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  • 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. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • Unconscious 10-year-old girl airlifted from Magic Mountain

    Unconscious 10-year-old girl airlifted from Magic Mountain

    An unconscious 10-year-old girl was airlifted from the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park Friday afternoon, fire officials said. The girl had just exited the Revolution roller coaster when she lost consciousness, but was still breathing, according to a statement from the theme park.   The...

  • Prosecutors decline to file charges in Valencia restaurant slavery case

    Prosecutors decline to file charges in Valencia restaurant slavery case

    A man who was arrested for allegedly enslaving an Indian national to work at a Valencia restaurant for three years was released from custody Friday after prosecutors declined to file charges. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to file charges against Pardeep Kumar, 47, due...

  • Onetime Frank Sinatra party pad for sale in Chatsworth

    Onetime Frank Sinatra party pad for sale in Chatsworth

    A Chatsworth property Frank Sinatra once called home has come on the market at $7.5 million. The crooner didn’t own the estate but leased it for nearly a decade when bank heiress and original owner Dora Hutchinson, who had thrown lavish Hollywood parties at the house, moved back East. ------------...

  • Labor activists cancel faculty unionization vote at CalArts

    Labor activists cancel faculty unionization vote at CalArts

    Labor activists have halted efforts, for now, to unionize the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, a move that reflects deep divisions at the Valencia campus and slows what had been a burgeoning trend to organize college professors in California and nationwide. CalArts activists formally...

  • Former Valencia High School baseball coach charged with embezzlement

    Former Valencia High School baseball coach charged with embezzlement

    A former varsity baseball coach at Valencia High School appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzling thousands of dollars from the school’s student body government. Jared Snyder, 44, is charged with four counts of felony grand theft and one felony count each of embezzlement...

  • Mann steps down as CEO of inhaled insulin maker MannKind Corp.

    Mann steps down as CEO of inhaled insulin maker MannKind Corp.

    Alfred Mann, the billionaire entrepreneur and inventor behind several successful medical device companies, is stepping down as chief executive of MannKind Corp., a Valencia maker of inhaled insulin. Mann, 89, the founder and chief financial backer of MannKind, intends to continue working as the...

  • Lakers executive Johnny Buss finds home court in Chatsworth
    Lakers executive Johnny Buss finds home court in Chatsworth

    Lakers executive and owner Johnny Buss will be holding court in Chatsworth after buying a lakefront estate in the area for $2.625 million.

    Found within the guard-gated Monteria Estates, the home features a Colonial-style main residence, a one-bedroom guesthouse, a north-south tennis court, a pool...

  • Lakers executive Johnny Buss finds home court in Chatsworth
    Lakers executive Johnny Buss finds home court in Chatsworth

    The Lakers vice president and owner paid $2.625 million for a lakefront home with a tennis court in Chatsworth.

  • SoCal: 5 best holiday light shows to see over Thanksgiving
    SoCal: 5 best holiday light shows to see over Thanksgiving

    The season of light has begun. Here are five of the best ways to light up your holidays.

    The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is the granddaddy of holiday light shows in Southern California. Where else can you find 4 million lights, animated figures, snow and live reindeer at a luxury hotel?

    The Festival...

  • Football: The Miracle on Smyth Drive

    Years ago, Larry Muir was a freshman at Alemany High when the Warriors' season was called the "Miracle on Rinaldi Street."

    After Valencia won the Foothill League title on Friday night, overcoming a 27-0 deficit to defeat Hart, 28-27, Muir, the head coach, called it the "Miracle on Smyth Drive."

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  • Football: Down, 27-0, Valencia defeats Hart, 28-27

    It was made-for-TV drama, so it was a good omen that the Hart-Valencia game on Friday night for the Foothill League championships was on Fox Sports West. What a dramatic game.

    Valencia, trailing, 27-0, rallied for a 28-27 victorty behind Jay Jay Wilson, who scored all four Viking touchdowns and...

  • Baseball: Valencia's Anthony Lepre commits to San Diego State

    Anthony Lepre, a senior catcher at Valencia, has committed to San Diego State.

    He batted .368 as a junior last season.

    Valencia finished 18-10.

     

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  • La Cañada girls' tennis edged by top-ranked Valencia at home
    La Cañada girls' tennis edged by top-ranked Valencia at home

    Tennis: Spartans drop all nine doubles sets in 10-8 nonleague defeat against Vikings.

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain raises the bar with two new Fright Fest mazes
    Six Flags Magic Mountain raises the bar with two new Fright Fest mazes

    For the better part of the past decade, Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain has run a distant third in Southern California behind the twin terrors of Universal's Halloween Horror Nights and Knott's Halloween Haunt.Up until 2007, Fright Fest was "free" with park admission and you got what you...

  • Fire that damaged Colossus roller coaster sparked by welders
    Fire that damaged Colossus roller coaster sparked by welders

    Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said the fire that damaged the wooden coaster Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain on Monday was sparked by welders working on the ride.

    There were no injuries as a result of the blaze, which was reported at 1:32 p.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector...

  • Football: Freshman Eli Doyle is the latest Valencia standout

    Whenever Valencia Coach Larry Muir decides to start a freshman on varsity, people need to take notice.

    Five years ago, it was defensive back Tedric Thompson starting as a freshman. Now he's a starter at Colorado.

    Three years ago, it was defensive back Jay Jay Wilson starting as a freshman. Now...

  • Shrapnel from exploding gun injures man at Santa Clarita gun club

    A man was injured by flying shrapnel from a weapon that exploded at a gun club in Santa Clarita on Friday afternoon, authorities said.

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Josh Dubin said the bizarre accident happened about 4 p.m. at Oak Tree Gun Club on Coltrane Avenue.

    Dubin said the cylinder...

  • Men face jail time for stealing part of Paul Walker's crashed Porsche
    Men face jail time for stealing part of Paul Walker's crashed Porsche

    Two men pleaded no contest Tuesday to stealing the roof panel from a Porsche Carrera GT that "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker was riding in when he died in a fiery crash last year in Santa Clarita.

    Jameson Brooks Witty, 18, and Anthony Edward Janow, 26, face up to six months in jail on misdemeanor...

  • Probe continues into cause of Six Flags roller coaster derailment
    Probe continues into cause of Six Flags roller coaster derailment

    California safety inspectors continued their investigation Wednesday into the partial derailment of the Ninja roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

    Park officials and witnesses described seeing a large branch fall across the tracks at about 6 p.m. Monday, causing the partial derailment, but...

  • Six Flags roller coaster derailment: 'Cracking' noises, then screams
    Six Flags roller coaster derailment: 'Cracking' noises, then screams

    Riders and witnesses of the partial derailment of the Ninja roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain said they heard loud cracks followed by screams just as the accident occurred Monday evening.

    Jeremy Ead was on the famous thrill ride about 6 p.m. when a tree branch fell onto the tracks, causing...

  • Magic Mountain riders rescued after Ninja roller coaster derails
    Magic Mountain riders rescued after Ninja roller coaster derails

    About two dozen people were trapped for nearly three hours on the Ninja roller coaster at Magic Mountain and four others were injured after a tree branch obstructed the high-speed ride, officials said.

    The ride was in a "precarious position" as the people were suspended about 40 feet above the...

  • 'Bombshell Bandit' makes bomb threat during bank heist, FBI says
    'Bombshell Bandit' makes bomb threat during bank heist, FBI says

    Investigators are looking for a woman dubbed the "Bombshell Bandit" who reportedly threatened to detonate a bomb during a Valencia bank robbery, FBI officials said Thursday.

    The woman entered the Bank of the West in Valencia on June 6, passed a note to the teller and threatened to set off a bomb...

  • MannKind shares surging on optimism about inhaled insulin drug
    MannKind shares surging on optimism about inhaled insulin drug

    MannKind Corp. shares were surging on the first full day of trading since the Food and Drug Administration approved the Valencia company’s inhaled insulin treatment for people with diabetes.

    Late Friday, the FDA announced that it had approved MannKind’s Afrezza, a dose of good news after more than...

  • MannKind wins long sought FDA approval for insulin inhaler
    MannKind wins long sought FDA approval for insulin inhaler

    Los Angeles billionaire-inventor Alfred Mann's almost decade-long quest to develop an inhalable form of insulin for diabetics won approval Friday from U.S. regulators.

    His company, MannKind Corp. of Valencia, got the OK on Friday to sell the drug called Afrezza, although regulators warned the product...

  • What a trip: Acid spill after big-rig crash closes Santa Clarita road
    What a trip: Acid spill after big-rig crash closes Santa Clarita road

    A big rig overturned on California 126 in Santa Clarita on Tuesday morning, causing dozens of gallons of acid to spill out onto the freeway.

    The highway was closed in both directions as crews tried to sop up the spill.

    The crash occurred about 8:40 a.m. between Vanderbilt Way and Commerce Center...

  • Six Flags to close Colossus roller coaster in August
    Six Flags to close Colossus roller coaster in August

    When it opened in 1978, the Colossus roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia was the tallest and fastest in the world.

    Today, the wooden coaster that peaks at 125 feet and reaches speeds of 62 mph doesn't rank among the top 10 in either category.

    ------------FOR THE RECORD: Colossus...

  • Baseball: Mike Killinger is named Valencia's coach

     You can take away the interim title from Mike Killinger, who has been named Valencia's baseball coach, Athletic Director Brian Stiman said Wednesday.

    Killinger took over for Jared Snyder on March 21 when Snyder took a leave of absence while the district investigated an allegation of financial...

  • Woman shot in eye with BB in alleged road-rage case; man arrested
    Woman shot in eye with BB in alleged road-rage case; man arrested

    A Valencia man was arrested on suspicion of mayhem Monday for allegedly shooting a female photographer in the eye with a BB gun in an apparent road-rage incident in Stevenson Ranch.

    The 22-year-old woman underwent seven hours of surgery on her right eye following the Saturday night shooting, which...

  • Valencia shortstop Keston Hiura leads the state in home runs
    Valencia shortstop Keston Hiura leads the state in home runs

    Pitchers, beware. There's no hotter hitter in Southern California prep baseball than senior shortstop Keston Hiura of Valencia.

    There I was on Friday to see for myself what all the fuss was about. In the first inning against host Canyon Country Canyon, on a 3-and-2 count, Hiura sent the ball flying...

  • Reader photo: Lady in ink
    Reader photo: Lady in ink

    Photographer Amparo Rios was dining at Rustic Burger in Valencia when she noticed the “unique look of the pretty bartender” focused on serving a customer’s drink.

    Rios snapped the image with her Nikon.

    Follow Trishna Patel on Twitter.

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

  • MannKind shares soar on FDA panel's support of diabetes drug
    MannKind shares soar on FDA panel's support of diabetes drug

    MannKind Corp. shares were up nearly 80% Wednesday after the Valencia company said an FDA advisory panel had backed its inhaled diabetes drug that could replace most insulin injections.

    The panel voted 13-1 to recommend that the FDA approve the drug, Afrezza, for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes...

  • Valencia teacher accused of inappropriate contact with student
    Valencia teacher accused of inappropriate contact with student

    A 35-year-old teacher at a Valencia Christian school was charged Wednesday on suspicion of inappropriate contact with a student, authorities said.

    Carl Astrera is accused of engaging in the inappropriate behavior during the last 18 months at Legacy Christian Academy, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's...

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain surges ahead of Cedar Point for coaster crown
    Six Flags Magic Mountain surges ahead of Cedar Point for coaster crown

    In the hyperbolic battle for the self-proclaimed title of "Roller Coaster Capital of the World," Six Flags Magic Mountain will jump out to a seemingly insurmountable lead this summer as rival Cedar Point continues to fade in the race for amusement park supremacy.

    The Valencia, Calif., and Sandusky,...

  • Court clears way for Newhall Ranch project to proceed
    Court clears way for Newhall Ranch project to proceed

    A panel of a California appellate court finds that an environmental impact report adequately analyzed the project's potential effect on flora and fauna.

  • Hiker missing overnight in Towsley Canyon is found, airlifted out
    Hiker missing overnight in Towsley Canyon is found, airlifted out

    A 24-year-old hiker who went missing in Towsley Canyon in Newhall late Monday afternoon has been found and rescued, authorities said.

    Brian Napoli was discovered deep in the canyons around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday by a search-team volunteer, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Josh Dubin.   

    The...

  • Search resumes for missing hiker in Newhall's Towsley Canyon
    Search resumes for missing hiker in Newhall's Towsley Canyon

    Authorities continued their search Tuesday for a hiker missing in the Towsley Canyon Park area of Newhall, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

    Friends of 24-year-old Brian Napoli reported him missing around 4:45 p.m. Monday, Sgt. Derrick Valentine told KTLA-TV.

    Napoli was hiking alone...

  • Newhall Ranch project faces new hurdles with environmentalists' suit
    Newhall Ranch project faces new hurdles with environmentalists' suit

    Several environmental groups claim two federal agencies improperly assessed the environmental impact of troubled Newhall Ranch.

  • Paul Walker crash: Pair plead not guilty to stealing Porsche part
    Paul Walker crash: Pair plead not guilty to stealing Porsche part

    Two men who allegedly stole part of the wrecked Porsche in which "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker died pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of felony grand theft, authorities said.

    James Brooks Witty, 18, and Anthony Edward Janow, 25, allegedly stole a roof panel from a tow truck carrying the...

  • Paul Walker fans honor 'Fast & Furious' star with their cars
    Paul Walker fans honor 'Fast & Furious' star with their cars

    Fans of "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker drove their own souped-up cars from far and wide to Valencia on Sunday to honor the late actor and pay tribute to a man they said inspired them.

    Billed as a memorial rally and car cruise, the gathering at an industrial park where the actor and a friend...

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