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Man found shot to death on Carson street |Sep 26, 2017

A man was found shot to death on a Carson street Tuesday morning, sheriff’s deputies said. Deputies found the man at Idabell Avenue and Fairhaven Street when they responded to a report of gunshots at 2:30 a.

LAPD officer charged with off-duty pistol-whipping in El Segundo |Sep 26, 2017

A Los Angeles police officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he pulled a gun on three people outside an El Segundo restaurant and struck one with the pistol, prosecutors said. Joseph William Rooney II, 33, made his first appearance before a judge in downtown Los Angeles to face four counts of assault with a firearm.

Father arrested with baby after allegedly shooting mother in San Pedro |Sep 26, 2017

A man who allegedly shot the mother of his child Tuesday in San Pedro was arrested a short time later holding their baby, police said. Officers responded to the shooting shortly before 9 a.m., when the woman ran into the Harbor Interfaith Services family shelter in the 600 block of 10th Street and told workers she had been shot, said Tahia Hayslet, executive director of Harbor Interfaith.

My Turn: How to be honest with your spouse and still preserve your marriage |Sep 26, 2017

My husband is basically incapable of lying. It’s the way he was raised and is both an amazing strength and, at times, an annoying weakness. I know I can always trust him and don’t have to worry about him getting involved with other women or sneaking out to party with the boys.

Parolee convicted of assault on Redondo Beach police officers |Sep 26, 2017

A parolee who was shot in Lawndale when he drove at high speed toward Redondo Beach police officers during an escape attempt— crashing head-on into a lieutenant’s car — has been convicted of offenses that could send him to prison for nearly 10 years, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Cal State Dominguez Hills president to retire next summer |Sep 26, 2017

Cal State Dominguez Hills President Willie J. Hagan will retire at the end of the school year after a five-year stint at the helm of the Carson campus, the university announced Tuesday. A search for his successor will begin in the next few months, officials said.

What happens if a lawyer yells at a judge? |Sep 26, 2017

Q The judge and one of the lawyers in our case clearly do not see eye to eye. The lawyer has told the judge in no uncertain terms he believes error is being made, and now has argued the judge should remove himself from the case.

Feds charge men with illegally trading protected living corals |Sep 26, 2017

A Gardena man is facing charges that he allegedly illegally traded live corals that are protected by an international treaty but are frequently used to decorate aquariums, authorities said Tuesday. Jose Torres, 42, was charged in a federal indictment issued Sept.

Waterfront high rises, cleaner industry and more in San Pedro’s community plan update |Sep 26, 2017

The long-awaited update for San Pedro’s community plan calls for greener and cleaner industry, taller commercial buildings in downtown near the waterfront and an expanded Vinegar Hill historic residential district.

Beating victim sues Dodgers, alleged Lunada Bay Boy |Sep 26, 2017

A Bakersfield man who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium two years ago is suing the baseball team and his alleged attackers, who are from Palos Verdes Estates.

These San Pedro burglars were caught on video breaking into homes |Sep 26, 2017

Los Angeles Harbor Division police detectives Tuesday said they need the public’s help to identify residential burglary suspects who were caught on camera during a series of crimes. The crimes occurred over the course of 11 days: • 3 p.

Shooting closes north 605 Freeway in Norwalk |Sep 25, 2017

NORWALK — A portion of the 605 Freeway was shut down today after a car-to-car shooting, authorities said. It was reported at 1:53 a.m. on the northbound 605 at Alondra Boulevard, said California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Nicholson.

Suicidal man who fired weapon surrenders to deputies in Rancho Palos Verdes |Sep 25, 2017

A 36-year-old convicted felon who chased his family out of their Rancho Palos Verdes house when he began firing a weapon inside was arrested nearby Monday after an hours-long standoff with sheriff’s deputies.

Cabin boat stripped, partially sinks near Port of Los Angeles |Sep 25, 2017

A 32-foot Uniflite cabin motor vessel — stripped of its engine, lights and transmission — was found sinking Monday morning about a mile-and-a-half offshore from the Port of Los Angeles, but no victims were found on board or in the water, authorities said.

‘Homeless but not hopeless’: A Los Angeles community has a message for you |Sep 25, 2017

An L.A. Daily News photographer spent a year making portraits of people struggling with homelessness and poverty across the county. Here’s what they have to say. •

Target will raise minimum hourly wage to $15 by the end of 2020 |Sep 25, 2017

NEW YORK >> Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage for workers to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020, a move it says will help it hire and keep the best employees and make shopping a better experience for customers.

Cal State Dominguez Hills applauds science, facility and college prep grants |Sep 25, 2017

Biology students at Cal State Dominguez Hills will soon be able to do their own DNA sequencing, seeing the molecular structures of plants, bacteria and other living things more closely than ever before.

Volunteer whale-watching training opens at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium |Sep 25, 2017

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s whale-watching naturalist training program kicks off on Oct. 3. The volunteer opportunity includes weekly Tuesday night trainings through March. Volunteers who graduate the training program will be placed on whale-watching boats to train viewers about local marine wildlife.

Reverse mortgage reforms create stampede among would-be borrowers |Sep 25, 2017

A rules change that will raise fees and reduce loan amounts for reverse mortgages apparently has created a nationwide rush to get new loans completed before the reforms take effect Monday, Oct. 2. Agencies providing financial counseling needed for such loans have been swamped, and a leading industry group has appealed for waivers and extensions so more borrowers will qualify under the old rules.

2 stabbed outside Hawthorne church festival |Sep 24, 2017

At least two people, possibly teenagers, were stabbed during a fight outside a festival at a church in Hawthorne, a county Fire Department dispatcher said Sunday. Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at 8:52 p.

Important California bills waiting for Governor Jerry Brown’s signature |Sep 24, 2017

State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said the 2017 session of the California Legislature was “the most productive and progressive legislative session in memory.” Hundreds of bills are on Gov.

Switzer Learning Center ready to shed its “best-kept secret’ reputation |Sep 24, 2017

Only at a fundraiser for the Switzer Learning Center could one take a ride on a mechanical bull, enjoy a bourbon cocktail with peach syrup garnished with thyme, and play blackjack with a dealer who in real life is a physician.

Beach Cities Health District to give virtual 3D tour of planned campus revamp |Sep 24, 2017

The Beach Cities Health District is gearing up to unveil plans for a long-envisioned revamp of its 11-acre campus in Redondo Beach. Next month, residents of the South Bay beach cities will get a virtual, 3D glimpse of conceptual plans to make over the Prospect Avenue campus with a senior living facility with up to 400 units and much-needed infrastructure upgrades to the district’s aging four-story medical building.

Southern California Boat Show expected to make a splash in its return to San Pedro |Sep 24, 2017

After organizers deemed last year’s inaugural event a success, the annual Southern California Boat Show will return to San Pedro this week. From the availability of parking to the marina setting, the Port of Los Angeles and San Pedro look to be a regular stop on the boat show tour that’s been a staple in Newport Beach and elsewhere for 45 years.

Catalina Island hopes to woo more visitors with 27 miles of new hiking trails |Sep 24, 2017

Visitors to Catalina Island have 27 miles of new options to leave Avalon behind and trek into the isle’s back country, thanks to a newly opened series of trails. The trails were added as part of Imagine Catalina, a multidecade project to preserve the island and promote conservation among visitors.

My Turn: Whether it streams or plays on VHS, ‘Toy Story’ offers timeless lessons |Sep 24, 2017

“Toy Story, Gampa.” It was about the 15th time during a 10-day stay with us that our 3-year-old granddaughter, Maci, had asked to see her now favorite movies. No longer able to tolerate “Trolls,” “Frozen,” and “Moana,” we ordered all three “Toy Story” movies for Maci’s entertainment.

The California missions school project is becoming a thing of the past. Here’s why |Sep 24, 2017

For decades, fourth-grade students in California have had one project that has taken over dining room tables, required piles of popsicle sticks and kept parents and kids up at night completing it: building a model of one of the 18th- and 19th-century Spanish missions in the state.

Ukelele in hand, singer-songwriter Aleyna Yim proves ‘South Bay’s Got Talent’ |Sep 24, 2017

Aleyna Yim charmed the judges with a self-penned song in a performance that was part pop, part rap and all confidence, winning Saturday night’s “South Bay’s Got Talent” competition at Torrance’s Armstrong Theater.

Man shot to death in front of Gardena apartment identified |Sep 23, 2017

GARDENA >> Authorities Saturday identified a man who was shot and killed in front of a Gardena apartment complex.

DACA debate: Don’t call them ‘Dreamers,’ or pawns |Sep 23, 2017

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi smiled as she stood at a podium in San Francisco last week and described young, undocumented immigrants as “our VIPs.” But the House Democratic leader wasn’t even finished speaking when dozens of very loud young people walked in.

Home ownership will have to wait for this DACA recipient |Sep 23, 2017

Rodrigo Mendoza has worked full-time as a pipe layer for four years, enough to build up his credit to buy his first house. But becoming a homeowner will have to wait. Mendoza, 32, of Temecula, is a participant in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that has provided two-year renewable work permits and deportation relief to about 800,000 young immigrants nationwide.

Construction workers in California among highest-paid in the nation |Sep 23, 2017

Construction workers in California are among the highest paid in the nation, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fixr.com, an online website that provides cost guides, comparisons and other information for people looking to do remodeling or repair projects, crunched the Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers to create a state-by-state ranking of average hourly wages for workers in the industry.

Celebrate with classmates at South Bay/Harbor Area high school class reunions |Sep 23, 2017

• Carson High School: Carson High School winter and summer classes of 1967 and 1968, alumni and staff will have a 50-year reunion Oct. 21 at the Carson Community Center. For more information, call 661-259-5999 or visit reunioncommittee.

Witness to devastation: How 2 Rancho Palos Verdes residents rode out Hurricane Irma in an island hotel |Sep 23, 2017

Winds topping 100 mph battered the storm-windows on the St. Martin hotel room where Jeri Rodin and David Tanner hunkered down on their bed, watching as Hurricane Irma sliced across the island early this month.

San Pedro’s Highpark housing development delayed — again |Sep 23, 2017

More delays have pushed back house construction on San Pedro’s much-watched future housing site on 61.5 acres along Western Avenue. Permits and hookups for utilities and other infrastructure groundwork for

Earthquake potential for LA exceeds that assigned to 1994 Northridge quake, experts say |Sep 23, 2017

The Los Angeles region’s “earthquake potential score,” a gauge for assessing the likelihood of a destructive temblor, has surpassed the level assigned to the 6.7 magnitude Northridge Earthquake of 1994, according to a UC Davis professor.

Armed robbery, chase suspect arrested after hours-long standoff in Marina del Rey |Sep 22, 2017

An armed robbery suspect who led police on a chase Thursday in Marina del Rey before bailing out of his vehicle and running into an apartment building was arrested after a nearly six-hour standoff. The chase began about 1:25 p.

Woman shot to death in Inglewood is identified |Sep 22, 2017

INGLEWOOD — A woman who was shot to death in Inglewood was identified by the coroner’s office today. The shooting was reported at 2:20 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Victor Avenue, said Inglewood police Sgt.

Scott Dekraai, Orange County’s worst mass killer, gets life without parole for eight Seal Beach murders |Sep 22, 2017

Scott Evans Dekraai, who pleaded guilty to the worst mass killing in Orange County history, will serve eight terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole, one term for each of his victims.

Shark detection device that gives lifeguards early warning gets test |Sep 22, 2017

There’s a growing threat along Southern California’s coastline, and officials want to arm themselves with advanced technology that could save lives. It’s not a threat of a nuclear strike that officials gathered to discuss, Friday, Sept.

A 7-year-old discovers golf — and a link to a grandpa he’s never known |Sep 22, 2017

When I was in kindergarten, my dad brought home a set of golf clubs no longer than this open newspaper to indoctrinate me into his beloved sport. The clubs were, in a sense, a graduation. I was already spending my weekends tagging along at the golf course, fetching wayward balls, chasing ducks off the green, illegally driving the golf cart from one hole to the next.

Toyota campus sale pending, Torrance mayor announces in annual address |Sep 22, 2017

Torrance Mayor Pat Furey announced Friday that Toyota’s vast campus, which the automotive giant is largely vacating this year to move to Texas, has been purchased by an unidentified buyer. “Did anybody notice anyone in the room sweating?” he deadpanned at the annual State of the City address sponsored by the local chamber of commerce.

How El Segundo’s Aerospace Corp. is working to prevent ‘space junk’ collisions |Sep 22, 2017

When blackened tanks from a Hawthorne-made SpaceX Falcon 9 second-stage rocket accidentally rained down onto an Indonesian island last year, the nation got a palpable encounter with a problem known as “space junk.

See inside Prophets of Rage’s performance at a Long Beach record store |Sep 22, 2017

On the heels of the release of the self-titled debut from Prophets of Rage, the supergroup played a sold-out in-store performance at Long Beach’s Fingerprints Records Friday, Sept. 22.

Woman shot to death in Inglewood |Sep 21, 2017

INGLEWOOD — A woman was shot to death this morning in Inglewood. The shooting was reported at 2:20 a.m. in the 800 block of Victor Avenue, said Inglewood police Sgt. Geoffrey Meeks. The woman died at the scene, he said.

Our phones are now working again after power outage |Sep 21, 2017

Our phone systems are working again after they were knocked out this morning by a power outage.

Hermosa Beach City Council candidates to debate the issues |Sep 21, 2017

By Sandy Mazza amazza@scng.com @sandymazza on Twitter Candidates in the Hermosa Beach City Council election on Nov. 7 will debate the city’s most pressing issues in a forum on Wednesday.

5 South Bay restaurants, 1 food vendor reopen after health inspection closures |Sep 21, 2017

Here is a list of restaurants and food vendors closed or allowed to reopen by the county Department of Health Services for the week ending Sept. 16: • La Pastta Italian Cuisine Location: 1318 Sepulveda Blvd.

Northbound 405 Freeway connector to eastbound 105 to close through winter |Sep 21, 2017

By staff reports The northbound 405 Freeway connector to the eastbound 105 Freeway near Hawthorne will be closed Wednesday as part of a long-term roadway and embankment repair project that will continue through the winter, according to Caltrans.

Here’s why the iconic Mermaid bar suddenly closed in Hermosa Beach |Sep 21, 2017

The Mermaid, an iconic “dive bar” at the end of Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach, closed its doors just after Labor Day weekend with little fanfare. CEO Kevin Michaels of Killer Shrimp, which merged with The Mermaid in January, blamed the “last-minute business decision” on a few factors — high rent, an increase in employee wages and the city’s “inability to let us do anything.