Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Uniting at the Hollywood Bowl
7/25/2018 8:07:41 PM

TajMo marks the timely convergence of Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’, two unique American artists who’ve already built iconoclastic individual legacies that have extended and expanded blues traditions into adventurous new territory. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that’s firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. Together, they’ll bring nearly a century’s worth of music-making experience to the Bowl for...

Police Officer Fired Shot That Accidentally Killed Melyda Corado During Pursuit
7/25/2018 5:50:49 PM

By Christopher Weber and Michael Balsamo   LOS ANGELES—The bullet that killed a Silver Lake Trader Joe's assistant manager during a police gun battle with a man who took more than a dozen people hostage inside the store was fired by a police officer, not the suspect, Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore confirmed Tuesday. "This is a heartbreaking reminder of the split-second decisions that officers must make every day," an emotional Moore said during a morning news conference. "And it is also a sobering reminder of the destruction a lone individual with...

Hot Weather Prompts Issuance of Flex Alert Designed to Conserve Electricity
7/25/2018 5:49:45 PM

LOS ANGELES—Due to high temperatures in California and most of the western United States, the California Independent System Operator Corporation Monday issued a statewide Flex Alert that calls for voluntary electricity conservation from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. "Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon and evening, when air conditioners typically are at peak use," a California ISO statement said. "Consumers can help avoid power interruptions by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 5 p.m. and...

Metro Says La Brea Train Cheapest Crenshaw-Hollywood Train
7/25/2018 5:49:01 PM

LOS ANGELES—Using a route above, along or under La Brea Avenue makes the most financial sense for extending the Crenshaw train across Midcity to link to Hollywood, according to a preliminary Metro study released Sunday. But routing the proposed train through West Hollywood would provide "dramatically higher access to jobs and housing in the vicinity of proposed station locations," according to a report prepared for the Metro board of directors meeting on Thursday. Metro has $2.3 billion in Measure M sales tax revenue earmarked for extending the Crenshaw Line, a 8-1/2...

Former Congressional Aide Gets Prison for Extorting $5,000 From Pot Shop
7/25/2018 5:48:08 PM

LOS ANGELES—A former congressional staffer was sentenced Monday to 18 months behind bars for taking $5,000 with bogus promises of helping to prevent the closure of an illegal Compton marijuana dispensary. Michael Kimbrew, 45, of Santa Clarita was sentenced by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner, who additionally ordered the defendant to serve three years of supervised release and pay $5,000 in restitution and $4,000 in fines. In exchange for the payoff he took, Kimbrew promised to wield his power as a federal employee and public official to help the shop obtain a lucrative permit...

World Oil Community Open House Entertains and Benefits Hundreds
7/25/2018 5:46:52 PM

On a hot, bright Saturday morning hundreds of parents and children converged on the facilities of Compton’s World Oil facility for a community celebration of neighborliness. As the music played, food flowed, and competition ensued with games and raffles, more than 700 children were the beneficiaries of school backpacks and supplies. “It’s our mission to ensure that our neighbors and environment are provided with essential tools and resources, like school supplies, to do just that,” said Robert Roth, World Oil CEO. “Our annual community open house is one of...

Unusable Section of Sibrie Park Comes Back to Life
7/25/2018 5:46:07 PM

"It's so good to see baseball diamonds getting back into these parks,” reminisced Compton native and retired Angel and Dodger Kenny Landreaux. “There was always a baseball diamond in every neighborhood in Compton." Joined by The Compton College Barons, Centennial HS Band, Mayor Aja Brown, Councilwoman Janna Zurita, CUSD Board President Micah Ali, the ribbon was cut on a spanking new T-Ball field in Sibrie Park. Supported by the Major League Baseball Youth Foundation, the new facility is now home for sports programming for community...

Human Trafficking Task Force Arrests 36 People, Rescues Two Teens in Compton
7/25/2018 5:45:14 PM

COMPTON—An investigation into human trafficking in the Compton area led to three dozen arrests and the rescue of two teenage girls, authorities said Friday. The operation was conducted last week by members of the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce, along with deputies from Sheriff's Compton Station, said sheriff's Lt. Barry Hall. The rescued girls, ages 16 and 17, were identified as "commercially sexually exploited children," Hall said in a statement. "One of the females was released to the care of the Department of Children and Family...

Homegirl Cafe Offers 'Platos' by Ex-Gang Members with Hope
7/25/2018 5:42:13 PM

Homegirl Cafe Offers 'Platos' by Ex-Gang Members with Hope By Russell Contreras   LOS ANGELES (AP)—In a different time, at another place, and under other circumstances, you might have run away from Latisha Valenzuela and Glenda Alvarenga. But at Homegirl Cafe, a Los Angeles breakfast and lunch spot with a Latino twist, the two waitresses welcome you with smiles and friendship. “You alone?” Valenzuela asked when I recently visited. “Don't worry. We'll keep you company.” After seating me, she tells me, “you'll want our...

NYC Releases Documents Connected to Central Park 5 Case
7/25/2018 5:41:20 PM

NEW YORK (AP)—New York City has started releasing about 100,000 pages of documents connected to the notorious case of the five men whose convictions for raping and beating a Central Park jogger were overturned after they served more than a decade behind bars. The New York Post reports that about 12,000 pages went up Thursday on a site set up by the city. Lawyers for the city and the five men have been in talks for three years over which police, prosecution and court documents should be released. The five Black and Hispanic men were teenagers when they were convicted in the...