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Thursday, May 24


Harvey Weinstein to surrender, face criminal charges in N.Y. sexual assault case, sources say

Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to face charges in New York related to allegations of sexual assault in what would mark the first criminal charges faced by the disgraced former movie mogul, sources familar with the case…


Sheriff McDonnell inherited a department rotted by corruption. His reform effort is a work in progress

Los Angeles Times

Jim McDonnell was in his first year as Los Angeles County sheriff, leading the agency after a highly publicized jail abuse scandal, when he charged his staff with an unusual request.


From the Archives: Ansel Adams gets cheeky when asked about his nose


Ansel Adams, in the midst of a three-week promotional tour for his book “Yosemite and the Range of Light,” broke into laughter over a question about his famous nose.


California's public universities on the way to getting a big longed-for boost in funding

The University of California and California State University systems are poised to get major funding boosts that will help them enroll thousands of additional state students and eliminate the need for tuition increases in the coming school…


Authorities arrest dozens in probe of Mexican Mafia control in L.A. County jails

Los Angeles Times

Federal authorities on Wednesday capped a sweeping investigation into the Mexican Mafia with criminal counts against dozens of the organization’s members and foot soldiers, saying the charges were a bid to disrupt the gang’s control inside…


Students warned USC about gynecologist early in his career: ‘They missed an opportunity to save a lot of other women’

Los Angeles Times

After an appointment with Dr. George Tyndall in 1995, USC undergraduate Alexis Rodriguez wrote a letter of complaint on a typewriter in the English department. The gynecologist, she recalled writing, had a Playboy magazine on his desk,…

Wednesday, May 23


Dear Lady Trustees of USC: It's time to speak up and hold Max Nikias accountable

I am talking to you, Jeanie Buss. And you, Jane Harman. And you, Wallis Annenberg.

Here's why George Soros, liberal groups are spending big to help decide who's your next D.A.

Los Angeles Times

In most district attorney elections, the campaign playbook is clear: Win over the local cops and talk tough on crime.


UC regents to scrutinize Janet Napolitano's office budget in a step toward stronger oversight

University of California regents this week plan to scrutinize the budget of President Janet Napolitano, whose office came under political fire last year for questionable spending and murky accounting.

A string of scandals, but head still not rolling at USC

Los Angeles Times

So here we are again, with yet another good reason to point out that the word “scandal,” by coincidence, begins with SC.


300 patients come forward in USC gynecologist misconduct case as LAPD begins investigation

Los Angeles Times

About 300 people have contacted the University of Southern California about a longtime campus gynecologist accused of misconduct as administrators Tuesday began sharing the names of former patients with Los Angeles police for a criminal…


From the Archives: A few weeks in paradise for 1984 urban nomads


On Feb. 5, 1984, staff photographer Ken Lubas spent the day with a small group of Native Americans living in makeshift shelters on Bunker Hill. By Feb. 12, 1984 — when a Los Angeles Times story appeared on the homeless group — they had…


Philip Roth dies at 85; novelist both probed and skewered Jewish American culture

Author Philip Roth, who tackled self-perception, sexual freedom, his own Jewish identity and the conflict between modern and traditional morals through novels that he once described as “hypothetical autobiographies,” has died. He was 85.


LAPD Chief Charlie Beck disputes Trump's remark on release of immigrant in U.S. illegally

In the escalating battle between California officials and President Trump over immigration, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Tuesday contested a statement by the president that the LAPD had released an immigrant in the country…

Tuesday, May 22


Soon you can visit this pristine California beach — if you're a nearby landowner, on a guided tour or willing to paddle 2 miles

One of California’s least tarnished stretches of coastline will be accessible only to wealthy property owners, visitors with guides and those who can boat or paddle two miles under a deal between state officials and landowners in Hollister…


USC students, grads and faculty say the only way to restore trust is to fire President Max Nikias

The chorus of condemnation against USC is getting louder by the day. Students, recent graduates and faculty members have all launched crusades against an administration they see as indifferent to the well-being of its charges, unworthy of…

RuPaul’s DragCon LA returns for its fourth year


RuPaul’s DragCon LA recently returned to the Los Angeles Convention Center for its fourth year. With more than 50,000 drag enthusiasts of all ages in attendance for the event, the three-day convention, which took place May 11-13, provided…


From the Archives: Vagabond Leo V. Voss visits the Los Angeles Times


Vagabond and self-promoter Leo V. Voss stopped in and visited the Los Angeles Times. After proving he could move a newspaper delivery truck attached to his hair, this photo and story appeared in the July 17, 1950, Times: At least one man…


Mayor Eric Garcetti to do third round of interviews with LAPD chief candidates

Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will interview the three finalists for chief of the Los Angeles Police Department at least once more before making a decision.


Ex-boyfriend of woman killed in Aliso Viejo explosion to remain behind bars

Saying that he posed a possible flight risk and danger to the community, a federal judge on Monday ruled that the former boyfriend of a woman who was killed in an explosion at her Aliso Viejo spa should remain in custody without the…

Monday, May 21


Richard N. Goodwin, former speechwriter for Kennedys, LBJ, dies at 86

Los Angeles Times

Richard N. Goodwin, an aide, speechwriter and liberal force for the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson who helped craft such historic addresses as Robert Kennedy's “ripples of hope” and LBJ's speeches on civil rights and the Great Society, died…

Sunday, May 20


Stalls, stops and breakdowns: Problems plague push for electric buses

Los Angeles Times

When Chinese battery maker BYD Ltd. approached Southern California officials in 2008 touting ambitious plans to build electric cars, local politicians jumped at the promise of thousands of jobs and cleaner air.


Scandal after scandal focuses scrutiny on USC leadership, culture

Los Angeles Times

Last year, USC decided to oust longtime campus gynecologist George Tyndall after concluding that for years he had been making sexual comments and touching patients inappropriately during pelvic exams.

Saturday, May 19


Dodgers done them wrong, and they're still in love but oh so blue

Dodger fans are hurting, but they're still bleeding blue.


Another woman accuses L.A. sheriff's deputy of sexual assault inside jail

The woman said the attack happened in a dimly lit part of the jail.


Safety measures announced for Baxter Street, one of the steepest roads in L.A.

Drivers skid on it, then crash into cars, fences and garden walls. Fire trucks and buses get stuck on it. And a neighbor asked a navigation app to remove it as a shortcut because of its dangers.


Patients flood USC with reports about doctor accused of misconduct; LAPD set to review cases

The University of Southern California said Friday it has received about 200 reports from former patients of gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall in the wake of a Los Angeles Times investigation detailing years of misconduct complaints and is…

Friday, May 18



California moves closer to crafting specific water caps for urban districts

Los Angeles Times

California cities and towns may find themselves on a water budget in the next decade under a pair of bills approved Thursday by the legislature.

A closer look at the three finalists for LAPD chief

As young cops, the three finalists for chief of the Los Angeles Police Department were taught a harsh style of policing that emphasized crackdowns and arrests.