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  • Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat

    Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat

    Fans of Spam know that it can actually be pretty great stuff. Sure, it's a chunk of gelatinous, salty meat in a little blue can, but when you put it in the hands of trained professionals, or your grandmother, it can be pure magic.  If you didn't grow up eating Spam, or consider it mystery meat,...

  • What to drink with Thanksgiving dinner: How about a growler?

    What to drink with Thanksgiving dinner: How about a growler?

    The pairing possibilities for craft brews at your Thanksgiving feast are nearly limitless. From lively pilsners to awaken the appetite to syrupy barleywines to settle you into your turkey-coma, beer offers the versatility to fit into any menu. One way to include beer at the table this Thanksgiving...

  • Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Move over, tacos. It's time to share the spotlight with your sandwich counterpart: the torta. A torta is more than just a Mexican version of a beefed-up sandwich; it is an entirely different species. A good torta is usually available anywhere that a good taco is, with just as many regional variations....

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  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Van Nuys

    Neighborhood Spotlight: Van Nuys

    From a hot, dry expanse of cattle ranches and wheat farms to the irrigated epicenter of the post-World War II housing boom, the trajectory of Van Nuys in the 20th century was one of real estate development at breakneck speed. Circumstances and geography conspired to put Van Nuys at the social and...

  • Video shows L.A. limo driver swinging object at motorist in apparent road-rage attack

    Video shows L.A. limo driver swinging object at motorist in apparent road-rage attack

    An investigation is underway into an apparent road-rage incident caught on video showing a limousine driver striking a Los Angeles motorist’s SUV with a heavy object. No one was arrested in the incident, but investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys station are looking into...

  • Six injured in multicar crash in Van Nuys

    Six injured in multicar crash in Van Nuys

    A five-car crash in Van Nuys sent six people to the hospital Tuesday morning, Los Angeles police said. An earlier report by authorities that one person had been killed was inaccurate, said Officer Liliana Preciado. NEWSLETTER: Get essential California headlines delivered daily >> The crash was...

  • Knife-wielding man shot dead by LAPD in Van Nuys was suspected in stabbing, police say

    Knife-wielding man shot dead by LAPD in Van Nuys was suspected in stabbing, police say

    A man shot and killed by Los Angeles police Sunday afternoon in Van Nuys was suspected of stabbing someone and was armed with a knife when confronted by officers, police said Tuesday. Rammy Jaradat, who would have turned 27 this week, died at a hospital, Los Angeles County coroner's officials said....

  • Fire tears through vacant Van Nuys hotel that previously burned in 2013

    Fire tears through vacant Van Nuys hotel that previously burned in 2013

    Dozens of firefighters battled raging flames Sunday that tore through a vacant hotel in Van Nuys. The fire was reported shortly after 2 p.m. at 6500 N. Sepulveda Blvd., in a two-story structure that last operated as the Voyager Motor Inn, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian...

  • Police shoot burglary suspect in Van Nuys

    Police shoot burglary suspect in Van Nuys

    Los Angeles police officers responding to a burglary call in Van Nuys shot a man early Sunday afternoon. The shooting occurred about 1 p.m. in the 6900 block of Kester Avenue, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The man was hit, but the department...

  • Football: First TD in Super Bowl 50 scored by former Birmingham standout Malik Jackson
    Football: First TD in Super Bowl 50 scored by former Birmingham standout Malik Jackson

    Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Malik Jackson will be the answer to the trivia quesiton, "Who scored the first touchdown in Super Bowl 50?"

    The former Birmingham High defensive end fell on a fumble by Cam Newton in the end zone. It was the first career TD for Jackson, 26, who played...

  • Grant Coach Howie Levine will sing national anthem before City Section Open Division final

    Grant basketball Coach Howard Levine has been booked to sing the national anthem before the City Section Open Division final next month at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

    But Levine could be a little busy. His team has won 12 consecutive games going into this week, and what happens if Grant is in the...

  • Corporate jets tagged by vandals at Van Nuys airport
    Corporate jets tagged by vandals at Van Nuys airport

    Taggers cut the fence at Van Nuys Airport sometime Sunday evening and scrawled graffiti on three corporate jets parked near the end of the runway, police said.

    Officials discovered the tagging across the fuselages and tails of the palanes Monday morning.

    This is the second time in two years that...

  • Miami Beach may have Art Basel, but L.A. has 'Art Basil' -- and it's the pesto thing ever
    Miami Beach may have Art Basel, but L.A. has 'Art Basil' -- and it's the pesto thing ever

    This is the time of year when the art world's jet set descends on Miami Beach to check out the merch at Art Basel in between poolside parties and epic traffic jams on the causeways. If you've been watching the action on Instagram and are experiencing some serious art fair FOMO, Los Angeles artist...

  • Grant names its basketball court after Coach Howie Levine

    Grant High in Van Nuys proclaimed Thursday as "Howie Levine Day."

    Its veteran basketball coach, entering his 30th season, showed up to the alumni game wearing his typical orange socks. At halftime, the principal presented him two viles of fake blood in the school colors of orange and brown.

    Then,...

  • The lutefisk dinners are here! Time to head to Van Nuys for traditional fish, meatballs, aquavit
    The lutefisk dinners are here! Time to head to Van Nuys for traditional fish, meatballs, aquavit

    With an unofficial slogan of Take the Risk, Try Lutefisk, it’s a pretty safe assumption that dining on lutefisk is not your average meal. That's what's printed on the aprons at Sons of Norway, Norrona Lodge No. 50 in Van Nuys, and you can kind of see why.

    A traditional Scandinavian dish of lye-treated...

  • A month after beer bottle shooting, officials name slain man and officers involved
    A month after beer bottle shooting, officials name slain man and officers involved

    A month after Los Angeles police killed a man after he allegedly threw a beer bottle through a patrol car window, authorities have identified the 45-year-old and the two officers who shot him.

    James Joseph Byrd died the night of Oct. 3 after he was shot multiple times by police, a coroner's spokesman...

  • Bellarmine-Jefferson football continues to fight through tough season
    Bellarmine-Jefferson football continues to fight through tough season

    Football: Guards don't quit despite 84-8 loss Saturday afternoon.

  • LAPD sends dive unit to look for potential evidence after fatal police shooting

    The LAPD sent its dive unit into a Van Nuys storm drain Thursday, looking for an "unknown dark object" that officers told investigators they saw a man holding before they fatally shot him. 

    Police said the man threw a 40-ounce beer bottle through the back window of the officers' patrol car on Saturday...

  • Officers who killed man feared ambush after seeing rap video
    Officers who killed man feared ambush after seeing rap video

    For days, a 15-second video circulated on social media that alarmed Los Angeles police.

    Taken from a vehicle parked behind a black-and-white police cruiser in downtown L.A., the clip opened with a view of the patrol car then flashed down to show someone holding a revolver. The person showed the...

  • LAPD cops who shot bottle-throwing man feared ambush after seeing video: attorney
    LAPD cops who shot bottle-throwing man feared ambush after seeing video: attorney

    Two Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot a man who threw a beer bottle through their patrol car window had been warned in roll call meetings about a possible ambush after an online video showed a man flashing a gun while filming an LAPD officer, an attorney said Tuesday.

    Attorney Gary Fullerton,...

  • L.A. police shoot a man to death after patrol car window shatters
    L.A. police shoot a man to death after patrol car window shatters

    Los Angeles police officers shot a man to death after the rear window of their police cruiser shattered while the officers were at a stoplight in Van Nuys, authorities said Sunday.

    The two officers were in their patrol car at the intersection of Sepulveda and Victory boulevards about 11:30 p.m....

  • Man fatally stabbed while panhandling in Van Nuys, police say
    Man fatally stabbed while panhandling in Van Nuys, police say

    A man was fatally stabbed while he was panhandling in Van Nuys early Tuesday, possibly by a motorist, police said.

    Police believe the man, who hasn’t been identified, may have been a transient because he was seen walking up to cars and asking drivers for money the night before.

    The man had approached...

  • Two businesses destroyed in massive Van Nuys fire
    Two businesses destroyed in massive Van Nuys fire

    Two businesses were destroyed early Thursday after flames swept through a massive one-story commercial building in Van Nuys.

    More than 160 firefighters battled the blaze that erupted about 12:11 a.m. in a large concrete building in the 14900 block of Calvert Street, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman...

  • Man shot, killed by LAPD following reports of neighbor dispute, officials say
    Man shot, killed by LAPD following reports of neighbor dispute, officials say

    Police shot and killed a man in Van Nuys late Thursday after he allegedly attacked officers who had been called to a dispute among neighbors, according to LAPD officials.

    Two officers with the LAPD's Van Nuys Division went to a home in the 14600 block of Valerio Street after a 911 caller reported...

  • Two killed, several injured in crash on 405 Freeway in Van Nuys
    Two killed, several injured in crash on 405 Freeway in Van Nuys

    A man and a child were killed and several others injured when a  big rig collided with a sport utility vehicle on the 405 Freeway in Van Nuys, shutting down the northbound lanes for hours and snarling weekend traffic, authorities said.

    The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified the male...

  • One man killed, another injured in Van Nuys fire

    One man was killed and another injured after fire engulfed a converted garage in Van Nuys early Sunday, authorities said.

    A neighbor reported the fire in the 14000 block of Victory Boulevard about 4:35 a.m., according to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was in a garage...

  • 'Real Housewives' star Kim Richards arrested for alleged shoplifting at Target
    'Real Housewives' star Kim Richards arrested for alleged shoplifting at Target

    "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards is in trouble with the law again.

    Richards was detained by loss prevention security guards Sunday at a Target in Van Nuys for shoplifting $600 in products, said Officer Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Richards was shopping...

  • DWP cancels couple's $51,269.42 water bill, gives $85 credit

    Oh, about that $51,000 water bill we sent you?

    Never mind.

    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has decided after an "investigation" that Savely and Stella Goreshter, who live in a Van Nuys condominium, did not use 6.7 million gallons of water between January and October of last year....

  • Van Nuys couple's $51,649.32 DWP horror story
    Van Nuys couple's $51,649.32 DWP horror story

    Mr. Goreshter gesticulates, snarls and paces in his Van Nuys condo.

    Mrs. Goreshter sits in a silent, fixed state of dread.

    "My parents are terrified," says the retired couple's daughter, Felicia.

    The beast that can not be tamed — the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power — is figuratively at...

  • Trade in your gun, receive a gift card in L.A.
    Trade in your gun, receive a gift card in L.A.

    As part of the city's gun buyback program, Angelenos can anonymously trade in their firearms Saturday in exchange for up to $200 in a grocery store gift card. 

    Handguns, shotguns and rifles will draw up to $100 in a Ralph's gift card while card supplies last, and assault weapons will be worth up...

  • Search underway for handcuffed parolee who ran away from police
    Search underway for handcuffed parolee who ran away from police

    Police are searching for a parolee who leaped off a second–floor ramp at the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys station and ran away from authorities while still handcuffed.

    The parolee, whose name was not immediately available, was going to be booked at the police station on Sylmar Avenue...

  • Edible cricket farm coming soon to Van Nuys
    Edible cricket farm coming soon to Van Nuys

    Chirp chirp — it's your dinner calling. 

    Is Los Angeles ready to eat crickets? Well, yes, we've been eating them for a while now. Guelagetza serves crickets two ways, Petty Cash has off-menu chapulin tacos, and you can get a half-pound bag of crickets at Expression Oaxaquena. And now a 25-year...

  • Van Nuys standoff ends peacefully, but not before suspect allegedly fires gun
    Van Nuys standoff ends peacefully, but not before suspect allegedly fires gun

    A standoff with an armed suspect who allegedly pointed his gun at children and fired it randomly when police arrived surrendered Friday night in Van Nuys, Los Angeles police said. 

    Police and SWAT officers responded to a barricade situation around 1 p.m. in the 15900 block of Sherman Way, said...

  • Female victims of homicide often know their killers
    Female victims of homicide often know their killers

    The victims vary in age. They were killed in upscale Stevenson Ranch and on the most dangerous streets of South L.A. The specifics may differ, but the homicides of women in Los Angeles County this year take on a deadly rhythm.

    On Jan. 14, Mary Matsumoto, 72, was found shot to death in her San Pedro...

  • Plane, helicopter collide at Van Nuys Airport
    Plane, helicopter collide at Van Nuys Airport

    A small airplane and a helicopter collided Thursday afternoon at Van Nuys Airport while both aircraft were on the ground, authorities said.

    No one was injured in the incident.

    The small airplane, an Aero Commander 685, was repositioning at the airport when it struck the front of a Eurocopter AS350,...

  • LAPD detective's girlfriend arrested after 9-hour standoff, police say
    LAPD detective's girlfriend arrested after 9-hour standoff, police say

    The girlfriend of a Los Angeles police detective was taken into custody Wednesday after a roughly nine-hour standoff with police at a Van Nuys home, authorities said.

    SWAT and crisis negotiators talked to the woman, but through the early morning hours she had refused to come out of the couple’s...

  • Man arrested on suspicion of murder in girlfriend's stabbing death
    Man arrested on suspicion of murder in girlfriend's stabbing death

    Police have arrested a 41-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing his girlfriend in a truck in Van Nuys then concocting a story about how the couple had been attacked, authorities said.

    Osmar Gomez was arrested on suspicion of murder after police investigating the stabbing couldn’t corroborate...

  • Garcetti says state should give tax breaks for quake retrofits
    Garcetti says state should give tax breaks for quake retrofits

    Flanked by property owner and tenants' rights advocates, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged state lawmakers Wednesday to support a bill that would give owners a 30% tax break off the cost of seismically retrofitting vulnerable buildings.

    “We as a city cannot do this alone,” Garcetti told reporters...

  • Van Nuys man convicted of practicing immigration law without a license

    A Van Nuys man will serve time in jail after he was convicted of practicing immigration law without a license, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said Wednesday.

    Jesus Lozano, 52, was the target of an undercover investigation as part of a new city-county crackdown on immigration scams.  He...

  • Suspected drunk driver runs red light, triggers Van Nuys crash, police say
    Suspected drunk driver runs red light, triggers Van Nuys crash, police say

    A 19-year-old suspected drunk driver ran a red light in Van Nuys early Tuesday and crashed into an SUV, which flipped onto its roof and landed on top of a minivan, police said.

    The crash occurred after midnight at Van Nuys and Victory boulevards, where the man, driving a Volkswagen Passat and traveling...

  • PAC with tobacco ties pushes for Nury Martinez, L.A. ballot measures
    PAC with tobacco ties pushes for Nury Martinez, L.A. ballot measures

    A political action committee partly backed by an affiliate of tobacco giant Phillip Morris USA is helping to promote the reelection bid of Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and two measures to change L.A.’s election date, according to city records.

    The Sacramento-based committee, Keep...

  • City Council candidate Cindy Montañez faces 'an uphill battle'
    City Council candidate Cindy Montañez faces 'an uphill battle'

    As she wages a tough campaign to oust Nury Martinez from her seat on the Los Angeles City Council, rival candidate Cindy Montañez takes the same complaint to audiences in Van Nuys, Panorama City and Sunland.

    The San Fernando Valley incumbent, Montañez says, hasn't delivered on promises to clean...

  • White powder found on letter to L.A. judge; FBI investigating

    Police and hazmat crews were called to a Los Angeles courthouse Wednesday when a mailroom staffer discovered white powder on an envelope addressed to a judge.

    Just after 4 p.m., someone in the mailroom in a Van Nuys courthouse spotted a “white, dandruff-like powder” on mail addressed to Superior...

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