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Home for Good announces $213 million in grants to fight homelessness

A coalition of businesses and foundations announced Wednesday the awarding of nearly $213 million in grants to two dozen social service agencies in hopes of providing housing for at least 1,400 homeless people in the region for as long as 15 years.

Going ‘green’

Ninth District alleys will become pedestrian friendly

The Los Angeles City Council signed off this week on a plan to redefine two alleys in South Los Angeles as pedestrian areas.

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LAPD inspector general seeks witnesses in Ezell Ford shooting

The Los Angeles Police Department’s inspector general issued a call Tuesday for witnesses of the fatal police shooting of Ezell Ford in South Los Angeles to come forward.

At least four killed in Labor Day shootings

Some may have been gang-related

At least four people were killed in South Los Angeles in a series of Labor Day shootings that also left several victims wounded, police said Tuesday.

Little convicted of three murders

Sentencing scheduled for Sept. 25

A 74-year-old man was convicted Tuesday of three counts of first-degree murder for killing three women in the Los Angeles area in the 1980s.

Palmdale couple to be arraigned for toddler’s beating

A Palmdale woman and her boyfriend are set to be arraigned next month on charges stemming from the beating of her 22-month-old son.

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What really happened to Josh Shaw’s ankles?

USC player admits ‘hero’ story was a lie

USC football senior cornerback Josh Shaw admitted Wednesday he fabricated a story about injuring his ankles by leaping from a second-floor balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew from a swimming pool.

Black producer detained for six hours for mistaken identity

Suspected of armed bank robbery

Beverly Hills police apologized Wednesday for handcuffing and holding for about six hours a Black television/movie producer on suspicion of armed robbery.

CHP beating investigation sent to District Attorney’s Office

The California Highway Patrol announced Wednesday it has forwarded its investigation into the beating of a 51-year-old homeless woman by an officer alongside the Santa Monica (10) Freeway to the District Attorney’s Office, and the probe outlines “potentially serious charges” against the officer.

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Retired administrator wins school board special election

McKenna embarks on next ‘educational’ experience

Retired Los Angeles Unified School District administrator George McKenna is pledging to “help every student reach their God-given potential and give every teacher the support they need to fulfill their calling to education” as the newest member of the district’s Board of Education.

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LAPD Chief Beck accepts second term

Tenure will extend another five years

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck was re-appointed Tuesday by the city Police Commission and will serve another five years as head of the department.

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Byron Scott named new Lakers coach

Byron Scott was introduced this week as the Los Angeles Lakers new coach, returning to the team he played with for 11 seasons, including as the starting shooting guard on three NBA championship teams in the 1980s.

Man involved in Lancaster shooting death sentenced

Main suspect still at large

The last of three men convicted of second-degree murder for their involvement in a street brawl that led to a man’s shooting death in Lancaster was sentenced Thursday to 17 years to life in prison.

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Beach themed block party planned

The city of Santa Clarita prepares to kick off its 2014 Summer Bash block party on Friday, July 25 from 6-10 p.m. in a new Canyon Country location at Luther Driver between Soledad Canyon Road and Mandan Street.

Adopt-a-Plane program in service at airpark tomorrow

Dozens of volunteers will descend upon the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. to take part in Palmdale’s Adopt-a-Plane program.

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‘Pillowcase Rapist’ released near Palmdale

Plans in place to insure public safety

The so-called “Pillowcase Rapist,” who admitted raping 40 women between 1971 and 1982, was released Wednesday to a home in an unincorporated area near Palmdale.

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AEG moves to the Desmond

International sports and entertainment company AEG announced Wednesday it is consolidating some of its Los Angeles-based operations by leasing a historic former warehouse near downtown’s L.A. Live complex.

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Landowners are auctioning ‘water banks’

Money needed to pay bills

The state drought has taken its toll the past three years on everything from fallowed fields, to dry lawns and increased water bills. Now a few landowners in the Central Valley are selling the rights to their water holdings—some claims dating back 100 years—in order to pay bills.

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Supreme Court sides with employers over birth control

Decision may jeoparize access for millions of women

A ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court that family owned corporations do not need to offer insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act will jeopardize access to birth control for millions of women, an executive with Planned Parenthood Los Angeles said.

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Michael Jackson’s legacy honored five years later

Heaps of flowers were piled outside the mausoleum where Michael Jackson is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Glendale Wednesday, as fans worldwide marked the fifth anniversary of the singer’s death due to an overdose of a powerful anesthetic he used to battle insomnia.

Proposed voter ID law fails

An initiative that would have required voters to show government-issued photo identification to have their ballot counted has failed to qualify for the November ballot, the Secretary of State’s Office announced this week.

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Cedars-Sinai to train Black barbers in hypertension detection

The head of Cedars-Sinai’s hypertension center will use an $8.5 million grant to help train Black barbers to check men for high blood pressure, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced Wednesday.

Sterling agrees to sell Clippers

Drops lawsuit against NBA

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will sign off on the proposed $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and will drop the lawsuit he filed against the NBA alleging he was forced being forced to unload the franchise, his attorney said Wednesday.

Mayor’s ‘Great Streets’ initiative gives city needed makeovers

All 15 council district to recieve improvements

Mayor Eric Garcetti has officially announced the first 15 Los Angeles streets that will undergo a makeover under his Great Streets urban renewal program.

Appeals courts agrees to throw out Palmdale’s Nov. 5 election results

An appeals court has upheld a judge’s decision to throw out the results of Palmdale’s Nov. 5 City Council election, saying it disenfranchised Latino and African American voters.

Lancaster man convicted of kidnapping, sexual assault

A man was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl who was grabbed by her ponytail while walking to school in Lancaster about a year and a half ago.

Palmdale residents fight ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ release

Christopher Hubbart admitted to raping more than 40 women

A handful of residents on Wednesday decried the proposed release of the “Pillowcase Rapist”— who admitted raping about 40 women between 1971 and 1982—in the Palmdale area.

Mother kills her three daughters

A mother killed her three children at a home in an unincorporated area near Carson Tuesday and was taken into custody, according to the sheriff's department.

Board of Supervisors urged to make healthcare commitment

nMore than 200 rallied for the uninsured and undocumented

More than 200 community activists this week urged the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to commit $150 million to healthcare for uninsured and undocumented residents.

Metro Purple Line recieves $2.1 billion in funds for extension

Train route will expand from Downtown L.A. to Beverly Hills

On Wednesday The Obama administration announced $2.1 billion in federal grant and loan agreements to help build the 3.9-mile Westside Purple Line Extension from downtown Los Angeles to Beverly Hills.

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Would you live in a house made of urine and bacteria? It's a surprisingly good idea

New bio bricks offer flame, UV, and water resistance without adding any chemicals

Peter Trimble found his formula through trial and error. A design student at the University of Edinburgh, he was aiming to produce an artistic exhibition for a module on sustainability, when he stumbled on "Dupe," a living alternative to concrete.

Man ordered to stand trial in girlfriend’s sword killing

A man who allegedly killed his girlfriend with a sword in front of her four children in Lancaster nearly six years ago was ordered Thursday to stand trial.

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Airplane diverts after windshield cracks

A Friday flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles diverted to Albuquerque

A cracked windshield was not part of traveler Jennifer Squires' flight plan when she boarded a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles on Saturday, May 3.

Fire Department on the verge of major overhaul

Outside consulting firm lays out blurprint for change

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday set into motion an overhaul of the fire department, instructing city staffers to study dividing the city into bureaus and revamping its disciplinary process, among other things. City staffers were directed pick up where a $500,000 report by PA Consulting left off.

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Supreme Court refuses to review ban on sex offenders in parks

The state Supreme Court refused Thursday to review an appellate court's ruling, striking down a ban on registered sex offenders in parks in 15 Orange County cities and similar prohibitions in 30 cities statewide.

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Astronomers discover new planet

Kepler-186f is the same size as Earth and may be habitable

Astronomers using the Jet Propulsion Laboratory-developed Kepler Space Telescope have discovered the first planet that is about the same size of Earth and orbits a star within the “habitable” zone, NASA officials announced this week.

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Rapper Andre Johnson severs penis, jumps off building, but survives

  NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif - A 40-year-old rapper known as “Christ Bearer” sliced off his penis and jumped from the second-floor balcony of his North Hollywood apartment today, but survived what was believed to be a suicide attempt.

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New market opens in South L.A.

Northgate Gonzalez market is expected to provide nearly 200 jobs

A Latino market that opened in South Los Angeles Monday is providing fresh produce and nearly 200 jobs, including one for a young man hired as a bag boy who hopes to work his way up

Investigation continues in Humboldt tour bus collision

Names of all deceased released

The probe into last Thursday’s fiery bus-big rig collision on Interstate 5 was focused in Los Angeles this week, where federal investigators planned to interview witnesses and meet with the owners of the bus that carried nine of the 10 people killed in the collision.

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Mayor’s new budget proposal emphasizes ‘back-to-basics’ agenda

Proposal includes extending library hours, hiring law enforcement, and fixing city streets

Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled an $8.1 billion budget proposal this week that includes money for expanding library hours, hiring more firefighters and code enforcement officers, and fixing deteriorated city streets and sidewalks.

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Jay-Z brings new music festival to Grand Park

Two-day event is slated for Labor Day weekend

Mayor Eric Garcetti and other Los Angeles leaders took turns quoting lyrics by rapper Jay-Z Wednesday as the music star joined them outside City Hall to announce a two-day music festival to be held at downtown’s Grand Park this Labor Day weekend

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Ten killed in bus trip to Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University’s president and the California State University chancellor both offered condolences today to relatives and families of students who were killed or injured in a bus crash in Northern California, but both said they hope to continue the program of busing students to visit the college campus.

Detectives honored in soccer team molestation case

Renoir Valenti faces 150 years to life

Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives and a prosecutor were honored Wednesday for their work with victims of a soccer coach convicted of child molestation in a case involving 15 young boys and one girl.

LAPD officer’s shooting could have had more victims, reports say

Suspect reportedly unsuccessfully applied to the department

The 29-year-old man who shot a police officer in the lobby of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division and took aim at the officer’s partner intended to shoot other people at the police complex as well, it was reported this week.

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Things to Know for your New day

A mighty quake rocks Chile. A convicted spy could go free. And Obama moves on to his next fight.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said good night, then drifted off over the darkened seas, somehow bypassing that vast spiderweb of modern technology that catches every move of worldwide aviation. Yet, high technology seems the only way of tracking down where on Earth the plane ended up.

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Landslide toll rises to 27 as searchers battle muck, standing water

wenty-two people still are missing, authorities said

Among the mounds of mud and ripped-down trees, you see an occasional appliance, a tire here and there, the twisted cables that used to be part of the telephone system. What you don't see are homes.

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Wisconsin Defeats Arizona in Overtime for Berth in Final Four

ANAHEIM, Calif., - Frank Kaminsky scored six of his 28 points in overtime and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds leading Wisconsin to a 64-63 victory over Arizona in the West Region final today at the Honda Center.

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Legacy Academy teacher arrested

Suspect alledgely had innappropriate contact with student

A 35-year-old teacher at Legacy Academy School in Valencia was arrested Thursday for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a student.

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War affects children in unforeseen ways

More than 2 million children have been separated from a parent during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars

When Melissa Seligman's husband left on his second deployment to Iraq in 2005, their 2-year-old daughter began banging her head on the floor. The Army wife tried to rock the girl, sing to her. With a newborn to care for, too, sometimes all Melissa could do was quickly slide her hand between the toddler's head and the floor.

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County Honors Olympic Luger Kate Hansen

Olympic luger Kate Hansen of La Canada was honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today for her participation in the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.