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Why does the Blue Line have so many accidents?

A Blue Line Stop
Photo: Raymond Shobe on Flickr

Yesterday’s rail collision near downtown LA was familiar news. Since Metro’s Blue Line began running in 1990, its trains have crashed into vehicles and pedestrians almost 1,000 times, leading to 123 fatalities.
In this most recent collision, a minivan driver ran a red light near the corner of Washington Blvd and Maple Ave. No one was killed, but at least twelve were injured.

According to Najmedin Meshkati, …

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American a cappella with Filipino roots

Trace Gaynor of The Filharmonic at USC's Fisher Museum

Prospective crushes all over the country are about to get a glimpse of budding heartthrob Trace Gaynor, a senior at USC.  He comprises one-sixth of an a cappella boy band called The Filharmonic.
They don’t sound like that Philharmonic, nor do they perform music evocative of the country for which their band is named: the Philippines. They’re nice Filipino-American guys with amazing voices doing their own …

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Serial scammer Barry Minkow fleeced his own flock

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One of Southern California’s most notorious fraudsters has been convicted again, this time for stealing $3 million from a San Diego church congregation where he served as a pastor. Barry Minkow – who’s already serving time in a federal lockup for securities fraud – is facing five years in prison in the church case. Minkow achieved fame as a teenager in the 1980s when …

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Bye bye Baca: A surprise exit for embattled sheriff

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L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca is expected to announce his retirement at a news conference this morning – abandoning his bid for a fifth term as the county’s top cop. Baca has reportedly told top county officials that he believes that his departure will help the department move past years of turmoil and criticism. Baca, who was first elected in 1998, has portrayed himself …

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Study says Expo Line is getting people out of cars

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If you build it, they will come. That’s the upshot of a new USC study that looks at the impacts of the new Metro Expo Line on commuter behavior. The study finds that since the light rail line connecting downtown L.A. and Culver City opened, people living within half-mile of a station tripled their Metro ridership and reduced their carbon emissions. Families in the …

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Palmdale ordered to start over with city elections

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An L.A. judge has thrown out the results of Palmdale’s City Council elections and ordered the city to hold a new vote. L.A. Superior Court Judge Mark Mooney says Palmdale must elect its four council members from defined districts, instead of using an at-large voting system, in which office holders are elected citywide. Mooney ruled earlier this year that Palmdale’s at-large system discriminated against …

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Perks of office: Lawmakers head for Hawaiian Islands

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California legislators will begin arriving on Maui tomorrow for the lawmakers’ annual fall conference retreat in the Hawaiian Islands – a trip paid for by big businesses and unions. It’s a tradition that worries good government advocates. While in Hawaii, legislators are supposed to participate in panels involving healthcare, energy, economic development and public safety. But in between panel discussions lawmakers can play golf, …

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Filipino groups mobilizing for typhoon relief

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A major local effort is underway to help survivors of the devastating typhoon in the Philippines. Filipino churches have been leading the way – collecting money and supplies from parishioners and helping people try to connect with family members. Southern California is home to more than 300,000 Filipinos, the largest population of Filipinos outside of that country. Meanwhile, an El Segundo group made up …

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For Chivas USA fans, no place feels like home

Members of the Black Army 1850, a Chivas USA supporter
group, cheer on their team in the final minute of the game. (Photo: Avishay Artsy)

Los Angeles is home to two Major League Soccer teams.
The LA Galaxy is in the playoffs again and competing for its third straight title. LA’s other soccer team, Chivas USA, isn’t faring as well.
The team is on its third coach in less than a year, and there’s been high turnover among players and staff. Charges of racism and discrimination on the part of the team’s management …

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Mixer: LAUSD Sup. Deasy looking for the exit

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As the week draws to a close, Howard Blume and Dave Zanhiser — both from the LA Times — help us tie a ribbon on it.
The bell reportedly may be ringing for John Deasy.
The LAUSD superintendent may be about to resign. That story reported by Howard and the LA Times, who say Deasy could be leaving in the next few months.
Deasy has neither confirmed nor denied the …

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Who lost the Coliseum?

The entrance to the LA Memorial Coliseum

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum used to be among the most distinguished public buildings in California. It hosted two Olympic Games (1932 and 1984), two Super Bowls (including the first), and the 1959 World Series (Dodgers and Chicago White Sox). John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president there in 1960. And while the stadium often seemed rundown, you couldn’t question its …

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Clock ticks down for stalled Grand Avenue remake

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An ambitious and long-delayed plan to remake downtown’s Grand Ave. with luxury condo towers, high-end shops and a tony hotel faces a critical deadline at midnight tonight. That’s when an agreement is set to expire between a panel made up of city and county representatives and developer Related Cos. The Grand Ave. Authority rejected The New York company’s latest proposal earlier this month. The …

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Anaheim could be shut out by Angels name change; Woman fell from LAPD car; LAUSD iPad costs go up

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Name game. First they were the California Angels. And then the Anaheim Angels. Now they are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but perhaps not for long. There’s another name change in the offing for the professional baseball team that plays in Orange County.
Arte Moreno – the Angel’s billionaire owner – took a lot of flak from local fans when he changed the …

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UCLA, others could lose their leases at West L.A. V.A.; LAUSD bucks state trend on test scores; Beach grades

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V.A. Campus. A federal judge says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs misused its West L.A. campus by leasing land for purposes that have nothing to do with veteran’s healthcare.
UCLA’s baseball team has played at Jackie Robinson Stadium on the V.A. grounds for nearly 50 years – and the V.A. has also leased land for such things as movie studio storage, a hotel …

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Metta World Peace talks Lakers and mental health advocacy

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Metta World Peace is staying put with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The veteran small forward formerly known as Ron Artest will finish the final year of his contract, worth a reported $7.7 million dollars.
World Peace came to the Lakers as a free agent in 2009 and was a key part of their championship team that season.
But that’s not the only news Metta is making these …

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Today’s News: Developer shrinks Vine Street towers; LAUSD buys 30,000 iPads; Journalist killed in crash

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Hollywood towers. The developer behind a pair of planned residential and hotel towers near Hollywood and Vine has agreed to reduce of the height of the buildings by about 25 percent.
Millennium Partners told the L.A. City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee that it plans to build shorter, bulkier structures to address neighborhood concerns that the towers were too imposing. Under the new blueprint, …

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Today’s News: Plant to reopen despite arsenic worries; Ex-USC professor lands on ‘Most Wanted’ list; Bag ban

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Arsenic pollution. An L.A. judge says that a Vernon battery recycling plant accused of posing a health hazard to thousands of nearby residents can reopen pending a court hearing next month.
State officials had ordered the Exide Technologies plant to close in April. Regulators cited an AQMD report suggesting that the plant’s arsenic emissions posed a risk to more than 100,000 people in Maywood, Boyle …

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Today’s News: Marching for peace in Santa Monica; Brown pores over budget numbers; Bruce Lee tribute

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Peace Walk. Some Santa Monica residents took to the streets last night to call for peace and healing in the wake of a series of shootings in the Westside city. The demonstrators retraced the path taken by John Zawahri, the young gunman who killed five people before being shot to death by police at Santa Monica College.
The Peace Walk was organized by the Pico …

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Today’s News: Pitched battle to stop Powerhouse Fire; Discovery sheds light on Paiute massacre; Bulger trial

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Powerhouse Fire. Cooler weather and higher humidity are helping firefighters get a better handle on the Powerhouse Fire. Containment went from 20 percent to 40 percent overnight – but the blaze has now chewed through more than 46 square miles and nearly 3,000 residents are under mandatory evacuation orders.
Officials say at least six houses burned to the ground and 15 others were damaged this …

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Los Angeles HIV clinic in danger of losing its space

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Researchers at a Los Angeles County AIDS clinic say they’re being unfairly booted out of their space by the University of Southern California.
LA County’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent/Adult Center has offered care to HIV-infected people since 1988. It’s been operating out of the USC-owned Health Research Association building on Marengo Street, near where the 5 and 10 freeways intersect, since 1996.
The center is a …

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