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  • Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate

    Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate

    Last week, we visited Porridge + Puffs, chef Minh Phan’s monument to the warm, oozy bowls of happiness that obsess so many of us this time of year, when temperatures plunge into the 50s at night, backyard trees groan with citrus and the waves are a bit too chilly to surf. Winter in Los Angeles...

  • 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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  • Three Hawthorne High students arrested after officer, staff member assaulted in melee

    Three Hawthorne High students arrested after officer, staff member assaulted in melee

    Police and Hawthorne High School officials plan to increase security after three students were arrested when several massive brawls erupted on campus Tuesday, resulting in injuries to an officer and a school official. Videos showing large crowds of students swarming around several groups fighting...

  • Shootings in South L.A. and Hawthorne leave 3 wounded

    Unrelated shootings in two parks -- one in Los Angeles and one in Hawthorne -- left three people wounded Saturday afternoon. In South Los Angeles, police said a woman in her 20s was struck in both legs when a spray of bullets was fired from the passenger side of one of two vehicles driving by a...

  • SpaceX asks students to design pods for Hyperloop

    SpaceX asks students to design pods for Hyperloop

    Almost two years ago, Tesla Motors Inc. and SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled a curious plan: a high-speed transportation system that would shoot passengers and freight between Los Angeles and San Francisco in a vacuum tube at speeds of up to 760 mph.Musk called it the Hyperloop, released...

  • Passenger's face slashed on Metro bus after argument, authorities say

    Passenger's face slashed on Metro bus after argument, authorities say

    An argument aboard a Metro bus Wednesday morning in the South Bay area ended with one man slashing another in the face, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. The argument broke out about 6:15 a.m. on the 210 bus line while it was northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard near Rosecrans Avenue...

  • Tesla pushes its batteries beyond cars

    Tesla pushes its batteries beyond cars

    Building on his empire in electric cars and solar energy, Elon Musk now aims to transform how homes and businesses use electricity.Musk introduced a new line of residential and commercial batteries late Thursday in a dramatic announcement at the automaker's design studio in Hawthorne. He outlined...

  • Mystery surrounds Hawthorne killing of motorist in 'hail of gunfire'

    Mystery surrounds Hawthorne killing of motorist in 'hail of gunfire'

    Denise Berry and her 12-year-old son were headed to a barbershop when her son pointed out a man's feet hanging out of a car window at a stoplight. The two shared a laugh, then continued on their way Wednesday afternoon. Berry, 44, noticed that a car was following them, said Lt. Dave Coleman with...

  • Man kills woman, injures son after they laughed at him, police say
    Man kills woman, injures son after they laughed at him, police say

    A gunman shot and killed a woman in front of her 12-year-old son after the pair laughed at him, officials said.

    Hawthorne police immediately shot and killed the gunman.

    Denise Berry was driving in Hawthorne with her son about 12:40 p.m. Wednesday when he pointed out that the man's feet were hanging...

  • 2 killed, child wounded in Hawthorne shooting involving officer
    2 killed, child wounded in Hawthorne shooting involving officer

    A shooting Wednesday afternoon involving Hawthorne police left a man and a woman dead and wounded a 12-year-old boy, authorities said.

    Around 12:40 p.m., a woman driving a Mercedes in the 14200 block of Kornblum Avenue stopped her car next to a Hawthorne police officer sitting in his parked patrol...

  • Three people shot, wounded at Hawthorne park
    Three people shot, wounded at Hawthorne park

    A shooting at a busy Hawthorne park left three men injured Tuesday evening, authorities said.

    The shooting was reported about 6:35 p.m. at Memorial Park, near the intersection of El Segundo Boulevard and Prairie Avenue, said Hawthorne police Sgt. Scott Nichols.

    Three men were taken to the hospital....

  • Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate
    Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate

    Last week, we visited Porridge + Puffs, chef Minh Phan’s monument to the warm, oozy bowls of happiness that obsess so many of us this time of year, when temperatures plunge into the 50s at night, backyard trees groan with citrus and the waves are a bit too chilly to surf. Winter in Los Angeles...

  • Making an art theme park for Jack Black's Festival Supreme
    Making an art theme park for Jack Black's Festival Supreme

    Somewhere on a side street near the Hawthorne Municipal Airport, artist Steven Hull is furiously at work on an art installation like no other.

    On one side of the artist's roomy studio, a pack of wood sculptures show human figures astride a team of horses, one of which shoots bubbles from its rear...

  • Valerio starts fast, holds on for Burbank City Amateur Championship
    Valerio starts fast, holds on for Burbank City Amateur Championship

    Golf: Hawthorne resident takes title with three-day 209 score.

  • Toddlers injured in fall from second-story apartment
    Toddlers injured in fall from second-story apartment

    Two 2-year-old boys, who are part of set of triplets, were injured Tuesday when they fell out a second-story apartment window in Hawthorne, authorities said.

    One boy was critically injured while the other suffered moderate injuries, said Inspector Rick Flores of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

    ...

  • SpaceX, Boeing land NASA contracts to carry astronauts to space
    SpaceX, Boeing land NASA contracts to carry astronauts to space

    In a move that returns the U.S. to manned spaceflight, NASA has awarded Boeing and California-based SpaceX with contracts worth a total of $6.8 billion to launch astronauts into space.

    The contracts mark a significant shift for the space agency that grounded the space shuttle and relies on Russian...

  • Robbers bind, gag Hawthorne clerk, steal $9,000 in hair extensions
    Robbers bind, gag Hawthorne clerk, steal $9,000 in hair extensions

    Three people robbed a Hawthorne store Tuesday of more than $9,000 worth of hair extensions after binding and gagging a clerk, authorities said. 

    A woman was working alone at Baby Doll Human Hair at about 11:15 a.m. when a man and woman knocked on a locked security screen door, police said. Believing...

  • SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying satellite
    SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying satellite

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off early Tuesday from Cape Canaveral after its initial launch attempt was scrubbed with less than a minute on the countdown clock.

    It was the fourth orbital launch for the Hawthorne-based rocket company so far this year and the 11th Falcon 9 flight. The commercial...

  • Air Force taking bids to launch spy satellites for 1st time in decade
    Air Force taking bids to launch spy satellites for 1st time in decade

    For the first time in a decade, the Air Force has opened up a rocket competition to launch the U.S. government's most sophisticated national security satellites.

    The Air Force released a request for proposal on Tuesday to companies that want to compete for a national security mission set to blast...

  • Man's shooting death in Hawthorne marks fourth homicide in a year
    Man's shooting death in Hawthorne marks fourth homicide in a year

    Homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man early Wednesday in Hawthorne, marking the fourth homicide in the city in a year.

    The man, whose identity hasn't been released, was shot about 2:20 a.m. in the 12600 block of Prairie Avenue and taken to a local hospital, where he...

  • Air Force certifies SpaceX Falcon 9 flights
    Air Force certifies SpaceX Falcon 9 flights

    In a move that could shake up the spaceflight business, Hawthorne rocket company SpaceX has passed a key milestone toward its goal to launch the U.S. government's most sophisticated national security satellites.

    The upstart firm said Friday that the Air Force certified its Falcon 9 rocket after...

  • SpaceX gets Air Force certification toward launching military satellites
    SpaceX gets Air Force certification toward launching military satellites

    Hawthorne rocket company SpaceX has reached a major milestone toward its goal to launch the U.S. government's most sophisticated national security satellites.

    The upstart firm announced Friday that the Air Force certified its Falcon 9 rocket after poring through data from three of the rocket’s...

  • Man found dead in burned home in Hawthorne
    Man found dead in burned home in Hawthorne

    Homicide detectives in Hawthorne are investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside a burned home on Sunday, authorities said.

    Firefighters responded to the residence on the 5000 block of West 135th Street in Hawthorne about 8:30 a.m. after someone reported seeing smoke coming from...

  • Car2Go launches car-sharing service in South Bay
    Car2Go launches car-sharing service in South Bay

    A new car-sharing service in the South Bay is hoping to convince more drivers to ditch their cars.

    Car2Go, a pay-by-the-minute service featuring two-seater Smart cars, launched Friday in half a dozen cities including Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and El Segundo.

    Unlike roundtrip services like ZipCar,...

  • Jean Paul Gaultier limited-edition tote to raise money for amfAR
    Jean Paul Gaultier limited-edition tote to raise money for amfAR

    A special editon tote designed by Jean Paul Gaultier is being sold for a limited time as a fundraiser for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.

    The bag became available as of June 1 at selected Bloomingdale’s stores, including those at Century City, Sherman Oaks, South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa...

  • Elon Musk unveils new astronaut-ready spaceship at SpaceX headquarters
    Elon Musk unveils new astronaut-ready spaceship at SpaceX headquarters

    With much fanfare, SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk on Thursday unveiled a cone-shaped spaceship that he hopes will one day ferry NASA astronauts and equipment to the International Space Station.

    Standing before a crowd of journalists and SpaceX employees at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne,...

  • SpaceX CEO Elon Musk suggests rival hired official in return for deal
    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk suggests rival hired official in return for deal

    Elon Musk, chief executive of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., went on Twitter to suggest that his competitors hired an Air Force official in return for a big contract.

    The 42-year-old billionaire didn't offer backup for his accusations against Roger S. Correll, the former Air Force program...

  • Gov. Jerry Brown approves property tax exemption for space companies
    Gov. Jerry Brown approves property tax exemption for space companies

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a 10-year exemption from state taxes for certain property used for space flight operations in California.

    Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) introduced the bill to help the state retain businesses including Elon Musk’s Hawthorne-based SpaceX, which...

  • Man gets 16 months for running over estranged wife's Chihuahua
    Man gets 16 months for running over estranged wife's Chihuahua

    A Sherman Oaks man who pleaded no contest to deliberately running his car over his estranged wife's Chihuahua, killing the dog, was sentenced Monday to 16 months in state prison. 

    Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz handed down the sentence three days after Michael David Parker,...

  • Man pleads no contest to running over estranged wife's Chihuahua
    Man pleads no contest to running over estranged wife's Chihuahua

    A man accused of deliberately running over his estranged wife's Chihuahua pleaded no contest Friday to an animal cruelty charge.

    Michael David Parker, 45, of Sherman Oaks, pleaded no contest to one felony count of cruelty to an animal and admitted to using his car as a deadly weapon, according...

  • SpaceX cargo mission blasts off to ISS at last, defying latest hurdle
    SpaceX cargo mission blasts off to ISS at last, defying latest hurdle

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday and sped through a cloud-covered sky on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station for NASA.

    The Hawthorne-based rocket manufacturer launched the cargo mission despite a computer glitch aboard...

  • Man accused of running over wife's Chihuahua pleads not guilty
    Man accused of running over wife's Chihuahua pleads not guilty

    A man accused of stealing and killing his estranged wife's Chihuahua by deliberately running his car over it in a Hawthorne alley pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony animal cruelty and other charges.

    Michael David Parker, 45, of Sherman Oaks, also faces one count of felony animal neglect and a...

  • Man accused of running over Chihuahua with car to appear in court
    Man accused of running over Chihuahua with car to appear in court

    A man accused of killing his estranged wife's Chihuahua by deliberately running his car over it in a Hawthorne alley is scheduled to appear in court next week on a felony charge of animal cruelty.

    Michael Parker, 45, of Sherman Oaks also faces one count of felony animal neglect and a misdemeanor...

  • Man accused of running car over wife's Chihuahua charged
    Man accused of running car over wife's Chihuahua charged

    A man accused of stealing and killing his estranged wife's Chihuahua by deliberately running his car over the animal in a Hawthorne alley was charged Wednesday with felony animal cruelty, prosecutors said.

    Michael Parker, 45, of Sherman Oaks, also was charged with one count of felony animal neglect...

  • Man who watched police shoot his dog sues city of Hawthorne
    Man who watched police shoot his dog sues city of Hawthorne

    A man who watched as his dog was shot and killed during a confrontation with Hawthorne police has filed a civil-rights suit against the city and three police officers.

    Leon Rosby alleges the June 2013 incident was part of a “pattern of harassing conduct” carried out by Hawthorne police after he...

  • Taxi driver punched, dies in Hawthorne; man killed in Long Beach
    Taxi driver punched, dies in Hawthorne; man killed in Long Beach

    A taxi driver was killed in Hawthorne on Monday after a man punched him once and then fled, authorities said.

    The driver was in his cab in a parking lot in the 12800 block of Prairie Avenue and first a had a verbal argument with a woman in her car, who then got out and walked to the cab during...

  • Hawthorne man in murder for hire gets 7 years in federal prison

    A Hawthorne man who was convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme targeting a man dating the daughter of his cohort was sentenced Thursday to seven years in federal prison after he got caught trying to hire an undercover federal agent.

    Antonio Quevedo, 35, had already pleaded guilty to his part, hatched...

  • Robber shoots Hawthorne store owner with small children present
    Robber shoots Hawthorne store owner with small children present

    Hawthorne police are seeking help from the public in identifying a man who shot and wounded a store owner during a robbery.

    Officers responded around 5:14 p.m. Wednesday to reports of an armed robbery and shots fired at El Bodeguero Market at 4516 W. Imperial Highway, according to a statement from...

  • Hawthorne man arrested on suspicion of running car over Chihuahua
    Hawthorne man arrested on suspicion of running car over Chihuahua

    A 45-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly running over his Chihuahua with his car in a Hawthorne alley in an incident police say was caught on video.

    A passerby spotted the dog's body in a plastic bag Thursday in the alley near El Segundo Boulevard and Doty Avenue where it was struck,...

  • Firefighters battle massive fire at Hawthorne strip mall
    Firefighters battle massive fire at Hawthorne strip mall

    Firefighters Wednesday night were battling a massive fire that sent flames and smoke into the air at a Hawthorne strip mall.

    The three-alarm blaze was reported about 8:45 p.m. in the 12000 block of South Hawthorne Boulevard, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

    Smoke and fire were showing...

  • Mega Millions: 30% chance no one hits jackpot, lottery official says
    Mega Millions: 30% chance no one hits jackpot, lottery official says

    James Kim, owner of Hawthorne's Bluebird Liquor, says he hopes he sells the winning ticket for the upcoming Mega Millions drawing, worth $636 million or more

    He may get his wish: His store has developed a reputation as "lucky" after producing multiple lottery jackpot winners of more than $1 million.

    ...

  • Hawthorne police kill armed man during spousal abuse call
    Hawthorne police kill armed man during spousal abuse call

    A man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Hawthorne allegedly drew a handgun during a spousal abuse call, police said Wednesday night.

    Officers arrived at the scene in the 13900 block of Cerise Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. and were told by witnesses that a man had barricaded himself...

  • One dead in Hawthorne officer-involved shooting
    One dead in Hawthorne officer-involved shooting

    A man died Wednesday afternoon in a shooting involving officers with the Hawthorne Police Department, authorities said.

    The shooting occurred at 12:31 p.m. in the 13900 block of South Cerise Avenue, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which responded to...

  • Body discovered after fire inside Hawthorne auto body shop
    Body discovered after fire inside Hawthorne auto body shop

    Authorities discovered a body inside a Hawthorne auto body shop where a fire broke out early Friday morning.

    At least five fire vehicles and 40 fire personnel were dispatched to a fire at 3252 W. Rosecrans Ave. around 4:14 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Supervisor Rey Dong said. It was...

  • Stepfather arrested in stabbing death of Hawthorne woman
    Stepfather arrested in stabbing death of Hawthorne woman

    The stepfather of a Hawthorne woman who was stabbed to death last month was arrested on suspicion of murder over the weekend.

    Alvin Hunt Jr., 59, was arrested Saturday in Long Beach, KTLA reported. He is suspected of stabbing 22-year-old Naquia Danielle Catching on Sept. 26 at their home in the...

  • Man sought in fatal stabbing of stepdaughter
    Man sought in fatal stabbing of stepdaughter

    Law enforcement authorities on Wednesday night were seeking the public's help in finding a Hawthorne man suspected of fatally stabbing his stepdaughter.

    Alvin Hunt Jr. allegedly stabbed Naquia Danielle Catching on Saturday at their home in the 4800 block of West 118th Place, according to the Los...

  • Authorities investigating fatal stabbing of woman, 22, in Hawthorne
    Authorities investigating fatal stabbing of woman, 22, in Hawthorne

    Authorities are investigating the fatal stabbing of a woman inside her mother’s apartment in Hawthorne.

    About 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Naquia Catching’s mother walked into her apartment in the 4800 block of West 118th Street and found her stabbed to death, according to authorities.

    She called 911 and...

  • Hawthorne methane gas leak: Evacuees allowed to return home
    Hawthorne methane gas leak: Evacuees allowed to return home

    Dozens of families returned to their homes in a Hawthorne neighborhood Wednesday, weeks after officials evacuated the area when dangerous levels of methane gas were emitted from a well.

    Tests on the retired well showed a cap had successfully plugged the leak, said Los Angeles County Fire Department...

  • Well spewing water and methane may not be capped until next week
    Well spewing water and methane may not be capped until next week

    Officials said it may take up to five more days to complete the cap on the well in Hawthorne that has been spewing a mixture of water and flammable methane gas, forcing dozens of families to evacuate.

    On Wednesday, crews were finally able to stop the methane from seeping out of a retired water...

  • Methane leak: Crews continue work on plugging Hawthorne well
    Methane leak: Crews continue work on plugging Hawthorne well

    Crews on Tuesday were still working on a solution to a retired well in Hawthorne that had been leaking methane gas. 

    Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Brian Jordan said a stretch of Imperial Highway would likely be closed for about an hour Tuesday as crews "mix a solution to push into the...

  • Evacuated Hawthorne families await word on methane leak
    Evacuated Hawthorne families await word on methane leak

    Thirty-seven families in Hawthorne await word later Tuesday on whether they will be allowed to return home after a well continued to spew methane overnight.

    The well continued to leak the gas even after crews were able to stop the flow of water, authorities said.

    Monday morning, a well-capping...

  • Methane still leaking at Hawthorne well; 37 families remain evacuated
    Methane still leaking at Hawthorne well; 37 families remain evacuated

    A well in Hawthorne continues to spew methane even after crews were able to stop the flow of water, authorities said.

    Monday morning, a well-capping company blasted 208 barrels of high-pressured water into the well spout to try to stop the flow of water and methane. 

    They felt they had it under...

  • Well spewing methane, water in Hawthorne is partially plugged
    Well spewing methane, water in Hawthorne is partially plugged

    Crews on Monday partially plugged a well in Hawthorne that had been spewing a mixture of water and methane gas for days, authorities said.

    Earlier in the morning, a well-capping company pumped mud into the retired well on Imperial Highway   between Truro and Conton avenues, said Los Angeles County...

  • Part of Imperial Highway closed as crews try to cap methane gas leak
    Part of Imperial Highway closed as crews try to cap methane gas leak

    A stretch of Imperial Highway in Hawthorne was shutdown Monday morning as crews attempted to cap a water well that has been spewing methane gas for days.

    Contractors with Boots & Coots International Well Control are attempting to force mud into the well, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Brian...

  • 37 Hawthorne families displaced as workers try to cap methane leak
    37 Hawthorne families displaced as workers try to cap methane leak

    Dozens of families have been displaced from their Hawthorne homes as a hazmat team and a prominent well-capping company worked Sunday to fix a methane gas leak on Imperial Highway.

    Crews have been working since Thursday evening to cap the leak that was discovered when a water company was trying...

  • Boy allegedly killed by mom's boyfriend died of stomach trauma
    Boy allegedly killed by mom's boyfriend died of stomach trauma

    A 14-month-old Hawthorne boy whose mother and her boyfriend were arrested in his death died from blunt abdominal trauma, the L.A. County coroner’s office said Friday.

    The baby was identified by coroner’s officials as Bryan Cartegena, who died late Sunday at Centinela Hospital Medical Center.

    His...

  • Hawthorne man charged with murder in death of 14-month-old boy
    Hawthorne man charged with murder in death of 14-month-old boy

    A Hawthorne man faced murder charges Thursday in the death of his girlfriend’s 14-month-old son, authorities said.

    Julio Mejia, 44, is also charged with one count of assault on a child causing death, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

    Mejia and the baby’s mother, Sandra...

  • Fatal accident closes southbound 710 Freeway in South Gate

    All southbound lanes of the 710 Freeway have been closed at Imperial Highway following a fatal accident, a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman said.

    Officials responded to the scene around 8 p.m. and issued a SigAlert about half an hour later. CHP Officer Monica Posada said one lane probably...

  • Woman critically injured in Hawthorne police car crash
    Woman critically injured in Hawthorne police car crash

    A woman involved in a car crash with a Hawthorne police officer Wednesday morning is in critical condition, authorities said.

    The woman was injured when her blue Honda Accord collided with a Hawthorne police cruiser about 2 a.m. as the cruiser responded to a call and the Accord pulled out of an...

  • CHP is investigating a crash involving a Hawthorne police officer
    CHP is investigating a crash involving a Hawthorne police officer

    The California Highway Patrol is investigating a car crash Wednesday morning involving a Hawthorne police officer.

    A few minutes before 2 a.m. a Hawthorne police cruiser and a Honda sedan collided in Hawthorne, ejecting the female driver of the Honda. The driver was rushed to the hospital in unknown...

  • Hawthorne besieged by protests over video of police shooting dog
    Hawthorne besieged by protests over video of police shooting dog

    The city of Hawthorne has been besieged by protests since a video emerged of a police officer shooting a Rottweiler.

    The city was forced to cancel its City Council meeting Tuesday after Web traffic overwhelmed the city’s website and prevented officials from posting the meeting agenda.

    The website,...

  • Hawthorne police receive threats after deadly Rottweiler shooting

    Hawthorne police are receiving threats after a video of officers fatally shooting a Rottweiler was posted on the Internet.

    The department is investigating all "credible" threats and beefing up security, spokesman Lt. Scott Swain said. No other details were provided.

    The controversy surrounds a...

  • Police fatally shoot Rottweiler; dog's owner alleges retaliation
    Police fatally shoot Rottweiler; dog's owner alleges retaliation

    A video showing a Hawthorne police officer fatally shooting a dog is drawing outrage on the Internet, and its owner claims he was targeted because of pending claims against the department.

    The shooting Sunday occurred after a standoff between police and armed robbery suspects near the intersection...

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