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Football: City Section semifinal preview

It's down to one more victory and you've made it to the championship game. The City Section semifinals are set for Friday night. The winners advance to the finals on Dec. 3 at El Camino College. Here's the sneak preview: Division I El Camino Real at Narbonne: Good luck to the Conquistadores, making...

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  • Get off the 110 Freeway and discover a hidden world of terrific food

    Get off the 110 Freeway and discover a hidden world of terrific food

    The stretch of Southern California that straddles the 110 Freeway from the 405 south to San Pedro might as well be Kansas as far as most people are concerned. It’s the highway equivalent of fly-over country — we whip past it on the way to the ocean or downtown without giving it much of a second...

  • Still celebrating paella Saturdays at La Española

    Still celebrating paella Saturdays at La Española

    Let’s face it: running Saturday morning errands is no one’s idea of a good time. Unless you can figure out a way to be near Harbor City at lunchtime. Then it can turn out to be one of Southern California’s great pleasures. That’s thanks to Juana Gimeno Faraone, a native of Valencia, Spain, who...

  • Where to buy quality cured meats in the L.A. area

    Where to buy quality cured meats in the L.A. area

    Not all that long ago, I would have to drive all over the city on the hunt for decent prosciutto or salami. Now a number of purveyors have upgraded to the good stuff and trained staff to slice it correctly. Below are some recommended sources for cured meats. And if none is nearby, Bristol Farms...

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  • Football: Narbonne's Alex Akingbulu gets emotional in selecting UCLA

    After his teammates jumped up and around him following his annoucement on Thursday morning that he had selected UCLA as his college choice, Alex Akingbulu, an All-City offensive tackle from Narbonne, got emotional. The tears started coming down after he took a photo with Coach Manuel Douglas. The...

  • California homeless man accused of collecting submachine guns, silencers and handguns

    California homeless man accused of collecting submachine guns, silencers and handguns

    Richard Cunningham was homeless. But he wasn’t gun-less, police allege. Deputies found a cache of weapons at his Harbor City encampment, including: two fully operational submachine guns, four handguns, two makeshift silencers and numerous rounds of ammunition, according to Det. Mark Pope of the...

  • Homeless man is accused of collecting submachine guns, silencers and handguns

    Homeless man is accused of collecting submachine guns, silencers and handguns

    Richard Cunningham was homeless. But he wasn’t gun-less, police allege. Deputies found a cache of weapons at his Harbor City encampment, including: two fully operational submachine guns, four handguns, two makeshift silencers and numerous rounds of ammunition, according to Det. Mark Pope of the...

  • Football: City Section Division I predictions

    The City Section football playoffs begin on Friday. Some first-round Division I predictions: No. 16 Eagle Rock at No. 1 Narbonne. This will not be pretty. Eagle Rock won the Northern League title but a running clock will be needed at some point. No. 9 South Gate at No. 8 San Pedro. San Pedro's...

  • Football: Narbonne is No. 1 seed for City Section Division I playoffs

    To no one's surprise, Narbonne has been seeded No. 1 for the City Section Division I football playoffs that begin on Friday. Birmingham is No. 2, Garfield No. 3 and Dorsey No. 4. Results from Friday influenced the seeding committee to make some changes from the original Calpreps rankings that are...

  • Football: Former Narbonne QB Troy Williams is headed to Utah

    Former Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams, a two-time City Section player of the year, will officially commit to Utah on Thursday, Santa Monica College assistant coach Tim Kaub said. Williams, who signed with Washington and played for the Huskies until transferring at the end of last season, has...

  • Get off the 110 Freeway and discover a hidden world of terrific food
    Get off the 110 Freeway and discover a hidden world of terrific food

    The stretch of Southern California that straddles the 110 Freeway from the 405 south to San Pedro might as well be Kansas as far as most people are concerned. It’s the highway equivalent of fly-over country — we whip past it on the way to the ocean or downtown without giving it much of a second...

  • Football: Eight Narbonne juniors have scholarship offers

    Eight members of Narbonne's class of 2016 have picked up college football scholarship offers, Coach Manuel Douglas said. It's no wonder the Gauchos are the favorite to win another City Section championship this fall. They went 10-4 last season.

    Receiver-defensive back Devaughn Cooper picked up...

  • Harbor City dog has sights set on Westminster Masters Agility title
    Harbor City dog has sights set on Westminster Masters Agility title

    It takes great vision to win at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City -- both literally and figuratively. 

    Rickie Roo, a well-known star and "spokesdog" in the world of dog agility who has been featured in magazine articles and advertisements, once again has both. 

    The rat terrier,...

  • Football: Narbonne's Alex Akingbulu picks up UCLA offer

    Alex Akingbulu, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound junior offensive lineman at City Section Division I champion Narbonne, is busy playing basketball, but college football coaches are paying attention to him.

    UCLA is the latest school to offer him a scholarship, joining Michigan, Utah, Boston College and Colorado...

  • L.A. Councilman Joe Buscaino weighing congressional run
    L.A. Councilman Joe Buscaino weighing congressional run

    Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, who represents the southernmost stretches of the city, is considering running for a congressional seat that could be vacated by Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro).

    Hahn is weighing a run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which could leave her...

  • Football: Narbonne ready to snap the ball better on punts

    A year ago, snapping the ball on punts turned into a nightmare for Narbonne in the City Section Division I championship football game. Three bad snaps resulted in safeties and helped Crenshaw defeat the Gauchos, 18-13.

    In Saturday's Division I final at the Coliseum against Carson, Narbonne will...

  • Football: Narbonne keeps coming close against top teams

    In the last two weeks, Narbonne has given scares to Long Beach Poly and Alemany, ranked No. 3 and No. 5 by The Times, only to lose after making too many mistakes in the second half.

    "When you play good teams, it exposes you," Coach Manuel Douglas said. "We've got things to fix."

    Teams had better...

  • Sports Roundup: Flintridge Prep girls' volleyball ousts Alhambra

    GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALLFlintridge Prep 3, Alhambra 2: Visiting Flintridge Prep picked up a 19-25, 25-12, 25-20, 23-25, 16-14 nonleague win Wednesday. Lauren Stiles finished with 41 digs and five aces for the Rebels (1-1). Nicole Emmons contributed 17 kills and five blocks for Flintridge Prep, which got...

  • Football: Narbonne begins tough four-game stretch

    If Narbonne Coach Manuel Douglas was looking to improve his career won-loss record, he sure wouldn't have scheduled Long Beach Poly, Alemany, Gardena Serra and Los Alamitos as his team's next four opponents.

    Douglas' goal is winning a City Section Division I championship, and he feels the tough...

  • Football: Junior QB Roman Ale is developing for Narbonne

    Narbonne is considered the preseason favorite to win the City Section Division I championship, and Coach Manuel Douglas provided a positive report on Saturday about junior quarterback Roman Ale.

    A year ago, Ale was forced into action in the season opener as a sophomore after an injury to the starter...

  • Baseball: Daniel Rocha of Narbonne is Marine League MVP

    Junior left-hander Daniel Rocha of Narbonne has been named the Marine League MVP. He led the Gauchos to an unbeaten league season.

    Catcher Juan Gallardo of Banning was named the most outstanding player.

    First-team all-league: P_Gino Brockway, Banning, Sr.; Adrian Padilla, Narbonne, Sr.; C_Scott...

  • Funeral services set for LAPD officer killed in Harbor City crash
    Funeral services set for LAPD officer killed in Harbor City crash

    For the third time in two months, funeral services for a Los Angeles police officer will be held at a downtown L.A. cathedral. 

    The public funeral Mass for Officer Roberto Sanchez -- a six-year department veteran killed May 3 when an SUV struck his police cruiser in Harbor City -- will begin at...

  • Fatal crash was no accident, LAPD investigators say
    Fatal crash was no accident, LAPD investigators say

    It was 3:45 a.m. Saturday and two LAPD officers were in pursuit of a Camaro speeding down Anaheim Street in Harbor City.

    This chase wasn't broadcast live on TV, but it was recorded by an LAPD camera inside the patrol car as well as by surveillance cameras at businesses along the avenue.

    At one...

  • SUV driver didn't brake before killing LAPD officer, sources say
    SUV driver didn't brake before killing LAPD officer, sources say

    It was 3:45 a.m. Saturday and two LAPD officers were in pursuit of a Camaro speeding down Anaheim Street in Harbor City.

    The chase wasn't broadcast live on TV, but it was recorded by an LAPD camera mounted inside the patrol car as well as by surveillance cameras at businesses along the avenue.

    ...

  • LAPD Chief Beck: Driver 'intentionally' used SUV to ram, kill officer
    LAPD Chief Beck: Driver 'intentionally' used SUV to ram, kill officer

    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday said a 20-year-old man "intentionally committed homicide" when he rammed his SUV into a squad car, killing one officer and injuring another.

    Appearing with Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey at a news conference, Beck said Mynor Varela...

  • Suspect in fatal LAPD crash charged with murder
    Suspect in fatal LAPD crash charged with murder

    Investigators believe the man who is accused in a weekend hit-and-run crash that killed a Los Angeles police officer and injured another knew the driver of the vehicle that police were trailing when the collision occurred, sources told The Times.

    Mynor Varela, 20, is believed to have been intentionally...

  • Driver pleads not guilty to killing cop in hit-and-run
    Driver pleads not guilty to killing cop in hit-and-run

    The 20-year-old man charged with murder in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a Los Angeles police officer and injured another pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance Wednesday.

    Mynor Enrique Varela, 20, of Harbor City, entered the Long Beach courtroom in a wheelchair, apparently...

  • Suspect arrested in hit-and-run death of LAPD officer
    Suspect arrested in hit-and-run death of LAPD officer

    A man driving a vehicle that crashed into a Los Angeles police cruiser, killing a veteran officer and seriously injuring another, has been arrested on suspicion of murder, officials said

    Officer Roberto Sanchez, 32, was killed in a weekend collision that occurred as the officers were making a U-turn...

  • 'Person of interest' detained in fatal LAPD crash; no arrest yet
    'Person of interest' detained in fatal LAPD crash; no arrest yet

    A person detained after a weekend crash that killed a Los Angeles police officer remained in custody Monday but has not been arrested, officials said.

    The "person of interest" has been linked to an SUV that struck an LAPD squad car; he was detained about a mile from Saturday’s crash, which occurred...

  • Third on-duty LAPD officer killed when patrol car is hit by SUV
    Third on-duty LAPD officer killed when patrol car is hit by SUV

    A Los Angeles police officer was killed and another seriously injured in a hit-and-run collision in the Harbor City area early Saturday, the third deadly crash involving an LAPD officer in two months.

    The officers were making a U-turn to follow a car moving at high speed when they were broadsided...

  • Condolences are sent for LAPD officer killed in collision
    Condolences are sent for LAPD officer killed in collision

    Condolences poured in Saturday for Los Angeles Police Department officer Roberto Sanchez as questions lingered about the early-morning automobile collision that killed the 32-year-old policeman and critically injured his patrol partner.

    "Once again our hearts are broken," Los Angeles Police Protective...

  • As LAPD mourns officer's death in collision, key questions arise
    As LAPD mourns officer's death in collision, key questions arise

    Los Angeles police investigators were working Saturday morning to unravel the details of an early morning hit-and-run collision that killed one officer and left another in critical condition.

    Speaking at a morning news conference, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said that the investigation into the Harbor...

  • LAPD officer killed in crash, 2nd officer seriously hurt
    LAPD officer killed in crash, 2nd officer seriously hurt

    One Los Angeles police officer died and another was hurt in a hit-and-run collision in Harbor City on Saturday morning.

    It marks the third death of an LAPD officer in as many months. In March, an officer was killed in a crash involving a truck in Beverly Hills. In April, an LAPD motorcycle officer...

  • One dies after group of men shot at in Harbor City parking lot
    One dies after group of men shot at in Harbor City parking lot

    A 21-year-old man was killed and another critically wounded after three men were fired upon Wednesday at close range in a Harbor City parking lot.

    Shailo Leafa of Torrance died at the hospital after he was struck at least once, said Los Angeles police Lt. Eric Holyfield. Another man who was also...

  • Still celebrating paella Saturdays at La Española
    Still celebrating paella Saturdays at La Española

    Let’s face it: running Saturday morning errands is no one’s idea of a good time. Unless you can figure out a way to be near Harbor City at lunchtime. Then it can turn out to be one of Southern California’s great pleasures.

    That’s thanks to Juana Gimeno Faraone, a native of Valencia, Spain, who...

  • Narbonne High teacher stopped this run at a football prospect
    Narbonne High teacher stopped this run at a football prospect

    When soon-to-be USC coach Steve Sarkisian visited Veronica Bennett's class to check on a star student, she made the right play.

  • Kidnapping suspect with 'Drug Cartel' face tattoo sought
    Kidnapping suspect with 'Drug Cartel' face tattoo sought

    Authorities are seeking the public’s help to locate a parolee with mental health problems suspected of kidnapping his two children Wednesday night.

    Charles Baines, 36, has a shaved head and the words “Drug Cartel” tattooed on his left cheek, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Baines...

  • Football: Narbonne's Dallas Lopez bursts onto City Section scene [Video]

     With one spectacular game, 6-foot-5 senior receiver Dallas Lopez of Harbor City Narbonne has thrust himself into the City Section conversation about top players.

    Lopez caught three touchdown passes against Palos Verdes, including the game-winning 29-yard reception as time expired in a 27-23 victory.

    ...

  • Football: Narbonne pulls out victory on final play [Video]
    Football: Narbonne pulls out victory on final play [Video]

     When it comes to drama and excitement, Thursday's season opener between Narbonne and Palos Verdes had it all.

    Palos Verdes took a 23-21 lead with 33 seconds left on a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Daniel DiRocco.

    Narbonne got the ball back on its own 30 with 23.8 seconds left. Sophomore...

  • Where to buy quality cured meats in the L.A. area
    Where to buy quality cured meats in the L.A. area

    Not all that long ago, I would have to drive all over the city on the hunt for decent prosciutto or salami. Now a number of purveyors have upgraded to the good stuff and trained staff to slice it correctly. Below are some recommended sources for cured meats. And if none is nearby, Bristol Farms...

  • Man shot by police was wearing mask, took menacing stance, LAPD says
    Man shot by police was wearing mask, took menacing stance, LAPD says

    A man shot and wounded by police officers in Harbor City on Wednesday night was wearing a mask and suspected of preparing to commit a robbery, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Around 6:40 p.m., plainclothes officers saw a man in a ski mask they believed was preparing to commit a crime near...

  • Man wounded in shooting with LAPD in Harbor City
    Man wounded in shooting with LAPD in Harbor City

    A possible robbery suspect was was wounded Wednesday evening by Los Angeles police.

    The man was shot in the hand around 6:30 p.m. near East Pacific Coast Highway and Belle Porte Avenue in Harbor City, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    The man was taken into custody at the scene.

    The circumstances...

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