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Evacuations ordered for mobile home park near Bogart fire in Cherry Valley

California wildfire updates Aug. 30, 2016, 2:16 p.m. A rash of fires this summer has destroyed homes, subjected residents to evacuation orders and disrupted activities at Hearst Castle. Here are some of the fires now burning in California (numbers updated Tuesday, Aug. 23): Chimney fire: 45,108...

L.A. County prosecutors investigate alleged Brown Act violations at ABC Unified School District

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is investigating allegations that the ABC Unified School District Board of Education violated one of the state’s government transparency laws. A district attorney’s spokeswoman confirmed the office’s Public Integrity Division was looking into a...

California bill to extend school choice law faces allegations of inequity

Each day Suzanne White drives her daughters to school, she crosses an invisible border between the L.A. Unified School District in which she lives and Oak Park Unified, the higher-performing, much smaller district that her children attend. It’s a trip that many parents frustrated by their local...

High-speed rail critics question the first route segment, which will end in an almond orchard

The state’s plan to build an initial stretch of high-speed rail line, from San Jose to a map point in the midst of Central Valley farmland, came under renewed attack at an oversight hearing Monday.  Republicans on the House rail subcommittee had sought to hold the hearing in the Silicon Valley...

Panic, chaos at LAX, JFK show how even false reports of violence can upend airport operatons

The chaos appears to have started Sunday evening when an actor wearing a mask and a black cloak, and carrying what appeared to be a sword, walked into the arrival level of Terminal 7 at Los Angeles International Airport.  Police detained the man at gunpoint, but released him after finding that...

California representatives call for congressional investigation into Purdue Pharma and other opioid makers

Two California representatives called Monday for a congressional investigation of opioid manufacturers, citing a Los Angeles Times investigation that found that the maker of OxyContin collected extensive evidence of criminal trafficking of its drug but in many cases did not alert law enforcement....

Joe Hicks dies at 75; prominent black conservative

Joe Hicks, a Los Angeles-based community activist whose views as a black conservative were solicited often in the media, died Sunday at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica following post-surgery complications. He was 75. Hicks, with his bald head and thick mustache, was a familiar pundit...

California farmworkers could see overtime expanded in the next decade after historic Assembly vote

In a historic win for farmworkers, California lawmakers on Monday passed legislation that would expand overtime pay for more than 825,000 laborers who bring produce to stores and tables across the state.

Share your memories of Mexican music giant Juan Gabriel

Fans across Los Angeles woke up Monday to mourn the death of Mexican music giant, Juan Gabriel, the best way they know how: by blasting his music. From mechanic shops and panaderias to beauty salons and cars inching along the 1-5, people sang along with their radio and their beloved singer, who...

Black Lives Matter getting a cool reception in some black churches known for past activism

For decades, they’ve been catalysts for civil rights activism, occupying an important niche at the center of protests over police misconduct and racial flashpoints in Los Angeles, from the Rodney J. King beating to the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. But some black churches in Los Angeles, and the...

L.A. immigrant teen still takes bus after thousands in donations

Even after readers donated more than $45,000 to Gaspar Marcos, the immigrant teenager still jumps on the 720 bus to his after-school job in Westwood. Though his future looks a bit brighter, little has changed for Marcos since a Los Angeles Times story and video was published July 15, sparking an...

Defying gravity: life lessons on the diving board

Dressed in a metallic-blue Speedo and well-oiled against the sun, Lenny Larsen reclines poolside in his power wheelchair. Larsen loves the midday warmth. A slight breeze musses his wispy blond hair. Two divers, eager for his advice and counsel, wait at the foot of the one-meter springboard. Kevan...

The ballad of Juan Gabriel

Superstar Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel died Sunday at his home in California at age 66. Here is a 1999 profile from The Times: First, who he is: the highest-paid Spanish-language singer on Earth. Where he lives: among a dozen mansions and ranches across the Americas--but mostly on a rose-filled...

Juan Gabriel, superstar Mexican singer, dies at 66

The press office for Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel said the singer has died at age 66. The statement said he died Sunday, but does not say where. Juan Gabriel was Mexico's leading singer-songwriter and top-selling artist, with sales of more than 100 million albums. His ballads about love and heartbreak...

Latinos hold the key to pot legalization, but will people of color share in its economic riches?

The town hall meeting, in a cavernous garage on an industrial side street in Gardena, was billed as an opportunity to learn about cannabis from some of the industry’s experts. I assumed there would be strong arguments made in favor of Proposition 64, the November ballot initiative to legalize marijuana...

Framed, Chapter 1: She was the PTA mom everyone knew. Who would want to harm her?

CHAPTER 1: THE CALL The cop wanted her car keys. Kelli Peters handed them over. She told herself she had nothing to fear, that all he’d find inside her PT Cruiser was beach sand, dog hair, maybe one of her daughter’s toys. They were outside Plaza Vista School in Irvine, where she had watched her...

Los Angeles celebrates 235 years

To celebrate Los Angeles’ birthday, Kelli Romo laced up her sneakers and joined hundreds of others Saturday in retracing the 9-mile route that the original settlers walked 235 years ago from the San Gabriel Mission to what is now El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. The group marched along...

Young L.A. poet who chronicled his cancer battle dies at 25

 Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25. Ritvo died Tuesday morning at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, his mother, Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, said Friday. Ritvo was diagnosed at 16 with Ewing's sarcoma,...

After five weeks and 1,100 miles, a deeper love of the California coast, a greater desire to watch over it

It was late on a chilly night when I descended a winding mountain road to Shelter Cove, one of the few California coastal communities I’d never visited. I checked into the Inn of the Lost Coast, dropped my bags on the floor of my room and opened the back door to see how close I was to the water....

Coastal Commission staff calls for shrinking a proposed Orange County beach development

In another twist in the struggle over one of the biggest coastal developments proposed in years, the staff of the California Coastal Commission has recommended that Newport Banning Ranch backers significantly shrink their project to protect wildlife habitat. The recommendations, released Friday,...

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