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Cassius Stanley is selected Open Division basketball player of the year

18 Mar 2019 22:25

Cassius Stanley, turning in the best performance of his four-year varsity career, has been selected the player of the year in the Southern Section Open Division to top the All-CIF basketball teams released on Monday. Sierra Canyon’s Andre Chevalier was named coach of the year.

Stanley averaged...

Are crowds ruining California's super bloom? A debate over flowers and safety

18 Mar 2019 22:05

One day after Lake Elsinore announced it was closing access to the popular poppy fields in Walker Canyon, city officials reopened the entrance to the fields, which have been overrun during this year’s super bloom.

The hills — and the city — were invaded by flower fanatics on Saturday and Sunday....

Relatives of 737 Max crash victims will have strong case for damages, expert says

18 Mar 2019 21:50

The fatal crashes of two Boeing Co. 737 Max jets and the fleet’s worldwide grounding have triggered a complicated scramble regarding legal liability involving the manufacturer, airlines and the victims' families.

Boeing’s risks might be rising after a report in the Seattle Times that the company’s...

Surf rocker Dick Dale shaped the sound of Southern California — and spread it to the world

18 Mar 2019 21:35

Dick Dale played electric guitar like he was more interested in the electricity than in the guitar.

Listen to the way he starts his signature song, “Misirlou,” with the sound of his pick slicing against a quivering string — a power line, basically — to create the audible equivalent of sparks.


Beyond Walker Canyon: 4 places to see the super bloom and wildflowers

18 Mar 2019 21:35

Walker Canyon, whose super bloom attracted hordes to the Lake Elsinore field, was shut down temporarily Sunday and reopened Monday with very restricted access.

The good news for flower fans: The bloom is unfolding in Chino Hills State Park, Griffith Park and Carrizo Plain National Monument. And...

Supreme Court to decide if insanity defense and unanimous jury are required nationwide

18 Mar 2019 21:25

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to resolve two long-standing disputes and decide whether the Constitution includes rights to the insanity defense and a unanimous jury verdict of guilt.

Most states, but not all, permit criminal defendants to plead insanity and escape the full punishment of the law...

ESPN apologizes for releasing NCAA women’s college basketball bracket early

18 Mar 2019 21:25

It appears Selection Monday has hit a couple of hours earlier than expected.

ESPN apologized Monday for releasing the women’s NCAA college basketball tournament bracket nearly four hours before it was set to be slowly revealed by the network. Both ESPN and the NCAA confirmed the mistake.

The bracket...

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman hire legal powerhouses in college admissions scandal

18 Mar 2019 21:10

Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman have hired big-name law firms to represent them in the college admissions cheating scandal.

Huffman was initially represented by Hollywood’s top criminal defense attorney, Blair Berk, but because the case is in Boston, she will be defended by Marty Murphy...

Tim Murakami is named L.A. County sheriff’s second-in-command

18 Mar 2019 21:05

Ray Leyva, a longtime Los Angeles County sheriff’s official who came back from retirement to serve as Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s second-in-command, is stepping down a little more than three months into the new sheriff’s term, a department spokeswoman said.

Assistant Sheriff Tim Murakami will replace...

Cristiano Ronaldo launches a hair transplant clinic in Madrid

18 Mar 2019 21:00

Cristiano Ronaldo does not need a hair transplant at this time, but he’s here to help anyone who does.

The international soccer superstar launched the Insparya hair transplant clinic Monday in Madrid. His girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, was also in attendance and will be one of the managers of...

Remembering poet W.S. Merwin: 'What you remember saves you'

18 Mar 2019 21:00

In his 1964 poem "Soon I will be gone," W.S. Merwin wrote: "It is March and black dust falls out of the books."

It wasn't soon, but it was too soon. The poet, who died on Friday at age 91, had always seemed to be preoccupied with his mortality, although never afraid of it — a Buddhist, he had no...

Powerful parents lose jobs, face backlash over college admissions scandal

18 Mar 2019 20:55

The parents and others accused of cheating and bribing officials to get their kids into elite colleges are expected to face charges in federal court in the coming weeks.

Some have pleaded not guilty already.

They also are facing fallout — and in some cases consequences — from the sensational college...

Trash truck catches fire, rolls onto front lawn of Monterey Park home

18 Mar 2019 20:55

A trash truck caught fire and barreled down a steep hill in Monterey Park on Monday morning before coming to a stop on the front lawn of a home, authorities said.

No injuries were reported, and the house did not suffer any damage, said Mark Khail, division chief with the Monterey Park Fire Department.


Angels reward reliever Luke Bard, and his brother Daniel is pleased

18 Mar 2019 19:50

The announcement that reliever Luke Bard would join the Angels’ 40-man roster was not much of a surprise to manager Brad Ausmus. “He was?” he asked when a reporter mentioned the news.

Of course he was.

“I think it was pretty much unanimous that he should be added,” Ausmus said.

With the outstanding...

Meet the female Kiwi comedy duo killing rom-com cliches in Netflix’s ‘The Breaker Upperers’

18 Mar 2019 19:35

For New Zealander comedy collaborators Madeleine Sami and Jackie Van Beek, it all started with an idea, a friendship, and one magical ingredient: Celine Dion.

Van Beek was making coffee one morning when she conjured the idea for “The Breaker Upperers,” the duo’s homegrown hit comedy film now on...

MySpace loses 12 years of music uploads, an estimated 50 million songs

18 Mar 2019 19:25

MySpace reemerged from the shadows this week to announce that all music uploaded to the site before 2015 has been lost.

The social network admitted that an estimated 50 million songs from about 14 million artists is gone in the cyber ether.

“As a result of a server migration project, any photos,...

Fox News hires former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile as a contributor

18 Mar 2019 19:15

Fox News, which has been accused by critics of having a cozy relationship with the Trump White House, has hired longtime Democratic strategist Donna Brazile as an on-air contributor.

Brazile will appear across all Fox News programs in daytime and prime time, the network announced Monday. She has...

AT&T raises DirecTV Now prices, making chumps of those who backed Time Warner merger

18 Mar 2019 19:15

From the day in 2016 when AT&T announced its $85.4-billion merger with Time Warner, through three years of antitrust wrangling over the deal, the big telecommunications company promised that it would mean lower prices and more choices for consumers.

Now AT&T has a message for everyone who believed...

Mayhem, table for 1: Artist Kim Dingle, Fatty’s restaurant and her ‘Lost Supper’ paintings

18 Mar 2019 19:00

Fourteen years ago, Kim Dingle was worried that she had lost her touch. She had good reason to. Having turned her Eagle Rock painting studio into Fatty’s & Co. restaurant, she spent just about every minute running it with her partner, Aude Charles. Both were novices to the food service industry....

Pediatrician gets 79 years for sexually assaulting 31 children

18 Mar 2019 19:00

A former Pennsylvania pediatrician was sentenced to at least 79 years in prison on Monday for the sexual assault of 31 children, most of them patients, in a case that state medical regulators failed to act on nearly two decades ago.

Dr. Johnnie Barto was sentenced on dozens of counts, including...

Last call: ‘Cheers’ writer Rob Long lists Venice Craftsman for sale

18 Mar 2019 19:00

Television showrunner Rob Long, whose credits include the beloved sitcom “Cheers,” has put his Venice home of more than two decades on the market for $3.75 million.

Tucked behind a waist-high fence, the 1909 Transitional Craftsman is a classic — painted forest green with overhanging eaves and a...

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star in poster for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

18 Mar 2019 18:40

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. In costume. Leaning. Staring. Thinking.

That could be enough to get moviegoers to see the latest Quentin Tarantino film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” because it’s the look served up Monday when the film’s official movie poster debuted. Sony Pictures, which is...

Wrongway trip on the 710 Freeway lands truck upside down on a nearby street

18 Mar 2019 18:35

A motorist was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol late Sunday after his truck crashed off the 710 Freeway and landed on its roof on a side street in Commerce, police said.

The California Highway Patrol received several calls shortly after 11 p.m. from motorists reporting...

In Lara Schnitger's fabric art, truth stretches into fantasy

18 Mar 2019 18:30

Art, people often say, holds a mirror up to society. At Grice Bench gallery in Atwater Village, “Lara Schnitger: Victory Garden” suggests that looking in mirrors is tricky business: What you see there is a mixture of appearance and reality.

In mirrors and art, fact and fiction intermingle. Dreams...

Kevin Tsujihara out as CEO of Warner Bros.

18 Mar 2019 18:05

Warner Bros. Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara will step down after allegations that he had an affair with a young actress and tried to help her get cast in the Burbank studio’s movies, WarnerMedia said Monday.

AT&T-owned WarnerMedia, which is Warner Bros.’ parent company, began investigating the...

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