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Wednesday, Sep 20


Key hearing in Robert Durst murder case postponed until April

A Los Angeles County judge on Wednesday delayed Robert Durst’s preliminary hearing, which means the New York real estate scion won’t know until next year whether the judge believes there’s enough evidence for him to face trial for murder.

Cal State trustees approve raises for top executives

Cal State trustees unanimously approved a salary increase for top executives at the end of a two-day meeting in which they also discussed budget shortfalls, enrollment growth and protections for immigration students.


L.A. County to investigate public school system's enrollment of Catholic school students

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County education officials have launched an investigation into fiscal and legal questions surrounding a small public school district that has been enrolling Catholic school students.

Lillian Ross, celebrated New Yorker writer, dead at 99

Lillian Ross, a celebrated New Yorker magazine writer who created classics of literary journalism, including novel-length pieces on Ernest Hemingway and the making of a Hollywood movie, has died. She was 99.

Why some buildings crumbled and others survived the Mexico City quake: A sober lesson for California


A building that survived the last earthquake will not necessarily survive the next one.


Earthquake: 3.8 quake strikes near Wengler

A shallow magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Wednesday morning four miles from Wengler, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 10:10 a.m. PDT time at a depth of 10.6 miles.

Earthquake: 3.2 quake strikes near San Juan Bautista, Calif.


A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Wednesday morning 1 mile from San Juan Bautista, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:54 a.m. PDT at a depth of 2.5 miles.


Jake LaMotta, boxer profiled in 'Raging Bull,' dies at 95

Jake LaMotta, a brawling middleweight champion whose epic battles with Sugar Ray Robinson defined non-heavyweight boxing in the 1940s and early ’50s, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95.


Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes in Humboldt County

A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Wednesday in Humboldt County south of Eureka, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 7:29 a.m. PDT at a depth of 5 miles.


Trump's wall is big, beautiful and dumb — here's a better way to control the border


If the goal is to stop illegal immigration, I’ve got some advice for President Trump from here in California, which used to be part of Mexico and now has turned itself into a kind of sanctuary state.


From the Archives: Martians destroy Los Angeles City Hall


Los Angeles Times staff photographer Phil Bath, using a high-speed 35-millimeter camera, was present during special effects filming for the movie "War of the Worlds." Four of these photos were published in the May 9, 1952, Los Angeles…


Cal State faculty take a stand against 'hasty' plans to loosen course requirements

Cal State faculty spoke out Tuesday about what they called “hasty” recent decisions to drop remedial classes and loosen math requirements by next fall.


Water district vote deals major blow to California's delta tunnel project

The board of the Westlands Water District on Tuesday dealt a potentially fatal blow to the most ambitious California water project planned in decades.

Tuesday, Sep 19


Fearing a big earthquake like the one in Mexico isn't enough. Here's how to turn anxiety into action

Creating earthquake kits and making other preparations can be life-saving.


From the Archives: 1985 Mexico City Earthquake


In 2010, on the 25th anniversary of the quake, Los Angeles Times writer Daniel Hernandez wrote in a La Plaza blog post: Mexico City on Sunday marked 25 years since a powerful earthquake devastated the Mexican capital, killing thousands and…


Laguna Beach may clone beloved, 135-year-old tree to save it

The story of a 135-year-old pepper tree in front of Laguna Beach’s City Hall has taken a new twist.


Cal State trustees to discuss enrollment management, budget gaps and executive compensation

Cal State faces difficult problems that don’t seem likely to disappear soon. The state covers a smaller proportion of its costs than it used to, and the number of students who want to attend keeps growing — with demand particularly high…

'My daughters are going to be OK.' Then Trump phased out DACA

Los Angeles Times

Behind closed doors, Bertha Martinez and her husband, Victor Soriano, often discussed how they would tell their oldest daughter that she was in the country illegally.


From the Archives: Humphrey Bogart returns to L.A. with young bride Lauren Bacall


Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall met during filming of 1944’s “To Have and Have Not.” They were married May 21, 1945, at the home of Bogart’s close friend Louis Bromfield near Lucas, Ohio. Journalists greeted the couple upon their return…


UC Irvine aims to transform public health with record-breaking $200-million donation

Susan Samueli caught a cold while visiting France more than three decades ago. Instead of the usual medicines, a friend suggested aconite, a homeopathic remedy derived from a plant in the buttercup family.

Monday, Sep 18


Retired barber gets life in prison for murder of Newport Beach urologist

A 79-year-old retired barber was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 10 years, without the possibility of parole, for fatally shooting a urologist inside the doctor’s Newport Beach office in 2013.


Costa Mesa considers adding 'spartan' restrooms to deal with growing homeless issues

Faced with continuing issues with the local homeless population, officials in Costa Mesa have again floated the idea of installing new public restrooms that would provide a hygienic and safe place for transients to use.


Why didn't school board President Ref Rodriguez just write himself a big check?

Los Angeles Times

When news broke that Los Angeles school board president Ref Rodriguez was caught up in a criminal case over his campaign contributions, friends and foes alike were baffled.


Will the Southland wind up holding much of the $17-billion bill for the delta water tunnels?

Some of the state’s biggest water districts are about to make their opening moves in a financial chess game that ultimately could saddle the Southland with much of the bill for re-engineering the failing heart of California’s water system.


A California businessman is a suspect in 3 execution-style slayings in L.A. and Las Vegas, police say

Los Angeles Times

The killings — hundreds of miles and several years apart — seemed unrelated.


Authorities investigate whether state prison officer injured kitten

A California prison is investigating whether an injured feral kitten found at the jail was hurt by a corrections officer.

Homeless man sleeping on church steps is set on fire, suffers serious burns

Police in the Northern California town of Arcata are looking for a man who set a sleeping homeless man on fire, causing severe burns to his head and hands.

Sunday, Sep 17


Homeless man beaten with skateboard in 'unprovoked' attack is placed on life support, San Diego police say

A homeless man was placed on life support after being beaten with a skateboard early Saturday in what witnesses told police appeared to be an unprovoked attack.


'Dreamers' scramble to renew DACA status before Oct. 5 deadline

When President Trump recently announced plans to phase out over the next six months a federal program that protects some immigrants from deportation, there was an exception made for those like Romero whose legal status was set to expire on…