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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...
    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...
    Bass vs. Caruso: Your guide to the Los Angeles mayor’s race
    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...
    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...
    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,...
    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...
    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...
    Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were spotted having breakfast together at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles' Brentwood neighborhood earlier this week. Tom, 66, and Tim, 69, were seated apart from many of the restaurant's other guests and appeared to be enjoying each other's company during their meeting in a photo obtained by TMZ. The pair's meeting sparked speculation that the two could potentially be collaborating on another feature in the Toy Story franchise, in which they voice Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Hanging out: Tom Hanks, 66, and Tim Allen, 69, were spotted while having breakfast at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles earlier this week The first movie in the long-running Disney series was released to the public in 1995. It became notable for being the first completely computer-animated feature-length film.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Tom Hanks 'doesn't understand' why they 'didn't let Tim... From day to night! Tom Hanks wears a polo shirt with... Share this article Share The movie followed a...
    A video captured by a security camera outside a suburban Los Angeles home shows two black bears fighting beside a neighborhood car. One bear is seen walking around the front of an SUV parked in front of a Monrovia, California house before it is attacked by another bear trailing behind. The pair of bears fight it out for a few seconds before the front bear runs away. Then, moments later after returning to the SUV, the bears continue their fight before they run away. No damage was done to the car, according to KTLA. The incident was captured outside the home of Maritza Flores-Travanti, a school board member at the Monrovia Unified School District. Bears have been recently active outside and inside homes in Monrovia, including one incident two weeks earlier as a bear is spotted swimming in one family's backyard pool. Two black bears were spotted by a suburban Los Angeles home's security camera dueling it out in front of one home's SUV One bear followed another around the front of the SUV before throwing the first punch The...
    In the sweltering heat, activist Soma Snakeoil gripped the microphone and led the crowd outside Los Angeles City Hall in a chant. “They talk! We die!” the crowd shouted. “They talk! We die!” It was International Overdose Awareness Day and dozens of people had gathered downtown to mourn and rage, lighting candles, laying down roses and planting purple flags in the City Hall lawn to remember the dead. At the microphone, harm reduction advocates demanded government action and investment in stopping overdose deaths as the annual toll has exceeded 10,000 statewide. “As far as the governor,” West Covina resident Debbie Fracasso said, growing emotional after stepping up to the microphone, “what part of this doesn’t he see?” The rally came the week after Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a state bill that would have allowed supervised sites for people to inject drugs to be launched through pilot programs in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland. The decision disappointed and enraged local activists who argue that such sites are desperately needed to save lives. But it has not halted their plans,...
    (CNN)The Kansas City Chiefs showed their experience by coming from behind to edge out the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24 in a thrilling AFC West match up on Thursday Night Football.For all the noise before the game around two elite playmakers in Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert, it was seventh-round draft pick Jaylen Watson who stole the show when he scored a 99-yard pick-six touchdown in the 4th quarter to put the Chiefs ahead 24-17.The rookie, who once took a break from sport on the college level and worked at a Wendy's, has not had an easy path and was rightfully thrilled with his performance."I've just been working my butt off and, if the time came where someone went down, I was going to be ready and prepared, and that's what happened," Watson said after the game."I woke up knowing I was going to get a pick, honestly," he said. "I just knew, being a seventh-rounder, having my first start, I was going to get tested a lot and early, and I just felt I was going to get one today,...
    Rapper and actor Ice-T is speaking out about the current state of Los Angeles, where murders are at a 15-year high and whose police homicide division has been reduced to 10 employees. "I'm done explaining LA Gang culture... MFs will not listen. It's not a game.. At all," he tweeted on Tuesday. WATCH: DESANTIS SAYS FLORIDA IS NOT A 'SANCTUARY STATE' I'm done explaining LA Gang culture... MFs will not listen. It's not a game.. At all.— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) September 13, 2022 The rapper, who is best known these days for playing detective Odafin Tutuola on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, received a strong response to that tweet and followed up on Wednesday with another message. "People are still hitting me up about my comments about LA Gang culture.If you NOTICE, LA rappers don't wear a lotta Jewelry... Me, Snoop, Cube, Dre, Game, Kendrick..The list goes on.. It's not cause we're broke. LA is just a Dangerous place,rapper or not. Why test the streets," he wrote. People are still hitting me...
    The nation’s freight railroads, a crucial lifeline of the U.S. economy, teetered on the brink of a massive strike Wednesday over staff cuts that have led to what unions call brutal working conditions for the remaining rail conductors and engineers. Bargaining between the railroads and 12 unions, ongoing since 2019, came to a head in recent months. President Biden convened an emergency panel that recommended pay increases but failed to address union concerns over burnout, scheduling and sick pay. Federal law requires a 30-day “cooling off” period that expires Friday just after midnight Eastern time. Biden has been calling both sides, and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh hosted talks Wednesday in an effort to avoid a strike or a lockout. Passengers disembark from the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Anaheim on Wednesday.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) If they fail, as many as 125,000 rail workers led by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and the transportation division of the International Assn. of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, could walk off the job Friday. Under the Railway...
    Jun 6, 2022; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham speaks after being introduced at UCLA Health Training Center Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports A disappointing season for the Lakers was followed by a quiet offseason filled with trade rumors that didn’t pan out. But they still have plenty to be excited about. Expectations were sky-high after the addition of Russell Westbrook but nothing really worked out the way the 2021-22 Lakers were hoping. Westbrook struggled and never seemed to be on the same page with his teammates or head coach Frank Vogel. Injuries were a constant issue and the team finished below .500 and missed the playoffs entirely. After a chaotic offseason for the league as a whole, Westbrook is still on the roster and potential trades for Myles Turner, Buddy Hield and Kyrie Irving never materialized. It may seem the Lakers are rolling into next season facing the same problems they couldn’t solve last season but there are plenty of reasons for optimism and they will still be one of the most...
    Getty Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers When the Los Angeles Lakers made the decision to acquire Russell Westbrook, we all knew the move could go one of two ways. Unfortunately for the Lakers, the trade hasn’t worked out. Westbrook was a bad fit stylistically, and his relationship with the fanbase lasted under a year before turning into mulch. Now, both Westbrook and the Lakers are stuck in a partnership that doesn’t work, and it will stay that way until they can find a willing trade partner, or Westbrook’s contract expires – whichever comes first. Furthermore, according to Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz, the Westbrook trade is the worst move by any franchise in the last three seasons – although, in reality, it could probably make a top five for the last decade! “When you can take some key pieces off a championship team, package them a draft pick and exchange them for a ball-dominant, non-shooting, past-his-prime point guard on the worst contract in the NBA, you’ve just got to do it. The trade that brought Westbrook to the Lakers...
    The 74th annual Primetime Emmy Awards got started with a burst of colorful fashion on Monday, Sept. 12, with host Kenan Thompson. From gorgeous gowns to some trendsetting tuxes, the stars showed a range of looks. Jung Ho-yeon arrives at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Alexandra Daddario arrives at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Nicholas Hoult arrives at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Kristen Schaal arrives at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Jerrod Carmichael arrives at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)...
    (CNN)A mudslide trapped multiple drivers in Southern California as storms drenched the region and brought flash flood warnings Sunday evening.Several motorists were rescued after their vehicles became stuck in a mud and debris flow on Pine Canyon Road in the Lake Hughes area, about 65 miles north of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.Rescuers responded to the area shortly before 8 p.m., the agency said in a tweet. A total of 24 vehicles became stuck on the road with 53 people accounted for, according to a preliminary storm report from the National Weather Service.Oregon wildfire explodes in size as multiple blazes rage across the West, forcing evacuations and worsening air qualityEarlier, maintenance crews responded to reports of a mudslide blocking all lanes on Lake Hughes Road, Los Angeles County Public Works tweeted. Read MoreAerial video from CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS showed thick mud blanketing a roadway, where several vehicles appeared to be trapped.The mudslide came as the area was experiencing scattered rainfall from post-tropical cyclone Kay as it pulled away from the region. Lingering showers and thunderstorms...
    A woke Los Angeles mayoral candidate who once said she feels safe in her neighborhood despite rising crime returned home on Friday to find that a thief had made off with two of her handguns. Rep. Karen Bass, a Democrat who is leading in the polls to become the next Los Angeles mayor, said she returned to her Baldwin Vista home from the National Hispanic Media Coalition's annual Impact Awards Gala Friday night to find evidence of a break-in. She then found that a thief stole two of her firearms that had been 'safely and securely stored,' but left behind the cash, electronics and other valuables she had out at her home, which is estimated on Zillow to be worth over $2million. Police are now asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect, whom they described on Twitter as 'Hispanic, standing 5-feet-9-inches tall, [and] weighing 200 pounds.' He was last seen wearing dark clothing, a black surgical mask, a blue baseball cap with a white emblem on it and black Asics sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to call...
    A second person in the U.S. has died while being infected with monkeypox, health officials in Los Angeles confirmed on Thursday night. An autopsy has now being launched to determine the cause of death, but if it is found to be monkeypox it could be the first fatality from the virus confirmed in America. Last month an adult died in Harris County, Texas, after being diagnosed with monkeypox. An investigation is still underway to determine whether the virus was the cause of death. Globally, 18 people have died from the virus to date, including two in Spain and one in Belgium.  America currently has the largest monkeypox outbreak in the world with 21,504 cases now confirmed, but the outbreak appears to have peaked as the seven-day average for daily cases continues to fall. The virus — native to West Africa — has spread to more than 50 countries so far, with nearly 57,000 cases confirmed. Pictured above is Dr Rita Singhal, the director of the Disease Control Center for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. She revealed that...
    A health care worker administers a dose of the JYNNEOS Monkeypox vaccine at a pop-up vaccination clinic in Los Angeles, California, on August 9, 2022.Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Los Angeles is investigating the death of a person who had monkeypox, according to the county health department. Dr. Rita Singhal, director of disease control in Los Angeles County, said it's not clear what role monkeypox may have played in the person's death. Health officials do not have additional details at this time, Singhal said. "This is one of two deaths in the United States that are currently under investigation to determine whether monkeypox was a contributing cause of death," Singhal told reporters during a press conference Thursday. Health officials in Texas last month reported the death of an adult in the Houston area who was diagnosed with monkeypox. The individual had a severely compromised immune system, according to health officials. Monkeypox is rarely fatal, but people with weak immune systems are at higher risk of severe disease. The virus causes a painful rash that resembles blisters or...
    Getty Evan Fournier, Boston Celtics Ever since the Boston Celtics traded for Evan Fournier, the former Orlando Magic guard has struggled to be an impactful player. During his time in Boston, Fournier averaged just 13 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game, despite starting 10 of the 16 regular-season games he appeared in. Things didn’t get much better for the Saint-Maurice native during the post-season either, as he was part of the squad that lost to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round. Could the Knicks swing a big trade before the season begins? (via @_Verts) https://t.co/XN4woZoNhR pic.twitter.com/vqbuKlaaEd — SNY (@SNYtv) September 8, 2022 Fournier then decided to cut bait, leaving the Celtics to join the New York Knicks, as Leon Rose and William Wesley looked to inject a scoring punch into a roster that had defied the odds the previous season. However, Fournier’s Knicks tenure has not gotten off to a great start – sure his production has been solid, and his 38.9% three-point shooting is highly respectable – but he hasn’t been able to mesh...
    Twenty-six months after an act of arson destroyed the roof and heavily damaged the San Gabriel Mission, the 251-year-old historic venue will temporarily reopen Saturday. Mission clergy and staff allowed guests the first look inside the Roman Catholic house of worship, post fire, on Thursday, showing off repainted and replastered adobe walls, reworked windows with glass from Germany and a new redwood ceiling. “Ever since the fire, there has been an anxiety as to what our beloved mission would look like,” said Father John Molyneux, 66, the parish pastor. “I’m very excited to say it will be very close to what parishioners experienced before the fire.” Father John Molyneux at the San Gabriel Mission, which has yet to open since a fire tore through the building on July 11, 2020.(Christina House / Los Angeles Times) The San Gabriel Mission, which has yet to open since a fire tore through the building on July 11, 2020, undergoes renovations on Thursday.(Christina House / Los Angeles Times) The San Gabriel Mission is hosting a private, invite-only Mass Saturday at 10 a.m. presided over...
    The NFL will hold a moment of silence in honor of Queen Elizabeth II prior to Thursday's season opener between the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.  An NFL spokesman confirmed the news to DailyMail.com on Thursday, following the passing of the 96-year-old.   The Queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a symbol of stability in a turbulent era that saw the decline of the British empire and embarrassing dysfunction in her own family, died Thursday after 70 years on the throne.  The NFL will hold a moment of silence in honor of Queen Elizabeth II prior to Thursday's season opener between the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium In response to Thursday's tragedy, the NFL's UK-facing Twitter account released a statement.  'Everyone at NFL UK is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II,' read the Tweet. 'Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with The Royal Family. We join all those mourning the loss of Her Majesty.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The Queen was...
    With the NFL season set to get underway tonight, the man under center for the Rams will be fresh off an elbow procedure. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Rams QB Matthew Stafford underwent the procedure on his right elbow - his throwing arm - to deal with pain he dealt with last season. Schefter's sources say the quarterback feels better today than he did last season - his first in Los Angeles and one that ended with a Super Bowl tittle. 'I feel good,' the 34-year-old Stafford said on Sunday. 'I'm ready to go. No limitations. ... I feel great. I'm ready to go play. Can always be better. Can always try to feel like I'm 21 again. I'll keep trying. But no, I feel really good. I feel like I can make every throw.'  Rams QB Matthew Stafford underwent a procedure on his throwing elbow this offseason Stafford didn't throw in spring workouts, but had a throwing schedule during training camp RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford says his...
    TODD BOEHLY is an American mogul and a billionaire who is taking over Chelsea from Roman Abramovich. On Friday, May 6, Boehly and his consortium signed an agreement to buy the Blues in a deal reportedly worth around £4.25bn. 2 Todd Boehly is taking over ChelseaCredit: Getty - Contributor But who exactly is he and how did he become so successful?Who is Todd Boehly? Alongside being a philanthropist and an investor, Todd Boehly is a Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and controlling member of Elridge Industries - a private investment firm located in Greenwich, Connecticut. He is also the current interim CEO of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as of October 2021 and owns 20% of the Los Angeles Dodgers alongside co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks which all contributes to his valued net worth of £4.72 billion. Boehly is 46 years of age with three sons named Nick, Zach and Clay and the American is married to Katie Boehly. Todd's grandparents immigrated to the US from Germany which enabled the successful businessman to graduate from Landon School in Bethesda,...
    Kevin “Twin” Orange can still recite the names of the ones he couldn’t save, even if time has blurred his memory of when and where they died. For years, whenever his phone rang with news of a shooting in his corner of South Los Angeles, the veteran gang interventionist would race to the scene to comfort grieving relatives and friends, while doing his best to tamp down any talk of retaliation. But even as he tried to put on a strong face in front of others, the stress and trauma of more than a decade of peacemaking began to catch up to him. He had always kept those feelings bottled up, pride preventing him from asking for help. “In our community that’s taboo, so when you talk about trauma, I think that’s like a soft word to talk about mental health,” said Orange, who runs the street outreach group Advocates for Peace & Urban Unity. “It’s unresolved trauma, and I think it stems back to before we was even born, that our parents passed on to us.” Orange, 59,...
    Getty Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks. It’s been three years since Jodie Meeks played on an NBA court and he’s decided to call it a career. The former Los Angeles Lakers guard spent 10 seasons in the NBA and won a championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2019. Meeks recently turned 35 and announced his retirement to Steve Drumwright of USAB.com. Over his 10-year career, the guard played for seven different teams. He’s currently a member of the USA Basketball’s Men’s AmeriCup Team but this will be the only year he plays. "This will be the icing on the cake.” As Jodie Meeks approaches his new basketball career – coaching – he's hopeful he can accomplish one last dream, and that is winning a gold medal with his country in the @AmeriCup. — USA Basketball (@usabasketball) September 1, 2022 Meeks had a chance to play with the late Kobe Bryant for two seasons in Los Angeles. He was eventually elevated to a starting role and started 70 games for the Lakers during the 2013-2014 season. He...
    (CNN)The Weeknd abruptly ended his concert in Los Angeles on Saturday night, citing vocal issues. He was in the middle of a performance of his hit "Can't Feel My Face" when he walked off the stage, the Los Angeles Times reports. Another song started playing briefly, then the lights came up in SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The Weekend then returned to the stage to apologize for his vocal issues and promised the audience a refund, according to video shared by a concertgoer on Twitter."I'm going to make sure everyone is good, you'll get your money back," he told the crowd. "But I'll do a show real soon for you guys.""I can't give you what I want to give you," he added.Read MoreIn a tweet late Saturday, The Weeknd explained what happened."My voice went out during the first song and I'm devastated," he wrote. "Felt it go and my heart stopped. My deepest apologies to my fans here. I promise I'll make it up to you with a new date."The next date scheduled for the "After Hours Til Dawn" tour is...
    More On: the weeknd The Weeknd goes club-hopping until 7 a.m. in Miami Roger Waters says he’s ‘far more important’ than Drake and The Weeknd Britney Spears meets with ‘Euphoria’ creator Sam Levinson and The Weeknd Doja Cat cancels festival appearances, drops out of tour due to tonsil surgery Fans of The Weekend will have to save their tears for another day. The “Blinding Lights” singer was forced to cancel his concert in Los Angeles Saturday night – after losing his voice just three songs into the show. “You’ll get your money back,” The Weeknd, 32, promised the 70,000 fans who were packed inside SoFi Stadium over the weekend. “But I’ll do a show real soon for you guys.” The chart-topper, born Abel Tesfaye, abruptly stopped the show and left the stage while performing his hit song “Can’t Feel My Face.” When he eventually returned, he choked back tears while telling the crowd he would not be able to put on “the concert I want to give you...
    The Weeknd lost his singing voice while in the midst of performing his second concert at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Saturday night. He abruptly stopped the concert, informing fans that he would not be able to continue on with the rest of the evening's set. The 32-year-old hitmaker was met with loud boos from the jam-packed arena, which holds 70,000 people, as he profusely apologized on stage for the sudden ailment. The Weeknd lost his singing voice while in the midst of performing his second concert at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Saturday night; the singer seen September 2  'I can't give you the concert I want to give you. I'm going to make sure everyone's good, gets your money back, and I'll do a show real soon for you guys, but I wanted to come out and personally apologize and not tweet it or Instagram it,' he told his mass of assembled fans according to Billboard. 'I wanted you guys to know that I can't give you what I want to give you. I...
    Los Angeles (CNN)Bob's Market in Angeleno Heights may look like a regular Los Angeles convenience store, but it's an icon.In the Fast and Furious movie franchise, it was turned into Toretto's, the shop owned by the family of the character portrayed by Vin Diesel. Throughout the day, fans from all over the world stop to take pictures in front of the shop selling Fast and Furious paraphernalia beside the normal bevy of snacks and drinks.But those movies -- known for their fast cars and daring stunts -- have left a mark on this neighborhood in another way. Fans of the films flock here in their tricked-out cars to show off what they can do, leaving circular skid marks from doing donuts and "swinging" around the intersection in front of the shop.Street takeovers and wheelie contests force closures on iconic Los Angeles bridge, LAPD saysFor the residents living here, it is more than a nuisance. They say the dangerous and illegal car antics happen at all hours of the day and night, endangering lives."They're coming around drifting, doing the donuts, spinning...
    (CNN)The savage heat that has gripped several states in the West will persist through the holiday weekend -- and for the third day in a row, Californians are being advised to curb their electric consumption to avoid power outages."Numerous record-tying/breaking highs are possible across the entire region and widespread heat-related advisories are in place," the National Weather Service said Thursday. "The heat wave will pose a high to very high risk to the general population, particularly the elderly and those without adequate air conditioning, due to both the intensity of the high temperatures and duration of the heat wave," the weather service warned. More than 45 million people were under heat alerts across most of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada and parts of Utah, Arizona as well as California. As heat wave grips the West, millions in California are urged to set thermostats to 78 degrees to conserve electricity todayThe heat has been so intense that millions of Californians have again been urged to reduce their electricity consumption between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday...
    (CNN)Five-time NBA All-Star John Wall described his struggle with suicidal thoughts and mental health challenges over the last two years in an interview earlier this month. Wall, 31, spoke about his experiences during an interview at a John Wall Foundation event with the Salvation Army in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. ClutchPoints shared a video of the interview in a tweet Monday. When asked how the last two and a half years have been for him, the Los Angeles Clippers point guard described the period as the "darkest place I've ever been in.""At one point in time, I thought about committing suicide," Wall said.How to get helpHelp is there if you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health matters. In the US: Call or text 988, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Globally: The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide have contact information for crisis centers around the world. Read MoreHe detailed the heavy emotional toll of "tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing, and my grandma passing a year...
    Growing up in working-class Black Los Angeles, Desiree Cormier Smith was the brainy Catholic school kid who knew she wanted a career in public service, “but I didn’t know what was possible,” she said. Now Smith is in the process of finding out, in a very high-profile way: she’s the nation’s new “Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice,” leading the Biden administration’s State Department campaign to make human rights for marginalized groups a foreign policy priority. The initiative grew out of an executive order issued by President Biden on his first day in office, requiring every federal agency to “recognize and work to redress inequities in their policies and programs that serve as barriers to equal opportunity.” For the State Department, that means addressing the plight of racial and ethnic minorities in regions where they’ve been persistently oppressed, and evaluating whether U.S. policies contribute to that. What it does not mean is imposing our judgements on other countries, or grabbing the mic when we should be listening. Smith understands the tensions inherent in that. “We have to talk to...
    More On: music Britney Spears celebrates ‘Hold Me Closer’ release with nude photo Paris Hilton dances to Britney Spears, Elton John’s ‘Hold Me Closer’ on TikTok Dinah Jane reacts to viral TikTok slamming Fifth Harmony’s style Elton John: How I got Britney Spears to sing again after ‘a traumatic time’ During the COVID-19 pandemic, DJs and entertainment insiders kept “live music” going on social media — from D-Nice’s “isolation dance parties” which drew 100,000 virtual guests such as Michelle Obama to WME power agent Richard Weitz’s “Quarantunes” charity shows with performances by Elvis Costello and Beck. In another corner of social media, in-the-know music nerds flocked weekly to Instagram to hear Christian James Hand’s “The Session,” a show from his home in which the LA-based DJ and producer breaks down classic tunes. Isolating instruments, vocals and sounds, the sonic surgeon and onetime drum tech dissected the tracks only to build them back up — and school fans on how the they came together, with a dose of...
    When Los Angeles shuttered its last streetcar in 1963, the Bay Area was already planting the seeds of BART, the expansive rail system that embodies a common refrain in the longstanding competition between Southern and Northern California: Angelenos are gas-guzzlers stuck in parking-lot traffic, while the Bay Area has built an enviable transit network. But over the past two and a half years, the Bay Area’s claim to California’s mass transit throne has been deeply eroded, if not undone. L.A. now has more people riding buses, light rails and trains than the Bay Area. And even when accounting for the Bay Area’s far smaller population, L.A.’s per-capita transit ridership temporarily surpassed its Northern California neighbor for the first time in at least two decades. How big was the turnaround? In 2019, transit riders in six Bay Area counties took 43 million more trips than L.A. County, which is over a third larger by population. But in 2021, Los Angeles racked up over 83 million more transit trips than the Bay Area – a staggering threefold reversal, according to a Bay...
    A security guard from Brink's, a private security firm, was asleep during the break-in of an armored car last month in which thieves escaped with approximately $100 million in gems, a lawsuit from the jewelers claimed Monday. In a pair of dueling lawsuits filed by the jewelers and security company this month, the jewelers claimed gross negligence when one guard spent nearly half an hour inside a Flying J for dinner while the other was asleep in the transport vehicle. The guard who was asleep said he had not heard or seen anything unusual during the break-in, according to the suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. LAS VEGAS TOURIST SAYS $35,000 ROLEX WAS STOLEN BY 'PROSTITUTE' HE LET REST IN ROOM: REPORT “We have a driver who's supposedly asleep. We have a driver who's having a meal for, what, 27 minutes? We have a truck that's parked in an area that is pretty dark, no cameras. I don't think it takes a lot to realize that this is, at a minimum — at a...
    Some people argue that the name is racist and disparages an entire continent. Others view it as offensive to gay men. And then there are those who fear it could lead to indiscriminate killing of monkeys, as happened in Brazil. All that menace from one word: monkeypox. As the threat from the disease spreads, experts around the world have pledged to change its name to something that doesn’t carry the weight of stigma. No less an authority than the World Health Organization is holding an open forum to elicit suggestions for a new moniker. “Monkeypox is kind of a strange name to give to a disease that’s now afflicting humans,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s leading expert on infectious diseases. People line up for the monkeypox vaccine at St. John’s Well Child & Family Center in Los Angeles.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) But tossing out the old name is easier than deciding on a new one. Already, public health agencies, researchers and nonprofit organizations around the world have taken it upon themselves to abbreviate or shorten the...
    Mysterious billboards warning residents to not 'move to Texas' have popped up in major California cities in reference to the Uvalde school shooting. One billboard in the San Francisco was seen at the corner of Folsom and 7th Street leased to FoxPoint Media advertisers, while more were seen in Los Angeles. The ad referenced the Uvalde school massacre that killed two teachers and 19 children in May, and featured a reserved man with a hoodie and sunglasses.  'The Texas Miracle Died in Uvalde. Don't move to Texas,' the eerie billboard read.  The slogan, 'The Texas Miracle,' highlights the former Lone Star state governor, Rick Perry, who managed to 'boom' the state's economy during the Great Recession in 2008. Meanwhile, the prideful motto, 'Don't mess with Texas,' stemming from an anti-littering campaign in 1986, was seen crossed out on the billboard. 'Are these people happy that Uvalde happened?' an angered social media critic said as some called the message 'disgusting use of political propaganda' for 'using the tragedy to their advantage.' Others demanded to know who put up the sinister...
    Los Angeles (CNN)On an average night in Los Angeles County, more than 60,000 people are homeless. At the same time, there are more than 20,000 vacant hotel rooms. In 2024, residents will get to vote: Should those rooms be offered to the unhoused? "It's insane. It isn't going to solve the problem," says Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association, which represents hotels and other businesses across the north of the city. He fears housing the homeless in hotels will put people off visiting Los Angeles. "I wouldn't want my kids around people that I'm not sure about. I wouldn't want to be in an elevator with somebody who's clearly having a mental break," he says. "The idea that you can intermingle homeless folks with paying, normal guests just doesn't work out." The ordinance was proposed by Unite Here Local 11 -- the union that represents most of the city's hospitality workers. Now that they've collected enough signatures, whether to house the homeless in hotels will be on the ballot in March 2024. "By no means do...
    Last year, we began asking readers to send us their pressing questions about Los Angeles and California. Every few weeks, we put the questions to a vote, asking readers to decide which question we should answer in story form. This question, posed by Dee Villalobos, was included in one of our latest reader polls: How do turtles survive in L.A. parks? Imagine you’re meeting up with friends for a picnic in your favorite L.A. park. You scan the grass for the optimal place to set up a blanket and decide on a shady spot near the pond. As you chat and enjoy your lunch, you notice a few turtles basking on a sun-dappled log and smile. It’s one of the beauties of life in Los Angeles — that in the midst of a sprawling metropolis, wildlife coexists alongside humans. One problem, though: By and large, the turtles you see in city parks across Los Angeles aren’t native to California. Instead, many are native to lands hundreds of miles away, in the Mississippi Valley, from Illinois to the Gulf of...
    General manager Billy Eppler and Owner Artie Morena look on as Joe Madden speaks to the media during a press conference where he was introduced today as the new manager of the Los Angeles Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on October 24, 2019 in Anaheim, California.Jayne Kamin-oncea | Getty Images Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno is exploring a possible sale of the team and other strategic options, the team announced Tuesday. "It has been a great honor and privilege to own the Angels for 20 seasons," Moreno said in a release. "Although this difficult decision was entirely our choice and deserved a great deal of thoughtful consideration, my family and I have ultimately come to the conclusion that now is the time." The Angels are valued at $2.2 billion, according to Forbes. The team is under .500 for the season despite the standout performance of pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani. Moreno, who bought the Angels in 2003 for $180 million, made most of his money with his company Outdoor Systems, which was purchased...
    Maybe it’s because we’re neighbors with Hollywood’s mirage machine that we can cohabit so easily with irony. How else to explain how we’ve spent more than 60 years cheering for a team that’s named after luscious bodies of water that exist only in Los Angeles’ yearnings? The Los Angeles Lakers were named for their old hometown, Minneapolis, and for Minnesota’s slogan, “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Now the team is here, in the “Land-of-Good-Luck-Finding-a-Lake.” (If I had my druthers, the team would be “the Arroyo Secos.”) Journalist Paul Lukas, the creator of the UniWatch sports website, wrote, “When I was a kid in the 1970s, I had no idea that the Lakers had moved to L.A. from Minneapolis, so I mistakenly thought that the team name was based on the city name —“L-A-kers,” get it? It works!” Many of our teams are, like us, immigrants and newcomers, yet like us, they flourish, even when they keep a hand on their old handles. Explaining L.A. With Patt Morrison Los Angeles is a complex place. In this weekly feature, Patt Morrison...
    Violent street racing mobs are increasingly taking over streets across Los Angeles with deadly consequences, and some are blaming the city's widespread adoption of "woke" policies. Roving groups of young people in the hundreds block intersections and take over entire streets to watch the 2022 version of drag racing that often leaves innocent people injured and property destroyed. So far this year, 705 takeovers have occurred that left six people dead, the Los Angeles Times reported. Others have been luckier — like the 13-year-old daughter of David Castillo, who survived after being slammed into a window when her father’s car was struck on the way home from Walmart. LOW MORALE INSIDE LAPD’S FAMED ROBBERY HOMICIDE DIVISION “It’s like a warzone,” said Barbara Calhoun, a former Compton councilwoman. Los Angeles police say they are helpless to stop the mobs because of the sheer numbers. And now, the groups have a new thrill — invading local stores and picking the shelves clean after races are over. Last week, a surveillance video went viral showing looters vandalizing a store and assaulting a clerk....
    It happened in the early days of Los Angeles, when the city was a dusty, violent, frontier town. An eruption of gunfire around 4 p.m. on Oct. 24, 1871, spurred what’s believed to be the most lethal example of racial violence ever recorded in the city — the Los Angeles Chinese massacre. Hundreds made up the largely white mob that descended upon what’s now downtown Los Angeles. They indiscriminately beat, shot or hanged any Chinese person they saw. “Then, every rickety shanty in Chinatown was looted. ‘Boys, help yourselves,’ was the cry,” according to an account of the lynchings published by The Times in 1999. The spasm of violence left at least 18 Chinese people, an estimated 9% of L.A.'s Chinese population, dead at a time when the city barely registered 5,700 people. The victims included the Chinese community’s only physician, Dr. Gene Tong. The news made national headlines, marking the City of Angels as a frontier town rife with violence and lawlessness. Embarrassed city leaders built up the police department and tried to restore the rule...
    Standing atop Nike Hill, Victor Moreno brushed sweat from his brow and dust from his eyes. The three-mile run on a sun-drenched afternoon had been a challenge, but the payoff was worth it: From the 1,160-foot-high spot in the Puente Hills, he was treated to a glorious 360-degree vista. Los Angeles’ skyscrapers jutting into the sky to the west, the grandeur of the San Gabriel Mountains to the north. To the east was the seemingly endless Inland Empire, with Orange County’s suburbs spread to the south. A truck drives through a portion of the future Puente Hills park in July. The landfill operated from 1957 until its closing on Oct. 31, 2013.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times) But what really mattered to Moreno, 32, was the chance to introduce his 12-year-old daughter, Janae — who was on her first climb — to some things many city dwellers never see: darting lizards, hopping rabbits and diving birds of prey. For years the partially paved trail has been a refuge for Moreno, a place to unwind and, more recently, unmask. The...
    An FBI report tied to 'Brangelina's' spat that led to the couple's divorce in 2016 revealed that Brad Pitt hit his son Maddox and told his then-wife Angelina Jolie that she was 'ruining the family' onboard a private jet, adding that one of the children 'looked like a f**king Columbine kid.'  The FBI documents, which have yet to be publicly released, were obtained by several news outlets on Tuesday. In the report, Jolie told authorities that Pitt was drunk and made multiple menaces to her and their six children while onboard a private flight from France to Los Angeles International Airport on September 14, 2016.  The 'Maleficient' actress, 47, requested the release of the FBI documents under the anonymous 'Jane Doe,' after submitting a Freedom of Information Act request in April.  In its final report on the investigation, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services concluded that Pitt, who has previously admitted to problems with alcohol, did not physically abuse any of his children. Pitt was also cleared by the FBI of any wrongdoing. Four days later,...
    LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on April 1, 2022 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California.Adam Pantozzi | National Basketball Association | Getty Images LeBron James has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 37-year-old NBA veteran is extending his stay in Los Angeles, according to tweets by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic's Shams Charania. Rich Paul, CEO of Klutch Sports, confirmed the extension to ESPN on Wednesday. ESPN reported that the deal solidifies James as the highest-earning player in NBA history, with $532 million in guaranteed money during his career. The Lakers struggled this past season, missing the playoffs despite James logging 30.3 points per game in his 19th season, his most since the 2005-06 season. This upcoming season was set to be the last in LeBron's initial $44.5 million contract. With the extension, the contract is now set to expire alongside Anthony Davis' after two seasons. The four-time NBA champion will remain in Los Angeles...