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  • Caffeine update: Coffee Commissary now open in Palms

    Caffeine update: Coffee Commissary now open in Palms

    The Westside is now a little more caffeinated: Coffee Commissary just opened on the ground floor of the new M Lofts residential building in Palms. The cafe is on Motor Avenue, right off of National Boulevard, which is especially convenient not only for the many folks who live and work in the neighborhood,...

  • No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones

    No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones

    It’s not easy to get a great bagel in Southern California. It's easy enough to get a bagel, but too many of them are just bread in another shape, by another name. But it’s not impossible. There are a handful of shops that turn out solid, satisfying bagels, and a few that make genuinely delicious...

  • Gluten-free pizza crust from huge bakery

    Gluten-free pizza crust from huge bakery

    Venice Bakery began producing gluten-free pizza crusts in 2005, but the market has exploded, and the company recently opened what it says is one of the largest dedicated gluten-free bakeries in the country. In an oven 60 feet long and 10 feet wide, pizza dough bakes 16 hours a day. The cooling...

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  • State auditor finds improvement in embattled charter school chain

    State auditor finds improvement in embattled charter school chain

    A California state audit has found that a charter school organization accused of financial mismanagement by the Los Angeles Unified School District has improved its bottom line but still needs stronger controls over spending. The audit, released Thursday by State Auditor Elaine M. Howle, also found...

  • Shooting in Palms alley leaves 1 dead; LAPD is investigating

    Shooting in Palms alley leaves 1 dead; LAPD is investigating

    A person was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon in an alley of a Westside neighborhood, police said. Los Angeles police received reports of a shooting shortly before 2:30 p.m. in the 3300 block of Mentone Avenue in Palms, said LAPD Officer Tony Im. Officers found a male with a single gunshot wound...

  • Man arrested in connection with Palms shootings

    Man arrested in connection with Palms shootings

    Los Angeles police have arrested a 35-year-old man in connection with a series of shootings in a Westside neighborhood this week that left one man dead and four injured.  James Pickens of Inglewood was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, police said. The initial shooting...

  • No arrests in deadly Palms neighborhood shootings, police say

    No arrests in deadly Palms neighborhood shootings, police say

    Police are still investigating shootings that left one man dead and four others injured after gunfire erupted Thursday in a Westside neighborhood. The deceased was identified as 27-year-old Justin Aguilar, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. His city of residence was unknown. ...

  • 1 dead, 4 injured in Palms shootings

    1 dead, 4 injured in Palms shootings

    One person was killed and four others injured Thursday in a series of midafternoon shootings in a quiet Westside neighborhood, briefly prompting a citywide tactical alert, police said.Gunfire first erupted in the Palms neighborhood about 3 p.m. in the outskirts of Woodbine Park, at Vinton Avenue...

  • Tax Day 2015: Where to get $1 cocktails, plus more drink specials

    Tax Day 2015: Where to get $1 cocktails, plus more drink specials

    Today is Tax Day. Chances are, you've either got a refund burning a hole in your pocket or you just wrote a big check to Uncle Sam. Either way, a stiff drink could do you some good.  Here are some restaurants and bars offering Tax Day specials, including seven bars from the 1933 Group, offering...

  • L.A. Unified ends effort to close embattled charter schools
    L.A. Unified ends effort to close embattled charter schools

    Los Angeles Unified has dropped efforts to shut down three campuses operated by an embattled charter school chain accused of financial irregularities in a district audit.

    Caprice Young, chief executive officer of the Magnolia Public Schools, hailed the Board of Education for renewing the charters...

  • Caffeine update: Coffee Commissary now open in Palms
    Caffeine update: Coffee Commissary now open in Palms

    The Westside is now a little more caffeinated: Coffee Commissary just opened on the ground floor of the new M Lofts residential building in Palms. The cafe is on Motor Avenue, right off of National Boulevard, which is especially convenient not only for the many folks who live and work in the neighborhood,...

  • Boys' basketball: Roman Davis delivers game-winning three for Windward
    Boys' basketball: Roman Davis delivers game-winning three for Windward

    Trailing most of the game and down by 10 points in the third quarter, L.A. Windward kept wasting opportunities to catch up to Campbell Hall on Tuesday night in a Gold Coast League game. Then the Wildcats got hot late in the fourth quarter.

    Back to back threes by Wonder Smith and Eli Silverman-Lloyd...

  • Datebook: Videos about secrets, photography about rising tides
    Datebook: Videos about secrets, photography about rising tides

    Visceral video pieces about secrets, a show devoted to the ways in which man is contending with rising seas, and a photographer who takes on L.A.’s bus system. Plus: an anniversary show and a video about hallways. It’s all happening in L.A. and beyond:

    Gillian Wearing, “Everyone,” at Regen Projects....

  • No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones
    No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones

    It’s not easy to get a great bagel in Southern California. It's easy enough to get a bagel, but too many of them are just bread in another shape, by another name.

    But it’s not impossible. There are a handful of shops that turn out solid, satisfying bagels, and a few that make genuinely delicious...

  • Pedestrian, 16, struck and killed in Palms
    Pedestrian, 16, struck and killed in Palms

    A 16-year-old was struck by at least one vehicle and killed while crossing a street in Palms on Tuesday, police said.

    The crash occurred about 7 p.m. at Venice and Robertson boulevards, said Los Angeles Police Officer Jane Kim. Two cars were involved, but it was not clear what role each played...

  • Gracenote acquires Baseline. Better video recommendations coming?

    Entertainment metadata juggernaut Gracenote acquired Baseline for $50 million on Wednesday, adding to its portfolio descriptions of more than 300,000 movies and TV shows dating back to 1896.Metadata are details about content such as a work's title, author and date of creation. With more of that...

  • Art review: 'American Falls' captures power, beauty and utility
    Art review: 'American Falls' captures power, beauty and utility

    Beauty and utility often seem to be at cross-purposes. The first is prized for the pleasures it generates and the latter is valued for the work it gets done, the more efficiently the better.

    At the Center for Land Use Interpretation, “American Falls: Overlooking Urban Waterfalls” weds sublime beauty...

  • 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' | The Actors' Gang
    'A Midsummer Night's Dream' | The Actors' Gang

    "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by the Actors' Gang at the Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. The production runs through Aug. 30. For more information: www.theactorsgang.com.

  • Joshua Wolf Shenk argues for the dynamism of duos in 'Powers of Two'
    Joshua Wolf Shenk argues for the dynamism of duos in 'Powers of Two'

    Writer Joshua Wolf Shenk seems to be asking a good-natured, almost ingenuous question in his new book: Where does creativity come from? But in a time when creativity — and its corporate cousin, "innovation" — has become commodified and merchandised, these may be fighting words.

    Shenk's "Powers...

  • Judge allows 2 charter schools to remain open
    Judge allows 2 charter schools to remain open

    A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that two charter schools previously ordered shut down by L.A. Unified will be allowed to remain open despite questions over their financial management.

    Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin, echoing a tentative decision made...

  • Judge tentatively allows 2 charter schools to keep operating
    Judge tentatively allows 2 charter schools to keep operating

    Two charter schools ordered shut down by L.A. Unified amid questions over their financial management will be allowed to continue operating for now, according to a tentative ruling made public Thursday.

    Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin said district officials overstepped their...

  • Halted Figueroa bike lane project riles cycling activists
    Halted Figueroa bike lane project riles cycling activists

    More than 200 miles of Los Angeles streets have been remade in the last five years, with city officials adding bike lanes where the car alone had long been king.

    In many cases, making room for cyclists has meant reducing the space for motorists, causing grumblings in some neighborhoods but doing...

  • Gluten-free pizza crust from huge bakery
    Gluten-free pizza crust from huge bakery

    Venice Bakery began producing gluten-free pizza crusts in 2005, but the market has exploded, and the company recently opened what it says is one of the largest dedicated gluten-free bakeries in the country.

    In an oven 60 feet long and 10 feet wide, pizza dough bakes 16 hours a day. The cooling...

  • Jonathan Gold's best restaurants: Mayura
    Jonathan Gold's best restaurants: Mayura

  • 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...

  • Football: Windward's Roy Hemsley commits to USC

    Windward junior offensive lineman Roy Hemsley announced Tuesday he had committed to USC.

    In a written statement issued through his school, Hemsley said, "It has been a difficult decision to make, but I feel that USC is the best fit and is the right college for me to continue my studies and to grow...

  • Football: Windward's Roy Hemsley is set to make college decision

     L.A. Windward junior offensive lineman Roy Hemsley is set to announce his college choice on Tuesday. USC is considered the favorite over UCLA.

     

    Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

     

  • 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.

    ...

  • Man injured after gunman opens fire at restaurant in Palms
    Man injured after gunman opens fire at restaurant in Palms

    One man was injured Sunday night when a gunman walked into a Palms restaurant and opened fire before fleeing the scene, authorities said.

    Three male suspects wearing hooded black sweatshirts and black bandannas covering their faces approached Super Pho & Teriyaki on Venice Boulevard around 9:25...

  • West L.A. apartment blaze causes 12th fire-related death of the year
    West L.A. apartment blaze causes 12th fire-related death of the year

    A 60-year-old woman was found dead inside an apartment building fire Friday afternoon in West Los Angeles, authorities said, marking the 12th fire-related death in the city so far this year.

    The blaze broke out in the two-story building in the 3400 block of Clarington Avenue in the Palms neighborhood...

  • Car rams into Palms nursing home, 2 hurt

    At least two people were injured late Sunday when a vehicle rammed into a senior care center in Palms.

    The vehicle struck the convalescent home in the 3500 block of Overland Avenue about 10:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was not immediately clear if the injured were resident.

    ...

  • Super Bowl: 10 great beer bars to watch the big game
    Super Bowl: 10 great beer bars to watch the big game

    Two of the country’s best craft-beer towns will face off next weekend on the gridiron for Super Bowl XLVII, and if you're a lover of craft-brewed suds and want to watch the game with like-minded beer drinkers, here are 10 spots where you can get pints of the good stuff while enjoying the spectacle.

    ...

  • Thanksgiving video: Niki Nakayama of N/Naka remakes mac 'n' cheese with uni and truffles
    Thanksgiving video: Niki Nakayama of N/Naka remakes mac 'n' cheese with uni and truffles

    What happens when you ask five very talented Southern California chefs with very different culinary points of view to re-imagine their favorite Thanksgiving dishes? You get answers that are surprising, challenging, thoughtful, and delicious.

    That’s what happened when we asked Niki Nakayama from...

  • Halloween 2013: Candy and wine pairings, free pancakes, cocktail specials and more
    Halloween 2013: Candy and wine pairings, free pancakes, cocktail specials and more

    Halloween is the perfect excuse to down mounds of candy, sip down ghoul-inspired cocktails and eat your fill of pumpkins. Throw in your favorite costume and you're ready for a night of spooky indulgence. Here are some places around town offering freebies, specials, music and costume contests:

    Freebie...

  • Four L.A. schools decline iPads in initial rollout
    Four L.A. schools decline iPads in initial rollout

    Four Los Angeles schools, scheduled to receive iPads in this first rollout of the tablets, have pulled out of the initial phase, saying they want to wait at least until security and other issues are resolved.

    The rejection apparently is temporary — the schools still want the tablet computers —...

  • To make room for cyclists, L.A. tries a road diet
    To make room for cyclists, L.A. tries a road diet

    Motor Avenue in Los Angeles went on a “road diet.” I certainly didn’t think it needed to slim down. Twice a week I zipped from Palms Boulevard to Venice Boulevard, using either of the two southbound lanes on Motor to pass cars and get to my Pilates studio faster. When you’re slogging through early...

  • 'Lone wolf' with pipe bombs in West L.A. sentenced to eight years
    'Lone wolf' with pipe bombs in West L.A. sentenced to eight years

    A West L.A. man who police said had more than a dozen pipe bombs in his home was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday.

    Robert Colt Wilson, 29, pleaded no contest in a Los Angeles County courtroom Tuesday to felony charges of possessing a destructive device, ingredients to make a destructive...

  • When a sudden Oaxacan food craving hits on the Westside, head to Casa Oaxaca
    When a sudden Oaxacan food craving hits on the Westside, head to Casa Oaxaca

    Name of restaurant: Casa Oaxaca.

    Concept: A popular mom-and-pop Orange County export specializing in refined, lighter and very affordable interpretations of traditional regional Oaxacan cuisine, in Culver City. Plenty of veggie and seafood options. Patio dining is available too.

    Chef: Rojelio Martinez....

  • Ice, ice baby: Jonathan Gold's favorite frozen treats
    Ice, ice baby: Jonathan Gold's favorite frozen treats

    When the sun glowers, the Santa Ana winds rip through the canyons, and an invitation to have lunch on the patio feels like a death sentence, sometimes a quart of ice tea isn’t nearly enough. At such times it is nice to slip into an air-conditioned car and head for icy, icy bliss.

    Taiwanese slush....

  • Palms merchants demand fix for alleged ticket trap on National Blvd.
    Palms merchants demand fix for alleged ticket trap on National Blvd.

    Activists on Motor Avenue heightened their call on city officials Wednesday to fix what they believe is a ticket trap at a congested intersection in their Palms neighborhood.

    For three hours during the morning rush, drivers going east or west on National Boulevard are not allowed to turn north...

  • More than a dozen possible pipe bombs found at Westside apartment
    More than a dozen possible pipe bombs found at Westside apartment

    Authorities continued to investigate more than a dozen devices believed to be pipe bombs discovered at a Palms home Wednesday, but sources said preliminary information indicated the suspect was probably acting alone.

    Law enforcement sources said it was unclear what, if anything, the suspect intended...

  • Counter Intelligence: An E-ticket meal at n/naka
    Counter Intelligence: An E-ticket meal at n/naka

    N/naka's Niki Nakayama reflects the cycles of nature and place in her exquisite kaiseki meals, far eclipsing the work of big-name chefs. It's an unforgettable dining experience.

  • The Find: Kabab Grill in Palms
    The Find: Kabab Grill in Palms

    A 2-month-old cafe excels at safeeha, thin Syrian-style flatbreads loaded with savory toppings

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