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Twin fires burn more than 4,500 acres and trigger evacuations in San Gabriel Valley

Two sprawling wildfires tore through at least 4,500 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains on Monday, and only a canyon prevented the blazes from merging into one massive inferno, fire officials said. The two brush fires broke out in Azusa and Duarte amid a blistering heat wave, forcing the evacuation of...

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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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  • For City of Hope CEO, it's about 'something bigger' than himself

    For City of Hope CEO, it's about 'something bigger' than himself

    The gig: Robert W. Stone is president and chief executive of City of Hope, a federally recognized comprehensive cancer treatment center at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains in Duarte. It specializes in cancer treatment and research. In addition to a 212-bed hospital, City of Hope offers outpatient...

  • Victor Espinoza hopes past failure will help his Triple Crown future

    Victor Espinoza hopes past failure will help his Triple Crown future

    In between wide smiles, Victor Espinoza kept dabbing his eyes with an orange towel featuring the logo of the Anaheim Ducks, his favorite hockey team. It wasn't certain if the Preakness-winning jockey from Arcadia had dust in his eyes, or if he was wiping away tears. California Chrome's rider says...

  • Nancy Malone, longtime actress and pioneering TV director, dies at 79

    Nancy Malone, longtime actress and pioneering TV director, dies at 79

    Nancy Malone was on the cover of Life magazine at age 11, had a starring role on Broadway at 17 and worked steadily as an actress in television in her 20s and 30s. Though she was in demand, she feared for the future. "I'd seen actresses getting to the age of 45, having nowhere to go except Bloomingdale's...

  • City of Hope hosts reunion of bone marrow donors, recipients

    City of Hope hosts reunion of bone marrow donors, recipients

    Standing next to each other, Kayla Saikaly and Adi Versano looked like sisters. Their families marveled at the similarities — both with dark hair and wearing peach-colored dresses. But not only are they unrelated, they live half a world apart. "They are sisters, genetically," said Saikaly's mother,...

  • Living along the Hollywood quake fault zone: How close are you?

    Living along the Hollywood quake fault zone: How close are you?

    The Times on Tuesday published an interactive video and map showing the California Geological Survey's preliminary map of the Hollywood fault zone, which runs along the Sunset Strip, into central Hollywood and then through Los Feliz. The map allows readers to fly over the proposed zone as it runs...

  • Suspected drunk driver going wrong way held in fatal 134 Freeway crash

    A suspected drunk driver drove the wrong way on the 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock early Sunday and collided head-on with another vehicle, causing a chain-reaction crash that left one man dead and a second badly hurt, authorities said. The two male victims from San Fernando, ages 53 and 20, were hit...

  • Authorities beef up patrols in Duarte after 3 shootings in 2 days
    Authorities beef up patrols in Duarte after 3 shootings in 2 days

    On Monday night, a 16-year-old was shot and killed outside his home on Huntington Drive. On Sunday, two people were shot, one fatally.

  • Authorities probe whether 3 Duarte shootings in 2 days are linked
    Authorities probe whether 3 Duarte shootings in 2 days are linked

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is beefing up patrols in Duarte after three shootings in two days left a teen and one man dead and another man wounded, authorities said Tuesday.

    The latest shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. Monday, when a 16-year-old was gunned down outside his home...

  • Third Duarte shooting in 2 days kills boy, 16
    Third Duarte shooting in 2 days kills boy, 16

    A shooting in Duarte left a 16-year-old boy dead Monday night, the third episode of gun violence to hit the city in two days.

    Details of the latest shooting and a description of the victim were not immediately available, but the apartment complex where homicide detectives responded at about 11:45...

  • Task force busts another Los Angeles-area motorcycle theft ring
    Task force busts another Los Angeles-area motorcycle theft ring

    What started as a basic investigation into some stolen motorcycles in Southern California ballooned into a three-month probe that culminated this week with nine arrests and the recovery of dozens of bikes, authorities announced Friday.

    On Thursday, prosecutors charged Felipe Galicia, 40, of Monrovia,...

  • Crowds head for crayons at Duarte Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving
    Crowds head for crayons at Duarte Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving

    Around dinnertime on Thanksgiving, Joni Adams-Akita was thinking of her grandchildren.

    But not while sitting with her family in front of a turkey. The 54-year-old Pasadena retiree was hovering near the jewelry counter at a Wal-Mart in Duarte, waiting for the few sets of Crayola crayons nearby to...

  • City of Hope names first provost and scientific director
    City of Hope names first provost and scientific director

    City of Hope, an independent hospital and medical research center, has selected the director of Northwestern University’s cancer center as its first provost and scientific director.

    Dr. Steven T. Rosen will guide the scientific direction of the biomedical research, treatment and education institution,...

  • A day of pampering for cancer patients
    A day of pampering for cancer patients

    Hair stylist Jose Eber provided a day of hair pampering at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte for 50 female cancer patients who are in the process of growing back their hair.

  • Man allegedly threatened to fire AK-47 at schools and hospital
    Man allegedly threatened to fire AK-47 at schools and hospital

    A 26-year-old man arrested in connection with making telephone threats in the San Gabriel Valley threatened to shoot an AK-47 assault rifle at schools and a hospital, authorities said Tuesday night.

    Gerardo Cortez was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon as he was leaving his Monrovia home, according...

  • Duarte High School on lockdown after report of person with gun
    Duarte High School on lockdown after report of person with gun

    This post has been updated. See below for details. Students at Duarte High School and a middle school that shares the same campus were on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after a telephone report came in saying there was a person with a gun in the area, authorities said.

    The lockdown, which also included...

  • Panicked woman to 911: 'Oh my God! A bear is in my house!'
    Panicked woman to 911: 'Oh my God! A bear is in my house!'

    The dispatcher didn’t even get a chance to finish her first sentence.

    “9-1-1, what is your emer…”

    “Oh my God! A bear is in my house!” the woman on the other end of the line yells in a panic.

    “Inside the house?”

    “INSIDE the house!”

    “Is everybody out of the house?”

    “No! Just me, I’m in the house!”

    ...

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