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April 22, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
Aviation experts and authorities say they are baffled at how a teen stowaway survived a 5-1/2-hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jetliner wheel well and appeared to emerge unscathed. Stowing away in a plane wheel well does not usually end well, experts say. Those who do so may fall to their deaths, be crushed by the landing gear or succumb to cold and lack of oxygen. Federal Aviation Administration records show that of the 105 people known to have stowed away on flights around the world over the last 67 years, only 25 lived through the ordeal, a survival rate of 23.8%.
April 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A Boy Scout troop in Seattle that was chartered in November lost its affiliation with the national organization last week after refusing to remove a scout leader who is gay, Boy Scouts of America said. Geoffrey McGrath first announced his sexual orientation in 1988. But last month, his personal life caught the Boy Scouts' attention. McGrath had answered a news reporter's question about his sexual orientation during an interview about his troop, and the reporter in turn checked in with Boy Scouts officials.
April 21, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer has named Stanley Johnson of Santa Ana Mater Dei its Mr. Basketball for 2014. Also selected state players of the year for each division were Johnson (Division I, senior), Ivan Rabb of Oakland Bishop O'Dowd (Junior and Division III), Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills (sophomore) and Cody Riley of Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (freshman). Daniel Hamilton of St. John Bosco was selected Division II player of the year and Justin Bibbins of Bishop Montgomery Division IV MVP. Division V was Temidayo Yussuf of Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame.
April 21, 2014 | By Hannah Fry
A 5-year-old boy was treated for second- and third-degree burns after he fell into a fire ring near the Balboa Pier on Sunday afternoon, authorities said Monday. The boy was taken by ambulance to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana at about 4 p.m. for treatment of burns on both feet and one arm, said police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. Newport Beach police are investigating how the boy fell into the ring, Manzella said. Fry writes for Times Community News . ALSO: Baby died in SUV while neighbors worked just a few feet away FBI: Man suspected of brutally killing his family may be in L.A. area Box of newborn kittens accidentally shipped from L.A. to San Diego
April 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Kate Mather and James Rainey
The dark of night still draped Mineta San Jose International Airport when a 15-year-old boy from nearby Santa Clara wandered onto a secure airport ramp and toward a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767. Then he disappeared. The slight teenager, first seen on a security camera video, would not appear again until later Sunday morning, when airline workers spotted him 2,350 miles to the west, walking on the tarmac at Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. In the interim, authorities say, the boy survived a perilous, 5 1/2 -hour odyssey - enduring frigid temperatures, oxygen deprivation and a compartment unfit for human habitation - as he traveled over the Pacific Ocean in the jet's wheel well.
April 20, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
Two boys were sexually assaulted in public bathrooms in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, police said. Both incident occurred last week, and authorities are trying to determine whether they are connected. According to KTLA-Channel 5, a teenage boy reported entering a restroom at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach on Friday afternoon. A man forced him into a stall and fondled the boy's genitals, police said. On Wednesday at Hermosa Beach's Valley Park, a teen said a man physically overpowered and sexually assaulted him in the restroom there.
April 19, 2014 | Chris Erskine
A boy. A dad. A mid-April hike. "Baseball should have bowl games," the fifth-grader says. "I like the way you think," I say. Up the hill we go, like shadows on a wall - first him, then me. We are determined to hike all the way to his elementary school, about a mile up toward the clouds. It is a route we take five times a week by car, there and back, there and back, on the hamster wheel of suburban life. In the Saturday morning sunlight, I see the boyishness in his face - the breakfast in the corners of his mouth.
April 18, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
  Miley Cyrus is starting to sound like an extremely impatient patient.  Unfortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel might not show up anytime soon for the "Wrecking Ball" singer, who has been hospitalized since Tuesday after a "severe allergic reaction" to an antibiotic prescribed to fight a sinus infection. With her Friday and Saturday shows in Nashville and Louisville postponed until August, she expressed her displeasure via social media, tweeting early Friday that she was "sick of waking up to needles.
April 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Junior point guard Max Hazzard of Los Angeles Loyola has picked up a scholarship offer from UC Santa Barbara. He is playing this spring and summer with the Oakland Soldiers, which is loaded with top players.  
April 18, 2014 | By Darcey Steinke
When his mother begins getting serious about her new boyfriend, 15-year-old Miles Adler-Hart does what any good citizen of L.A. would do: He hires a private detective. "Casebook," the sixth novel by Mona Simpson, focuses on divorce and its aftermath through the eyes of Miles, who himself is a budding expert in espionage. The book opens with him at 9 lying in wait under his parents' bed gazing up at the box springs' "gray dust towers, in globular, fantastic formations. " He hopes to find out if he'll be allowed to watch the TV show "Survivor," but he learns much more than he bargained for. His father admits his attraction to other women, and his mother reveals that she is deeply unhappy.
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