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On the Scouting Trail: Troop 507 members place flags at soldiers' graves

Members of Boy Scout Troop 507, sponsored by St. Bede Church in La Cañada, gathered at the Los Angeles National Cemetery over the Memorial Day weekend to place flags at the 88,000 graves there and to pay their respects to those who died in military service. At each grave site, a flag was placed...

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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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  • How orphaned parrots help troubled veterans, and vice versa

    How orphaned parrots help troubled veterans, and vice versa

    Some troubled Los Angeles veterans are getting help through an unlikely source: orphaned parrots. The West L.A. campus of the Department of Veterans Affairs has an exotic-bird rescue facility on its sprawling 387-acre campus. It houses 21 aviaries with nearly 40 parrots that are part of a unique...

  • VA details plan to eliminate veterans' homelessness

    VA details plan to eliminate veterans' homelessness

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs detailed its plan Friday to end veterans' homelessness in Los Angeles by 2016, pledging to open its West Los Angeles campus to permanent and temporary housing, and to place returning service members and their families in subsidized apartments throughout the...

  • The FBI's man in L.A. on how to find the bad guys among us

    The FBI's man in L.A. on how to find the bad guys among us

    David Bowdich, assistant director in charge of the FBI's L.A. office, oversees the most populous beat in law enforcement — seven Southern California counties, some 44,000 square miles, and nearly 19 million people. He joined the bureau in 1995, and most recently headed the office's joint counter-terrorism...

  • House subcommittee assails VA over West L.A. campus leases

    House subcommittee assails VA over West L.A. campus leases

    A congressional subcommittee on Tuesday ripped into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for issuing commercial leases on its sprawling West Los Angeles campus while thousands of homeless veterans slept in the streets. "It's an atrocity," said Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.). "The vets are sleeping...

  • VA unveils settlement to provide veterans housing on West L.A. campus

    VA unveils settlement to provide veterans housing on West L.A. campus

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a legal settlement Wednesday that will transform its sprawling West Los Angeles campus into a center of permanent housing for homeless veterans and curtail the controversial practice of leasing VA facilities to corporations and other non-government...

  • U.S. settles suit over misuse of West L.A. veterans campus

    U.S. settles suit over misuse of West L.A. veterans campus

    The federal government has agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing the Department of Veterans Affairs of misusing its sprawling West Los Angeles health campus while veterans with brain injuries and mental impairment slept in the streets, people familiar with the agreement said Tuesday. Under the settlement,...

  • Vets lose L.A. golf tournament tickets after VA cancels parking deal
    Vets lose L.A. golf tournament tickets after VA cancels parking deal

    With free grounds passes, concert tickets and refreshments at the “Patriots’ Outpost,” veterans and their families could expect a grand time at the PGA’s Northern Trust Open golf tournament in Pacific Palisades next month.

    But after the Department of Veterans Affairs, in the midst of a legal dispute,...

  • Federal judge orders veterans agency to stop Westside construction
    Federal judge orders veterans agency to stop Westside construction

    A federal judge on Thursday ordered the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to stop building on its West Los Angeles campus, ruling that officials had acted "in excess of their authority" by authorizing construction of an amphitheater on the contested property.

    The ruling by U.S. District Judge...

  • Court halts amphitheater construction on West L.A. veterans campus
    Court halts amphitheater construction on West L.A. veterans campus

    A federal appeals court on Monday ordered the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to halt construction of an amphitheater on its West Los Angeles campus.

    A two-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the veterans agency should maintain the “status quo" while it appeals a lower...

  • Democrat Ted Lieu to succeed Waxman in Congress, AP reports
    Democrat Ted Lieu to succeed Waxman in Congress, AP reports

    State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) has beat gang prosecutor Elan S. Carr, a Beverly Hills Republican, in the race to succeed Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), who is retiring after 40 years in Congress.

    First-time candidate Carr emerged as the top vote-getter in the 18-candidate June primary...

  • Tuskegee Airmen join final leg of 450-mile bike ride for injured vets

    Two Tuskegee Airmen are expected to join more than 200 injured veterans and their supporters for the conclusion of a seven-day, 450-mile bicycle ride that ends Saturday in Los Angeles.

    Robert Friend, 94, plans to bike the last several miles of UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery, an event that kicked...

  • VA mismanaged West L.A. campus, GAO says
    VA mismanaged West L.A. campus, GAO says

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has mismanaged its West Los Angeles campus by under-billing for land use agreements and by improperly diverting funds, according to a Government Accountability Office report issued Wednesday.

    The GAO found weaknesses in the billing and collection processes...

  • Federal agent who fired gun during pro-Israel rally is placed on leave
    Federal agent who fired gun during pro-Israel rally is placed on leave

    A Federal Protective Service agent is on administrative leave after firing his gun when a truck full of men who allegedly assaulted pro-Israel protestors Sunday in Westwood tried to get away, an agency official said.

    The shooting occurred about 5:20 p.m. outside the federal building in the 11000...

  • Prop. 41, for homeless vets, renews debate over Westside VA campus
    Prop. 41, for homeless vets, renews debate over Westside VA campus

    A ballot measure aimed at eliminating California's dubious status as the nation's homeless veteran capital has rekindled a decade-old fight over the Department of Veterans Affairs' sprawling West Los Angeles campus.

    Proposition 41 asks voters to redirect $600 million in bond money from a home-buying...

  • California adoption laws hinder a woman's quest for the truth
    California adoption laws hinder a woman's quest for the truth

    Marsha Temple fervently wishes to know more about her roots, and she believes thousands of other adoptees in the state do too.

  • Shriver decision lifts spending limits in L.A. County supervisor race
    Shriver decision lifts spending limits in L.A. County supervisor race

    Los Angeles supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver has rejected voluntary campaign spending limits and said he will at least partially self-fund his campaign to replace retiring Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky in the June 3 primary.

    In a declaration filed with the county's elections office, Shriver, a...

  • 'Jamzilla': 45-minute delays on 405 Freeway; project on schedule
    'Jamzilla': 45-minute delays on 405 Freeway; project on schedule

    State transportation officials said Monday night that motorists were encountering 45-minute delays on the 405 Freeway during "Jamzilla" and that the project was expected to be finished in time for the Tuesday morning rush-hour commute.

    The paving and striping on the northbound lanes between Sunset...

  • Feinstein bill pushes housing for homeless vets at West L.A. VA campus
    Feinstein bill pushes housing for homeless vets at West L.A. VA campus

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a bill Tuesday to smooth the way for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to partner with private agencies to develop housing for homeless veterans on its West Los Angeles campus.

    The legislation would authorize the department to lease two dilapidated...

  • Most UC campuses change fall calendar, avoiding Jewish holidays
    Most UC campuses change fall calendar, avoiding Jewish holidays

    The fall quarter at most UC campuses will start a week later than usual and winter break will be a week shorter in the 2014-15 school year as the schools seek to avoid beginning their terms during Jewish High Holidays.

    Most UC campuses will start fall classes Oct. 2 and the fall quarter will end...

  • Historic VA buildings at risk, preservation group says
    Historic VA buildings at risk, preservation group says

    Hundreds of landmarks on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs properties are at risk of being permanently abandoned or demolished because of the agency’s lack of maintenance and its failure to comply with federal laws aimed at protecting historic buildings, according to a new study by the National...

  • LAX suspect charged with murder; FBI says he wanted to 'instill fear'
    LAX suspect charged with murder; FBI says he wanted to 'instill fear'

    Federal prosecutors on Saturday filed a murder charge against the suspect in the shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport in which a Transportation Security Administration screener was killed.

    Other charges related to firing a weapon inside an international airport were also filed...

  • UCLA will appeal to save its stadium lease on veterans land
    UCLA will appeal to save its stadium lease on veterans land

    UCLA will appeal a decision that could force it to give up its baseball stadium on land leased from the U.S. veterans' agency.

    U.S. District Judge S. James Otero rejected a bid by the university and the Brentwood School to overturn his August ruling striking down commercial leases on the Department...

  • UCLA files motion to keep its baseball stadium on veterans' land
    UCLA files motion to keep its baseball stadium on veterans' land

    UCLA has gone to court to overturn a decision that could force it to give up its baseball stadium on land leased from the U.S. veterans agency.

    The university described itself as a "surprising casualty" of an August ruling that the Department of Veterans Affairs violated federal law by leasing...

  • Waxman: VA should end bid to retain tenants at West L.A. property
    Waxman: VA should end bid to retain tenants at West L.A. property

    Rep. Henry A. Waxman is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to settle a lawsuit over leasing out the agency's sprawling West Los Angeles campus.

    In a letter to veterans affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, the Beverly Hills Democrat called a recent court decision striking down nine leases...

  • Judge strikes down stadium lease for UCLA baseball on VA campus
    Judge strikes down stadium lease for UCLA baseball on VA campus

    A federal judge ruled Thursday the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs misused its sprawling West Los Angeles campus by leasing land for a hotel laundry, a film studio storage lot and UCLA's baseball stadium, but stopped short of ordering the tenants off the property.

    U.S. District Judge S. James...

  • Homeless veterans to fill beds at West L.A. veterans campus
    Homeless veterans to fill beds at West L.A. veterans campus

    Vacant beds at the Veterans Administration campus in West Los Angeles will be filled by homeless vets on state waiting lists for nursing home care, authorities said Thursday.

    The arrangement is part of stepped-up federal assistance, including expanded rental housing vouchers and medical outreach...

  • West L.A. VA hospital evacuated after possible grenade found in ER
    West L.A. VA hospital evacuated after possible grenade found in ER

    Security guards at a Westside hospital believe they found a grenade in an emergency room, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said Monday.

    Sheriff's deputies were called around 7 a.m. to the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center in the 11300 block of Wilshire Boulevard to respond to...

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