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Before and After: Transformed West Adams home no longer a pink eyesore

When designer and builder Hassan Majd found his latest project, a dilapidated cotton-candy-colored property on the western edge of the West Adams neighborhood, he was hardly tickled pink. “When I opened it up, there was nothing there,” he said. “The building was just rotting away. It was really...

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  • Accelerate a business: Open it in a shipping container. The Shops at Adams Gateway show how.

    Accelerate a business: Open it in a shipping container. The Shops at Adams Gateway show how.

    "It was like Tetris putting them in there," restaurateur and designer Fred Sutherland says of his latest enterprise in South Los Angeles' West Adamsneighborhood: the shipping container mini-village dubbed the Shops at Adams Gateway. It's an unusual approach to inner-city revitalization: a collection...

  • Best barbecue? Says who?

    Best barbecue? Says who?

    On its website today, OpenTable.com announced the top 30 barbecue restaurants in the U.S., a list that includes local restaurants Gus’s, Naples Rib Company and Boneyard Bistro. The votes were culled from 16,000 reviews from what the company calls "verified diners," people who both made and kept...

  • Soaring home prices spur a resurgence near USC

    Soaring home prices spur a resurgence near USC

    The hot housing market and a rail line push young professionals to the West Adams, Leimert Park areas

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  • 12:10 AM Robbery

    West Adams and Hauser boulevards

  • 8:00 PM Aggravated assault

    2600 block of South Redondo Boulevard

  • 7:00 PM Burglary

    2800 block of South Sycamore Avenue

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    3300 block of South La Cienega Boulevard

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  • Motorist suspected in fatal hit-and-run arrested

    A 20-year-old motorist suspected of hitting two pedestrians and killing one before fleeing the scene Saturday has been arrested, Los Angeles police said. The suspect, whom police declined to identify, fled the West Adams neighborhood where the collision occurred shortly after 10 p.m. without stopping...

  • Firefighter is 'crushed' after being convicted of assault, attorney says

    Firefighter is 'crushed' after being convicted of assault, attorney says

    A Los Angeles city firefighter was convicted Thursday of assaulting a woman who was feeding stray cats in his neighborhood. Jurors convicted Ian Justin Eulian, 39, of one felony count each of assault and battery in connection with the Sept. 14, 2013, incident, which was captured by surveillance...

  • Metro halted Crenshaw rail line construction after safety violations

    Metro halted Crenshaw rail line construction after safety violations

    All construction on the $2.1-billion Crenshaw Line was halted for four days recently after transportation officials witnessed a series of safety violations that escalated in severity, officials told The Times.  The shutdown began Thursday and work resumed Monday. It was the first construction suspension...

  • Datebook: Word paintings, dance on film, and art about roller skating

    Datebook: Word paintings, dance on film, and art about roller skating

    Paintings that echo a half-century-old accusation. Photographs of forgotten corners of the L.A. landscape. The early work of a multimedia artist who fused film and dance. And a show that is all about roller skating. I’m currently running around South America, but here are four things you can do in...

  • Kris Kuksi's sculptures at Mark Moore Gallery are intensely detailed

    Kris Kuksi's sculptures at Mark Moore Gallery are intensely detailed

    The insanely detailed sculptures in Kris Kuksi’s exhibition “Antiquity in the Faux” are 3-D versions of graphic novels whose imagery has taken up all the space and left no room for text. In Kuksi’s hands, that’s not a bad trade-off. It leaves viewers free to let our eyeballs race wildly, running...

  • L.A. firefighter's lawyer asks jurors to acquit client in assault case

    L.A. firefighter's lawyer asks jurors to acquit client in assault case

    The attorney for a Los Angeles City firefighter accused of assaulting a woman feeding stray cats told jurors on Friday that his client only began throwing punches at the victim after she kicked his elderly mother. Surveillance video captured last year by cameras on a community arts center in the...

  • CHP settles in videotaped beating of woman; officer to resign
    CHP settles in videotaped beating of woman; officer to resign

    A California Highway Patrol officer caught on video repeatedly punching a woman on the 10 Freeway has agreed to resign, the agency said Wednesday.

    CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow announced that Officer Daniel Andrew was stepping down and that the law enforcement agency had settled a civil rights lawsuit...

  • One dead in Crenshaw district shooting
    One dead in Crenshaw district shooting

    Los Angeles police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead in the Crenshaw district Saturday evening, authorities said.

    The man was shot at about 6:20 p.m. near 28th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Officer Sally Madera, a Los Angeles Police Department...

  • La Cañada High football edges Verbum Dei in opener
    La Cañada High football edges Verbum Dei in opener

    Football: Spartans prevail, 13-12, as Ramsey Lambert wins his coaching debut.

  • Woman beaten by CHP officer in L.A.: 'I just want justice done'
    Woman beaten by CHP officer in L.A.: 'I just want justice done'

    A woman who was punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the 10 Freeway said she wants "justice done" and for the officers to be put behind bars.

    The woman, identified by her attorney as 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, made the comments to The Times on Wednesday, the same day the...

  • CHP officer videotaped punching woman could face 'serious charges'
    CHP officer videotaped punching woman could face 'serious charges'

    The California Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that one of its officers faces “potentially serious charges” for repeatedly punching a woman in the head along the 10 Freeway in July, an incident that was caught on video and posted to YouTube, causing widespread outrage.

    In addition to turning...

  • Feds consider probe into CHP beating captured on video, sources say
    Feds consider probe into CHP beating captured on video, sources say

    The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing a request for an independent investigation into the California Highway Patrol officer who was recorded on video punching a woman along the 10 Freeway, an FBI spokeswoman said.

    Federal officials are considering opening their own inquiry into the incident,...

  • Woman videotaped in CHP beating was walking into traffic, report says
    Woman videotaped in CHP beating was walking into traffic, report says

    A woman who was seen being beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer on the 10 Freeway earlier this month was “talking to herself” and tried to walk into traffic on the freeway, according to a report obtained by The Times.

    A CHP officer made the comments in an application he submitted in support...

  • LAPD patrol car runs over man lying in street, killing him
    LAPD patrol car runs over man lying in street, killing him

    A Los Angeles police car ran over a man who was lying in the street Sunday night, killing him, officials said.

    Officers were responding to a call about a naked man running around the neighborhood of Adams Boulevard and Hillcrest Avenue about 10:20 p.m. when they ran over him, according to the Los...

  • Best barbecue? Says who?
    Best barbecue? Says who?

    On its website today, OpenTable.com announced the top 30 barbecue restaurants in the U.S., a list that includes local restaurants Gus’s, Naples Rib Company and Boneyard Bistro. The votes were culled from 16,000 reviews from what the company calls "verified diners," people who both made and kept...

  • Debate over boarding houses resurfaces at L.A. City Hall
    Debate over boarding houses resurfaces at L.A. City Hall

    Years after Los Angeles lawmakers began debating how to crack down on troublesome boarding houses, the city is again struggling to address neighborhood complaints without harming shared homes serving the disabled and needy.

    Councilman Mitch Englander has championed new restrictions in response...

  • Woman punched by CHP officer files lawsuit alleging excessive force
    Woman punched by CHP officer files lawsuit alleging excessive force

    The woman punched by a California Highway Patrol officer earlier this month along the 10 Freeway has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officer and head of the agency, her attorneys announced Thursday.

    The suit, filed Thursday in federal court, alleges that the unnamed officer used excessive...

  • 911 callers describe woman on 10 Feeway before CHP officer struck her
    911 callers describe woman on 10 Feeway before CHP officer struck her

    At least eight people called 911 on the evening of July 1, saying a woman was walking along the shoulder of the 10 Freeway and acting erratically.

    "She has no shoes on," one caller said.

    "She's just standing there with her arms in the air," another said.

    A California Highway Patrol officer was...

  • Activists renew call for independent probe of CHP punching video
    Activists renew call for independent probe of CHP punching video

    Community leaders and attorneys renewed their calls for an independent investigation into the California Highway Patrol officer who was recorded on video punching a woman along the 10 Freeway.

    Those gathered at a news conference Thursday had harsh words for the officer who punched Marlene Pinnock,...

  • CHP, rights activists to meet again over officer's punching of woman
    CHP, rights activists to meet again over officer's punching of woman

    California Highway Patrol officials are expected to meet with Los Angeles civil rights activists for a second consecutive day after a video emerged online last week showing an officer repeatedly punching a woman in the face during a confrontation on the 10 Freeway.

    The video, which has been played...

  • Civil rights activists, CHP meet to discuss woman punched by officer
    Civil rights activists, CHP meet to discuss woman punched by officer

    Los Angeles civil rights activists said they were pleased by their Monday meeting with an upper-level California Highway Patrol official regarding the officer who was captured on video punching a woman alongside the 10 Freeway last week.

    Community leaders told The Times they met with Asst. Commissioner...

  • Family of woman involved in CHP altercation wants officer punished

    The family of a woman allegedly thrown to the ground and punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer is asking that the two officers involved in the incident be punished, the woman's attorney said Saturday.

    "She's not just some animal," said attorney Caree Harper, who declined to...

  • CHP investigates altercation between officer, woman on 10 Freeway
    CHP investigates altercation between officer, woman on 10 Freeway

    California Highway Patrol officials on Friday said they were investigating an alleged altercation between an officer and a woman on the side of the 10 Freeway this week.

    The incident was filmed Tuesday night by a passing driver and shows a woman walking toward a male officer on the side of the...

  • Motorist video shows violent encounter between CHP officer, woman
    Motorist video shows violent encounter between CHP officer, woman

    A motorist used his cell phone to capture what appears to be a struggle between a woman and a California Highway Patrol officer on the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles.

    The video shows the woman on the side of the freeway when she is approached by the officer and the struggle ensues. The footage was shot...

  • LAX to expand FlyAway bus service to Santa Monica and Hollywood
    LAX to expand FlyAway bus service to Santa Monica and Hollywood

    What would you pay not to drive to Los Angeles International Airport? New FlyAway airport bus stops in Santa Monica and Hollywood will charge $8 each way and begin as soon as summer, the airport announced this week.

    The L.A. Board of Airport Commissioners voted Monday to expand FlyAway buses that...

  • Suspect in Las Vegas attempted murder arrested in L.A. after pursuit
    Suspect in Las Vegas attempted murder arrested in L.A. after pursuit

    A man wanted in Las Vegas on suspicion of attempted murder was arrested Monday morning in the South Los Angeles area following a police chase. 

    The Los Angeles Police Department said the chase began shortly after 10 a.m. at the intersection of Hauser and Venice boulevards when undercover officers...

  • Football: Long Beach Poly, Dorsey producing NFL draft picks

     MaxPreps.com examined which high schools have produced the most NFL draft picks over the last 20 years, and Long Beach Poly came out No. 1 with 16.

    Dorsey is also among the top schools producing NFL players with 12.

     

  • Review: Mary Weatherford's seductive paintings marvels of abstraction
    Review: Mary Weatherford's seductive paintings marvels of abstraction

    Seven large recent paintings by Mary Weatherford are marvelous excursions into territories of abstraction. Her work has been developing rapidly in the last several years, building complex momentum and self-assurance. These new paintings are the finest I’ve seen.

    For many years nature has been a...

  • Man pleads no contest in rape of 18-year-old student on Metro bus
    Man pleads no contest in rape of 18-year-old student on Metro bus

    The man suspected of raping an 18-year-old developmentally disabled woman in the back of a Metro bus for 10 minutes has pleaded no contest to sexual battery and indecent public exposure charges, officials said.

    Kerry Trotter, now 21, carried out the attack Nov. 7, 2012, in the back of the 217 Metro...

  • Soaring home prices spur a resurgence near USC
    Soaring home prices spur a resurgence near USC

    The hot housing market and a rail line push young professionals to the West Adams, Leimert Park areas

  • Workers discover part of L.A.'s first municipal water system
    Workers discover part of L.A.'s first municipal water system

    A 100-foot section of the Mother Ditch, or Zanja Madre, which carried water from the Los Angeles River to the young city, is found by workers excavating a site in Chinatown.

  • 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.

    ...

  • Restoring the luster of a centerpiece of black history
    Restoring the luster of a centerpiece of black history

    The Wilfandel House in West Adams was an elegant gathering place for African Americans shut out of other venues. Its glory faded as times changed, but recovery efforts are underway.

  • Man, boy wounded in West Adams shooting, LAPD says
    Man, boy wounded in West Adams shooting, LAPD says

    Los Angeles police Wednesday night were investigating a possibly gang-related shooting that left two people injured in the West Adams neighborhood.

    About five gunshots were reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of Geer Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Two victims --...

  • Talk back: Do you remember when the Baldwin Hills dam burst?
    Talk back: Do you remember when the Baldwin Hills dam burst?

    Fifty years ago, the Baldwin Hills Reservoir dam ruptured, sending 150 million gallons of Los Angeles drinking water roaring into homes and cars along nearby Cloverdale Avenue.

    Five people were killed, 65 hillside homes were torn apart and 210 other homes and apartments were damaged in an area...

  • Man's claim of being kidnapped while walking dog a hoax, LAPD says
    Man's claim of being kidnapped while walking dog a hoax, LAPD says

    A Los Angeles man's story of being kidnapped while walking his dog last week -- just days before he was supposed to testify in a celebrity-linked burglary case -- has been deemed a ruse, police said.

    Police spent three days looking for Darwin Vela, 22, after his dog returned to their Southwest...

  • Missing man was to testify about burglary linked to Nicolas Cage's ex
    Missing man was to testify about burglary linked to Nicolas Cage's ex

    The Los Angeles man who vanished while walking his dog Tuesday night was scheduled to testify in a third-strike burglary case against a man accused of breaking into the home of actor Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend, officials confirmed.

    Darwin Vela, 22, was last seen about 9 p.m. Tuesday when he left...

  • Man's disappearance 'suspicious'; LAPD examining bloody leash
    Man's disappearance 'suspicious'; LAPD examining bloody leash

    Los Angeles police said Friday they are examining the bloody leash of a dog who returned home from a walk this week without his owner, who mysteriously disappeared earlier this week. 

    Darwin Vela, 22, was last seen about 9 p.m. Tuesday when he left his home in the 2900 block of South Redondo Boulevard...

  • Man missing after dog returns home alone with bloody leash
    Man missing after dog returns home alone with bloody leash

    Los Angeles police are looking for a 22-year-old man who disappeared Tuesday night while walking his dog, which returned to his South L.A. home dragging a bloody leash, the man's fiance said.Darwin Vela, 22, left his home in the 2900 block of South Redondo Boulevard about 9 p.m., police said. His...

  • Drive-by shooting in West Adams leaves one dead, one injured
    Drive-by shooting in West Adams leaves one dead, one injured

    An early morning drive-by shooting in the West Adams area of Los Angeles left one person dead and another injured, police said Wednesday.

    The shooting occurred in the 3700 block of West 36th Street at 1:42 a.m., said Los Angeles Police Officer Gregory Baek. 

    A man and a woman were sitting in a...

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