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Whittier man electrocuted by downed power line in his backyard

A Whittier man died Thursday after he touched a live power line that had fallen in his backyard, authorities said. The L.A. County coroner's office identified the victim as 45-year-old Juan Nieves. Nieves heard a loud boom about 3 a.m. and saw flashing lights in the backyard of his home in the...

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  • 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. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • Compton to honor gold medalist DeMar DeRozan on Saturday

    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...

  • Man shot to death by L.A. County deputy was not a carjacking suspect, officials say

    Man shot to death by L.A. County deputy was not a carjacking suspect, officials say

    Robert Alexander had a lengthy criminal record and no fixed address. Donnell Thompson was a fan of Michael Jackson and the Los Angeles Lakers and attended classes for the mentally disabled at El Camino College. Early on a July morning, the two strangers’ lives intersected in tragic fashion. Alexander...

  • Coyote attacks force closure of Montebello park: 'People are not food for coyotes'

    Coyote attacks force closure of Montebello park: 'People are not food for coyotes'

    Police have ordered the closure of a popular Montebello park and petting zoo after three people were attacked recently by coyotes.  Although incidents of coyotes attacking small dogs and cats are a fact of life in Southern California, attacks on people are rare, and officials and neighbors alike...

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

    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...

  • California high court says legislators' votes are protected by free speech rights

    California high court says legislators' votes are protected by free speech rights

    The California Supreme Court decided Monday that the votes of elected officials are protected free speech. The state high court ruled in a lawsuit brought by the city of Montebello against three former council members and a city administrator. Montebello contended the officials had violated a conflict...

  • Woman arrested on suspicion of killing her grandmother

    Woman arrested on suspicion of killing her grandmother

    A week after requesting the public’s help in locating 24-year-old Sarah Montoya, authorities announced Monday that she was arrested on suspicion of killing her grandmother.  Paula Montoya, 64, was found dead in her home in the 6600 block of Pine Avenue in Bell by police on July 21 after her son...

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