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L.A. is seizing tiny homes from the homeless

Escalating their battle to stamp out an unprecedented spread of street encampments, city officials have begun seizing tiny houses from homeless people in South Los Angeles. Elvis Summers, who built and donated the structures, removed seven of the gaily painted wooden houses — which come with solar-powered...

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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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  • Smoke alarms not functioning in duplex fire; man seriously burned

    Smoke alarms not functioning in duplex fire; man seriously burned

    A 60-year-old man remained in grave condition Monday hours after a fire tore through his South Park duplex, which authorities said did not have functioning smoke alarms. The blaze, reported at around 1:30 a.m. in the 200 block of West 50th Street, was likely caused by a cigarette, officials said. When...

  • Indictment an in-depth look at South L.A. gang's alleged operations

    Indictment an in-depth look at South L.A. gang's alleged operations

    Federal prosecutors Tuesday unsealed a 212-page racketeering indictment against dozens of suspected members and associates of the 52 Broadway Gangster Crips, detailing how they allegedly robbed homes across the South Bay, used women to move drugs and punished anyone who talked to law enforcement...

  • Tijuana-style tacos at Tacos Los Poblanos: All you need on a hot afternoon

    Tijuana-style tacos at Tacos Los Poblanos: All you need on a hot afternoon

    Last weekend, I drove down to South Los Angeles to see what Carnitas El Momo was all about. I had never tasted the informal stand’s famous namesake dish, which reputable taco correspondents had claimed might be better even than the ones at Metro Balderas and Los Guichos, and there is nothing better...

  • LAPD probes links between kidnapping, killings in South L.A.

    LAPD probes links between kidnapping, killings in South L.A.

    Los Angeles police are investigating potential links between the kidnapping of a teenage girl who was doused with flammable liquid and two other South L.A. attacks that left two women and a 1-year-old boy dead. The suspect, Robert Ransom Jr., 30, has been charged with nine felony counts related...

  • $75,000 reward offered in fire that killed woman, 1-year-old son

    $75,000 reward offered in fire that killed woman, 1-year-old son

    Police on Thursday announced a $75,000 reward in the killing of a 28-year-old woman and her 1-year-old son, who died in a March 5 house fire that appeared to be intentionally set. Authorities responded to the fire about 11:30 a.m. in a converted garage in the 100 block of East 50th Street, said...

  • Cause of South L.A. fire that killed mother, toddler investigated

    Cause of South L.A. fire that killed mother, toddler investigated

    Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a fire Wednesday in a converted garage in South L.A., killing a mother and her toddler in what are the city's 10th and 11th civilian fire fatalities this year. The street in front of the pink stucco house in the 170 block of East 50th Street was...

  • Mother, toddler die in South L.A. fire, bringing city fire deaths to 11
    Mother, toddler die in South L.A. fire, bringing city fire deaths to 11

    A mother and her toddler died in a residential fire Wednesday afternoon, marking the 10th and 11th civilian fire deaths in Los Angeles this year.

    The blaze was reported about 11:41 a.m. in a garage that was converted to a residence  in the 170 block of East 50th Street in South L.A., fire department...

  • 98-year-old woman pulled from South L.A. house fire dies
    98-year-old woman pulled from South L.A. house fire dies

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    Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators were on scene in South L.A. early Saturday morning at a one-story home that caught fire and claimed the life of an 98-year-old woman.

    The fire in the 200 block of East 47th Place in the South Park neighborhood...

  • Man burned to death while stealing gas in South L.A. had been warned
    Man burned to death while stealing gas in South L.A. had been warned

    A man who burned to death Tuesday while attempting to steal fuel from a gas station in South Los Angeles had been warned by family members to stop the practice, his brother-in-law said.

    The incident occurred at a 76 Gas Station at 45th Street and Avalon Boulevard. Firefighters responded to the...

  • Roosevelt High allowed to use iPads after two-month hiatus
    Roosevelt High allowed to use iPads after two-month hiatus

    Two months after losing iPads because of a security breach, Roosevelt High students began using the devices again last week. The iPads remain out of service at two other schools affected after students deleted software filters so they could browse the Internet freely.

    The security episode triggered...

  • Shots hit 2 boys and a man near South L.A. gang fight, police say
    Shots hit 2 boys and a man near South L.A. gang fight, police say

    Two boys and and a man were wounded when a nearby fight between suspected gang members escalated into gunfire at a South Los Angeles park, police said late Thursday.

    A 12-year-old boy was struck in the hip by a ricochet bullet, an 8-year-old boy was hit in the ankle, and the 25-year-old man was...

  • Man arrested for 1990 armed robbery, slaying of South L.A. grocer

    A man long suspected of killing a local market owner in 1990 is now in jail for the man’s slaying.

    Marcus Lynn Perkins, 42, is being held without bail in the killing of Timoteo Pena, who was shot to death during an armed robbery at Pena’s Sinaloa Meat and Grocery Market in South L.A. 23 years ago.

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