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Couple invested $50 million in L.A.'s neediest kids and it made them richer


Melanie Lundquist, a philanthropist from Palos Verdes Estates, stood in the hall near the principal’s office at Santee Education Complex near downtown Los Angeles.


From the Archives: Thirty-five lakes created in Newberry Springs


Retired Marine Eugene Cowell raised fish in his lake to restock other nearby lakes. Cowell told staff photographer John Malmin that catfish come to the surface and eat hamburger from the hand of his wife, Bobbie.


Kevin Spacey facing third criminal sex crime investigation by London's Met Police

Actor Kevin Spacey is apparently the subject of a third sex crime investigation by London’s Metropolitan Police.

Earthquake: 4.1 quake strikes north of Santa Rosa, Calif.


A shallow magnitude 4.1 earthquake was reported Wednesday evening two miles from Castle Rock Springs, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:55 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0 miles.


Three lion cubs debut at Wildlife Waystation

Three lion cubs, born at the Wildlife Waystation on Sept. 14, made their public debut today in Lake View Terrace.

Federal audit finds problems with California's graduation rate calculations


Every year, the California Department of Education and many of its school districts boast about record-high graduation rates.

Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes southeast of San Jose

A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Wednesday evening six miles from Coyote, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:41 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.1 miles.

Wednesday, Jan 17


Mathilde Krim, who galvanized worldwide support in the fight against AIDS, dies at 91

Los Angeles Times

Mathilde Krim’s rise to prominence as an AIDS researcher and global crusader in the early fight against the deadly disease began with a simple phone call from a friend.


Unrest breaks out at state psychiatric hospital after crackdown on electronic devices

A California state psychiatric hospital housing mostly sexually violent predators has been locked down and visits canceled after a weekend protest over a crackdown on devices, such as flash drives, that officials say are often used to…


Former classmate charged with murder in death of Blaze Bernstein

Orange County prosecutors charged a former schoolmate of Ivy League college student Blaze Bernstein with murder on Wednesday.

200,000 bees die when vandals topple hives, pour gas on them

A Prunedale, Calif., man says vandals toppled 100 beehives and killed hundreds of thousands of bees after dousing them with diesel fuel.

Surfers take advantage of big waves under gray skies


Orange County surfers grabbed their boards and braved the foggy beach early Tuesday with the hope of catching some sizable waves expected to hit the coast through Wednesday evening.


Program encourages food stamp users to stock up on fruits and vegetables


Rebeca Gonzalez grew up eating artichokes from her grandmother’s farm in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala. But for years after emigrating to the U.S., she did not feed them to her own kids because the spiky, fibrous vegetables were…


In Perris, a house of horrors hidden in plain sight

Los Angeles Times

It was usually after midnight when Mike Clifford spotted the children from the house across the street.



From the Archives: Stolen Ferrari found buried in backyard


Feb. 7, 1978: A buried Ferrari, stolen in 1974, is dug up from a backyard on West 119th Street, still in good condition.


L.A. Unified approves a plan to reveal more information about local schools

If you are a parent considering one of two special academic programs at Hamilton High School in Palms, you face something of a challenge: The Los Angeles school district provides no data to the public that allows for a direct comparison —…


Man is charged in the stabbing death of Pico-Union house fire victim

Police on Tuesday announced murder charges in a suspicious fire that led to the discovery last week of a 33-year-old transgender woman who had been stabbed to death, and sought the public’s help in piecing together a motive for the crime.


California bullet train cost surges by $2.8 billion: 'Worst-case scenario has happened'

Los Angeles Times

The estimated cost of building 119 miles of bullet train track in the Central Valley has jumped to $10.6 billion, an increase of $2.8 billion from the current budget and up from about $6 billion originally.


Surfer rescued as large swells hit Northern California coast

A surfer was rescued in Northern California after losing his board and becoming trapped in an alcove against a rocky cliff where he was pounded by waves.

Tuesday, Jan 16


Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey, called 'God' by players, dies at 87


Doug Harvey was so sure of his calls on the diamond, he ended every game the same way. Following the last out, the umpire took his wad of chewing tobacco and flung it on home plate.


Singer Seal faces investigation over woman's battery allegation

The singer Seal is the subject of a sexual battery investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after a former Malibu neighbor made accusations against him, authorities said.

Earthquake: 3.1 quake strikes near South Landing

A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Tuesday afternoon eight miles from South Landing, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:17 p.m. PST at a depth of 5.6 miles.


Charles Manson's grandson renews effort to claim remains of mass murderer

The grandson of Charles Manson has filed court papers seeking to obtain the remains of the late mass murderer from the Kern County coroner.


Dan Gurney dies at 86; racing legend excelled on every track, in every car


Dan Gurney, a leading player during one of auto racing’s most intriguing eras and, in the judgment of many, the best driver never to have won the Indianapolis 500, has died of complications from pneumonia. He was 86.


Slaying of Blaze Bernstein might be hate crime, parents say as new details emerge

The parents of slain college student Blaze Bernstein said it's possible their son was the victim of a hate crime after new details emerged about his killing.


From the Archives: Protesters denounce U.S. involvement in World War II


Armed with posters — some stating “The Yanks Are Not Coming”— thousands gathered at a peace rally at Los Angeles City Hall in the summer of 1940.


Man shot dead in Pico Rivera; multiple rounds came from sedan, police say

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a homicide in Pico Rivera, where a man was shot dead Monday after being approached by up to four other men in a light-colored sedan, authorities said.


Victims in Palmdale triple homicide include married couple and a son, officials say

Three people who were found dead inside a Palmdale house on Saturday have been identified, but there was still no information about how or why they were killed in what detectives said was a triple homicide.


2-year-old girl among those still missing in Montecito mudslides; 20 confirmed dead

At least three people remain missing Monday as the grim effort to find bodies under tons of mud and debris continued in Montecito.