McDonnell: Sheriff's Dept. Probing Possible Deputy Gangs
8/1/2018 4:42:30 PM

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell invited the Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission (COC) to join the LASD’s Office of Inspector General’s investigation into whether secret gangs that might be condoning criminal acts are operating within the ranks of LASD’s deputies. "Renegade cliques erode public confidence as well as internal morale, and they will not be tolerated within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department," McDonnell told a meeting of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission last week. In the statement he made...

Mely Corado Praised as Daughter, Sister, Activist and Friend
8/1/2018 4:41:30 PM

LOS ANGELES—A public funeral and celebration of life service was held Sunday for Melyda Corado, the 27-year-old Trader Joe's assistant manager who was killed in the crossfire of a gunbattle between police and an attempted-murder suspect who fled into her store, sparking a three-hour hostage situation. "Thank you to everyone who has shown their love and support during this immensely difficult time," Corado's brother, Albert, wrote on his Twitter page. "My family and I are heartbroken, but are so grateful for everyone's generosity in helping us cope with the...

Teenager Creates Site Giving Children Answers on Deportation
8/1/2018 4:39:50 PM

By Susan Haigh   HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)—A high school student has designed an online resource to help immigrant children and teenagers learn how to prepare for the possible deportations of parents or guardians. Sixteen-year-old Jody Bell, who will be a senior this fall at Greenwich High School, said she came up with the idea after hearing firsthand the concerns of some close friends who were afraid to speak with guidance counselors or adults about their fears surrounding deportation. Many, she said, have family members who are at risk of being deported, as President Donald...

Compton MLB Youth Academy Hosting Skills Clinic Tomorrow
8/1/2018 4:38:43 PM

Retired big leaguers and current Spectrum SportsNet LA Analysts Nomar Garciaparra and Jerry Hairston Jr. will lead a baseball skills clinic tomorrow for 65 boys and girls aged 9-12 from Central Los Angeles County. The young players will be taught fundamentals of the game, including hitting, throwing, base running and fielding. The program will run from 10am to Noon at the Compton MLB Youth Academy at 901 E. Artesia Blvd. The event, which is not open to the general public is hosted by the sports network in partnership with the LA Dodgers and the Dodgers...

LASD to Enforce Bike and Pedestrian Safety this Weekend
8/1/2018 4:37:18 PM

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on August 4, 2018, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The department has mapped out locations over the past 3 years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes. Extra deputies will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Deputies will be looking for violations made by...

Latinos Having Difficulty Communicating with Health Professionals
8/1/2018 4:36:12 PM

By Emily Swanson and Russell Contreras   WASHINGTON (AP)—Nearly 6 in 10 Hispanic adults have had a difficult time communicating with a health care provider because of a language or cultural barrier, and when they do they often turn to outside sources for help, according to a new study conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey finds that half of those who have faced those barriers turned to a family member or to another health care provider for assistance. In addition, more than 1 in 4 looked to a translator, public resources in...

Modernization of High-Pressure Pipelines Below Local Streets Completed
8/1/2018 4:35:07 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Southern California Gas Co. announced Friday that it has safely completed a five-year, $100 million project to modernize 13 miles of three high-pressure natural gas pipelines in the greater Los Angeles area. The upgraded pipelines pass through Carson, Los Angeles, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Redondo Beach, Torrance and other L.A. Gateway area communities. "Our natural gas system pipelines are the arteries that keep affordable and clean energy flowing to homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, power plants and other critical facilities throughout Southern...

Former USC Tailback and Assistant Coach Willie Brown Dead at 76
8/1/2018 4:33:39 PM

CARSON—Willie Brown, who was a player and assistant coach on Trojan national championship football and baseball teams and spent several years in the NFL, died Thursday in Carson of complications from cancer, according to the university's athletics department. He was 76. Services were pending for USC's original I-formation tailback, according to a statement released by USC's sports information director, Tim Tessalone. A three-year letterman (1961-63) and two-time All-Conference first teamer (1962-63) in football at USC, Brown was a member of the 1962 national...

Hispanic Lawmakers Renew Call for Smithsonian Latino Museum
8/1/2018 4:24:53 PM

By Beatrice Jin   WASHINGTON (AP)—Hispanic members of Congress are renewing their call for a national museum devoted to Latino history and culture, urging the passage of legislation to cover some of the costs. Advocates have been pushing for a Hispanic museum since 2004, a year after the federal government authorized construction of the Smithsonian Institution's African-American museum. Rep. Tony Cardenas, a California Democrat, said Thursday, “If we don't take charge, another decade is going to go by, another decade is going to go by, and the biggest...

Helping Students Find Individual Paths to Better Learning
8/1/2018 4:09:19 PM

LONG BEACH—Teachers devoted a summer vacation day to their own educations Friday, when they assembled at Cal State Long Beach and other California venues to hear and share ideas geared toward improving their abilities to connect with individual students. The Long Beach campus was among more than 30 places throughout the state for teachers participating in Better Together: California Teachers Summit 2018. The theme for Friday’s event, the fourth annual summit, was “It’s Personal: Meeting the Needs of Every Student.” The day provided attending teachers with...