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June 22, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Teresa Watanabe
After four years of construction and $5.5 million in fundraising, the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley formally opened its soaring new mosque Saturday. For Muslim worshippers, the transformation of their prayer space from a dilapidated church next to a smelly chicken farm purchased three decades ago to a 45,000-square-foot structure complete with a school, mortuary, health clinic and three libraries marks a coming of age for their community. It's also powerful evidence of a building boom of new mosques in both Southern California and the nation.
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June 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A violent crash in Pico Rivera that killed three people, including two children, Thursday night appears to have been caused by a speeding driver who crossed into oncoming traffic, authorities said. A preliminary investigation shows that the northbound Honda Civic was going too fast around a curve in the 3500 block of San Gabriel River Parkway and veered into the southbound lanes, where it slammed head-on into a Nissan Sentra, said Lt. Arthur Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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June 14, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Climate change is likely to wipe a lot of the white from those postcard winter scenes of Los Angeles ringed by snow-capped mountains, according to new research. A UCLA study released Friday projects a significant decline in snowfall on the ranges that provide a dramatic backdrop to urban Southern California. By mid-century, the amount of snow draping the mountains could decrease 30% to 40%, researchers say. If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, the ranges could lose two-thirds of their snow by century's end. That means fewer and fewer days in coming decades will reflect the classic images of sun and snow that have idealized life in Southern California since 1920s citrus-crate labels beckoned to Easterners.
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June 7, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
Bill Carns and his girlfriend were the last people to be attacked by  Richard Ramirez, the "Night Stalker" serial killer who murdered 13 people in 1984 and '85 and was convicted of dozens of other felonies, including rape. On Friday, the day that Ramirez died of natural causes, Carns welcomed the death of his attacker. “It's about time,” Carns told The Times by telephone from his home in Bismarck, N.D. “Finally, justice has been served…. I'm glad it's over.” Carns was a 29-year-old electrical engineer living with his girlfriend in Mission Viejo in Orange County on the night of the attack.
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June 7, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
San Gabriel Valley's 626 Night Market , an event inspired by the popular night markets in Asia, is returning for three weekends this summer at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. This weekend's event, which will be housed at the racetrack's Paddock Gardens on Saturday and Sunday, brings together more than 80 Asian street food vendors , 70 local merchandise vendors and local performance artists, organizers said. Additional activities such as film screenings, a dance floor and children's activities will also be on site.
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May 7, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
The San Gabriel City Council voted to seat councilman-elect Chin Ho Liao on Monday, concluding a series of public hearings sparked by a resident's election fraud complaint. Liao was the second highest vote-getter in the city's March elections, but the council voted not to seat him after Fred Paine accused Liao of living outside the city. As part of the same action in March, the council began its own inquiry into the question of Liao's residency. Two ousted incumbents provided two of the votes to launch the hearings, prompting raised eyebrows from election experts.  During three days of courtroom-style hearings last month, Liao provided evidence of his intent to move to San Gabriel and called witnesses to testify that he was living in a rented apartment within the city's borders before and after seeking nomination papers.
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May 3, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A 2-acre brush fire was threatening homes in the San Gabriel Valley suburb of Walnut, just west of Diamond Bar, officials said. "It is very close to homes at this point," said Los Angeles County fire inspector Quvondo Johnson. "It started in the brush, but it's close to homes. " The brush fire broke out at 3:50 p.m. and officials called a second alarm at 4:07 p.m. The fire ignited near the 600 block of North Silver Valley Trail.   ALSO:   California wildfire: Fire roars toward luxury homes in Hidden Valley   Glendale fire: Evacuations ordered as helicopters attack blaze   Glendale brush fire closes 2-134 Freeway interchange twitter.com/ronlin ron.lin@latimes.com
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April 27, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
San Gabriel Councilman-elect Chin Ho Liao was the second highest vote-getter in the city's March elections, but his first time on the council dais last week was as a witness under cross-examination. The City Council voted not to seat Liao after resident Fred Paine filed a complaint alleging that Liao's true residence is outside of the city's borders. Though Liao has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court to contest the council's vote, the city has also created its own hearing process to determine Liao's residency.
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April 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
El Monte police officers shot and wounded a man who allegedly stole a delivery truck early Friday morning and was chased into San Gabriel. A bloody sidewalk next to a delivery truck at San Marino Avenue and Leslie Drive marked the spot where the pursuit reached its conclusion about 4:40 a.m. after the driver hit a spike strip. As the driver backed up the truck toward officers, they opened fire, Sheriff's Lt. John Corina said. The suspect, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.
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April 26, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, This post has been corrected. Please see details below.
San Gabriel Councilman-elect Chin Ho Liao was the second-highest vote-getter in the city's March elections, but on Thursday he took the council dais for the first time as a witness under cross examination. The City Council voted not to seat Liao on March 26 and launched their own investigation after resident Fred Paine filed a complaint alleging that Liao's true residence is outside the city's borders. Though Liao has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court to contest the council's vote, the city has also created its own hearing process to determine Liao's residency.
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