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Football: QB David Sills begins practice for El Camino College on Monday

Quarterback David Sills has finally made it to Southern California but not in the way anyone envisioned it happening. In 2010, as a seventh-grader, Sills was offered a scholarship by then USC Coach Lane Kiffin and committed. By 2014, Kiffin was long gone and Sills ended up signing with West Virginia....

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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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  • 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...

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