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Walmart temporarily closes Orange store for COVID-19 sanitizing

Walmart temporarily closed its Orange store for COVID-19 sanitizing Monday, marking the company’s ninth such closure in recent days. The store, at at 2300 N. Tustin St., closed at 2 p.m. and is scheduled to reopen at at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20. The downtime will give workers time to restock shelves and allow third-party cleaning crews to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building to guard against the spread of coronavirus. Stores like Walmart are typically closed when employees test positive o...
Tags: Business, News, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Consumers, Huntington Beach, Torrance, Centers for Disease Control, San Clemente, South Gate, Sam s Club, California Department of Public Health, Tustin, Flickinger


Black Angus Steakhouse locations prepare for Valentine’s Day

Black Angus Steakhouse has begun reopening some of the restaurants it temporarily closed in December and is preparing for Valentine’s Day. Two locations in Orange County have reopened for takeout and delivery this week, according to the Sherman Oaks-based chain. Fountain Valley: 17920 Brookhurst St., 714-968-4477 Santa Ana: 1350 N. Tustin Ave., 714-558-3057 Restaurants have also reopened in Bakersfield, El Cajon, Chula Vista, and Citrus Heights. Black Angus temporarily closed more than half of i...
Tags: Restaurants, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Porto, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Southern California, Torrance, Santa Ana, San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks, Nat, Tustin, Fountain Valley, Angus Steakhouse


Black Angus Steakhouse locations reopen in Fountain Valley and Santa Ana

Black Angus Steakhouse has begun reopening some of the restaurants it temporarily closed in December and is preparing for Valentine’s Day. Two locations in Orange County have reopened for takeout and delivery this week, according to the Sherman Oaks-based chain. Fountain Valley: 17920 Brookhurst St., 714-968-4477 Santa Ana: 1350 N. Tustin Ave., 714-558-3057 Restaurants have also reopened in Bakersfield, El Cajon, Chula Vista, and Citrus Heights. Black Angus temporarily closed more than half of i...
Tags: Restaurants, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Valentine, Southern California, Torrance, Santa Ana, San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks, Tustin, Fountain Valley, Angus Steakhouse, Black Angus Steakhouse


Walmart temporarily closes its Long Beach supercenter for COVID-19 sanitizing

In a move that has almost become routine, Walmart temporarily shuttered a supercenter in Long Beach on Thursday so third-party crews can clean and sanitize the building to guard against the spread of COVID-19. The store, at 7250 Carson Blvd., closed at 2 p.m. Thursday and will reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. This follows the temporary closure on Wednesday of a Downey Neighborhood Market, two supercenters in Torrance and Huntington Beach and a Sam’s Club in South Gate, also for COVID-19 sanit...
Tags: Business, News, California, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Sam, Huntington Beach, Torrance, Centers for Disease Control, San Clemente, South Gate, Sam s Club, California Department of Public Health, Top Stories LBPT


Why attorneys for Southern California schools blame victims for their own sexual abuse, bullying

When lawyers representing Moreno Valley Unified School District argued that 13-year-old Diego Stolz and his family were partly to blame for his death at the hands of two bullies, it wasn’t the first time such an argument was used — and likely won’t be the last. “I think it’s a disgusting strategy,” said lawyer Morgan Stewart, whose Irvine firm has sued districts whose defense attorneys have responded by blaming his clients for their alleged abuse. “It bothers me at a core level.” Lewis Brisbois ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Courts, Lausd, Smith, Southern California, Moreno Valley, Huntington Beach, Stewart, Kelly, Torrance, Carlos


Ambulances across Southern California feeling strain of coronavirus surge

Paramedics wait hours to drop off patients. Ambulances pass one hospital on their way to another. Some folks, fearing for their health, call 911 for help — only to hear their conditions are not serious enough for emergency transportation. The consequences of the surging coronavirus, catalyzed by holiday gatherings and pandemic fatigue, become more dire by the day. The pandemic has already sent thousands of Southern California families into mourning — and the death toll keeps climbing. Hospitals,...
Tags: News, California, Cdc, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Orange County, Orange, Riverside County, County, Southern California, Miller, Tuskegee, Inglewood, Los Angeles County


In parts of Southern California, a renewed focus on security at public buildings following Capitol siege

A Los Angeles city councilman said he plans to introduce a motion calling for an assessment of City Hall’s security after the siege on the U.S. Capitol provided a stark reminder that public buildings in Southern California also could be targeted for violence. Some cities and counties, citing a lack of current threats, said Thursday, Jan. 7, that they are not discussing increasing the fortification of their buildings, which include infrastructure such as water treatment and power plants. But offi...
Tags: News, Congress, California, Oregon, Police, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Pasadena, Seattle, Orange County, Donald Trump, Riverside County, Lapd, Southern California, City Hall


Jammed LA County hospitals get assistance with overtaxed oxygen-delivery systems

As the massive volume of COVID-19 patients continues to strain hospitals throughout Southern California, state and federal agencies are stepping in to assist facilities needing to provide oxygen to individuals with respiratory issues. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, Jan. 4, that the state has convened an oxygen task force and devised a five-part strategy for addressing the higher-than-usual demand for oxygen and related equipment. Among these strategies was the deployment of U.S. Army Corps of En...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Hospitals, Soccer, Fema, Community, Local News, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


Former USC great Paul Westphal dies at 70

NBA Hall of Famer and Torrance native Paul Westphal died Saturday at the age of 70 due to complications from a brain tumor. Westphal went to Aviation High in Redondo Beach, earning Mr. Basketball USA honors in 1968 before playing basketball at USC for three seasons from 1969-72. He was named to the All-Pac-8 first team in 1970 and 1971 and second-team All-Pac-8 in 1972. He also earned second-team All-American honors from the Associated Press in 1971 and the NABC in 1972. His No. 25 was retired b...
Tags: Boston, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, College sports, Associated Press, Seattle, Boston Celtics, Usc, New York Knicks, Phoenix, Suns, Bulls, Torrance, Springfield Mass


Here’s how Southern Californians would spend $600 vs. $2,000 stimulus payments

Daniel Jester, his wife and his four young kids have established a new tradition during the coronavirus pandemic: hanging laundry on a series of clothes lines he strung up behind their Riverside home. It’s not a quest to return to simpler times. It’s a necessity after their dryer broke several months ago. And since Jester was laid off in April from his full-time job as a production director for a studio in Los Angeles, money has been too tight to buy a new one. If Congress and President Donald T...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, Senate, Los Angeles, Georgia, Sport, Joe Biden, Economy, Soccer, House, Treasury, Long Beach, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Donald Trump


Conditions at LA County hospitals, already dire, likely to worsen

Overcrowded ICUs. Ambulances turned away. Creaky pipes struggling to deliver oxygen. Hospital beds in gift shops. Mobile morgues housing the ultimate victims of the coronavirus. The once-unthinkable has become an undeniable truth: Los Angeles County is facing death on a scale for which even the best medical training could not prepare you. “We are seeing death in a completely different light,” said Lindsey Baker, an intensive-care unit nurse at Torrance’s Providence Little Company of Mary Medical...
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Photos: Staff photographer Keith Birmingham shares his images of the year 2020

  Brandi Chastain (#6) tears off her uniform top and cheers after scoring the winning shootout goal for the U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer team at the Rose Bowl in 1999. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) USA’s players from left: Jullie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Brandi Chastain are seen during the medal ceremony after the gold medal women’s soccer game between USA and Brazil for the Athens 2004 Olympics at the Karaiskaki stadium in Athens, on Thursday A...
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Jet pack flier spotted off Palos Verdes Peninsula

RANCHO PALOS VERDES — Authorities are investigating another reported jet pack sighting, this time off the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Sling Pilot Academy, a Torrance-based flight school, posted footage on its Instagram account of the possible jet pack, which they said one of their instructors saw while flying at an altitude of about 3,000 feet near the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The video shows a figure flying above the ocean with Catalina Island in the background. It’s not clear in the vi...
Tags: News, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Faa, Aerospace, Los Angeles Times, Federal Aviation Administration, Catalina Island, Torrance, Los Angeles International Airport, China Airlines, Cudahy, City News Service


Judge denies Torrance, Long Beach tattoo shops challenge to health order

There will be no tattoos in Torrance and Long Beach in time for Christmas. A federal judge has rejected a legal challenge — led by the owner of a tattoo shop in Old Torrance shuttered under the latest state health orders intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus — that argued such parlors had a First Amendment right to remain open. Tiffany Garcia-Mitchell, owner of Black Raven Tattoo, along with the owners of tattoo shops in Long Beach and Thousand Oaks, had sought a temporary restraining o...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Government, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Lausd, Santa, Local News, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Garcia, Fischer, South Bay, Torrance


Holidays & Nights: Spreading some holiday cheer, even during the pandemic

Get updates on fun things to do for the holidays delivered to your inbox on Tuesdays with our Holidays & Nights newsletter. Sign up here.    Santa in the year of the coronavirus pandemic remains masked while posing for pictures at Galleria at Tyler in Riverside on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Many things about holidays this year are different because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. People who typically travel are staying at home; celebratio...
Tags: Holidays, Christmas, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Ap, Things To Do, Soccer, Grinch, Santa, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Riverside County, Mickey Mouse, Anaheim, Torrance


Torrance Benihana servers allege sexual harassment and say they were tricked into giving up tips

By BILL HETHERMAN | City News Service LOS ANGELES — More than a dozen servers at the Benihana restaurant in Torrance are suing the steakhouse chain, alleging a wide range of Labor Code violations as well as sexual harassment, sexual orientation discrimination and the misuse of tips for the benefit of cooks, court papers show. The complaint was filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Benihana National Corp., seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, as well as an injunctio...
Tags: Business, Lawsuit, News, Restaurants, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Benihana, Cohen, Torrance, Los Angeles Superior Court, City News Service, Hawthorne Boulevard, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


As LA County tops 600,000 cases, officials lift ban on indoor worship

As 13,756 new cases reported on Saturday, Dec. 19 pushed Los Angeles County’s total past the sad milestone of 600,000 since the pandemic began — public health officials announced they are modifying stay-home orders to allow for indoor and outdoor worship, in response to recent Supreme Court rulings. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported on Saturday that the Tournament of Roses was denied a special exemption from the state of California to allow a few hundred fans to attend the Rose Bowl on Ja...
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As LA County tops 600,000 coronavirus cases, officials lift ban on indoor worship

As 13,756 new cases reported on Saturday, Dec. 19 pushed Los Angeles County’s total past the sad milestone of 600,000 since the pandemic began — public health officials announced they are modifying stay-home orders to allow for indoor and outdoor worship, in response to recent Supreme Court rulings. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported on Saturday that the Tournament of Roses was denied a special exemption from the state of California to allow a few hundred fans to attend the Rose Bowl on Ja...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Medical, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Kaiser, Associated Press, Pfizer, Pasadena, Richard, Rand, Southern California, Providence, U S Supreme Court, Los Angeles County


‘Bursting at seams’: LA County COVID hospitalizations reach stunning 5,100; ICU index drops to 0%

Hospitals across Los Angeles County were being pushed to the brink on Thursday, Dec. 17, as the number of patients admitted with the coronavirus reached 5,100, based on a state dashboard that reports the number a daily earlier than the county. Southern California as a whole was down to 0% available ICU beds — a chilling metric that bottomed out Thursday after steadily declining  for more than a week — though hospitals were adapting with surge planning and increasing the number of patients that n...
Tags: News, California, US, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Fda, Pfizer, Santa, Pasadena, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Garcia, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, Torrance


Lawsuit alleges AYSO ignored child protection policies in sex abuse case

A lawsuit filed against the American Youth Soccer Association and U.S. Soccer, the nation’s two leading national governing bodies for the sport, alleges that AYSO enabled the sexual abuse of a young boy by ignoring the organization policies designed to protect players. The suit, filed in Riverside County Superior Court Wednesday on behalf of a Southern California boy, alleges that AYSO officials, including a local child and volunteer protection advocate and board member, were aware Stephen Morga...
Tags: News, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Joe, Southern California, Morgan, Torrance, AYSO, LA County, U S Soccer, Redlands, Getty Center, MENIFEE, Stephen Morgan


After another record coronavirus day for LA County, new coronavirus shutdown likely triggered

Los Angeles County, along with the rest of Southern California, will likely have to close salons, museums and tattoo shops, and impose further business restrictions sometime Sunday, after Southern California’s intensive-care bed capacity fell below 15% on Friday, Dec. 4, triggering a new statewide stay-at-home order on the same day the county once again broke its record for new single-day cases. Southern California’s intensive care unit bed capacity dipped to 13.1%, state health officials report...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Pfizer, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Torrance, Barger, LA County


Southern California, including LA County, falls below 15% ICU bed capacity threshold, triggers new coronavirus shutdown

Los Angeles County, along with the rest of Southern California, will have to close salons, museums and tattoo shops, and impose further business restrictions by Sunday afternoon, after Southern California’s intensive-care bed capacity fell below 15% on Friday, Dec. 4, triggering a new statewide stay-at-home order on the same day the county once again broke its record for new single-day cases. Southern California’s intensive care unit bed capacity dipped to 13.1%, state health officials reported ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Pfizer, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Torrance, Barger, LA County


L.A. County breaks coronavirus case record for third time this week

Los Angeles County reported 8,860 new coronavirus cases on Friday, Dec. 4, breaking for the third time this week the all-time high for cases reported in a single day — foreshadowing yet again a dark winter ahead in the relentless pandemic. An additional 60 deaths were also reported Friday, as the region braced for renewed stay-at-home orders dictated by the state based on intensive care unit bed capacity. As of 5:30 p.m. Friday, the state had not posted an updated index. A total of 7,842 people ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Pfizer, Disneyland, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Torrance, Barger


6 Cosmetic Dentistry Options to Enhance Your Smile

There is a common saying that says smiles are infectious. This is entirely true, as anyone would do whatever it takes to get a perfect smile. In fact, a study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry showed that most people would name a smile as a social asset. To achieve all these, you need perfect, shining, white teeth. Dr. Dana Samet offers cosmetic dentistry in Torrance to improve your appearance and confidence. Below are popular cosmetic dentistry procedures: 1. Teeth whitening This c...
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Hospitals activate surge plans as L.A. County heads into pandemic’s most dangerous days

Responding to “terrifying” coronavirus caseload numbers, hospitals throughout the region are activating their surge plans to keep pace with the outbreak, public health officials said Wednesday, Dec. 2. Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly said there was a real possibility the county could run out of intensive care unit beds in two to three weeks during Wednesday’s briefing, as the county reported 5,987 new cases and 40 associated deaths, bringing the county’s totals to 414,185 and 7,740,...
Tags: News, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Pfizer, Disneyland, Pasadena, Ucla, Inglewood, Torrance, Lawson, Arizona State, LA County, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Jeff Smith


New buildings part of $1.6 billion upgrade project at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center near Torrance

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center near Torrance, one of five trauma centers in Los Angeles County, has begun a $1.6 billion upgrade that will include a new 468,000-square-foot inpatient tower and 198,000-square-foot outpatient building, dramatically reshaping the antiquated facility and improving patient care. Demolition of World War II-era barracks on the hospital’s campus is already underway and the project is slated to be “substantially completed” by mid-2027. The improvement project was “much-neede...
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Body of missing El Camino College student found in shallow grave near Barstow

A South Los Angeles man who went missing in September after ending his shift at work was found dead in a shallow grave along the 15 Freeway north of Barstow, authorities said, ending a two-month public search spearheaded by his mother and other family members. Yajaira Hernandez received news from police Thursday, Nov. 19, that the body of her son, 21-year-old Juan Carlos Hernandez, had been found on Sunday, she said. Detectives also arrested two people in connection with Hernandez’ death, police...
Tags: Crime, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Usc, Joseph, Juan, Los Angeles County, Torrance, Barstow, South Los Angeles, Hernandez, Western Avenue, El Camino College


State auditor releases updated rankings of California cities’ fiscal health

The financial situation of cities around California generally seemed to be improving over the last few years, but the coronavirus pandemic has likely thrown a big wrench into their progress, according to new data from State Auditor Elaine Howle’s office. The auditor on Wednesday, Nov. 18, released an update to a dashboard of cities’ fiscal information that includes rankings of their financial health. First launched last year, the dashboard evaluates cities on criteria including how much they owe...
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White security guard says Rancho Palos Verdes’ Terranea Resort fired him for complaining about Latino racism

By BILL HETHERMAN | City News Service TORRANCE — A white security guard is suing an upscale hotel in Rancho Palos Verdes, alleging he was fired in July for complaining about discrimination and racially charged remarks from Latino colleagues, including “I don’t like white people.” Craig Bruss’ Torrance Superior Court lawsuit allegations against the Terranea Resort include wrongful termination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, racial discrimination and harassment, retaliation and negl...
Tags: Business, Lawsuit, News, La, California News, Sport, Soccer, Social Justice, San Pedro, Torrance, Whittier, City News Service, Rancho Palos Verdes, Terranea Resort, Terranea, Bruss


Gascón plans to reopen 4 police shooting investigations for review upon taking over as district attorney

Four cases of fatal police shootings in Los Angeles County are on track to be reopened for review after George Gascón won election over incumbent Jackie Lacey to be the next District Attorney. Gascón, who ran on a platform of justice reform, announced his intention to reopen the cases should he win election in November. Lacey, who was L.A. County’s first female and first Black district attorney, conceded the race last week. In Los Angeles County, any time a law enforcement officer uses force, an...
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