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  • Nine things we learned about gelato -- after a day at Gelato University

    Nine things we learned about gelato -- after a day at Gelato University

    The pistachio comes out of the gelato machine, a fat ribbon of palest khaki green. “It’s not bright green, because the color comes from just the roasted pistachios, no added coloring,” explains Luciano Ferrari of Carpigiani Gelato University. Carpigiani is a Bologna-based manufacturer of professional...

  • Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Move over, tacos. It's time to share the spotlight with your sandwich counterpart: the torta. A torta is more than just a Mexican version of a beefed-up sandwich; it is an entirely different species. A good torta is usually available anywhere that a good taco is, with just as many regional variations....

  • 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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  • Gunman released elderly and children from BBQ restaurant standoff in Downey
    Gunman released elderly and children from BBQ restaurant standoff in Downey

    Madelynn Bastidas was shaking uncontrollably in fear at the man with the gun who’d just barged into the Downey BBQ restaurant and announced he didn’t want to hurt anyone but would if he had to.

    Unable to escape because the building was surrounded by sheriff’s deputies, the gunman told the children...

  • Violent pursuit of armed carjack suspect ends with man dead in Downey
    Violent pursuit of armed carjack suspect ends with man dead in Downey

    A man who carjacked a sedan at gunpoint and led police on a high-speed chase before holing up in a Downey BBQ restaurant Thursday night has died, authorities said.

    The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead inside the Chris' & Pitt's restaurant along Lakewood Boulevard, putting an...

  • L.A. County deputy handcuffs public defender, and 'tiff' turns into a federal case

    It began with a Los Angeles public defender's “wounded pride.” A sheriff's deputy had handcuffed her and dragged her through a courthouse. It ballooned into a federal case that has been estimated to cost taxpayers $1 million.

    In a ruling written by Judge Alex Kozinski, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court...

  • Jurors deadlock on whether ex-deputy lied about finding drugs

    Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on whether a former L.A. County sheriff’s deputy lied and filed a false arrest report in connection with allegations that he made up finding drugs in a patrol car after transporting a woman.

    A judge declared a mistrial Monday in the case, which stemmed from...

  • Amid conflicting reports, L.A. County board orders audit of probation agency
    Amid conflicting reports, L.A. County board orders audit of probation agency

    Los Angeles County supervisors ordered a far-ranging audit of the county probation department Tuesday, amid debate over how much progress the department has made in improving conditions in its juvenile lockups.

    A federal monitoring team recently ended its work, declaring the department had carried...

  • As federal review ends, 2 L.A. supervisors want probation agency audit
    As federal review ends, 2 L.A. supervisors want probation agency audit

    As Los Angeles County’s probation department emerges from years of federal monitoring because of conditions in its juvenile lockups, a county supervisor called for a far-ranging audit of other potential issues in the department.

    The U.S. Department of Justice recently ended six years of special...

  • Federal monitoring of L.A. County juvenile probation camps ending
    Federal monitoring of L.A. County juvenile probation camps ending

    Federal officials have ended six years of special oversight of Los Angeles County’s juvenile probation camps, saying local officials have implemented required reforms to improve conditions and prevent abuse of young offenders.

    In a report released to The Times on Friday, a team of monitors overseeing...

  • Skateboarders Steven Fernandez, Keelan Dadd draw big crowd in Downey

    Thousands of teenage fans swarmed Stonewood Shopping Center in Downey on Saturday to see skateboarding stars Steven Fernandez and Keelan Dadd, causing authorities to cancel their event and temporarily shut down the mall. 

    Fernandez and Dadd were scheduled for a meet and greet at 1 p.m. at Zumiez,...

  • Nine things we learned about gelato -- after a day at Gelato University
    Nine things we learned about gelato -- after a day at Gelato University

    The pistachio comes out of the gelato machine, a fat ribbon of palest khaki green.

    “It’s not bright green, because the color comes from just the roasted pistachios, no added coloring,” explains Luciano Ferrari of Carpigiani Gelato University. Carpigiani is a Bologna-based manufacturer of professional...

  • Taylor, Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo down Warren in dramatic CIF opener
    Taylor, Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo down Warren in dramatic CIF opener

    Water polo: Falcons win see-saw affair, 9-8, over Bears with goal in last minute.

  • 10 people hospitalized after collision in Downey
    10 people hospitalized after collision in Downey

    Ten people were hospitalized Sunday night following a two-vehicle collision in southeast Los Angeles County.

    About 7:30 p.m. at Imperial Highway and Downey Avenue in Downey, two vehicles collided, according to the Downey Fire Department.

    Ten people -- all passengers in the two vehicles -- were...

  • County grapples with overhaul of animal shelters
    County grapples with overhaul of animal shelters

    The stocky Chihuahua mix strained at his collar, unhinged by the cacophony of yelps coming from the Downey animal shelter's kennels. The young man at the other end of the leash was equally unsettled. Clearly he had misgivings about leaving Charlie in this shabby place, where his pet would have...

  • Police searching for two gunmen in shooting that killed Downey man

    A man was found dead in a Downey driveway from what appears to be a gang-related shooting, authorities said.

    Police responded to several 911 calls at 10:36 p.m. Saturday reporting gunshots in the 13000 block of Earnshaw Avenue. Officers found a man who had been shot  and was pronounced dead at...

  • Crescenta Valley High football takes unconventional path to championship
    Crescenta Valley High football takes unconventional path to championship

    Football: Trick plays, gritty efforts key Falcons' title.

  • Crescenta Valley High football claims CIF championship to cap 'dream' season
    Crescenta Valley High football claims CIF championship to cap 'dream' season

    Football: Led by tenacious defense, Falcons defeat Downey, 21-14, to win first CIF championship since 1973.

  • Forty-eight minutes to CIF glory for Crescenta Valley High football
    Forty-eight minutes to CIF glory for Crescenta Valley High football

    Football: Falcons face Downey at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Glendale High for CIF Southern Section Southeast Division title.

  • Hoover High boys' water polo handles Warren to win CIF wild-card match

    Water polo: Tornadoes earn 22-8 win, will face top-seeded Righetti in first round Thursday.

  • Football: Raul Lara has Warren within one win of a playoff berth

    Former Long Beach Poly Coach Raul Lara is working wonders at Warren High.

    In 2011, Warren was 1-8-1. In 2012, the Bears were 0-10. In 2013, they were 0-10. But this season, in Lara's first season, Warren is 5-4 and will earn a Southeast Division playoff berth if it can beat Paramount on Friday.

    ...

  • Downey teacher charged with having sex with student
    Downey teacher charged with having sex with student

    A Downey High School teacher and coach was charged Tuesday with 15 felony counts involving unlawful sexual acts with a female student at the school, officials said.

    Brandon Hitchcock, 30, who also serves as Downey High's girls soccer coach, was arrested Friday in connection with allegations he...

  • Downey Unified School District settles transgender discrimination claim

    A California school district settled a claim Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights that alleged officials discriminated against a transgender elementary school student.

    The Downey Unified School District agreed, among other things, to give the student access to...

  • Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles
    Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Move over, tacos. It's time to share the spotlight with your sandwich counterpart: the torta.

    A torta is more than just a Mexican version of a beefed-up sandwich; it is an entirely different species. A good torta is usually available anywhere that a good taco is, with just as many regional variations....

  • Baseball: Warren's Jose Ruiz Jr. commits to Cal State Northridge

    Jose Ruiz Jr., a senior shortstop at Downey Warren, has committed to Cal State Northridge.

    He'll be a four-year starter at the varsity level. Last season, he batted .405 with 10 doubles and 27 RBIs.

    "He's a great hitter," Coach Scott Pearson said.

    Pitcher Chris Davidson of Village Christian committed...

  • Burroughs High football rushes past Santa Fe

    Football: Indians' running attack keys 33-21 nonleague road win against host Santa Fe.

  • Johnson to join county board after losing bid for L.A. Unified post
    Johnson to join county board after losing bid for L.A. Unified post

    A week after losing a close election for the Los Angeles school board, Alex Johnson will take on a different leadership role in education.

    Johnson, 34, has accepted a nomination for the Los Angeles County school board.

    The seven-member body is appointed by county supervisors and oversees the county...

  • One lane reopens on south 5 Freeway near Norwalk after big rig fire
    One lane reopens on south 5 Freeway near Norwalk after big rig fire

    One lane has reopened on the southbound 5 Freeway after all lanes were temporarily closed this morning when a big rig caught fire just south of Florence Avenue near Norwalk, authorities said.

    It was not immediately clear what caused the fire since the big rig did not appear to have been involved...

  • One dead in Downey collision between mini-van and big rig
    One dead in Downey collision between mini-van and big rig

    An 18-year-old man was killed and four people were injured Friday night when the van they were riding in collided into the back of a big rig in Downey.

    The driver of the big rig was about to make a left turn when the 1997 Chevy Astro van slammed into it, the Downey Police Department said in a statement. 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...

  • Man sentenced to prison in fatal shooting of Mexican actor in Downey
    Man sentenced to prison in fatal shooting of Mexican actor in Downey

    A 34-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison for shooting a Mexican actor to death in his Downey home, officials said. 

    Larry Paul Trujillo pleaded no contest in May to the murder of 53-year-old Hermilio Franco, whom he shot in the chest in November 2010 during an attempted...

  • Dunkin' Donuts to expand in California
    Dunkin' Donuts to expand in California

    East Coast staple Dunkin' Donuts is starting its California expansion with five stores opening by year's end.

    Beginning this fall, the purveyor of everything breakfast will debut locations in Santa Monica, Long Beach, Whittier, Downey and Modesto.

    Those new spots will kick off an aggressive push...

  • Baseball: Warren wins its 13th consecutive game

     Downey Warren ended its regular season on Friday with an 18-2 win over Paramount. It was the 13th consecutive victory for Warren (26-5).

    Alan Trejo improved to 8-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.61. Trejo, Brandon Hernandez and Steven Nuno each had three hits. Bryan Duenas had four RBIs.

     

  • After seeing the film 'Chef,' you're going to want to eat: here's where
    After seeing the film 'Chef,' you're going to want to eat: here's where

    Oh, man. I didn't eat dinner before rushing crosstown to a screening of "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau's new film "Chef." What a mistake. Talk about food porn.

    The director, who also stars in the film as hot-headed chef Carl Casper, moves in close for shots of his character making hash browns...

  • CHP officer hurt in crash during pursuit of van after alleged burglary
    CHP officer hurt in crash during pursuit of van after alleged burglary

    A California Highway Patrol officer was injured Thursday during a pursuit that began in Downey and ended in East Los Angeles, officials said.

    Around 1 a.m. the Downey Police Department requested assistance from the CHP after a call about a residential burglary resulted in a pursuit, CHP Lt. Paul...

  • Man killed in Downey in possible gang-related shooting, police say
    Man killed in Downey in possible gang-related shooting, police say

    A 36-year-old man was shot to death in Downey early Tuesday, authorities said.  

    Downey police received a call around 1:32 a.m. about shots fired in the 11600 block of Bellflower Boulevard, officials said in a news release. Responding officers discovered Wayne Patrick Cooper with multiple gunshot...

  • A new Cyclone Racer for Long Beach? It's a long shot
    A new Cyclone Racer for Long Beach? It's a long shot

    A Downey man who spent years painstakingly researching the details of the fabled ride has roller-coaster-high hopes for a rebuild.

  • Most L.A. County cities failing to protect historic sites, study finds
    Most L.A. County cities failing to protect historic sites, study finds

    Most of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County are failing to adequately protect historically important structures that are in danger of being razed, according to a new study by the Los Angeles Conservancy.

    A “preservation report card” assigns an “F” to 51 cities and all of the county’s unincorporated...

  • Pedestrian struck, killed on 5 Freeway near Downey, snarling commute
    Pedestrian struck, killed on 5 Freeway near Downey, snarling commute

    A pedestrian was struck and killed on the northbound 5 Freeway near Downey early Thursday, prompting officials to close three lanes of traffic and clogging the morning commute.

    The incident occurred south of the Rio Hondo River around 4:15 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol, but few...

  • Sales are smokin' at Downey BBQ grill maker Lynx
    Sales are smokin' at Downey BBQ grill maker Lynx

    High-end patio equipment maker Lynx Professional Grills of Downey targets customers with money to burn. Its latest product? A Wi-Fi-enabled, voice-activated smart grill.

  • Downey space museum is struggling to survive
    Downey space museum is struggling to survive

    The Columbia Memorial Space Center, on a site tied to the Apollo and space shuttle programs, is a big drain on city funds, but the city wants to wean it off public support.

  • Former sheriff's deputy ordered to stand trial in false arrest case

    A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy accused in a scheme to plant drugs and make a false arrest must stand trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.Francisco Enriquez, 37, has pleaded not guilty to one count of perjury in a probable cause declaration and one count of filing a false report...

  • Parents charged in abuse, death of 4-month-old girl

    A mother and father of a 4-month-old girl who died New Year’s Eve in Downey were charged Monday with child abuse and murder, prosecutors said.

    The baby, identified only as Savanah L., died of blunt-force trauma and showed signs of abuse, authorities said. 

    Her parents, Ashley Debra Jones and Johnathan...

  • Downey parents to face murder charges after death of infant

    Downey police Friday said the parents of a 4-month-old girl face charges of murder and neglect after her death was deemed a homicide.

    Officers were called to an Imperial Highway apartment Tuesday, where they found the baby unresponsive and started performing CPR, according to the Downey Police...

  • 15-year-old arrested after confessing he killed his father, police say
    15-year-old arrested after confessing he killed his father, police say

    A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder Friday after he called Downey police and told them he killed his father, police said.

    The boy called police about 9 a.m. and reported he had shot his father in their home in the 8500 block of Fontana Street, Lt. Mark McDaniel said.

    The two lived...

  • 28 great L.A. bakeries
    28 great L.A. bakeries

    Maybe it was the rise of kouign amann -- the uber-buttery, caramelized "it" pastry from Brittany -- and better access to fresh-baked baguettes that lately has helped reinvigorate an Angeleno culture of neighborhood bakeries, all butter and sugar and love.

    There's a bakery out there to suit any...

  • Autopsy planned for Downey football player who collapsed on field
    Autopsy planned for Downey football player who collapsed on field

    An autopsy on a Downey teen who collapsed during a high school football game is scheduled for Tuesday, the Los Angeles County coroner said.

    Dodi Soza, 16, played for Downey High School and collapsed during a game last week at Lynwood High.

    Coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said Soza's young age was...

  • Coroner to investigate death of Downey High School football player
    Coroner to investigate death of Downey High School football player

    The Los Angeles County coroner's office will investigate the death of a 16-year-old football player who collapsed during a high school game last week, a department official said Sunday.

    The agency will try to determine what caused the death of Dodi Soza, who was playing for Downey High School when...

  • A Flock of Seagulls van, $70,000 in equipment stolen in Downey
    A Flock of Seagulls van, $70,000 in equipment stolen in Downey

    This post has been updated. See note below for details.

    Thieves put a major damper on the latest Southland tour swing by A Flock of Seagulls — among the first wave of early 1980s bands that found an audience on MTV — making off with what group members estimate was $70,000 worth of musical equipment...

  • '80s flashback: A Flock of Seagulls' equipment stolen in Downey
    '80s flashback: A Flock of Seagulls' equipment stolen in Downey

    Downey police are asking for the public’s help in finding two suspects who stole equipment from 1980s new-wave band A Flock of Seagulls.

    The band had performed over the weekend and left the van -- a white 1999 Ford E-350 -- parked at the Comfort Inn in Downey. The group's best-known hit is “I Ran...

  • '80s band A Flock of Seagulls' equipment stolen after concert
    '80s band A Flock of Seagulls' equipment stolen after concert

    Members of the 1980s new-wave band A Flock of Seagulls were robbed of $70,000 worth of equipment after a performance in Bellflower over the weekend.

    The equipment was stolen from the van of the group, best known for their hit "I Ran (So Far Away).” The van was parked at a hotel in Downey.

    Surveillance...

  • Downey mayor elected to head independent cities group
    Downey mayor elected to head independent cities group

    Downey Mayor Mario A. Guerra has been elected president of the Independent Cities Assn., the Guerra campaign announced Tuesday.

    Guerra is running for state Senate from the 32nd District in next year's elections. He already has racked up a number of endorsements from elected officials, including...

  • Sheriff to fire narcotics deputy charged with lying about drugs

    The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is seeking to fire a narcotics deputy charged with lying about finding drugs after detaining a couple, whom the county will pay $550,000 to settle a false-arrest lawsuit, officials said.

    Francisco Enriquez has pleaded not guilty to one count of perjury in a...

  • L.A. County agrees to pay $550,000 in false drug arrest lawsuit

    With the arresting sheriff's deputy facing criminal charges, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to pay $550,000 to a couple who sued the department alleging they were falsely arrested and framed with drug possession. 

    County lawyers recommended the settlement for Tatiana...

  • J.C. Penney, new home for Jonathan Adler, Conran, Michael Graves
    J.C. Penney, new home for Jonathan Adler, Conran, Michael Graves

    Can new home decor collections save J.C. Penney? The struggling department store threw a housewarming party Thursday in New York, heralding new lines from an impressive roster of designers: Jonathan Adler, Conran, Martha Stewart, Pantone, Bodum and, freshly jumped-ship from Target, Michael Graves.

    ...

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