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    Ever since Karen Bass announced that she was running for mayor of Los Angeles, she has mostly downplayed the historic implications of her candidacy. If she beats developer Rick Caruso, she will become the first woman and only the second Black person to lead the nation’s second-largest city. And yet, as diverse as L.A. is, the longtime congresswoman has resisted being pigeonholed as the “Black candidate” or the “woman candidate.” When I asked Bass in May about the importance of her appeal to Black voters, she told me that she was more concerned with having “a very diverse coalition — racially diverse, ideologically diverse, geographically diverse ... because it’s consistent with how I have led my life.” And just this month, Bass told the 19th that voters “appreciate my message and my understanding of the issues and experience. Of course, anytime you break the glass ceiling, it is critically important. But I do not believe that voters are going to go to the polls because I’m a woman.” But I can’t help but wonder if that might change, now...
    If California is to make reparations to Black residents whose families have been harmed by slavery and its ongoing economic repercussions, how should the program be structured? Should reparations be given as cash payments to individuals? Or should they come in other forms of government assistance in Black communities? What legal challenges exist? These and many other questions were the subject of a two-day hearing by California’s Reparations Task Force, a first-in-the-nation panel established in 2020 to develop proposals for potential reparations for Black families — who have been harmed for generations by enslavement, segregation, redlining and other racist state policies and laws. Many questions over the logistics of a state reparations program remain unanswered. Christian Flagg, 33, of Los Angeles, shares his thoughts during Friday’s meeting of the California Reparations Task Force at the California Science Center.(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times) But the panel discussions Friday and Saturday at the California Science Center in South Los Angeles drew into clearer focus the heavy task of the nine-member panel: to create a program that could greatly impact...
    Getty Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson. With Bojan Bogdanovic getting traded to the Detroit Pistons, the Los Angeles Lakers can rule out the Utah Jazz as a trade destination for Russell Westbrook. It would be much more difficult to make the salaries work and Utah doesn’t have much to offer that would be appealing to the Lakers. The only appealing player they have left is Jordan Clarkson. The 2021 Sixth Man of the Year winner is likely on his way out at some point. Clarkson originally came into the NBA as a Laker. He spent four seasons with the team before getting traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s been one of the best sixth-men in the league in recent years and could be an interesting player to target if the Lakers are interested. Something interesting to keep an eye on is Clarkson’s brother’s Instagram. Bear Clarkson was recently at a sporting goods store when he decided to take a video of his brother’s jersey on the wall. Notably, he called attention to the fact that the jersey was...
    When the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority this month published a spreadsheet breaking down its homeless count by every census tract in the county, those with knowledge of Venice were incredulous. LAHSA said there were no unsheltered people — no tents, no inhabited cars or RVs and no people living outdoors — in the northwest quarter of Venice, which is notorious as ground zero for homelessness. It wasn’t just the number — so wildly wrong it couldn’t be a statistical error — that shocked them. How, they wondered, had LAHSA blown the most closely watched census tract in the county, one scoured regularly by residents conducting their own tallies and more recently by a team of professional surveyors working for the Rand Corp.? LAHSA did not respond to questions about the Venice numbers but released a statement Friday evening defending the integrity of the count. “During the Count, we received several reports of user and technological errors resulting from a lack of training and poor internet connectivity,” said Ahmad Chapman, LAHSA’s communications director, in the statement. “Despite these errors,...
    KTLA anchor Mark Mester has been fired after he deviated from the script last Saturday morning to blast the network for how it handled the exit of one of his colleagues. Veteran anchor Lynette Romero resigned after nearly 24 years with the Los Angeles-based network. She and Mester had worked together on the weekends, and he described her as his “best friend.” Romero left to take a job elsewhere and KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin announced her departure through a short statement he read last Wednesday. Saturday morning, Mester was emotional after he said Romero she was denied an opportunity to say goodbye to viewers. In a scathing takedown of the station, Mester said: I want to start off right now by offering up an apology to you. What the viewers experienced was rude, it was cruel, it was inappropriate and we are so sorry. I also want to say sorry to Lynette Romero, because Lynette, I love you so much, and you really are my best friend, you did not deserve what happened to you on Wednesday. “Lynette deserved to...
    The Los Angeles Community College District has received a $1-million grant to continue providing free Metro passes for about half a million students through the current academic year, officials said. The initiative, called GoPass, provides a free Metro TAP card to L.A. community college students for use on all Metro buses and trains, as well as 13 additional transit agencies. The program benefits up to 500,000 students across the county. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) secured the $1-million funding through a congressionally directed spending grant, supporting GoPass’ extension into the 2022-23 school year for all 21 community colleges in Los Angeles County, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. California L.A. community college and K-12 students can ride Metro trains and buses free. Here’s how. L.A. community college and K-12 students in participating districts can ride Metro trains and buses for free under a new program starting this month. “Lack of transportation is one of the leading barriers for students seeking to complete their education, and that’s particularly true in large metropolitan areas...
    A 33-year-old Westminster man was charged Thursday, Sept. 22 with punching a flight attendant in the back of the head during a flight from Mexico to Los Angeles on Wednesday, authorities said. Alexander Tung Cuu Le could face a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison if convicted as charged of interference with flight crew members and attendants, Ciaran McEvoy, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. Le was scheduled to make his first court appearance in Downtown Los Angeles Thursday, McEvoy said. The attack, aboard American Airlines Flight 377 from San Jose del Cabo, was caught on video by a passenger, who provided it to KTLA. It shows the passenger rushing a flight attendant and hitting him in the back of the head after the attendant had turned and began walking away. Several passengers witnessed the assault and helped to pin Le down near the back of the airplane following the attack, McEvoy said. Le’s hands and legs were cuffed and flight attendants had to use seatbelt extenders to keep him restrained to a...
    Nine days after a teenage student died of an apparent overdose from a fentanyl-laced pill, Los Angeles Unified School District officials announced plans to combat the national opioid epidemic, including distributing naloxone nasal sprays – used to reverse an opioid overdose in an emergency – to schools over the coming weeks. Naloxone, which often goes by the brand name Narcan, will be provided by the county’s Department of Public Health at no cost to the district, which has also received support from The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, officials said on Thursday, Sept. 22. There are currently enough doses for the district’s high schools, which will receive the medication over the next two weeks, officials said. Additional doses will be distributed to middle and elementary campuses as they become available. L.A. Unified has approximately 1,400 schools. Nurses and other health care providers on campuses have been or will be trained to administer naloxone, with training to begin next month. Los Angeles Unified School District School Board member Monica Garcia speaks during...
    (CNN)Schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District will soon be equipped with doses of naloxone, a drug used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioid drug overdoses, Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho announced Thursday. The district's announcement comes after Los Angeles police reported multiple overdoses among local high school students, including one who died and another who was hospitalized after they were found on a high school campus last week, the police said in a release.Carvalho said during a news conference that the district has been "deeply impacted" by the recent drug incidents, which he attributed to "an unacceptable level of availability of narcotics and opioids in our community."Teen overdose deaths are rapidly rising -- but not because more of them are using drugs"We have an urgent crisis on our hands," the superintendent said a separate statement. "Research shows that the availability of naloxone along with overdose education is effective at decreasing overdoses and death--and will save lives. We will do everything in our power to ensure that not another student in our community is a victim to the growing...
    A Los Angeles school district will supply Narcan at all of its K-12 schools in light of recent youth overdoses. Narcan, or naloxone, an anti-overdose drug that can save the life of a user if administered quickly enough, will be supplied to every school in Los Angeles Unified School District by mid-October by the county's Department of Public Health, ABC 7 News reported. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said that the decision was made in order to prioritize the health of students. "Research shows that the availability of naloxone along with overdose education is effective at decreasing overdoses and death — and will save lives," Carvalho said. "We will do everything in our power to ensure that not another student in our community is a victim to the growing opioid epidemic. Keeping students safe and healthy remains our highest priority." ADDRESSING THE FENTANYL EPIDEMIC STARTS WITH BORDER SECURITY In addition to supplying Narcan, the district will invest in an educational campaign to teach students and residents the dangers of fentanyl use. The campaign will teach students both how...
    Newsha Niazmandi was born and raised in Iran and moved to the U.S. when she was 17 years old. In recent days, her thoughts have focused on another young woman who lived in Iran — and whose death has touched a global nerve. Mahsa Amini, 22, died last week after she was detained by Tehran’s morality police, accused of not wearing her hijab properly. Days of street protests in numerous Iranian cities have turned deadly as protesters have burned their headscarves and cut off their hair in defiance of strict dress codes. “It’s a matter of feminism. Everyone should understand that women are fighting for their freedom,” said Niazmandi, one of hundreds of protesters who gathered outside the Wilshire Federal Building in Westwood on Wednesday night. “They’re going down the street trying to protest, and they’re being shot down,” she said of people in Iran. “If you see the videos over there, they don’t care if you’re a woman or not; they don’t care if you have a hijab — they just want to crush you down.” World & Nation...
    For the second time in six weeks, Los Angeles prosecutors have failed to convince judges that sheriff’s deputies assaulted a gang member after he fled from a gunfight with law enforcement, court records show. District Attorney George Gascon has had back-to-back losses that are almost unheard of in the office, said attorney Josh Ritter, who defended one of the deputies. Gascon ran on a platform of holding police officers criminally responsible for abuses and has enacted a policy that assumes officers in all police shootings are guilty and, therefore, that the county should pay for the funerals of deceased suspects. George Gascon speaks at a news conference in California. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) This sentiment makes it clear that the case has forged ahead to appease an anti-police support base, Ritter said. On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Norman Shapiro denied a prosecutor’s motion to reinstate charges against sheriff’s deputies Woodrow Kim and Jonathan Miramontes for filing a false police report and assault in 2018. The case was dismissed by Judge Robert Coen during an Aug. 11 preliminary hearing...
    WATCH out NBA, the Showtime Lakers are back. That's right, the iconic 1980s Los Angeles Lakers recently reunited and put together the walkthrough practice session nobody knew they needed, but everyone will be excited to see. 3Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (C) turned 75 this yearCredit: Twitter/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 3Pat Riley (C) won four NBA Championships with the LA LakersCredit: Twitter/LA Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and many more legendary names all turned out for the a reunion vacation in Maui, Hawaii. Wearing commemorative shirts, the players were put through their paces by coach Pat Riley for the first time since 1989. Along with a selection of photos, Johnson tweeted: "Had a “walk around” for the Showtime Reunion today! [laughing emoji] we had so much fun running plays and reliving our practice days!" Abdul-Jabbar also tweeted a bunch of images captioned: "Hanging in Maui w my Showtime Laker teammates - a reunion that I’ll always cherish" Read More on BasketballLONG STORY Inside Ime Udoka and Nia Long's relationship as Celtics coach accused of affairTRAGIC LOSS Missing ex-UCLA star dies 1 year...
    The long-awaited Crenshaw/LAX rail (K) line will partially open Oct. 7, marking a major milestone for transit in Los Angeles as the region embarks on a massive buildup of infrastructure ahead of the Olympic Games. The 8½-mile line runs from the Adams District through the heart of historically Black Los Angeles and will eventually offer a path to connect to the Los Angeles Airport and the South Bay, but several construction projects along the route are likely to keep it from fulling opening until 2026. Three years behind schedule and more than $90 million over budget, the rail line broke ground in 2014 and was set to be completed in 2019, but it was beset by an array of problems during construction. “We are delivering a project that is different than we’d originally planned and took longer to deliver than we’d originally hoped, but is responsive to the needs of our communities, vastly improves upon existing transit options in the communities and will be well used and well loved by Angelenos from all over the region,” Metropolitan...
    Getty Lakers guard Russell Westbrook dribbles the ball while being guarded by Suns wing Cameron Johnson The Los Angeles Lakers have been predicted to trade a superstar “at some point soon.” In a September 22nd piece called “Lakers Bold Predictions Ahead of 2022-23 NBA Season,” Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley predicted that Russell Westbrook wouldn’t open the new year in Los Angeles. “It’s possible the Lakers honestly believe this can still work, but what is there to see? Westbrook isn’t a good fit for the roster. His ball dominance doesn’t work alongside LeBron James, and his erratic shooting hurts everyone around him,” Buckley wrote. “It seems more likely L.A. is leaving no stone unturned in its attempt to shed the nine-time All-Star (and his $47.1 million salary, per Spotrac) without sacrificing both of the future first-round picks it’s allowed to trade. At some point soon, the Lakers will concede that just isn’t possible and will package those picks with Westbrook to get him out and bring in a contributor or two who actually fit this group.” According to a September 7th report...
    The first day of fall will be met with increasing temperatures as another heat wave makes it way to Southern California Thankfully, temperatures this time won’t be quite as extreme as the record-smashing heat wave that broiled California at the start of September, but they will be noticeably higher after the recent cool respite. In the Los Angeles area, the mercury will start to climb Friday, with up to 100 degrees possible in valley areas and 95 degrees in the mountains and deserts, according to the National Weather Service. But peak heat will come Sunday through Tuesday, when valley areas could see temperatures as high as 106 degrees and mountains and deserts could reach 100. “We’re not expecting it to be as warm or as long” as the previous heat wave, said Mike Wofford, a meteorologist with the weather service in Oxnard. “It won’t be nearly as bad, so that’s a good thing.” California Los Angeles promises to add thousands of bus shelters The Los Angeles City Council voted 12 to 1 to give the joint venture Tranzito-Vector a...
    Bass vs. Caruso: Your guide to the Los Angeles mayor’s race
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 18: Cooper Kupp #10 of the Los Angeles Rams makes a catch in the third quarter of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at SoFi Stadium on September 18, 2022, in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) The Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills are among the NFL teams that should be on upset alert entering Week 3 of the season. Each week in the NFL season is filled with its own storylines, and the main takeaway from Week 2 was the epic collapse. Three huge collapses — or epic comebacks, from a certain point of view — defined the week in a league that has a few clear top dogs and a lot of chaos in the middle class. Avoiding upsets is a hard job in this version of the NFL, a lesson that the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts learned the hard way in Week 2. Let’s take a look at three teams that should be on upset alert in Week 3, beginning with...
    The pandemic has affected our mental health in myriad ways. Let our list of resources empower you and those around you.Crisis Hotlines BlackLine: Provides a space for peer support, counseling and affirming the experiences of those affected by systematic oppression, through an LGBTQ+ Black femme lens. 24/7. (800) 604-5841, callblackline.com CalHope Redline: A phone, chat and video chat service providing trauma-informed support for urban Indian and tribal populations. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (888) 368-4090, ccuih.org/redline The California Peer-Run Warm Line: A nonemergency resource for anyone in California seeking mental and emotional support. 24/7. (855) 845-7415, mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline East Los Angeles Women’s Center: A bilingual crisis hotline for people of all genders who have experienced sexual violence. 24/7. (800) 585-6231. elawc.org/ How To Save A Life Pandemic stress, traumatic events and economic uncertainty have upended our world. This series aims to make the cascade of threats to your mental health a little easier to manage. More Stories Institute on Aging Friendship Line: For older adults and others living with disabilities. Both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for...
    When community members walk into the Tree Yoga Cooperative, they are often surprised as they take in the spacious, airy studio filled with light. “There is this stigma that things in South L.A. are not beautiful,” said Jenni Alvarez, one of the worker-owned cooperative’s founders. “Senoras are taking a bus down Central, and walking over to make sure this is real.” Los Angeles is known for its wellness culture, and the practice of yoga plays a starring role. But yoga studios are few and far between in South L.A., a swath of historically Black neighborhoods where now the vast majority of residents are Latino. Jonie Cole Thomas, co-owner and instructor, leads a class at the Tree Yoga Cooperative in South Los Angeles. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times) Alvarez and co-owner Rita Ortiz-Contreras never saw yoga in their neighborhood growing up. But they did see it in mainstream media, practiced by women who didn’t look like they do. How To Save A Life Pandemic stress, traumatic events and economic uncertainty have upended our world....
    When Will Jones hops on his favorite form of travel – a long-distance Amtrak train – it’s not for speed or convenience. In a world obsessed with hyperconnectivity, he spends days at a time confined to a massive metal tube that is often beset by delays, lacks wifi, and is one of the 21st century’s slowest forms of motorized travel. “When riding Amtrak I tell people just chill,” Jones said, as the Santa Ynez mountains passed by in the distance. “Because you will be exposed to America.” Amtrak riders should take note of Jones’ leisurely approach to train riding in the United States. Its fleet of hulking diesel-powered locomotives are often slower than they were 85 years ago. On the Coast Starlight, an epic 1,377-mile journey from Seattle to Los Angeles, the Bay Area portion – connecting Oakland and San Jose to Los Angeles – takes over 12 hours. In 1938, the now-defunct Daylight train cruised down to Los Angeles in less than 10. This Dec. 16, 2017 photo shows the northern California coastline from the window of Amtrak’s Coast Starlight...
    Thousands of bus shelters could be added to Los Angeles streets over the next decade under an advertising contract approved by the City Council this week. On Tuesday, the council voted 12 to 1 to give the joint venture Tranzito-Vector a 10-year contract to advertise on hundreds of bus shelters in exchange for installing and maintaining 3,000 such structures across the city. In Los Angeles, fewer than a quarter of its 8,000 bus stops have shelters. The move would markedly increase shade for bus riders forced to wait in the sun as heat waves are predicted to grow more severe and frequent with climate change. But critics say it opens the door to more digital advertising, which neighbors see as an eyesore, and to dependence on funding from that advertising, which could be elusive. The company promises to upgrade the experience for bus riders with real-time transit data, more shade and cover from the rain, and has plans for possible scooter and bike docks. The aim is to provide shade for at least 75% of transit...
    The Los Angeles Unified School District, the victim of a major cyberattack over Labor Day weekend, has received a ransom demand from the person or group that hacked into its systems, though officials have not indicated if they intend to pay or enter into any negotiations. “There has been communication from this actor, and we have been responsive without engaging in any type of negotiation,” Superintendent Alberto Carvalho told reporters outside the district’s headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 21. “A financial demand has been made by this entity. We have not responded to that demand,” he added. District officials have not said how much money the hacker or hackers demanded nor what information they claim to have stolen. Officials previously acknowledged that the LAUSD student information system was “touched.” “We believe that some of the data that was accessed may have some students’ names, may have some degree of attendance data, but more than likely lacks personally identifiable information or very sensitive health information or Social Security number information,” Carvalho said Wednesday. “It is a containable risk that we’re dealing with...
    U.S. Rep Karen Bass and real estate developer Rick Caruso battered each other with charges of misbehavior and inauthenticity during an hourlong debate Wednesday, the latest rhetorical escalation in the once relatively genteel campaign for mayor of Los Angeles. The veteran Washington lawmaker pilloried the businessman as being out of touch with overwhelmingly Democratic L.A., because of his previous Republican registration and financial contributions to anti-abortion politicians. Caruso, in turn, depicted Bass as a hidebound member of a failed political class that has been ineffectual at curbing the city’s homelessness and crime — the two issues voters say are their top worries. The rancorous exchanges during the debate, televised live from the Skirball Cultural Center in the Sepulveda Pass, built on the coarser tone the campaign has taken in recent weeks. That represented a stark departure from previous proclamations of mutual respect between the two would-be mayors, including a moment three years ago when the duo sat side by side as dignitaries at a USC graduation. Bass has been trying to consolidate a lead she took in the June primary,...
    What’s the biggest difference between you and your opponent? Bass mentions homelessness and makes clear she is “a lifelong pro-choice Democrat.” She adds that she thinks “we can have a city where people are not priced out of housing but actually coming in.” In Caruso’s answer to this question, he invokes his grandparents being from Boyle Heights before he mentions homelessness and crime. “L.A. is always the place where big dreams come true.”Karen Bass and Rick Caruso face off at Skirball With less than seven weeks until the Nov. 8 election, Rep. Karen Bass and real estate developer Rick Caruso are facing off in their first head-to-head debate tonight at Skirball Cultural Center. Both campaigns have gone into combat mode in recent weeks, with Caruso and Bass attacking each other’s character and ethics. This will be their first time parrying blows without a crowd of other candidates beside them and it’s unclear what their dynamic will look like — or how negative the candidates will be willing to go. The debate — which is sponsored by The Times, Univision,...
    School police arrested a male 17-year-old Grant High School student Wednesday on suspicion of stabbing another student across the street from campus two days earlier, the head of the Los Angeles school police officers union said. L.A. school district officials confirmed that the stabbing was under investigation and that an arrest had been made of “a male juvenile suspect ... in connection to a violent attack that occurred near Grant High School” on Monday. Gil Gamez, president of the Los Angeles School Police Assn., said the stabbing occurred around dismissal time and was initially handled by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim, a 15-year-old boy, was stabbed in the chest and cut near the elbow. He remains hospitalized. The case was turned over to school police on Tuesday night, Gamez said, and officers arrested the 17-year-old suspect on the campus, which is located in the Valley Glen neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley. In recent times, Gamez, on behalf of his union, has tracked fights and possible crimes at campuses to provide, he said, an...
    Getty Lakers GM Rob Pelinka (left) and head coach Darvin Ham A $19 million Los Angeles Lakers trade target reportedly expects to be traded soon. According to a September 21st report from Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune, Bojan Bogdanovic believes he’ll be traded by the Utah Jazz before training camp starts. John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Phoenix reported on September 8th that the Lakers are interested in acquiring Bogdanovic, who is one of the best shooters in the NBA. In 69 games for the Jazz last season, Bogdanovic averaged 18.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 45.5% from the field, 38.7% from beyond the arc and 85.8% from the free-throw line. The 33-year-old, who becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2023, made 181 3-pointers. Tony Jones of The Athletic reported on September 2nd that Utah is engaged in trade conversations around Bogdanovic, Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson. The Jazz are in rebuild mode after trading All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. Gobert was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, while...
    Getty Lakers GM Rob Pelinka (left) looks on as head coach Darvin Ham speaks The Los Angeles Lakers can no longer trade for a $17 million star big man. Indiana Pacers general manager Chad Buchanan said on September 21st that Myles Turner will be the team’s starting center on opening night, officially ending the potential Lakers trade talks. Pacers GM Chad Buchanan said this morning on @1075thefan that Myles Turner will be their starting center on opening night, officially ending the potential Lakers trade talks. — Evan Sidery (@esidery) September 21, 2022 The Lakers have tried to acquire Turner a few times this summer. Bob Kravitz and Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on July 22nd that a trade package that would have seen the Lakers trade Russell Westbrook and a first-rounder to the Pacers in return for Turner and shooting guard Buddy Hield didn’t gain traction since Indiana asked Los Angeles to include a second first-round pick. According to a July 9th report from Heavy’s Sean Deveney, the Lakers “have long held an interest in Turner,” who...
    Michelle Obama is set to embark on a six-city book tour this fall. The trek includes two stops in the Golden State: Dec. 10 at the Masonic in San Francisco and Dec. 13 at the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles. The full itinerary is listed below. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Sept. 30, ticketmaster.com. But fans may want to try for ducats through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan platform, which is used “to ensure tickets get into the hands of fans directly,” according to a news release. Fans can register at https://verifiedfan.ticketmaster.com/michelleobama through Sept. 26 to take part in the Verified Fan presale. The former first lady will be supporting her highly anticipated new book, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times.” This book — which follows the No. 1 bestselling memoir “Becoming, former First Lady” — is due out Nov. 15. For more information, visit www.michelleobamabooks.com. “I am so excited to share that I will be heading across the country soon to talk with you all about my new book, ‘The Light We Carry.’...
    The landmark Hollywood sign is the latest in Los Angeles to receive a facelift in preparation for its 100th birthday next year. The makeover, which began Monday, is expected to take approximately eight weeks and will include a cleaning and new paint job. WATCH: NIKKI HALEY SLAMS 'RACIST' THE VIEW HOST FOR QUESTIONING HER INDIAN NAME “The Sign is the pride of Los Angeles and we are excited for fans all around the world to see this makeover for a very special 100th anniversary,” Jeff Zarrinnam, chairman of the Hollywood Sign Trust, said in a press release. The sign, which stands at 45 feet and stretches 400 feet across, will require about 250 gallons of paints and primer. The project will end with a special weather-resistant finish selected and provided by Sherwin-Williams, a U.S. paint company headquartered in Ohio that participated in the makeover in 2012 ahead of its 90th birthday, according to the release. The historic landmark has been the site of arson, one death, and vandalism since its erection in 1923. The...
    Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The full autopsy report in the 2019 shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hussle has been released by the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office. Nipsey Hussle was shot 11 times, according to the report obtained by Heavy on September 20, 2022. The report was released after Eric Ronald Holder Jr.’s first-degree murder conviction during a July trial in Los Angeles County court. Nipsey Hussle, whose legal name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was killed on March 31, 2019, outside his clothing store in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Hussle, 33, was rushed to the hospital and later died. He is survived by his partner, Lauren London, and his two children. The medical examiner’s office said in April 2019 that the cause of Hussle’s death was gunshot wounds to the head and torso and that the manner of death was homicide. The 30-page report released in September 2022 does not include photos from...
    A member of the 1962 Dodgers, Maury Wills waves to the crowd prior to a opening day baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS) FILE – Los Angeles Dodgers’ Maury Wills is safe at third as St. Louis Cardinals’ Ken Boyer takes the throw during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sept. 26, 1965. Maury Wills, who helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win three World Series titles with his base-stealing prowess, has died. The team says Wills died Monday night, Sept. 19, 2022, in Sedona, Ariz. He was 89. (AP Photo/FW) FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2003 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers bunting and base running coordinator Maury Wills adjusts his cap during spring training at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. Former Los Angeles Dodgers great Wills has retired again, this time from broadcasting. The 84-year-old Wills is stepping out of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks’ broadcast booth after providing color commentary for the...
    Getty Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook during the 2021-22 season According to a September 7th report from Ric Bucher of Fox Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers “have made it readily known” that Russell Westbrook is available for trade and Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz has a trade idea involving the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves. In a September 20th piece called “Blockbuster Trade Ideas for 2022-23 NBA Season,” Swartz proposed that the Lakers trade Westbrook and a 2027 first-round pick to the Jazz for Jordan Clarkson and Rudy Gay and Kendrick Nunn and a 2023 second-round pick to the Timberwolves for D’Angelo Russell. Here’s the full trade Swartz proposed: Los Angeles Lakers Receive: PG D’Angelo Russell, SG Jordan Clarkson, PF Rudy Gay Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: PG Mike Conley, G Kendrick Nunn, 2023 second-round pick (via Los Angeles Lakers) Utah Jazz Receive: PG Russell Westbrook (to be bought out), 2027 first-round pick (unprotected, via Los Angeles Lakers) Per a September 2nd report from Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports, the Lakers “have some interest” in Clarkson, who began his career with the...
    LEGENDARY MLB star Maury Wills has passed away at the age of 89. The former LA Dodgers shortstop was renowned for leading the base-stealing revolution of the 1960s. 1Wills enjoyed a fifteen year career in the MLBCredit: Getty Images - Getty He was named MVP in 1962 and was a seven-time All Star, winning three World Series with the Dodgers. In total, he spent ten seasons in Los Angeles over two stints. After retiring in 1972, he went into management and had a short stint with Seattle Mariners. A short Dodgers statement read: 'The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened by the passing of Dodger legend Maury Wills. "Our thoughts are with Wills' family, teammates and friends." As yet, no cause of death has been disclosed. Most read in SportTHE RAUL DEAL Meet the 17-year-old given special licence to fight in UFC after beating menSURF CHAMP LOST Surfing champion drowns aged 24 after suffering a seizure in the waterREADY TO BURST Trish Stratus gives update after rushing to hospital for emergency surgeryLEGAL HIGH Rodgers' reaction to his Packers teammates'...
    A 19-month sexual abuse investigation into Marilyn Manson by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been sent to Dist. Atty. George Gascón for a decision on whether to file criminal charges against the singer. The Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau, which handles sexual and physical abuse investigations, submitted its extensive investigation into the performer, whose real name is Brian Warner, on Monday for filing consideration. A search warrant was served at his home in November. “The incidents occurred between 2009 and 2011 when Mr. Warner lived in the city of West Hollywood,” sheriff’s investigators revealed initially last year. Multiple women have accused Manson of sexual and physical abuse. He has repeatedly denied the allegations. The statute of limitations for rape in California is 10 years, so any charges may depend on the type of offense and how long ago it happened. “Once we have received the case, it will be carefully evaluated by experienced prosecutors to determine if it is appropriate to file charges at this time,” Gascón said last week. “The district attorney is committed to investing...
    Tucked away in the depths of a neighborhood of narrow streets and densely packed apartments, the Frida Kahlo Theater in the Westlake area is a beacon for many aspiring artists. But these are not the typical wide-eyed young people who flock from Brooklyn, N.Y., or Peoria, Ill., to the streets of Hollywood aching to be discovered. They are Latino immigrants. Most are adults. Their ranks include dishwashers, day laborers, factory workers, cooks, business owners and retirees. But neither their ages nor occupations prevent them from taking their roles seriously when they are in class or onstage. Throughout their lives, many have been told that acting is not a real career, that they don’t fit the Hollywood beauty mold, that they might end up jobless and homeless. But these aspirants know that a number of successful artists started out at the Frida Kahlo. So every Tuesday afternoon, they leave behind the baggage of family skepticism and other burdens for one of the few places in L.A. where their inner artist can emerge. As they step into the theater,...
    Getty LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers The Los Angeles Lakers should count themselves lucky to have LeBron James on their roster, as should the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat for the time he spent with them earlier in his career. Because according to Canelo Alvarez, the NBA superstar could have easily taken a different path, one that could have seen him dominating a boxing ring rather than a basketball court. Speaking in a September 15 episode of GQ Magazine’s ‘Actually Me,’ Alvarez was asked if LeBron could have ever become a successful boxer, to which the multi-time world champion replied, “Why not? I think he has skills for the sport. He’s an athlete, 100%. If he had dedicated himself to being a fighter, he could do it.” Play VideoVideo related to canelo alvarez sends strong message to lakers lebron james2022-09-20T08:15:14-04:00 At six-foot-nine and 250 pounds, LeBron is a hulk of a man, and could easily have become a high-level heavy-weight boxer had he put his mind to it, thankfully, he chose to purse basketball and give us all...
    This column is about asking a question, not about settling one. So hitch your chair on up and chime in: What does it take to be an Angeleno? It’s more than your address, but what else? There’s no test to pass, no license to qualify for. So how do you know when you are one? Does it happen gradually? Or all at once, in a coup de foudre, a lightning strike of, “Hey, this is my town!”? Me, I don’t put a stopwatch on anyone. I always say there are two sorts of Angelenos: the ones lucky enough to be born here, and those smart enough to move here. Living here a few weeks is enough to make some people into authentic Angelenos; others can be born here but remain strangers to their hometown. Mona Holmes believes that too. She is a reporter for EaterLA and grew up in Altadena and Pasadena, with a vision of L.A. that, like her palate, is ecumenical. “To be a good community member you have to contribute to it and not be a taker....
    A man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson after a fire last week destroyed the historic Victory Baptist Church in South Los Angeles and injured three firefighters, according to authorities. The fire broke out at 2:22 a.m. on Sept. 11 in the 4800 block of South McKinley Avenue and grew to major emergency status, requiring 16 companies to respond, according to Nicholas Prange, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department. After receiving reports of smoke coming from the church, crews found heavy smoke inside, introducing more air and causing the fire to worsen, according to a department news release. Investigators from the department’s Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section and detectives from the Los Angeles School Police Department arrested 23-year-old Carlos Diaz in South L.A., authorities said. He was charged with arson after the fire department launched an investigation and reviewed security footage, authorities said. California A little more than two years after a devastating fire, the San Gabriel Mission is nearly restored San Gabriel Mission clergy and staff allowed guests inside the Roman Catholic house of worship,...
    Southern California water officials on Monday lifted a temporary ban on outdoor watering in portions of Los Angeles County after completing emergency repairs on a critical pipeline two days early. The 36-mile Upper Feeder pipeline, operated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, is a major conduit for supplying water to the region from the Colorado River. Officials shut it down Sept. 6 so they could address a leak, and called on nearly 4 million residents to halt all outdoor irrigation — including sprinkling and hand watering — for 15 days while they did the work. The MWD said residents and businesses in affected areas can resume limited watering outdoors. “We know it wasn’t easy to heed our no-outdoor-watering call, particularly during the extreme heat wave the region experienced early in the shutdown, but Southern Californians stepped up their water-saving efforts again, as they have in the past, to help us through this critical shutdown,” MWD chairwoman Gloria D. Gray said in a statement. California Facing ‘dead pool’ risk, California braces for painful water cuts from Colorado...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers GM Rob Pelinka. The Los Angeles Lakers may not have made any major roster moves this summer, but the franchise is poised to bring more stars to Hollywood during the 2023 offseason. The Lakers are projected to have $34.3 million in cap space next offseason, per Spotrac. It is a number that looks a lot more appealing after LeBron James signed a two-year contract extension which keeps the superstar in Los Angeles through at least the 2024-25 season. The Lakers have had trouble finding a third star to play alongside James and Anthony Davis with Russell Westbrook underwhelming in this role last season. The Athletic’s Jovan Buha and Sam Amick outlined some potential free-agent targets for the Lakers next offseason, including Bucks star Khris Middleton. “As it stands, the Lakers only have James ($46.9 million), Davis ($40.6 million) and rookie Max Christie ($1.7 million) under contract for the 2023-24 campaign,” Buha and Amick wrote on September 16. “(Jones also has a player option worth $2.6 million.) With the salary cap projected to...
    Getty Rob Pelinka, Darvin Ham, Los Angeles Lakers The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked with a trade for the Indiana Pacers duo of Myles Turner and Buddy Hield throughout the summer, but as of yet, nothing has come to fruition. However, according to Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey, there is still hope a deal can get done – and he has just the trade proposal to make it happen. The deal looks like this: Should the #Lakers trade for Buddy Hield & Myles Turner? Sam Mitchell says yes #[email protected] | @RickKamlaSports pic.twitter.com/1qP7KkLByC — SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) September 11, 2022 Los Angeles Lakers Get: Buddy Hield and Myles Turner Indiana Pacers Get: Russell Westbrook, a 2027 first-round draft pick, and a 2029 first-round draft pick “Unloading Russ is probably worth at least one first. If the Lakers can also get two difference-makers for the other one, they should jump all over that. In this case, the two veterans presumably available from Indiana are excellent fits alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Hield’s high-volume and high-efficiency three-point shooting would...
    Getty Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook The Los Angeles Lakers nearly acquired a $21 million point guard and $19 million small forward for Russell Westbrook. According to a September 16th report from Sam Amick and Jovan Buha of The Athletic, the Lakers discussed a four-team trade with the Utah Jazz, New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets before the Jazz traded All-Star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Los Angeles would have acquired Terry Rozier from Charlotte and Bojan Bogdanovic from Utah. However, the Lakers’ lack of interest in taking on future money and refusal to offer their future draft picks prevented the trade from happening. “Regarding the Westbrook trades that never transpired, two themes emerged in the failed talks with multiple teams: The Lakers’ lack of interest in taking on future money (a la Utah’s Mike Conley), and their refusal to offer the precious first-round picks that might yield a greater return down the line,” Amick and Buha reported. “The Lakers discussed a four-team trade with Utah, New York and Charlotte ahead of the Donovan-Mitchell-to-Cleveland trade, according to league sources. One preliminary...
    SOME Americans will be able to land $225 payments to help with the high cost of air conditioning during brutal heatwaves. The initiative, Cool LA, aims to help low-income Los Angeles residents secure more affordable AC units. 1Select Los Angeles residents will have $225 toward their AC paymentsCredit: Getty Images - Getty It was created by the city of LA and the Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Every qualifying LA resident will receive a rebate of up to $225 for the purchase of select air conditioning units through the LADWP Marketplace. There is a limit of two units per resident. “The impacts of the climate emergency are on our doorstep, and as we continue our work to make Los Angeles a carbon-neutral city, we can’t wait to bring solutions to people on the front lines of this crisis today,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Read more on direct paymentsMORE MONEY Direct payment worth up to $500 available to AmericansPAY DAY Direct payments worth up to $300 going out to millions of Americans from TODAY Mr Garcetti said Cool...
    By Susan Elia MacNeal | Contributing Writer Los Angeles might look to be all blue skies, palm trees, ocean spray, orange groves, and movie stars, but there was (and still is) an underbelly of American Nazis living and thriving in the sunshine. In the 1930s and 1940s, Southern California had its share of ordinary folks — who also just happened to be members of groups like German American Bund, America First, the Silver Shirts, the Copperheads, and the Ku Klux Klan — all dedicated to a fascist takeover of the United States. They were your neighbors, shopkeepers, teachers, and police officers — and all in plain sight. My journey with the history of Nazism in America starts at the Hollywood Bowl in September 2017, when my husband, a Jim Henson Company puppeteer, was performing as Sweetums in “The Muppets Take the Hollywood Bowl.” At the time, neither of us had any idea that the Hollywood Bowl had been used for aviator and Nazi political darling Charles Lindbergh’s rally on June 20, 1941 — railing against intervening in Hitler’s takeover of...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school officials have rescinded their suspension of a high school journalism advisor who had refused to censor a student’s news article naming an unvaccinated campus librarian. Adriana Chavira was facing a suspension of three days without pay over the report about employees who declined to follow LA Unified School District’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the Los Angeles Times reported. “In LAUSD, about 240 teachers opted out of getting the vaccine, which led to them not showing up to school on Oct. 18,” reported Daniel Pearl Magnet High’s student-run news website, the Pearl Post. The article named an unvaccinated librarian. For several months after the article was published in November, the librarian and the school’s principal had demanded that the name be removed. But Chavira, a former journalist who has taught at Pearl Magnet High for 14 years, stood behind her students’ reporting and refused to change the story, citing a California law that protects student journalists from censorship. She appealed the suspension and won, with a district official rescinding the discipline Friday at an after-school...
    Shohei Ohtani made a highlight-reel worthy catch on Saturday en route to a win for the Los Angeles Angels over the Seattle Mariners. During the fourth inning Ohtani caught a scolding line drive that came back at him off the bat of Mariners designated hitter Carlos Santana.  The star pitcher reactively stuck his left hand out as he finished his pitching motion to snag the ball. Shohei Ohtani made a highlight-reel worthy catch on Saturday en route to a win on Saturday Ohtani does it all! pic.twitter.com/W0PIMCLZHX— MLB (@MLB) September 18, 2022 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Albert Pujols inches closer to the 700 club after hitting... Adopted at just two days old, a secret marriage - and now... New York Mets' billionaire owner Steve Cohen will 'torture... Tampa Bay Rays make baseball history in Toronto by fielding... Share this article Share Ohtani pitched seven scoreless innings before being taken out of the game and recorded eight strike outs on the night, surely adding to his American League MVP ballot....
    Ask Reita Green the Wallpaper Queen what makes a successful wallpaper hanger and she’ll tell you it’s practice, patience and believing in yourself. “You can’t be upset if it’s not working right away,” said the 86-year-old, who has been hanging wallpaper in and around Los Angeles for more than half a century. “You just pull the paper back and put more paste on it. It’s not an art that is wham, bam, thank you, ma’am.” Since 1960 the former dancer and actress has run her own wallpapering business — lugging buckets, ladders and a folding table from her car to her clients’ homes by herself, well into her 80s. But a few years ago, even the Wallpaper Queen had to acknowledge that eventually she might need some help. “I was getting older, so I started keeping my eyes open for somebody,” Green said. “I knew the universe would help me when it was the right time.” And then in 2020 she met Beverly Pate — a warm young woman 58 years her junior, who exudes patience, kindness and a...
    More than 100 people gathered outside the Azerbaijani Consulate in Los Angeles on Saturday demanding an end to attacks by Azerbaijan forces in a disputed border region with Armenia and Artsakh, where an estimated 200 people were killed in the past week. The demonstration coincided with a surprise weekend visit to Armenia by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and two Armenian American members of Congress, and the introduction of a resolution in Congress by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) demanding a prohibition on U.S. assistance to Azerbaijan. The U.S. Embassy said the visit will include a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, according to the Associated Press. Like many others waving Armenian flags at the event organized by the Armenian Youth Federation, Tenny Alahverdian, 20, said she found herself thinking of relatives “suffering on the front lines.” “We’re hoping that the United States comes down hard on Azerbaijan,” she said. “For President Biden to be calling for peace while funding Azerbaijan’s military is a crazy — and deadly — double standard.” The demonstration was part of an effort...
    Getty Lakers' Rob Pelinka and Darvin Ham The Los Angeles Lakers may potentially add multiple former lottery picks as the team prepares for the start of training camp. HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto reported the Lakers hosted Shabazz Muhammad, Jeremy Lamb and other former highly-touted draft prospects for a workout. “Sources: The Los Angeles Lakers brought in several free agents for workouts, including former lottery picks Shabazz Muhammad and Jeremy Lamb,” Scotto tweeted on September 17, 2022. “Dwayne Bacon, Miye Oni and others also worked out for the Lakers, @hoopshype has learned.” This marks the second Lakers workout for Muhammad this offseason as the forward visited the team in July, per Scotto. The veteran wing has not played in a regular season NBA game since the 2017-18 season when he was with both the Timberwolves and Bucks. Muhammad Has Not Played Since the 2017-18 SeasonMuhammad has been campaigning for another NBA opportunity dating back to last season. After being selected with the No. 14 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, Muhammad played five season in The Association. During a...