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January 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A 28-year-old man has died at a hospital after authorities say he got into a fight with two members of his family in Culver City, police said Thursday. Trinidad Sanchez was involved in a “physical altercation” with family members Wednesday night in the 11600 block of Washington Boulevard, according to a statement from Culver City police. “As a result of the altercation, Mr. Sanchez became ill and was taken to the hospital by relatives, where he succumbed to his injuries,” the statement said.
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NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 2.8 earthquake was reported Thursday morning near Marina del Rey, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 7:53 a.m. PST at a depth of 5.6 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was two miles from Santa Monica and four miles from Culver City and El Segundo. In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service, and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013
Join Times transportation writer Laura J. Nelson for an L.A. Now Live discussion at 9 a.m. about Metro's Expo Line and a new study released this week. Nelson  reported  that after the light-rail line opened, Angelenos who lived within a half-mile of the station tripled their rail ridership and reduced their daily driving by 40%, according to the study. Furthermore, households within a half-mile of an Expo Line station reduced their driving by 10 to 12 miles a day, compared with those who lived farther away.  The 8.6-mile Expo Line opened April 28, 2012 to much fanfare as one of the first rail connections in decades to penetrate the traffic-clogged Westside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It's not every day I get to play elf to a Santa whose sleigh is a motorcycle. So I couldn't resist the offer from Kim Airs, who let me ride along on Sunday as she tooled around in her Santa Claus gear, handing out gifts to strangers. I might have declined if I'd seen the dorky outfit I'd be wearing: a billowy green velour jacket, huge red-and-white striped pants, and bells attached to my helmet. It's an elf costume created by her sister to match Airs' customized Santa suit, fake eyebrows and beard.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Though still-itinerant while waiting for a planned new home in Culver City, the Jazz Bakery was awarded an NEA Art Works Grant of $15,000, which will be put toward staging three shows with ensembles led by Ron Carter, Kenny Barron and Toshiko Akioshi. Scheduled for 2014, the concerts will also include a master class and a pre-concert lecture from the three NEA Jazz Masters.  The shows will be presented as part of the bakery's ongoing Movable Feast concert series, and dates and times for the concerts have yet to be finalized.
HOME & GARDEN
December 14, 2013 | Carly Milne, Milne is a Los Angeles freelance writer
Like a great lot of self-professed Angelenos, I'm a transplant. I was living in Northern California until the bursting bubble of the first dot-com boom, but my husband had grown up here. There was nothing left for us after the Internet dust had settled, so we found ourselves heading south. It wasn't a move I was overly enthused about, yet somewhere along the line, the city and its sprawl seduced me into an enduring affair I never expected. It started slowly. At first, we moved to the outer outskirts -- Rancho Cucamonga, to be exact -- and spent our time acclimating to the heat as we job-hunted in a direly dry economy.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | Matt Cooper
The Second City puts a twist on Dickens, the Troubies build a holiday show around one-hit wonders, and Impro Theatre is making it up as it goes along in "Jane Austen Unscripted. " The Gizmo Guys Comedy juggling act for ages 4 and up. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Today, 1 and 3:30 p.m. $8, $12. (562) 944-9801. Blue Suede Christmas A pair of Elvis impersonators perform classic hits and seasonal favorites. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos.
SPORTS
December 1, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Tournaments get under way on Monday at Santa Monica, Westchester, Pasadena Maranatha and Mission Viejo. The San Fernando Valley Invitational will take place at Crespi, Alemany, Kennedy and Granada Hills. Top teams making their debut include Loyola and Chaminade in the Santa Monica tournament, El Camino Real, Gardena Serra, Windward and Bishop Montgomery in the Westchester tournament and No. 1 Mater Dei at Mission Viejo. A team from Australia will get its first experience of Southern California basketball by playing the Monarchs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The musical chairs in California's Legislature continues when voters in a Los Angeles-area Assembly district go to the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill a vacant seat. One of the three candidates in the contest - all Democrats - is Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father, Mark Ridley-Thomas, who served in the Legislature before being elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The other candidates are former Culver City Mayor Christopher R. Armenta and John Jake, a real estate broker who is president of the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council.
FOOD
November 23, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
It's the holidays. The relatives are here, and you're tired of cooking and cleaning and then doing it all over again the next day. You need to get them out of the house - for brunch. Please, not a buffet. No mob scenes. You need a restaurant with a chef who has really thought about the meal that bridges breakfast and lunch. How about salmon slow-smoked over foraged "rabbit tobacco" or a sumptuous octopus hash with smashed fingerling potatoes? Maybe a classic omelet or shirred eggs? To start the meal, of course, you'll have a strong cup of coffee from a micro-roaster or perhaps a mimosa stained fuchsia with prickly pear fruit.
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