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  • Beer festival season starts this weekend

    Beer festival season starts this weekend

    Beer festival season is getting going in a big way this weekend with events, parties and special releases happening across Los Angeles. From favorite local beer bars celebrating anniversaries to your chance to sit atop the Iron Throne of Westeros while sipping "Game of Thrones"-inspired beer, there’s...

  • New year, new spices for your kitchen -- plus other pantry tips

    New year, new spices for your kitchen -- plus other pantry tips

    Now that you’ve cooked your way through the holidays and used up every bit of chocolate, almonds, honey and spices in your cupboard, you’ll probably want to replenish them. Chocolate prices are going up, so buy what you’ll use over the next few months. Almond prices, too, are bound to rise as California’s...

  • Coffee beer, or how to drink your craft beer and coffee at the same time

    Coffee beer, or how to drink your craft beer and coffee at the same time

    Brewers have been mixing their buzzes with coffee-fueled beers for decades, but nowhere else in the country does coffee beer quite like Southern California. The region is home to many fantastic small-batch coffee roasters, and these bean-loving artisans share the flavor-fanaticism that also fuels...

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  • What's next for Smog City Brewing? For starters, a satellite tasting room in Long Beach

    What's next for Smog City Brewing? For starters, a satellite tasting room in Long Beach

    Smog City, the Torrance brewery known for its award-winning Coffee Porter, exploratory forays into beer/wine hybrids, creative special releases and sour ales, is thriving. In recent months, the brewery has taken over the space next door with plans to increase brewing capacity, and is set to expand...

  • Tax day 2016 specials: 66-cent martinis, $1 Old Fashioneds, $1 oysters

    Tax day 2016 specials: 66-cent martinis, $1 Old Fashioneds, $1 oysters

    Monday is tax day (it's usually April 15), in case you needed a reminder. Maybe you paid the government some money this year; maybe you got a refund. Either way, a 66-cent martini and a dozen $1 oysters sounds like a good idea. Here are some places around town offering tax day specials.  1933 Group:...

  • 'Disgruntled employee' charged in chainsaw attack in Torrance

    A Compton man who authorities said chased a security guard with a chainsaw and later aimed his truck and accelerated toward a police officer was charged Thursday with multiple felonies.  Jose Felix Campos Cortez faces one felony count each of attempted murder of a peace officer and assault upon...

  • Homes in the $700,000 price range

    Homes in the $700,000 price range

    Are you looking for a home that's more than half a million, but not quite ready for to shell out $1 million? Here are some for-sale properties around Southern California that hit that sweet spot of $700,000. REDONDO BEACH This tidy 1952 home was remodeled throughout and has a detached, finished...

  • Mylar balloon causes power disruption and triggers flaring at ExxonMobil refinery

    Mylar balloon causes power disruption and triggers flaring at ExxonMobil refinery

    Flares burned overnight Thursday at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance after a Mylar balloon disrupted power in the area. The Mylar balloon came in contact with a subtransmission power line about 5:43 p.m. Wednesday and caused a system disruption, but did not trigger a power outage, said Paul...

  • Felon killed in botched jewelry store robbery linked to slaying of elderly couple

    Felon killed in botched jewelry store robbery linked to slaying of elderly couple

    A felon gunned down by a Torrance jewelry store owner during a botched robbery this week was identified Thursday as a person of interest in the deaths of an elderly couple killed in their home, authorities said. Keon Bailey, 20, of Lancaster was shot and killed by the owner of Leilani’s Jewelers...

  • Torrance jewelry store owner fatally shoots alleged robber
    Torrance jewelry store owner fatally shoots alleged robber

    A Torrance jewelry store owner Tuesday shot and killed a man suspected of trying to rob his store, police said.

    The owner of Leilani's Jewelers, at 18099 Prairie Ave., shot the suspected robber just before noon, Sgt. Paul Kranke, a spokesman for the Torrance Police Department, said. The man barged...

  • Ex-star of Disney's 'That's So Raven' denies charges he attacked girlfriend, brought drugs into jail
    Ex-star of Disney's 'That's So Raven' denies charges he attacked girlfriend, brought drugs into jail

    Ex-Disney star Orlando Brown has denied charges that he attacked his girlfriend in the parking lot of the Torrance Police Department headquarters, then brought methamphetamine into jail.

    Brown, who played Eddie Thomas on the Disney Channel show “That’s So Raven,” pleaded not guilty last month to...

  • Gas station canopy collapses in Torrance; at least 1 person injured
    Gas station canopy collapses in Torrance; at least 1 person injured

    The canopy at a South Bay gas station collapsed Monday afternoon, trapping vehicles that were parked next to the pumps. 

    The awning at the Chevron station in the 3900 block of Artesia Boulevard fell about 3 p.m., Torrance fire Capt. Seve Deuel said.

    Two workers were atop the canopy’s roof, surveying...

  • No charges for LAPD officers in mistaken Dorner shooting; memo details how things went wrong
    No charges for LAPD officers in mistaken Dorner shooting; memo details how things went wrong

    The Los Angeles police sergeant was worried.

    He and a group of officers were responsible for protecting the Torrance home of a police captain believed to be a target of Christopher Dorner, a rogue former cop who was in the middle of a vengeful rampage against police and their families.

    Sgt. Rudy...

  • Six of the most memorable, new local craft brews from 2015
    Six of the most memorable, new local craft brews from 2015

    Craft breweries in Los Angeles had a banner year in 2015, with scads of newcomers offering exciting brews alongside favorite brands from veteran breweries. It was difficult to keep track of all the new breweries opening around town, let alone stay on top of all the new beer releases. But the following...

  • Sinkhole develops in Torrance after water main break

    A sinkhole developed at an intersection in a residential section of Torrance on Sunday, forcing two road closures, authorities said.

    Firefighters responded about 1 a.m. to the intersection of Monterey Street and Flower Avenue, where a broken water main had produced a sinkhole 6 feet long and 3...

  • Football: North Torrance's Mique Juarez is finalist for Butkus Award

    Mique Juarez, a standout linebacker at North Torrance, is one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top high school linebacker.

    The winner will be named by Dec. 8 by a panel of recruiters, scouts and journalists.

    Juarez also plays quarterback and had 60 touchdowns overall...

  • Boys' basketball: Bishop Montgomery is expecting big things from two freshmen

    Chino Hills and Sierra Canyon are the consensus top two teams in high school basketball for the upcoming season, but don't forget about Bishop Montgomery, the defending Southern Section Open Division champion.

    Bishop Montgomery lost to graduation point guard Stephen Thompson (now at Oregon State),...

  • Leak at Exxon Mobil's refinery in Torrance has been 'contained,' police say
    Leak at Exxon Mobil's refinery in Torrance has been 'contained,' police say

    A leak at Exxon Mobil's refinery in Torrance that generated a large column of smoke and activated sirens has been “stabilized” and “contained,” authorities said Friday evening.

    The refinery’s sirens had instructed people to “shelter in place,” according to a statement posted on the Torrance Police...

  • Three new craft beer destinations to visit this weekend
    Three new craft beer destinations to visit this weekend

    Tired of your usual craft beer haunts? You’re in luck, as this weekend sees three hotly anticipated destinations open — plus an anniversary party.

    What’s up? Arcade games, cult-favorite snacks, more craft beer retail offerings and an all-new brewery and tasting room for one of L.A.’s oldest breweries. 

    ...

  • Kate Hudson to host Fabletics fundraiser
    Kate Hudson to host Fabletics fundraiser

    Actress and Fabletics co-founder Kate Hudson is scheduled to host a shopping fundraiser to benefit Bright Pink on Thursday at the Fabletics boutique at The Village at Westfield Topanga.

    Guests can sip champagne and listen to music from DJ Alex Merrell while they shop. Merchandise will be 10% off,...

  • L.A. judge brings grenade to courthouse, triggering bomb squad's arrival

    Sheriff's bomb squad members descended on the Torrance Courthouse on Tuesday after a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge brought a grenade into the parking lot, authorities said.

    The judge, whose identity was not released, had found the grenade while cleaning out the personal belongings of...

  • Datebook: Weimar-era art, photos after the bomb, a show about Irvine's radicals
    Datebook: Weimar-era art, photos after the bomb, a show about Irvine's radicals

    Art from one of Germany’s most turbulent periods. A show about Irvine’s art radicals. And photographs of objects forever damaged by the bombing of Hiroshima. Plus: a biennial of contemporary art from the Americas, early collages by a Nigerian-born artist and the Brewery Art Walk. Here’s what we’ve...

  • Oregon shooter was anxious and liked guns and target shooting, neighbors say
    Oregon shooter was anxious and liked guns and target shooting, neighbors say

    Neighbors at a sprawling apartment complex in Torrance said they thought it was odd when a few years ago they saw Chris Harper Mercer and his mother carrying black cases that the neighbors suspected held firearms.

    At a community barbecue, some asked Mercer whether he owned guns. Mercer deflected...

  • Wolfgang Puck is having a BBQ with Adam Perry Lang; Torrance plans 4-day Japanese food fair
    Wolfgang Puck is having a BBQ with Adam Perry Lang; Torrance plans 4-day Japanese food fair

    We're going to tell you about two fun food events. So pay attention. And if you like barbecue or Japanese food, get a Sharpie and mark your calendar. 

    Wolfgang Puck, Francis Mallmann and Adam Perry Lang are having a barbecue at the Hotel Bel-Air. It's like the culinary version of "The Avengers."...

  • Exxon Mobil fined $566,600 for Torrance refinery explosion
    Exxon Mobil fined $566,600 for Torrance refinery explosion

    Exxon Mobil was fined $566,600 in penalties Thursday after a large blast at the company’s Torrance refinery in February injured four workers.

    The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, issued 19 citations, most of which were classified as serious, for workplace safety...

  • La Crescenta Babe Ruth baseball team's championship route hits detour

    Baseball: 14-year-old squad suffers first setback of Southern California State Championship Tournament, 12-2, on Wednesday.

  • What does about $1 million buy in L.A.'s South Bay?
    What does about $1 million buy in L.A.'s South Bay?

    Home sales in L.A.’s South Bay routinely hit seven figures, but what does $1 million buy, exactly? Here’s a sampling of homes in the area that are priced in that range. The three-bedroom home in the Hill section previously sold for $930,000 in 2004. (Realtor.com) HERMOSA BEACH: This stand-alone...

  • What does about $1 million buy in L.A.'s South Bay?
    What does about $1 million buy in L.A.'s South Bay?

    Home sales in L.A.’s South Bay routinely hit seven figures, but what does $1 million buy, exactly? Here’s a sampling of homes in the area that are priced in that range.

    HERMOSA BEACH: This stand-alone townhouse in the Hill section has a partial ocean view.

    Address: 1723 Golden Ave., Hermosa Beach,...

  • Crescenta Valley boys' volleyball outlasts South Torrance in CIF thriller

    Volleyball: Falcons win final two games in 3-2 win in first round of CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs.

  • L.A. County supervisors OK $450,000 payment for father of slain boy
    L.A. County supervisors OK $450,000 payment for father of slain boy

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $450,000 payout to the father of a 2-­year-­old boy who was killed by his mother's boyfriend in 2011 despite repeated calls to county social workers about ongoing abuse.

    The payment settles a wrongful-death complaint filed by Robert...

  • South Bay's Pacific Center office building sells for $68.5 million
    South Bay's Pacific Center office building sells for $68.5 million

    Landlord Bixby Land Co. has sold a Torrance office building called Pacific Center for $68.5 million to Dallas real estate investment firm Stream Realty partners.

    Bixby bought the building at 21250 Hawthorne Blvd. for $52 million in mid-2012 and embarked on a renovation program intended to attract...

  • Woman wrongfully convicted of murder sues city, LAPD detective
    Woman wrongfully convicted of murder sues city, LAPD detective

    A woman exonerated last year after spending 17 years behind bars for murder announced Thursday that she had filed a lawsuit accusing an LAPD detective of hiding evidence that showed the case's lead witness was known as a pathological liar.

    Susan Mellen was released in October when a judge ruled...

  • Torrance wrestling coach charged with molesting 25 students on team
    Torrance wrestling coach charged with molesting 25 students on team

    Parents were stunned Thursday by allegations that a longtime Torrance teacher and coach molested 25 students on the high school’s wrestling team.

    Thomas Snider, 47, was charged with 33 felony counts of inappropriately touching children and eight misdemeanor counts of child molesting, according...

  • For historically black colleges, quiz bowl can mean higher profile
    For historically black colleges, quiz bowl can mean higher profile

    When D'Ondre Swails went to college, he looked for a way to replicate the energy and team spirit he had when he ran varsity track in high school. At the historically black, all-male Morehouse College in Atlanta, he discovered the world of quiz bowl.

    "It was a replacement for my competitive nature...

  • Woman shot, killed at Torrance bowling alley
    Woman shot, killed at Torrance bowling alley

    Three men are in custody in connection with the shooting death of woman in her 20s outside a bowling alley in Torrance early Saturday, police said.

    Torrance police were on patrol in the 22500 block of Hawthorne Boulevard shortly after midnight Friday when officers spotted a car speeding out of...

  • Beverly Hills bakery accused of labor abuse by workers on visas
    Beverly Hills bakery accused of labor abuse by workers on visas

    The Filipino workers say they were recruited by the bakery owners with a promise: Join us as we launch a new business in the United States, and we'll double — or even quadruple — your pay.

    But when the first workers arrived in Southern California in 2012 under a little-known visa program for foreign...

  • Q&A: Chemical Safety Board chair on the Torrance refinery explosion
    Q&A: Chemical Safety Board chair on the Torrance refinery explosion

    Rafael Moure-Eraso’s tenure as chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board ends in June, but he’s spending his final days awash in controversy and hustling to finish projects.

    This week, he flew to Torrance, where CSB investigators launched a probe into a Feb. 18 explosion at Exxon Mobil Corp.’s...

  • Crescenta Valley High boys' volleyball can't hold on against South Torrance

    Volleyball: Falcons win first game, but lose, 3-1, in Pacific League Varsity Invitational Tournament on Friday afternoon.

  • U.S. investigates Torrance refinery explosion as contract talks resume
    U.S. investigates Torrance refinery explosion as contract talks resume

    Federal investigators are in Torrance this week looking into a Feb. 18 explosion at the Exxon Mobil oil refinery.

    Meanwhile, in Houston, union leaders and oil companies resumed negotiations to replace an expired labor contract that has resulted in strikes at 15 petroleum and chemical refineries...

  • EPA begins testing air in homes near South Bay Superfund sites
    EPA begins testing air in homes near South Bay Superfund sites

    Nearly 15 years after crews dug up and replaced contaminated soil from Cynthia Medina's frontyard, federal officials have placed dart-sized air quality samplers in her South Bay home. The tests will reveal whether dangerous vapors are seeping inside from polluted groundwater below her house.

    The...

  • State senators question Exxon Mobil over Torrance refinery explosion
    State senators question Exxon Mobil over Torrance refinery explosion

    The auditorium at Torrance City Hall was nearly full Thursday night as several state senators heard testimony related to a Feb. 18 explosion at a nearby oil refinery.

    A local resident described her husband entering their house, three miles from Exxon Mobil Corp.’s plant in Torrance, covered in...

  • Three lawmakers urge Park Service action on Rim of the Valley study
    Three lawmakers urge Park Service action on Rim of the Valley study

    Saying a study of the Rim of the Valley Corridor's future is months overdue and stuck in "bureaucratic limbo," three local members of Congress are urging the National Park Service to release the report.

    Reps. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) and Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) used a recent...

  • Too much pressure in equipment triggered Torrance refinery explosion
    Too much pressure in equipment triggered Torrance refinery explosion

    Too much pressure in a piece of equipment at Torrance's Exxon Mobil refinery resulted in Wednesday's large explosion that sent irritating ash, filled with fiberglass and glass wool, into surrounding neighborhoods.

    The blast jolted nearby residents like a 1.7 earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological...

  • Gas prices jump after Torrance refinery explosion
    Gas prices jump after Torrance refinery explosion

    Wholesale gas prices rose 6 to 10 cents in California after a large explosion at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance injured four workers and shut down a portion of the plant.

    “The shutdown at the Torrance refinery coupled with the earlier shutdown of the Tesoro Golden Eagle refinery has squeezed...

  • Four injured by large blast at Torrance refinery
    Four injured by large blast at Torrance refinery

    A large explosion Wednesday at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance sent flames into the air, injuring four and leaving residents with a stark reminder of the dangers that come with living in the South Bay's refinery zone.

    The blast occurred about 8:50 a.m., rattling residents, shattering some...

  • Huge Exxon Mobil explosion a reminder of refinery dangers
    Huge Exxon Mobil explosion a reminder of refinery dangers

    A large explosion Wednesday at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance sent flames into the air, injuring four and leaving residents with a stark reminder of the dangers that come with living in the South Bay’s refinery zone.

    The blast occurred at about 8:50 a.m., rattling residents, shattering some...

  • Refinery explosion injures 4; shaking with magnitude of 1.7 earthquake
    Refinery explosion injures 4; shaking with magnitude of 1.7 earthquake

    Four workers suffered minor injuries after a large explosion Wednesday morning at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, according to an Exxon spokesman.

    The explosion was the equivalent of a magnitude 1.7 earthquake, according to Caltech.

    Residents in the area were asked by police to remain indoors...

  • South Bay oil refineries: A history of destructive explosions
    South Bay oil refineries: A history of destructive explosions

    The blast at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance on Wednesday is a reminder of the dangers that exist at such facilities. The South Bay is dotted with oil refineries and there is a history of destructive accidents. The issue received much political attention in the 1980s and 1990s after a string...

  • Exxon Mobil explosion in Torrance compounds fears of higher gas prices
    Exxon Mobil explosion in Torrance compounds fears of higher gas prices

    An explosion Wednesday morning at the Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery in Torrance is compounding concerns that limited oil refining capacity in California could push up fuel prices.

    Fire and police officials said a “second-alarm fire explosion” occurred at the Torrance facility  and closed Del Amo Boulevard...

  • Explosion at Exxon Torrance refinery: Ash falls, residents shelter in place
    Explosion at Exxon Torrance refinery: Ash falls, residents shelter in place

    Fire and police officials say a large explosion occurred Wednesday morning at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance. As of about 10:30 a.m., residents in the area had been asked by police to shelter in place -- meaning they should remain indoors -- and turn off any heating and air systems and close...

  • Rep. Janice Hahn announces run for L.A. County Board of Supervisors
    Rep. Janice Hahn announces run for L.A. County Board of Supervisors

    Rep. Janice Hahn said Tuesday that she will forgo a congressional reelection campaign next year and instead run for an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, where her populist father, the late Kenneth Hahn, served for four decades.

    Hahn's announcement ended weeks of speculation...

  • Russian roulette ends in 17-year-old Southern California boy's death
    Russian roulette ends in 17-year-old Southern California boy's death

    A game of Russian roulette ended with the death of a Southern California teenager, who shot himself in the head early Monday, authorities said.

    The 17-year-old boy fatally shot himself inside an apartment in the West Carson community, an unincorporated area near Torrance, just after midnight, according...

  • Robert Kinoshita dies at 100; designer of famed film robots
    Robert Kinoshita dies at 100; designer of famed film robots

    Robert Kinoshita, who designed beloved film and TV robot characters, including the bubble-headed "Lost in Space" robot who made "Danger, Will Robinson" a catchphrase of the 1960s, has died. He was 100.

    Kinoshita died Dec. 9 at an assisted living facility in Torrance of congestive heart failure,...

  • Robert Kinoshita, 'Lost in Space' robot creator, dies at 100
    Robert Kinoshita, 'Lost in Space' robot creator, dies at 100

    Robert Kinoshita, an art director for television and movies who is best known for his creation of the "Lost in Space" robot that yelled "Danger, Will Robinson!" on the 1960s show, has died, a family friend confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.

    Kinoshita died Dec. 9 at an assisted living center in...

  • 2 dead, 1 injured in Torrance collision; PCH closed in both directions
    2 dead, 1 injured in Torrance collision; PCH closed in both directions

    Two people died and another was injured in a car collision in Torrance on Tuesday that halted traffic in both directions on Pacific Coast Highway, authorities said.

    Around 9 p.m., between Madison Street and Zamperini Way, two cars collided, possibly head-on, said Torrance Police Department spokesman...

  • Gunshot reported during armed bank robbery in Torrance
    Gunshot reported during armed bank robbery in Torrance

    Police say they are looking for at least two people who robbed a bank in Torrance at midday Tuesday.

    About 11:40 a.m. multiple people walked into the Cal-Com Federal Credit Union in the 20000 block of Hawthorne Boulevard in a takeover-style robbery, said Torrance police Lt. Kyle Goffney.

    At least...

  • Kings' Slava Voynov pleads not guilty in domestic violence case
    Kings' Slava Voynov pleads not guilty in domestic violence case

    Suspended Kings defenseman Slava Voynov pleaded not guilty to a felony domestic violence charge during his arraignment Monday at Los Angeles Superior Court in Torrance.

    A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 28 with a jury trial set for March 2.

    Voynov was arrested Oct. 20 in connection with...

  • Guilford Glazer dies at 93; developed Del Amo Fashion Center
    Guilford Glazer dies at 93; developed Del Amo Fashion Center

    Guilford Glazer, the developer of the Del Amo Fashion Center and a philanthropist who funded Jewish studies programs at schools including Pepperdine University and Nanjing University in China, has died. He was 93.

    Glazer's death at his Beverly Hills home Dec. 23 was announced by American Friends...

  • Torrance stores evacuated due to suspicious military ordnance
    Torrance stores evacuated due to suspicious military ordnance

    A stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance was evacuated and a bomb squad called out Saturday evening after a store customer brought in suspicious military ordnance, police said.

    The ordnance was brought into Turner’s Outdoorsman, a hunting and fishing goods store that sells guns and ammunition,...

  • 35 years later, man sentenced to prison for ex-girlfriend's murder
    35 years later, man sentenced to prison for ex-girlfriend's murder

    Donna Wigmore was supposed to get married in the summer of 1979. Instead she holed up in her parents’ backyard, enveloped in shock after her older sister was murdered.

    The case went unsolved for three decades, but the pain didn’t pass with time. She slipped into depression and obsessed over her...

  • Jailed on word of 'habitual liar,' a convicted killer is declared innocent
    Jailed on word of 'habitual liar,' a convicted killer is declared innocent

    A woman freed last month after 17 years behind bars for murder was declared factually innocent Friday by a Los Angeles County judge.

    “I’m sorry for what happened to you,” Judge Mark S. Arnold told Susan Mellen after he issued his ruling in a Torrance courtroom. “It is my wish that you have a happy...

  • L.A. drivers to face nation's worst traffic on day before Thanksgiving
    L.A. drivers to face nation's worst traffic on day before Thanksgiving

    Angelenos will face the worst traffic in the country on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, with trips in the region projected to take 36% longer than average, a new report finds.

    Los Angeles tops the list of the nation’s most-congested cities this Thanksgiving season, with delays exceeding the...

  • Suit filed against Torrance rehab center in fatal drunk driving case
    Suit filed against Torrance rehab center in fatal drunk driving case

    The family of a Torrance man killed by a drunk driver who was a substance-abuse counselor filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday against the drug rehab center where she worked.

    Sherri Wilkins, who was employed by Twin Town Treatment Center in Torrance, is serving a 55-year-to-life prison sentence...

  • Football: West Torrance (8-0) is No. 1 in Western Division

    West Torrance (8-0) is ranked No. 1 in the Western Division, and so far the Warriors have demonstrated an ability to run and pass that opponents haven't stopped.

    Senior running back Brett Ojiyi has rushed for 910 yards and scored 18 touchdowns.

    Senior quarterback Trevor Mallett has passed for 1,372...

  • Woman behind bars 17 years walks free after judge says she's innocent
    Woman behind bars 17 years walks free after judge says she's innocent

    A woman convicted of murder and imprisoned for 17 years walked out of a Torrance courthouse Friday after a judge called her life sentence “a failure of the criminal justice system” and ordered her release.

    Susan Mellen, 59, was embraced by her three children who had waited more than eight hours...

  • Suspect held in slaying of Torrance woman

    Torrance police are investigating the death of a 69-year-old woman as a homicide and have taken a man found in her apartment into custody.

    Responding to a call, police found the woman after 8 p.m. Saturday in her apartment in the 3800 block of 226th Street. They found the man, 47, there, injured.

    ...

  • Off-duty LAPD officer killed in motorcycle crash in Torrance
    Off-duty LAPD officer killed in motorcycle crash in Torrance

    An off-duty Los Angeles police officer died Saturday evening after crashing his motorcycle into a vehicle in Torrance, authorities said.

    Erick Alcaraz, 24, was killed about 5 p.m. when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle making a left turn from West 234th Street onto South Western Avenue, said...

  • Sex offender charged with posing as cop, raping woman in Torrance
    Sex offender charged with posing as cop, raping woman in Torrance

    Authorities charged a 43-year-old convicted sex offender Monday with posing as an undercover police officer and raping a woman in Torrance.

    Guy Allen Dietz is accused of attacking the woman Thursday at a home, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

    "He presented a badge...

  • Boys' basketball: Stephen Thompson Jr. commits to Oregon State

    Standout senior guard Stephen Thompson Jr. of Torrance Bishop Montgomery has committed to Oregon State.

    It comes as no surprise, since Thompson's father, Stephen Sr., was named an assistant coach with the Beavers after being head coach at Cal State Los Angeles. He's a former Crenshaw High star.

    ...

  • Marianne Williamson backs former rival Ted Lieu to succeed Rep. Waxman
    Marianne Williamson backs former rival Ted Lieu to succeed Rep. Waxman

    Spiritual teacher and bestselling author Marianne Williamson has endorsed state Sen. Ted Lieu, a former rival in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman.

    Williamson was one of 18 candidates on the June primary ballot vying for the Westside-South Bay seat that Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) is...

  • Engineer convicted in 35-year-old cold-case murder of Torrance nurse
    Engineer convicted in 35-year-old cold-case murder of Torrance nurse

    The Knight family waited 35 years for justice.

    When it came Thursday, Donna Knight leaned forward and stared hard at the back of Douglas Bradford's head.

    Bradford, who had just been convicted in the 1979 killing of Knight's older sister Lynne, did not look back as Knight, 61, called out "Yeah!...

  • Teen Vogue's Back-to-School Saturdays set to kick off
    Teen Vogue's Back-to-School Saturdays set to kick off

    Teen Vogue initiated a shopping day full of special promotions called Back-to-School Saturday in 2012. This year, the event, aka #BTSS,  has been stretched to almost a month long, from Friday through the Labor Day weekend (and it's been renamed Back-to-School Saturdays in the process).

    More than...

  • Supervisor Knabe, a Republican, endorses Democrat Lieu for Congress
    Supervisor Knabe, a Republican, endorses Democrat Lieu for Congress

     Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, a Republican, on Tuesday endorsed state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), over Lieu's GOP competitor for a Westside-South Bay congressional district seat.

    "Ted Lieu and I have worked closely over the years to bring real results to our communities," Knabe said...

  • Torrance surfer shot at during Dorner manhunt to receive $1.8 million
    Torrance surfer shot at during Dorner manhunt to receive $1.8 million

    A Torrance surfer will receive a $1.8-million settlement for being accidentally shot at by city police during the 2013 manhunt for former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner.

    David Perdue planned to go surfing on Feb. 7, 2013, during the height of the Dorner manhunt, when his truck was rammed by a...

  • Strikeout stops Glendale Babe Ruth team's rally versus Torrance

    Baseball: Local 15-U squad leaves bases loaded in seventh inning of tournament-opening 2-1 defeat Saturday.

  • Baseball: Bishop Montgomery hires Eric Fuller as its coach

    Eric Fuller, who has been an assistant coach at Long Beach Wilson, has been hired as the baseball coach at Torrance Bishop Montgomery.

    Fuller is a former Bishop Montgomery pitching coach.

    Also, Eric Wood is the new athletic director.

     

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  • Man sentenced in crash that killed two construction workers
    Man sentenced in crash that killed two construction workers

    A Wilmington man was sentenced Friday to 34 years to life in prison for a DUI crash on the 405 Freeway in 2012 that killed two construction workers, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.  

    Yocio Jonathan Gomez, 25, was driving a Ford Explorer at 90 mph through a construction zone...

  • Louis Zamperini dies at 97; Olympic track star and WWII hero
    Louis Zamperini dies at 97; Olympic track star and WWII hero

    The government announcement of Louis Zamperini's death in World War II made headlines.

    Zamperini was the "Torrance Tornado," the tough kid turned track star who set a national high school record for running the mile. In 1936, he was known as "The Zamp," the 18-year-old USC standout who ran at the...

  • Youth soccer teams gather in Southern California for national games
    Youth soccer teams gather in Southern California for national games

    In the American Youth Soccer Organization's national games, set to get underway in Southern California this week, the Ninja Smurfs of Arab, Ala., feel a lot like the U.S. men's national soccer team.

    "They keep comparing themselves to the U.S. because they're underdogs," said coach Jay Ballard....

  • One person killed in three-vehicle crash on 405 Freeway in Torrance
    One person killed in three-vehicle crash on 405 Freeway in Torrance

    A three-vehicle collision left one man dead and closed four lanes of traffic on the northbound 405 Freeway out of Torrance early Friday, snarling the morning commute, authorities said.

    The accident occurred about 5:15 a.m. just north of Artesia Boulevard. The victim, an approximately 35-year-old...

  • Drones in L.A.: South Bay man flies aircraft to monitor police
    Drones in L.A.: South Bay man flies aircraft to monitor police

    A South Bay man who routinely records police activity has started using an unmanned drone to help with filming, just the latest example of how law enforcement is increasingly encountering the technology on the civilian side.

    Torrance resident Daniel Saulmon, 42, has been flying his drone around...

  • Ex-substance abuse counselor gets prison for DUI death
    Ex-substance abuse counselor gets prison for DUI death

    A former substance-abuse counselor was sentenced Thursday to 55 years to life in prison for fatally striking a pedestrian who was lodged in the windshield as she drove drunk for two more miles before finally being stopped.

    In April, Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 53, was found guilty of murder, driving under...

  • Paramedics find 3-foot snake in bag of bicyclist struck by car
    Paramedics find 3-foot snake in bag of bicyclist struck by car

    Paramedics in Torrance got more than what they bargained for Monday when they come across a 3-foot snake in the shoulder bag of a bicyclist who had been hit by a car.

    The paramedics had been gathering the injured bicyclist's belongings at the crash site when they came upon the snake, KTLA-TV reported.

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  • 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,...

  • Lieu and Carr did best in South Bay, Times vote analysis shows
    Lieu and Carr did best in South Bay, Times vote analysis shows

    In the crowded June 3 primary to succeed Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), front-runners Elan Carr and Ted Lieu did best in the South Bay, according to a Times analysis of election results.

    Former Los Angeles city Controller Wendy Greuel, a Democrat, who placed third and thus cannot advance...

  • Datebook: Boxing painters, teen idols and John Altoon's short career
    Datebook: Boxing painters, teen idols and John Altoon's short career

    The humorously erotic works of John Altoon ... a charming documentary about a boxing painter and his put-upon wife ... art that is all about surveillance ... and the the space-age drawings of Suzanne Wright. In my weekly Datebook, I'll publish a selection of worthwhile culture events for the weekend...

  • Henry Waxman endorses state Sen. Ted Lieu to succeed him in Congress
    Henry Waxman endorses state Sen. Ted Lieu to succeed him in Congress

    Retiring U.S. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) has endorsed Democratic state Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance to succeed him.

    Lieu's campaign issued a news release about the endorsement on Thursday.

    "Ted Lieu is my choice to represent us in Congress," Waxman said in the news release, noting the...

  • Tomato in your ramen: Japanese Gourmet Festival hits Torrance this weekend
    Tomato in your ramen: Japanese Gourmet Festival hits Torrance this weekend

    Tomato in ramen? If weird ramen speaks to you and you haven't yet tried tontoma ramen, this weekend's Japanese Gourmet Festival might be a rare opportunity. It takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center.

    The theme is gotochi (local) foods from specific Japanese regions,...

  • Jurors can't agree on death penalty in decades-old double killing

    A mistrial was declared Monday when jurors could not unanimously decide whether a man who ordered a kidnapping that led to two deaths in Torrance almost 20 years ago should be put to death.

    Howard Bloomgarden, 46, was convicted May 15 of two counts of murder and two counts of kidnapping. Jurors...

  • Tools and tricks to bring out wines' best flavor during hot summer months
    Tools and tricks to bring out wines' best flavor during hot summer months

    Heat wave, with more scorching days coming our way. Time to put those whites and rosés and, yes, reds in the fridge at the ready. But if you didn’t plan ahead, no worries. There’s more than one way to get that bottle cold.

    To chill down a wine, anything from a galvanized metal bucket to a hand-hammered...

  • L.A. County Supervisor candidates vie for votes as election nears

    In a whirlwind of last-minute stumping, candidates vying to succeed termed-out Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina crisscrossed opposite sides of the county over the weekend, shaking hands, posing for selfies and otherwise trying to scoop up votes before Tuesday's primary...

  • Woman pleads not guilty to killing three young daughters
    Woman pleads not guilty to killing three young daughters

    Carol Coronado, the woman accused of killing her three young daughters inside her West Carson home, pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

    Coronado's family, including her husband, were present as the 30-year-old woman was brought into the Compton...

  • County moves to require computer encryption after medical data breach
    County moves to require computer encryption after medical data breach

    Following a break-in at a county health contractor's office that led to the theft of computers containing personal information about more than 342,000 patients, Los Angeles County supervisors moved to tighten protocols for protecting data.

    The county already requires that workers' laptops be encrypted....

  • Political money is focus of candidates in race to succeed Waxman
    Political money is focus of candidates in race to succeed Waxman

    Money in politics — and proposals for diluting its influence — was a dominant theme during a standing-room-only forum in Torrance on Saturday featuring the large field of candidates to succeed longtime Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).

    "Get the money out of Congress," attorney Barbara Mulvaney...

  • League of Women Voters runs a tight ship, candidate learns
    League of Women Voters runs a tight ship, candidate learns

    The League of Women Voters runs a tight ship, as one of candidates to succeed a retiring congressman found out Saturday.

    The occasion was a gathering in Torrance organized by three South Bay chapters of the League.  Fourteen of the 17 candidates still actively campaigning to succeed Rep. Henry...

  • L.A. County finds 3,500 more patients affected by data breach
    L.A. County finds 3,500 more patients affected by data breach

    Los Angeles County officials said Thursday that an additional 3,497 patients may have had their personal information taken in a theft of medical data from a county contractor's office.

    Eight computers were taken from the Torrance office of Sutherland Healthcare Solutions, a company that handles...

  • Mother arrested in deaths of her 3 young girls remains hospitalized
    Mother arrested in deaths of her 3 young girls remains hospitalized

    The 30-year-old mother of three young children who were found slain inside the family's Torrance-area home remained hospitalized Wednesday after she was arrested on suspicion of murder, authorities said.

    The victims were girls who ranged in age from 2 months to 3 years old, authorities said. They...

  • Workouts without pain: Three trainers who hold back the hurt
    Workouts without pain: Three trainers who hold back the hurt

    Even with nostalgia so entrenched, most people are happy to bid adieu to the adage, "No pain, no gain." It used to be that if you didn't throw up after a workout, you might as well be a couch potato. Exercise devotees used to stick to one regime and never vary it. Anyone remember step aerobics?...

  • On tap: Beer Belly, Hangar 24 and Smog City celebrate birthdays
    On tap: Beer Belly, Hangar 24 and Smog City celebrate birthdays

    Ever notice how the birthday of your family members, friends and friend’s kids seem to come in packs? You’ll go a month without having to buy a card or grab a bottle of wine in a panic before a party, then suddenly you have a weekend full of parties, dinners, and stops for “just one quick drink”...

  • Miller says rival Lieu should have known of Toyota exit plans
    Miller says rival Lieu should have known of Toyota exit plans

    Toyota USA's planned move from Torrance to Texas spilled Tuesday into the heated race to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills). 

    Author and radio talk show host Matt Miller, a Democrat, said a rival, state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), should have known about the giant automaker's...

  • 3,000 Toyota jobs to move to Texas from Torrance
    3,000 Toyota jobs to move to Texas from Torrance

    Carmaker said its move to Plano, Texas, from Torrance had nothing to do with cost-cutting but is an effort to foster efficiency and collaboration.

  • Toyota move shows state's poor business climate, GOP candidates say
    Toyota move shows state's poor business climate, GOP candidates say

    Republican gubernatorial candidates Monday seized on Toyota's decision to move 3,000 jobs from Torrance to Texas as evidence of California's poor business climate and to lash out at Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

    "Today's announcement is just the latest consequence of‎ Gov. Brown's continued failure...

  • Toyota to uproot from California, move to 'macho' Texas
    Toyota to uproot from California, move to 'macho' Texas

    Toyota Motor Corp. says it will move 3,000 jobs from Torrance, Calif., to new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas, over the next three years.

    The move, announced Monday, will affect 2,000 workers in Toyota's U.S. sales and marketing arm and 1,000 positions in its financial services business....

  • L.A. restaurants and bars cope with 'The Great Lime Crisis of 2014'
    L.A. restaurants and bars cope with 'The Great Lime Crisis of 2014'

    On a typical Friday night, Gracias Madre, the new vegan Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood, sells about 600 of its signature La Purista margaritas, made with reposado tequila, agave nectar, house-made orange bitters and freshly pressed lime juice. 

    "It's not a margarita without lime juice," chef...

  • Woman killed pushing car on 405 Freeway

    A woman was killed early Sunday when she was hit by a passing car and run over by another while pushing a car that had run out of gas on the 405 Freeway in the Torrance area, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    The woman and a man were traveling north on the 405 near the 110 Freeway interchange...

  • Ted Lieu reports more than $600,000 for race to succeed Waxman
    Ted Lieu reports more than $600,000 for race to succeed Waxman

    State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), widely viewed as a leading candidate in the crowded race to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), has reported raising more than $600,000 for his campaign, with more than $579,000 left in his campaign coffers.

    According to a report filed with the Federal...

  • 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.

    ...

  • Affirmative action controversy costs Sen. Ted Lieu six endorsements
    Affirmative action controversy costs Sen. Ted Lieu six endorsements

    The controversy over a stalled effort to overturn a state ban on affirmative action spilled into a hot race for Congress this week when six Democratic state legislators rescinded their endorsements of state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance).

    In a March 25 letter mailed to Lieu's congressional campaign...

  • Aspiring L.A. firefighters feel cheated by aborted hiring program
    Aspiring L.A. firefighters feel cheated by aborted hiring program

    Some applicants who advanced to the final stages of the yearlong vetting say Mayor Garcetti's decision to scrap the process is unfair to them.

  • Class-action lawsuit filed over breach of patient medical data

    A patient whose personal information was stolen in a break-in at a medical billing contractor's office in Torrance has filed a class-action lawsuit against the company and Los Angeles County.

    Two Los Angeles law firms filed a complaint Friday in Superior Court. The suit was initially filed on behalf...

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