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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 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...

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    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...

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