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  • Jonathan Gold's top 10 restaurant dishes of 2014

    Jonathan Gold's top 10 restaurant dishes of 2014

    2014 — I remember 2014. In Los Angeles, it was the year of peak steakhouse. It was a year of artisanal soda pop, $16 cheeseburgers and chef-ly barbecue. Tacos entered their Mannerist period. Cocktails largely supplanted wine, even in fine-dining restaurants. Kale, sea urchin, offal and poached...

  • Aqui Es Texcoco's lamb barbacoa stars, other dishes shine too

    Aqui Es Texcoco's lamb barbacoa stars, other dishes shine too

    The last time I went to Aqui Es Texcoco, the kitchen had run out of lamb. And while this might not have been a problem in most Mexican restaurants, where you'd shrug and move on to the roast pork or the mojarra, Aqui Es Texcoco is more or less a one-dish restaurant — that dish being barbacoa in...

  • Crumbs Bake Shop chain closes: 5 foods that could be the next cupcake

    Crumbs Bake Shop chain closes: 5 foods that could be the next cupcake

    Crumbs Bake Shop Inc., one of the bakeries that helped fuel the cupcake craze that swept the country a couple of years ago, closed all of its stores Monday. But before you shed too many tears over your beloved frosted mini cakes, know that Sprinkles is opening a new location at the Americana at...

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  • Critics of Pacific Rim free trade agreement cite worries over jobs, immigration

    Critics of Pacific Rim free trade agreement cite worries over jobs, immigration

    About 30 members of unions, immigrant rights groups and an environmental advocacy organization joined Wednesday to voice their concerns that a Pacific Rim free trade deal would reduce U.S. jobs and increase immigration to the country. At a rally in City of Commerce, they also decried the lack of...

  • State's 5 worst bottlenecks are in L.A., Orange counties

    State's 5 worst bottlenecks are in L.A., Orange counties

    During the evening rush hour, a section of Interstate 5 between the 710 and 605 freeways becomes a mosh pit of commuters as tens of thousands of vehicles outbound from L.A. squeeze from five lanes to four. The crush can last three hours or more and, by one estimate, wastes a total of 67 years of...

  • Wienerschnitzel burglary, steakhouse carjacking and a wild pursuit

    Wienerschnitzel burglary, steakhouse carjacking and a wild pursuit

    What do you get when you mix a burglary at a Wienerschnitzel and a carjacking at a steakhouse? Thursday morning's bizarre caper, which included, between restaurants, a high-speed pursuit with L.A. County sheriff's deputies in East Los Angeles. It all began about 1:40 a.m. when a deputy saw a man...

  • Ex-water district manager agrees to pay fine over accepting gifts

    The former general manager of a major Los Angeles-area water district has agreed to pay a $30,000 fine for violating state rules on accepting gifts from an engineering company while also attempting to steer more than $6 million in contracts to the firm, the state's Fair Political Practices Commission...

  • People who fell from Commerce Casino were painters, fire officials say

    People who fell from Commerce Casino were painters, fire officials say

    The five people injured Saturday after falling from Commerce Casino were painters who hit the pavement after scaffolding gave way, fire officials said Sunday. The workers were painting the casino around 3:20 p.m. Saturday, when they fell about 15 feet, officials said. The painters suffered minor...

  • 5 injured after plunging 20 feet at Southern California casino

    5 injured after plunging 20 feet at Southern California casino

    Five people were injured Saturday after falling 20 feet at a Southern California casino, fire officials said. Just before 3:20 p.m., five people fell from Commerce Casino in the 6100 block of East Telegraph Road in Commerce, said Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher Cheryl Sims. It was...

  • Jonathan Gold's top 10 restaurant dishes of 2014
    Jonathan Gold's top 10 restaurant dishes of 2014

    2014 — I remember 2014. In Los Angeles, it was the year of peak steakhouse. It was a year of artisanal soda pop, $16 cheeseburgers and chef-ly barbecue. Tacos entered their Mannerist period. Cocktails largely supplanted wine, even in fine-dining restaurants. Kale, sea urchin, offal and poached...

  • Virus-transmitting 'yellow fever' mosquitoes discovered in L.A. County
    Virus-transmitting 'yellow fever' mosquitoes discovered in L.A. County

    A new aggressive daytime-biting mosquito capable of transmitting debilitating and possibly deadly viruses has been found in the Los Angeles region, officials announced Wednesday.

    Known as yellow fever mosquitoes, the insects were found Oct. 7 and 8 in Commerce and Pico Rivera, respectively, according...

  • Brotherly matchup does not end well for La Cañada High boys' water polo

    Water Polo: Spartans' Christian Flores sees team surrender seven-goal advantage in third quarter of 17-7 defeat to Montebello.

  • Meet Liberty Ross at kickoff for her new denim collection
    Meet Liberty Ross at kickoff for her new denim collection

    Meet Liberty Ross at the kickoff for her new clothing collection.

    The model/actress has designed seven fall pieces for premium denim brand Genetic, and she and Genetic's founder/creative director Ali Fatourechi are slated to introduce the clothes to customers at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills on Thursday....

  • Aqui Es Texcoco's lamb barbacoa stars, other dishes shine too
    Aqui Es Texcoco's lamb barbacoa stars, other dishes shine too

    The last time I went to Aqui Es Texcoco, the kitchen had run out of lamb. And while this might not have been a problem in most Mexican restaurants, where you'd shrug and move on to the roast pork or the mojarra, Aqui Es Texcoco is more or less a one-dish restaurant — that dish being barbacoa in...

  • Car splits in two after crashing during street race, killing one
    Car splits in two after crashing during street race, killing one

    A street race ended in Commerce on Thursday night after one of the cars struck a tree and split in half, killing one of the people inside.

    The collision occurred around 10:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of East Washington Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    One of the...

  • Crumbs Bake Shop chain closes: 5 foods that could be the next cupcake
    Crumbs Bake Shop chain closes: 5 foods that could be the next cupcake

    Crumbs Bake Shop Inc., one of the bakeries that helped fuel the cupcake craze that swept the country a couple of years ago, closed all of its stores Monday. But before you shed too many tears over your beloved frosted mini cakes, know that Sprinkles is opening a new location at the Americana at...

  • Officials: 405 is best way to avoid backup on 5 and 710 freeways
    Officials: 405 is best way to avoid backup on 5 and 710 freeways

    Motorists seeking to avoid traffic-tie ups at the 5- and 710-freeway interchange after a fatal accident at a construction site early Saturday are advised to use the northbound 405 Freeway, if possible.

    A motorist plowed into an overpass construction site on the northbound 5 Freeway in the city...

  • Caltrans: 5 and 710 freeway closures could last until midnight
    Caltrans: 5 and 710 freeway closures could last until midnight

    A major freeway interchange near downtown Los Angeles may remain closed until midnight after a motorist on the northbound 5 Freeway plowed into an overpass construction site early Saturday, killing the driver and injuring the passenger. 

    The crash occurred about 2 a.m. at the 710 Freeway interchange...

  • Troubled Central Basin Water District settles overbilling lawsuit
    Troubled Central Basin Water District settles overbilling lawsuit

    The Central Basin Municipal Water District, which became tangled in a federal corruption probe of a state senator, has settled a lawsuit against a firm it accused of overbilling.

    The settlement was unanimously approved by Central Basin's board of directors on May 22, according to Donald Bradley,...

  • Troubled Central Basin Water District may lose insurance
    Troubled Central Basin Water District may lose insurance

    The Assn. of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority has recommended to its board that it drop the district's employment liability coverage due to 'dysfunction' and increasing lawsuits.

  • Two men injured in suspected 'hash oil' explosion in Commerce
    Two men injured in suspected 'hash oil' explosion in Commerce

    Two men suffered burn-related injuries in a suspected hash oil explosion in the city of Commerce, authorities said.

    Firefighters and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded around 8:10 p.m. to the 2300 block of Ayers Avenue regarding a call of a tree or transformer on fire, but when they...

  • Wrong-way car chase on 5 Freeway ends with CHP collision
    Wrong-way car chase on 5 Freeway ends with CHP collision

    An erratic driver who at one point led officers on a wrong-way chase down the 5 Freeway in Commerce was arrested Monday after he was hit by two patrol cars.

    The chase started shortly after 8:15 a.m. when California Highway Patrol officers responded to reports of a driver who was stopping on the...

  • Man found shot to death in parked SUV in East L.A.
    Man found shot to death in parked SUV in East L.A.

    Few details were available in the shooting death of man in East Los Angeles whose body was found about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday in a black SUV.

    Homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were called to the scene in the 4800 block of Telegraph Road about an hour after the body...

  • Investigators are probing shooting death in Commerce

    Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man in Commerce on Thursday night.

    Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives arrived to the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Harbor Street around 8:32 p.m. The victim, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a local hospital...

  • 710 Freeway fully open after big-rig tanker crash, fire
    710 Freeway fully open after big-rig tanker crash, fire

    The 710 Freeway in Commerce was fully open Monday morning following a fiery big rig tanker crash over the weekend.

    The freeway was open in both directions by 5:11 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

    The big rig, carrying an estimated 8,000 gallons of crude oil, crashed at 9:30 a.m....

  • Southbound 710 Freeway to reopen after fiery crash

    Two southbound lanes of the 710 Freeway were cleared Sunday evening by structural engineers as safe for traffic in the wake of a fiery big-rig tanker crash.

    The remaining southbound lanes were expected to be open by 5 a.m. Monday, in time for rush-hour traffic, according to the California Department...

  • Caltrans inspecting bridge after big-rig fire on 710 Freeway
    Caltrans inspecting bridge after big-rig fire on 710 Freeway

    Part of the 710 Freeway in Commerce remained closed late Sunday afternoon as Caltrans engineers evaluated a bridge where a tanker carrying an estimated 8,000 gallons of crude oil caught fire earlier in the day.

    Although the California Highway Patrol said the southbound lanes of the freeway near...

  • SigAlert issued after big rig fire closes 710 Freeway in Commerce
    SigAlert issued after big rig fire closes 710 Freeway in Commerce

    Both directions of the 710 Freeway in Commerce were closed Sunday morning after at least one big rig caught fire, the California Highway Patrol reported.

    A SigAlert was issued for the incident, which was reported at the Washington Boulevard offramp about 9:30 a.m., according to a CHP online log.

    ...

  • 99 Cents Only chain lays off 160 workers
    99 Cents Only chain lays off 160 workers

    99 Cents Only Stores Inc. has laid off about 160 workers as the company sought to streamline costs and stay competitive.

    No stores will be closed and no employers or managers at any of the chain's 332 stores were affected in Tuesday's move, according to 99 Cents Only spokeswoman Maya Pogoda. She...

  • Prop house in tune with string of nostalgic music-related films
    Prop house in tune with string of nostalgic music-related films

    Prop house History for Hire has been tapped to provide period musical instruments and equipment for Hollywood films.

  • Freddy Smalls BBQ, Son of a Gun lunch, Local Hive at Cognoscenti Coffee, more
    Freddy Smalls BBQ, Son of a Gun lunch, Local Hive at Cognoscenti Coffee, more

    Freddy Smalls' Summertime Backyard BBQ takes place Aug. 18. in the West L.A. gastropub's back parking lot. It's $45 for an all-you-can-eat menu of beer-steamed Maryland blue crab, smoked Mary's chickens, grilled tri-tip with Texas toast and chimichurri, roasted pork shoulder tacos, grilled corn...

  • Old Navy, Disney slip vintage Mickeys onto T-shirts
    Old Navy, Disney slip vintage Mickeys onto T-shirts

    Old Navy and Disney Consumer Products have launched a line of T-shirts bearing rarely seen Mickey Mouse artwork from the Disney archives, both companies announced Monday.

    Marking Mickey's 85th year (somehow he doesn't look a day over 55 to us) the "Mickey Through the Decades" collection features...

  • Caffeine fix: The specialty coffee shops of L.A.
    Caffeine fix: The specialty coffee shops of L.A.

  • Secret restaurant menu items: 5 great off-the-menu dishes in Los Angeles
    Secret restaurant menu items: 5 great off-the-menu dishes in Los Angeles

    This list of off-the-menu dishes doesn't include anything from In-N-Out or McDonald's; you already know about those. These, which you might not be familiar with, are iconic items from places particular to Los Angeles. And though access to a couple of these dishes (and drinks) depends on your relationship...

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