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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 fr...

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  • Economy

    Southern California rent costs soaring twice as fast as inflation

    The cost of renting one’s residence in Southern California has doubled in 17 years — a jump practically twice as fast as the overall cost of living, according to the regional Consumer Price Index. Since the turn of the century to July, this measurement of local rents is up 102 percent vs. a gain of 53 percent for the overall CPI for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Nationwide, rent costs rose 72 percent in the same...

    By JONATHAN LANSNER jlansner@scng.com|

  • Theater

    ‘Hamilton’ brings the revolution to LA: Our opening night review of the award-winning musical at the Pantages

    Anyone in the vicinity of the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday afternoon got the message, big time: the “Hamilton” juggernaut has hit Southern California. Hours before the monster-hit musical’s official local debut, its creator and Broadway leading man, Lin-Manuel Miranda, sang for a huge, excited crowd in front of the venue in what’s called #Ham4Ham, a ticket lottery and impromptu performance that’s been a regular feature of the show. The line-up for...

    By Paul Hodgins phodgins@scng.com @octheaterguy on Twitter|

  • Politics

    Why is LA Mayor Eric Garcetti campaigning in New Hampshire?

    LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti will be in New Hampshire Aug. 28 to campaign for Manchester mayoral candidate Joyce Craig, according to reports published today. New Hampshire is the site of the nation’s first presidential primary. Garcetti has not ruled out a run for president, but has not declared himself a candidate either while remaining coy about his political future. Garcetti’s visit to New Hampshire will “do little or nothing” to help...

    City News Service|

  • Politics

    California congressmen meets Wikileaks founder, who denies Russia was source of DNC leaks

    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told Costa Mesa congressman Dana Rohrabacher on Wednesday that Russia was not involved with leaking controversial emails from the Democratic National Committee during last year’s presidential campaign. “He reaffirmed his aggressive denial that the Russians had anything to do with the hacking of the DNC during the election,” Rohrabacher said by phone from London. “He has given us a lot of information. He said there’s...

    Martin Wisckol
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  • California Lottery Results

    $600,000-plus Powerball lottery ticket sold in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES >> A ticket with five numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing of the multi-state Powerball lottery but missing the Powerball number was sold at a gas station near Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is worth $608,157. Another ticket with five numbers, but missing the Powerball number, was sold in Florida and is worth $1 million, the Multi-State Lottery Association, which conducts the game, announced. California law requires major payoffs of lottery games to be...

    City News Service|

  • Reckless endangerment

    Man falls off crane, dies at Port of LA after car chase through Long Beach, Torrance

    A man who climbed a huge gantry crane at the Port of Los Angeles after he jumped from a stolen SUV at the end of a lengthy police chase fell to his death late Wednesday.  After an hours-long standoff, TV news reports showed the man had fallen to his death about 9:20 p.m. Earlier, the man had removed all of his clothing while perched atop crane 87, which skies more than 100 feet high inside the West Basin Shipping Terminal. The port terminal was evacuated and shut down...

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  • Local governments

    LA leaders OK cannabis czar as ‘new era’ of recreational marijuana approaches

    An active and prominent supporter of the campaign to legalize recreational-use cannabis in California will head up the Los Angeles agency tasked with regulating the local marijuana industry. Cat Packer, a nominee of Mayor Eric Garcetti, was confirmed on a City Council vote of 13-0 Wednesday to serve as executive director for the city’s newly created Department of Cannabis Regulation. The city is weighing proposed regulations to allow dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers and...

    By Elizabeth Chou echou@scng.com @reporterliz on Twitter|

  • Wildlife

    Video depicts bear family at play in Monrovia backyard

    A Monrovia resident caught a tender moment on camera Tuesday as a mother bear played with her two cubs in a backyard. The matriarch gently wrestled with her offspring in the shade of a small tree in a backyard at the north end of Monrovia, according to Amber Ryan Mckenzi, who shot the adorable 44-second-long footage. “I watched these cubs for almost an hour doing this,” she said. • Video:

    Brian Day
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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...

    Alejandra Molina
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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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