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L.A. councilman joins calls to speed up toxic cleanup around Exide plant

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar urged state officials Friday to accelerate the removal of toxic lead contamination surrounding a shuttered battery recycling plant in nearby Vernon, saying he was astounded that the state agency overseeing the testing and cleanup of up to 10,000 homes had...

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  • Scouting Report: Pork gyro and feta fries at Alexander's Greek Kitchen in Vernon

    Scouting Report: Pork gyro and feta fries at Alexander's Greek Kitchen in Vernon

    Name of restaurant: Alexander's Greek Kitchen What dish represents the restaurant, and why? A plate of pork gyro with a side of pita bread, Greek salad, tzatziki sauce and langonisi fries. The pork gyro is shaved paper thin, resulting in a heap of crisp strips of pork on the plate. You'll feel...

  • Hillshire Brands to buy Van's Natural Foods for $165 million

    Hillshire Brands to buy Van's Natural Foods for $165 million

    Hillshire Brands Co., the maker of Jimmy Dean sausage links and Ball Park franks, said Monday it will pay $165 million to buy Van's Natural Foods from Catterton Partners, a private equity firm. The deal will add a line of healthful, frozen breakfast and snack foods to Hillshire's existing brands,...

  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

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