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  • The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets

    The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets

    Is it possible to spend more than $400 per person at some of the restaurants on this year's list of the best 101? Of course. Cuisine costs. But great cooking takes many different forms in Los Angeles, and some of the most exquisite flavors belong to us all. Attari Sandwich Shop Attari is a slice...

  • Events: Magic of the Yucatan, pre-Forum specials at Post & Beam, PigOut 3.0

    Events: Magic of the Yucatan, pre-Forum specials at Post & Beam, PigOut 3.0

    Chichen Itza Restaurant and Mercado La Paloma have partnered to create the Magic of the Yucatan throughout the month of August. The event is a celebration of Yucatecan culture and will feature an ongoing art exhibit that showcases the art of Yucatecan and Southern Californian artists. Besides the...

  • Contest winner eats 45 habanero chiles in 20 minutes

    Contest winner eats 45 habanero chiles in 20 minutes

    A new habanero chile-eating champ was crowned by Chichén Itzá Restaurant and chef-owner Gilberto Cetina at the fourth annual Chile Habanero Eating Contest this past Sunday. Joel Meza Morales ate 45 habanero chiles in 20 minutes. This accomplishment shattered last year’s chile-eating record of 31...

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  • CatConLA announces schedule, special guests Mayim Bialik, Jack McBrayer

    CatConLA announces schedule, special guests Mayim Bialik, Jack McBrayer

    When organizer Susan Michals first told us about her plans for the upcoming CatConLA, she hinted that celebri-cats like Lil Bub and Pudge would be joined by some famous humans -- though at the time she wasn’t at liberty to identify them. The cat is now officially out of the bag with today’s announcement...

  • Woman hits pedestrian, flees, crashes into cars, LAPD says

    Woman hits pedestrian, flees, crashes into cars, LAPD says

    A driver was arrested Sunday evening in South Los Angeles after hitting a pedestrian with her car, fleeing the scene and leading authorities on a chase that ended when she crashed into several vehicles, police said. About 5:20 p.m. the woman struck a man near 43rd Street and Central Avenue and...

  • Device with protruding wires at South L.A. courthouse: No, not a bomb

    Device with protruding wires at South L.A. courthouse: No, not a bomb

    A courthouse in South L.A. was briefly evacuated Monday morning after someone called in a bomb threat and a device with protruding wires was found, LAPD officials said. The call came in about 9:30 a.m. and warned of a bomb at the courthouse in the 1900 block of South Hill Street, said Officer Norma...

  • Mickey Champion dies at 89; L.A. blues singer known for powerful voice

    Mickey Champion dies at 89; L.A. blues singer known for powerful voice

    Mickey Champion, a dynamic blues singer whose stirring vocals were heard for more than five decades in nightclubs across Los Angeles from Central Avenue to the San Fernando Valley, has died. She was 89. Champion died Monday of natural causes at the West Side Health Center in Los Angeles, her family...

  • Documenting the art of others

    Documenting the art of others

    Fredrik Nilsen photographs the art of others, an art in itself beyond the science and optics involved in achieving accurate documentation. Examples of his work in this vein, which contribute significantly to L.A.'s art historical record, form half of an oddly staged show at Downtown Photoroom. ...

  • L.A. workforce development program gets $36-million overhaul

    L.A. workforce development program gets $36-million overhaul

    A revamped citywide workforce development program powered by $36 million in federal funds, private grants and equipment will seek to combat a yawning skills gap in Southern California. On Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti introduced an upgraded online jobs portal and a new South Los Angeles...

  • Los Angeles Fashion Week: Sue Wong stages a siren spectacular
    Los Angeles Fashion Week: Sue Wong stages a siren spectacular

    The advance tip sheet for Sue Wong's Wednesday night kickoff of the Style Fashion Week slate of shows and presentations in downtown L.A. billed it as a "mega runway show" and, in this case, it was not an exercise in hyperbole.

    With a running time of more than half an hour (not including the pre-show...

  • Style Fashion Week makes last-minute venue change to the Reef
    Style Fashion Week makes last-minute venue change to the Reef

    Just four days before the first footfall was scheduled to hit the runway at Style Fashion Week, its organizers abruptly announced a venue change — swapping L.A. Live’s event deck for the Reef (the former LA Mart building) on South Broadway.

    Style Fashion Week had staged its five-day slate of fashion...

  • RV fire spreads to home, parked car in South L.A.
    RV fire spreads to home, parked car in South L.A.

    A blaze ripped through a recreational vehicle behind a South Los Angeles home Wednesday, and quickly spread to an adjacent home and a car parked nearby.

    Firefighters arriving in the 400 block of East 25th Street in Exposition Park found the RV fully engulfed in flames. Aerial television news footage...

  • 4 men shot in South L.A.; 2 more people shot in earlier incident
    4 men shot in South L.A.; 2 more people shot in earlier incident

    Police said four people were shot Wednesday night in South Los Angeles, the second shooting incident in the area in less than five hours.

    The victims were shot at East 27th Street and Stanford Avenue around 9:45 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    All were described as men believed to...

  • The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets
    The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets

    Is it possible to spend more than $400 per person at some of the restaurants on this year's list of the best 101? Of course. Cuisine costs. But great cooking takes many different forms in Los Angeles, and some of the most exquisite flavors belong to us all.

    Attari Sandwich Shop

    Attari is a slice...

  • Luciano Perna's surprising life at Downtown Photoroom
    Luciano Perna's surprising life at Downtown Photoroom

    Luciano Perna’s nimble exhibition at Downtown Photoroom takes visitors on a whimsical trip to Naples, Italy, where he was born, and beyond — far beyond.

    Autobiography plays a part in the L.A. Conceptualist’s playful works, whose congenital curiosity induces viewers to see them for what they are...

  • Man charged with 15 felonies in deadly gun battle with LAPD
    Man charged with 15 felonies in deadly gun battle with LAPD

    A man found hiding in a dumpster after multiple shootouts with police through the streets of Los Angeles has been charged with 15 felonies, including attempted murder and assault of an officer.

    Avel Jowan Turks, 18, of Los Angeles, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon on six counts...

  • LAPD credits armored vehicle for protection in morning shootout
    LAPD credits armored vehicle for protection in morning shootout

    At a time when police action in the Midwest is raising concerns about the militarization of local law enforcement agencies, police in South Los Angeles are crediting some of that equipment for saving lives during a dramatic run-and-gun pursuit before daybreak Monday.

    For more than three hours,...

  • Suspect killed in LAPD shootout had 'high-powered' rifle, police say
    Suspect killed in LAPD shootout had 'high-powered' rifle, police say

    One of two suspects who are accused of engaging police in a running shootout through South Los Angeles early Monday was armed with a “high-powered” rifle that wounded a 22-year department veteran, police officials said.

    The SWAT officer is expected to survive what police described as a “significant”...

  • LAPD officer wounded, suspect killed in 110 Freeway shootout
    LAPD officer wounded, suspect killed in 110 Freeway shootout

    A section of the northbound 110 Freeway heading into downtown was closed early Monday as Los Angeles police investigated a shooting that they said left one of two gunmen dead and an officer wounded.

    The incident involved two men firing at LAPD officers from an SUV when the officers tried to pull...

  • L.A. Fashion Council announces spring 2015 plans, partnerships
    L.A. Fashion Council announces spring 2015 plans, partnerships

    The Los Angeles Fashion Council has announced its plans for showcasing spring and summer 2015 designer collections -- as well as a partnership with FashionWeekLA.com. 

    Word comes from LAFC organizer Kelsi Smith that her group has partnered with workspace collective Maker City L.A in the former...

  • Events: Magic of the Yucatan, pre-Forum specials at Post & Beam, PigOut 3.0
    Events: Magic of the Yucatan, pre-Forum specials at Post & Beam, PigOut 3.0

    Chichen Itza Restaurant and Mercado La Paloma have partnered to create the Magic of the Yucatan throughout the month of August. The event is a celebration of Yucatecan culture and will feature an ongoing art exhibit that showcases the art of Yucatecan and Southern Californian artists. Besides the...

  • On Obama's private L.A. schedule: a meeting with Father Boyle
    On Obama's private L.A. schedule: a meeting with Father Boyle

    President Obama met privately with Father Gregory Boyle of Los Angeles' Homeboy Industries and four former gang members Thursday as part of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative aimed at lifting African American and Latino youths.

    “He talked about how he had a similar background with...

  • UPS worker charged in sex assault case; LAPD seeks leads
    UPS worker charged in sex assault case; LAPD seeks leads

    Los Angeles police on Wednesday said detectives were seeking additional possible victims of a United Parcel Service worker charged with sexually assaulting two women.

    Anthony Leroy Tinzly was charged on June 23 with 12 felony counts including rape, sodomy and kidnapping in connection with two sexual...

  • Contest winner eats 45 habanero chiles in 20 minutes
    Contest winner eats 45 habanero chiles in 20 minutes

    A new habanero chile-eating champ was crowned by Chichén Itzá Restaurant and chef-owner Gilberto Cetina at the fourth annual Chile Habanero Eating Contest this past Sunday.

    Joel Meza Morales ate 45 habanero chiles in 20 minutes. This accomplishment shattered last year’s chile-eating record of 31...

  • Posters promoting Israel boycott were vandalized, curator says
    Posters promoting Israel boycott were vandalized, curator says

    A Los Angeles art exhibition featuring posters promoting a controversial Palestinian-led boycott of goods made in Israel and Israeli settlements has been vandalized, according to the exhibition's curator.

    Carol Wells, executive director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, said nine...

  • Events: 'The Science of Pie,' habanero eating contest, Golden Road at Plan Check, more
    Events: 'The Science of Pie,' habanero eating contest, Golden Road at Plan Check, more

    On Sunday, June 1, UCLA will be hold its annual "Scientific Bake-Off." Amy Rowat is heading up this event as part of her "Science and Food" course at UCLA. Students of Rowat will compete in an apple pie baking competition, using past analysis and experimentation to determine the best method to...

  • Jonathan Gold's best restaurants: Chichén Itzá
    Jonathan Gold's best restaurants: Chichén Itzá

  • 'The Science of Sushi,' Coolhaus party with endless ice cream, Artisanal LA
    'The Science of Sushi,' Coolhaus party with endless ice cream, Artisanal LA

    Architecturally themed ice cream sandwich shop Coolhaus is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a party at the Unique Space downtown on May 2. There will be an open cocktail bar, a live show by L.A.'s own De Lux, a DJ set by Paul Tao of IAMSOUND Records, Pizzanista! pizza, Free Range LA fried...

  • Mentoring group gives L.A. Unified students an extra way to connect
    Mentoring group gives L.A. Unified students an extra way to connect

    L.A. Unified teachers say extra support by City Year volunteers in the classroom is instrumental to helping struggling students.

  • LAPD seeking suspects in bus shooting that left boy, woman wounded
    LAPD seeking suspects in bus shooting that left boy, woman wounded

    Los Angeles police late Wednesday were looking for a suspect or suspects in connection with a shooting that left a woman and boy wounded while they rode a Dash bus in South Los Angeles.

    Police said it was not clear whether the victims were grazed by the bullet or cut by shattered glass after the...

  • Boy, woman grazed by bullet while riding bus, LAPD says
    Boy, woman grazed by bullet while riding bus, LAPD says

    A boy and a woman were apparently grazed by a bullet Wednesday evening as they rode a Dash bus through South Los Angeles, police said.

    The bullet appeared to have been fired from the street as the bus drove along Avalon Boulevard near 42nd Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Officer...

  • Candidate to head L.A. teachers union faces discipline
    Candidate to head L.A. teachers union faces discipline

    Los Angeles school district officials say one of the top candidates for president of the teachers union faces discipline for leaving his campus to campaign during the school day.

    The issue has entangled L.A. Unified in a contentious union race with high stakes both for teachers and the nation’s...

  • Trouble-plagued South L.A. liquor store has license revoked
    Trouble-plagued South L.A. liquor store has license revoked

    As part of a crackdown on nuisance businesses, city officials revoked the liquor license of a South Los Angeles liquor store Friday that they say had become a hot spot for crime and violence.

    Law enforcement officials said that 125 arrests had been made directly related to alcohol purchased at...

  • Metro Blue Line train strikes vehicle; at least 12 injured
    Metro Blue Line train strikes vehicle; at least 12 injured

    Authorities Tuesday morning were transporting at least a dozen people to hospitals after a Blue Line train struck a vehicle near downtown Los Angeles.

    The train struck the vehicle at about 9:55 a.m. in the 300 block of East Washington Boulevard, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The...

  • Former Trade Tech foundation exec arrested in embezzlement case

    The former executive director of a foundation set up to help needy students at Los Angeles Trade Technical College was arrested Thursday on suspicion of embezzlement.

    Jiah Rhea Chung, 43, was arrested by investigators with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office on suspicion of public...

  • Passengers ordered off Metro bus one-by-one after 'disturbance'
    Passengers ordered off Metro bus one-by-one after 'disturbance'

    Passengers were ordered to exit a Metro bus one-by-one Wednesday morning in Historic South-Central L.A. after a report of a disturbance on board, authorities said.

    The disturbance was called in around 7 a.m. near the intersection of Broadway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, "so they're clearing...

  • Body of woman found inside burned-out car on 110 Freeway
    Body of woman found inside burned-out car on 110 Freeway

    A woman was found dead inside a burned-out car on the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles late Sunday night, authorities said.

    California Highway Patrol cars and firefighters responded at about 10:30 p.m. to a report of a car fire on the northbound 110 Freeway near Vernon Avenue, according to the...

  • Four firefighters seriously injured battling South L.A. blaze
    Four firefighters seriously injured battling South L.A. blaze

    Four firefighters, including one who fell through a roof, were seriously injured Thursday while battling a blaze at a commercial building in South Los Angeles.

    Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said the four firefighters were hospitalized in serious condition but were expected...

  • Nearly 30 L.A. students sickened on 2 campuses, puzzling officials
    Nearly 30 L.A. students sickened on 2 campuses, puzzling officials

    This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

    An illness that caused flu-like symptoms among roughly 20 students at an elementary school in Watts last week has spread to another school, sickening about 10 others, Los Angeles Unified officials said.

    At least eight students...

  • Church that burned had no fire code violations, records show

    A historic South Los Angeles church where three firefighters were injured battling a large blaze has been regularly inspected in recent years and has no history of fire code violations, according to records reviewed Wednesday by The Times.

    The two-alarm blaze broke out Tuesday morning at the Crouch...

  • Pastor fears he started South L.A. church blaze, 'feels terrible'
    Pastor fears he started South L.A. church blaze, 'feels terrible'

    A South Los Angeles pastor said he fears he may have accidentally started a fire that engulfed his congregation’s historic church Tuesday morning, injuring three firefighters.

    Lawrence Magee, 66, told reporters outside what remained of Crouch Memorial Church of God in Christ at 1001 E. 27th St....

  • Third firefighter injured while battling South L.A. church fire
    Third firefighter injured while battling South L.A. church fire

    A third firefighter was injured Tuesday while battling a two-alarm blaze at a South Los Angeles church, officials said.

    The firefighter was transported to an area hospital with a non-life-threatening injury, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.

    The firefighter was on an aerial...

  • Football: Dorsey, San Pedro get in their hits [Video]
    Football: Dorsey, San Pedro get in their hits [Video]

     Dorsey and San Pedro, two longtime City Section powers, played in a scrimmage on Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Both schools were hitting hard on defense while trying to get their offenses in gear.

    San Pedro will probably start its first sophomore at quarterback in Coach Mike Walsh's...

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