The top 19 most read stories of the year include pieces on Nipsey Hussle, the college admissions scandal and two topics that are very California: earthquakes and rising waters. And one story appears twice, in both Spanish and English.
Readers spent a total of about 529,276 hours or 31,756,565 minutes, the equivalent of more than 22,000 days, reading the 19 stories below.
Nipsey Hussle’s brother found him dying. These are his final moments
Our most read story of the year was in the aftermath of Nipsey Hussle’s tragic death in March, when he was gunned down in the parking lot of his clothing store.
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Before his death, he was trying to buy back his neighborhood
After the shooting, students closest to him vow to lift up their community
In the days following the rapper’s death, his brother recounted his final moments to The Times. “If somebody would’ve been there — if I would’ve been there — I would’ve shot back,” Samiel Asghedom said. “I just wish I would’ve been there.”
Lo han mantenido vivo con tubos durante casi 17 años. ¿Quién es él y existe la posibilidad de que esté consciente?
This story originally appeared in English. The English version was also one of our most read stories of the year
Uno de nuestros artículos más leídos fue sobre una víctima con lesión cerebral resultado de un accidente automovilístico en 1999 y la búsqueda de su verdadera identidad. La historia del hombre conocido como “Sixty-Six Garage” también fue narrada en una serie de podcast.
Damage to homes, but no deaths reported, in 7.1 magnitude California earthquake
In July, Southern California was rattled by two major earthquakes in less than two days. This story covered the second of the two — a 7.1 magnitude quake that struck near Ridgecrest.
“By the grace of God, we’ve had no casualties, and we’ve only had minor injuries,” said Jed McLaughlin, the Ridgecrest police chief. That outcome, he said, “is amazing, considering these two big earthquakes that we’ve experienced.”
Biggest earthquake in years rattles Southern California
Fourth on the list is the first of the two July earthquakes, as a 6.4 magnitude quake struck about 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles, in the remote Searles Valley area. The earthquake ended a quiet period in the state’s seismic history.
Striking at 10:33 a.m. on the Fourth of July, the quake was felt as far away as Ensenada and Mexicali in Mexico, as well as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Reno and Chico. A 7.1 temblor shook the area the next day.
The bizarre story of the L.A. dad who exposed the college admissions scandal
The college admissions scandal caught the attention of Southern California and L.A. Times readers as it was initially revealed, and the news continued to roll out. This piece dove into the source of the investigation: the L.A. dad who cut a deal with federal prosecutors and, in so doing, exposed the scandal.
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How an L.A. parent’s tip uncovered massive college admissions scandal
The mastermind behind the college admissions scandal knew whom to target: the wealthy
Morrie Tobin’s role in kicking off the investigation is one in an array of enticing details disclosed in court hearings, documents and interviews that together explain how a team of prosecutors working with FBI and IRS agents pieced together an investigation that has rattled the rarefied worlds of the rich and powerful in L.A., the Bay Area, and the East Coast.
Actress Peggy Lipton, star of ‘The Mod Squad’ and ‘Twin Peaks,’ dies at 72
Actress and former model Peggy Lipton, who rose to stardom in the late 1960s on the counterculture police series “The Mod Squad” and later starred on TV’s “Twin Peaks,” died in May at 72. The cause of death was cancer.
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“She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,” Lipton’s daughters said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her.”
‘Go back to California’: Wave of newcomers fuels backlash in Boise
Californians are moving to Idaho in spades — and are bringing income inequality with them. That hasn’t inspired the warmest of welcomes among their new neighbors.
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Last month’s mayoral election in Boise was the most competitive race in recent memory, a referendum on growth in the rapidly expanding capital of Idaho. And candidate Wayne Richey ran on a very simple platform: Stop the California invasion.
He’d been kept alive with tubes for nearly 17 years. Who is he, and is it possible he’s conscious?
For more than 15 years, a man known only as “Sixty-Six Garage” lay in his hospital bed unidentified and unconscious. Or so everyone believed. This story was the subject of “Room 20,” a podcast and story series about the search for a brain-injured man’s identity and the truth about his accident.
This story was translated into Spanish. That version was our second most read story of the year
College admissions scandal: Here is everyone charged in the case
As the names and charges continued to pile up, it became hard to keep track of all the people involved in the college admissions scandal. Enter this story.
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Those charged include Hollywood actresses, former CEOs, a famed parenting book writer, a fashion icon, a Newport Beach college counselor and university athletic officials.
Killing of Nipsey Hussle in South L.A. likely has some ties to gangs, source says; LAPD seeks suspect
Nipsey Hussle, a Grammy-nominated rapper known as much for his work in the community as for his music, was killed in March, gunned down outside his store in South Los Angeles.
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In the days following Hussle’s death, police had said that Eric Holder, the man accused of killing Hussle, appeared to be affiliated with a gang.
Oscars 2019: ‘Green Book’ is the worst best picture winner since ‘Crash’
The Oscars made a controversial pick for its biggest award in 2019, and film critic Justin Chang was ready to make his opinion on the subject known.
“‘Green Book,’ a slick crowd-pleaser set in the Deep South in 1962, strains to put you in a good mood. Its victory is appalling but far from shocking...” Chang wrote.
The official fast food French fry power rankings
The official French fry power rankings kicked off a Twitter battle between our social media intern and food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson, and the return of Peterson’s food power rankings.
“I ordered medium- or regular-sized fries (when available) and judged them based on the two metrics: (1) taste and (2) texture, which includes fry shape and mouthfeel,” Peterson wrote about his rankings.
How befriending Mister Rogers’ widow allowed me to learn the true meaning of his legacy
At 91, Joanne Rogers tends to the legacy of her late husband, known to generations as Mister Rogers. But she doesn’t want him put on a pedestal, even with Tom Hanks playing him in a movie. Through a friendship with Rogers, reporter Amy Kaufman came to understand why.
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Micah Fitzerman-Blue, who wrote the film with Noah Harpster, said Joanne “really only had one request: that we not treat her husband as a saint.”
These are the 737 inmates on California’s death row
In March, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to impose a moratorium on the death penalty in California.
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The order granted temporary reprieves to all 737 condemned inmates on California’s death row, the largest in the nation.
Steve Lopez: Rats at the police station, filth on L.A. streets — scenes from the collapse of a city that’s lost control
“Is it the 21st century in the largest city of a state that ranks among the world’s most robust economies, or did someone turn back the calendar a few hundred years?”
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That’s the question columnist Steve Lopez asked as he traversed L.A. for this column, describing a scene of despair among the homeless.
Tyler Skaggs’ autopsy: Fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol led to death by choking on vomit
Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs had the opioids fentanyl and oxycodone along with alcohol in his system when he was found dead in his Texas hotel room July 1, according to a toxicology report.
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The Angels were staying at a hotel in Southlake ahead of a four-game series against the Texas Rangers the night Skaggs died. The team arrived the evening of June 30, and Skaggs’ body was found in his room at approximately 2:18 p.m. the next day.
Saugus High shooter opened fire on crowded quad in 16-second attack that left 2 dead and 3 wounded, sheriff says
On Nov. 14, a 16-year-old Saugus High School student pulled out a gun in the quad area and opened fire, leaving two students dead and three wounded, before turning the gun on himself.
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Stunned with grief: ‘The scares and trauma we see on TV came to Santa Clarita’
“It seems like we just got through one tragedy with families losing their homes in the fire,” Marsha McLean, the mayor of Santa Clarita, said at a news conference. “And then this? It’s really hard to describe.”
The California coast is disappearing under the rising sea. Our choices are grim
The reality of sea level rise has California cornered, and we don’t have many ways out. In this special report, reporter Rosanna Xia wrote about just how dire that reality has become.
“The world is getting hotter, the great ice sheets still melting, the rising ocean a slow-moving disaster that has already swept past California’s front door. Seaside cliffs are crumbling in Pacifica, bringing down entire buildings.”
Rare L.A. mega-storm could overwhelm dam and flood dozens of cities, experts say
Scientists call it California’s “other big one,” and they say it could cause three times as much damage as a major earthquake ripping along the San Andreas fault.
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The ‘nightmare’ California flood more dangerous than a huge earthquake
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Although it might sound absurd to those who still recall five years of withering drought and mandatory water restrictions, researchers and engineers warn that California may be due for rain of biblical proportions — or what experts call an ARkStorm.
Tessa A. Bangs, Gabriela Fernandez, Jessica Martinez, Samantha Melbourneweaver and Alexa Sonnenfeld contributed to this story.