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April 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help in finding the gunman responsible for the fatal shooting of a delivery truck driver in South L.A., authorities said. Police responded to the 4700 block of South Flower Street around 7:30 a.m. Friday and discovered Pedro Antonio Rodriguez bleeding inside the cab of his delivery truck, authorities said. The truck was parked “askew at the curb,” an LAPD statement said. An investigation revealed that Rodriguez had also been the victim of a robbery, according to the statement.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By David Ng
San Diego Opera set a new deadline of May 19 to obtain new funding or close down after the resignation Thursday of 13 members of its board of directors, including President Karen Cohn. The new deadline will give the reconstituted board time to raise money to keep the company alive -- though what form it might take is uncertain. Under discussion at Thursday's meeting was a motion that stated in part that "additional information has come to the attention of the board regarding the prospects of new funding.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By David Ng
The president of San Diego Opera's board of directors resigned Thursday and walked out of an afternoon board meeting, deepening the uncertainty surrounding the troubled company.   A number of other board members also resigned Thursday, though it remained unclear how many of the nearly 60 members have officially stepped down. Karen Cohn had served as the board president and has been acting as the public voice of the company during much of the tumult following its March announcement that it was closing.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By David Ng
Steve Martin will present the world premiere of his much buzzed about new musical "Bright Star" in September at the Old Globe in San Diego as part of the company's 2014-15 season, which was announced on Thursday. "Bright Star," which Martin is writing with Edie Brickell, had been expected to debut at the Old Globe after the company held workshop performances earlier this year in New York. The musical, which runs from Sep. 13 to Nov. 2, had also been workshopped at the Powerhouse Theatre in upstate New York.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | Times staff reports
Police were called to Los Angeles Times late Friday evening after someone made the report of a gunman in the building. UPDATE: Man in custody after shooting threat at L.A. Times building Multiple officers responded, and areas of the building were locked down. One woman reported that a co-worker had shown her a bag of bullets and said he was depressed. There were no confirmed reports of shots fired. No other details were immediately available. 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 metrodesk@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
Two newborn kittens were accidentally shipped from Los Angeles to San Diego in small black boxes this week. The kittens were discovered with their umbilical cords still attached by Cox cable company employees in Chula Vista as part of a shipment of fiberglass equipment, according to 10 News in San Diego.  "They were very, very lucky that they didn't fall out of it in transport or when we were unloading the truck," Cox employee JC Collins told the station. The Humane Society's local chapter was called to care for the kittens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 17-year-old student was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making threats against a charter-school teacher in Point Loma and a middle school in Clairemont via social media. The boy was taken to Juvenile Hall on a possible charge of making a terrorist threat after the postings were discovered by authorities. A search of his family's home found no weapons, the San Diego Police Department said. The nature of the threats was not disclosed. ALSO: Rizzo gets 12 years in prison, must pay $8.8 million in Bell scandal Jay Z, Mayor Eric Garcetti expected to announce music festival Top Centinela official says FBI probing superintendent's high salary tony.perry@latimes.com Twitter: @LATsandiego
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April 15, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The county Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 1 Tuesday to oppose any attempt by the state Legislature to "eliminate or restrict the use of orcas at SeaWorld . " A legislative committee last week delayed a vote on a bill that would end orca shows at SeaWorld San Diego. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), was sent out for "interim study," an ill-defined process that could last 18 months. The county board alerted the chief administrative officer to be ready to oppose any attempt to reintroduce the Bloom bill or any other bill to curtail the killer whale shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By David Ng
The Sunday matinee of "Don Quixote" officially was San Diego Opera's final staging after five decades in existence, but the fate of the company still hangs in the balance as supporters fight to keep the opera afloat. The company's board of directors met Friday afternoon and voted to keep an April 29 deadline for the opera's closure. But the board also formed a special committee of six members to explore alternatives to shutting down. In a letter sent to employees on Sunday, Karen Cohn, the board president, said the meeting included a discussion of a reduced 2015 season, but that the board concluded that such an option would be viable only if staff cuts were made and if "we could raise substantial bridge funding for the summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By David Ng
San Diego Opera has enlisted the spin expertise of Mark Fabiani -- the  former deputy mayor of Los Angeles and former special counsel to President Bill Clinton -- to handle the company's public relations as it faces mounting criticism over its decision to shut down. A PR man with a long roster of prominent clients, Fabiani was an ascendant L.A. politician during the '80s. He served as the chief of staff under L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley and also took on the role of deputy mayor. Fabiani later served as special counsel to President Clinton, advising him on the Whitewater scandal and other matters.
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