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Beverly Hills Unified will pay $685,000 to settle ex-principal's suit

The Beverly Hills Unified School District will pay $685,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit filed last year by its former principal, according to a copy of the agreement.

The settlement, reached last month, resolves a lawsuit by Carter Paysinger in which he alleged district officials routinely ignored his complaints of racial discrimination and retaliated against him through attacks in...

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Dolphin leaps on boat, lands on O.C. woman's ankles, breaking them

Not every dolphin encounter is as happy as those with Flipper. Laguna Nigel resident Chrissie Frickman has two broken ankles to prove it.

Frickman was injured last month when a 750- to 1,000-pound dolphin hopped onto her boat and landed on her ankles. And just like that, Frickman was rendered immobile.

She and her family were understandably rattled.

“That dolphin could have crushed my kids so I am...

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City Council president says L.A. lacks a strategy for creating jobs

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson said Wednesday that the critics were right: City Hall lacks a comprehensive strategy for attracting new jobs.

With the region emerging from a recession that dramatically upended the city's finances, Wesson announced he is creating a special five-member committee to develop a plan for increasing employment across the city.

Wesson's comments, made after...

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New L.A. councilman wants to roll back LaBonge funding plans

Newly seated Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu is seeking to roll back plans made by Tom LaBonge, the longtime councilman he replaced, to distribute more than $600,000 in discretionary money.

Such discretionary money is allocated to council members, who can choose how to use it for community needs. During the campaign, Ryu argued such dollars had become "secret slush funds" and promised to reform...

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Immigrant advocates allege excessive force during Murrieta protests

One year after anti-immigration protests erupted in the city of Murrieta, two immigrant advocates who were arrested during the demonstrations have sued the city and Riverside County, alleging unlawful detention and excessive use of force.

Pouyan Bokaei, 33, and Salvador Alejandro Chavez, 23, both of Los Angeles, say they suffered injuries after being arrested at a July 4, 2014, demonstration in Murrieta. 


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Family of student who died in hazing incident sues CSUN, fraternity

The family of a Cal State Northridge student who died in a fraternity hazing incident is suing the university and fraternity, saying they still don’t know what happened to him a year after his death.

Armando Villa, 19, died last July 1 after becoming dehydrated during a hike in Angeles National Forest while pledging for Pi Kappa Phi. School officials have said the hike was part of a hazing incident...

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