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Football: They're going all out in the weight room at South Gate High

Daniel Martinez, a 6-foot, 165-pound offensive tackle, was sweating profusely Monday afternoon jumping up and down while landing on a stool in the stuffy South Gate High weight room. It was controlled chaos, with Coach Jose Casagran blowing his whistle every 30 seconds while some 30 players went...

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  • Three great new L.A. coffeehouses

    Three great new L.A. coffeehouses

    For those of us who love coffee, the last two months have been like early holiday presents. Because no fewer than three terrific coffee shops have opened around the city since November. One is a brand new dinosaur-themed shop that is about as fun as a trip to the Natural History Museum; the other...

  • Free Blaze pizza, Haché LA opens in Silver Lake, Crossroads brunch

    Free Blaze pizza, Haché LA opens in Silver Lake, Crossroads brunch

    Peter Koral, founder of 7 For All Mankind premium denim company, is opening a Blaze Pizza in South Gate today. To celebrate, the restaurant will offer free build-your-own pizzas on Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For a free pizza, just follow Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. If...

  • Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization

    Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization

    City engineers, public works officials and developers stood on a hilltop just north of downtown on a recent weekday and gazed at a low-lying railroad yard dotted with weeds on the far side of the Los Angeles River channel. To the uninitiated, it was a mildly depressing vista of concrete, unwanted...

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  • Latino immigrants finally getting suburban-style chain stores

    Latino immigrants finally getting suburban-style chain stores

    The Azalea shopping center features a lineup of shops familiar to suburban malls: Forever 21, TGI Friday's and Michaels. What makes the Azalea unusual — and, in the eyes of some, revolutionary — is that it's in South Gate, in the heart of working-class southeast Los Angeles County. The city is...

  • 3 officers charged in alleged boot camp abuse case

    Three Southern California police officers were charged Friday with several misdemeanor counts of child abuse stemming from a boot camp run by the Huntington Park and South Gate police departments, authorities said. Two officers from the South Gate force, Edgar Yovany Gomez and Carlos Manuel Gomez-Marquez,...

  • Carjacking suspect who shot at South Gate police surrenders

    Carjacking suspect who shot at South Gate police surrenders

    A suspected carjacker who barricaded himself in a home in South Gate and fired on police has surrendered peacefully, authorities said. Armed with a handgun, the man carjacked a driver Monday morning and abandoned the vehicle not far from his home in the 10600 block of Capistrano Avenue, said South...

  • Suspect shot by South Gate police after brawl with residents during home break-in

    Suspect shot by South Gate police after brawl with residents during home break-in

    A South Gate police officer shot a gunman suspected of breaking into a home late Sunday and fighting with the residents, authorities said. The gunman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating...

  • Marine helicopter makes emergency landing in Los Angeles River

    Marine helicopter makes emergency landing in Los Angeles River

     A Marine helicopter from Camp Pendleton made an emergency landing Monday in the bed of the Los Angeles River near South Gate. Neither of the two pilots on the AH-1W was injured. There were no injuries on the ground, officials said. The helicopter made the landing about 12:40 p.m. after one of...

  • Videos of individual police encounters are part of a bigger picture

    Videos of individual police encounters are part of a bigger picture

    A spate of videos has brought what looks like police brutality into our living rooms. Logic says these incidents are aberrations; that's what makes them news. But I'm having trouble clearing my mind of those ugly scenes — and I know I'm not alone. Are these just individual cops gone rogue? Or are...

  • Congresswoman calls for probe into cellphone-slamming incident by federal agent
    Congresswoman calls for probe into cellphone-slamming incident by federal agent

    When authorities rolled into a South Gate neighborhood this past weekend and rounded up suspected members of an outlaw motorcycle gang, some of them wore vests that simply read “police” and drove unmarked cars and SUVs.

    Resident Beatriz Paez, who was out for a Sunday stroll, came upon the scene...

  • With smartphones everywhere, police on notice they may be caught on camera
    With smartphones everywhere, police on notice they may be caught on camera

    In South Gate, police had already been warned: Just expect that you might be filmed with cellphones and other cameras as you do your job.After high-profile uses of force caught on video in places like South Carolina, New York and L.A.’s skid row, officers in the Southeast L.A. suburb had been told...

  • Feds probe video showing officer slamming woman's phone in California
    Feds probe video showing officer slamming woman's phone in California

    The U.S. Marshals Service is investigating an incident in California in which a federal law enforcement officer appears to grab the cellphone of a woman recording police activity and slams the phone to the ground.

    The incident was posted on YouTube Sunday. Information provided in the YouTube post...

  • High-speed chase suspect charged, could face nearly 28 years in prison
    High-speed chase suspect charged, could face nearly 28 years in prison

    The man who authorities say led police on a dangerous high-speed chase across southeast Los Angeles and neighboring cities was charged Wednesday with five felonies, including carjacking.

    Aaron Lorta, 29, was charged with one count of carjacking, three counts of attempted carjacking and one count...

  • Armed man shot, killed by South Gate police
    Armed man shot, killed by South Gate police

    Before an armed man was fatally shot early Sunday by South Gate police, he tried to carjack two vehicles near a fast food restaurant, officials said.

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the incident, which began just before 4 a.m. at a Jack in the Box restaurant in...

  • Three great new L.A. coffeehouses
    Three great new L.A. coffeehouses

    For those of us who love coffee, the last two months have been like early holiday presents. Because no fewer than three terrific coffee shops have opened around the city since November. One is a brand new dinosaur-themed shop that is about as fun as a trip to the Natural History Museum; the other...

  • Football: South Gate keeps rolling with 49-0 victory

    South Gate has yet to lose this season on the field. The Rams are 5-0 (4-1 with a forfeit) after a 49-0 win over L.A. Jordan on Monday in an Eastern League game.

    Lavell Thompson rushed for 123 yards in four carries and scored two touchdowns.

    Tony Washington returned two punts 86 yards and scored...

  • Football: South Gate opens with 35-0 victory

    South Gate deserves the role as favorite in City Section Division II, and the Rams opened on Thursday night with a 35-0 win over Westchester.

    Lavell Thompson rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Dalequan Lee had eight receptions for 118 yards.

    Leading the defense was Jonathan Estrada, who had...

  • Free Blaze pizza, Haché LA opens in Silver Lake, Crossroads brunch
    Free Blaze pizza, Haché LA opens in Silver Lake, Crossroads brunch

    Peter Koral, founder of 7 For All Mankind premium denim company, is opening a Blaze Pizza in South Gate today. To celebrate, the restaurant will offer free build-your-own pizzas on Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For a free pizza, just follow Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. If...

  • Tow-truck driver followed, gunned down after repossessing car
    Tow-truck driver followed, gunned down after repossessing car

    A tow-truck driver was followed and then shot to death Sunday in South Gate after repossessing a car, authorities said.

    The driver, described only as a 50-year-old man, was possibly followed by multiple vehicles after he repossessed the car in Compton, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's...

  • Filmmaking helps heal wounds for troubled youths
    Filmmaking helps heal wounds for troubled youths

    As a child, Darlene Visoso tried to protect herself from the harsh words she endured from her father's girlfriend by shutting off her emotions.

    Until her early years of high school, she dealt with her pain, anger and insecurity by ignoring her feelings.

    "I kind of went into a phase where I was...

  • Veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan finds a mission at home
    Veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan finds a mission at home

    You know how it can be with e-mail. You waste so much time getting rid of the junk, you can miss the good stuff.

    This occurred to me last week, when I came to a message I'd missed, from April of 2011.

    "Dear Mr. Lopez," it began, "my name is Ricardo Reyes."

    He said he had served in both Afghanistan...

  • Tree-killing bug invades Southern California, with no answer in sight
    Tree-killing bug invades Southern California, with no answer in sight

    Akif Eskalen steps through the dense, damp leaves in a wooded neighborhood, scrutinizing the branches around him. He's looking for evidence of an attack: tiny wounds piercing the bark and sap dried around them like bloodstains.

    The victims are box elders, sycamores and coast live oaks, all in some...

  • Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization
    Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization

    City engineers, public works officials and developers stood on a hilltop just north of downtown on a recent weekday and gazed at a low-lying railroad yard dotted with weeds on the far side of the Los Angeles River channel.

    To the uninitiated, it was a mildly depressing vista of concrete, unwanted...

  • Brooke Burke-Charvet launches activewear line
    Brooke Burke-Charvet launches activewear line

    Brooke Burke-Charvet is planning to meet customers at Nordstrom at the Grove on Saturday to celebrate the launch of her new athletic and lifestyle apparel brand Caelum.

    The line includes performance tops, sweat pants, pull-overs and sports bras that promise style and comfort during workouts. Caelum...

  • Girls' basketball: South East is banned from playoffs by City Section

     City Section Commissioner John Aguirre has banned the South East girls' basketball team from the playoffs next season and placed the program on two years' probation for violation of CIF rules involving undue influence.

    Aguirre said Marquez High alleged that South East had tried to recruit one...

  • Four colleges organize O.C. student fashion show and exhibit
    Four colleges organize O.C. student fashion show and exhibit

    Four Orange County community colleges that offer fashion design and merchandising programs are joining forces to showcase their students' work in the first OC Colleges Fashion Week.

    The week is scheduled to kick off Saturday with a reception at 7 p.m. at the Santa Ana College Arts Gallery, in the...

  • Members of Congress seek pay for workers at closed trade school
    Members of Congress seek pay for workers at closed trade school

    Two members of Congress sent a letter this week to the owners of a closed South Gate trade school demanding that former employees be properly compensated.

    The for-profit Career Colleges of America closed suddenly in January after its accreditation and eligibility to provide federal financial aid...

  • For South Gate Middle School class, abalones open a whole new world
    For South Gate Middle School class, abalones open a whole new world

    Caring for green abalones introduces students to possible careers in science while helping restore the creatures' population.

  • Students outraged by sudden closure of vocational school
    Students outraged by sudden closure of vocational school

    Dozens of students gathered outside a South Los Angeles trade school Thursday, angry that the college where they had been taking classes -- and had paid thousands of dollars to attend -- had shut without notice.

    Authorities confirmed that accreditation and eligibility to provide federal financial...

  • South Gate police shoot, kill man; Sheriff's Department investigating
    South Gate police shoot, kill man; Sheriff's Department investigating

    A man was shot and killed by police responding to a domestic dispute in South Gate late Saturday, according to authorities.

    The shooting occurred in the 9200 block of San Luis Avenue shortly after 10 p.m., according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which is investigating...

  • Man is shot to death in South Gate while sitting in his van
    Man is shot to death in South Gate while sitting in his van

    A 42-year-old Bellflower man was shot and killed while sitting in his van early Sunday evening, authorities said.

    Ricardo Venegas died on the sidewalk outside of his van in the 6000 block of Main Street in South Gate, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

    The Los Angeles County...

  • Two workers hospitalized after ammonia leak at cheese factory
    Two workers hospitalized after ammonia leak at cheese factory

    An ammonia leak at a South Gate cheese factory sent two workers to the hospital early Tuesday morning, according to authorities.

    Los Angeles County firefighters responded to the report of an ammonia leak at 5 a.m. in the 5600 block of East Imperial Highway.

    The building, which manufactures Saputo...

  • Mexico-L.A. drug ring hid meth, heroin in pipes on big rigs, feds say

    Federal prosecutors unveiled indictments Thursday against 57 members of an alleged drug trafficking ring that authorities said smuggled cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from Mexico to Los Angeles, using concealed compartments and PVC piping.

    Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested 18...

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