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Crime alerts for Hollywood Hills West and other L.A. neighborhoods

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 11 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.16.14

The races to replace Waxman and Yaroslavsky, sidewalk money goes unspent, Garcetti and Jay Z to announce DTLA festival, sheriff's use of force rules, and no subway entrance at 2nd and Spring because Tribune has development plans. Plus more.

Top Centinela official says FBI probing superintendent's high salary

A top Centinela schools official on Tuesday said the FBI has contacted the district regarding the high salary of Supt. Jose Fernandez, who was paid $674,559 last year.

Jay Z, Mayor Eric Garcetti expected to announce music festival

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and rapper Jay Z are scheduled to appear outside City Hall on Wednesday for what is expected to be an announcement on a two-day music festival for Labor Day weekend in Grand Park.

Bell corruption: Rizzo could get 12 years in prison at sentencing

The city boss who drove the working-class city of Bell to the edge of bankruptcy is expected to be sentenced Wednesday to as many as 12 years in prison.

Man found naked, bound, severely burned on side of 605 Freeway

Authorities are investigating the case of a man who reportedly managed to crawl from a riverbed up to the 605 Freeway after he was left naked, bound and severely burned.

Father of three stabbed to death while defending homeless man

Authorities are asking the public's help in identifying a group of people involved in the fatal attack of a father of three who was stabbed to death while defending a homeless man in Rancho Cucamonga.

O.C. detectives looking for possible fifth victim in serial killings

Orange County detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman they believe was the fifth victim of two men charged with raping and killing four women.

LA Register rolls off the presses, explains its free market bias

The editorial in the first issue of the new Los Angeles print newspaper, out today, says the Register's opinion page "aims to infuse a new perspective into the political and public policy debate in our community and lead the charge for a new generation of liberty-minded, free-market intellectuals."

New sports biz website in town

The Fields of Green is covering the money side of sports, with David Carter of the USC Sports Business Institute as the featured columnist and key player.

Fatal bus crash: Vigil honors engaged couple, other victims

Blue and white balloons carried messages scrawled in marker. “Rest in peace,” one read. A glass candle with a picture of Jesus on it flickered nearby, and someone set a bouquet of flowers on the porch.

Centinela appoints interim replacement for highly paid schools chief

Centinela school district officials Tuesday appointed a veteran administrator as interim leader, pending an investigation of Supt. Jose Fernandez, who was paid $674,559 last year.

Congresswoman urges better protections against campus sexual assault

A California congresswoman announced plans Tuesday to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses.

Two men wounded in shooting in Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw area

Two men were hospitalized with gunshot wounds Tuesday evening after a shooting along a palm-tree-lined road in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood, officials said.

Coastal Commission reopens fight over L.A. beach curfew in Venice

The state Coastal Commission has quietly revived the long-running fight over an overnight beach curfew in the city of Los Angeles.

Suspected O.C. serial killer cut off GPS, ran from cops, shop owner says

Surrounded by police, a suspected serial killer in Anaheim quickly sliced the GPS device from his ankle, hopped on a bicycle and pedaled across the street.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, rapper Jay-Z to talk downtown music festival

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and rapper Jay-Z are set to appear Wednesday outside City Hall for what is expected to be an announcement on the two-day Budweiser Made in America music festival planned for Labor Day weekend in Grand Park.

Man killed in gang-related shooting in Pico-Union neighborhood

A man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon and police were searching for the gunman after bullets tore through a residential neighborhood in Pico-Union, officials said.

Pitzer College selling fossil fuel stocks in environmental move

Pitzer College, a liberal arts school in Claremont, has joined the vanguard of U.S. campuses deciding to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies as a statement of concern about global warming.

'Blood moon': L.A.'s next total eclipse to come in October

Monday's "blood moon" total lunar eclipse was the first in more than three years to be visible from Los Angeles and uninterrupted by sunrise.

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