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May 8, 2011 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
One man was killed and two others were injured in a head-on collision in South Los Angeles early Sunday, police said.   The accident occurred just after 2 a.m. when a motorist going west on Manchester Avenue attempted to make a left turn onto Figueroa Street and struck a vehicle going east on Manchester. The driver of the eastbound vehicle was taken to California Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. His male passenger suffered serious injuries but was expected to live, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Cy Feliciano.
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April 10, 2014 | By David Zahniser, Emily Alpert Reyes and Soumya Karlamangla
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti presented a long and eclectic list of initiatives in his first State of the City address Thursday, promising to reinvigorate the city's major boulevards, cut taxes for businesses, put building records online and keep a lid on rates at the Department of Water and Power. Speaking at the California Science Center in South Los Angeles, Garcetti spelled out in detail his "back to basics" agenda, which focuses on public safety, economic prosperity, quality of life and a well-run city government.
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June 25, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Robert J. Lopez and Richard Winton
A Los Angeles police officer was reportedly shot Tuesday evening in an unincorporated neighborhood in South Los Angeles, authorities told The Times.  The officer was in an area patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in an area near 117th and Willowbrook, not far the sheriff's Century Station. The officer was shot in the face, one source told The Times. It was not immediately clear why the officer was in the area. The Los Angeles County Fire Department said the officer was taken to a local hospital. There were no immediate details on the extent of the officer's wounds.
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April 8, 2014
Anthony Wardlaw was fresh out of foster care three years ago when he went on general relief, Los Angeles County's $221-a-month welfare program for the destitute. When he tried to use the money to buy his mother a hamburger, his government debit card didn't work. And he had no idea why. According to a $7.9-million settlement agreement announced Tuesday, Wardlaw was one of thousands of people who were knocked off the welfare rolls without proper notice when applications swelled during the Great Recession.
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July 16, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton, Ruben Vives and Emily Alpert
Scores of protesters gathered Tuesday evening in Leimert Park for another night of demonstrations against the acquittal of George Zimmerman, hoisting signs reading "Justice for Trayvon. " Officials expressed hope that the event would remain calm in the aftermath of the mayhem that erupted along Crenshaw Boulevard on Monday night. As of early evening Tuesday, the Leimert Park protest was peaceful. Children were mingled in the crowds. More than 50 people gathered to demonstrate as the evening wore on. Cherry Thomas, 27, a hairstylist from West Los Angeles who was born and raised in Leimert Park, said her two sons were her primary motivation for coming out to protest Tuesday night.
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January 27, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A 36-year-old Los Angeles man was fatally struck by a vehicle Sunday night on the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles, authorities said. Police and firefighters responded to a report of a pedestrian down in the roadway about 10:30 p.m., according to a statement by the California Highway Patrol.  The pedestrian, whose identity has not been released, was struck by a 2001 Chrysler in the southbound express lane just north of Century Boulevard, authorities...
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May 19, 2013 | By Corina Knoll
The Los Angeles County coroner's office on Sunday identified a man who was fatally shot during a dispute at a nightclub in the Exposition Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Anthony R. Buckner of Los Angeles, 42, was inside a venue in the 3500 block of Normandie Avenue on Saturday about 4 a.m. when he began fighting with another man, coroner's investigator Lt. Cheryl MacWillie and Los Angeles Police Officer Bruce Borihanh said. The suspect produced a handgun and shot Buckner, Borihanh said.
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June 16, 2013 | By Jean Merl
A man died early Sunday when he was unable to escape a fire in his makeshift home in an auto repair shop in South Los Angeles, authorities said Los Angeles firefighters were summoned to the 8000 block of S. San Pedro Street at 1:36 a.m. when a passerby noticed smoke pouring from the one-story building, according to Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Crews forced their way into the well-secured building to battle flames fed by "pack-rat" conditions.  Inside, they found a man who had no pulse and was not breathing.
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October 16, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
The South Coast Air Quality Management District's top brass faced a frustrated crowd at a town hall meeting Wednesday, during which more than 100 South Los Angeles residents criticized the agency's inability to say whether fumes from an oil field are hazardous. Some of those gathered in an auditorium at the Doheny Campus of Mount St. Mary's College cradled Styrofoam model heads pierced with sewing needles or bound in rope to demonstrate ailments they believe are linked to the oil pumping operation: dizziness, chronic fatigue, severe headaches and nose bleeds.
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February 8, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Sam Allen and Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
One of two teachers accused of abusing students at Miramonte Elementary School was charged Tuesday with three felony counts and fired by the Los Angeles Board of Education. Martin Bernard Springer, 49, was arrested Friday after two students at the school accused him of fondling them. But the charges filed Tuesday - three counts of committing lewd acts - involve a single girl. A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said the second girl recanted her accusation.
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April 7, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Police are searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The victim suffered a gunshot wound just before 6 p.m. Saturday at 92 nd Street and Central Avenue, said Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department. The man, who authorities said was in his late 40s, has not been identified. He was transferred to a local hospital where he later died, Joseph said. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County The incident was possibly gang-related, he said.
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April 2, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Nowhere in the Los Angeles area are trees more sparse than in South Los Angeles. City and county officials have been working for years in that part of town to create pastoral swaths of parks, greenbelts and even wetlands — fighting against drought, desert climate, urban blight and concrete streets — but it is a long, slow process. The City Council districts across South L.A. still have about half the canopy cover of the rest of the city. So it was troubling, back in 2012, that about 400 trees south of the 10 Freeway had to be cut down to allow the space shuttle Endeavour to lumber through the streets on its way to the California Science Center.
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March 28, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Hoping to garner voter and political support across Los Angeles County for a possible half-cent sales tax increase, transportation advocates gathered downtown Friday to unveil a proposal for a 2016 ballot measure that could fund a range of new transit projects, including a toll highway and rail line through the Sepulveda Pass. The tax proposal, announced by the advocacy group Move L.A., could raise an estimated $90 billion over 45 years and cost the average resident 25 cents to 30 cents a day, proponents said.
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March 25, 2014 | Corina Knoll
She spent three decades in prison as the outside world moved on. Her children aged. Grandchildren were born. Friends passed away. Mary Virginia Jones, who was serving life without parole for murder, did not despair. She told visitors not to cry. An ordained minister, she preached to dozens every week at the interfaith chapel. She directed Bible services, led hymns and was sought out by those who asked for spiritual guidance. They called her "Mother Mary. " On Monday, she walked into a Los Angeles courtroom in a blue jumpsuit, her hands shackled behind her, her gray hair pulled into a taut bun. The 74-year-old calmly sat down and smiled at her attorneys.
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March 19, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A boy and a woman were apparently grazed by a bullet Wednesday evening as they rode a Dash bus through South Los Angeles, police said. The bullet appeared to have been fired from the street as the bus drove along Avalon Boulevard near 42nd Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Officer Sara Faden said the boy was about 10 and the woman was in her 30s. Two rescue ambulances were requested.  The incident was reported around 6:40 p.m. No other details were immediately available.
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March 19, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police late Wednesday were looking for a suspect or suspects in connection with a shooting that left a woman and boy wounded while they rode a Dash bus in South Los Angeles. Police said it was not clear whether the victims were grazed by the bullet or cut by shattered glass after the bullet smashed a window on the bus at Avalon Boulevard near 42nd Street. The boy was believed to be about 10 years old and the woman was in her 30s, said Officer Sara Faden of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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January 8, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant
Hundreds of South Los Angeles homeowners will no longer be required to buy costly flood insurance after a federal agency decided that it had mistakenly put them in a high-hazard zone. After reviewing new topographic data, the Federal Emergency Management Agency removed 876 parcels in the Parks Mesa Heights neighborhood, according to a Dec. 28 letter from FEMA to the Los Angeles Department of Public Works. FEMA added the homes to existing flood-hazard zones when it updated maps in June 2008.
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September 29, 2008 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
For years, Johnson Community Day School has been the second, third or last chance for students kicked out of other middle and high schools. And many have thrived in a setting with small classes, counseling and close supervision to overcome truancy, drug use or brushes with the law. But now Johnson itself is being booted. Next month, the school must vacate its longtime South Los Angeles campus, pushing students already on the edge of failure into a cross-town commute.
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March 17, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison and Kurt Streeter
Plans for the revitalization of the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts have been thrown into disarray after Los Angeles officials learned Monday that the city will not be awarded a $30-million federal grant they had been counting on for the development. For years, officials have been touting their plan to spend upward of $700 million to transform the derelict and often dangerous housing project into a mixed-income community of up to 1,800 stylish new apartments, along with chain stores and new streetscapes.
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March 17, 2014 | Sandy Banks
It's a story whose elements are all too familiar. It's easy to deem it another indictment of our failing child welfare system: A drug addict who has already lost six children to the foster care system is jailed after her two little boys wander into a liquor store alone, hungry and looking for food. The toddlers - 2 and 3 years old - are wearing soiled diapers and dirty clothes. It takes police two days to track down their mother whose rap sheet includes arrests for prostitution and theft.
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