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  • 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...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • Doughnut shop cashier may have chased robber before being stabbed

    Doughnut shop cashier may have chased robber before being stabbed

    A doughnut shop cashier was fatally stabbed Tuesday night in Florence after he apparently followed a thief who took money from the register while ordering food, police said. The 29-year-old cashier was working at the shop at Florence Avenue and Broadway at about 9:20 p.m. when a man in his 30s...

  • L.A. Unified urged to remain vigilant after settling sex abuse claims

    L.A. Unified urged to remain vigilant after settling sex abuse claims

    An attorney representing plaintiffs in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal thanked the L.A. Unified School District for agreeing to a $139-million settlement Friday but urged school officials to continue to push to safeguard children in the system. “No more rhetoric,” Brian Claypool...

  • L.A. Unified discusses possible settlement in Miramonte case

    L.A. Unified discusses possible settlement in Miramonte case

    The Los Angeles Board of Education discussed a possible settlement offer Tuesday involving a former Miramonte Elementary School teacher accused of feeding semen to his students in what became the largest and costliest child abuse case in the school system. The plaintiffs' attorneys, who represent...

  • L.A. Unified fires lawyer who said girl could consent to sex with teacher

    L.A. Unified fires lawyer who said girl could consent to sex with teacher

    The L.A. Unified School District has severed ties with an outside attorney over comments he made on a radio broadcast saying that it was a more dangerous decision for a 14-year-old to cross the street in traffic than to have sex with a teacher, officials said Friday. General Counsel Dave Holmquist...

  • Miramonte abuse trial participants will be able to speak to media

    Miramonte abuse trial participants will be able to speak to media

    A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday denied a request by attorneys representing the Los Angeles school district to impose a so-called gag order on those involved in litigation related to child abuse at Miramonte Elementary School. Attorneys requested the order to ensure that the jury, expected...

  • Man shot by deputy after alleged stabbing in Florence-Firestone

    Man shot by deputy after alleged stabbing in Florence-Firestone

    A man who was stabbing another man and refused to stop was shot by police Saturday in the Florence-Firestone area, authorities said. Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to an assault call about 6:55 p.m. in the 1100 block of East 75th Street, said Deputy Jeff Gordon....

  • L.A. Unified alerted to possible sexual misconduct by Berndt in 1983
    L.A. Unified alerted to possible sexual misconduct by Berndt in 1983

    In 1983, a South Los Angeles elementary school principal received a call about one of his teachers, a 32-year-old just a few years on the job. On a student field trip to a museum, Mark Berndt had dropped his pants, a parent complained.

    The principal called the parent back and jotted notes about...

  • Man found covered in blood charged in stabbing death of 6-year-old son
    Man found covered in blood charged in stabbing death of 6-year-old son

    A man found standing on a front lawn in South L.A. covered in blood was charged with murder Monday in the stabbing death of his 6-year-old son.

    Alejandro Santoyo Sanchez, 38, was charged with one count of murder and assault on a child causing death, according to the Los Angeles County district...

  • Sorrow and shock as 6-year-old's stabbing death stuns South L.A. neighbors
    Sorrow and shock as 6-year-old's stabbing death stuns South L.A. neighbors

    Ernestina Quintero woke up just after midnight to the sound of neighbors pounding on her front door.

    Something terrible had happened to Nathan, the cute 6-year-old boy whom she had babysat over the years.

    The child’s body was found on a bed inside a small white trailer tucked behind a home in the...

  • Boy, 6, stabbed to death, bloodied man detained, authorities say
    Boy, 6, stabbed to death, bloodied man detained, authorities say

    A 6-year-old boy was stabbed to death in South Los Angeles on Thursday morning, authorities said.

    The incident was reported in the 1600 block of East 88th Street in the unincorporated Florence-Firestone neighborhood at about midnight. Authorities rushed to the home after receiving a 911 call about...

  • After LAPD officers kill mentally ill man, activists demand answers
    After LAPD officers kill mentally ill man, activists demand answers

    Residents and community activists are demanding answers after the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man by Los Angeles police officers on Monday night.

    Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, said Wednesday he has asked for a meeting with Police Chief Charlie...

  • Protest planned after LAPD officer shoots, kills man during struggle
    Protest planned after LAPD officer shoots, kills man during struggle

    A protest is being planned for Sunday in front of Los Angeles police headquarters in downtown after a man was shot and killed by an officer this week in Florence.

    The shooting occurred about 8:20 p.m. Monday after an officer conducted "an investigative stop" in the 200 block of West 65th Street,...

  • Boys' basketball: Price's James Washington commits to American University

    James Washington, a 6-foot-1 senior guard at Los Angeles Price, has committed to American University, Coach Michael Lynch said.

    Washington is an excellent student and versatile guard.

    Price is expected to have a top small schools team in the winter.

     

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  • Suspect in hit-and-run death of 4-year-old in Florence surrenders

    A man suspected in the hit-and-run death of a 4-year-old boy in Florence late Thursday surrendered to Bell Gardens police Friday afternoon, KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported

    Police turned the unidentified man over to the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident, CHP Officer Patrick...

  • Child killed, woman injured in Florence hit-and-run
    Child killed, woman injured in Florence hit-and-run

    A young child died Thursday evening after being struck in Florence by a driver who fled the scene.

    Just after 7 p.m., a vehicle described as a red Kia or Honda hit the child and a female pedestrian near the intersection of Firestone Boulevard and Holmes Avenue, said California Highway Patrol Officer...

  • Gov. Brown signs bill to speed firing teachers for misconduct
    Gov. Brown signs bill to speed firing teachers for misconduct

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed long-debated legislation aimed at speeding the dismissal of public school teachers for egregious misconduct. The bill was introduced in reaction to a 2012 sex abuse case at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles.

    Teacher Mark Berndt was arrested in 2012...

  • Kashkari talks educational inequality at South L.A. church
    Kashkari talks educational inequality at South L.A. church

    Shifting into general-election mode, GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Sunday visited an African American church in South Los Angeles, where he emphasized educational inequality as he sought to sway a traditionally Democratic audience.

    Kashkari noted that the state’s schools rank in...

  • Man dies in shooting in Florence-Firestone neighborhood
    Man dies in shooting in Florence-Firestone neighborhood

    A 47-year-old man died after he was shot in an unincorporated neighborhood bordering South Los Angeles, law enforcement authorities said Thursday night.

    The shooting was reported around 2:45 p.m. in the 8600 block of Maie Avenue in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles...

  • Judge keeps details of Miramonte sex abuse investigation secret
    Judge keeps details of Miramonte sex abuse investigation secret

    A two-year sheriff’s investigation into child abuse at Miramonte Elementary School will remain confidential, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Friday. 

    Judge John Shepard Wiley said the privacy and well-being of victims was paramount. 

    In the same ruling, Wiley fined the L.A. Unified...

  • Firefighters battle huge commercial blaze in southeast L.A. County
    Firefighters battle huge commercial blaze in southeast L.A. County

    Firefighters battled a huge blaze Thursday evening that ravaged a commercial building in southeast Los Angeles County and burned several vehicles.

    No injuries were reported in the fire in the 8100 block of Marbrisa Avenue near the unincorporated communities of Walnut Park and Florence-Firestone,...

  • LAUSD quietly disbands Miramonte child-abuse investigative panel
    LAUSD quietly disbands Miramonte child-abuse investigative panel

    The Los Angeles school district has quietly shut down a high-profile special investigative panel intended to review the Miramonte Elementary child-abuse case, citing its cost.

    The school system had pledged to form the commission in 2012 as a measure of its commitment to protect students after the...

  • Lawyers want investigation of LAUSD destruction of abuse reports
    Lawyers want investigation of LAUSD destruction of abuse reports

    Attorneys representing students and their families in litigation over alleged sexual misconduct at Miramonte Elementary School called Friday for a federal investigation into the Los Angeles school district's destruction of reports containing abuse claims.

    The lawyers' remarks came after a pre-trial...

  • Allegations in Miramonte molestation case grow
    Allegations in Miramonte molestation case grow

    Previously undisclosed accusations against former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt reveal a more widespread pattern of alleged abuse, with more than 100 possible victims, including some children who said Berndt molested them, according to court documents.

    The new allegations about...

  • L.A. Unified battles lawyers over Miramonte disclosures
    L.A. Unified battles lawyers over Miramonte disclosures

    The litigation over sexual misconduct at Miramonte Elementary has resulted in a struggle over which documents should be part of the public record. This includes testimony that a former teacher had alerted her principal about sexual misconduct by Mark Berndt, who was subsequently arrested and later...

  • Abuse charges dropped against Miramonte teacher
    Abuse charges dropped against Miramonte teacher

    Prosecutors dismiss the case after the girl who alleged the abuse declined to testify against Martin Springer. L.A. Unified stands by its decision to fire Springer and pay $3 million in settlements.

  • LAUSD will pursue firing of Miramonte teacher after charges dropped
    LAUSD will pursue firing of Miramonte teacher after charges dropped

    The Los Angeles Unified School District said it would not reverse its decision to fire former Miramonte Elementary teacher Martin Springer after charges against him were dropped Wednesday, officials said.

    L.A. County prosecutors canceled Springer's pending trial after the teacher's young accuser...

  • Another Miramonte child abuse case emerges from the shadows
    Another Miramonte child abuse case emerges from the shadows

    Obscured by the publicity surrounding teacher Mark Berndt is the case of Martin Springer, whose criminal trial is set to begin this week.

  • Man shot to death Wednesday in South L.A.
    Man shot to death Wednesday in South L.A.

    A man was shot to death early Wednesday in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of South Los Angeles, authorities said.

    The shooting occurred about 6:05 a.m. in the 6800 block of Compton Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Homicide...

  • Miramonte teacher sentenced to 25 years in prison for lewd conduct
    Miramonte teacher sentenced to 25 years in prison for lewd conduct

    Elementary school teacher Mark Berndt, who was accused of acts such as feeding semen to children, pleads no contest to 23 counts.

  • Ex-Miramonte teacher to plead no contest Friday to lewd acts
    Ex-Miramonte teacher to plead no contest Friday to lewd acts

    The teacher charged with committing lewd acts against nearly two dozen children at Miramonte Elementary School, including feeding them cookies tainted with semen, is expected to plead no contest in court Friday.

    In doing so, Mark Berndt, 62, will withdraw his not guilty plea in connection with...

  • Former Miramonte teacher accused of lewd acts to plead no contest
    Former Miramonte teacher accused of lewd acts to plead no contest

    Mark Berndt, charged with committing lewd acts against children at Miramonte Elementary School, agrees to a 25-year sentence.

  • Ex-Miramonte teacher to plead no contest to molestation charges
    Ex-Miramonte teacher to plead no contest to molestation charges

    Mark Berndt, the teacher charged with committing lewd acts against nearly two dozen children at Miramonte Elementary School, including spoon-feeding them semen, has agreed to plead no contest to all charges, sources said Thursday.

    He has agreed to a sentence of 25 years in prison, multiple sources...

  • Pit bull beaten with belt
    Pit bull beaten with belt, apparently shot with pellet gun

    Los Angeles County animal control officers have launched an investigation after a pit bull terrier mix was beaten with a belt and apparently shot repeatedly with a pellet gun, officials said Tuesday afternoon.

    Officials described the 8-month-old dog, whose name is Blue, as "friendly and very social"...

  • 1 injured, 1 arrested in deputy-involved shooting
    1 injured, 1 arrested in deputy-involved shooting

    One suspect was injured and one was arrested after a deputy-involved shooting Saturday in unincorporated Los Angeles, officials said.

    L.A. County sheriff’s deputies were in pursuit of a possible reckless driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol when a passenger in the vehicle jumped from...

  • Two South L.A. shooting victims identified

    The two victims killed Tuesday night in separate shootings have been identified.

    Alfred Jonny Rodriguez, 40, of Los Angeles was shot in Florence-Firestone around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, coroner's officials said.

    Neighborhood residents first reported hearing fireworks, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department...

  • Man shot to death in Florence-Firestone area of South L.A.
    Man shot to death in Florence-Firestone area of South L.A.

    A man was shot to death Tuesday night in the Florence-Firestone area of South Los Angeles, authorities said.

    The man, who has not been publicly identified, was shot about 8:40 p.m. in the 1900 block of East 71st Street and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release from the Los...

  • L.A. Unified accused of bullying in Miramonte student abuse cases
    L.A. Unified accused of bullying in Miramonte student abuse cases

    Attorneys representing a group of Miramonte students and parents responded aggressively to renewed pressure on their clients to settle abuse claims filed with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

    They accused the nation's second-largest school system of bullying tactics. They also asserted...

  • Man killed in Florence area shooting
    Man killed in Florence area shooting

    L.A. County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in the unincorporated Florence area, officials said Wednesday.

    The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 5900 block of Miramonte Boulevard. 

    The unidentified man was taken to a hospital, where...

  • L.A. Unified presses families to settle Miramonte abuse claims
    L.A. Unified presses families to settle Miramonte abuse claims

    Alleged victims of abuse at Miramonte Elementary have until July 5 to accept recent settlement offers from the Los Angeles Unified School District, officials said Tuesday.

    The school district pressed its point with a new website that emphasized that fact with a countdown clock clicking toward the...

  • Pursuit, hours-long standoff end peacefully in South L.A.

    A report of domestic violence led to a short police pursuit and an hours-long standoff that eventually ended without incident in South Los Angeles, authorities said Monday.

    Los Angeles Police Department officers tried to stop a vehicle about 11:30 a.m. Monday after receiving a report of a domestic...

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