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February 12, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Los Angeles drivers, beware: For 80 hours this long Presidents Day weekend, most or all lanes of a key stretch of the northbound 405 Freeway will be closed. The shutdowns through the Sepulveda Pass - from about 10 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Tuesday - will enable workers to pave and restripe the highway where they've been adding a carpool lane. Officials are urging drivers to avoid traveling north through West L.A. and the Sepulveda Pass during the closures, nicknamed by transportation officials as Jamzilla.
February 12, 2014 | By Martha Groves
What's more complicated than Carmageddon and could seriously mess with the flow of Angelenos' long Presidents' Day weekend? It's Jamzilla. That's the monster-evoking moniker that transportation officials have adopted for the 405 Freeway lane closures slated to begin late Friday, just in time for the post-Valentine's-Day dinner rush. For 80 hours - from about 10 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Tuesday - most or all lanes on the busy northbound side of the freeway will be closed. The shutdowns through the Sepulveda Pass will allow workers to pave and re-stripe the highway where a carpool lane is being added.
February 3, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday insisted he never knew that his aides had intentionally fouled up traffic approaches to the George Washington Bridge until after the lanes had been reopened - though he admitted he might have heard about traffic snarls while they were happening and not paid any attention. Answering questions during his monthly radio call-in show from Trenton, Christie also said that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed records from his office, as part of investigations into possible abuses of power by his administration.
January 31, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani and Mark Z. Barabak
A former close aide to Gov. Chris Christie said the governor knew about the George Washington Bridge road closures while they were happening, disputing the governor's assertions that he only learned about the mess later. A lawyer for David Wildstein, who engineered the lane closures while working at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in a letter that the closures came at the “at the Christie adminstration's order” and that “evidence exists” to show the governor learned of it during the closures and the ensuing four-day traffic jam in Fort Lee, the town leading to the bridge.
January 30, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The five Academy Award nominees for animated short film this year split up into two disparate groups: happy meal and white tablecloth. Originally shown with the Disney feature film "Frozen," "Get a Horse!" is the best known and most seen of the bunch. As with "Saving Mr. Banks," Disney has mined its archives to bring us a 3-D meta update of 1920s Mickey Mouse cartoons. It's a blend of folly and nostalgia that won a nomination over "The Blue Umbrella," the whimsical Pixar short that ran before "Monsters University.
January 21, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Lane closures along a 1.9-mile stretch of Mar Vista and Sawtelle began Tuesday and are expected to continue for months as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power constructs an underground high-voltage power line. Lane closures are expected on sections of Bundy Drive and Centinela Avenue south of the 10 Freeway and north of Venice Boulevard. The closures will take place between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, LADWP officials said in a news release said. The department said the excavation work would involve installing trenches, underground maintenance vaults and infrastructure improvements.
January 19, 2014 | Louis Sahagun
Traffic was backed up on the southbound 110 Freeway through downtown Los Angeles after a suspicious object found on a Montebello bus Sunday night prompted the closure of a connector road feeding several ramps, officials said. California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said the connector road that leads to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Street offramps would remain closed until 3:30 a.m. Monday. The closure was requested about 10 p.m. by Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad investigators, who responded to a report of a possible pipe bomb found on the bus, which was parked along Beaudry Avenue, between 6th and 4th streets.
January 18, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - In August, Ma Liangfu and the more than 100 other inmates at the Tumuji Reeducation Through Labor Camp in Inner Mongolia received good news: China was abolishing its much-criticized network of detention facilities, known as laojiao , where people have been imprisoned without trial for up to four years. Police sent Ma to the camp in April 2012 and he was forced to work long hours growing tomatoes, cucumbers and cabbage. His offenses? Establishing an anticorruption group, handing out fliers at a Beijing railway station, and helping others to petition the government over grievances such as land disputes.
January 17, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
Top members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration and political inner circle are among those receiving subpoenas for records of their emails, texts and phone calls related to the decision last year to redraw traffic lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge. Christie himself is not on the list of 20 people and organizations. Known recipients include the governor's office and his campaign organization; the deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly , whom Christie fired last week; Kevin O'Dowd, his outgoing chief of staff , recently nominated by Christie to be the state attorney general; his incoming chief of staff, Regina Egea ; Bill Baroni, Christie's top appointment at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who resigned last month; and Charles McKenna, the governor's chief counsel , according to a list released Friday afternoon by the two-day-old Assembly Select Committee on Investigations.
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