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    Beer festival season starts this weekend

    Beer festival season is getting going in a big way this weekend with events, parties and special releases happening across Los Angeles. From favorite local beer bars celebrating anniversaries to your chance to sit atop the Iron Throne of Westeros while sipping "Game of Thrones"-inspired beer, there’s...

  • Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate

    Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate

    Last week, we visited Porridge + Puffs, chef Minh Phan’s monument to the warm, oozy bowls of happiness that obsess so many of us this time of year, when temperatures plunge into the 50s at night, backyard trees groan with citrus and the waves are a bit too chilly to surf. Winter in Los Angeles...

  • No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones

    No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones

    It’s not easy to get a great bagel in Southern California. It's easy enough to get a bagel, but too many of them are just bread in another shape, by another name. But it’s not impossible. There are a handful of shops that turn out solid, satisfying bagels, and a few that make genuinely delicious...

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  • Man shot dead on Westlake sidewalk

    Los Angeles police detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man Sunday afternoon in Westlake. Officers responded to a call of shots fired at 1:45 p.m. and found the victim on the sidewalk near Beverly Boulevard and Benton Way, LAPD Sgt. Dave Rich said. The man, who was in his mid-20s,...

  • Michelle King is new superintendent for Los Angeles Unified School District

    Michelle King is new superintendent for Los Angeles Unified School District

    For months, a high-profile head-hunting firm searched the nation for a new superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. On Monday evening, the Board of Education gave the job to a candidate who was part of the district all along: Chief Deputy Supt. Michelle King.Some education experts...

  • San Francisco Supt. Carranza withdraws from consideration to head L.A. schools

    San Francisco Supt. Carranza withdraws from consideration to head L.A. schools

    San Francisco schools Supt. Richard Carranza, a leading candidate to head the Los Angeles Unified School District, has pulled out of consideration, according to a spokeswoman for the Bay Area district.Carranza said he wanted to focus on unfinished efforts in San Francisco, according to the San...

  • Souk Shawarma in downtown L.A. has 7 kinds of shawarma, including vegan, duck and shawarma in a bowl

    Souk Shawarma in downtown L.A. has 7 kinds of shawarma, including vegan, duck and shawarma in a bowl

    Some people discuss shawarma and hummus like they discuss politics. There are often strong opinions, raised voices and lively debates over all that toasted pita bread. When you walk into the new Souk Shawarma in downtown Los Angeles, you may be looking for the vertical spits typically found at...

  • Armed suspect taken into custody after holing up in Westlake apartment

    Armed suspect taken into custody after holing up in Westlake apartment

    A reported gang sweep by police shut down a Westlake neighborhood for roughly two hours early Thursday when a man targeted in the operation barricaded himself inside a home, authorities said.  The sweep began before 5 a.m. in the neighborhood around San Marino and Hoover streets, police said. Officers...

  • Man's body pulled from MacArthur Park Lake

    Man's body pulled from MacArthur Park Lake

    The body of a man was recovered from MacArthur Park Lake on Monday and the cause of death may be drowning, police said. The 30-year-old man was found in the lake about 7:18 a.m. in the 2000 block of West 7th Street in Westlake, said Sgt. Stacey Vandersall of the Los Angeles Police Department’s...

  • L.A. school official criticizes and seeks to limit leaks about superintendent search
    L.A. school official criticizes and seeks to limit leaks about superintendent search

    An important drama involving the Los Angeles Board of Education -- selecting its schools chief -- is playing out in private, and officials this week said they are determined to keep it that way, even though some details are getting out.

    Exactly nine district people know precisely which individuals...

  • Police seek witnesses in fatal stabbing of homeless man featured in Times story
    Police seek witnesses in fatal stabbing of homeless man featured in Times story

    Police are looking for witnesses in the fatal stabbing of a 66-year-old man who lived under the 101 Freeway underpass at North Alvarado Street.

    About 11 a.m. Monday, Charles Smith was found with apparent stab wounds, said LAPD Det. Ray Martinez. Smith was last seen alive about 11 p.m. Sunday. Martinez...

  • L.A. school board to hold second round of interviews for superintendent
    L.A. school board to hold second round of interviews for superintendent

    The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday will begin its second interview session with candidates seeking the job of superintendent for the nation’s second-largest school system.The closed-door meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. And board members also could conduct interviews — or a discussion...

  • L.A. school board to take first look at candidates for superintendent
    L.A. school board to take first look at candidates for superintendent

    The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday is expected to move from the theoretical to the nitty-gritty in its search for the next leader of the nation’s second-largest school system.

    After a brief session in public, the seven-member board plans to go behind closed doors to review questions...

  • 'Wood Boy Dog Fish,' a world-premiere at the Bootleg Theater
    'Wood Boy Dog Fish,' a world-premiere at the Bootleg Theater

    “Wood Boy Dog Fish,” Rogue Artists Ensemble’s world-premiere at the Bootleg Theater, is not so much as play as a theatrical bombardment, a dizzying fusion of sound, lights, puppets, masks and music that has us wondering where to look next.

    Playwright Chelsea Sutton, in collaboration with the ensemble,...

  • Search for new L.A. schools chief shifts focus to individual candidates
    Search for new L.A. schools chief shifts focus to individual candidates

    The search for the next leader of the Los Angeles Unified School District entered a new phase this week as an executive search firm officially closed a two-week public input period, putting more focus on individuals who might want the job.

    It will be up to the seven-member Board of Education to...

  • Plan Check is throwing a Gudetama party, and Hello Kitty isn't invited
    Plan Check is throwing a Gudetama party, and Hello Kitty isn't invited

    Hello Kitty gets all the glory. The not-exactly-a-cat Sanrio character has captured hearts around the world, but what about Gudetama? Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is showing some love to the new guy with a special Gudetama menu. He is an egg after all; a lazy, unmotivated egg, but an egg nonetheless....

  • Beck and Bratton wager sandwiches again, this time on Dodgers and Mets
    Beck and Bratton wager sandwiches again, this time on Dodgers and Mets

    Consider it “The Great Pastrami Bet: Round Two.”

    In a move signaling that great sandwiches -- and great sandwich competitions -- can transcend time and sport, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton have once again placed a bet with each other...

  • Having a ball in MacArthur Park
    Having a ball in MacArthur Park

    Hugo Ramirez photographed "Spheres of MacArthur Park" in early September, about a week after the debut of the public art project.

    Expecting a handful of beach-ball-sized orbs, Ramirez was impressed by the size and number of spheres floating on MacArthur Park's lake. 

    "It was an awesome sight, and...

  • L.A. school board ironing out kinks in search process for new superintendent
    L.A. school board ironing out kinks in search process for new superintendent

    Even nailing down a process for choosing a Los Angeles schools superintendent proved complicated this week. The Board of Education met behind closed doors for three hours Tuesday night, most of the time in conference with an executive search firm.

    The goal was to hammer out how to find the next...

  • L.A. Unified school board meets with superintendent search firm
    L.A. Unified school board meets with superintendent search firm

    The Los Angeles Board of Education is meeting Tuesday evening with the firm it hired to lead the search for a new superintendent of schools. The meeting was scheduled to take place between 5 and 6 p.m. in closed session, according to one senior official, but the open session was held first.

    The...

  • A charter school expansion could be great for L.A.
    A charter school expansion could be great for L.A.

    Slightly more than a fifth of all students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are currently enrolled in charter schools. That number would rise to nearly half of the district's students if the early ambitions of a group of charter organizations and their benefactors come to fruition.

    The...

  • It's September, but Oktoberfest is already here: 5 in the L.A. area
    It's September, but Oktoberfest is already here: 5 in the L.A. area

    It might be pushing 100 degrees out, but Oktoberfest season won’t wait for something as inconsequential as the weather. The stein-hoisting celebrations of Bavarian culture (and beer) begin this weekend and continue around the Southland until the end of October. Here are five local Oktoberfest parties...

  • L.A. Unified board to interview 2 superintendent search firms, discuss teacher's lawsuit
    L.A. Unified board to interview 2 superintendent search firms, discuss teacher's lawsuit

    The quest for a new leader of the nation’s second-largest school district is expected to inch forward Tuesday, as school board members hope to interview two executive search firms during the regularly scheduled public meeting at district headquarters.

    As of mid-morning Tuesday, the two companies...

  • The art project filling MacArthur Park Lake with thousands of painted spheres
    The art project filling MacArthur Park Lake with thousands of painted spheres

    If all goes according to plan, by the time Tuesday morning rolls around, the lake at MacArthur Park will be bursting with an estimated 2,500 colorful spheres. Hand-painted by roughly 10,000 volunteers around the Los Angeles area — principally schoolchildren — the project, organized by the L.A.-based...

  • Candy-colored spheres bring MacArthur Park's lake alive
    Candy-colored spheres bring MacArthur Park's lake alive

    When artist Ed Massey imagines the lake at MacArthur Park in five days, he sees a field of candy-like multicolored gumdrops — red, blue, pink, green and yellow — afloat upon an urban sea.

    Massey's confectioner's dream began to materialize Saturday as volunteers arrived at the park in a small fleet...

  • Disrupting the conventional at Joshua Petker's Ashes/Ashes
    Disrupting the conventional at Joshua Petker's Ashes/Ashes

    In Joshua Petker’s flaming crimson painting “Monster & Cop,” a menacing cartoon policeman wielding a fat bludgeon scowls at a tall pile of errant brushstrokes of brightly colored paint. Painting is cast as the title’s wayward monster, seemingly without purpose but in need of official monitoring.

    ...

  • Historic Wilshire Royale apartments to be renovated by new owner
    Historic Wilshire Royale apartments to be renovated by new owner

    The Wilshire Royale, one of the best-known historic apartment buildings in Los Angeles, has been acquired by Sherman Oaks real estate investors who plan to upgrade the property near MacArthur Park.

    MWest Holdings paid $32.5 million for the 193-unit complex at the northeast corner of Wilshire and...

  • Nearly 9 in 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California
    Nearly 9 in 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California

    To Omar Medina, a security officer working the graveyard shift, attending Northwestern California University School of Law seemed like the ideal way to fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer.

    Unlike traditional law schools with high tuitions and entrance requirements, Northwestern California offered...

  • The survival of public education is at risk. Here's what LAUSD needs to do.
    The survival of public education is at risk. Here's what LAUSD needs to do.

    The Los Angeles Unified School District has at most a year to replace Ramon C. Cortines as superintendent. This is a crucial time for the district, which has weathered many controversies in the last decade. It is also a crucial time for American public education, which has been under assault for...

  • L.A. Unified cancels golf tournament at Trump-owned course
    L.A. Unified cancels golf tournament at Trump-owned course

    Los Angeles school district officials have canceled plans to hold a fundraising tournament at the Trump National Golf Club in response to comments made by Donald Trump about immigrants.

    The L.A. Unified School District has asked the club, located in Rancho Palos Verdes, to return its $7,500 deposit....

  • L.A. Unified retreats on higher graduation standards
    L.A. Unified retreats on higher graduation standards

    The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday retreated from new, more rigorous graduation standards out of concern that huge numbers of students would fail to earn diplomas.

    The board previously had required students, starting in 2017, to receive a C or better in a set of college preparatory courses...

  • Man did not point gun at officers, LAPD says in new account of shooting
    Man did not point gun at officers, LAPD says in new account of shooting

    A man shot and wounded this week by Los Angeles police in Westlake had not pointed a gun at officers, despite an initial report by the LAPD that he had, the department said in a press release Saturday afternoon.

    Jason Bangle, 39, was shot Tuesday about 10 p.m. in the 600 block of South Coronado...

  • Man shot by police after pointing gun at officers in Westlake, LAPD says
    Man shot by police after pointing gun at officers in Westlake, LAPD says

    A man was shot in the stomach by police Tuesday night and another was arrested in Westlake, police said.

    The man who was shot, who has not been identified, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition, Los Angeles police Sgt. Frank Preciado told reporters.

    No officers were hurt.

    The incident...

  • Salvadoran Angelenos celebrate Archbishop Oscar Romero's beatification
    Salvadoran Angelenos celebrate Archbishop Oscar Romero's beatification

    Carmen Sanchez fought back tears as she waived her tiny Salvadoran flag in MacArthur Park.

    "I've waited for this day a very long time," the Westlake resident said. "Finally, this person who sacrificed everything for his pueblo will get the recognition he deserves."

    On Saturday, she joined a crowd...

  • Angelenos to celebrate Oscar Romero's beatification
    Angelenos to celebrate Oscar Romero's beatification

    Hundreds of Salvadoran immigrants and social justice advocates are expected to participate in a special service and procession in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the beatification of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, taking him one step closer to sainthood.

    The service is...

  • Datebook: Experimental shoes, art by vets, stories about immigration
    Datebook: Experimental shoes, art by vets, stories about immigration

    Over-the-top shoes. Works produced by military veterans. And a series of collaged paintings that chronicle the lives of modern-day gold prospectors on the San Gabriel River. Plus: works that touch on personal stories of immigration and a painter’s otherworldly forms. Here’s what we have coming...

  • Gunmen in Westlake triple-shooting claimed gang ties, police say
    Gunmen in Westlake triple-shooting claimed gang ties, police say

    Three people were shot during a carjacking in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles early Wednesday, police said.

    The gunfire broke out about 3 a.m. at Coronado and Temple streets when two men identified themselves as gang members to three men in a white Chevrolet Cavalier who were dropping...

  • Voters go to polls today to decide L.A. school board races
    Voters go to polls today to decide L.A. school board races

    Voters are going to the polls in Los Angeles on Tuesday to decide three school board races that will affect the direction of the nation’s second-largest school system.

    The campaigns have been dominated by independent spending. Outside groups have poured in $5.1 million, compared with less than...

  • Man arrested after holding at least one hostage in Westlake
    Man arrested after holding at least one hostage in Westlake

    An armed man who barricaded himself inside a central Los Angeles apartment Sunday night and held at least one person hostage was taken into custody after a short standoff, authorities said.

    Police received a report  about 7 p.m. of a man brandishing a gun in the 200 block of South Carondelet Street...

  • Dayworkers help at school garden to highlight fruits of their labor
    Dayworkers help at school garden to highlight fruits of their labor

    Most mornings, day laborer Guillermo Perez heads to the Home Depot near MacArthur Park to look for work. If he's lucky, he brings home $100.

    Last week, Perez gave up the prospect of a paycheck one morning to volunteer at a local elementary school. For five hours, beneath a dark sky that threatened...

  • 'Baywatch' star Jeremy Jackson arrested in Westlake stabbing
    'Baywatch' star Jeremy Jackson arrested in Westlake stabbing

    Former “Baywatch” star Jeremy Jackson was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of fleeing after stabbing a man in Westlake, only to be found the next day prowling the same neighborhood, police said.

    Jackson, who also goes by the last name Dunn, was taken into custody Saturday for assault with...

  • Blaze damages vacant building near downtown L.A.; no injuries reported
    Blaze damages vacant building near downtown L.A.; no injuries reported

    Flames tore through a vacant three-story building west of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday night, authorities said.

    The fire was first reported around 10:30 p.m. at 1201 Huntley Drive in the Westlake neighborhood, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. It was initially reported...

  • 'Mama' of Mama's Hot Tamales made a name for herself, now protege won't let her use it
    'Mama' of Mama's Hot Tamales made a name for herself, now protege won't let her use it

    The name "Mama" was given to Sandra Romero like a job title, back when she first began working in MacArthur Park.

    In a neighborhood plagued by gangs, drugs and lawlessness, it took Romero more than a decade to earn the respect that came with such a moniker.

    It was 2001 and through Mama's Hot Tamales,...

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