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Compton to honor gold medalist DeMar DeRozan on Saturday

The city of Compton is going to hold a celebration on Saturday in honor of former Compton High basketball standout DeMar DeRozan, who won a gold medal playing for Team USA. It starts with a youth basketball camp at 9 a.m. at Lueders Park and DeMar DeRozan gymnasium, 1500 E. Rosecrans Blvd. Camp...

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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...

  • Jonathan Gold: Barbecue you need to be eating right now

    Jonathan Gold: Barbecue you need to be eating right now

    Barbecue may be a religion in the South, but this time of year, it is everywhere in Los Angeles -- in backyards, storefronts, suburban chains, farmers markets and barrel smokers in church parking lots. Here are a few places we like a lot. No reservations required. Bigmista’s Barbecue Can the downtown...

  • 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...

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  • The runner's view of Los Angeles: Its landscape, its people, and the BBQ at mile 10

    The runner's view of Los Angeles: Its landscape, its people, and the BBQ at mile 10

    It all began with a run to the porno burrito. It was early in January and our training regimen for the upcoming Hollywood Half Marathon required a weekly run of at least six miles. But it was dinner time, so rather than run circles around a park, we ran through East Los Angeles, Lincoln Heights...

  • Woman who abandoned a newborn near a Compton bike path is sentenced to prison

    Woman who abandoned a newborn near a Compton bike path is sentenced to prison

    A 33-year-old woman was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in state prison for abandoning her newborn daughter under slabs of asphalt near a Compton bike path, prosecutors said. A judge sentenced Porche Laronda Washington after she pleaded no contest to attempted murder, according to Sarah Ardalani,...

  • 1 dead, 8 wounded in shooting at large party in Compton

    1 dead, 8 wounded in shooting at large party in Compton

    One man was killed and eight others were wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning in Compton, authorities said. Gunfire erupted about 1:30 a.m. at a large party in the 900 block of West Victoria Street, a street with several large warehouses and commercial buildings, Los Angeles County sheriff's...

  • Man arrested in killing of 1-year-old girl in Compton

    Man arrested in killing of 1-year-old girl in Compton

    A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of killing 1-year-old Autumn Johnson in Compton this month, authorities said Tuesday. A gang unit saw Ray Howard Patterson near North Bullis Road and East Rosecrans Avenue about 2 p.m. Monday and took him into custody in connection with the crime,...

  • Autumn Johnson, the Compton girl who was shot and killed in her crib, is laid to rest

    Autumn Johnson, the Compton girl who was shot and killed in her crib, is laid to rest

    Before the Saturday morning service, mourners slowly made their way up to the small lavender casket inside Judson Baptist Church in Carson. There lay 1-year-old Autumn Johnson in a purple ruffled dress, white shoes and a pearl necklace. As tearful men and women walked away, some shook their heads...

  • $75,000 reward offered in shooting death of Compton 1-year-old

    $75,000 reward offered in shooting death of Compton 1-year-old

    Officials on Wednesday increased a reward for information in the shooting death of a 1-year-old girl killed in Compton, bringing the amount to $75,000, authorities said. The city of Compton, the FBI and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are each offering $25,000, according to the Los...

  • 'Hearts are broken' after the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old Compton girl in her crib
    'Hearts are broken' after the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old Compton girl in her crib

    The gunfire that tore through a converted garage echoed across a Compton neighborhood.

    Then a woman screamed: “They shot my baby.”

    The father begged for help for the daughter who lay limp in his arms. Sheriff's deputies rushed the girl with the head wound to the hospital, where doctors announced...

  • Girl, 1, killed in Compton as gunfire erupts outside home
    Girl, 1, killed in Compton as gunfire erupts outside home

    A 1-year-old girl lying in her crib was fatally shot late Tuesday evening by a gunman who opened fire outside her family's house in Compton, authorities said.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said the gunman got out of a car, walked up to the residence and fired in the direction...

  • Ex-Compton school board member found guilty of sexual assault

    A former Compton school board member was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting an unconscious 25-year-old man during a trip to San Diego two years ago, authorities said.

    The jury deliberated for 30 minutes before finding Skyy De'Anthony Fisher, 32, guilty of one felony count of committing oral...

  • At least one skull used in Santeria ceremonies found in Compton shop, authorities say
    At least one skull used in Santeria ceremonies found in Compton shop, authorities say

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives recovered at least one apparent human skull and possibly others from a Compton store where they were being used for Santeria religious ceremonies, officials said Friday.

    Sheriff's homicide investigators said no foul play is suspected. But questions remain...

  • Sheriff's investigators are trying to determine whether remains found in Compton are human

    Remains and bones were found in a building in Compton on Friday, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

    Cmdr. Keith Swensson said investigators were trying to determine whether the remains are human and whether they are linked to a crime. A woman at the scene told authorities...

  • Compton woman charged with attempted murder after abandoned baby is found in crevice
    Compton woman charged with attempted murder after abandoned baby is found in crevice

    The newborn was cold to the touch by the time a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy pulled her from a crevice in Compton. There was no one near the bike path where the 4-day-old girl had been abandoned, almost no way to explain how the crying child wound up buried under slabs of asphalt.

    The only...

  • Mother convicted of fatally stabbing 3 young daughters
    Mother convicted of fatally stabbing 3 young daughters

    A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge convicted a 32-year-old woman Monday of fatally stabbing her three young daughters.

    Judge Ricardo Ocampo found Carol Ann Coronado guilty in the slayings of her daughters Sophia, 2; Yazmine, 16 months; and Xenia, 2 months, according to the Los Angeles County...

  • California mother convicted of fatally stabbing 3 young daughters
    California mother convicted of fatally stabbing 3 young daughters

    A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge convicted a 32-year-old woman Monday of fatally stabbing her three young daughters.

    Judge Ricardo Ocampo found Carol Ann Coronado guilty in the slayings of her daughters Sophia, 2; Yazmine, 16 months; and Xenia, 2 months, according to the Los Angeles County...

  • L.A. County sheriff's deputies describe finding baby buried alive in crevice
    L.A. County sheriff's deputies describe finding baby buried alive in crevice

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Collette said he recognized the cry that was coming from a crevice on a bike path in Compton, even though it was muffled.

    "The cry that I heard, as a father, was more of a cry for help, I'm hungry, but not like I'm injured and hurt,” the deputy said Monday....

  • Newborn girl found buried alive near Compton riverbed
    Newborn girl found buried alive near Compton riverbed

    A call came in to the Compton sheriff’s station the day after Thanksgiving: A baby was crying near a riverbed at 136th Street and Slater Avenue.

    Two sheriff’s deputies who went to the scene around 4 p.m. zeroed in on the muffled cries, according to a news release by Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla of the...

  • Metro Blue Line train derails after striking car on tracks in Compton
    Metro Blue Line train derails after striking car on tracks in Compton

    A Metro light rail train derailed Monday morning after striking a car on the tracks near Compton, sheriff’s officials said.

    The Blue Line train collided with the car about 7:30 a.m. at 119th Street and Willowbrook Avenue, said Ramon Montenegro, a spokesman of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s...

  • Football: Dominguez has three runners above 1,000 yards rushing

    Compton Dominguez (8-3) has advanced to a Southern Section Southeast Division quarterfinal playoff game against La Mirada (8-3) relying on its rushing attack.

    There are three Dons with more than 1,000 yards rushing _ Henry Williams (1,234 yards, 13 TDs), Ione Niupulusu (1,075 yards, eight TDs)...

  • Small plane crashes into Compton backyard; pilot rushed to hospital
    Small plane crashes into Compton backyard; pilot rushed to hospital

    The pilot of a single-engine plane was rushed to the hospital Wednesday after crashing into a Compton backyard, authorities said.

    The single-engine Piper PA28 crashed onto a property in the 1800 block of West Reeve Street about 2:20 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department...

  • Have you seen a shotgun like this? It vanished from a deputy's patrol car in Compton
    Have you seen a shotgun like this? It vanished from a deputy's patrol car in Compton

    A shotgun loaded with beanbags but capable of firing lethal rounds went missing from a patrol car in Compton over the weekend, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help to find it.

    A deputy put the gun into the trunk of the car about 9 p.m. Friday at the Compton...

  • Whoops! Compton politician posts endorsements -- from people who didn't endorse him
    Whoops! Compton politician posts endorsements -- from people who didn't endorse him

    Isaac Galvan, who made waves two years ago when he became the first Latino elected to Compton's City Council, is off to a bumpy start on his state Senate campaign. 

    Galvan is running for the open 35th Senate District seat and went live this weekend with a website detailing his candidacy. One little...

  • Compton selected to receive federal aid to reduce violent crime
    Compton selected to receive federal aid to reduce violent crime

    The city of Compton is partnering with federal law enforcement agencies to address long-standing problems with gang violence.The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that Compton was one of a few new cities selected to join the Violence Reduction Network, a two-year initiative aimed at providing...

  • Rapper says he has no ties to Compton pot shop where Wolf Da Boss, another man found dead
    Rapper says he has no ties to Compton pot shop where Wolf Da Boss, another man found dead

    Authorities have identified the two men found dead Wednesday night in a Compton medical marijuana shop that bears the name of rapper Chief Keef, although the rapper has denied ownership of the business.

    Wolf Da Boss, a self-described artist whose real name is Marqese Tann, 36, and Terrence Brown,...

  • Chief Keef denies ties to LA pot shop bearing his name where 2 men were found dead
    Chief Keef denies ties to LA pot shop bearing his name where 2 men were found dead

    Authorities have identified the two men found dead Wednesday night in a Compton medical marijuana shop that bears the name of rapper Chief Keef, although the rapper has denied ownership of the business.

    Wolf Da Boss, a self-described artist whose real name is Marqese Tann, 36, and Terrence Brown,...

  • Couple pleads guilty to taking money intended for abused, neglected kids

    A couple pleaded guilty Monday to taking thousands of dollars meant for the care of abused and neglected children.

    CSJ Kidogo, 74, the former chief executive of Little People's World, pleaded guilty to one felony count of misappropriation of funds and will spend six months in jail.

    His wife, Hitaji...

  • Boy, 16, fatally shot after crossing out gang graffiti in Compton
    Boy, 16, fatally shot after crossing out gang graffiti in Compton

    Detectives are looking for two people in connection with the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy who was crossing out gang graffiti in a Compton neighborhood Wednesday.

    The boy, who has not been identified, was crossing out the graffiti in the 1600 block of Largo Avenue at 11:40 a.m., when two...

  • Something different outta Compton: a black teen singing Mexican music
    Something different outta Compton: a black teen singing Mexican music

    "El Compa Negro" sways onstage, serenading his audience.

    Women in heels and short dresses hold firm to men wearing cowboy hats and belt buckles larger than iPhones, moving to the norteño song as if it were written especially for them.

    "Ay mi yaquesita, tú tienes un cuerpo hermoso que parece sirenita."

    ...

  • From icky bugs to good grub: Why more people are eating insects
    From icky bugs to good grub: Why more people are eating insects

    Gillian Spence plunges her hand into a shallow tray of 10,000 writhing mealworms. She comes up with a handful of the inch-long, beige-colored grubs, which squirm over and between her fingers.

    Most are destined to become bait for fish or food for reptilian pets. But not all of them.

    "A lot of orders...

  • Earthquake measuring 2.9, not quite straight under Compton, but close
    Earthquake measuring 2.9, not quite straight under Compton, but close

    It wasn’t straight under Compton.

    But a magnitude 2.9 earthquake reported Monday morning was about a mile away from the city. It did not cause any damage or injuries, authorities said.

    The temblor occurred at 9:05 a.m. PDT at a depth of 7.5 miles.

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter...

  • Compton mayor's charity tie-in to State of the City talk raises eyebrows
    Compton mayor's charity tie-in to State of the City talk raises eyebrows

    When Compton Mayor Aja Brown delivered her first State of the City address last month, the city arranged for residents to watch the event on a big screen at a local gym.

    Attendees at the free viewing were offered hot dogs and potato chips. But those who were willing to shell out at least $100 to...

  • Compton officials deny improperly inflating pay; D.A. investigation ongoing
    Compton officials deny improperly inflating pay; D.A. investigation ongoing

    Compton city officials could face criminal charges for paying themselves thousands of dollars a month to sit on commissions that often met for only a few minutes, a top prosecutor in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

    A recent D.A. letter warning the city that the payments...

  • Straight past $100 million? 'Compton' looking forward to banner weekend
    Straight past $100 million? 'Compton' looking forward to banner weekend

    In its second week in theaters, "Straight Outta Compton" is once again blowing away the rest of the late-summer movie pack. The Universal picture is set to surpass the $100 million mark this weekend, as the biopic about groundbreaking Compton rap act N.W.A continues to attract moviegoers and social...

  • Emily's List backs Nanette Barragan, signaling heated House race in L.A. area
    Emily's List backs Nanette Barragan, signaling heated House race in L.A. area

    Emily's List, a nationally prominent backer of female Democratic candidates, is endorsing attorney Nanette Barragan for an open Los Angeles area House seat, giving the relatively unknown candidate a potential boost in credibility and fundraising.

    The endorsement, announced Friday morning in Washington,...

  • 'Straight Outta' a different Compton: City says much has changed in 25 years
    'Straight Outta' a different Compton: City says much has changed in 25 years

    For decades, the mid-sized city of Compton struggled with an outsized reputation, seared into American pop culture, as a place synonymous with gangs, drive-by shootings and gangsta rap.

    FULL COVERAGE: 'Straight Outta Compton' and N.W.A's legacy

    Surrounding cities even scrubbed the names of streets,...

  • Pilot killed in crash of banner-towing plane at Compton airport
    Pilot killed in crash of banner-towing plane at Compton airport

    A pilot was killed Sunday afternoon when his small banner-towing plane crashed during takeoff at Compton/Woodley Airport, officials said.

    The crash occurred about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, after the single-engine Aviat A1 hooked a banner, officials said. The pilot was the only person on board, said Ian...

  • Compton welcomes native rapper Dr. Dre's gift
    Compton welcomes native rapper Dr. Dre's gift

    When Dr. Dre and his N.W.A bandmates released their 1988 debut album "Straight Outta Compton," they immortalized the city as the birthplace of West Coast gangsta rap.

    Over the next few decades, many of those involved in the scene moved on. Compton has seen a slow revitalization and is beginning...

  • Dr. Dre will donate royalties from new album to fund new Compton arts center
    Dr. Dre will donate royalties from new album to fund new Compton arts center

    Compton's moment in the sun just got a little brighter: The city's legendary native son Dr. Dre said Thursday he will donate royalties from his hotly anticipated new album to fund a new performing arts center for the city's youth. 

    In an interview with Beats 1 Radio DJ Zane Lowe to promote his...

  • Arroyo Seco Saints have World Series hopes denied

    Baseball: Local squad, featuring players from St. Francis High and Glendale Community College, suffer 6-3 semifinal defeat against South Bay Legacy.

  • Errors doom Arroyo Seco baseball in 4-3 loss

    Saints defeated by South Bay, fall into loser's bracket in West Zone Tournament.

  • Arroyo Seco baseball looks to avoid hiccups in West Zone Tournament
    Arroyo Seco baseball looks to avoid hiccups in West Zone Tournament

    Baseball: Palomino 19-and-under baseball team begins play Friday versus Urban Youth Academy.

  • County regulator calls for sweeping overhaul at Compton Fire Department
    County regulator calls for sweeping overhaul at Compton Fire Department

    The Compton Fire Department needs a sweeping overhaul of how it responds to thousands of 911 calls for emergency help each year, according to a letter from the county’s top regulator obtained by The Times.

    The letter’s recommendations call for broad and potentially costly changes at the troubled...

  • Confidential L.A. County audit another blow to Compton Fire Department
    Confidential L.A. County audit another blow to Compton Fire Department

    The Compton Fire Department has failed to properly document emergency medical care and monitor the training and performance of the city rescuers who respond to 911 calls for help, according to a confidential audit obtained by The Times.

    The six-page audit, delivered to the department in February...

  • As Latino population surges, gaps in income and education may shrink
    As Latino population surges, gaps in income and education may shrink

    Yolanda Garcia's grandparents migrated from Mexico and worked multiple jobs — in farm fields and school cafeterias — to save money to send all six children to college.

    Garcia's father attended Brown University and had five children. In turn, she graduated from UC Santa Cruz, worked as a teacher...

  • 22-year-old man killed, two wounded in Compton shooting
    22-year-old man killed, two wounded in Compton shooting

    A 22-year-old man was killed and two other people, including one hit by a stray bullet, were injured in a shooting Tuesday in Compton, authorities said.

    The slain man, whose identity has not yet been released, was standing with a 16-year-old boy in the 400 block of East Palmer Street about 10 a.m....

  • Compton fire chief put on administrative leave following Times reports
    Compton fire chief put on administrative leave following Times reports

    Compton Fire Chief Jon Thompson was placed on leave Tuesday as the city launched an investigation after a series of Times reports on breakdowns in the fire agency's management of emergency medical care.City Manager Johnny Ford said officials would examine how most city firetrucks and ambulances...

  • 9-year-old girl, two men wounded in Compton shootings
    9-year-old girl, two men wounded in Compton shootings

    A 9-year-old girl and two men were wounded Monday night in what authorities believe were related shootings in Compton.

    About 8 p.m., two men were shot outside a fish market in a shopping center near Central Avenue and Alondra Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Marc Lucio said.

    The girl...

  • Compton Fire Department ordered to remove defibrillators from trucks, ambulances
    Compton Fire Department ordered to remove defibrillators from trucks, ambulances

    Most fire trucks and ambulances run by the Compton Fire Department have been stripped of defibrillator machines, a crucial lifesaving device that rescuers use to deliver a shock and try to restart the heart of cardiac arrest victims.

    County regulators ordered the department to remove the devices...

  • Authorities investigate Compton shooting
    Authorities investigate Compton shooting

    Authorities are investigating an early morning shooting in Compton that injured one man.

    The shooting occurred at about 12:50 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Alameda and Cedar streets, said Lt. Marc Lucio of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Compton Station.

    While two men were...

  • $10,000 reward offered in case of music producer who vanished in Compton

    Raymond Termaine Collins’ family is asking for the community’s help in finding out what happened to the music producer, who vanished after a meeting in Compton in February.

    At a news conference Thursday afternoon on the steps of Compton City Hall, Mayor Aja Brown promised a $10,000 reward for any...

  • California students shouldn't get placed in fake classes
    California students shouldn't get placed in fake classes

    When it was revealed that students at Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles and other schools were being assigned to "classes" in which nothing was actually taught, many people wondered how this could happen. Isn't it against the law to stick kids in fake classes and deprive them of basic...

  • L.A. County sheriff's deputy shoots, wounds man in Compton
    L.A. County sheriff's deputy shoots, wounds man in Compton

    A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot a man Wednesday evening in Compton, authorities said.

    The shooting occurred around 5:40 p.m. near Compton and Long Beach boulevards, according to Deputy Amber Smith, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department.

    The man struck by gunfire was taken to a hospital...

  • Blacks still top Compton's homicide rolls, despite demographic change
    Blacks still top Compton's homicide rolls, despite demographic change

    Compton is becoming increasingly Latino, but blacks remain the leading victims of homicides.

  • Former NFL player Titus Young sentenced to probation in battery case
    Former NFL player Titus Young sentenced to probation in battery case

    Former NFL player Titus Young was sentenced to five years probation Tuesday and ordered to spend a year at a mental health facility in Escondido for attacking his former attorney.

    The case stemmed from an incident last July in Willowbrook where the former Detroit Lions receiver tackled the attorney,...

  • Los Angeles pays $8 million to settle wrongful-imprisonment lawsuit
    Los Angeles pays $8 million to settle wrongful-imprisonment lawsuit

    A man whose murder conviction was thrown out by a judge after he spent 17 years in prison said Monday that an $8.3-million legal settlement from the city of Los Angeles could not make up for the years he lost behind bars.

    “We’ve suffered and we’re still suffering,” said Obie Anthony, 40, gesturing...

  • County to pay $5.3 million in fatal shooting by sheriff's deputies
    County to pay $5.3 million in fatal shooting by sheriff's deputies

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to pay $5.3 million to the family of an unarmed man who was shot to death in 2012 by sheriff's deputies in Compton.The settlement of a lawsuit in the death of Jose de la Trinidad, a father of two, came on a day when an estimated 300...

  • Compton sued by district over marijuana dispensaries near its schools
    Compton sued by district over marijuana dispensaries near its schools

     

    Saying the city of Compton has failed to enforce its own marijuana laws, Compton school officials have sued the city for allegedly allowing pot dispensaries to set up shop near schools.State law prohibits dispensaries from operating within 600 feet of educational institutions, but Compton’s municipal...

  • Richard Sherman pays a visit
    Richard Sherman pays a visit

    Photos from Richard Sherman's return to Compton Dominguez High.

  • Nearly 1 in 4 Compton firefighters is working without an EMT permit
    Nearly 1 in 4 Compton firefighters is working without an EMT permit

    Nearly one in four Compton firefighters is working without a permit to perform emergency medical care, a key credential required by other local fire agencies, a Times investigation has found.Out of 74 firefighters at the Compton Fire Department, 17 lack a valid emergency medical technician, or...

  • Kendrick Lamar's video director Kahlil Joseph takes his hypnotic art to MOCA
    Kendrick Lamar's video director Kahlil Joseph takes his hypnotic art to MOCA

    The video is like a feverish dream of Los Angeles. Beneath the sprawling, horizontal cityscape, a marching band grooves on an empty field. Young boys drip-dry after a dip in the pool. A woman with a tower of gray hair and a kindly gaze stands before a cooler of beer. Muscular, tattooed men pose...

  • Seeking $25-million bail for 'Suge' Knight, prosecutors detail 'life of crime'
    Seeking $25-million bail for 'Suge' Knight, prosecutors detail 'life of crime'

    Arguing that Marion "Suge" Knight’s bail be set at $25 million, a Los Angeles County prosecutor called the former rap mogul a “prolific and unrepentant criminal” who has led a “shameless life of crime,” according to court papers filed Thursday.

    To back up the claim, Deputy Dist. Atty. Cynthia J....

  • Surveillance video shows deadly Suge Knight incident in Compton
    Surveillance video shows deadly Suge Knight incident in Compton

    In the weeks since Marion "Suge" Knight was charged with murder, sharply conflicting accounts have emerged about what happened in the parking lot of a Compton burger joint.

    Knight's attorneys have said the Death Row Records co-founder was threatened and fleeing for his life when he struck two men...

  • Another hearing, another hospitalization for 'Suge' Knight
    Another hearing, another hospitalization for 'Suge' Knight

    Marion “Suge” Knight was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning before his scheduled court hearing after suffering from stomach-related medical issues, his attorney said.

    Knight was scheduled to appear in court this morning to answer to a robbery charge stemming from his run-in with an independent...

  • Compton principal on leave; students allege 'uncomfortable' searches
    Compton principal on leave; students allege 'uncomfortable' searches

    A Compton principal has been placed on leave after allegations that he searched students in an inappropriate way.

    Several male students, 16 and 17 years old, said their principal at Dominguez High School, Oscar Méndez, searched them in an inappropriate manner and made them feel "uncomfortable,"...

  • 'Suge' Knight faces new felony charge in September 2014 incident
    'Suge' Knight faces new felony charge in September 2014 incident

    Already facing murder and attempted murder charges, former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight faces yet another felony stemming from a robbery alleged to have occurred last year, prosecutors confirmed Wednesday.

    Knight, 49, was charged with threatening to kill or severely injure a photographer...

  • Boys' basketball: Compton to retire jersey of DeMar DeRozan

    Former Compton standout DeMar DeRozan is returning to his alma mater on Thursday night to have his jersey retired.

    The ceremony will occur at halftime of the Compton-Long Beach Cabrillo game that is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

    DeRozan went on to play for USC and the Toronto Raptors.

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  • 'Suge' Knight remains hospitalized after 'medical emergency'
    'Suge' Knight remains hospitalized after 'medical emergency'

    Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight remained hospitalized Wednesday morning, a day after he pleaded not guilty to a host of charges including murder and attempted murder and then had a “medical emergency,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

    Knight, 49, appeared in a Compton...

  • 'Suge' Knight pleads not guilty to murder, is taken to hospital
    'Suge' Knight pleads not guilty to murder, is taken to hospital

    Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder Tuesday in a Compton courthouse.

    Moments after, he was taken to a local hospital for an undisclosed medical reason, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida confirmed.

    She would not state his condition,...

  • Suge Knight accused of murder, attempted murder in Compton death
    Suge Knight accused of murder, attempted murder in Compton death

    Prosecutors filed murder and attempted murder charges Monday against former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, four days after officials say he barreled his red truck into two men in a parking lot in Compton, killing one of them.

    Latest: 'Suge' Knight pleads not guilty to murder, attempted murder

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  • Video may clarify Knight's intent in Compton fatality
    Video may clarify Knight's intent in Compton fatality

    Video footage taken outside Tam's Burgers in Compton may shed light on exactly what happened when Marion "Suge" Knight ran down two men with his truck Thursday, killing one of them, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    "The video is under review by homicide detectives," said...

  • 'Suge' Knight, no stranger to legal trouble, faces most serious charges
    'Suge' Knight, no stranger to legal trouble, faces most serious charges

    From the beginning, Marion "Suge" Knight's life as a rap impresario was closely intertwined with the gangster ways extolled by his artists in their music.

    His first notable brush with the law came in 1993, when as a leader of Death Row Records he was charged with using a gun to attack two aspiring...

  • Man allegedly killed by Suge Knight was father figure in South L.A.
    Man allegedly killed by Suge Knight was father figure in South L.A.

    The man allegedly hit and killed by Marion “Suge” Knight was described by friends as a father figure in South Los Angeles who helped young men escape gang life.

    Terry Carter was the founder and owner of Heavyweight Records and was devoted to steering young men away from a life of crime, said Darcell...

  • Suge Knight likely to remain in custody over the weekend, attorney says
    Suge Knight likely to remain in custody over the weekend, attorney says

    Rap mogul Suge Knight will likely remain jailed through the weekend following his arrest for allegedly running over two men outside a burger joint in Compton, killing one.

    Knight isn't expected to make bail until Monday, his attorney, James Blatt, said Friday. His bail was set at $2 million.

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  • 'Suge' Knight accused of murder; lawyer says he was fleeing for his life
    'Suge' Knight accused of murder; lawyer says he was fleeing for his life

    Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was fleeing for his life when he allegedly ran over two people – killing one of them – in Compton on Thursday afternoon, his attorney James Blatt says.

    MORE: Cellphone records will back Suge Knight's story, lawyer says

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  • Suge Knight suspected of killing one, injuring another with his truck
    Suge Knight suspected of killing one, injuring another with his truck

    Notorious former rap music mogul Suge Knight is suspected of running two men over in his truck Thursday afternoon after an argument on a film set in Compton.

    The confrontation began around 3 p.m. when Knight and two unidentified men began arguing on the set of "Straight Outta Compton," a biopic...

  • One man killed, one injured in Compton shooting
    One man killed, one injured in Compton shooting

    A shooting Wednesday in Compton left one man dead, another man injured and a third unharmed, authorities said.

    About 11:45 a.m. in the 900 block of West Poplar Street, a group came upon the three men, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Grace Medrano said.

    A man in the group brandished a gun and...

  • Suspect's death results in $8-million jury award

    A Long Beach civil jury Wednesday awarded $8 million to the family of a man whose lawyers argued that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies choked him during a violent struggle in Compton.

    Darren Burley died 12 days after an Aug. 3, 2012, arrest, in which deputies acknowledged punching the 29-year-old,...

  • Police search for shooter who killed woman in Compton
    Police search for shooter who killed woman in Compton

    Los Angeles County law enforcement authorities were searching Thursday night for the suspect who shot and killed a woman in Compton on Christmas night.

    At around 7:30 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department received a call that gunshots had been fired near the intersection of W. 154th...

  • Driver crashes on 710, carjacks another motorist, flees police
    Driver crashes on 710, carjacks another motorist, flees police

    Authorities were searching Monday for a driver who led officers on a pursuit on the 710 Freeway, crashed and then carjacked another motorist.

    California Highway Patrol officers began following the driver of a Honda about 12:22 a.m. after spotting the car traveling over the speed limit northbound...

  • Teen fatally shot in Compton
    Teen fatally shot in Compton

    A teenage boy was fatally shot in Compton early Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

    The L.A. County Coroner’s Department identified the victim as Latrell Turner, 16.

    “He was just walking home from church,” Turner’s mother, Regina Dixon, told NBC LA. “They shot my baby.”

    Turner was shot in the 1500...

  • Authorities search for suspect in drive-by shooting of homeless man

    Sheriff’s investigators on Saturday were still searching for the gunman responsible for the fatal drive-by shooting of a homeless man in Compton the day before, authorities said.

    The 29-year-old victim was identified as Alfredo Buenobaca, said Joyce Kato, an investigator with the Los Angeles County...

  • Man found fatally shot inside Compton home
    Man found fatally shot inside Compton home

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 35-year-old man found inside a Compton home early Saturday.

    Los Angeles County coroner's officials identified the victim as Darrell Lynn Echols of Los Angeles. 

    Deputies responded around 2:14 a.m. to reports...

  • Brawl between two brothers ends in younger man's death
    Brawl between two brothers ends in younger man's death

    A 44-year-old man was arrested Sunday afternoon on suspicion of shooting and killing his brother during a fight in Compton, authorities said.

    Witnesses told authorities that the man and his 25-year-old brother got into an argument, which quickly turned into a brawl, said Deputy Kelvin Moody of...

  • Football: Elijah Asante is out as coach at Compton

    Elijah Asante said Tuesday night he has been released as football coach at Compton after one season.

    Asante, who previously coached at Carson, L.A. Jordan and St. Paul, expressed disappointment in the decision.

    "This is a cold day in my life," he said in a statement. "The principal told me I am...

  • Compton disputes ranking as state's most financially distressed city
    Compton disputes ranking as state's most financially distressed city

    Compton leaders disputed the results of a think tank's study released Thursday that concluded the city is the most financially distressed in California.

    Two other Southern California cities, Maywood and San Fernando, also had the dubious distinction of making the list, ranked by the nonpartisan...

  • Football: Dominguez Coach Keith Donerson placed on administrative leave

    Compton Dominguez football Coach Keith Donerson has been placed on administrative leave, according to a spokesman for the Compton Unified School District.

    He declined to give the reason for the administrative leave, saying it was a personnel matter.

    Assistant Coach Jeremaine Ford has taken over...

  • Kendrick Lamar loves himself -- and the funk -- in new single 'i'
    Kendrick Lamar loves himself -- and the funk -- in new single 'i'

    "He's not a rapper -- he's a writer, he's an author!"

    That's how an impassioned voice describes Kendrick Lamar at the beginning of the celebrated Compton MC's brand-new single, "i," which appeared early Tuesday on SoundCloud.

    You can understand the speaker's point of view, of course: Vividly describing...

  • Council to vote on $15.37 minimum wage for workers at big hotels
    Council to vote on $15.37 minimum wage for workers at big hotels

    The drive to boost minimum wages in Los Angeles could reach a milestone this week as the City Council votes on a proposal to raise the hourly pay of thousands of workers at big hotels to at least $15.37.

    That would be more than $2 an hour higher than the minimum wage Mayor Eric Garcetti is advocating...

  • For writers in juvenile hall, sentences can be liberating
    For writers in juvenile hall, sentences can be liberating

    Eminem's "The Monster" ricocheted off the cinder-block walls and worn linoleum floor at Sylmar's Juvenile Hall.

    I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed

    Get along with the voices inside of my head

    You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath

    And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think...

  • Foster care agency directors charged with embezzlement
    Foster care agency directors charged with embezzlement

    A husband and wife have been charged with embezzling more than $460,000 from a taxpayer-funded nonprofit agency hired by Los Angeles County to help abused and neglected foster children, the district attorney's office announced Thursday.

    The couple, arrested at their Banning home Thursday, face...

  • Compton Unified policy on rifles draws criticism but isn't unusual

    At a quiet July school board meeting, Compton school police chief William Wu matter-of-factly explained that his officers would need AR-15 semiautomatic rifles to adequately protect students and staff from a heavily armed shooter if such a nightmare unfolded on a campus.

    With little fanfare or...

  • Man shot to death on sidewalk in Compton

    A man was shot to death on a sidewalk in Compton on Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

    The shooting was reported at 1:28 p.m. in the 500 block of West Compton Boulevard.

    Deputy Ryan Rouzan, a sheriff’s spokesman, said the victim was shot in the upper body and died...

  • 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...

  • NAACP decries policy to arm Compton school police with AR-15 rifles

    A growing chorus of community members has denounced a new policy that will allow Compton Unified School Police officers to carry semiautomatic AR-15 rifles while on patrol.

    The policy, approved by the Compton Unified Board of Education in July, allows officers who are specially trained to buy and...

  • Man trying to flee gunfire is killed in Compton, officials say
    Man trying to flee gunfire is killed in Compton, officials say

    A 22-year-old man was shot to death just after midnight Thursday in Compton, making him the city's 29th homicide over the last 12 months.

    The man, who was not immediately identified, was found at 12:29 a.m. lying in the driveway of a home in the 800 block of West Maple Street, according to the...

  • D.A. Jackie Lacey seeks election records for Compton public officials
    D.A. Jackie Lacey seeks election records for Compton public officials

    Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey has asked the city of Compton to hand over important election documents for all its council members after receiving complaints against several public officials.

    In a letter dated July 31, Lacey asked City Clerk Alita Godwin to provide copies of candidacy...

  • Arroyo Seco Palomino baseball team takes West Zone opener

    Baseball: Led by Lerma, Olmedo-Barrera, Saints defeat PAL Giants, 4-1.

  • Compton school official accused of sexual assault is urged to step down

    Community leaders called for the resignation of school board member Skyy Fisher on Friday, a day after he was released from jail on suspicion of sexually assaulting a man who was alseep.

    Activist Najee Ali said Fisher “has become an embarrassment for the city of Compton and [the] school board.”...

  • Arroyo Seco Saints prepare for West Zone Tournament
    Arroyo Seco Saints prepare for West Zone Tournament

    Baseball: Local club boasts players from St. Francis, Glendale Community College.

  • Jonathan Gold: Barbecue you need to be eating right now
    Jonathan Gold: Barbecue you need to be eating right now

    Barbecue may be a religion in the South, but this time of year, it is everywhere in Los Angeles -- in backyards, storefronts, suburban chains, farmers markets and barrel smokers in church parking lots. Here are a few places we like a lot. No reservations required.

    Bigmista’s Barbecue

    Can the downtown...

  • 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...

  • Court overturns conviction in 1997 killing of high school student
    Court overturns conviction in 1997 killing of high school student

    A man convicted of murder 17 years ago in the gang-related slaying of a girl riding a bus home from school must either be retried or released, a federal appeals court ordered Friday.

    A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling modified from one issued earlier,...

  • Woman on bicycle shot and killed in Compton; man wounded
    Woman on bicycle shot and killed in Compton; man wounded

    A woman riding a bicycle was killed and a man was wounded when an attacker in a passing car opened fire on a Compton street, authorities said Monday.

    Both victims were taken to a hospital after the shooting, which was reported around 1 p.m. in the 800 block of West Cherry Street, according to the...

  • Compton reassesses native son Dr. Dre, a newly minted billionaire
    Compton reassesses native son Dr. Dre, a newly minted billionaire

    Every fall, economics teacher Louis Stewart puts aside the textbooks and gives his students at Centennial High School in Compton a lesson in Dr. Dre 101.

    He pulls out the Forbes magazine list of America's richest celebrities and points to Dr. Dre, who is usually high on the list. Most of his students...

  • Chipotle to open its first location in Compton
    Chipotle to open its first location in Compton

    Chipotle is bringing its customizable burritos and bowls to South Los Angeles. The burrito chain has announced it will open its first location in Compton on Thursday. 

    The company is hiring around 25 crew members for the location, opening on Alameda Street near East Artesia Boulevard. 

    "In recent...

  • Man killed, another wounded in deputy-involved shooting in Compton
    Man killed, another wounded in deputy-involved shooting in Compton

    One man was killed and another injured Tuesday during a deputy-involved shooting in Compton, authorities said.

    Investigators released few details about the shooting, which occurred about 9:50 p.m. on North Poinsettia Avenue and East Palmer Street as deputies initiated a traffic stop, according...

  • Compton Community College trustees slowly regain influence
    Compton Community College trustees slowly regain influence

    Andres Ramos won his first race for public office when he was still a senior at USC in 2007, making the then-22-year-old among the youngest elected officials in California.

    But shortly after securing a seat on the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees, Ramos thought: "What have I...

  • Jury finds Compton man was sane when he killed his 5-year-old niece

    A Los Angeles jury Friday found that a Compton man was sane when he stabbed his 5-year-old niece to death and hid her body in his closet four years ago, prosecutors said.

    Jurors deliberated twice over the sanity of Julian Carter, who was found guilty Feb. 24 of second-degree murder in the killing...

  • Football: Freshman Christian Swint is set to give Compton a big boost
    Football: Freshman Christian Swint is set to give Compton a big boost

    First-year Coach Elijah Asante, trying to turn around a Compton football program that didn't win a game on the field last season, has already uncovered a player he thinks can make a difference.

    Incoming freshman Christian Swint, a 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back-receiver who's 14 years old, is...

  • Boys' basketball: DeMar DeRozan tournament this week at Compton

    Compton High is hosting its DeMar DeRozan tournament this week.

    The schedule for Wednesday: Compton vs. Pioneer, 5 p.m.; Cathedral vs. La Mirada, 6 p.m.; LB Millikan vs. Anthony, 7 p.m.; Mayfair vs. Rancho Dominguez, 8 p.m.

    Thursday's schedule: Inglewood vs. Pioneer, 5 p.m.; Long Beach Poly vs....

  • Compton house fire leads to one arrest; possible PCP lab is found
    Compton house fire leads to one arrest; possible PCP lab is found

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials say a man was badly burned in Compton early Tuesday when a possible in-home drug-manufacturing lab burst into flames.

    Sheriff's Sgt. Ulysses Cruz said deputies were on patrol about 3:15 a.m. when they saw a house fire in the 1100 block of 137th Street and...

  • Compton man sentenced to 36-plus years for pimping two teen girls

    A 37-year-old Compton man has been sentenced Wednesday to 36½ years for pimping two teen girls, one of whom he reportedly brutally beat and caused her to miscarry.

    James Junior Conley was found guilty April 17 of multiple sex-related offenses, including pimping, human trafficking and lewd acts...

  • Former Compton fire battalion chief sentenced for theft, arson
    Former Compton fire battalion chief sentenced for theft, arson

    A former Compton Fire Department battalion chief was sentenced to three years and four months in prison for selling city-owned radio equipment and starting a fire to conceal the theft, prosecutors said.

    Marcel Dione Melanson, 38, was ordered to pay $517,477 in restitution for the 2011 fire; he...

  • Football: Elijah Asante is named coach at Compton High

     Elijah Asante, a former head coach at Carson, St. Paul and L.A. Jordan, has been named head football coach at Compton High. It's been a goal of Asante to coach in the Pac-5 Division, and now he has made it.

    Compton, though, competes in the Moore League with Long Beach Poly and was 2-8 last season...

  • ACLU, others sue over gap in instructional time in state schools
    ACLU, others sue over gap in instructional time in state schools

    The state Education Department has ignored its obligation to ensure that all California students receive a minimum level of instructional time, predominantly affecting those who are minorities and from low-income families, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

    The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County...

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