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Van plows into Barcelona crowd in attack; media say 13 dead

By Joseph Wilson The Associated Press|

Trump decries monument removals — ‘history ripped apart,’ he says

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump bitingly decried the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons Thursday, declaring the nation is seeing “the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart.”

By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press|

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  • Immigration

    Southern California immigrant rights organizers say they’re familiar with white supremacist hatred

    Immigrant rights activists say what happened in Charlottesville is a wake-up call for people to condemn white supremacy in their communities. “If you want to end white supremacy, let’s start in our backyard,” said Javier Hernandez, director of the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Hernandez said the level of hate he saw in Charlottesville, Virginia — where three people died over the weekend when a large gathering of white nationalists and...

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  • Trials

    Jury to begin deliberations in Loredana Nesci slaying case

    The fate of a Redondo Beach man charged with killing his girlfriend — reality TV show attorney Loredana Nesci — was handed to a jury late Wednesday in Torrance Superior Court. Jurors received the case following closing arguments from the prosecutor and defense attorney that took most of the day in Judge Mark Arnold’s courtroom. The panel will begin deliberating Thursday to decide whether Robert Brian Reagan is guilty of one count of murder for the July 22, 2015,...

    Larry Altman
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  • New residential construction

    Redondo Beach adopts temporary ban on controversial mixed-use projects

    After years of mounting opposition to dense housing and retail projects in south Redondo Beach, city leaders have slapped a temporary ban on mixed-use development that could be extended up to two years. The 45-day moratorium was approved unanimously Tuesday by the City Council, earning a standing ovation from activists who have been fighting a trend they fear will dramatically reshape their neighborhoods. It was

    Megan Barnes
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  • Crime News

    Police log: Harbor Area crime reports

    SAN PEDRO Shots fired: 4-5 a.m. July 30, 21st Street and Pacific Avenue. Someone pointed a gun at the victim, yelled out a gang name and shot several rounds, striking the victim. The victim’s condition was not given. Shots fired: 10:05 p.m. Aug. 3, Eighth Street and Walker Avenue. Someone fired six rounds at the victim, striking him once and fled in a vehicle. The victim’s condition was not given. Shots fired: 10:30 p.m. Aug. 6, Mesa and Second...

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  • Real Estate

    Rent burden in Los Angeles, Orange County ranked nation’s worst; Inland Empire 17th highest

    The rent check hurts in Southern California. The typical renter in Los Angeles and Orange counties started 2017 paying the nation’s biggest slice of their household income to the landlord, while Inland Empire tenants had the 17th highest rent burden. That’s according to online property tracker Zillow’s measurement of rent affordability. These analysts compare local rents with typical wages. I tossed their data into my trusty spreadsheet to find how...

    By Jonathan Lansner|

  • Vandalism

    San Clemente to lock all city bathrooms west of I-5 overnight

    SAN CLEMENTE >> Blaming vandalism and criminal activity, the city plans to close and lock nearly all public bathrooms it owns west of I-5. The City Council, on a 5-0 vote at its Aug. 15 meeting, ordered overnight closures of all restrooms west of I-5 in city parks and on the city’s beaches. Public restrooms located in city parks inland of the freeway will remain open all night. Council members agreed to spend $50,000 to equip restrooms west of I-5 with a lockable...

    By Fred Swegles fswegles@scng.com @newssanclemente on Twitter|

  • Musical theater

    Here’s who won $10 ‘Hamilton’ tickets at today’s #Ham4Ham event

    Daisy Aparicio couldn’t believe her luck. The 18-year-old Whittier teen, who wore a red heart that read “I Love LMM” on her left cheek, not only got to meet Lin-Manuel Miranda outside the Hollywood Pantages Theatre before Wednesday’s “Hamilton” ticket lottery and surprise performance, but she was the first name pulled in the $10 front-row seat lottery sale. “It’s just a complete honor,” she said, scrolling through...

    Sandra Barrera
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  • Transportation safety

    Body scanners screen passengers on Metro’s Red Line subway in LA

    LOS ANGELES >> Aiming to stay ahead of an evolving threat against transit systems worldwide, officials in Los Angeles are testing airport-style body scanners that screen subway passengers for firearms and explosives. As commuters raced to get on their trains Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a two-day pilot program. But officials quickly experienced a hiccup when a scanner being demonstrated Wednesday morning at Union Station...

    By Michael Balsamo Associated Press|

  • Agriculture

    Avocado shortage: A perfect storm of problems is causing a surge in prices

    It wouldn’t be late summer without a surge in avocado prices. But don’t panic just yet. Trendy avocado toast and guacamole are not expected to disappear from your favorite restaurant. The shortage comes as California supplies are drastically low, triggering demand for avocados from Mexico and Peru. But imports have been inconsistent. With the California season winding down, the industry is facing a perfect storm. “The avocado market is crazy right...

    Nancy Luna
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  • Musical theater

    Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of ‘Hamilton’ perform outside the Pantages in Hollywood

    The musical juggernaut, “Hamilton,” is hosting its opening night tonight at the Pantages in Hollywood and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda stopped by Los Angeles for an iconic Ham4Ham. Cast and other guests joined Lin-Manuel onstage before they announced the Ham4Ham lottery ticket winners. They gave fans a little musical surprise and gave California some love with a fitting mashup. And, of course, fans joined in and sang tracks from the musical...

    Maria Cavassuto Los Angeles Daily News|

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