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Lackey seeks more focus on mental illness training

Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) wants to foster a better assessment of the mentally ill by law enforcement. Consequenty, he’s working with Assemblyman Melissa Melendez of the 67th District (western Riverside County) to secure $15.7 million in funding to train front-line ...

Supervisor Barger wants rocket plant cleaned up

The Board of Supervisors this week joined Ventura County and the city of Los Angeles officials in pressing for a full clean-up of a contaminated site once used for developing rocket engines and nuclear reactors in Simi Valley. The Santa ...

Guilty plea in sword killing

An actor who appeared in the children’s television series “Power Rangers Samurai” has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for his roommate’s stabbing death just over two years ago.

Convictions upheld in 2013 murder of 7-year-old girl

A state appeals court panel this week upheld the convictions of two brothers for the September 2013 car-to-car shooting in Palmdale that fatally wounded a 7-year-old girl. In a ruling Monday, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of ...

Kimberly Ellis says California Democratic Party needs new blood

When former Labor Sec. Tom Perez defeated Rep. Keith Ellison in the race to head the Democratic National Committee, it was seen as another defeat for progressives. (Perez later named Ellison deputy chair.) Some progressives are still seething over the ...

Homeless service center opens

Mayor Eric Garcetti, county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and other officials were on hand this week for the grand opening of a service center in South Los Angeles aimed at helping the homeless. The Broadway Manchester Service Center is located in ...

Officer assault conviction upheld after death of South LA woman

A three-judge appeals court panel this week affirmed the felony assault conviction of a veteran Los Angeles policewoman who kicked and shoved a handcuffed female arrestee who died shortly afterward. Mary O’Callaghan, 51, was sentenced on July 23, 2015, to ...

Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca convicted in federal corruption retrial

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted Wednesday of three federal charges for orchestrating a scheme to thwart an FBI investigation into inmate mistreatment in the jails he ran and of lying to the bureau. Jurors reached the ...

Banks to host ‘America’s Got Talent’

NBC announced this week that Tyra Banks will host its long-running summer hit talent competition “America’s Got Talent,” replacing Nick Cannon, the host for the past eight seasons. “Since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with grandiose acts ...

Sandra Brown named acting U.S. Attorney for seven-county Central District

Sandra R. Brown has been named the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, making her the top federal law enforcement official in the most populous federal district in the nation, it was announced this week. Brown took ...

Ben Carson sworn-in as Trump’s only Black cabinet pick

The swearing-in of all the primary members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet is just about complete. Most of Trump’s cabinet—from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross—are rich, White and male. On Thursday, March 2, retired neurosurgeon Dr. ...

Proposed Tax On Services Could Hurt Small Business Owners

A proposed state bill designed to restructure California’s tax system could end up hurting small businesses. Senate Bill 640, which was introduced by State Sen. Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles,) would raise taxes on services such as haircuts, and beauty ...

Apply for festival vending

Applications are being accepted for commercial vendors at the 26th Annual California Poppy Festival scheduled April 22-23 at Lancaster’s newly renamed Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park.

‘The Big One’ continues to loom

Southern California could be overdue for a major earthquake along the Grapevine north of Los Angeles, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. The research found earthquakes happen there on average every 100 years, the Los Angeles ...

Disturbance at 24 Hour Fitness ends with deputy involved shooting

A man in his 40s was mortally wounded by deputy gunfire in the Ladera Heights area, authorities said. The shooting occurred at 11:05 p.m. Tuesday in the 5000 block of Slauson Avenue, said Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff’s Information ...