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Mountain lion prowls high school campus in Granada Hills

State wildlife officers and local police tranquilized a mountain lion that was spotted at a Granada Hills high school Friday afternoon.  Police said officers received a call shortly before 11:30 a.m. of a mountain lion in the bushes at John F. Kennedy High School, triggering a campus lockdown. ...

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    Maybe it was the rise of kouign amann -- the uber-buttery, caramelized "it" pastry from Brittany -- and better access to fresh-baked baguettes that lately has helped reinvigorate an Angeleno culture of neighborhood bakeries, all butter and sugar and love. There's a bakery out there to suit any...

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    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

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  • Boys' basketball: Granada Hills loses three players

    Granada Hills, expected to contend for a City Section Division I championship in boys' basketball, has lost three players who decided to transfer. Junior Michael Mensah has left for Ribet. Sophomore Kevin Fassu has gone to Westlake. And senior Brett Hurd has transferred to El Camino Real. Fassu,...

  • Baseball: Left-hander Chris Murphy commits to San Diego

    Hard-throwing left-hander Chris Murphy of Granada Hills has committed to the University of San Diego. Murphy was earlier committed to California before reversing his decision. Murphy is considered the hardest thrower in the West Valley League. For the latest on high school sports, follow @LATSondheimer...

  • Burroughs places fourth at Magnolia Park Optimist Club Invitational

    Burroughs places fourth at Magnolia Park Optimist Club Invitational

    Golf: Suarez of Burroughs wins B flight, while Poche of Burbank takes second; Crescenta Valley has good outing.

  • L.A.'s shade balls go viral — but the Internet has mixed opinions

    L.A.'s shade balls go viral — but the Internet has mixed opinions

    It started out like a typical photo op when Mayor Eric Garcetti arrived at the Los Angeles Reservoir in Sylmar this month. He was joined by officials from the city and the Department of Water and Power, who stood on the banks of the Los Angeles Reservoir to unload 20,000 small black balls into...

  • Arrest made in attempted sexual assault of San Fernando Valley housekeeper

    Los Angeles police have arrested a man they allege forced his way into a San Fernando Valley home and tried to sexually assault a housekeeper earlier this week. Kevin William Lasz, who turned 30 Friday, was arrested Thursday evening on suspicion of assaulting someone during a burglary with the...

  • 40-acre Granada Hills brush fire contained, caused by power tool

    40-acre Granada Hills brush fire contained, caused by power tool

    A 40-acre brush fire in Granada Hills was contained in about 90 minutes Monday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.  More than 200 firefighters by ground and air responded to the blaze in the 12300 block of Highwater Road, the fire department said on Twitter. The fire briefly threatened...

  • Granada Hills Academic Decathlon team has championship in its sights
    Granada Hills Academic Decathlon team has championship in its sights

    It's the best thing ever for Fernando Sanchez and Jorge Zepeda, two cousins who attend Granada Hills Charter High School. Better than goat meat tacos. Better than movies with friends. Better even, they say, than "League of Legends" — the uber-popular online video game that they once obsessively...

  • DWP truck hits, kills 17-year-old cyclist in San Fernando Valley
    DWP truck hits, kills 17-year-old cyclist in San Fernando Valley

    A vehicle driven by a city employee fatally struck a 17-year-old boy riding his bicycle in the San Fernando Valley, authorities said Wednesday.

    Around 3:15 p.m., a vehicle driven by an electrical worker with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power struck and killed the teen in the 16200 block...

  • Franklin, Granada Hills tie for first in academic Super Quiz
    Franklin, Granada Hills tie for first in academic Super Quiz

    Granada Hills Charter High School and Franklin High tied for first place in the Super Quiz portion of the Los Angeles Unified School District's annual Academic Decathlon, officials said Sunday.

    The two teams each earned an unofficial score of 65 points in this year's "battle of the brains" contest...

  • Baseball: Granada Hills Kennedy will try to challenge West Valley powers

    A year ago, Granada Hills Kennedy seemed ready to make it to the Final Four in City Section baseball. But the Golden Cougars couldn't hold on to a 3-0 lead and lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Birmingham, 4-3.

    The West Valley League will be loaded with top teams and top pitchers this...

  • Suspect charged with assault on officer who was dragged in SUV
    Suspect charged with assault on officer who was dragged in SUV

    An LAPD narcotics officer was dragged while holding onto the steering wheel of an SUV in a dramatic confrontation in Granada Hills last week. The officer was hanging out the driver's side door as the vehicle reached speeds of up to 45 mph, police say.  

    Now a Porter Ranch man has been charged in...

  • LAPD officer dragged 100 yards by SUV in dramatic confrontation
    LAPD officer dragged 100 yards by SUV in dramatic confrontation

    An LAPD narcotics officer was dragged the length of a football field, sandwiched in the door of an SUV, before the driver veered onto a sidewalk and into bushes.

    The plainclothes Los Angeles police officer was severely injured in the incident on Thursday in Granada Hills.

    The driver abandoned the...

  • Man held in running down LAPD undercover officer with SUV
    Man held in running down LAPD undercover officer with SUV

    After a massive search, Los Angeles police apprehended a man who ran down a plainclothes narcotics officer with his SUV in Granada Hills on Thursday, police said.

    The incident happened around midday in the 10900 block of Haskell Avenue. The driver struck the officer before leaving his vehicle and...

  • Baseball: Former Kennedy Coach Manny Alvarado joins Sierra Canyon as assistant

    Former Granada Hills Kennedy Coach Manny Alvarado has joined Sierra Canyon as an assistant baseball coach.

    Alvarado, who guided Kennedy to five City Section championships, hasn't coached since 2012. He said he has retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District after becoming embroiled in...

  • Baseball: Kennedy finds skaters and raises money

    It's fundraising time for baseball teams. There's selling of Christmas trees, poker nights, car washes, raffles and in the case of Granada Hills Kennedy, skate night at Skateland in Northridge.

    "We had 108 skaters,' said Kennedy Coach Andy Rodriguez, whose team made about $600.

    Asked who emerged...

  • Baseball: Former Kennedy shortstop Nick Rodriguez making impact at UNLV

    It hasn't taken long for former Granada Hills Kennedy shortstop Nick Rodriguez to make a positive impression as a freshman at UNLV.

    According to a story from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, UNLV Coach Tim Chambers said that Rodriguez is likely to be the team's starting shortstop.

    Rodriguez was a...

  • Baseball: Granada Hills junior Chris Murphy commits to California

    Chris Murphy, a junior left-handed pitcher from Granada Hills, has committed to California.

    He was brought up from junior varsity in the middle of last season and became a standout. He threw a one-hitter against City Section Division I champion Birmingham to end the regular season and was the winning...

  • Former Granada Hills Coach Darryl Stroh is back in Southern California
    Former Granada Hills Coach Darryl Stroh is back in Southern California

    One of the greatest coaches in City Section history, Darryl Stroh, is back living in Southern California after having spent the last 10 years in retirement in Arizona.

    Stroh coached for more than 30 years at Granada Hills High. He was the coach for John Elway in baseball in 1978 and 1979. He was...

  • Baseball: Rodriguez brothers could meet up again in Las Vegas
    Baseball: Rodriguez brothers could meet up again in Las Vegas

    Nick Rodriguez, the standout shortstop from Granada Hills Kennedy, has moved on to UNLV, where he hopes to be a major contributor as a freshman.

    "He loves it," said Kennedy Coach Andy Rodriguez (no relation).

    Left behind was brother Estevan, the Valley Mission League player of the year as a junior....

  • Early showdown in City Section girls' golf

    Nine-time City Section girls' golf champion Granada Hills will get an early test of where it stands on Monday in a match against North Hollywood at El Cariso in Sylmar

    The Highlanders, winners of three consecutive titles under Coach Steve Thompson, start out as the favorite again with the return...

  • Football: Granada Hills cancels scrimmage with San Fernando after taping allegation

    Granada Hills has canceled a scheduled football scrimmage with San Fernando for Wednesday after allegedly discovering a San Fernando assistant coach using a cellphone to tape a practice session, first-year Coach Tim Frost said.

    "We're trying to figure out why they're filming a practice before a...

  • When chickens come home to roost next door
    When chickens come home to roost next door

    Jason Smith rented an in-law cottage in Granada Hills this spring not knowing that his next-door neighbors included a duck and a dozen hens. He discovered this on his very first morning in his new home when he was awakened before 6 a.m. by a barnyard racket.

    Smith emailed me his outrage and a recording...

  • Sante Kimes dies at 79; grifter and murderer was convicted with son
    Sante Kimes dies at 79; grifter and murderer was convicted with son

    Sante Kimes was a con artist who made insurance claims on suspicious fires, passed bad checks and forged signatures, even when she was married to a multimillionaire.

    And then somewhere along the way, she went from con games to murder. And she took her son with her.

    "They've been deemed these grifters...

  • Baseball: Kennedy takes control of first place in Valley Mission League [Video]

    The Valley Mission League race is pretty much over, and Granada Hills Kennedy will be soon celebrating its first league title since 2011.

    That's the outcome after the Golden Cougars (18-7, 7-1) completed a sweep of Sylmar on Thursday, winning, 9-0, behind junior pitcher Gilbert Hernandez, who struck...

  • Brothers bond over baseball
    Brothers bond over baseball

    Nick and Estevan Rodriguez's back-to-back inside-the-park home runs, hit in almost the same spot, highlight the brothers bond and their role on the Granada Hills Kennedy team.

  • El Camino Real Charter High School wins national academic decathlon

    El Camino Real Charter High School claimed the national 2014 Academic Decathlon title on Saturday, marking the seventh time the Woodland Hills school has won the honor.

    The school earned 52,601.1 points out of a possible 60,000 and beat out 52 other teams for the title. Granada Hills Charter High...

  • Baseball: Kennedy shortstop to take recruiting trip to UNLV

     Shortstop Nick Rodriguez, a four-year varsity player at Granada Hills Kennedy and one of the best unsigned players in the City Section, will take a recruiting visit to UNLV this weekend.

    Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

     

  • Former Granada Hills Kennedy basketball player Alan Taylor dies

     Alan Taylor, a 6-foot-10 former Granada Hills Kennedy and Brigham Young basketball standout from the 1970s, died on April 14 of diabetes, the Deseret News reported. He was 55. A funeral will be held on Saturday in Reno, Nev.

    Taylor was the City Section 3A player of the year in 1976. He is survived...

  • Ken Forsse dies at 77; Teddy Ruxpin creator brought toy bear to life
    Ken Forsse dies at 77; Teddy Ruxpin creator brought toy bear to life

    Ken Forsse's talking teddy bear briefly reigned as a top toy in the late 1980s, sparking a new trend in the industry.

  • Rapper Soulja Boy arrested on suspicion of having loaded gun
    Rapper Soulja Boy arrested on suspicion of having loaded gun

    Rapper Soulja Boy was arrested during a traffic stop early Wednesday on suspicion of having a loaded gun, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    The rapper, whose name is DeAndre Cortez Way, 23, was booked for possession of a concealed weapon about 4 a.m. during a traffic stop in the 17000...

  • Police shoot, kill man reportedly wielding gun at Granada Hills home
    Police shoot, kill man reportedly wielding gun at Granada Hills home

    A man in his 60s who was reportedly wielding a rifle and a handgun at his home in Granada Hills was shot and killed by police Monday night, authorities said.

    Officers were called to the 12700 block of Woodley Avenue about 10:20 p.m. after reports of shots fired.

    Police tried to make contact with...

  • Bear romps from school, through yards and golf course, evades capture
    Bear romps from school, through yards and golf course, evades capture

    A black bear spotted in a tree at a Granada Hills school Tuesday barreled from yard to yard, took a breather on the the front steps of a church, and scurried onto a golf course past onlookers as it evaded capture.

    The bear's odyssey began about 7 a.m. after it was spotted at the North Valley Charter...

  • Bear temporarily disrupts Granada Hills school campus
    Bear temporarily disrupts Granada Hills school campus

    Officials at a school in Granada Hills had to escort students inside Tuesday after a black bear was spotted up a tree on campus.

    Aerial TV news images showed the bear high up in a tree to the rear of the North Valley Charter Academy campus as dozens of students waited outside on Rinaldi Street.

    ...

  • 28 great L.A. bakeries
    28 great L.A. bakeries

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    There's a bakery out there to suit any...

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    L.A.'s best sweets, treats and buttery breads

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    L.A.'s best sweets, treats and buttery breads

  • High-speed car chase ends at LAPD Mission Station
    High-speed car chase ends at LAPD Mission Station

    A suspect led officers on a car chase in the San Fernando Valley before the pursuit ended Tuesday evening in front of the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Station.

    The suspect was shot with a less-than-lethal device and then was carried away by officers into the station, the LAPD said.

    CRAZY...

  • L.A. school board votes to meet on iPad issues
    L.A. school board votes to meet on iPad issues

    The Los Angeles Board of Education has scheduled a special Oct. 29 meeting to review efforts to provide iPads to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system.

    The meeting was proposed by board member Monica Ratliff, who chairs a district committee that is overseeing technology...

  • Eichler homes serve as video screens in Granada Hills art project
    Eichler homes serve as video screens in Granada Hills art project

    The Modernist tract homes designed by California developer Joseph Eichler feature light-filled interiors courtesy of atriums and expansive walls of glass, but the street-facing facades are often closed off like a fortress.

    "I think a lot about how our ideas are influenced by our environments,"...

  • 7 hurt when SUV rolls over on 405 Freeway near Granada Hills
    7 hurt when SUV rolls over on 405 Freeway near Granada Hills

    Seven people, including two children, were injured Monday when a Ford Explorer rolled over on the northbound 405 Freeway near San Fernando Mission Boulevard, officials said.

    All traffic on the northbound lanes was stopped about 6:25 p.m. after the accident was reported, the California Highway Patrol...

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