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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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  • Woman brings grenade to LAPD station, prompting evacuation

    Woman brings grenade to LAPD station, prompting evacuation

    The Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Hills station was evacuated for more than two hours Sunday after a woman brought a grenade into the station's lobby, authorities said. Shortly before 1 p.m., the woman carried the explosive device into the station in the 11000 block of North Sepulveda...

  • Football: QB Vernon Adams Jr. drops by Alemany while preparing for Oregon test

    Football: QB Vernon Adams Jr. drops by Alemany while preparing for Oregon test

    It's spring break for former Alemany quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., but that doesn't mean he's taking a break. Set to join Oregon this summer and seek to succeed Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota as the Ducks' starting quarterback, Adams was at Alemany on Tuesday getting lessons from his former...

  • Joe McDonnell, Los Angeles sports media fixture, dies at 58

    Joe McDonnell, Los Angeles sports media fixture, dies at 58

    Joe McDonnell, a Los Angeles sports commentator and talk show host who was known for his once enormous size and magnetic personality, has died, the Angels confirmed. He was 58. McDonnell died Friday afternoon at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, according to family friend and sports publicist...

  • Crescenta Valley High boys' basketball falls short in loss to Village Christian

    Basketball: Falcons cut into deficit, but can't claw back in losing fifth-place game in San Fernando Valley Tournament, 72-56.

  • Football: Alemany's Dominic Davis commits to USC

    Running back Dominic Davis of Mission Hills Alemany has changed his commitment from Washington State to USC, Coach Dean Herrington said Sunday night. Davis is the fastest sprinter in the state. He finished third at last year's state track and field championship in the 100 meters as a junior. Another...

  • Tyler Thompson, 12, gets to catch passes from Tom Brady

    Tyler Thompson, 12, gets to catch passes from Tom Brady

    Tyler Thompson, the 12-year-old son of Alemany baseball Coach Randy Thompson, got to meet and catch passes from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. "Tyler said, 'Dad, this is the most amazing day ever,'" Randy Thompson said. Thanks to the...

  • Football: Chaminade is wary of No. 4 for Alemany

    In a phone interview, Chaminade Coach Ed Croson kept talking about No. 4 for Alemany.

    "No. 4 is somebody you don't hear much about, but when you look at him on film, he might be their best guy," Croson said.

    No. 4 is senior receiver Brandon Pierce, who gets lots of opportunities while opponents...

  • USC commit Desean Holmes has standout performance for Alemany
    USC commit Desean Holmes has standout performance for Alemany

    Desean Holmes has received more than 10 scholarship offers and it is easy to see why.

    The Mission Hills Alemany High receiver caught three touchdown passes, including a 90-yard catch and run, in the Warriors' 51-30 victory over Harbor City Narbonne on Friday.

    "He turned on the jets," Alemany Coach...

  • Football: Brandon Pierce starting to get noticed for Alemany

    On a team with lots of weapons and speed, perhaps the most underrated player for unbeaten Alemany is senior receiver-defensive back Brandon Pierce.

    He had two interceptions last week against Narbonne, had a couple long kickoff returns and made some clutch receptions.

    It means teams that focus on...

  • California missions spotlight: Legendary entertainer Bob Hope is buried at San Fernando Rey de España
    California missions spotlight: Legendary entertainer Bob Hope is buried at San Fernando Rey de España

    San Fernando Rey de España, Mission Hills

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    The current mission church is a replica, constructed after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake. The altar and pulpit were imported from Spain, where they were carved from walnut in the 1680s. The...

  • Mission San Fernando Rey de España
    Mission San Fernando Rey de España

    The current mission church is a replica, constructed after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake. The altar and pulpit were imported from Spain, where they were carved from walnut in the 1680s. The long neighboring building, the convento, where the museum rooms are, dates to 1822. READ MORE >>

  • Football: Alemany is headed to Washington to complete two assignments

    Former Alemany quarterback Vernon Adams is going to have a personal cheering section on Saturday when Eastern Washington plays at Washington.

    More than 70 Alemany football players will be attending the game, because the Warriors are traveling to face Eastside Catholic of Sammamish, Wash., in a...

  • Football: Alemany players ride a bull, look to develop some swagger

    Alemany players were riding a mechanical bull on Saturday night during a meet the players barbecue on the football field. There were cheerleaders, lots of food and the swagger stand was selling hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, eye patches, decals and bracelets. Yes, football season has arrived.

    The...

  • Football: Former Alemany QB Vernon Adams passes for four TDs

    Former Alemany quarterback Vernon Adams began his junior season at Eastern Washington on Saturday by completing 26 of 48 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-35 victory over Sam Houston State.

    Adams also rushed for 61 yards.

    Adams was runner-up last season for the Walter Payton award,...

  • Football: Soccer player comes to the rescue at Alemany

    All summer, Alemany Coach Dean Herrington was feeling restless. He knew his team was missing a key component: a kicker.

    What coach hasn't had a nightmare that a trip to the championship game was lost because of a missed extra point?

    "I need a kicker," Herrington said.

    Asked if he were having sleepless...

  • Football: Alemany running back Dominic Davis commits to WSU _ for now

    Super fast running back Dominic Davis of Alemany has committed to Washington State, Coach Dean Herrington said, but Davis has yet to visit the Cougars and still plans to take other visits.

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  • Baseball: Alemany finishes summer looking like a top team

    The summer baseball season ended on a high note for Alemany, which finished with a 4-0 record in the California Classic on Sunday.

    While lots of publications are going to have JSerra as the No. 1 team in Southern California next spring, don't forget about the Warriors.

    So far, Alemany has five...

  • Baseball: Alemany's Alex Mckenna commits to Cal Poly SLO

    Alex Mckenna of Alemany, one of the top outfielders in the Mission League last season as a junior, has committed to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

    Mckenna is headed to North Carolina later this summer to participate in a USA 17U training program.

     

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  • Football: Alemany receiver Desean Holmes commits to USC

    Mission Hills Alemany receiver Desean Holmes has committed to USC, Coach Dean Herrington said.

    Holmes is considered one of the top receivers in Southern California.

    He's known for his catching skills and speed.

    Former Alemany receiver Steven Mitchell already plays for the Trojans.

     

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  • Football: Dominic Davis picks up USC offer

    USC has offered Alemany running back Dominic Davis, who was previously offered by UCLA.

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  • Man, 90, in grave condition after neighbors pull him from garage fire
    Man, 90, in grave condition after neighbors pull him from garage fire

    A 90-year-old man was in grave condition Wednesday after he was pulled from his burning garage in Mission Hills, officials said.

    The man, who was rushed to an area hospital, suffered severe burns, said Los Angeles fire spokesman Brian Humphrey.

    "He is fighting for his life," Humphrey said.

    The...

  • Boys' basketball: Daron Henson, Shacquille Dawkins lead Alemany

    Henson & Dawkins. It sounds like a good law firm. But 6-foot-8 Daron Henson and point guard Shacquille Dawkins are Alemany's junior duo capable of leading the Warriors to lots of victories next season.

    On Tuesday in an opening round game of the Fairfax tournament, Henson scored 26 points and Dawkins...

  • Football: The Desean Holmes show

    Unless you asked Desean Holmes of Alemany, you'd never know that he has been running on the sand near the Santa Monica Pier trying to improve his speed, as if he were slow.

    He just wants to get faster and faster, but his speed is pretty good and his moves and hands make him one of the best receivers...

  • Football: Desean Holmes' return to Alemany means more speed
    Football: Desean Holmes' return to Alemany means more speed

    Alemany held a passing competition on Wednesday, and let's just say that quarterbacl Blake Green has a beaming smile with the decision of receiver Desean Holmes to return to Alemany after attending Muir in the spring semester.

    "Our quarterback is really excited," Coach Dean Herrington said.

    Holmes,...

  • Football: Receiver Desean Holmes returns to Alemany

    Standout receiver Desean Holmes, who left Alemany at the end of last season and attended Muir in the spring semester, has returned to Alemany, Coach Dean Herrington said Wednesday.

    Holmes is a big-play performer who will be able to team with speedy running back Dominic Davis to give the Warriors...

  • Football: Desean Holmes could be headed back to Alemany

     Standout receiver Desean Holmes, who left Alemany at the end of last season to enroll at Pasadena Muir, appears headed back to Alemany.

    Holmes, one of the top receiver prospects in the Southland, is expected to meet with school officials this week. He has yet to register or receive clearance to...

  • Boys' basketball: Alemany is hosting summer showcase

     Alemany will be the site for a four-day summer basketball tournament June 12-15.

    Among the teams enterered are Loyola, Fairfax, El Ramino Real, Gardena Serra, Redondo, Calabasas, Buckley, Campbell Hall and Cantwell-Sacred Heart.

    Games on June 13 and 14 will run from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. On June...

  • Plaintiff in suit against Mission Hills cemetery contests lawyers' fees

    Joseph Naiman frequently visited his mother's grave. Usually on Sunday mornings, often with other family members. They sat on the grass and swapped memories or enjoyed the quiet of Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills.

    But Naiman grew disgusted with the cemetery when he learned groundskeepers there...

  • Woman detained in 405 Freeway fire in Mission Hills
    Woman detained in 405 Freeway fire in Mission Hills

    Police detained a woman Wednesday in connection with a small brush fire that forced the closure of a major freeway for more than an hour in the Mission Hills area.

    Police said the woman, who was not identified, was detained as a person of interest and that arson investigators hoped to speak to...

  • Football: Alemany hosting Canyon, Hart, St. Francis in seven on seven event

    There figures to be a good contingent of college recruiters at Wednesday's 5 p.m. seven on seven football competition at Alemany High, where the host Warriors, Hart, Canyon and St. Francis will be competing.

    St. Francis and Canyon have quarterback competitions. St. Francis, though, is missing two...

  • Track: Dominic Davis, Tarrik Brock turn on speed at Mission League final

     Despite being bothered by a bad back. junior Dominic Davis of Alemany won the Mission League 100-meter title in 10.72 seconds on Thursday at Occidental College. He finished third in the 200.

    Sophomore Tarrik Brock of Chaminade, disqualified on Monday because of a false start in the 100 prelims,...

  • Track: Alemany's Dominic Davis wins 100 in 10.47 at Mt. SAC

     Junior Dominic Davis of Mission Hills Alemany is following the legacy established by former Sherman Oaks Notre Dame sprinter Khalfani Muhammad by showing there's still lots of speed from Mission League athletes.

    On Saturday, Davis ran the 100 meters in 10.47 seconds to win the invitational race...

  • LAPD motorcycle officer struck by SUV dies
    LAPD motorcycle officer struck by SUV dies

    Officer Chris Cortijo was at a red light when he was struck by an SUV driven by a woman suspected of being under the influence of cocaine.

  • Football: Alemany to host seven-on-seven events

     Trying to take advantage of the availability of college recruiters to scout athletes, Mission Hills Alemany is hosting seven-on-seven spring football competitions on April 30, May 14 and May 21 at 5 p.m.

    Dorsey, Upland and West Ranch will be present on April 30. Canyon, Hart and St. Francis are...

  • Accused of breaking burial vaults, Mission Hills cemetery settles suit
    Accused of breaking burial vaults, Mission Hills cemetery settles suit

    Relatives of loved ones buried at Eden Memorial Park cemetery in Mission Hills will be able to resanctify their remains after reaching a class action settlement Thursday that came after operators allegedly broke burial vaults to make room for new graves, according to a lawsuit.

    The $35-million...

  • Football: Brandon Boyd prepares for return at Alemany

    The decision had been made. Brandon Boyd would give up football to concentrate on basketball. Alemany began football practice without Boyd, who had eight interceptions playing on defense as a junior.

    Then Boyd began to have second thoughts and decided to return last week.

    "I felt it was the right...

  • Football: Ex-Alemany QB Vernon Adams has career day for Eastern Washington

     Former Mission Hills Alemany quarterback Vernon Adams is going to be the talk of college football this weekend.

    The sophomore engineered a 49-46 upset of No. 25-ranked Oregon State on Saturday, scoring the winning touchdown on a two-yard run with 18 seconds left.

    He passed for 411 yards and four...

  • Motorist killed after striking pole on westbound 118 Freeway

    A 25-year-old Northridge man was killed early Saturday when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a concrete pole on the 118 Freeway in Mission Hills, authorities said.

    The accident was reported about 2:45 a.m. on the westbound side of the freeway, east of Sepulveda Boulevard, according to...

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