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Family of fatally stricken Redondo Beach basketball star accepts diploma during emotional graduation |Jun 23, 2017

A somber mood hung over an otherwise joyous occasion Friday as more than 600 seniors at Redondo Union High School accepted diplomas during a commencement ceremony that most will remember for the empty chair in the front row.

Pool with a view: San Pedro’s refurbished hillside pool set to reopen |Jun 25, 2017

It took the Allied forces six years to defeat the enemy in World War II. Reopening the wartime swimming pool at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro? That took a lot longer. The irony isn’t lost on Steve Nelson, director of the Fort MacArthur Museum and the man who spearheaded the project that many dismissed as a hopeless cause at best.

Officials identify 2 men found dead in Torrance |Jun 26, 2017

By Larry Altman laltman@scng.com @larryaltman on Twitter The coroner’s office has released the names of two transients whose deaths were investigated by police on Sunday in Torrance.

Redondo Beach woman gets dying wish — seeing son graduate from Downey fire academy |Jun 23, 2017

Susan Safina’s hands trembled as she pinned a badge on her son’s lapel. Seconds later, he leaned in for a hug and a tear trickled down her face. Christian Safina, 26, was one of six recruits graduating from the Downey fire academy on Friday and, thanks to a little help from the Fire Department and Torrance Memorial Medical Center staff, his terminally ill mother was there to witness one of his proudest achievements.

Torrance police investigate 2 deaths in separate incidents |Jun 25, 2017

Police were investigating the deaths of two men in separate incidents Sunday morning, but neither was believed to be a homicide. Officers were called at 6 a.m. to the 3700 block of Garnet Street to a report of a “man down” near a trash bin.

Live coverage of the SpaceX rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base |Jun 23, 2017

Follow our reporter Sandy Mazza as she covers SpaceX’s ninth launch of the year at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch will send the second of 10 installments for Iridium’s massive communications-satellite refresh.

Driver investigated for DUI after crashing into San Pedro motel pool, injuring 8 |Jun 26, 2017

A driver who lost control of his car, crashed through a wall and plunged his sport utility vehicle into a motel swimming pool in San Pedro is under investigation for drunken driving, police said Monday.

Where to see July 4th fireworks, attend events in the South Bay |Jun 26, 2017

From staff reports South Bay and Harbor Area residents can enjoy fireworks shows, patriotic displays and family fun at a variety of events celebrating the nation’s 241st birthday this year.

There’s fewer peafowl in Rancho Palos Verdes this year — and that’s a good thing |Jun 24, 2017

If you’re hoping for a glimpse of the jewel-toned feathers of a peafowl in Rancho Palos Verdes, you’ll have to look a little harder this year. For the second year in a row, the city experienced a drop in the number of the colorfully plumed birds, from 208 in 2016 to 150 this year.

Manhattan Beach police release video of sexual assault suspect |Jun 23, 2017

Police released security video Friday showing a suspect following a woman on a Manhattan Beach street last weekend moments before he knocked her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

‘Political knife fight’ erupts over Vista del Mar lane reductions |Jun 25, 2017

Karla Mendelson has become used to dealing with increasing traffic over the past 25 years she has lived in Manhattan Beach. It usually takes her husband, Patrick, about an hour to get home from his advertising job in Santa Monica taking Vista del Mar, the coastal thoroughfare that runs along Dockweiler State Beach.

#RyseUp: Friends, family hold candlelight vigil to honor Ryse Williams, Redondo Union basketball player who died Thursday |Jun 23, 2017

Friends and family gathered Thursday night at Dominguez Hills Village basketball court in Carson, near the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus, to remember former Redondo Union High School basketball player Ryse Williams during a candleight vigil.

Why millennials living with their parents has become the norm in Southern California |Jun 24, 2017

Xitlali Tapia and Ivan Perez got engaged in January and set a wedding date for Nov. 25. After that, they’ll move in with a pair of unexpected roommates — her parents. Perez, 26, never dreamed of living with his in-laws.

Marymount California abruptly pulls up stakes at Northern California campus |Jun 24, 2017

Just four years after Marymount California University opened its Northern California campus in Lucerne, the university abruptly abandoned the site last week. University officials blamed lagging enrollment — only 13 students were signed up to study at the school — for the decision.

‘My chest was shaking’: SpaceX launches second rocket in 48 hours |Jun 25, 2017

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE >> Hundreds of rocket fans gathered Sunday to watch SpaceX launch the second installment of Iridium’s next-generation global satellite network around this sprawling U.

Motorcyclist critically injured in Torrance crash |Jun 25, 2017

By Larry Altman laltman@scng.com @larryaltman on Twitter A 25-year-old motorcyclist who crashed into the back of a car in Torrance was reported in critical condition Sunday, police said. The South Dakota man was hurt at 10:15 p.

Police log: Hawthorne, Gardena and Lawndale crime reports |Jun 23, 2017

HAWTHORNE Robbery: 11:11 a.m. June 14, 2700 block of West 120th Street. The loss was not indicated. Robbery: 3 a.m. June 16, 4400 block of West Imperial Highway. Money was reported stolen.

Doctors, nurses step up war on deadly sepsis |Jun 24, 2017

Dawn Nagel, a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, knew she was going to have a busy day, with more than a dozen patients showing signs of sepsis. They included a 61-year-old mechanic with diabetes.

Torrance’s Madrona Marsh not a refuge for your discarded pet, city says |Jun 26, 2017

When the flightless Muscovy duck was dumped at Torrance’s Madrona Marsh Nature Preserve one night this month, naturalist Tracy Drake knew the former pet was literally a sitting duck — and needed to be captured by the next morning.

Suspected burglar leaves his shoes behind at Palos Verdes Estates residence |Jun 26, 2017

A parolee suspected of creeping into a Palos Verdes Estates residence while a couple slept and stealing their cellphones left his shoes behind, police said Monday. Dennis Martin Waight, 34, was wearing only dirty socks when Palos Verdes Estates police officers pulled him over.

CenterCal files $15 million federal lawsuit over Redondo Beach waterfront project |Jun 26, 2017

The developer waging a legal battle to push ahead with a massive makeover of the Redondo Beach waterfront is suing the city in federal court for $15 million. Redondo Beach Waterfront LLC, a subsidiary of CenterCal Properties, filed a 30-page complaint Friday in U.

SpaceX eighth launch of the year is smooth, ninth coming on Sunday |Jun 23, 2017

In what is set to be the most prolific launch month ever for SpaceX, the Hawthorne rocket maker on Friday pulled off a flawless eighth launch of 2017, delivering to orbit Bulgaria’s first major commercial communications satellite.

How high can Southern California housing prices go? Sky’s the limit, experts say |Jun 26, 2017

All hair stylist Erin Bond wants is a decent two-bedroom condo in Orange County, preferably in Huntington Beach. But all she can afford is $400,000 to $420,000. In a county where the median price of a condo in May was almost $500,000, she’s not sure there’s anything in her price range she can live with.

Father of missing South Pasadena boy arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of murder |Jun 23, 2017

SOUTH PASADENA >> Detectives on Friday arrested the father of a 5-year-old South Pasadena boy missing for two months on suspicion of the child’s murder, authorities said. Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian, Sr.

South Bay Festival of the Arts ‘surpassed our expectations’ |Jun 24, 2017

The South Bay was not living in anyone’s shadow this weekend as art lovers gathered at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center complex to experience and celebrate the area’s vibrant art scene.

LAPD seizes guns at Rancho Cucamonga home of officer accused of sex with underage cadet |Jun 23, 2017

Los Angeles police investigators are probing a cache of firearms taken from the Rancho Cucamonga home of an LAPD officer accused of unlawful sex with a 15-year-old female police cadet. Officer Robert Cain, 31, from the 77th Street Division was arrested Thursday morning by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on suspicion of having sex with the girl.

Playa Vista high-tech pet center celebrates long-awaited homecoming |Jun 23, 2017

A glossy, high-tech pet education center — turned down by Rancho Palos Verdes and Ballona Wetlands before finding a welcome mat at last in Playa Vista — will host its grand opening celebration Saturday.

Man accused of making criminal threats against children in San Pedro released |Jun 27, 2017

By Larry Altman laltman@scng.com @larryaltman on Twitter A man who allegedly told a passer-by “Do you want to blow up some children?” near a San Pedro preschool was released from jail Tuesday after the

Commuters not buying what Bonin and mayor are peddling - and pedaling: Doug McIntyre |Jun 24, 2017

Say what you will about L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, at least he “walks the walk” when it comes to making L.A. a greener city. Or in his case “pedals the pedals” may be more to the point.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified developing plan to upgrade aging campuses |Jun 25, 2017

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, which last constructed a campus building nearly 50 years ago, is developing a plan that will guide districtwide infrastructure projects for decades.

LA leaders approve $2 million for legal fund to defend immigrants facing deportation |Jun 23, 2017

The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to put $2 million into a legal fund to defend immigrants facing deportation and signed off on criteria restricting the money from being used for people with violent felony convictions.

Torrance Refining Co. plant flares again |Jun 26, 2017

The Torrance Refining Co. reported another “visible flaring event” Monday afternoon, but there reportedly was no danger to the community, firefighters said. The flaring occurred about 4 p.

2 South Bay refineries report hazardous materials spills on same day |Jun 27, 2017

Refineries in Wilmington and Torrance reported separate hazardous materials releases on the same day this week, with at least 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide released in the Harbor Area incident and a crude oil spill of about 30 gallons reported from a Van Ness Avenue pipeline.

San Pedro’s Hey Rookie swimming pool at Angels Gate Park reopens with a splash |Jun 27, 2017

For the first time in nearly two decades, youngsters and adults alike enjoyed a plunge Tuesday into San Pedro’s iconic blue-tiled Hey Rookie Pool.

BJ’s ramps up fine dining, adding slow roasted meats to its 140 item menu |Jun 23, 2017

BJ’s Restaurants continues to drift from its deep-dish pizza roots. The Huntington Beach-based casual dining chain recently launched a fine-dining inspired line of slow roasted meats. The choices include prime rib, a double bone-in pork chop, pork ribs, a prime rib dip, hand-pulled turkey dip and a barbecue pulled pork sandwich.

Westchester man charged with abusing puppy |Jun 26, 2017

A Westchester man has been charged with abusing his 4-month-old Doberman puppy, allegedly dragging the dog on concrete until his nails bled, and yanking his leash until he flipped into the air, authorities said Monday.

Boyfriend is ‘person of interest’ in Compton woman’s death |Jun 23, 2017

COMPTON — A Compton woman who may have been strangled was pronounced dead today at a hospital, and her live-in boyfriend was detained as a “person of interest,” authorities said.

LAUSD sets goal of ‘biliteracy for all’ by graduation |Jun 25, 2017

Among the many actions the Los Angeles Unified School District board took last week – including adopting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year – members unanimously agreed on a goal for students entering kindergarten in the 2018-19 school year: biliteracy for all by the time they graduate.

Shipping industry sees smoother waters, ports benefit |Jun 24, 2017

The 40-foot-long, fading-blue shipping containers — once scattered around Peter Grim’s truck yard like giant, discarded dominoes — disappeared months ago.

Road tripping? Here are rules for traveling with marijuana |Jun 25, 2017

The July 4 weekend will kick off the first summer travel season since California voted to join seven other states in legalizing marijuana for all adults. What’s more, there are now 30 states where medical marijuana is allowed, with a couple more close to coming on board.

Placerita fire forces evacuations in Santa Clarita; 14 Freeway reopens following full closure |Jun 25, 2017

SANTA CLARITA >> Mandatory evacuations were ordered for the Santa Clarita area around a rapidly spreading brush fire sparked by a car crash Sunday afternoon that forced the closure of the 14 Freeway in both directions and destroyed a prop house.

Wilmington man dies after falling off inflatable boat |Jun 26, 2017

A 25-year-old Wilmington man died Sunday after falling off an inflatable boat on Lake Perris, officials say. Fernando Delgado was found dead at 7:20 p.m., after an hours-long search by lifeguards and the Riverside County sheriff’s dive team, said Sgt.

Live coverage of the SpaceX rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base |Jun 25, 2017

Follow our reporter Sandy Mazza as she covers SpaceX’s ninth launch of the year at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch will send the second of 10 installments for Iridium’s massive communications-satellite refresh.

LAUSD officer admits soliciting 15-year-old for sex |Jun 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A former Los Angeles Unified School District police officer pleaded guilty today to a federal charge linked to an attempt to solicit a 15-year-old girl for sex. Mauricio Edgardo Estrada, 29, entered his plea to using an interstate communications device such as a computer or telephone to plan a paid sexual encounter with the minor.

Study on effect of Seattle’s minimum wage could make Pasadena, Los Angeles nervous |Jun 27, 2017

Ten California cities and localities will boost their minimum wage on Saturday, but a new study indicates those pay hikes could lead to layoffs, reduced hours and a decline in income for the workers it’s intended to help.

Police log: Carson and Torrance crime reports |Jun 26, 2017

CARSON Strong-arm robbery: June 1, 20200 block of Avalon Boulevard. Strong-arm robbery: June 4, 100 block of East Lomita Boulevard. Assault with a deadly weapon: June 4, 19200 block of South Dunbrooke Avenue.

Opponents to rally in LA against bill to extend late-night drinking hours |Jun 26, 2017

Opponents of a bill that would allow California bars, nightclubs and restaurants to extend their drinking hours to as late as 4 a.m. plan to gather in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to speak out against the measure.

Second half of SpaceX’s double-launch weekend set to lift off Sunday |Jun 24, 2017

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE >> SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is locked and loaded on its launchpad nestled in the hills of Vandenberg Air Force Base’s vast, remote complex, prepared for a Sunday afternoon liftoff.

Cyberattack shutdown of LA port terminal sparks security worries |Jun 27, 2017

A cyberattack that infected computers across Europe and then spread into the United States halted operations at the Port of Los Angeles’ largest terminal Tuesday — and raised worries that destructive software could ricochet around the world and disrupt the critical supply chain.

How BET Awards host Leslie Jones plans to avoid a ‘Steve Harvey moment’ |Jun 23, 2017

Leslie Jones has been putting in major-league prep work as she gets ready to host Sunday night’s BET Awards. The stand-up comedy veteran, actress and “Saturday Night Live” cast member admits she’s a bit nervous, but says she’s been fine-tuning her routine to keep the audience laughing.