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How rare is it for a quarterback to have as his middle name Adambomb? Henry Polanco, a junior quarterback at Garfield, can thank his father and the punk rock band, Social Distortion. His father gave him the middle name Adambomb after one of Social Distortion's songs. Now the band has become a favorite...

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  • Three great new L.A. coffeehouses

    Three great new L.A. coffeehouses

    For those of us who love coffee, the last two months have been like early holiday presents. Because no fewer than three terrific coffee shops have opened around the city since November. One is a brand new dinosaur-themed shop that is about as fun as a trip to the Natural History Museum; the other...

  • First Wienerschnitzel, symbol of L.A. car culture, now a landmark

    First Wienerschnitzel, symbol of L.A. car culture, now a landmark

    Over the decades, the city of Los Angeles has named more than 1,000 noteworthy spots as architectural and historic landmarks: the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, the Theme Building at LAX, the entry gates of Chinatown. And now it has Der Wienerschnitzel. On Tuesday, the City Council added the nondescript,...

  • 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. ...

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  • Halloween and Día de los Muertos food and drink specials around town

    Halloween and Día de los Muertos food and drink specials around town

    From a spooky five-course dinner at Melisse to $3 Boorito burritos at Chipotle, we've got your Halloween and Día de los Muertos plans covered. There's also a wine and Halloween candy tasting. You're welcome.  Angel City Brewery will feature Halloween-themed vendors and treats from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m....

  • Football: Banning to be honored for three Super Bowl participants

    At halftime of a Friday home game against Washington, Banning High will receive recognition from the NFL for having three former players who played in the Super Bowl. Vince Ferragamo, Courtney Hall and Bob Whitfield are the former Banning players being recognized for their Super Bowl participation....

  • Labor Day in L.A.: Wilmington rally, Exposition Park music festival

    Labor Day in L.A.: Wilmington rally, Exposition Park music festival

    With hot rods and high school bands on display, Los Angeles soaked in a few more hours of summer relaxation Monday, celebrating Labor Day — and a last respite from work and school.A parade and rally in Wilmington and a concert in Exposition Park were among the events across Los Angeles County that...

  • Deadly Wilmington hotel fire deemed 'suspicious'

    Deadly Wilmington hotel fire deemed 'suspicious'

    A deadly fire that forced residents to leap out of windows as flames swept through a hotel early Thursday in Wilmington is considered suspicious, fire officials said. Arson investigators with the Los Angeles Fire Department were sifting through debris from the fire that killed a man and injured...

  • Robbery suspect dies after being dragged under U-Haul van

    Robbery suspect dies after being dragged under U-Haul van

    A robbery suspect, who may have been run over by an accomplice, died after being dragged for more than two miles under a U-Haul van while fleeing the scene of an attempted robbery in Wilmington Saturday morning, police said. Four suspects in the van, at least one armed with a handgun, attempted...

  • South Bay oil refineries: A history of destructive explosions

    South Bay oil refineries: A history of destructive explosions

    The blast at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance on Wednesday is a reminder of the dangers that exist at such facilities. The South Bay is dotted with oil refineries and there is a history of destructive accidents. The issue received much political attention in the 1980s and 1990s after a string...

  • 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...

  • Wilmington crash victims identified as siblings, Banning High students
    Wilmington crash victims identified as siblings, Banning High students

    Authorities have identified two people killed in a wrong-way crash in Wilmington on Thursday as a brother and sister who attended Banning High School.

    Elias Garcia, 16, and Elexis Garcia, 18, were pronounced dead at the scene on Pacific Coast Highway on Thursday afternoon after police say the car...

  • Two killed, three injured in street race in Wilmington
    Two killed, three injured in street race in Wilmington

    Two people were killed Thursday and two others were seriously injured when their car spun out of control during a street race in Wilmington and crashed into a passenger van, according to Los Angeles police.

    A third person, the woman driving the van, suffered minor injuries.

    Los Angeles police Lt....

  • Three great new L.A. coffeehouses
    Three great new L.A. coffeehouses

    For those of us who love coffee, the last two months have been like early holiday presents. Because no fewer than three terrific coffee shops have opened around the city since November. One is a brand new dinosaur-themed shop that is about as fun as a trip to the Natural History Museum; the other...

  • Tourism Cares gives L.A.'s waterfront landmarks a good scrub-down
    Tourism Cares gives L.A.'s waterfront landmarks a good scrub-down

    It was a landmark day in every sense of the word. More than 250 volunteers from the travel and tourism world swarmed San Pedro last Friday to paint, scrub, plant, mulch and perform other fix-up duties at L.A. waterfront landmarks big and small.

    Volunteers came from as far away as Australia and...

  • Port of L.A. fire extinguished; crews begin demolition, repairs
    Port of L.A. fire extinguished; crews begin demolition, repairs

    The Port of Los Angeles fire that sent a thick plume of toxic smoke into the air Tuesday, forcing a nearby elementary school to evacuate, has been fully extinguished, officials said Wednesday.

    Crews will now begin the process of demolition and cleanup after the fire smoldered for more than a day...

  • Blaze that threatened warehouse, ship at Port of Los Angeles contained
    Blaze that threatened warehouse, ship at Port of Los Angeles contained

    The Los Angeles Fire Department said the bulk of a blaze that engulfed about 150 feet of wharf and threatened a warehouse at the Port of Los Angeles in Wilmington was contained Monday night.

    The majority of the fire was under control about 8:30 p.m. and contained about two hours later, said Katherine...

  • Two killed, two injured in freeway crash in Carson
    Two killed, two injured in freeway crash in Carson

    A 20-year-old driver and one of his passengers, a 16-year-old girl, died early Saturday when their car slammed into a big rig on the 405 Freeway in Carson, authorities said.

    Two other passengers, a 16-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man, were injured in the crash, according to the California Highway...

  • Former L.A. Unified teacher sentenced in sex abuse case
    Former L.A. Unified teacher sentenced in sex abuse case

    A former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher who sexually assaulted four girls, including a relative, was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison after being confronted in court by victims and their families.

    Robert Pimentel, who worked at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington,...

  • Former teacher gets 12 years in sex-abuse case

    A 58-year-old former teacher from Newport Beach was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for sexually abusing three of his students and a relative.

    Robert Pimentel pleaded no contest in Los Angeles Superior Court last month to charges that he abused the four girls between 2002 and 2012.

    A judge...

  • Body found near berth at Port of Los Angeles
    Body found near berth at Port of Los Angeles

    A body was found Wednesday night near a berth at the Port of Los Angeles, fire officials said.

    The body may be that of a maritime worker, but the circumstances of how the person died were not immediately clear, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

    The agency said the coroner's office,...

  • Fatal collisions on 105, 710 freeways jam morning commute
    Fatal collisions on 105, 710 freeways jam morning commute

    Two people were killed in separate freeway collisions early Friday, snarling traffic throughout the Los Angeles region.

    The fatal crash occurred about 3:15 a.m. near Imperial Highway on the northbound 710 Freeway, temporarily closing all lanes.

    A driver reportedly was struck and killed after experiencing...

  • In wake of deadly Isla Vista shootings, L.A. hosts annual gun buyback
    In wake of deadly Isla Vista shootings, L.A. hosts annual gun buyback

    Los Angeles officials will host a gun buyback program on Saturday, one week after an Isla Vista man killed six people and wounded 13 near the campus of UC Santa Barbara. 

    "The tragedy in Santa Barbara reminded us of the horrors of gun violence," said Mayor Eric Garcetti of the May 23 attacks by...

  • EPA targets oil refineries' emissions into neighborhoods
    EPA targets oil refineries' emissions into neighborhoods

    Oil refineries would be required to cut emissions and begin monitoring levels of toxic air pollutants at their fence lines with neighboring communities under standards proposed Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    The rules would require the nation's 150 major oil refineries to...

  • Gang member gets 50 years to life in 2011 Wilmington shooting death

    A 25-year-old woman was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting a teenager in a Wilmington alley, authorities said.

    On Jan. 29, after a five-day trial, a jury convicted Misty Marie Magallon, 25, of first-degree murder with an allegation that she intentionally...

  • Federal funding cut could close seven Los Angeles day labor centers

    Seven Los Angeles day labor centers could be forced to close this summer because of a reduction in federal funding.

    The centers, which connect a workforce composed largely of immigrants who are in the country illegally with temporary construction, landscaping and other jobs, have long been funded...

  • Baseball: Banning-Carson game halted after benches emptied

     The Marine League game between Carson and Banning on Tuesday was halted in the sixth inning by the umpires in a scoreless tie after both teams' benches' emptied, according to the Daily Breeze.

    The City Section has yet to receive a report from the umpires, but if any players left their bench and...

  • Baseball: Banning knocks off Chatsworth, 1-0

     For the second consecutive week, junior pitcher Justin Yanez of Banning has defeated a City Section power. Last week, it was San Fernando, 3-2. On Tuesday, Yanez allowed one hit in a 1-0 victory over Chatsworth and pitcher Josh Garcia.

    Banning (6-2) scored the only run in the bottom of the sixth...

  • Phillips 66 oil line in Wilmington blamed for 1,200-gallon spill
    Phillips 66 oil line in Wilmington blamed for 1,200-gallon spill

    Phillips 66 takes responsibility for the spill in a residential Wilmington neighborhood and promises to investigate why oil was left in the line, which was taken out of service in 1998.

  • Officials probe whether L.A. earthquake caused oil leakage
    Officials probe whether L.A. earthquake caused oil leakage

    Work crews continued to scramble Tuesday to clean up crude oil that seeped from the ground and forced the closure of a Wilmington residential street, but it remained unclear what caused the leak or who was to blame.

    A Phillips 66 spokesperson said the oil company is assisting in the cleanup but...

  • Oil seeping from ground closes residential street in Wilmington
    Oil seeping from ground closes residential street in Wilmington

    A residential street in Wilmington near Long Beach was closed for several hours Tuesday morning after oil was discovered seeping out of the ground, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Oil was discovered on the surface around 1 a.m. in the 1200 block of North Neptune Avenue, between...

  • At L.A.'s Lake Machado and adjacent park, a long-awaited restoration
    At L.A.'s Lake Machado and adjacent park, a long-awaited restoration

    Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park is an empire of weeds and trash. Lake Machado is a murky witch's brew. But help is on the way.

  • Monitor on Wilmington home's roof to provide air-quality answers
    Monitor on Wilmington home's roof to provide air-quality answers

    The government-funded project will gather real-time data on air pollution. Wilmington ranks among the top 5% of communities with the highest pollution exposure in the state.

  • L.A. Times Travel Show: Finding the best travel apps for 2014
    L.A. Times Travel Show: Finding the best travel apps for 2014

    Want to find "where the hipsters hang out" in a city you’re traveling to? Homesick and want to video chat with up to nine people at once? There's an app for all that.

    In fact, many apps that can be resources for travelers in their everyday needs, said Jen Leo, writer of the Web Buzz travel column...

  • L.A. storms to grow more destructive as sea level rises, study says
    L.A. storms to grow more destructive as sea level rises, study says

    The effect of global warming on sea level will worsen coastal flooding and erosion as major storms produce higher tides and bigger waves and storm surges, a city-commissioned study finds.

  • Homicide suspected after woman's body found inside Wilmington motel
    Homicide suspected after woman's body found inside Wilmington motel

    Los Angeles police homicide investigators continued their probe Thursday into the death of a woman whose body was found inside a Wilmington motel room.

    The body of 45-year-old Alicia Espinoza of Long Beach was found inside a room at Oscar's Motel, 1712 N. Wilmington Blvd., just after noon Tuesday,...

  • Sulfur-dioxide leak at Phillips 66 refinery sickens workers
    Sulfur-dioxide leak at Phillips 66 refinery sickens workers

    Eleven workers at the Phillips 66 oil refinery in Wilmington were hospitalized Tuesday after being exposed to sulfur dioxide gas, authorities said.

    Hazardous-material crews responded to the incident around 10 a.m. at 1660 W. Anaheim St., according to Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

    ...

  • Doctor ordered to stop writing prescriptions for dangerous drugs
    Doctor ordered to stop writing prescriptions for dangerous drugs

    A Southern California pain doctor who was featured in a 2012 Times investigative report on patient overdose deaths was barred Monday from writing prescriptions for some narcotics and other widely abused drugs.

    John Dimowo pleaded not guilty in a court hearing to eight counts of illegally prescribing...

  • Income gap worsens for people in prime earning years, study says
    Income gap worsens for people in prime earning years, study says

    The nation’s income gap increased 10% over the past 20 years, and roughly twice that rate for people in their prime earning years, according to a new study.

    The income gap swelled 21% for those between the ages of 35 to 44, and 17.6% for people aged 45 to 54, according to the analysis by financial...

  • First Wienerschnitzel, symbol of L.A. car culture, now a landmark
    First Wienerschnitzel, symbol of L.A. car culture, now a landmark

    Over the decades, the city of Los Angeles has named more than 1,000 noteworthy spots as architectural and historic landmarks: the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, the Theme Building at LAX, the entry gates of Chinatown.

    And now it has Der Wienerschnitzel.

    On Tuesday, the City Council added the nondescript,...

  • Miffed L.A. Council approves changes to over-budget port project
    Miffed L.A. Council approves changes to over-budget port project

    The Los Angeles City Council signed off Tuesday on major changes to a harbor construction project whose cost doubled in four years, with lawmakers criticizing port executives for failing to consult the council sooner.

    Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes the port, said he was "blindsided"...

  • Acetylene bottle catches fire on top of crane at Port of L.A.
    Acetylene bottle catches fire on top of crane at Port of L.A.

    A bottle of acetylene caught fire on top of the control room of a crane at the Port of Los Angeles midday Saturday, the city Fire Department said.

    There was no explosion and were no injuries, said Fire Department spokesman Shawn Lenske.

    “We let the acetylene burn off,” he said. A pair of Fire Department...

  • Unidentified body on 110 Freeway had been hit several times
    Unidentified body on 110 Freeway had been hit several times

    Authorities are working to identify a body that had been run over multiple times overnight on the 110 Freeway in Wilmington.

    The California Highway Patrol described the body as a 25-year-old white male that was found lying in the fast lane of the southbound 110 Freeway just north of Gaffey Street...

  • Mexico-L.A. drug ring hid meth, heroin in pipes on big rigs, feds say

    Federal prosecutors unveiled indictments Thursday against 57 members of an alleged drug trafficking ring that authorities said smuggled cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from Mexico to Los Angeles, using concealed compartments and PVC piping.

    Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested 18...

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