CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 |
Sixty years ago, the Wilfandel House in the West Adams district was a hub of high society for black Los Angeles. Back then, Negroes couldn't book rooms in posh hotels or upscale party venues. So the wives of dozens of successful black men formed a club and purchased a home in what then was one of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods. "Everybody who was anybody who lived in L.A. or came through town was entertained at the Wilfandel," recalled Heilindia Brown, a former club president.
February 6, 2014 |
The school that gave us Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble has also given us Anthony Ireland. We just haven't noticed. For four years, Ireland has played on the same Gersten Pavilion basketball court at Loyola Marymount where Gathers and Kimble became a national force in Paul Westhead's shoot-without-conscience offense. On the night of March 4, 1990, Gathers collapsed and died of a heart condition on the court. In his honor, his friend, the right-handed Kimble, shot his first free throw of each ensuing game left-handed.
February 5, 2014 |
UCLA got a head start on signing when linebacker Zach Whitley, cornerback Mossi Johnson and safety Rob Robinson enrolled early. Whitley, who is 6-foot-2, 222 pounds, was a highly coveted player at Galena Park (Texas) North Shore High. He was ranked among the top 10 linebackers in the nation by scouting websites. Whitley orally committed to Alabama, but the Bruins managed to lure him away. He is ranked No. 192 on the ESPN top 300 high school players list. Johnson, who is 6-1, 170, committed a year ago, but delayed his enrollment after tearing two knee ligaments in a Texas all-star game.
February 3, 2014 |
The race to succeed Rep. Henry A. Waxman is emblematic of a fresh wave sweeping across California's politics and, increasingly, the national landscape: intraparty fratricide as a means of upward political mobility. Four of California's Democrats in Congress lost to members of their own party in 2012, while Republicans did not knock out a single opposition lawmaker. Another Democratic incumbent faces a stiff intraparty challenge in a Silicon Valley district this year, and the clash for the Waxman seat seems destined to be expensive and bloody.
January 30, 2014 |
Moira Hahn, like many consumers, always took it for granted that businesses wanted as much of her personal information as they could get. She didn't really start thinking about how such practices could come back to bite her until she became one of the millions of Target customers recently warned that her sensitive data could be in the hands of hackers. Credit and debit card numbers of as many as 110 million Target shoppers, along with their names, addresses and other info, were jeopardized after the company's databases were accessed after Thanksgiving by identity thieves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 |
Hundreds of law enforcement personnel are expected to turn out Wednesday for a funeral for a Bay Area Rapid Transit police sergeant who was mistakenly shot and killed by a fellow officer during a probation search earlier this month. The incident occurred the afternoon of Jan. 21 as members of BART's detective unit were conducting a probation search at a sprawling apartment complex in the eastern Alameda County bedroom community of Dublin. Det. Sgt. Tom Smith was shot by a field training officer for the force who apparently mistook him for a hostile suspect while emerging from a room, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, which cited unnamed law enforcement sources.