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  • USC

    USC assistant basketball coach charged with taking bribes in nationwide FBI sting

    Four college basketball assistant coaches, including USC’s Tony Bland, were among 10 people indicted by federal authorities Tuesday on fraud and corruption charges that allege hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes were offered to student athletes. The charges culminated a three-year federal investigation into corruption in the sport that also ensnared a representative of Adidas, agents and financial advisers, alleging they sought to influence the schools, shoe sponsors...

    Scott Wolf

  • Crime News

    These San Pedro burglars were caught on video breaking into homes

    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.m. Sept. 14, 1400 block of Brett Place: Burglars broke a sliding glass door to get inside and stole jewelry, computers, and gaming consoles. • 3 p.m. Sept. 15, 1200 block of Park Wester Drive: Burglars broke a front...

    Larry Altman

  • Lawsuits

    Beating victim sues Dodgers, alleged Lunada Bay Boy

    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. Ariel Auffant, a geologist who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was violently punched and kicked after a Dodgers-Mets playoff game on Oct. 9, 2015, alleges the...

    Megan Barnes

  • Urban planning

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

    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. The Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved the revised plan Tuesday, and the ordinance is expected to be adopted by the full...

    Donna Littlejohn

  • Hurricanes

    President Trump fixes gaze on Puerto Rico, will visit Caribbean islands next week

    WASHINGTON >> Suddenly, just about all President Donald Trump can talk about is Puerto Rico. After not mentioning the hurricane-devastated island for days, Trump on Tuesday pushed back aggressively and repeatedly against criticism that he had failed to quickly grasp the magnitude of Maria’s destruction or give the U.S. commonwealth the top-priority treatment he had bestowed on Texas, Louisiana and Florida after previous storms. Trump announced he would visit the U.S.

    By Laurie Kellman and Darlene Superville The Associated Press|

  • Crime News

    Feds charge men with illegally trading protected living corals

    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. 20 with unlawfully attempting to export to Mexico some 20 varieties of live corals protected by the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the U.S. Attorney’s Office...

    By staff and wire services|

  • Trials

    Students burned man’s body in Rancho Palos Verdes, then went shopping, prosecutor says

    Two Long Beach high school students beat a man, strangled him and then burned his body in Rancho Palos Verdes before going shopping with the cash they stole from the victim, authorities said as trial began Tuesday for one of the accused killers. The suspects, a pair of seniors at Long Beach Poly High School, called a taxi to take them to the mall immediately after torching 42-year-old Christopher Waters’ SUV with his body inside, Deputy District Attorney Brian Kang told...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Shootings

    Man found shot to death on Carson street

    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.m., sheriff’s Deputy Kimberly Alexander said. The man suffered one wound to his body and was pronounced dead at the scene, she said. There was no suspect information available. The victim’s name was not immediately released.

    By staff and wire reports|

  • Shootings

    Father arrested with baby after allegedly shooting mother in San Pedro

    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. “She ran into our office for safety. She is a neighbor from a few houses...

    Larry Altman

  • Law and order

    What happens if a lawyer yells at a judge?

    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. We don’t put it past this lawyer to literally start yelling at the judge. What happens in that event? — T.G., Long Beach A In 2014, the California Supreme Court adopted Rule 9.4 of the...

    Ron Sokol

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