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Two more enter pleas in L.A. Coliseum corruption case

A former events manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum agreed Friday to serve six months in jail and pay $500,000 in restitution to the county under a plea bargain with prosecutors that closes a chapter in the long-running corruption case. Todd DeStefano -- who was accused of accepting bribes,...

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  • A culinary 'Little Belize' in South L.A. area

    A culinary 'Little Belize' in South L.A. area

    Ella's, Joan and Sisters and Mar's bring a breeze of multicultural influences to the L.A. restaurant scene.

  • 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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  • The Top 25 kid-friendly museums in the U.S. includes two in California

    The Top 25 kid-friendly museums in the U.S. includes two in California

    The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and the California Science Center in Los Angeles ranked first and second in a list of the top 25 museums for children in the United States. The Early Childhood Education Zone's picks are perfect for anyone planning a vacation with kids, particularly if you...

  • At Natural History Museum, mummies' secrets unwrapped with today's tech

    At Natural History Museum, mummies' secrets unwrapped with today's tech

    The Natural History Museum's latest exhibit, "Mummies: New Secrets From the Tombs," uses interactive touch tables to do virtually what visitors might not want to do in reality: Unwrap the cloth of 19 ancient mummies from Egypt and Peru. It's a show that's "going to be remembered for years to come,"...

  • Revolutionario takes fusion to the extreme with pozole tagine and falafel tacos

    Revolutionario takes fusion to the extreme with pozole tagine and falafel tacos

    Name: Revolutionario. On the restaurant walls: printed photos of Martin Luther King, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and Plato.  Concept: A North African taqueria in Exposition Park, by chef and owner Farid Zadi. Zadi was born in France, his parents are Algerian, and he likes to stuff his tacos with shakshuka...

  • Datebook: Digital manipulations, abstracted canvases, sculptures from trash

    Datebook: Digital manipulations, abstracted canvases, sculptures from trash

    Abstract works that reflect on spirituality. Digital pieces that play with our image-saturated world. And a sculptor who embeds his sculptures, guerrilla-style, on the street. Plus: paintings about California and our oceans of trash. Here are five shows to see this week: Diane Silver, "Sacrament,"...

  • Expo Line 'test train' to cross into downtown Santa Monica on Friday

    Expo Line 'test train' to cross into downtown Santa Monica on Friday

    Friday morning will mark the first time in more than 60 years that a commuter train has pulled into downtown Santa Monica under its own power. As part of the safety checks required before the Expo Line's second phase can open to the public next year, rail officials will slowly pilot a sleek train...

  • Amid thawing U.S.-Cuba relations, Cuban team arrives for Special Olympics

    Amid thawing U.S.-Cuba relations, Cuban team arrives for Special Olympics

    Before the 1987 Special Olympics, the Cuban national team decided to visit Miami for two days. Anti-Castro exiles got wind of their plans and picketed the hotel, hoping the athletes might defect. The situation got so bad, according to the book "An Air War with Cuba: The United States Radio Campaign...

  • NFL in L.A.? Here are some predictions for the next few months
    NFL in L.A.? Here are some predictions for the next few months

    The next few months are crucial for the NFL.

    With St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke proposing a stadium in Inglewood, and the owners of the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders backing a competing project in Carson, the stars are aligned for something to happen. The league could be on the verge...

  • Three new L.A. murals celebrate Special Olympics World Games 2015
    Three new L.A. murals celebrate Special Olympics World Games 2015

    Public murals and the Olympic Games seem to go hand in hand. The epic drama of athletic competition and global participation inspires concrete canvases that linger for years on buildings in host cities. Kent Twitchell’s “Jim Morphesis Monument” and “Lita Albuquerque Monument,” both created for...

  • Trial delayed in L.A. Coliseum corruption case
    Trial delayed in L.A. Coliseum corruption case

    A judge on Wednesday pushed back the trial start date in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption case until next year.

    L.A. County Superior Court Judge Kathleen A. Kennedy’s ruling to delay the trial — scheduled for this summer — until March 11, 2016, came on the heels of a hearing over defense...

  • Mayor will make minimum wage law official at signing today in South L.A.
    Mayor will make minimum wage law official at signing today in South L.A.

    Mayor Eric Garcetti will formally sign into law Los Angeles' landmark ordinance boosting the city's minimum wage at a ceremony Saturday in South Los Angeles.

    The signing will take place at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, a symbolic nod to the civil rights leader's campaign to improve economic conditions...

  • Natural History Museum renames Dinosaur Hall for Director Jane Pisano
    Natural History Museum renames Dinosaur Hall for Director Jane Pisano

    The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County held its bi-annual Dinosaur Ball on Saturday evening at which trustees, museum staff and other guests gave Director Jane Pisano a monster of an honor.

    The museum announced it would be renaming its dinosaur hall for Pisano, who last year announced...

  • Judge refuses to dismiss charges in L.A. Coliseum corruption case
    Judge refuses to dismiss charges in L.A. Coliseum corruption case

    A Los Angeles County judge on Monday rejected defense requests to dismiss charges in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum corruption scandal but criticized the district attorney’s office for failing to prevent a prosecutor from reading emails between one of the defendants and his attorneys.

    Superior Court...

  • NASA gives California Science Center museum last remaining space shuttle fuel tank
    NASA gives California Science Center museum last remaining space shuttle fuel tank

    The California Science Center is the only museum in the nation that planned to make its space shuttle exhibit with as many authentic parts as possible, set up as if it's ready to launch.

    There was a problem. The enormous orange external fuel tank, which attaches to the shuttle's belly, is always...

  • Lead prosecutor removed from L.A. Coliseum corruption case
    Lead prosecutor removed from L.A. Coliseum corruption case

    Responding to defense allegations of "outrageous prosecutorial misconduct," the Los Angeles County district attorney's office has removed the prosecutor who had been spearheading the L.A. Memorial Coliseum corruption case.

    In a court filing Friday, the office said it had replaced Deputy Dist. Atty....

  • South L.A. residents protest noise, odors from drilling site near USC
    South L.A. residents protest noise, odors from drilling site near USC

    South Los Angeles residents marched and rallied Thursday to protest noise, odors and other day-to-day irritants from an oil drilling site west of the University of Southern California campus.

    “No one should have to endure this in their neighborhood,” said Eddie Ko, who said he lives a few blocks...

  • Blind fan inspired USC's football team; now he could be a part of it
    Blind fan inspired USC's football team; now he could be a part of it

    Jake Olson has walked through the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum tunnel side-by-side with USC football players, soaked in the roar of the crowd and reveled as the marching band played "Fight On" after Trojans touchdowns.

    Over the years, while on the field as a guest of the program, Olson crouched...

  • Expo Line resumes service after collision near USC campus
    Expo Line resumes service after collision near USC campus

    Metro's Expo Line resumed regular service Sunday after a train collided with a passenger car near the University of Southern California campus on Saturday, injuring 12 people and disrupting service between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City.

    The driver of a silver Hyundai sedan made a left turn...

  • Metro light rail crash near USC renews debate on rail safety
    Metro light rail crash near USC renews debate on rail safety

    On a Saturday morning trip to downtown Los Angeles, a Metro Expo Line train pulled out of a station in Exposition Park, its three cars filled with passengers.

    Traffic signals along Exposition Boulevard turned red, and lights flashed to signal the approach of the train, which had "watch for trains"...

  • Eager fans swarm to Coliseum for Mexico-Ecuador soccer match
    Eager fans swarm to Coliseum for Mexico-Ecuador soccer match

    The day before the big game, Sam Lopez squeezed into a van with six friends and headed south from San Francisco. Their destination: Mexico's sold-out soccer showdown with Ecuador at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

    By Saturday afternoon, they were among the pumped-up crowd trekking to the stadium,...

  • Datebook: Abstraction and architecture, African American photographers
    Datebook: Abstraction and architecture, African American photographers

    Art that toys with the mechanics of the art market, multimedia works that touch on abstraction and architecture, images by African American photographers from L.A., and a solo show that pays cheeky homage to a Robert Altman film. Plus, six works by six Los Angeles artists and an opportunity to...

  • LAPD's Beck defends discipline of officers in fatal Koreatown shooting
    LAPD's Beck defends discipline of officers in fatal Koreatown shooting

    Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck testified Monday that two officers given desk jobs after they fatally shot an unarmed man in 2010 were not reassigned because of their race but because they were unfit to work in the field.

    Beck acknowledged that he concluded the shooting was justified but...

  • They look, we look; people's gaze is the focus in Dan McCleary works
    They look, we look; people's gaze is the focus in Dan McCleary works

    Dan McCleary is among the finest figurative painters working today. Sixteen paintings made during the past 20 years in the survey “Dan McCleary: Every Day Sacred” are clear evidence, if any were still needed, that a full-scale retrospective exhibition is in order.

    At the USC Fisher Museum of Art,...

  • Appeals court restores parts of lawsuit in Coliseum corruption scandal
    Appeals court restores parts of lawsuit in Coliseum corruption scandal

    A California appellate court has reinstated key parts of a government lawsuit that seeks millions of dollars in damages from two rave concert promoters and their companies in connection with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption scandal.

    A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal unanimously...

  • Oil company to yank controversial South L.A. drilling application
    Oil company to yank controversial South L.A. drilling application

    An oil and gas company is pulling back a controversial application to drill and redrill wells at a South Los Angeles site close to homes, but local activists say they aren't giving up the fight against alleged violations at the Jefferson Boulevard facility.

    The Freeport-McMoRan petroleum company...

  • Neighbors push back against drilling plan at South L.A. site
    Neighbors push back against drilling plan at South L.A. site

    Neighbors are pressing for an environmental study of oil drilling at a South Los Angeles location close to homes, arguing that the city should scrutinize fumes, noise and chemical usage before deciding whether to let the company drill wells at the site.

    The Freeport-McMoRan petroleum company wants...

  • HUD secretary says L.A., nation on track to house all homeless vets
    HUD secretary says L.A., nation on track to house all homeless vets

    The U.S. is on track to end veteran homelessness by the end of next year, even in Los Angeles, the epicenter of the problem, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said Saturday.

    "I believe we can," Castro said at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles' HomeWalk to end homelessness...

  • Miley Cyrus, Patrick Schwarzenegger kiss on camera at USC-Cal game
    Miley Cyrus, Patrick Schwarzenegger kiss on camera at USC-Cal game

    Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger went in for their own score Thursday night, locking lips at the football game between USC and Cal at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

    The famous-parented Schwarzenegger, who's a USC student and model, snapped a selfie with the often-raunchy pop star as they kissed,...

  • USC football morning report
    USC football morning report

    Fact of the day: USC has defeated California 10 consecutive games. The last time the Trojans lost to the Bears was in 2003.

    USC plays California on Thursday night at the Coliseum.

    The Trojans improved to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the Pac-12 Conference after a 44-17 victory on Nov. 1 at Washington...

  • Metro bus struck by gunfire; passengers appear uninjured
    Metro bus struck by gunfire; passengers appear uninjured

    Police are searching for a gunman who fired shots that struck a Metro bus in South L.A. on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

    The shooting occurred a few minutes before 4 p.m. as the No. 40 bus was eastbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Vermont Avenue, said Metro spokesman Paul Gonzales.

    ...

  • Woman fatally stabbed two blocks from USC campus
    Woman fatally stabbed two blocks from USC campus

    A woman was fatally stabbed with a broken glass bottle two blocks from USC's South Los Angeles campus on Friday night, police said.

    The incident on the 1200 block of West 36th Place occurred around 8 p.m. Friday and is not believed to have involved USC students or staff, police said.

    The female...

  • Space shuttle Endeavour inches closer to completion of final exhibit
    Space shuttle Endeavour inches closer to completion of final exhibit

    As if they were performing delicate surgery, a crew inside the California Science Center museum hoisted a 3,000-pound portable space lab and storage pod inside the space shuttle Endeavour's huge cargo bay Thursday, reuniting the retired orbiter with a piece of equipment it used on some missions...

  • Guard trampled after USC football game sues university for negligence
    Guard trampled after USC football game sues university for negligence

    A security guard who says he was trampled by fans rushing onto the football field after USC's narrow win over Stanford last year has filed a lawsuit accusing the university of negligence.

    In an eight-page complaint filed Wednesday in L.A. Superior Court, David Bueno says that USC should have done...

  • Datebook: Digital art before GIFs, Afrofuturistic paintings, more
    Datebook: Digital art before GIFs, Afrofuturistic paintings, more

    Afrofuturistic works by an L.A. painter, performance in downtown, stepping back from the 3-D craze to take in digital art from the 1960s and a memorial for a museum. Here’s what we’ve got in the art hopper:

    Mark Steven Greenfield, “Lookin’ Back In Front of Me,” at the California African American...

  • L.A. Feline Film Festival: Lil Bub plus cat videos on 80-foot screen
    L.A. Feline Film Festival: Lil Bub plus cat videos on 80-foot screen

    The Feline Film Festival – part of a worldwide tour celebrating all things cats – will arrive Sunday at Exposition Park.

    There will be cat videos, cat costume contests and Internet-driven celebrity cats such as Lil Bub – the cat with her own book tour and clothing line.

    “Cats are experiencing a...

  • Datebook: Dreamy stop-motion, German cinema and Andy Warhol's shadows
    Datebook: Dreamy stop-motion, German cinema and Andy Warhol's shadows

    German films of the 1920s in L.A., animated wonders and a poet's circle in Pasadena, plus Andy Warhol in downtown, a Latin American documentary series and an entire festival devoted to exploring the overlap between art and science. It's all happening this week in our big, bad, traffic-choked city:

    ...

  • With 20 fire deaths in L.A. so far this year, more smoke alarms are urged
    With 20 fire deaths in L.A. so far this year, more smoke alarms are urged

    After an unusually high number of fire deaths this year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas announced new initiatives Monday to prevent dangerous fires.

    Terrazas announced that the fire department is launching a pilot program in Watts in which firefighters will canvas...

  • Free clinic set for L.A. Sports Arena

    Wristbands are to be handed out Sunday for Southern California residents who want to attend a free health clinic that's to be held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena later this week, offering medical, dental and vision services.

    The wristbands are scheduled to be distributed on a first-come, first-served...

  • FYF Fest Day 2: Redemption through Flying Lotus, Haim and more
    FYF Fest Day 2: Redemption through Flying Lotus, Haim and more

    What a difference 14 hours made for the FYF Festival, which concluded its two-day run with a miraculous Sunday roster after crowd-control stumbles hobbled Saturday's equally hot batch of musicians. The festival's second day was one of so many musical epiphanies that it's hard to believe they occurred...

  • FYF Fest: Four Tet, Run the Jewels, Ty Segall save anarchic first day
    FYF Fest: Four Tet, Run the Jewels, Ty Segall save anarchic first day

    Anarchy's fine to celebrate when you're a teenager and nothing of import is at stake. Just ask Laura Jane Grace, who delivered her band Against Me's "I Was a Teenage Anarchist" to an adrenaline-heavy crowd at the annual FYF Fest on Saturday evening. The moshing and crowd surfing were frantic as...

  • Deborah Sussman dies at 83; L.A. designer known for bold use of color
    Deborah Sussman dies at 83; L.A. designer known for bold use of color

    Designer Deborah Sussman, whose bold color choices for thousands of 1984 Olympics signs, gateways, pylons, uniforms and venue exteriors were at first controversial but came to define the look of the event in Los Angeles, died at home Tuesday in West Los Angeles. She was 83.

    The cause was breast...

  • Amber Alert issued for two children believed abducted by their mom
    Amber Alert issued for two children believed abducted by their mom

    The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert on Thursday for two children allegedly abducted by their mother from their Exposition Park home.

    The Amber Alert was activated around 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

    The mother, Ameenah Rasheedah Freeman, 37, showed up at the home of the children's grandmother...

  • People watching at the California Science Center
    People watching at the California Science Center

    Scott Williams photographed visitors peering at the California Science Center's kelp forest exhibit, housed in a 188,000-gallon tank, on July 8. Williams works in federal land management, so he has a special interest in seeing how the public connects with the natural world.  

    "Public aquariums...

  • L.A. woman suspected of abducting her children from legal guardian
    L.A. woman suspected of abducting her children from legal guardian

    Two children were reported missing Tuesday after their mother allegedly abducted them from their grandmother's home in Exposition Park, authorities said.  

    The children were taken from the 1700 block of West 35th Place around 3 p.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    The children...

  • Police dog bites LAPD officer during search for shotgun
    Police dog bites LAPD officer during search for shotgun

    A veteran Los Angeles police officer was severely injured Thursday when a police dog bit him in the calf during a search for a missing shotgun in South L.A., department officials said.

    Officers were searching streets near South Vermont Avenue and West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard after a locking...

  • LAPD searching for shotgun that fell off police motorcycle
    LAPD searching for shotgun that fell off police motorcycle

    LAPD is searching for a shotgun that fell off a police motorcycle Thursday.

    Police have shutdown the immediate area of South Vermont Avenue and West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard as officers search for the shotgun, police said.

    The gun locking mechanism broke and the gun fell off, police said.

    ...

  • Man in his 90s dies in L.A. house fire; no smoke alarms found
    Man in his 90s dies in L.A. house fire; no smoke alarms found

    A fire tore through an Exposition Park home Tuesday, injuring one firefighter and killing the homeowner, Los Angeles fire officials said.

    The blaze began about 10:43 a.m. in a single-story home in the 1500 block of West 36th Place, said fire department spokesman Bryan Humphrey. As crews entered...

  • African American Museum director Charmaine Jefferson steps down
    African American Museum director Charmaine Jefferson steps down

    Charmaine Jefferson is resigning after 11 years as executive director of the California African American Museum in Exposition Park, to focus on an arts consulting business attuned to audience-building and education.

    Jefferson, 60, said Friday is her last day at the museum, which is owned and primarily...

  • Rollin' 30s gang members arrested on drug distribution allegations
    Rollin' 30s gang members arrested on drug distribution allegations

    More than 20 gang members and associates of the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips are facing federal charges on allegations of drug distribution, officials said Thursday. 

    Hundreds of FBI and L.A. Police Department officers were part of a coordinated effort Thursday morning to serve arrest warrants to 23...

  • LAPD announces two $50,000 rewards in separate killings
    LAPD announces two $50,000 rewards in separate killings

    Los Angeles police detectives on Wednesday announced two separate $50,000 rewards for the unsolved killings of a 45-year-old mother of two and a 26-year-old father of four.

    LAPD Det. Paul Shearholdt said both cases lack significant leads.

    In the killing of Roshon Dwayne Davis, detectives have had...

  • Datebook: Japanese tattoos, kimono and an African American collection
    Datebook: Japanese tattoos, kimono and an African American collection

    The Fourth of July is upon us (not to mention the last week or so of the World Cup), which means the next few days will likely be filled with hot dogs, beer and illegal fireworks. But that doesn't mean that the artsies aren't doing their thing. We've got Japanese tattoos, modern kimono, whimsical...

  • In wake of deadly Isla Vista shootings, L.A. hosts annual gun buyback
    In wake of deadly Isla Vista shootings, L.A. hosts annual gun buyback

    Los Angeles officials will host a gun buyback program on Saturday, one week after an Isla Vista man killed six people and wounded 13 near the campus of UC Santa Barbara. 

    "The tragedy in Santa Barbara reminded us of the horrors of gun violence," said Mayor Eric Garcetti of the May 23 attacks by...

  • Phoenix and the Strokes will headline FYF Fest 2014
    Phoenix and the Strokes will headline FYF Fest 2014

    This year's FYF Fest lineup looks like it could be a Coachella bill. 

    The annual punk-ish festival has grown by leaps and bounds since its 2011 partnership with Goldenvoice, and  the headliners for the Aug. 23 and 24 event reflect that. Onetime Coachella headliners Phoenix, the Strokes, Haim, Interpol...

  • Mel Patton dies at 89; Olympic gold medalist runner
    Mel Patton dies at 89; Olympic gold medalist runner

    Mel Patton, an Olympic gold medalist and USC sprinter who at one time was deemed the fastest human on Earth, has died. He was 89.

    Patton, who had cancer, died May 9 at his Fallbrook, Calif., home, his wife, Shirley Patton said.

    "Pell Mel," as he was called, set world records for the 100-yard dash...

  • Mayor, L.A. Unified announce citywide summer learning program
    Mayor, L.A. Unified announce citywide summer learning program

    As part of an effort to close what Mayor Eric Garcetti says is a skills gap in the Los Angeles workforce, officials announced a new summer program Tuesday to provide online and in-person classes to a wide range of young and older students.

    The Summer of Learning program, a collaboration between...

  • Political tug-of-war over Coliseum fireworks show ends with a split
    Political tug-of-war over Coliseum fireworks show ends with a split

    A bitter political tug-of-war over who will host a Fourth of July fireworks show at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum took another turn Friday when City Councilman Bernard C. Parks withdrew his bid to host the show -- and said he would hold a separate event.

    Parks said he was pulling out because Councilman...

  • Garcetti shares 'back to basics' agenda in State of the City address
    Garcetti shares 'back to basics' agenda in State of the City address

    In his first such address, L.A.'s mayor focuses on public safety, economic prosperity, quality of life and a well-run city government. He did not always provide timetables.

  • L.A. firefighter injured when roof collapses on him
    L.A. firefighter injured when roof collapses on him

    A firefighter was injured in an early morning blaze Wednesday when the roof of a house partially collapsed on him.

    Los Angeles firefighters responded to a call around 5:15 a.m. on the 1500 block of West 37th Street in Exposition Park, city fire officials said.

    Firefighters conducted an immediate...

  • In L.A., Taiwanese band Mayday rocks its all-Chinese audience
    In L.A., Taiwanese band Mayday rocks its all-Chinese audience

    The band's fan numbers in Asia are reminiscent of Beatlemania. And like the Beatles, the band recently ventured a bit into politics.

  • L.A. councilmen spar again over Fourth of July event at Coliseum
    L.A. councilmen spar again over Fourth of July event at Coliseum

    A political spat over who should steer a Fourth of July fireworks show played out Wednesday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, as two Los Angeles City councilmen vied for control of the annual event.

    But the commission decided against simply handing control to one councilman or the...

  • War of words erupts over Fourth of July event
    War of words erupts over Fourth of July event

    L.A. Councilman Bernard C. Parks accuses colleague Curren Price of trying to cut Parks out of a Fourth of July fireworks show Parks founded more than 10 years ago.

  • His Endeavour: Giving old shuttle parts new life
    His Endeavour: Giving old shuttle parts new life

    Dennis Jenkins spent 30 years sending shuttles into space. Now he's helping the California Science Center build its Endeavour display.

  • NASA shuttle veteran gives old parts new life for L.A. exhibit
    NASA shuttle veteran gives old parts new life for L.A. exhibit

    Dennis Jenkins spent 30 years sending shuttles into space. Now he's helping the California Science Center build its Endeavour display.

  • Cash, gun and pot seized in L.A. marijuana dispensary raids
    Cash, gun and pot seized in L.A. marijuana dispensary raids

    Marijuana, cash and a handgun were seized in a DEA raid of several medical marijuana dispensaries in what authorities say is a case they are building against a Los Angeles man.

    Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Los Angeles police officers about 11 a.m. Tuesday raided the Black...

  • Man driven to USC gate after being shot in South L.A. dies, cops say
    Man driven to USC gate after being shot in South L.A. dies, cops say

    A man who was wounded in a car-to-car shooting in South Los Angeles before driving to an entrance at USC has died at a hospital, authorities said.

    Adrian Dawson, 22, died around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said.

    The...

  • Man shot in South L.A. drives to USC gate; area shut down
    Man shot in South L.A. drives to USC gate; area shut down

    A man who was wounded in a car-to-car shooting in South Los Angeles on Wednesday morning drove to an entrance to USC. Campus access at the gate was shut as the investigation continued.

    Initial information indicated that the shooting occurred near 57th and Hoover streets, roughly three miles from...

  • L.A. councilman says Jerry Brown failed taxpayers on Coliseum deal
    L.A. councilman says Jerry Brown failed taxpayers on Coliseum deal

    Bernard C. Parks says the governor ignored a letter from him last June asking him to block the lease deal negotiated in secrecy.

  • Coliseum incurred big expense in trying to keep USC lease talks secret
    Coliseum incurred big expense in trying to keep USC lease talks secret

    The Coliseum Commission is ordered to pay $415,000 to The Times and a 1st Amendment group for legal costs from winning the release of emails regarding the deal with USC.

  • Review: Pearl Jam rocks L.A. Sports Arena in first of two nights
    Review: Pearl Jam rocks L.A. Sports Arena in first of two nights

    Here's something that doesn't happen often in a musical climate overrun with less hearty breeds. A God's honest arena rock band, Pearl Jam, gigging a sold-out concert in an actual arena and illustrating  the ways in which a perfectly healthy beast can thrive in its natural habitat. 

    Appearing at...

  • Former accounting firm settles claims over Coliseum audits
    Former accounting firm settles claims over Coliseum audits

    SingerLewak will pay $800,000 to the Coliseum commission in exchange for both parties dropping suits over charges that the company failed to detect alleged fraud.

  • Slain TSA agent recalled for bravery and valor
    Slain TSA agent recalled for bravery and valor

    Law enforcement officers and federal officials attend a memorial for Agent Gerardo I. Hernandez, who was killed by a gunman at LAX on Nov. 1.

  • Slain TSA agent's funeral: 'I'm just grateful for what TSA does'
    Slain TSA agent's funeral: 'I'm just grateful for what TSA does'

    As law enforcement officers milled about the parking lot of the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena on Tuesday morning, the sound of a bagpipe faintly playing in the distance, Renee Kinner stood near the entrance, waiting to go inside.

    Kinner, 59, choked up as she explained why she was at the memorial for...

  • "Soul Stirring: African American Self-taught Artists from the South" at CAAM
    "Soul Stirring: African American Self-taught Artists from the South" at CAAM

    The exhibition “Soul Stirring: African American Self

    -Taught Artists From the South” arrives at a troubling moment.

    From North Carolina to Texas, the resurgence of a new era of race-related social and political restrictions is being decried as a new Jim Crow. It coincides with a controversial recent...

  • Amid Obamacare signup glitches, thousands head to free clinic event
    Amid Obamacare signup glitches, thousands head to free clinic event

    Care Harbor's doctors and dentists draw thousands of patients, who often have more urgent concerns than future insurance coverage.

  • USC law school to offer online master's program for students abroad
    USC law school to offer online master's program for students abroad

    USC's Gould School of Law will begin offering an online program starting next fall which will let foreign attorneys and students earn master of laws degrees without leaving their home countries.

    Only the law school at Washington University in St. Louis offers a similar program, USC officials said....

  • Science Center celebrates space shuttle Endeavour's first year
    Science Center celebrates space shuttle Endeavour's first year

    The space shuttle Endeavour arrived at the California Science Center nearly one year ago, and the Exposition Park museum is throwing its crown jewel quite the anniversary party.

    Saturday marks the second day of "Endeavour Fest," a three-day event featuring astronaut presentations, film screenings...

  • Judge says Coliseum panel apparently violated open-meeting law
    Judge says Coliseum panel apparently violated open-meeting law

    He says the Coliseum Commission apparently violated the state's Brown Act during deliberations on USC's lease of the stadium.

  • NAACP official wants Coliseum chief to quit over Col. Klink comment
    NAACP official wants Coliseum chief to quit over Col. Klink comment

    The local branch of the NAACP has called on the top manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to resign because of an email exchange that referred to City Councilman Bernard C. Parks as "Col. Klink," the inept fictional character from the 1965-1971 sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes.”

    In the December 2011...

  • Judge throws out embezzlement counts in Coliseum corruption case
    Judge throws out embezzlement counts in Coliseum corruption case

    The three defendants still must stand trial on related charges of bribery and conspiracy, an L.A. County Superior Court judge rules.

  • Judge dismisses some charges in Coliseum case

    A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Friday threw out several embezzlement counts against three defendants in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption case, but ruled they must stand trial on related charges of bribery and conspiracy.

    Judge Kathleen Kennedy granted a motion by defense...

  • Internal Coliseum emails, coarse at times, show bid to limit debate
    Internal Coliseum emails, coarse at times, show bid to limit debate

    Internal emails obtained by The Times show Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission officials trying to come up with a strategy to limit public debate on its behind-the-scenes efforts to give USC control of the stadium.

    Peppered with profanities and name-calling, the emails were the subject of...

  • Judge backs L.A. Times in Coliseum email dispute
    Judge backs L.A. Times in Coliseum email dispute

    Judge refuses to grant an order demanding the paper surrender emails about commission's efforts to give USC control of Coliseum.

  • California Science Center grants control of Coliseum to USC
    California Science Center grants control of Coliseum to USC

    Five of eight board members approve the agreement. USC will gain nearly all of the Coliseum's revenue for the next century.

  • Review: Black Sabbath visit hell at a sweaty L.A. Sports Arena
    Review: Black Sabbath visit hell at a sweaty L.A. Sports Arena

    If you listened very closely on Tuesday night during Black Sabbath's return to the city, you could hear the Big Bang of heavy metal echoing through the sweat-drenched Los Angeles Sports Arena. 

    It was buried in the slow, menacing guitar lines of guitarist Tony Iommi, and propelled by Geezer Butler's...

  • Judge throws out civil complaints in Coliseum case
    Judge throws out civil complaints in Coliseum case

    A Superior Court judge Friday threw out civil complaints against two concert promoters accused of scheming with a Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum executive to siphon nearly $2 million from the publicly owned stadium.

    Judge Terry Green said the Coliseum Commission failed to show that Pasquale Rotella...

  • USC to take over L.A. Coliseum, Sports Arena on Monday
    USC to take over L.A. Coliseum, Sports Arena on Monday

    USC is poised to take over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena on Monday in anticipation of a 98-year lease of the public venues that has already been negotiated.

    The long-term lease is expected to kick in once USC and the nearby California Science Center finalize an agreement on...

  • Pearl Jam's fall tour to hit Los Angeles on Nov. 23 and 24
    Pearl Jam's fall tour to hit Los Angeles on Nov. 23 and 24

    Pearl Jam will head back out on the road for a 24-date North American fall tour split over two legs beginning Oct. 11 in Pittsburgh and including two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena -- on Nov. 23 and 24 -- during the second leg of the group's concert run.

    General ticket sales begin...

  • State board OKs USC control of Coliseum and its revenues
    State board OKs USC control of Coliseum and its revenues

    A state board voted Tuesday to approve a sharply debated deal that grants USC control of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and nearly all of the revenues from the taxpayer-owned stadium for the next century.

    The governing board of the California Science Center, the Coliseum’s landlord, voted 7-0...

  • USC deal could sap Science Center parking revenue, trustees say
    USC deal could sap Science Center parking revenue, trustees say

    A revised lease that allows USC to run the Coliseum would give the university control of museum parking for major Coliseum events, they say.

  • Coliseum lease to USC unlikely to show paper profit, experts say
    Coliseum lease to USC unlikely to show paper profit, experts say

    In the 98-year lease, USC promises to pay for renovations and give the government a portion of its net gain. But the profit is not guaranteed.

  • Pat Haden urges USC supporters to attend meeting
    Pat Haden urges USC supporters to attend meeting

    USC Athletic Director Pat Haden is calling on USC fans to support the school in its bid to assume operational responsibility of the Coliseum and Sports Arena.

    This month, The Times reported that supporters of the California Science Center and the African American Museum said the plan would slash...

  • USC-Coliseum deal robs museums of parking and money, critics say
    USC-Coliseum deal robs museums of parking and money, critics say

    A trustee of the California Science Center’s fund-raising arm denounced as a “robbery” Wednesday a revised proposal that would give USC control of the museum’s parking as part of a deal that allows the university to run the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

    Marvin Holen, the Science Center foundation’s...

  • Natural History Museum's Otis Booth Pavilion finally revealed
    Natural History Museum's Otis Booth Pavilion finally revealed

    The 100-year-old Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County knows how to make an entrance.

    On Saturday night, following a black-tie dinner to celebrate its centennial, the museum lifted the curtain on its brand-new entrance, the Otis Booth Pavilion.

    The $13-million structure is a six-story-high,...

  • Museums block Coliseum parking plan
    Museums block Coliseum parking plan

    A vote is delayed on giving control to USC, a move that institutions say would cut attendance and divert millions in parking revenue.

  • Natural History Museum is set to dive into L.A.'s cultural scene
    Natural History Museum is set to dive into L.A.'s cultural scene

    The huge fin whale that will greet visitors at the museum's high-tech entrance is just one part of a major renovation soon to be unveiled.

  • A culinary 'Little Belize' in South L.A. area
    A culinary 'Little Belize' in South L.A. area

    Ella's, Joan and Sisters and Mar's bring a breeze of multicultural influences to the L.A. restaurant scene.

  • John Sandbrook
    John Sandbrook

    John Sandbrook, interim general manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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