shaping wood into abstraction, a group show about race, life lessons in 30-second videos

    An exploration of shape and form in wood. A group show that looks at race and identity. And an exhibition devoted to exploring the historical and artistic legacy of an L.A. LGBT club from the early '80s. Plus, a festival of film by a well-known documentarian and short video lessons by an L.A. performance...

  • Father Greg Boyle drops his support for measure to fight 'mega projects'
    Father Greg Boyle drops his support for measure to fight 'mega projects'

     

    The head of the nonprofit group Homeboy Industries retracted his support Monday for a proposed ballot measure targeting overdevelopment, saying it won’t help Los Angeles create housing for the working poor.

    Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy’s founder and an influential figure in the city’s fight against...

  • Sadie Barnette's 'Superfecta' and the bets of the art world
    Sadie Barnette's 'Superfecta' and the bets of the art world

    “Superfecta,” the title work in Sadie Barnette’s impressive Los Angeles solo gallery debut, casts a sharp and witty side-eye on the state of today’s art world. It’s a love-hate theme that runs through her show.

    At Charlie James Gallery, the word is drawn in dark graphite on white paper, lower on...

  • Head of Homeboy Industries backs proposed ballot measure targeting 'overdevelopment'
    Head of Homeboy Industries backs proposed ballot measure targeting 'overdevelopment'

    Father Greg Boyle, executive director and founder of the job-training nonprofit Homeboy Industries, on Thursday came out in support of a proposed ballot measure to crack down on real estate "mega projects" in Los Angeles.

    Boyle was one of a handful of anti-poverty leaders named as supporters of...

  • Snapchat-focused marketing company Naritiv raises $3 million
    Snapchat-focused marketing company Naritiv raises $3 million

    Marketing company Naritiv announced Thursday a $3-million investment from venture capitalists to grow a team that helps advertisers turn popular Snapchat users into temporary salespeople.

    Years ago, media companies including Fullscreen and Maker Studios began doing the same, linking advertisers...

  • It's free chili day at Philippe's
    It's free chili day at Philippe's

    It's a debate that has raged on in Los Angeles for decades: Does Philippe's, also known as Philippe The Original, or Cole's have the better French dip sandwich?

    Well, today it doesn't matter — because it's free chili day at Philippe's. 

    The sandwich restaurant, which opened in 1908, is hosting...

  • Home of the Day: A penthouse at the Douglas Building in downtown L.A.
    Home of the Day: A penthouse at the Douglas Building in downtown L.A.

    Open-plan living spaces, a two-sided fireplace and views of downtown Los Angeles highlight this penthouse apartment at the Douglas Building.

  • Unit 120 kitchen incubator chef dinners debut, with preview of a new Koreatown restaurant
    Unit 120 kitchen incubator chef dinners debut, with preview of a new Koreatown restaurant

    Unit 120, Alvin Cailan's Chinatown culinary incubator, is kicking off with a bang. The first chef dinner at Cailan's new project will feature Jonathan Whitener. Cailan, you may remember, recently took over a location on the ground floor of the Far East Plaza to open what he calls an an experimental...

  • L.A. landlords and tenants will share earthquake retrofit costs under deal approved by City Council
    L.A. landlords and tenants will share earthquake retrofit costs under deal approved by City Council

    Renters and apartment owners must equally share the financial burden of earthquake retrofitting, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday, capping a more than year-long debate that allows the city to begin implementing the most sweeping mandatory seismic laws in the nation.

    After many housing...

  • Datebook: Collages of L.A., an architectural dance project, abstractions of the Internet
    Datebook: Collages of L.A., an architectural dance project, abstractions of the Internet

    The Los Angeles art world comes roaring back to life this weekend with openings and events all over town. This includes a show that examines the psychology of horse racing in Chinatown, L.A. photography in Sawtelle, meticulously rendered drawings in Hollywood and paintings/installations that evoke...

  • Eggslut's Alvin Cailan to open kitchen incubator in Chinatown
    Eggslut's Alvin Cailan to open kitchen incubator in Chinatown

    Maybe it's because he spends a lot of time contemplating the seemingly permanent lines at Eggslut, his egg sandwich stall at Grand Central Market, but chef Alvin Cailan has been thinking about what it takes to wait for a restaurant to open. It takes time, staff and training, and a kitchen to explore...

  • L.A. Archbishop Jose Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with jail inmates
    L.A. Archbishop Jose Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with jail inmates

    Spending Christmas in jail is nothing new for Matthew Abplanalp.Still, he said, it was heartbreaking to be apart from his teenage daughter and elderly father this holiday season.And he is determined it will never happen again. He will enter a drug rehabilitation program when he is released in February.“I’m...

  • Datebook: Talismanic assemblages, contemporary interventions at the Huntington, Diego Rivera watercolors
    Datebook: Talismanic assemblages, contemporary interventions at the Huntington, Diego Rivera watercolors

    A long-time assemblage artist unveils recent works in Leimert Park. A contemporary artist takes on vintage European painting in San Marino. And the Maya-inspired watercolors of a famed Mexican muralist go on view in Santa Ana. Plus, video installation at a vintage department store, a cardboard...

  • Hyperloop Technologies to test engine component in Nevada
    Hyperloop Technologies to test engine component in Nevada

    A company seeking to bring Elon Musk’s hyperloop transportation concept into reality plans to begin work this month on a small test site in North Las Vegas.

    Los Angeles-based Hyperloop Technologies Inc. announced Tuesday that a 0.6-mile track it's building in the Mountain View Industrial Park will...

  • Datebook: African disguise at the Fowler, primitive futures at Subliminal and an arty sports bar in Echo Park
    Datebook: African disguise at the Fowler, primitive futures at Subliminal and an arty sports bar in Echo Park

    A dance pays tribute to the movement of black women. An exhibit looks at the art of disguise. And an art gallery transforms into a sports bar — complete with video art about sports. Plus: weird fetish dolls, a series of moving self-portraits and contemporary art that looks to the future with traditional...

  • Datebook: Taking on Jackie Kennedy, videos of animal life, the trials of Joan of Arc
    Datebook: Taking on Jackie Kennedy, videos of animal life, the trials of Joan of Arc

    A performance and paintings show by a first lady of performance art. Video art about the natural world. Installation pieces that play with L.A.’s architecture. And a piece that examines the trials of an important French saint. Plus: Victorian dandies and a place in which to deposit all of your...

  • Burgers and vegan burgers at Burgerlords in Chinatown, made by vegetarians
    Burgers and vegan burgers at Burgerlords in Chinatown, made by vegetarians

    Name of restaurant, such as it is: Burgerlords, which soft-opened about a month ago. 

    Where you are: In front of a walk-up ordering window in Chinatown. Specifically, you’re in the northern part of the neighborhood, in Central Plaza, home of the 7.6-foot bronze Bruce Lee statue, independent art...

  • William Powhida, usually a force, has surprisingly thin show at Charlie James
    William Powhida, usually a force, has surprisingly thin show at Charlie James

    William Powhida's snappy, engrossing work of the last decade has made it clear that when it comes to the contemporary art scene, there's a fine line -- if that -- between parody and brutal honesty.

    His lists, diagrams and maps are self-conscious in the most exquisitely critical way, performative...

  • L.A. to begin ordering earthquake retrofits in February, officials say
    L.A. to begin ordering earthquake retrofits in February, officials say

    Owners of thousands of wooden apartment buildings at risk of collapse in a major earthquake will begin receiving retrofit orders as early as February, Los Angeles building officials said this week.

    This follows the city’s adoption of the most sweeping mandatory seismic regulations in the nation....

  • Several injured when motorist crashes into pedestrians in downtown L.A.
    Several injured when motorist crashes into pedestrians in downtown L.A.

    The driver of a U-Haul truck veered onto a downtown sidewalk early Sunday, hitting two vehicles and injuring 10 people at a Los Angeles intersection teeming with Halloween revelers, police said.

    The driver was going the wrong way down 7th Street at about 12:45 a.m. when he crashed his vehicle at...

  • Datebook: Art that skewers the art world, an installation about dance, abstractions of L.A.
    Datebook: Art that skewers the art world, an installation about dance, abstractions of L.A.

    A two-part exhibition complete with driving tour. Examining the psychology of the art world through Twitter. And an exhibition that explores the nature of dance. Plus: abstractions of L.A., art from Cuba and a daylong art party on Grand Avenue. Here are seven shows not to miss — along with one...

  • Why Zooey Deschanel's media startup HelloGiggles sold to Time Inc.
    Why Zooey Deschanel's media startup HelloGiggles sold to Time Inc.

    Los Angeles media startup HelloGiggles, co-founded by actress Zooey Deschanel, was sold to Time Inc., the companies announced Monday.

    Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources called it a good return for investors who put $1.25 million into HelloGiggles a year ago. The deal could be worth...

  • You can make reservations for Andy Ricker's Pok Pok LA on Monday
    You can make reservations for Andy Ricker's Pok Pok LA on Monday

    If you've been spending way too much time driving around Chinatown stalking chef Andy Ricker, whether at his Pok Pok Phat Thai counter in the Far East Plaza or at the construction site that has been Pok Pok LA since January, then we have happy news. Ricker says that on Monday he'll open reservation...

  • Datebook: Modern Canadian landscapes, Giant Robot Biennale, Ansel Adams at Manzanar
    Datebook: Modern Canadian landscapes, Giant Robot Biennale, Ansel Adams at Manzanar

    The paintings of a Canadian modernist. Ansel Adams’ photos of Japanese American internment camps. And a biennial that’s all about art by Asian and Asian American up-and-comers. Plus, the oddly delightful paintings of Jacques Flechemuller, a group show about spiritual and physical unions, and new...

  • Lucy Jones, Southern California's 'earthquake lady,' wins 'Oscar' for government service
    Lucy Jones, Southern California's 'earthquake lady,' wins 'Oscar' for government service

    Lucy Jones, Southern California’s “earthquake lady” and a driving force behind Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s ambitious seismic safety plan, was awarded the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in Citizen Services, officials announced Wednesday.

    Often referred to as the "Oscars" of government...

  • Ramen Champ reopening, with new ramen chef, new bowls of ramen
    Ramen Champ reopening, with new ramen chef, new bowls of ramen

    You may have noticed that Ramen Champ, the ramen shop that Eggslut's Alvin Cailan opened on the second floor of Chinatown's Far East Plaza in January, has been on hiatus for a number of weeks. Now comes news that the ramen-ya will reopen on Friday — but with a new menu entirely, and a new chef...

  • Immigration agents allowed back in L.A. County jails, with limits
    Immigration agents allowed back in L.A. County jails, with limits

    Months after the Board of Supervisors moved to limit the practice, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has authorized federal agents to operate inside jails to look for deportable inmates, saying that the new procedures “appropriately balance” public safety needs and the concerns of immigrant...

  • L.A. officials present a plan for renters and landlords to split the costs of quake retrofitting
    L.A. officials present a plan for renters and landlords to split the costs of quake retrofitting

    Since Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed the most sweeping earthquake-retrofitting laws in California history last year, the big question has been who will pay for the costly upgrades.Many buildings that are vulnerable to quakes are older apartments, and there has been growing debate about...

  • Need a great Thai market? Try LAX-C in Chinatown. Yes, Chinatown
    Need a great Thai market? Try LAX-C in Chinatown. Yes, Chinatown

    Name: LAX-C Supermarket. The market/warehouse opened in 1997 and is owned by LAX-C Inc.

    Concept: Frequently referred to as the Thai Costco, LAX-C is a wholesale Thai market that also sells to the public. Yes, it's in Chinatown and not Thai Town. The market/warehouse is a one-stop shop, offering...

  • More caffeine for you: Where to get a coffee flight
    More caffeine for you: Where to get a coffee flight

    If you tend to linger at coffee shops long enough to order at least two drinks, or if you like the idea of comparing coffees from different countries side by side, then you'll likely enjoy a coffee flight.

    Similar to a beer or wine flight, a coffee flight consists of two or more drinks assembled...

  • Datebook: Digital manipulations, abstracted canvases, sculptures from trash
    Datebook: Digital manipulations, abstracted canvases, sculptures from trash

    Abstract works that reflect on spirituality. Digital pieces that play with our image-saturated world. And a sculptor who embeds his sculptures, guerrilla-style, on the street. Plus: paintings about California and our oceans of trash. Here are five shows to see this week:

    Diane Silver, "Sacrament,"...

  • L.A. County settles jail suicide case for $1.6 million
    L.A. County settles jail suicide case for $1.6 million

    The family of a 23-year-old man who committed suicide in Men’s Central Jail will receive $1.6 million from Los Angeles County to settle a lawsuit alleging that jail officials did not properly diagnose his mental illness.Austin Losorelli, the son of an LAPD lieutenant, told jail mental health workers...

  • Online menswear labels Buck Mason, Indochino open bricks & mortar
    Online menswear labels Buck Mason, Indochino open bricks & mortar

    Two online menswear labels have set up bricks-and-mortar locations in the Greater L.A. area.

    Los Angeles-based Buck Mason is having a party Saturday to celebrate its new store on Abbot Kinney store in Venice.

    The 700-square-foot space was designed by co-founders Erik Schnakenberg and Sasha Koehn. ...

  • Ex-LAPD detective who alleged conspiracy in Biggie Smalls' murder dies
    Ex-LAPD detective who alleged conspiracy in Biggie Smalls' murder dies

    A retired Los Angeles police detective who handled the murder case of rapper Biggie Smalls died Wednesday from a suspected heart attack.

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies at the Homicide Bureau reported that Russell Poole collapsed Wednesday morning, according to a sheriff's department official....

  • House of Bao opens in Chinatown, serves pigs' ears and dumplings next to Wal-Mart
    House of Bao opens in Chinatown, serves pigs' ears and dumplings next to Wal-Mart

    Name of restaurant: House of Bao is the name on a banner outside, but that's about it right now. The name that's still on Yelp and on the bill is Chow Mein, which is what the space was until recently. House of Bao soft-opened Monday. The chef-owner is Bill Zhuo, whose hometown is Shan'xi Xian,...

  • Clayton Campbell's beasts of the wild and the cellular come to life at Coagula Curatorial
    Clayton Campbell's beasts of the wild and the cellular come to life at Coagula Curatorial

    Two virtual worlds, one analog and the other digital, collide in “Wild Kingdom,” a group of 12 photographic prints from a larger recent suite by Clayton Campbell. Each is mounted on a 17-by-30-inch aluminum panel, as if it were a public notice or sign.

    In a way, it is. The signal being sent at...

  • There's a Panda Express food truck. And it's full of free orange chicken and waffles
    There's a Panda Express food truck. And it's full of free orange chicken and waffles

    Panda Express has a food truck. And yes, that food truck is full of orange chicken.

    Be a food snob if you need to — but when there's a plate of hot, sticky, crunchy orange chicken in front of you, I dare you not to eat it. 

    The truck will be launching a nationwide tour, and is headed to the KCRW...

  • L.A. County jail itself poses hurdle to helping mentally ill inmates
    L.A. County jail itself poses hurdle to helping mentally ill inmates

    In most parts of Men's Central Jail, there is no natural light, only views of cell bars or scrums of inmates crowded in bunk beds pushed together end to end.

    Toilets back up because of the antiquated 50-year-old plumbing system. Many men get out of their cells for only three hours a week. All the...

  • Datebook: Hallucinogenic border imagery and a festival of performance art
    Datebook: Hallucinogenic border imagery and a festival of performance art

    Wild lenticulars reconfigure the border. A master of painting takes on digital photography. And an artist creates compelling scenes out of anonymous male figures. Plus, a performance festival and the recently uncovered works of an outsider artist. Here’s what we have in the Datebook:

    Einar and...

  • Details emerge about restrained jail inmate who went 32 hours without food
    Details emerge about restrained jail inmate who went 32 hours without food

    A Los Angeles County jail inmate who went for 32 hours with no food, only one cup of water and no access to a toilet seemed to have been deliberately passed over during mealtime, said a high-ranking jail official who has viewed video of the inmate’s ordeal.

    Jail employees who were handing out meals...

  • L.A. sheriff officials on leave after 'troubling' allegations over inmate treatment
    L.A. sheriff officials on leave after 'troubling' allegations over inmate treatment

    Ten Los Angeles County Jail employees were relieved of duty pending further investigation following an incident involving an inmate who was allegedly “restrained” for 32 hours, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Saturday.

    McDonnell called the allegations of inmate neglect “troubling” and said he took the...

  • L.A.'s Velveteria museum shows there's more to plush paintings than Elvis and clowns
    L.A.'s Velveteria museum shows there's more to plush paintings than Elvis and clowns

    It is hard to say with absolute certainty which of the hundreds of paintings at Velveteria, Los Angeles' velvet painting museum, are the most strangely sublime.

    There's the wall of clowns in a continuum of happy-sad moods, one of them clutching a chimpanzee in a dress. There's the multitude of...

  • Datebook: A master of assemblage, art and AIDS, the selfie stick in sculpture
    Datebook: A master of assemblage, art and AIDS, the selfie stick in sculpture

    The wild assemblages of a longtime Los Angeles sculptor. Art in the age of the AIDS crisis. A German painter gets his due. Selfie sticks in sculpture. Plus: video art from Mexico and Venezuela (the latter by way of Seattle) and a group show that is all about L.A. Here’s what we’ve got in the Datebook:

    ...

  • Slice of Chinatown
    Slice of Chinatown

    Carlos Ayon photographed the logo of a Phoenix Bakery in Chinatown on Feb. 25.

    "I loved the color and the expression of the face on the sign," he said.

    Ayon framed his shot to take the logo out of context. He used a Nikon D3000.

    Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California and California...

  • Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre has the 'Chinatown Blues'
    Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre has the 'Chinatown Blues'

    A beautiful stage is in the eye of the choreographer. For her site-specific performance this weekend, the founder of the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will transform a nearly 100-year-old former printing warehouse under renovation in Los Angeles' Chinatown, filling it with a French Canadian jazz...

  • L.A. County appears poised to remove immigration agents from jails
    L.A. County appears poised to remove immigration agents from jails

    A change in Los Angeles County elected leadership last year paved the way for the end of a controversial collaboration between sheriff's deputies and federal immigration officials in the county jails.The replacement of termed-out Supervisor Gloria Molina with former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda...

  • The joy of 45-cent coffee at Philippe's
    The joy of 45-cent coffee at Philippe's

    Walk into Philippe the Original, the French dip institution on the eastern edge of Chinatown, at any time of the day, but especially the morning, and you'll notice a few things. There's the crowd, of course, a cross-section of Los Angeles: tourists, cops, kids, parents, lawyers, city workers, the...

  • Ramen Champ now serving its Coachella food every day -- for lunch
    Ramen Champ now serving its Coachella food every day -- for lunch

    If you've been having Coachella withdrawal since you came back from the desert, Alvin Cailan and the folks at Ramen Champ can help you out. The ramen-ya started lunch service on Wednesday, serving the same cold noodle and rice bowls it served at Coachella. Because hot bowls of ramen, though glorious,...

  • UC chief Janet Napolitano recalls immigrant roots, urges funding increase
    UC chief Janet Napolitano recalls immigrant roots, urges funding increase

    Speaking to a group of fellow Italian American lawyers and judges, University of California President Janet Napolitano this week recounted her own family’s modest immigrant roots and urged Californians to help increase funding higher education so that subsequent and future waves of families can...

  • Datebook: Experimental photography, stitched portraits, night of stories
    Datebook: Experimental photography, stitched portraits, night of stories

    A night of live storytelling, pictures that play with the act of picture-making, a children’s story reinvented, and stitched pieces that evoke innocent childhood games as well as sin. Plus: a longtime L.A. gallerist unveils her new space downtown, 100 walkers take to West Hollywood, and Moby talks...

  • Empress Pavilion dim sum restaurant in Chinatown
    Empress Pavilion dim sum restaurant in Chinatown

  • Adam Perry Lang, Aaron Franklin will be downtown, with BBQ, Friday
    Adam Perry Lang, Aaron Franklin will be downtown, with BBQ, Friday

    If you weren't able to snag a reservation to BBQ kings Adam Perry Lang's and Aaron Franklin's El Jefe dinner at Animal next week, they're giving fans another chance to try their famous barbecue.

    Lang, a chef, cookbook author and award-winning barbecue expert, and Franklin, a 2015 James Beard Award...

  • Amir H. Fallah, caught between fact and fiction
    Amir H. Fallah, caught between fact and fiction

    Amir H. Fallah’s “From the Primitive to the Present” fills Charlie James Gallery with enough material for three or four installations.

    Five series of paintings hang on the walls, which themselves have been painted to resemble supersized swathes of plaid fabric. On a low pedestal rest 19 cast resin...

  • Homeboy Industries hopes more space will better serve gang community
    Homeboy Industries hopes more space will better serve gang community

    Homeboy Industries was in trouble. The famed Los Angeles institution founded by Father Gregory Boyle in 1988 to help steer people away from the gang life through job training and counseling was going broke.

    The Jesuit priest had started Homeboy Industries during the peak of L.A.'s gang wars, when...

  • Datebook: J.M.W. Turner's late work, African portraiture, lowbrow pin-ups
    Datebook: J.M.W. Turner's late work, African portraiture, lowbrow pin-ups

    The painted dramas of Mr. Turner. A play about Tokyo Rose. And the architectural images of an award-winning photographer. Plus: an influential African portraitist, two exhibitions about Afrofuturism and a show inspired by objects at an estate sale. Here’s what’s happening in the Southland this...

  • In Daniela Comani's movie universe, gender assumptions get flipped
    In Daniela Comani's movie universe, gender assumptions get flipped

    Turning the tables to switch the gender in pictures of men and women is a fairly simplistic strategy for an artist. For her second solo exhibition at Charlie James Gallery, Berlin-based Daniela Comani manages to make it work in surprisingly effective ways.

    Just in time for the playful inanity of...

  • Datebook: Model U.N., art of the Middle East and vintage erotica
    Datebook: Model U.N., art of the Middle East and vintage erotica

    A mock U.N. made up of Angelenos, contemporary art from artists with roots in the Middle East, the early erotic works of Tom of Finland, and Larry Clark’s photos for sale — cheap. Plus: textile-like paintings, a group show about love and war, late night in the Los Angeles Arts District and lots...

  • Prop. 47 brings a shift to longer time spent behind bars
    Prop. 47 brings a shift to longer time spent behind bars

    For decades, Los Angeles County jail inmates divided their sentences by five, 10 or 20 to calculate the time they would actually spend behind bars.

    Because of overcrowding, they left after completing as little as 5% of their sentences.

    Now, as Proposition 47 begins to reshape the California criminal...

  • Biden touts community college proposal, healthcare during L.A. visit
    Biden touts community college proposal, healthcare during L.A. visit

    Vice President Joe Biden visited several Los Angeles sites on Friday to tout and gather support for two of the White House's signature initiatives: a plan to make the first two years of community college free and the Affordable Care Act.

    During a morning visit to West Los Angeles College in Culver...

  • Federal judge orders ex-NFL player Darren Sharper be moved to Louisiana
    Federal judge orders ex-NFL player Darren Sharper be moved to Louisiana

    A federal judge has ordered Los Angeles County sheriff's officials to turn over former-NFL star Darren Sharper to U.S. Marshals in Louisiana, where he’s accused of drugging women with the intent of raping them.

    The judge’s ruling Monday marks the latest development in multiple sexual assault investigations...

  • Datebook: Cuba photography, a fictional TED talk, Chicano portraiture
    Datebook: Cuba photography, a fictional TED talk, Chicano portraiture

    It is a busy start to the art season in Los Angeles, with openings all over the sprawling, concrete-covered mass (mess?) we call home. This includes wry video by Liz Magic Laser, the blobby forms of Alma Allen, David Stork’s dreamy images of Cuba in the '90s and Roberto Chavez’s brilliantly colored...

  • At the mercy of Father Boyle and a nun with plans for pope's visit
    At the mercy of Father Boyle and a nun with plans for pope's visit

    So a Jesuit priest and a Sister of Mercy nun walked into Homegirl Cafe, and for a moment, it seemed that anything was possible, up to and including world peace.

    Not just any priest, but Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries. And not just any nun, but Sister Mary Scullion of Project HOME in...

  • Starry Kitchen launches $500,000 Kickstarter to save the restaurant
    Starry Kitchen launches $500,000 Kickstarter to save the restaurant

    Starry Kitchen co-owner Nguyen Tran wants you to save his balls. We're of course referring to his crispy fried tofu balls, a staple on the restaurant's menu, along with the reserve-only Singaporean chile crab. 

    Tran, who can often be found walking around Chinatown in a banana suit, owns the pan-Asian...

  • Ramen alert: Eggslut's Alvin Cailan opening Ramen Champ in Chinatown
    Ramen alert: Eggslut's Alvin Cailan opening Ramen Champ in Chinatown

    While roaming around town in his food truck, and later attracting long lines on the east side of Grand Central Market, Eggslut chef Alvin Cailan would find himself craving ramen.

    This desire for noodles led to frequent trips to the Men Oh ramen shop in Little Tokyo, and to an exploration of the...

  • Court-appointed panel to monitor use of force in L.A. County jails
    Court-appointed panel to monitor use of force in L.A. County jails

    A court-appointed panel will now be asked to monitor the use of force by sheriff's deputies in Los Angeles County jails, part of a far-reaching settlement to a lawsuit alleging brutal beatings of inmates.

    Approved Tuesday by county supervisors, the settlement stipulates that jailers would be directed...

  • Amtrak train hits vehicle near Union Station; no injuries
    Amtrak train hits vehicle near Union Station; no injuries

    An Amtrak train traveling toward Union Station collided with a vehicle Friday night, but no injuries were reported, officials said.

    The train struck the vehicle shortly before 6 p.m. near the intsersection of Main and Wildhardt streets, about one mile northeast of Union Station, said Lt. Lester...

  • Boys' soccer: Cathedral gets 1-0 win over Downey

    A goal by Jose Cano in the 72nd minute enable L.A. Cathedral to defeat Downey, 1-0, in a nonleague soccer match on Thursday.

    Kris Guerra came up with the shutout in goal.

    Cathedral improvd to 3-0.

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  • Billionaire investor Jeff Greene lists in Hollywood Hills West
    Billionaire investor Jeff Greene lists in Hollywood Hills West

    Real estate entrepreneur Jeff Greene, whose $195-million Palazzo di Amore in Beverly Hills is the most expensive home publicly listed for sale in the U.S., also has a Hollywood Hills West mansion on the market at $9.99 million.

    The renovated contemporary boasts such eye-catching amenities as a...

  • Cognoscenti coffee cart moves to Chinatown
    Cognoscenti coffee cart moves to Chinatown

    After several months in residence at Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park, Jack Benchakul of Cognoscenti Coffee recently moved his coffee cart to Scoops Chinatown. Cognoscenti now offers coffee drinks at Scoops, the ice cream shop just a few doors down from Chego in the Far East Plaza, the same shopping...

  • Beef knuckle soup and more Cambodian cuisine at Golden Lake Eatery
    Beef knuckle soup and more Cambodian cuisine at Golden Lake Eatery

    Name of the restaurant: Golden Lake Eatery

    Who’s behind the restaurant: A mother and daughter team from Cambodia

    Which dishes represent the restaurant and why? The beef lok lak and the dried combination noodle with soup on the side. Their lok lak is similar to Vietnamese shaking beef and the dried...

  • L.A. County settles suit alleging horrific conditions for disabled inmates
    L.A. County settles suit alleging horrific conditions for disabled inmates

    Six years after disabled jail inmates sued, alleging horrific conditions for those who used wheelchairs, Los Angeles County officials have agreed to a settlement.

    In the lawsuit, filed in 2008 by the ACLU and other disability rights attorneys, inmates described soiling themselves in an intake area...

  • Boys' soccer: Cathedral is ready for another title run

    Los Angeles Cathedral, the defending Southern Section Division 4 soccer champion, is planning to make another title run in Division 3.

    Six starters are back, led by defender Saul Reyes, goalie Kris Guerra, midfielder Elmer Guerra and forwards Jose Cano and Daniel Huizar.

    The team is traveling to...

  • Datebook: Mushroom clouds, FBI files, land art and lots of photography
    Datebook: Mushroom clouds, FBI files, land art and lots of photography

    Photographers who documented landscape, street scenes and the San Fernando Valley’s pornography industry, plus an exhibition that brings together L.A. and Latin America, abstractions made with books, and a show about the artistic interventions of an Italian architect. Also, a 1976 work of video...

  • Datebook: Metal combines, photo-and-tin collages, art in a park
    Datebook: Metal combines, photo-and-tin collages, art in a park

    Robert Rauschenberg gets heavy metal at Gagosian, Tony Berlant takes to tin at L.A. Louver and Michelle Andrade opens up a show of her notebook drawings at Charlie James. Plus, there’s outdoor sculptural installations and giant wall paintings of dots. Here’s what happening in our dried-out city...

  • First look: Empress Pavilion reopens in Chinatown
    First look: Empress Pavilion reopens in Chinatown

    Fans of the Empress Pavilion restaurant in Chinatown will once again be able to ascend the escalator to the popular Bamboo Plaza dim sum spot. The Hong Kong-style restaurant, which was open for almost 25 years before closing last summer, is reopening today.

    Andy Lau, who owns Ocean Seafood, another...

  • Moment of Friday: Michelle Andrade in praise of Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman
    Moment of Friday: Michelle Andrade in praise of Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman

    On pieces of ruled notebook paper, L.A. artist Michelle Andrade creates works that play with color and language. An exploding arrangement of lavender and purple geometric forms are layered with the bubbly phrase "Not Everyone is Great." An architectural framework of bubbles in a 1970s color palette...

  • AYCE Singaporean chili snow crab, MC Jin at Pot, 'Top Chef' pop-up at The Nosh
    AYCE Singaporean chili snow crab, MC Jin at Pot, 'Top Chef' pop-up at The Nosh

    Starry Kitchen is closing down the restaurant Saturday to cook 2000 pounds of Singaporean chili crab legs. The giant crab boil will benefit the Japanese American Cultural Community Center. Tickets are $75 for adults and $65 for kids, and include all-you-can-eat Singaporean chili snow crab legs...

  • Football: Cathedral tunes up for showdown against St. Francis

    While the alumni and students of L.A. Cathedral enjoyed their afternoon at L.A. Southwest College on Saturday routing their neighborhood rivals from L.A. Salesian, 58-20, in an Angelus League opener, the real focus for the Phantoms begins almost immediately.

    A league championship is expected to...

  • Football: Cathedral vs. Salesian has fans excited

    You know it's a big game when supporters of L.A. Cathedral and L.A. Salesian have both created their own promo videos to hype the game.

    Saturday's Angelus League game at L.A. Southwest College is set for a 3 p.m. start. Cathedral is 5-0; Salesian is 2-3. It's the first time in 14 years the two...

  • Architects to rent floor in old L.A. Chinatown industrial building
    Architects to rent floor in old L.A. Chinatown industrial building

    A century-old industrial building in Chinatown that is being converted to offices will soon house an architecture firm on its third floor.

    The entire 13,000-square-foot space will serve as the new Los Angeles office for two firms that merged in August: NAC Architecture and Osborn Architects. The...

  • Catfe's debut turns into a kitten party and Jonathan Gold was there
    Catfe's debut turns into a kitten party and Jonathan Gold was there

    Few upcoming restaurants have gotten quite so much play as Catfe, which is hoping to become the first American equivalent of the cat cafes in Japan. Who but the squeamish and the allergic could possibly object to a room where it is possible to throw back an espresso and pet a cat or two for a reasonable...

  • Sandwiches can be little slices of heaven at these three spots
    Sandwiches can be little slices of heaven at these three spots

    A sandwich is a portable feast — to take to the beach, to the park or just back to your desk. It can be as simple as tuna with mayo or jambon beurre — a ficelle or baguette spread with good butter and a slice of ham. It can be dainty, as in cucumber finger sandwiches, or heroic, as in the magnificently...

  • Jane Doe No. 52: 4 years later, body on conveyor belt still a mystery
    Jane Doe No. 52: 4 years later, body on conveyor belt still a mystery

    Four years after the body of Jane Doe No. 52 was found on a conveyor belt at a recycling center in Chinatown, Los Angeles Police Det. Brian Putman stood outside a public works building late Wednesday afternoon and addressed a crowd of officers and explorers.

    Amid the sound of booming car radios...

  • Andy Ricker to open Pok Pok LA and Pok Pok Phat Thai in Chinatown
    Andy Ricker to open Pok Pok LA and Pok Pok Phat Thai in Chinatown

    Andy Ricker, the chef who has built a growing collection of innovative Thai restaurants in Portland, Ore., and New York, is bringing a Pok Pok location to Los Angeles. And not just one, but two restaurants: Pok Pok LA and a new branch of Pok Pok Phat Thai

    Both will be in Chinatown. Pok Pok LA,...

  • The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets
    The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets

    Is it possible to spend more than $400 per person at some of the restaurants on this year's list of the best 101? Of course. Cuisine costs. But great cooking takes many different forms in Los Angeles, and some of the most exquisite flavors belong to us all.

    Attari Sandwich Shop

    Attari is a slice...

  • Renata Morales at KesselsKramer Gallery
    Renata Morales at KesselsKramer Gallery

    For her Los Angeles debut, Mexico City-born and Montreal-based fashion designer and artist Renata Morales has papered the walls at KesselsKramer Gallery with silkscreens, drawings in crayon and marker and mixed-media painted collages, some of them framed and glazed. The chaotic, jam-packed style...

  • Celebrate National Mustard Day with local moutarde from Philippe the Original
    Celebrate National Mustard Day with local moutarde from Philippe the Original

    Don’t ask for Grey Poupon. Please.

    On National Mustard Day today, let’s celebrate our local moutarde — namely the rip-snorting French mustard our favorite French dip house, Philippe the Original, has been making since forever. Well, practically. The Big Dipper, as we like to call it, turns 106...

  • Datebook: Punk design, Tokyo photos, paintings by Marsden Hartley
    Datebook: Punk design, Tokyo photos, paintings by Marsden Hartley

    The European years of a key American artist at LACMA, Japanese photography at the Getty, and an assortment of summer group shows that touch on everything from light to L.A. to rock 'n' roll. It’s happening all over our sun-baked metropolis:

    "Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings 1913-1915," at...

  • Food GPS Fried Chicken Fest, Salt's Cure at Domaine LA, Olvera Street mole fair
    Food GPS Fried Chicken Fest, Salt's Cure at Domaine LA, Olvera Street mole fair

    The 3rd Annual Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival is back this summer on Sunday, Aug. 17. The fest is from 4 to 7 p.m. in Chinatown’s Central Plaza and is hosted by Bolthouse Farms. Chefs from around Los Angeles will be putting their spin on fried chicken throughout the festivities, with this year's...

  • Datebook: Fresh performances, art of the explicit and prison drawings
    Datebook: Fresh performances, art of the explicit and prison drawings

    Performance, performance and more performance: at REDCAT, in Chinatown, at the Downtown Public Library. That's what the weekend is shaping up to be about in big, bad L.A. But there are also interesting group shows around town, one of which may be explict (or not). Plus, an intriguing collection...

  • Which beer goes with French dip? At Philippe, it's now a serious question
    Which beer goes with French dip? At Philippe, it's now a serious question

    There’s a sign hung behind the bustling counter of Philippe the Original (the one true originator of the French dip sandwich, in my mind) that poses a difficult decision to diners: lemonade or iced tea? The retro typefaces and jaunty design of the placard always catch my eye and put me even more...

  • Jail cracks down on inmates' pungent assaults on deputies
    Jail cracks down on inmates' pungent assaults on deputies

    The foul-smelling glob splattered into Deputy Stephen Vasquez's mouth and eyes.

    The inmate who was suspected of throwing it said the mixture was only water and apple jelly, according to an incident report. But Vasquez thought he tasted urine, and a witness told investigators that the suspect had...

  • 6 L.A. County deputies convicted of impeding FBI's jail probe
    6 L.A. County deputies convicted of impeding FBI's jail probe

    A jury Tuesday found six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department guilty of attempting to impede a federal civil rights inquiry into the county jails, providing prosecutors with a decisive victory as they continue to investigate higher-level officials tied to the scandal.

    The case...

  • Six found guilty in L.A. County jails corruption probe
    Six found guilty in L.A. County jails corruption probe

    Six current and former members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were found guilty Tuesday of obstruction of justice and other charges for their part in an alleged scheme to stymie a federal grand jury investigation into civil rights abuses and corruption in the county’s jails.

    The...

  • For Luke Butler, 'the end' is just the beginning
    For Luke Butler, 'the end' is just the beginning

    Seven crisp new paintings by San Francisco-based Luke Butler continue his tantalizing exploration of media imagery, this time in fanciful movie stills for films that don’t exist. The theme is “the end,” but that’s just the beginning.

    Today, movies almost never close with a statement that it’s over...

  • Lawyers for sheriff's officials say clients were 'worker bees'

    They were mere "worker bees" operating at the direction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's top brass, following the chain of command and complying with what they believed were lawful orders from far above their pay grade.

    That's how defense attorneys for sheriff's officials charged...

  • Boys' basketball: Another guard named Kobe is ready to star in L.A.

    Kobe Paras, a 6-foot-6 junior at L.A. Cathedral named after the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, is going to have Cathedral fans chanting, "Ko-Be, Ko-Be, Ko-Be" the way he can shoot and score.

    He arrived last school year from the Philippines, where his father, Benjie, is a former pro player. He had to sit...

  • Events: Tanabata tasting, Food GPS Rib Fest, Terroni World Cup, Low Country Boil
    Events: Tanabata tasting, Food GPS Rib Fest, Terroni World Cup, Low Country Boil

    Hinoki & the Bird will celebrate the Japanese tradition of the Tanabata star festival through the month of July. Tanabata is a Japanese tradition that takes place on the seventh day of the seventh month of the year when two stars that representing two deities, usually separated by the Milky Way,...

  • Some 101 Freeway ramps are closing nightly for the rest of June
    Some 101 Freeway ramps are closing nightly for the rest of June

    Five onramps and offramps on the 101 Freeway between North Broadway and Lankershim Boulevard will be closed nightly through the end of June as workers replace bridge rails on overpasses.

    The California Department of Transportation said the following ramps will be closed Sundays through Fridays...

  • Prosecutors seek to discredit Tanaka on moving FBI informant
    Prosecutors seek to discredit Tanaka on moving FBI informant

    Federal prosecutors on Tuesday called into question the credibility of Los Angeles County sheriff's candidate Paul Tanaka, accusing the former undersheriff of making inconsistent statements on the witness stand about why deputies moved an FBI informant around in the jails under a string of bogus...

  • Jurors hear of deputies' attempt to coerce FBI agent
    Jurors hear of deputies' attempt to coerce FBI agent

    Two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sergeants showed up at an FBI agent's home in September 2011 and told her that they were in the process of obtaining a warrant for her arrest. That evening, the agent's concerned supervisor called the sergeants, asking what the charges would be, when...

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