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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Homicide detectives in Santa Ana are investigating the early Friday morning shooting death of a man who was discovered lying on the ground in a residential neighborhood. Police said the man's identity is still not known. Someone called police about 1:10 a.m. Friday to report that a person was lying on the ground in the 1400 block of South Standard Street, according to a Santa Ana police news release. The officers who responded to the scene saw that the man had been shot and alerted paramedics, who pronounced him dead at the scene, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
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BUSINESS
January 19, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
After taking a timeout during the last recession, builders are at work across downtown Los Angeles erecting new apartments, stores and hotels - and there are plans in the works for much more. One of the largest concrete pours in local history will take place next month to lay the foundation of the Wilshire Grand hotel-office skyscraper, which will tower 73 stories over the city. A luxury apartment complex being built on Grand Avenue will house a Whole Foods Market. Chinatown has major new apartment complexes coming, and the hip Ace Hotel just opened its doors in a freshly restored 1920s high-rise on Broadway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | Bob Pool
We heard it before we felt it. A roaring sound jolted us awake a second or so before the Northridge earthquake violently shook our house at 4:31 a.m. It was Jan. 17, 1994. We live in Woodland Hills, 51/2 miles from the earthquake's epicenter -- which actually was in Reseda, not Northridge. And the ripple effects from that morning 20 years ago still haunt us. Once the shaking started it lasted only 25 or 30 seconds, although I thought it wouldn't stop before the whole house shook apart.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Move over Silver Lake and Los Feliz. Eagle Rock has the buzz this year, according to a new report. Eagle Rock was named the second “hottest” neighborhood in the United States by real estate brokerage firm Redfin. The list measures “the greatest growth in popularity over the last four months” based on page views and Realtor comments, according to Redfin. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America This list is composed of lesser-known neighborhoods with easy commutes to nearby cities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally accused a South Los Angeles oil operation of putting the health and safety of nearby residents at risk by failing to maintain safe operations or take steps to prevent accidental releases of hazardous substances. In issuing citations to Allenco Energy Inc., the EPA said the company could be subject to fines or other measures as a result of several violations discovered during a Nov. 6 inspection of the facility. "These are troubling violations because they go to the heart of how a safe operation is supposed to be run," Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, said.
NEWS
January 11, 2014 | By Ben Welsh and Thomas Suh Lauder, Los Angeles Times
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 10 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . Nine neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Atwater Village (A) was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 0.3 over the last three months. Montecito Heights (J) was the lone neighborhood with a property-crime alert. It recorded eight property crimes compared with its weekly average of 3.7 over the last three months.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
The front-end loader swung to the right and took a bite out of the shingled roof of the quaint cottage. The roar of the engine and crackle of buckling lumber carried down Elm Avenue in Manhattan Beach. Within 40 minutes, a demolition crew reduced the 1950s one-story to rubble. The 782-square-foot house would be replaced by a 3,300-square-foot Cape Cod. "It feels exactly like the good old days," said the property's developer, Mike Leonard. Those days of booming demolition and construction came during last decade's housing bubble.
WORLD
January 2, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- An explosion Thursday tore through a residential neighborhood in Beirut's southern suburbs, less than a week after a huge car bomb hit the city's commercial center. Early reports on Thursday's blast indicated that at least three people had been killed. Hezbollah's Al Manar television, which reported the deaths, showed scenes of the explosion's aftermath, with images of milling crowds and scorched vehicles. Many supporters of the Shiite Muslim group live in the area of the blast.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
"How are your kids, hon?" a woman asked Julia Roberts after stopping the actress on a Pacific Palisades sidewalk. She was a familiar neighborhood face to Roberts, and so the two caught up for a few minutes, hugged and parted ways. Here, in the tony enclave populated with Pilates studios and juice bars, this is how most people relate to Roberts - as a neighborhood mom. Someone who hides her makeup-less face behind Ray Bans while running errands; sets an alarm on her phone so she remembers to feed the meter; wears a neon-colored rubber band bracelet because her daughter made it for her. "The kind of energy I attract is very calm," said Roberts, 46, settling in for lunch at an empty local cafe.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Owners of an upscale apartment complex across the street from the popular Grove shopping center in Los Angeles are spending a fortune to make some of their best units even more luxurious - and more expensive to rent. In a handful of pricey neighborhoods across the city, some apartments are beginning to resemble a cross between a $1-million home and a five-star resort. The movement is turning on its head the long-held assumption that wealthy Los Angelenos buy, not rent, their residences.
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