Thursday, May 24


San Francisco police officers won't be charged in controversial shooting death of Mario Woods


The San Francisco police officers who shot and killed Mario Woods will not face criminal charges in the 2015 confrontation, prosecutors said Thursday.


Jack Johnson's presidential pardon 'a victory for humanity,' WBC president Sulaiman says

World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman looked around the Oval Office on Thursday and was shaken by the moment of late heavyweight champion Jack Johnson finally receiving his full presidential pardon.

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…


New charges filed against father who allegedly tortured children

A Fairfield, Calif., father accused of torturing his children is facing an additional four counts of lewd acts upon a child, according to the Solano County district attorney’s office.


Woman arrested in connection with triple homicide in Leimert Park

A woman has been arrested in connection with the deaths of a couple and their adult son whose bodies were found stacked on top of one another in a house in Leimert Park.



Gang sweep leads to gunfire in Azusa; no injuries, officials say

A Pomona police SWAT team exchanged gunfire with occupants of a house Thursday morning while serving a search warrant on a suspected gang member during a multiagency sweep in Azusa on Thursday morning, authorities said.



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.


Walt Disney's first love lives on at this historic California ranch

At the Santa Margarita Ranch, the Pacific Coast Railroad offers rides on passenger cars that were originally used at Disneyland on the theme park's railroad attraction.


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.


No stay of ruling that tossed California assisted-death law

An appeals court Wednesday refused to block a court decision that said a California law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives was passed illegally.

USC's Academic Senate calls on university president to resign after a series of scandals

The body that represents USC’s faculty called on President C.L. Max Nikias to resign Wednesday in the wake of relevations that the university’s longtime gynecologist faced years of accusations of misconduct by students and colleagues at…


On 'Stormy Daniels Day,' West Hollywood honors porn star with key to the city

The porn star walked out of the hot-pink sex-toy shop and, enveloped by security guards, waded into a sea of camera operators so thick she could hardly move.


L.A. man among 3 charged in online gaming dispute that led to deadly 'swatting' incident in Kansas

Three men will face federal criminal charges in connection with a “swatting” incident that sparked a deadly police shooting in Kansas, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.


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…


L.A. starts debating rules for electric scooters and bike-share companies

With electric scooters and short-term bicycle rentals continuing to flood the Westside, Los Angeles city officials have begun to discuss how to regulate the transportation companies to minimize cluttered sidewalks and ensure rider safety.


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…

'Material witness' sought after 3 people found dead in Leimert Park home

The beige Spanish-style home Phillip White settled into four decades ago sits at the entrance of a tranquil, tree-lined street in Leimert Park where retired teachers, cops and civic workers enjoyed their slice of the American dream.


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,…


NFL's new national anthem policy: Players must stand if on field but can opt to stay in locker room

NFL owners reached a consensus Wednesday on a policy governing players’ conduct during the national anthem, addressing a subject that drew harsh criticism from President Donald Trump after some players decided to kneel to protest the…

Federal prosecutors conduct sex crimes investigation into Harvey Weinstein

In a move that increases the likelihood Harvey Weinstein will face criminal charges, federal prosecutors in New York have opened an investigation into whether the disgraced Hollywood producer’s alleged acts of sexual abuse violated federal…

Trump, with supporters, again assails 'animals' at Long Island forum on immigrant gang violence

Los Angeles Times

President Trump on Wednesday reaffirmed his condemnation of immigrant gang members as “animals” as he pressed his call for tougher border security at a Long Island forum with public officials and victims' parents.

Wednesday, May 23


Why centrist Dianne Feinstein is moving so far left that she now opposes the death penalty

Los Angeles Times

Dianne Feinstein built one of California’s most successful political brands by standing up to her party’s liberal wing.



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.