Posted On: 4:35 p.m. | October 14, 2011
Six days a week, for just over half his life, Ruben Pardo has been steering the same elegant 6-foot-by-8-foot elevator car up and down the same 11 floors of an Art Deco office tower on Wilshire Boulevard. At 69, he's been at his job longer than most of the workers in the building have been alive. The young people are not easily impressed — but something about Pardo awes them.
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Posted On: 5:36 p.m. | October 12, 2011
A gunman opened fire inside a Seal Beach beauty salon Wednesday, killing eight people. A ninth victim was seriously wounded and remains hospitalized. Police said the gunman acted alone.
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Posted On: 4:42 p.m. | October 8, 2011
The 15th District election takes in San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor Gateway and Watts. San Pedro's famous fish luncheon is an important stop on the South Bay political circuit. View Post»
Posted On: 4:00 p.m. | October 8, 2011
Darkness cloaked the desert, pierced only by a canopy of stars that provided a glittering backdrop for 20 college students treading cautiously over the cracked, dry landscape. But a soft hiss stopped them in their tracks.
Mudassar Haq heard the rattlesnake and shouted to alert the others as classmate Thomas Parker shone a flashlight on a large sidewinder slithering away under a tuft of salt... View Post»
Posted On: 9:27 p.m. | October 7, 2011
As members of the oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles gathered to observe the start of Yom Kippur, the holy day of atonement, they were invited one last time to admire the Hollywood-influenced murals and other appointments of the aging Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
Soon, workers will begin a two-year floor-to-dome restoration of the 1929 Byzantine auditorium. The work is part of an... View Post»
Posted On: 8:01 p.m. | October 7, 2011
More than 100 people rappelled from the 32nd floor of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel during the second annual Over the Edge fundraiser for Los Angeles-area Scouting programs. Each descent took about 15 minutes. The participants raised nearly $200,000. View Post»
Posted On: 9:29 p.m. | October 6, 2011
On Oct. 7, 2001, the armed forces of the United States, Britain and the Northern Alliance launched Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S.
The goal, as stated by the George W. Bush administration, was to target the Al Qaeda terrorist network, which had found sanctuary in Afghanistan; a secondary goal was to force the... View Post»
Posted On: 5:19 p.m. | October 6, 2011
Key members of the Vagos motorcycle gang suspected of drug trafficking and violence are arrested throughout Southern California on Thursday. Authorities arrested 10 members of the gang.
The crackdown comes after an 18-month investigation led by the state Department of Justice. Members of the gang, which started in the Inland Empire in the 1960s, are suspected of murder, rape, weapons... View Post»
Posted On: 4:38 p.m. | October 6, 2011
A social worker tries to help teenage girls who have all but sold their souls. View Post»
Posted On: 11:52 a.m. | October 5, 2011
A cold front arrived Wednesday morning that forecasters say will bring gusty winds and up to 2 inches of rain in mountain areas, the National Weather Service said. View Post»
Posted On: 2:44 p.m. | October 3, 2011
In SoCal, Mother Nature offers up an abundant mix of mountains, deserts, beaches and Pacific Ocean skies. I’m occasionally at the beach shooting big waves, surfers, fishermen, campers, sunsets, pollution, Marine Corps landing practice -- it’s theater by the sea!
In late September and early October this year, the ocean offered up a performance of breathtaking visual beauty -- waves that... View Post»
Posted On: 2:03 p.m. | October 3, 2011
Weeding the Angeles National Forest, one plant at a time, botanist Katie VinZant leads a team in ripping out nonnative species that have multiplied since the 2009 Station fire. View Post»
Posted On: 4:24 p.m. | October 2, 2011
Father Earl Henley is a portrait in perseverance. As head of the Native American Ministry for the Diocese of San Bernardino, he tends a parish of scattered tribes that include the newly wealthy, awash in casino profits, as well as the destitute hidden in the deep folds of the San Jacinto Mountains.
They are a people bound by loss, having suffered the near-obliteration of their native... View Post»
Posted On: 12:00 p.m. | October 1, 2011
The Freedom Barber Shop, a star-spangled trailer anchored in a parking lot at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus, is their haven. Barber Tony Bravo, a.k.a. the Dreamer, is their shaman, helping to heal them with clippers, corn-pone humor and Patsy Cline.
Posted On: 5:19 p.m. | September 29, 2011
Emergency rooms: It's a "battlefield" at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, says one supervisor. As many as 550 patients pass through the ER daily. View Post»
Posted On: 6:50 p.m. | September 28, 2011
For years, illegal immigrants were deported across the border from where they were caught, a practice that allowed them to easily try again, sometimes within hours.
Now federal officials have adopted a new strategy that disrupts immigration routes.
Many immigrants caught in California are flown to Texas, and the flights return with immigrants caught in Texas. The new transfer program aims... View Post»