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Ceramic debris snarls traffic on 170 Freeway in North Hollywood

Traffic slowed to a crawl along the 170 Freeway in North Hollywood on Tuesday morning after a truck spilled ceramic debris onto the roadway and blocked several lanes.  The lane closures began just after 5:14 a.m. when the truck struck a center divider on the westbound 134 Freeway overpass and spilled...

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  • 9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now

    9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now

    A perfectly balanced breakfast sandwich the size of your head goes a long way toward improving the prospects of almost any day. (And there’s nothing like it for curing a hangover.) It has to have melted cheese, protein (preferably crisp bacon), eggs (of course) and bread (from tortilla to loaf,...

  • 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...

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  • Lonely eccentrics, adrift in the French Quarter in Tennessee Williams' 'Vieux Carré'

    Lonely eccentrics, adrift in the French Quarter in Tennessee Williams' 'Vieux Carré'

    The singular theatrical voice of Tennessee Williams pulsates through “Vieux Carré” at the Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood. Although this resourceful Coeurage Theatre Company production of Williams’ kaleidoscopic memory play doesn’t resolve the property’s liabilities, it’s a noble and...

  • North Hollywood football Coach Carlos Trujillo completes L.A. Marathon

    It was a little hot, but North Hollywood football Coach Carlos Trujillo made it through the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday in five hours, 12 minutes. "I was one of those crazies," he said. North Hollywood had a contingent of 13 runners, half of whom run for the track team, where Trujillo is also...

  • Boys' basketball: North Hollywood clinches league title behind 41 points from Sean Fernandez

    There should be no doubt who the East Valley League player of the year will be. That would be senior guard Sean Fernandez of North Hollywood. In another breathtaking performance, Fernandez scored 41 points to help the Huskies complete a sweep of Grant, 61-58, and clinch the East Valley League title....

  • Valentine's Day restaurant specials

    Valentine's Day restaurant specials

    Depending on who you're married to or dating, Valentine's Day can either be the biggest deal ever, or just another day of the year. Either way, the two of you have to eat something. If you're looking to go out on one of the busiest restaurant evenings of the year, Godspeed. Here are some restaurants...

  • Boys' basketball: Sean Fernandez of North Hollywood is averaging 30.1 points

    Boys' basketball: Sean Fernandez of North Hollywood is averaging 30.1 points

    North Hollywood is off to a 5-0 start in the East Valley League, and senior guard Sean Fernandez has been the key figure. He's averaging 30.1 points. He's the son of head coach Jose Fernandez. What's surprising is that opponents have declined to try to trap him or even double team him, so he keeps...

  • Boys' basketball: Sean Fernandez scores 44 points to lead North Hollywood

    Sean Fernandez isn't shy about shooting. The North Hollywood senior guard scored 44 points, and it was just enough to help the Huskies edge Sun Valley Poly, 56-55, on Wednesday night in a game for first place in the East Valley League. Eric Favors missed a three-pointer at the buzzer for Poly....

  • 'That Lovin' Feelin' ': Jukebox musical plays like a love song to the Righteous Brothers
    'That Lovin' Feelin' ': Jukebox musical plays like a love song to the Righteous Brothers

    When they first burst onto the scene in the 1960s, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, a.k.a. the Righteous Brothers, faced an unusual problem: White radio stations boycotted their brand of blue-eyed soul, while black stations were hostile to a pair of Caucasian kids from Orange County who had adopted...

  • How much house does about $400,000 buy in Southern California?
    How much house does about $400,000 buy in Southern California?

    How do housing prices in Los Angeles compare with the rest of the Southland? Here’s a sample of homes for sale in the low $400,000s in L.A.., Riverside, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

    SANTA BARBARA: This manufactured home on a hilltop in the Rancho Santa Barbara area takes in panoramic mountain...

  • Man sentenced to 16 years in prison for shooting death of tattoo artist Trigz

    A Los Angeles man has been sentenced to 16 years in state prison for the shooting death of well-known tattoo artist and body piercer Michael Christopher “Trigz” Pebley, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced Tuesday.

    Robert Andrew Falcon, 32, of Sylmar pleaded no contest in...

  • L.A. to pay $15 million to settle suit filed by family of girl killed at NoHo crossing
    L.A. to pay $15 million to settle suit filed by family of girl killed at NoHo crossing

    The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to spend $15 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that the city knowingly ignored the dangers of a North Hollywood intersection that lacked a stoplight before a car struck two sisters crossing the street there, killing one and severely injuring the...

  • 'Reunion' at NoHo Arts Center
    'Reunion' at NoHo Arts Center

    Youthful ideals, roads not taken, bad hair. Such are the wistful memories and life yardsticks facing the middle-aged high school alumni gathered in the innocuously agreeable, well-crafted new musical comedy “Reunion” at the NoHo Arts Center.

    The show began life as a series of character sketches...

  • Courtney Corrin of Harvard-Westlake signs with USC

    Track standout Courtney Corrin of Harvard-Westlake has signed with USC.

    She also will compete in soccer for the Trojans.

    She won the state long jump title in 2013 and 2015. She's also a top hurdler and one of the best athletes in the state.

    USC's men's track and field program picked up state champions...

  • Gail Goodrich returns to where it all started -- Madison Middle School
    Gail Goodrich returns to where it all started -- Madison Middle School

    Gail Goodrich has received many honors for his days as a basketball player in Southern California. Each team he played for — Sun Valley Poly, UCLA and the Lakers — retired his jersey. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.

    But on Friday morning, the 73-year-old...

  • Israel Film Festival brings award winners 'Baba Joon,' 'Censored Voices' to L.A.
    Israel Film Festival brings award winners 'Baba Joon,' 'Censored Voices' to L.A.

    The 29th edition of the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles shines the spotlight on the country's new directorial voices, including Yuval Delshad, the writer-director of the opening night feature "Baba Joon," the winner of the 2015 Israeli Academy Ophir Award for best film — the top film prize...

  • Arson is suspected in series of North Hollywood fires

    Eight individual fires that erupted across North Hollywood and Sun Valley early Sunday morning are being investigated as possible arson, authorities said.

    The fires all occurred in close proximity, with the first blaze erupting around 3 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.

    ...

  • Football: QB Noah Rothman leads Harvard-Westlake to first place in the Angelus League

    Who could have predicted that with just two weeks left, Harvard-Westlake (6-2, 3-0) would be in first place in the Angelus League?

    On Saturday night, a large crowd came out for homecoming festivities at Harvard-Westlake, including former basketball standouts Jason and Jarron Collins, and they were...

  • Scenes from the street life of the young and untethered
    Scenes from the street life of the young and untethered

    Where its title might once have suggested security and comfort, “Homefree” takes on more somber contemporary implications in Lisa Loomer’s new play about youths slipping through the safety net, explored with considerable street cred through their stories, perspectives and vernacular.

    Loomer’s mature...

  • L.A. Council members in Valley raise alarm about crime and homelessness
    L.A. Council members in Valley raise alarm about crime and homelessness

    Citing rising crime and burgeoning homelessness, Los Angeles City Council members representing the San Fernando Valley on Thursday called public safety a major concern.

    "One of the things that keeps me up at night, I have to say, is public safety," Councilwoman Nury Martinez said.

    Added Councilman...

  • IPC Healthcare of North Hollywood to be acquired for $1.6 billion
    IPC Healthcare of North Hollywood to be acquired for $1.6 billion

    IPC Healthcare Inc., a North Hollywood company that provides doctors to hospitals and other medical facilities across the United States, agreed Tuesday to be acquired by a Tennessee company for about $1.6 billion.Team Health Holdings Inc. of Knoxville will pay $80.25 a share for IPC in an all-cash...

  • Larger than life character, small-scale 'Lombardi'
    Larger than life character, small-scale 'Lombardi'

    Football may be a grandly theatrical sport, but its sweeping, corporeal drama doesn’t easily translate onto the small stage.

    In the Group Rep’s production of “Lombardi,” three very large men — Christopher Hawthorn, Ian Stanley and Steven West — are obliged to represent the Green Bay Packers of...

  • Biden visits North Hollywood factory to promote jobs, minimum wage hike
    Biden visits North Hollywood factory to promote jobs, minimum wage hike

    Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday visited Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc., a manufacturing firm headquartered in North Hollywood, in what his staff said was an effort to promote the importance of middle-class jobs and to boost the nationwide campaign to raise the minimum wage.

    Prior to holding...

  • Vice President Joe Biden tours North Hollywood facility; jokes about his future
    Vice President Joe Biden tours North Hollywood facility; jokes about his future

    Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday visited Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc., a manufacturing firm headquartered in North Hollywood, in what his staff said was an effort to promote the importance of middle-class jobs and to boost the nationwide campaign to raise the minimum wage.

    Prior to holding...

  • Uh-oh, NoHo road closures coming today with Vice President Joe Biden visit
    Uh-oh, NoHo road closures coming today with Vice President Joe Biden visit

    Vice President Joe Biden will visit North Hollywood on Wednesday afternoon to discuss living wages for the middle class, part of a three-day swing through Southern California that includes a fundraiser.

    And with his visit will come the inevitable road closures and traffic jams.

    After traveling...

  • Gamburyan improves to 2-0 at 135 with win over Jorgensen

    Mixed martial arts: Local men's bantamweight takes unanimous decision in UFC Fight Night battle of veterans.

  • Veterans clash as Gamburyan faces Jorgensen on Fox Sports 1

    Mixed martial arts: Glendale Fighting Club men's bantamweight fights on rare Wednesday card in San Diego.

  • 'NoHo to BoHo' bus route takes off

    Buses from airport will run every 15 minutes morning and evening hours.

  • Bartender Matthew Biancaniello is popping up at the Fat Dog in Noho all summer
    Bartender Matthew Biancaniello is popping up at the Fat Dog in Noho all summer

    If you can catch bartender extraordinaire Matthew Biancaniello behind a bar, it's a good day. And we'll save you the trouble of stalking him: You can find him all summer long at the Fat Dog in North Hollywood. 

    Starting June 10, and every Wednesday after that through the summer, Biancaniello will...

  • California men charged as ringleaders of nationwide prescription drug plot
    California men charged as ringleaders of nationwide prescription drug plot

    Thirty-three people have been indicted in a wide-ranging scam to sell more than $150 million in illegal pharmaceuticals in California and several other states, federal prosecutors in San Francisco announced Thursday.

    Officials said Ara Karapedyan, 45; Mihran Stepanyan, 29; and Artur Stepanyan,...

  • Two Glendale men charged as ringleaders of nationwide prescription drug plot
    Two Glendale men charged as ringleaders of nationwide prescription drug plot

    Thirty-three people, including two Glendale men, have been indicted in a wide-ranging scam to sell more than $150 million in illegal pharmaceuticals in California and several other states, federal prosecutors in San Francisco announced Thursday.

    Officials said Ara Karapedyan, 45; Mihran Stepanyan,...

  • Time to hang up the iPhone and hang out
    Time to hang up the iPhone and hang out

    A rare event took place recently on a family trek across Los Angeles, when my wife and I noticed an unusual sound coming from the back seat.

    Our daughter was talking to us.

    It was like being in a time warp. Free, unsolicited conversation has pretty much become a thing of the past, but the girl...

  • 'Mud Blue Sky' at Road on Lankershim: Comic turbulence at the airport hotel
    'Mud Blue Sky' at Road on Lankershim: Comic turbulence at the airport hotel

    Marisa Wegrzyn's “Mud Blue Sky,” now at the Road on Lankershim, may arguably lack dramatic substance and may not stick to the psychic ribs long after viewing, but the character-driven play is a winning diversion that is strikingly unpretentious and frequently funny.

    The action is set in a present-day...

  • Report: Converting Metro's Orange Line to rail could cost $1.7 billion
    Report: Converting Metro's Orange Line to rail could cost $1.7 billion

    Converting the San Fernando Valley's dedicated busway to light rail would cost well over $1 billion, but may become necessary if ridership along the route continues to grow, according to a new analysis.

    Building a light-rail line along the 18-mile Orange Line busway between Chatsworth and North...

  • Some strengths but no surprises in this 'Tiger by the Tail'
    Some strengths but no surprises in this 'Tiger by the Tail'

    A personals ad with a Florida state prison return address — what could possibly go wrong? Plenty, to the surprise of no one other than the gullible pen pal protagonist of “Tiger by the Tail” — and thereby hangs the tale in the first West Coast production of Frawley Becker's 2006 drama at NoHo’s...

  • 'Thieves' thick with family dysfunction
    'Thieves' thick with family dysfunction

    In the annals of dysfunctional-family drama, Charlotte Miller's "Thieves" isn't likely to find a lasting place, though the producers might want to consider posting the following warning in the lobby: "The drama you're about to see contains quite a lot of yelling, slapping and biting and may induce...

  • CicLAvia map: Bicyclists take over streets in Studio City, NoHo
    CicLAvia map: Bicyclists take over streets in Studio City, NoHo

    Bicyclists, skaters and walkers were set to take over streets in North Hollywood and Studio City Sunday in the first CicLAvia car-free event in the San Fernando Valley.

    From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., all Angelenos using nonmotorized forms of transportation can travel along a 5.5-mile stretch of Lankershim...

  • An honorable, though flawed, 'Henry IV, Part One'
    An honorable, though flawed, 'Henry IV, Part One'

    Lest the title make you skittish about having to endure endless sequels, relax—"Henry IV, Part One" isn't "The Hobbit." Although chronologically second in William Shakespeare's historical tetralogy about the turbulent English monarchy circa 1400, the play delivers a satisfyingly self-sufficient...

  • Shame, fear and terrorism in 'The English Bride'
    Shame, fear and terrorism in 'The English Bride'

    Playwright Lucile Lichtblau achieves the seemingly impossible in “The English Bride,” now in its West Coast premiere at the Road on Magnolia: She makes a Middle Eastern terrorist sympathetic -- almost.

    To accomplish this, however, she must twist both characters and plot into Escher-like configurations,...

  • Providence High boys' volleyball settles for solid showing in tournament

    Volleyball: Pioneers overcome obstacles to reach semifinals before dropping back-to-back matches.

  • Fleeing motorist shot in car by LAPD apparently unarmed, police say
    Fleeing motorist shot in car by LAPD apparently unarmed, police say

    Investigators pored over a neighborhood in Burbank where a vehicle pursuit hours earlier concluded with a Los Angeles police officer fatally shooting a man early Thursday morning.

    LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said, "There is no evidence to support he was armed."

    The man was shot by an officer sitting...

  • "The Other Place:" Is this narrator reliable?
    "The Other Place:" Is this narrator reliable?

    “The first glimmer of it comes on a Friday. They've flown me to St. Thomas, some private golf resort, I pretend I'm giving a lecture but really it’s another sales pitch, I used to be enthralled by my new life, but the blush has come off the rose.”

    With those ruthlessly economical words, the beleaguered...

  • Struggling teen faces a rocky road in 'All the Wilderness'
    Struggling teen faces a rocky road in 'All the Wilderness'

    When we meet James Charm in "All the Wilderness," the sullen, isolated, insolent teen played so eloquently by Kodi Smit-McPhee is in an open field, focused on his journal, making notes and sketching a dead bird.

    A few minutes later, as he's making his way back home, James clashes with friends....

  • Angelenos say they generally feel detached from city government
    Angelenos say they generally feel detached from city government

    Against a chilly wind, April Galvan pulled her shawl tight as her 5-year-old daughter romped around a jungle gym in a newly renovated city park in Chatsworth.

    She's lived in the neighborhood eight years, and the Mason Recreation Center, which got a face-lift, is among the things she says have gotten...

  • Unrealized potential in 'Time Stands Still'
    Unrealized potential in 'Time Stands Still'

    “Time Stands Still” more than it should in an earnest but only intermittently engaging revival of Donald Margulies’ 2009 drama at North Hollywood’s Secret Rose Theatre.

    Produced by lead performer Presciliana Esparolini and Christopher Amitrano in association with the Aquila Morong acting studio,...

  • Fire blamed on Christmas tree injures 3 firefighters in N. Hollywood
    Fire blamed on Christmas tree injures 3 firefighters in N. Hollywood

    A fire that destroyed a North Hollywood home early Tuesday was only able to grow so quickly because the family had kept an old, brittle Christmas tree, fire officials said.

    The blaze broke out about 3:45 a.m. inside a home in the 11300 block of Delano Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department....

  • Sports Roundup: Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo holds off Temple City

    GIRLS’ WATER POLOCrescenta Valley 15, Temple City 13: The visiting Falcons (9-2) got five goals and three assists from Ani Aghakhanian on Thursday to earn a nonleague victory. The Falcons also received five goals and three steals from Esma Dollaku and two goals and five steals from Kaitlyn Moguel.BOYS’...

  • Man eats ex-girlfriend's pet rabbit, threatens her, prosecutors say
    Man eats ex-girlfriend's pet rabbit, threatens her, prosecutors say

    A North Hollywood man was charged with animal cruelty and criminal threats after eating his ex-girlfriend's pet rabbit and threatening to do the same to her, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Wednesday.

    Prosecutors said that Dimitri Diatchenko, 46, killed, skinned and...

  • Early signing day: Aaron Holiday continues family tradition in signing with UCLA
    Early signing day: Aaron Holiday continues family tradition in signing with UCLA

    There's another Holiday headed to Westwood to play basketball.

    Aaron Holiday of Campbell Hall signed with UCLA on Wednesday with his father and mother looking on.

    It's almost a family tradition.

    His sister, Lauren, played basketball for the Bruins, and brother Jrue also played basketball for UCLA...

  • Revenge of the social wannabe in 'Serial Killer Barbie'
    Revenge of the social wannabe in 'Serial Killer Barbie'

    If you're into the slash-and-spatter genre, you may find the title of “Serial Killer Barbie” at the NoHo Arts Center a bit of a misnomer. The belated slayings seem designed more to accommodate the attention-grabbing concept rather than as an organic progression of plot.However, if you can ignore...

  • Man pleads not guilty in shooting death of famed tattoo artist Trigz
    Man pleads not guilty in shooting death of famed tattoo artist Trigz

    A 31-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday to gunning down famed tattoo artist and body piercer Michael “Trigz” Pebley during a fight in North Hollywood earlier this month.

    Robert Falcon of Sylmar faces one count of murder for allegedly shooting Pebley to death, said Greg Risling, Los Angeles...

  • In 'Wedding Band,' Antaeus walks interracial love down the aisle
    In 'Wedding Band,' Antaeus walks interracial love down the aisle

    Who among us wouldn’t like to think we’d have the integrity to honor our feelings for someone despite disapproving social norms? In 1962, African American playwright Alice Childress’ “Wedding Band” threw sobering cold water on the illusion that love could conquer prejudice, courageously breaking...

  • Comedies, drama, even Mafia supplant conflict at Israel Film Festival
    Comedies, drama, even Mafia supplant conflict at Israel Film Festival

    It's a change three decades in the making, said the founder and executive director of the Israel Film Festival: a real coming of age of Israeli cinema.

    "We had a lot of films about the Arab-Israeli conflict," said Meir Fenigstein, who has presented about 900 movies in his festivals. "That is what...

  • North Hollywood Lit Crawl returns Wednesday
    North Hollywood Lit Crawl returns Wednesday

    The North Hollywood-based Lit Crawl returns Wednesday with a packed one-evening schedule. More than 100 L.A.-based novelists, poets, memoirists and other writers will partcipate in dozens of events starting at 7 p.m., capped by a closing party at the Federal Bar.

    One of the highlights of the night...

  • Lack of parking drives many away from mass transit
    Lack of parking drives many away from mass transit

    Los Angeles County has funneled billions of dollars over the last two decades into new rail lines to lure commuters out of their cars and off the region's overcrowded freeways. But many would-be train riders are struggling with how to start.

    One of the biggest barriers to attracting new riders...

  • Woman killed in hit-and-run incident identified
    Woman killed in hit-and-run incident identified

    A woman who died while pushing a shopping cart on a North Hollywood street has been identified, authorities said

    Ofelia Salazar, 48, was hit about 2:15 a.m. on Saturday by a white Mercedes-Benz driving north in the 7300 block of Lankershim Boulevard, authorities said.

    Salazar died at the scene,...

  • Famed tattoo artist 'Trigz' killed in North Hollywood shooting
    Famed tattoo artist 'Trigz' killed in North Hollywood shooting

    Famous tattoo artist and body piercer Michael “Trigz” Pebley was shot to death during a fight in North Hollywood on Thursday night, authorities said.

    Witnesses told reporters that Pebley, 40, was inside a tattoo parlor in the 6300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard when the confrontation began. Police...

  • Datebook: Artsy video games, Herzog's pix, Kara Walker and the Broad
    Datebook: Artsy video games, Herzog's pix, Kara Walker and the Broad

    A video game inspired by the influence of the Vietnam War in our culture, the photographs of Werner Herzog, the drawings of a witchy woman and a German documentary about a convicted art forger. Not to mention Kara Walker and Ava DuVernay in conversation, as part of the Broad’s “Un-Private Collection”...

  • Crescenta Valley, Glendale football set for next 'Battle for the Gong'
    Crescenta Valley, Glendale football set for next 'Battle for the Gong'

    Hoover to host league game; while St. Francis, Flintridge Prep begin league action.

  • Ed Sullivan statue recovered in good condition, police say
    Ed Sullivan statue recovered in good condition, police say

    A solid bronze statue of Ed Sullivan that was taken from its pedestal at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame Plaza has been recovered in good condition, Los Angeles police officials said Thursday.

    Authorities were releasing no details about how it was recovered because no...

  • 'Melissa Arctic' an updated twist on 'A Winter's Tale'
    'Melissa Arctic' an updated twist on 'A Winter's Tale'

    “Hard to believe, but totally true!” That's how Time, our mythical narrator, sums up the fanciful events in “Melissa Arctic,” Craig Wright’s modern-day transposition of “The Winter’s Tale.”

    The same could be said of the Road Theatre’s charming and hauntingly beautiful staging in which, as with...

  • Metro to rename rail stations for Zev Yaroslavsky, Gloria Molina
    Metro to rename rail stations for Zev Yaroslavsky, Gloria Molina

    In a decision at odds with agency policy, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials agreed Thursday to rename two rail stations in honor of sitting board members who will be leaving office later this year. 

    The terminus of the Red Line subway will become the North Hollywood/Zev Yaroslavsky...

  • Ed Sullivan statue stolen from Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
    Ed Sullivan statue stolen from Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

    A solid bronze statue of Ed Sullivan has been stolen from atop its pedestal at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame Plaza, police officials said Monday.

    The statue, about 1 1/2 feet tall and weighing 20 pounds, was on display as part of an outdoor exhibit that featured legendary...

  • Football: North Hollywood upsets Bernstein behind QB Jesus Castaneda

    After a 7-7 halftime time, North Hollywood wore down Bernstein and knocked off the No. 1 team in City Section Division III, 27-14, on Friday night.

    "It's definitely my biggest win in the program," said second-year Coach Carlos Trujillo. "I'm very proud of the players."

    Leading the Huskies was quarterback-free...

  • Daniele Watts: LAPD chief says officers acted 'well within' authority
    Daniele Watts: LAPD chief says officers acted 'well within' authority

    Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck expressed support Tuesday for the way a sergeant and two officers acted last week when they detained and handcuffed an actress.

    Beck cautioned that he had not made a final decision about the matter but said he believed, based on an initial review of audio recordings,...

  • 'Django's' Daniele Watts refused to give cop ID, and she isn't sorry
    'Django's' Daniele Watts refused to give cop ID, and she isn't sorry

    Actress Daniele Watts of “Django Unchained” fame said she did not regret refusing to hand over her ID to police investigating a call about indecent exposure over the weekend in North Hollywood.

    “It’s because I believe in America and what it stands for, and I believe in freedom,” she said on CNN’s...

  • Toddler drowns in family pool in North Hollywood
    Toddler drowns in family pool in North Hollywood

    A toddler died at a hospital Sunday, less than an hour after he was found floating in a North Hollywood swimming pool, Los Angeles police said.

    Police were called to a home in the 5900 block of Craner Avenue at 3:17 p.m. about a missing child, said Lt. Brian Morrison of the LAPD's North Hollywood...

  • Officials identify woman struck, killed by vehicle in North Hollywood

    A 77-year-old pedestrian struck and killed by a motorist Friday night in North Hollywood has been identified, authorities said.

    The female victim was identified as Ki Mun, a North Hollywood resident, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

    The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. at...

  • Woman, 77, killed by car in North Hollywood

    A 77-year-old woman was hit and killed by a car Friday night in North Hollywood.

    The incident occurred about 6 p.m. at Kittridge Street and Irvine Avenue, police said.

    The investigation is ongoing, but no arrests are expected to be made, police said.

    No other details were released.  

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  • Arte de Mexico expands but still relies on network of artisan families
    Arte de Mexico expands but still relies on network of artisan families

    A dead-end street in North Hollywood is an unlikely place to find a mecca of handcrafted design, but it exists. Arte de Mexico's North Hollywood showroom, open seven days a week, recently has expanded to about 250,000 square feet of space, up from 200,000.

    Inside the labyrinthine warren of rooms...

  • Two people arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run
    Two people arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run

    A 29-year-old man suspected of drunk driving and his girlfriend were arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that fatally injured a motorcyclist in North Hollywood on Saturday, authorities said.

    Officer Jessica Rice of the Los Angeles Police Department said Austin Michael Clay was heading...

  • Suspected drunk driver arrested after North Hollywood crash
    Suspected drunk driver arrested after North Hollywood crash

    A motorist was arrested Saturday morning after fleeing the scene of a collision in North Hollywood that left a motorcyclist in grave condition, police said.

    The driver was heading north on Lankershim Boulevard and attempting to turn left onto Magnolia Boulevard when he struck the unidentified motorcyclist,...

  • Halted Figueroa bike lane project riles cycling activists
    Halted Figueroa bike lane project riles cycling activists

    More than 200 miles of Los Angeles streets have been remade in the last five years, with city officials adding bike lanes where the car alone had long been king.

    In many cases, making room for cyclists has meant reducing the space for motorists, causing grumblings in some neighborhoods but doing...

  • Girls' basketball: Former Campbell Hall standout Lauren Holiday gives up basketball
    Girls' basketball: Former Campbell Hall standout Lauren Holiday gives up basketball

    Former Campbell Hall girls' basketball standout Lauren Holiday has taken a medical retirement from basketball at UCLA.

    She will remain with the team as an undergraduate assistant.

    Holiday suffered from multiple concussions and was the subject of a Times' story last February looking at head injuries...

  • Medical marijuana delivery services are on a roll
    Medical marijuana delivery services are on a roll

    Brian Reichle couldn't have gotten a pepperoni pizza much faster.

    Needing to replenish his stash of pot one recent afternoon, the Burbank resident dialed Speed Weed. Within the hour, a driver arrived with a white paper bag carrying a gram of cannabis, 10 joints and a handful of pot-infused candies...

  • Brown signs bill lifting ban against light-rail in San Fernando Valley
    Brown signs bill lifting ban against light-rail in San Fernando Valley

    For the first time in more than two decades, Los Angeles transportation officials can legally discuss building a light-rail line through a southern swath of the San Fernando Valley.

    Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that will allow the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority...

  • Glendale High boys' basketball falters down stretch to North Hollywood

    Basketball: Nitros have substantial lead late, but let North Hollywood back in, falling in summer league game, 69-63.

  • Emmys 2014: Kevin Spacey calls now 'an exciting moment' for TV
    Emmys 2014: Kevin Spacey calls now 'an exciting moment' for TV

    Kevin Spacey, who plays Francis Underwood, the Machiavellian Democrat in “House of Cards,” was on set in Baltimore shooting the third season of the show when he heard he'd received an Emmy nomination for best actor in a drama series. It's exactly where we found him last year after he was nominated...

  • Emmys 2014: Anna Chlumsky says 'Veep' character 'got what she wants'
    Emmys 2014: Anna Chlumsky says 'Veep' character 'got what she wants'

    Anna Chlumsky was a bit distracted the morning we caught up with her. There's the play she's in, “Living on Love" starring Renée Fleming, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the Berkshires; there's her 1-year-old, Penelope, who was napping; and there was an early morning, ringing telephone...

  • Emmys 2014: Christina Hendricks on an 'incredibly emotional week'
    Emmys 2014: Christina Hendricks on an 'incredibly emotional week'

    Christina Hendricks is, as she puts it, “a major sleeper.” The "Man Men" actress, who plays the show’s sexy, behind-the-scenes power player Joan Harris, was caught off guard today by a 5:45 a.m. phone call.

    “I actually thought voting started today, not the nominations,” she says is a still-sleepy,...

  • Emmys 2014: Julian Fellowes celebrates "Downton Abbey"
    Emmys 2014: Julian Fellowes celebrates "Downton Abbey"

    For Julian Fellowes, Emmy nomination morning is just any other writing day. As the creator and sole writer on "Downton Abbey," he rarely gets out from behind his desk — even after he’s just handed in the final script for the show’s fifth season. He’s now working on a staged show, to be produced...

  • Glendale's Magakian choked out at Tachi Palace Fights 19

    Mixed Martial Arts: Sevak "Silverback" Magakian succumbed to triangle choke from Christian "The Spartan" Giagos on Thursday night in the main event of Tachi Palace Fights 19.

  • Man arrested in suspected fish thefts at Burbank-Glendale pet shops
    Man arrested in suspected fish thefts at Burbank-Glendale pet shops

    A man suspected of stealing fish from pet shops in Glendale and Burbank dating back to last year was arrested this week at his North Hollywood apartment, police said.

    Luis Argueta, 29, was taken into custody Tuesday after officers carried out a search warrant at his home in the 7600 block of North...

  • Alleged fish thief stole from Burbank, Glendale pet shops

    A man suspected of stealing fish from pet shops in Glendale and Burbank dating back to last year was arrested at his North Hollywood apartment on Tuesday, police said.

    Luis Argueta, 29, was taken into custody after officers carried out a search warrant at his home in the 7600 block of North Hollywood...

  • Sevak Magakian returns to action Thursday at Tachi Palace Fights 19

    Mixed Martial Arts: Glendale fighter takes on Christos Giagos in main event of TPF 19, which will be streamed live on sherdog.com.

  • North Hollywood man indicted in smuggling ring to bring Armenians to the U.S.

    A 44-year-old North Hollywood man was indicted on a charge of being the ringleader of a smuggling ring that brought Armenian nationals into the U.S. through Moscow and Mexico.

    Grigor Chatalyan was arrested Sunday trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico at the San Ysidro border crossing. prosecutors...

  • North Hollywood man indicted in Armenian smuggling ring case

    A 44-year-old North Hollywood man was indicted on a charge of being the ringleader of a smuggling ring that brought Armenian nationals into the U.S. through Moscow and Mexico.

    Grigor Chatalyan was arrested Sunday trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico at the San Ysidro border crossing. prosecutors...

  • Fidelity, friendship make up Road on Magnolia's 'Flower Duet'
    Fidelity, friendship make up Road on Magnolia's 'Flower Duet'

    The title of “Flower Duet,” in its West Coast premiere at the Road Theatre on Magnolia, refers to Leo Delibes’ celebrated “Lakmé” air for soprano and mezzo.

    It is being rehearsed by two Vermont-based frenemies, for a mutual friends’ wedding, though the musical component is at best a device. What...

  • Man who led police on chase pleads not guilty in domestic violence case
    Man who led police on chase pleads not guilty in domestic violence case

    A 41-year-old man accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase and jumping rooftops in North Hollywood before he was flushed out of a home with tear gas pleaded not guilty Thursday to domestic violence charges.

    Nolan Perez was charged with making criminal threats against a woman when authorities...

  • Tear gas brings end to gunman drama in North Hollywood
    Tear gas brings end to gunman drama in North Hollywood

    A man armed with an assault rifle jumped across several North Hollywood rooftops and holed up in a home before he was captured Monday afternoon after police fired tear gas to flush him out, ending a dramatic, hours-long incident that played out on television and paralyzed a neighborhood.

    The man...

  • Gun found at home where pursuit suspect was barricaded, police say
    Gun found at home where pursuit suspect was barricaded, police say

    Los Angeles police recovered a gun from the North Hollywood home where a convicted felon was flushed out after officers fired tear gas, authorities said Monday night.

    The weapon was found on a sofa inside the single-story home on Hartsook Street, Lt. Andy Nieman of the Los Angeles Police Department...

  • LAPD recovers gun from North Hollywood home, identifies suspect
    LAPD recovers gun from North Hollywood home, identifies suspect

    Los Angeles police recovered a gun from the North Hollywood home where a convicted felon was flushed out after officers fired tear gas, authorities said Monday night.

    The weapon was found on a sofa inside the single-story home on Hartsook Street, Lt. Andy Nieman of the Los Angeles Police Department...

  • School lockdowns lifted near North Hollywood standoff
    School lockdowns lifted near North Hollywood standoff

    Parents and students from the private Oakwood School reunited early Monday afternoon as a suspect armed with an assault rifle was barricaded inside a nearby North Hollywood home.

    The students left the school, often holding hands in long chains, as officers escorted them in small groups. The students...

  • Oakwood School evacuated during North Hollywood gunman standoff
    Oakwood School evacuated during North Hollywood gunman standoff

    Police on Monday have begun evacuating students from Oakwood School, a private campus close to the scene of the North Hollywood standoff between officers and an armed man.

    "There are several buildings with children and we will bring them out systematically," said Los Angeles police Lt. Andy Neiman.

    ...

  • Residents fearful as armed man hides in North Hollywood home
    Residents fearful as armed man hides in North Hollywood home

    Residents of a North Hollywood neighborhood where a man armed with an assault weapon was holed up in a house expressed fear and concern for their safety.

    Franklin Hanock, 80, has lived on Hartsook Street for 53 years and said it is normally very quiet, except for a few incidents. He said by phone...

  • Pursuit suspect with assault weapon tied to threats against ex-girlfriend
    Pursuit suspect with assault weapon tied to threats against ex-girlfriend

    The man with an assault weapon who led police on a freeway pursuit before running into a North Hollywood neighborhood was being chased because of threats he allegedly made against his ex-girlfriend, police said.

    The suspect's name was not released, but police said he is 40 and was suspected of...

  • L.A. councilman calls for stiffer penalties in graffiti cases
    L.A. councilman calls for stiffer penalties in graffiti cases

    Frustrated by tagging in his San Fernando Valley district, a Los Angeles city councilman called this week for new measures to crack down on graffiti vandals, especially when murals are defaced.

    Councilman Paul Krekorian introduced a motion Friday seeking to double the reward to $2,000 from $1,000...

  • CHP: Driver says brakes failed before car hit 3 teen girls
    CHP: Driver says brakes failed before car hit 3 teen girls

    A driver who hit three teenagers walking across a North Hollywood street Wednesday says his car's brakes failed, the California Highway Patrol says.

    One of the 14-year-old girls was on life support with head trauma, another suffered a dislocated hip and the third a broken arm, said CHP spokesman...

  • Driver kept going after hitting 3 girls in North Hollywood, CHP says
    Driver kept going after hitting 3 girls in North Hollywood, CHP says

    Three 14-year-old girls were walking back to their North Hollywood school Wednesday when they were struck by a driver who didn't stop after he hit them, a CHP official said. 

    The girls, reportedly students at Oakwood School, were walking back to the campus about 1:35 p.m. after a physical education...

  • Three teens critically injured after car hits them in North Hollywood
    Three teens critically injured after car hits them in North Hollywood

    Three teenage girls were critically injured Wednesday after being struck by a car in North Hollywood, authorities said. 

    The girls were reportedly in a crosswalk near 11482 Magnolia Blvd. when a man driving a compact car hit them, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott. 

    "LAFD is...

  • L.A. Mayor Garcetti identifies city's 'Great Streets'
    L.A. Mayor Garcetti identifies city's 'Great Streets'

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office has identified the first 15 areas to be targeted in his initiative to revitalize dozens of neighborhood streets.

    The goal of his "Great Streets" program, the mayor has said, is to make streets  more pedestrian-friendly and attract businesses. The mayor's...

  • Miley Cyrus' Maserati stolen from her North Hollywood home
    Miley Cyrus' Maserati stolen from her North Hollywood home

    A pair of burglars scaled the fence of Miley Cyrus' North Hollywood home Friday and drove off in her $100,000 Maserati, Los Angeles police said.

    Authorities were called about 4 p.m. after the car and some jewelry were reported stolen from the pop star's residence, police said.

    Nobody was home at...

  • Burglars steal Miley Cyrus' Maserati from North Hollywood home
    Burglars steal Miley Cyrus' Maserati from North Hollywood home

    A pair of burglars scaled the fence of Miley Cyrus' North Hollywood home Friday and drove off in her $100,000 Maserati, Los Angeles police said.

    Authorities were called about 4 p.m. after the car and some jewelry were reported stolen from the pop star's residence, police told the Los Angeles Times.

    ...

  • Shift class brings on the intense fun in North Hollywood
    Shift class brings on the intense fun in North Hollywood

    I tried a Shift class in North Hollywood because three of Dana Perri's students emailed me to say how much fun it was. They were right. Which is not to say it wasn't a tough class, because it was. But Perri, a former dancer and acrobat, is so genuinely engaging and encouraging that, like for any...

  • 'The Guardsman' at NoHo Arts Center
    'The Guardsman' at NoHo Arts Center

    The NoHo Arts Center is the latest company to revive Ferenc Molnár’s “The Guardsman,” a perennially popular, gentle skirmish in the battle between the sexes. (Lunt and Fontanne starred in its 1924 Broadway premiere and in the 1931 film; Harold Pinter used it as inspiration for his more overtly...

  • Baseball: North Hollywood duo finalize college choices

     Pitcher Andrew Marmor and outfielder Tyson Turner, the two key players for North Hollywood's East Valley League championship team, have finalized their college choices.

    Marmor, a four-year start with a 4.4 grade-point average, will attend Brown University in the fall. He's scheduled to pitch against...

  • Boys' Tennis: Corona del Mar to meet Harvard-Westlake in CIF quarterfinal

    Sea Kings dispatch Dos Pueblos, setting up yet another CIF showdown with Harvard-Westlake in quarterfinals.

  • Football: Dennis Keyes is new coach at Campbell Hall

    Dennis Keyes, a former standout football player at Birmingham High and UCLA who has been serving as an assistant coach at Chaminade, has been named football coach at Campbell Hall.

    He will take over a program that has struggled with getting enough players to come out for the sport. Campbell Hall...

  • Baseball: Andrew Marmor is East Valley League player of the year

     Pitcher Andrew Marmor of North Hollywood has been named the East Valley League player of the year. He's a four-year starter and led the Huskies to the league title.

    First-team all-league: P_Issac Gutierrez, Poly, Jr.; Mike Galindo, Arleta, Jr.; Marco Quintanar, Verdugo Hills, Jr.; C_Alonso Garcia,...

  • Supervisors' races focus on child welfare
    Supervisors' races focus on child welfare

    The race for two seats on the Board of Supervisors has yielded a flood of campaign pledges, but no area of Los Angeles County government has attracted more calls for change than the sometimes failing safety net for abused and neglected children.

    The most widely known contenders, Sheila Kuehl, Bobby...

  • Fire destroys North Hollywood homeless shelter
    Fire destroys North Hollywood homeless shelter

    An overnight fire at a North Hollywood pallet yard quickly spread and destroyed an adjacent homeless shelter, displacing 21 residents, officials said Saturday.

    Firefighters arrived at the scene at Okote Pallets Inc. in the 13000 block of Saticoy Street at 12:25 Saturday morning to find "heavy fire"...

  • Hip-hop moves from the street to the studio
    Hip-hop moves from the street to the studio

    Hip-hop dance moves bust out everywhere at Millennium Dance Complex, a North Hollywood studio with well known choreographers as instructors and the occasional star in class.

  • Baseball: North Hollywood's Tyson Turner sets stolen bases record

     Tyson Turner of North Hollywood has set a school record with 28 stolen bases.

    Turner has helped the Huskies move into first place in the East Valley League with an 8-2 record.

    Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

     

  • NBCUniversal participates in Comcast Cares service day
    NBCUniversal participates in Comcast Cares service day

    In what is billed as one of the nation's largest corporate-sponsored community service days, Comcast executives participated in improvement projects across the country -- including at an elementary school near Universal Studios in Los Angeles.

    On Saturday at Rio Vista Elementary School in North...

  • Review: 'Be a Good Little Widow' at NoHo Arts Center tears at emotions
    Review: 'Be a Good Little Widow' at NoHo Arts Center tears at emotions

    Playwright Bekah Brunstetter is certainly an artful emotional manipulator, as evidenced in “Be a Good Little Widow,” now in its Los Angeles premiere at the NoHo Arts Center. Even though you may be keenly aware that your feelings are being slyly exploited, you just might reach for a hankie anyway.

    ...

  • Man fatally hit by Metro Red Line train; service delayed
    Man fatally hit by Metro Red Line train; service delayed

    A man appeared to have jumped in front of a Metro Red Line train bound for North Hollywood on Thursday afternoon, causing service delays, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

    The incident was reported around 1:41 p.m. at the Civic Center/Grand Park station...

  • National facial-hair face-off headed to Portland, Ore., Oct. 25
    National facial-hair face-off headed to Portland, Ore., Oct. 25

    Portlandia meet beard mania -- the annual nationwide Beard and Moustache Championships organized by Beard Team USA (BTUSA) is set to take place in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 25, drawing beardsmen and 'stache-thletes from across the country to compete in 17 categories of fanciful facial hair.

    We've...

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