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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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  • Girls' volleyball: St. Genevieve opens with win over Santa Paula

    Jasmine Elkess and Arielle Mercado each had nine kills to help St. Genevieve defeat Santa Paula, 25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 25-14, in a first-round match of the Southern Section Division 4A girls' volleyball playoffs.

    St. Genevieve won the Santa Fe League championship.

    Sophomore Alexis Orellano added...

  • Richard Alarcon sentencing for perjury and voter fraud delayed a month
    Richard Alarcon sentencing for perjury and voter fraud delayed a month

    A judge delayed the sentencing on Wednesday of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife for their voter fraud and perjury convictions.

    Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli set the Alarcons' next court date for Oct. 14, when Lomeli will hear motions asking for a new trial...

  • Prosecutors ask judge to sentence Alarcon to 180 days in jail
    Prosecutors ask judge to sentence Alarcon to 180 days in jail

    Los Angeles County prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence former City Councilman Richard Alarcon to 180 days in county jail and 1,000 hours of community service for his conviction on charges of perjury and voter fraud.

    “Richard Alarcon is not remorseful,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Michele Gilmer wrote...

  • L.A. can do more to reduce costly imported water, activists say

    Los Angeles can and should do more to wean itself off of costly imported water, environmental advocates told scores of people who packed a Panorama City forum Saturday.

    “It’s not sustainable for us to continue relying on 89% of our local water supply coming from more than 200 miles away,” said...

  • Gang member pleads not guilty in Panorama City slayings
    Gang member pleads not guilty in Panorama City slayings

    A Langdon Street gang member pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and attempted murder charges stemming from the slaying of two young men last month outside a Panorama City convenience store.

    Angel Santana, 29, entered his plea in Los Angeles County Superior Court. He is charged with two counts...

  • One-eyed man arrested in connection with double murder at 7-Eleven
    One-eyed man arrested in connection with double murder at 7-Eleven

    A one-eyed man wanted in connection with a double homicide in Panorama City was arrested on suspicion of murder after gang detectives found him at a motel a half-block away from the incident.

    Witnesses connected Angel Santana, 29, with the July 17 double killing of 22-year-old Maron States and ...

  • Man fatally shoots wife with 7 children present, turns gun on himself
    Man fatally shoots wife with 7 children present, turns gun on himself

    Police say a 21-year-old witness may have prevented further bloodshed in Panorama City when he wrestled with a man who moments earlier had shot his wife to death with seven children present.

    The witness — described as a boyfriend of one of the children, ages 1 to 19 — engaged the man Friday night...

  • Former state lawmaker Romero calls Alarcon verdicts 'heart-breaking'
    Former state lawmaker Romero calls Alarcon verdicts 'heart-breaking'

    Former California legislator Gloria Romero called it “heartbreaking” when a Los Angeles jury delivered perjury and voter fraud verdicts Wednesday against former City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife.But the 12-year lawmaker from Los Angeles who served in both the state Assembly and Senate...

  • Former Councilman Richard Alarcon, wife guilty of voter fraud, perjury
    Former Councilman Richard Alarcon, wife guilty of voter fraud, perjury

    Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted Wednesday of some but not all voter-fraud and perjury charges brought in a case that accused them of lying about where they lived so he would be qualified to run for his council seat.

    A seven-woman, five-man jury delivered...

  • Boys' basketball: St. Genevieve wins Providence tournament

    St. Genevieve has become the latest small private school to move up in the basketball world. The Valiants won the Providence tournament, going unbeaten with wins over Viewpoint and Burbank, among others.

    Juniors Ross Lee and Dallas Johnson each averaged about 10 points in the tournament. Junior...

  • Jury begins deliberating Alarcon perjury, voter fraud case
    Jury begins deliberating Alarcon perjury, voter fraud case

    After a nearly monthlong trial, the perjury and voter fraud case against former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife headed to the jury Thursday.

    The panel of seven women and five men will now determine whether Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, are guilty of...

  • Perjury, voter fraud case against Alarcon and wife goes to the jury
    Perjury, voter fraud case against Alarcon and wife goes to the jury

    After a trial spanning nearly a month, the perjury and voter fraud case against former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife headed to the jury on Thursday.

    The panel of seven women and five men will now determine whether Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, are...

  • 2 shot dead outside 7-Eleven store in Van Nuys
    2 shot dead outside 7-Eleven store in Van Nuys

    Two people were shot and killed outside a 7-Eleven convenience store in Van Nuys on Thursday, Los Angeles police said.

    The shooting occurred about 6 a.m. in the 8200 block of N. Sepulveda Boulevard and was initially reported as an assault with a deadly weapon.

    The two victims, who were not immediately...

  • A primer: Comparing voter fraud charges against two L.A. politicians
    A primer: Comparing voter fraud charges against two L.A. politicians

    With closing arguments set to begin Wednesday in the perjury and voter fraud trial of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, parallels have been drawn between his case and another residency law prosecution involving a veteran Los Angeles-area politician.

    In January, state Sen. Roderick...

  • Alarcon, wife decline to testify; defense rests in voter fraud trial
    Alarcon, wife decline to testify; defense rests in voter fraud trial

    The defense in the perjury and voter fraud trial of Richard Alarcon rested its case Tuesday with neither the former Los Angeles city councilman nor his wife taking the witness stand on their own behalf.

    Alarcon and his wife have been accused of falsely stating that they lived in a home in Panorama...

  • Man gets life in prison for Panorama City double murder
    Man gets life in prison for Panorama City double murder

    A 21-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for killing two men in their Panorama City apartment two years ago, authorities said.

    Edwin Lugo was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole and an additional 50 years to life, according to...

  • Alarcon scheduler testifies he often spent time at Panorama City home
    Alarcon scheduler testifies he often spent time at Panorama City home

    The defense in the perjury and voter fraud trial of Richard Alarcon called the former Los Angeles City Councilman's longtime scheduler as its main witness Monday to testify that Alarcon often spent time at his Panorama City home.

    Alarcon and his wife have been accused of lying about where they...

  • Prosecution in Alarcon fraud trial focuses on activity at two homes
    Prosecution in Alarcon fraud trial focuses on activity at two homes

    With its last witnesses Friday, the prosecution in the perjury and voter fraud trial of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon focused on what was happening at two homes owned by Alarcon and his wife in the final months before they were served with search warrants in January 2010.

    Alarcon...

  • Politicians testify against Alarcons in perjury, fraud trial
    Politicians testify against Alarcons in perjury, fraud trial

    With just a few prosecution witnesses left to call, the perjury and voter fraud case against former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon focused Tuesday on testimony from two fellow politicians.

    Alarcon and his wife have been accused of lying about whether they lived at a house in Panorama...

  • Greuel testifies Alarcon asked her to move council district boundary
    Greuel testifies Alarcon asked her to move council district boundary

    In the perjury trial of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, former colleague Wendy Greuel testified Tuesday that Alarcon once asked to move his Sun Valley home from her district into his. 

    Alarcon and his wife have been accused of lying about where they lived so he could run to...

  • Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra testifies in Alarcon voter fraud trial
    Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra testifies in Alarcon voter fraud trial

    In the perjury and voter fraud trial of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, state Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) testified for the prosecution Tuesday that he knew of plans to turn Alarcon's Panorama City home into a condominium complex. 

    Alarcon and his wife have been accused...

  • Richard Alarcon's perjury and voter fraud trial to resume this week
    Richard Alarcon's perjury and voter fraud trial to resume this week

    In his ongoing perjury and voter fraud trial, former Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alarcon is seeking to fend off two intertwined lines of attack by prosecutors: that he allegedly lived illegally outside his district and was a career politician who put personal ambition first.

    Alarcon's attorneys...

  • Witness: Alarcon said he lived outside his district when elected
    Witness: Alarcon said he lived outside his district when elected

    At the perjury trial of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, a former city employee testified Tuesday that Alarcon told her he wasn't living in the district he represented when he was elected. 

    Carolyn Jackson, who worked with city lawmakers as a representative of the city Department...

  • L.A. prosecutor's work goes beyond the courtroom
    L.A. prosecutor's work goes beyond the courtroom

    Ayelet Feiman fixed her gaze on the graffiti ringing the highway overpass, thinking out loud.

    "Is it Caltrans property?" she asked, a pen poised in one hand, a smartphone dangling from the other. "Is it city property because it's a city bridge?"

    It was a breezy Wednesday afternoon in a Panorama...

  • Fraud and perjury trial of ex-Councilman Alarcon and wife begins
    Fraud and perjury trial of ex-Councilman Alarcon and wife begins

    Wendy Greuel could be called to testify in the perjury and voter fraud case against her former Los Angeles City Council colleague Richard Alarcon, a prosecutor said in opening statements Thursday.

    Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, are accused of falsely claiming to live in what...

  • Prosecutor says Greuel could be witness in Alarcon residency trial
    Prosecutor says Greuel could be witness in Alarcon residency trial

    Wendy Greuel could be called to testify in the perjury and voter fraud case against her former Los Angeles City Council colleague, Richard Alarcon, a prosecutor said in opening statements Thursday.

    Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, are accused of falsely claiming to live in L.A.'s...

  • Voter fraud trial to begin for former L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon
    Voter fraud trial to begin for former L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon

    Nearly four years after they were initially charged, former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon are to stand trial Thursday, accused of lying about where they lived so Alarcon could run for office.

    Opening arguments are set to begin in the felony...

  • A quiet moment with his bird
    A quiet moment with his bird

    Jassim Madan photographed his lovebird by a window in November 2013.

    Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission galleryFollow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.

  • Reputed gang member found guilty in 2012 shooting deaths
    Reputed gang member found guilty in 2012 shooting deaths

    A Los Angeles jury found a reputed gang member guilty Friday for killing two men whose bodies were found inside a Panorama City apartment two years ago.

    Edwin Lugo was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder, as well as using a firearm during the 2012 killings, according to the Los Angeles...

  • Uber driver accused of kidnapping clubgoer, taking her to motel

    A driver with the popular ride-sharing service Uber has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a drunk woman and taking her to a hotel for the purpose of sexual assault, Los Angeles police said Tuesday.

    Police said a valet employee asked Frederick Dencer, 32, of Encino to drive the 26-year-old...

  • An up-close look at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
    An up-close look at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

    Marcie Gonzalez photographed a hummingbird flying near Puya venusta blossoms at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens on May 3.

    "I love taking pictures of hummingbirds and can spend hours in one place when I see a cluster of them," she said. "It's my therapy, my tranquility."

    Each week,...

  • Vacuums for sale in Panorama City
    Vacuums for sale in Panorama City

    Tim Melideo was driving through the San Fernando Valley in early May when he passed a man on a lawn chair selling vacuum cleaners. Two U-turns later, he took this photo. 

    Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader...

  • Boys' basketball: War on the Floor small schools all-star game is Saturday

    The War on the Floor small schools all-star basketball game will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at St. Genevieve High.

     Among the West players are the Chaminade trio of Jack Williams, Justin Eisen and Max Tinsley, plus Crespi's DJ Ursery and Oak Park's Cole Micek.

    Astin Beal of Buckley and Michael...

  • Boys' basketball: St. Genevieve's Christian Caldozo picks Greenville College

    Christian Caldozo, an all-Santa Fe League basketball player from St. Genevieve, has committed to Greenville College in Illinois.

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