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

By Paul Hodgins @octheaterguy on Twitter|

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...

By Larry Altman|


  • 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|

  • Economy

    Why renters are leaving Los Angeles and Orange counties — and where they’re going

    More than three-fourths of renters in the Los Angeles/Orange County region want to move to a new area, compared with nearly two out of three renters nationwide, a report by Apartment List says. The analysis showed: • 77 percent of Los Angeles/Orange County renters plan on settling down in a new city, compared with 64 percent of renters nationwide. • Affordability is the biggest issue for Los Angeles/Orange County renters. Nearly half of those...


  • Sentencing

    Chinese USC student’s killer gets life without parole

    LOS ANGELES — A 21-year-old man was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the fatal baseball-bat beating of a USC graduate student from China who was attacked during an attempted robbery near campus after walking another student home from a late-night study session. Andrew Garcia was convicted June 8 of first-degree murder for the July 24, 2014, death of Xinran Ji, a 24-year-old electrical engineering student. Garcia sat motionless and...

    By FRED SHUSTER City News Service|

  • Race and ethnicity

    Confederate monument removed from Hollywood Forever Cemetery overnight

    A memorial honoring Confederate veterans has been removed from the Hollywood Forever cemetery days after deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, erupted over the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The cemetery and the Long Beach chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which owns the local...

    Brenda Gazzar

  • Breaking News

    Monument to Confederate soldiers at Hollywood Forever cemetery will be removed

    HOLLYWOOD >> A monument honoring Confederate soldiers at the Hollywood Forever cemetery will be removed by Wednesday evening, a cemetery official said Tuesday. The owner of the monument, the Long Beach chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, initially said Tuesday it would not remove it, then had a change of heart later in the day, Fox11 reported. “It will take quite a few hours to remove it,” the cemetery’s Eddy Martinez told Fox11.

    City News Service|

  • Nuclear weapons

    Bomb shelters make a comeback amid North Korea tensions

    LOS ANGELES — After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the era of nuclear nightmares — of the atomic arms race, of backyard bomb shelters, of schoolchildren diving under desks to practice their survival skills in the event of an attack — seemed to finally, thankfully, fade into history. Until now. For some baby boomers, North Korea’s nuclear advances and President Donald Trump’s bellicose response have prompted flashbacks to a time when they...

    By JOHN ROGERS Associated Press|

  • Wildlife management

    Why another Palos Verdes Peninsula city plans to thin its peafowl population

    Peafowl are on the outs in another Palos Verdes Peninsula city. After Rolling Hills residents complained that a boom in the birds’ numbers was creating a nuisance in the small, gated community, the City Council approved a plan to trap and relocate up to 50 of the birds over the next several months. Before the council approved the plan to trap the birds, individual residents were responsible for hiring a state-certified trapper to truck out any pesky avian neighbors. Now...

    Cynthia Washicko

  • Solar eclipses

    Want sunglasses to protect your eyes during the eclipse? Good luck

    Want the special sunglasses that will protect your eyes during Monday’s solar eclipse? So do a lot of people, apparently. A strong run on eclipse-grade sunglasses, coupled with an Amazon recall of some less-than-eclipse-grade shades, has made legitimate eye protection difficult to come by in advance of the first total solar eclipse to hit the United States in 38 years. “We can’t keep up with the demand,” said Mike Fowler, owner of Orange County...

    Chris Haire

  • Solar eclipses

    How to protect your eyes during next week’s solar eclipse in Southern California

    Watching the eclipse could be enlightening or interesting or, if you roll this way, soul nourishing. It also could be bad for your eyes. Eye injuries from watching a solar eclipse are most common in children and young adults, but on Monday, when an eclipse will be at 69 percent in Southern California, everybody who wants to skygaze should protect themselves with proper viewing equipment, doctors say. While it’s human nature to avoid looking directly at the sun on a...

    By Courtney Perkes @cperkes on Twitter|

  • Obituaries

    Clarence Bonn, 1919-2017: Torrance man was a founder of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association

    Clarence “Smiley” Bonn, the last living founder of a national group that organized yearly reunions of Pearl Harbor survivors, died recently at his Torrance home. He was 97. Born Nov. 26, 1919, in Mahnomen, Minnesota, Bonn died July 28 of natural causes, a family member said. “We were able to honor his wishes,” said his niece, Cindy Mattson. “He wanted to pass away in his house.” Bonn was among 11 Pearl Harbor survivors who met at...

    Larry Altman

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