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National Merit Scholarship announces 2021 semifinalists in Los Angeles County

High school students apply for scholarships when planning for college. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)     The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced on Sept. 9 its 2021 list of semifinalist high school students who will compete for a share of 7,600 scholarships worth more than $30 million. Winners of the 66th annual competition will be announced nationally between April and July next year. High school juniors in about 21,000 high schools in the United States ent...
Tags: Education, Sport, Soccer, United States, Higher Education, High School, Manhattan, Kim, Cleveland, Local News, Scholarships, Fairfax, Los Angeles County, CSU, Valencia Valencia, Cerritos


Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Sept. 17-24

  Joseph Cibere’s “Mountain Mist” watercolor. The artist and watercolor teacher gives an online art demonstration on Sept. 21. (Photo courtesy of Joseph Cibere)     Take a chance on cultural and educational experiences, Sept. 17-24.   EVENTS   Outside-In Tour of the Lanterman House: Docent-led tours of the historic bungalow-style house (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), 6 or 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and 24 and Oct. 1 and 8. Admission $5; $3 seniors and ages 12-18. Reservation...
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Man accused of San Fernando Valley sexual assaults of teens he met online

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — Authorities sought the public’s help Wednesday in finding possible additional victims of a man who has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting teens he met online. Princeton Bloome, 22, was arrested June 25 on suspicion of sexual assault and faces possible felony charges, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. “Bloome would seek out minor children online and pose as a 17-year-old,” an LAPD statement said. “He used false identities and fabricated stories about his...
Tags: News, Sexual Assault, Office, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Lapd, Ron Jeremy, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Police Department, CSUN, San Fernando Valley, Topanga, West Los Angeles, North Hollywood, Bloome


Firefighters battling blaze in Angeles National Forest as weather stays hot

Efforts were underway Monday, Sept. 7, to clear vegetation around a brush fire that burned some 1,800 acres near the Cogswell Dam in the Angeles National Forest, north of Azusa. The fire was reported at 12:22 p.m. Sunday near the dam and West Fork Day Use area, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher. The blaze was originally reported at about 10 acres, but the U.S. Forest Service updated the report, saying the fire — dubbed “Bobcat Fire” — had burned 1,800 acres “with a rap...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Fire, Sport, Soccer, U S Forest Service, Azusa, San Fernando Valley, Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


Bobcat Fire, north of Azusa, has burned nearly 5,000 acres

Efforts were underway Monday, Sept. 7, to clear vegetation around a brush fire that burned some 4,871 acres near the Cogswell Dam in the Angeles National Forest, north of Azusa. The fire was reported at 12:22 p.m. Sunday near the dam and West Fork Day Use area, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher. The blaze was originally reported at about 10 acres, but the U.S. Forest Service updated the report, saying the fire — dubbed “Bobcat Fire” — had burned 1,800 acres “with a rap...
Tags: News, Fire, Sport, Soccer, U S Forest Service, Azusa, San Fernando Valley, Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN


'Reign of terror': A summer of police violence in Los Angeles

Despite protests and a pandemic, law enforcement are killing people at a rate consistent with previous yearsLos Angeles police officers have continued to kill civilians at alarming rates and under questionable circumstances in the last three months, despite a summer of unprecedented activism and growing political pressure from lawmakers.Most recently, two deputies with the Los Angeles sheriff’s department (LASD) fatally shot a bicyclist, 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee, who was fleeing after officers t...
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Sign catches fire atop bank visible from 134 Freeway in North Hollywood area

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — An electrical fire broke out on the roof of the City National Bank building in North Hollywood Thursday night, but firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 30 minutes. The fire was reported at 8:48 p.m. on the roof of the eight-story building on the 4600 block of Lankershim Boulevard, near the 134 Freeway, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was caused by “an apparent electrical problem with the illuminated sign,” Prange said. A roo...
Tags: News, Fire, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Azusa, Victory Boulevard, City National Bank, Los Angeles Daily News, North Hollywood, Lankershim Boulevard, Prange, Top Stories LADN, Rick McClure, Radford Avenue


Man ordered to complete mental health treatment after pleading no contest to CSUN sexual assaults

SAN FERNANDO — A 28-year-old man pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges that he sexually battered two women at Cal State Northridge a day apart in November 2018. Peter Wei was ordered to complete a year in a residential mental health program, register as a sex offender for life, wear a GPS monitoring device for a year and serve five years on probation following his plea to two felony counts of sexual battery by restraint. A five-year state prison sentence that was suspended may be imposed if We...
Tags: News, Sexual Assault, Sport, Soccer, Ron Jeremy, Los Angeles County, San Fernando, CSUN, Wei, Cal State Northridge, North Hollywood, Top Stories OCR, Golden State Killer, Peter Wei, Crime and Public Safety, Myle Phan Both


Helpful big birds, CL-415 SuperScoopers, return to LA County for fire season

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby welcomed some proud birds back to Southern California on Wednesday, Sept. 3, as they swooped back in from Canada for the season. The agency’s annual media day at Van Nuys Airport spotlighted the return of the large yellow CL-415 SuperScoopers from Quebec, Canada, for the 2020 wildfire season. The 2 Canadian super scoopers are now inservice during a LA County fire dept press conference at Van Nuys airport Wednesday, Sept 2,2020. The two scoopers Que...
Tags: National Weather Service, News, California, Sport, Canada, Soccer, Wildfires, Chatsworth, Local News, Quebec, Lake, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Azusa, Quebec Canada, Woodland Hills


LA Police Commission clears detective in fatal Sherman Oaks shooting, but faults tactics

The Los Angeles Police Commission cleared a gang detective who shot a murder and robbery suspect to death in Sherman Oaks last year, but faulted officers for a confused and chaotic surveillance operation that may have led to the fatal confrontation. In its ruling, the four-member commission on Tuesday unanimously disapproved the plan to catch 22-year-old Lazzeri Frazier Jr. outside his apartment in the 5400 block of Kester Avenue on Oct. 16, 2019. But the panel OK’d the three fatal shots a detec...
Tags: News, Police, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Pasadena, Lapd, Moore, South Los Angeles, Frazier, Rodriguez, Sherman Oaks, Gardena, North Hollywood, Police Commission, Los Angeles Police Commission


L.A. County supervisors seek coroner’s inquest into deputy’s fatal shooting of 18-year-old near Gardena

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to ask the coroner to conduct an inquest into the June 18 death of 18-year-old Andres Guardado, who was shot by a deputy in the Gardena area, and indicated its plan to file suit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The board voted in favor of a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas that alleged the Sheriff’s Department had violated state law by failing to allow oversight of law enforcement inves...
Tags: Lawsuit, News, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Wisconsin, Pasadena, Vega, Bryant, Elisa, Sheriff s Office, Los Angeles Superior Court, South Los Angeles, Barger, HUNTSMAN


Goodbye, 80s: Triple-digit heat is coming to Southern California for Labor Day weekend

LOS ANGELES — A fearsome heat wave is heading to Southern California for Labor Day weekend, with temperatures expected to climb as high as 112 degrees in parts of Los Angeles County. The National Weather Service warned that dangerous heat and fire conditions would exist nearly everywhere in the county all weekend, and issued an excessive heat watch from Friday morning through Monday evening. Saturday and Sunday are shaping up to be the worst days, with highs of at least 111 degrees forecast for ...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, California, La, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Chatsworth, Local News, Orange County, Nws, Ucla, Southern California


Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies fatally shoot suspect near South Los Angeles

A Black man who allegedly punched a deputy and had a handgun was shot and killed by deputies Monday afternoon in the unincorporated Westmont area near South Los Angeles. The shooting occurred about 3:15 p.m. near West 109th Place and South Budlong Avenue, according to sheriff’s Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez. The man had been riding a bicycle when deputies attempted to stop him for code violations, Navarro-Suarez said. He left his bicycle and ran away but deputies caught up to him and a fight ens...
Tags: News, Sport, Soccer, Wisconsin, Pasadena, Local News, Westmont, South Los Angeles, South Central Los Angeles, Navarro, North Hollywood, Los Angeles Sheriff, Top Stories LADN, Officer-involved Shooting, LA County Sheriff's Department, Juanita Navarro Suarez


Protesters gather after deputies fatally shoot suspect near South Los Angeles

A Black man who allegedly punched a deputy and had a handgun was shot and killed by deputies Monday afternoon in the unincorporated Westmont area near South Los Angeles. A pretty large crowd is gathered at 109th and Budlong, the scene of a deadly deputy involved shooting today @BLMLA has called people to come out. Several @LASDHQ deputies are holding a line in front of the group as investigation continues. The latest on @CBSLA and #KCAL9 pic.twitter.com/1cVwVatrDC — Lesley Marin (@lesleymarin) ...
Tags: News, Sport, Soccer, Wisconsin, Pasadena, Local News, Los Angeles County, Westmont, South Los Angeles, South Central Los Angeles, Navarro, North Hollywood, Top Stories LADN, Officer-involved Shooting, LA County Sheriff's Department, Juanita Navarro Suarez


Alleged Valley rapist to stand trial in Topanga and North Hollywood cases

VAN NUYS — A man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in the Topanga area in 2018 and a 22-year-old woman in a North Hollywood parking garage last year was ordered to stand trial in both cases, the District Attorney’s Office announced Monday. Allen Dante Villarreal, 27, was held to answer Friday to allegations that he raped a woman after knocking her unconscious in March 2019. The defendant allegedly approached her as she was walking to her car, then got into the vehicle to attack her. After the...
Tags: News, Sexual Assault, Office, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Villarreal, Ron Jeremy, Topanga, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Encino, Top Stories LADN, Golden State Killer, Crime and Public Safety


Mother of late ‘ER’ actress files federal suit over daughter’s shooting

By FRED SHUSTER, City News Service The mother of an “ER” actress shot to death at her home during a confrontation with South Pasadena police in 2018 sued the city, its former chief of police and several officers late today in federal court, alleging civil rights violations. Vanessa Marquez, 49, lived in South Pasadena on Aug. 30, 2018, when a friend asked paramedics to check on her, according to Delia McElfresh’s Los Angeles federal court lawsuit. The paramedics brought South Pasadena police off...
Tags: News, Nbc, Police, Office, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Courts, George Clooney, Pasadena, Miller, Clooney, Los Angeles County, Vanessa, Los Angeles Superior Court


Victory Boulevard building catches fire in North Hollywood

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — A fire broke out in a three-story commercial building in North Hollywood Thursday night, but no injuries were reported. The fire, which was burning on the first floor and into the building’s elevator shaft, was reported about 9 p.m. on the 12100 block of Victory Boulevard, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard in the Valley Plaza area, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters were initially told a person may be trapped inside the building, but no one...
Tags: News, Fire, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Azusa, Victory Boulevard, Santa Cruz County, Los Angeles Daily News, North Hollywood, Bonny Doon, Valley Plaza, Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Prange, Top Stories LADN


The mystery of the bird poop caterpillar

Q: Have gardened most of my life but have never seen one of these characters. Caught him eating on my navel orange this morning. A: You sent a couple of good photos of a weird-looking caterpillar. I was stumped, as I had never seen one of these before, so I forwarded your photo to some folks at University of California. Monique Rivera at UC Riverside tells us that it looks like a bird poop caterpillar. The bird poop caterpillar, Papilio cresphontes, can be found in plain sight because it’s cleve...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Laura, Los Angeles County, MFA, San Bernardino County, UC Riverside, CalArts, North Hollywood, Lake Elsinore, Buena Park, Home + Garden


Triple-digit heat hitting some Southern California communities

LOS ANGELES — Two LA County Valleys again will swelter in triple-digit highs Thursday, and the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the region. Encino is forecast to hit 103 degrees and Palmdale and Lancaster 101. National Weather Service forecasters say that the weather LA County is experiencing this week is fairly typical August weather and not a heat wave, even though temperatures are above normal. The NWS Thursday morning issued a heat advisory that will be in effect from 11 a...
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LA County sheriff says deputies need to wear masks when they can, criticizes inspector general

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva blasted Inspector General Max Huntsman on Wednesday, two days after Huntsman reported to the County Board of Supervisors that sheriff’s deputies are failing to follow public health orders that require them to wear masks on the job. “It’s our concern too, the use of the masks. … We want to flatten the (coronavirus) curve obviously,” Villanueva said in a live online question- and-answer session with members of the public Wednesday. “Deputies...
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L.A. County sheriff says deputies need to wear masks when they can, criticizes inspector general

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva blasted Inspector General Max Huntsman on Wednesday, two days after Huntsman reported to the County Board of Supervisors that sheriff’s deputies are failing to follow public health orders that require them to wear masks on the job. “It’s our concern too, the use of the masks. … We want to flatten the (coronavirus) curve obviously,” Villanueva said in a live online question- and-answer session with members of the public Wednesday. “Deputies...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Protest, Police, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Long Beach, Assembly, East Los Angeles, Los Angeles Los Angeles County, HUNTSMAN, Sheriff s Department, North Hollywood


Protesters march for 3rd night in L.A., some clash with police

LOS ANGELES — Protests in downtown Los Angeles against police brutality turned violent late Wednesday night as demonstrators and officers clashed in the Third Street tunnel and an unknown number of arrests were made. Officers set up skirmish lines at both sides of the tunnel and corralled protesters, who began fighting with police in riot gear for a brief period before pulling back around 11:10 p.m. Prior to the tunnel clashes, some protesters dressed in all black vandalized the U.S. Bank Tower,...
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Pit bull killed in LAPD shooting at North Hollywood homeless encampment

A Los Angeles Police Department officer checking on an illegal dumping report at a homeless encampment in North Hollywood last week shot a pit bull to death when the dog emerged from underneath a camper, Chief Michel Moore said. The shooting happened at the encampment located somewhere on Farmdale Avenue at around 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 19, Moore said at the L.A. Police Commission meeting on Tuesday. Moore said the officer walked into the encampment and was attempting to make contact with someone in...
Tags: Crime, News, La, Police, Animals, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Lapd, Moore, Los Angeles Police Department, North Hollywood, Top Stories LADN, Officer-involved Shooting, Michel Moore, Crime + Public Safety


Amazon grocery stores are open for online sales, but no in-store shopping

Amazon is expanding its network of cashier-free grocery stores in Southern California but none have opened for in-store shopping. The company’s first-ever supermarket in Woodland Hills was announced last year and has been operating since April — but only for online sales. Additional stores in Northridge, Irvine and Naperville are also filling online orders, although they remain closed for walk-in customers. “No stores are currently open to the public,” Amazon spokeswoman Rachel Hass said via ema...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Business, New York, News, Whole Foods, Los Angeles, City, Sport, Soccer, Southern California, Vons, Kohl, Naperville, Orange County Register, Woodland Hills


California Unemployment Agency Not Answering 60% Of Calls

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s unemployment agency is not answering 60% of the calls it receives for help as the overwhelmed department struggles to work through a backlog of more than 1 million pending claims five months into the pandemic. Employment Development Department Director Sharon Hilliard told a panel of frustrated state lawmakers on Monday that the agency is on pace to have 3,700 people working in its call center by January, up from the 350 employees prior to the pandemic. Hil...
Tags: Crime, News, California, California News, San Francisco, Ap, Gavin Newsom, Richardson, Laguna Beach, Sacramento Calif, Hilliard, Employment Development Department, North Hollywood, Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, Government Operations Agency, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie Norris


Attorneys for homeless facing encampment sweeps: LA leaders ‘in contempt’ of judge’s order

A judge in April struck down a city code that allowed sanitation crews to cart away belongings stored in a public area, using the reason that those items are bulky. But attorneys representing homeless individuals and their advocates say the city is acting “in contempt” of that order by continuing to tell encampment residents that the rule is being enforced. Over the past two weeks, Los Angeles sanitation crews have posted notices telling homeless individuals living at encampments that they are p...
Tags: Health, Business, News, California, La, Government, Office, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, City Council, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, San Pedro


6 ways San Dimas rules in ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’

When actors Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves popped onscreen to address , it made perfect sense to anyone who’d ever seen “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” After all, as William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan in that 1989 movie, they were fictional students at that very real school. And the fact that they weren’t actually in San Dimas for the ceremonies was even more fitting, given that for all the San Dimas references in the Bill & Ted canon, the closest the filmmakers and prod...
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Coronavirus-triggered indoor ban angers Valley salons, but only a few are moving outside

Whipsawed by on-again, off-again health orders, the San Fernando Valley’s barber shops, hair stylists and nail salons are holding their breath until the coronavirus resurgence relents and they can do business in their shops  again. A pedestrian underpass to the Metro Red line in North Hollywood on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (Photo by David Crane Southern California News Group) A pedestrian underpass to the Metro Red line in North Hollywood on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (Photo by David Crane So...
Tags: Hollywood, California, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Venice, Lausd, Taylor, Denver, Barber, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area


Van Nuys shelters bring more ‘bridge’ beds to San Fernando Valley

Two more “A Bridge Home” shelters that provide temporary beds to people experiencing homelessness are opening this month in Van Nuys, bringing the total number of such facilities in the San Fernando Valley up to four. On Monday, Los Angeles Council President Nury Martinez, who represents the northeast Valley, joined Mayor Eric Garcetti to announce the opening of a temporary trailer shelter at an Orange Line Metro parking lot, at 14333 W. Aetna St. It will be operated by the Salvation Army. In ad...
Tags: News, Cdc, La, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, CalTrans, Eric Garcetti, Salvation Army, San Pedro, Valley, Martinez, Sun Valley


LA leaders, accused of failure to address homelessness, try to show progress to federal judge

A parade of top Los Angeles politicos appeared before a federal judge Friday, Aug, 7, to lay out their plans for creating cabin villages, shared housing programs, safe parking sites and other options for sheltering more than 6,000 unhoused Angelenos who could be relocated from encampments near freeways. The six-hour hearing, held in the chambers of the Los Angeles City Council, was the latest in an unusual series of hearings in this ongoing case, which has created some unprecedented public momen...
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