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Rihanna, Puig, Robert Woods Among Alleged Victims of Indicted Burglary Ring
3/6/2019 3:55:51 PM

Elderly and Asians were the primary targets in elaborate scheme By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Grand jury indictments against 31 alleged gang members facing 93 total felony counts—including home invasion robbery, elder abuse and torture—were unsealed Monday as two-thirds of the defendants pleaded not guilty to participating in a burglary ring targeting elderly and Asian victims. Eight other cases against some of the defendants—including for allegedly burglarizing the homes of Los Angeles-area celebrities and athletes, including singer Rihanna,...

Compton Non-Profit Receives $1.1 Million Grant from the Department of Labor
3/6/2019 3:53:54 PM

COMPTON—The U.S. Department of Labor is recognizing the work of Compton’s EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services by awarding the agency a $1.1 million grant to support academic and occupational skills training for nearly 70 at-promise youth. Of the $85 million awarded across the country, Compton YouthBuild was one of only 5 programs in California to receive the grant. “We are so proud of the accomplishments of our young people and receiving this award will allow our agency to continue to provide not only our educational component in collaboration with YouthBuild Charter...

Metro Board Wants Studies on Congestion Pricing, Taxes for Uber and Lyft
3/6/2019 3:50:13 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Metro Board of Directors agreed unanimously Thursday to move forward with two feasibility studies on raising the cost of either driving in a vehicle or riding in an Uber or Lyft in Los Angeles County. Congestion pricing and levying a tax on companies like Uber and Lyft—referred to as Transportation Network Company rides—are steps other jurisdictions have undertaken, according to Metro staff reports, which noted that Chicago levies a tax of 67 cents per trip on TNCs and congestion pricing has been successful in other cities, including...

L.A. Sheriff's Deputy Pleads Guilty in Sham Drug Warehouse Search Case
3/6/2019 3:48:48 PM

By Fred Shuster   LOS ANGELES (CNS)—A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and another man pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges stemming from the armed robbery of more than a half-ton of marijuana and $645,000 in cash and money orders from a downtown Los Angeles warehouse. Deputy Marc Antrim, 41, of South El Monte, entered his plea in Los Angeles federal court to five felonies, including conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and deprivation of rights under color of law. He also agreed to forfeit a Mercedes-Benz sedan and cash and money orders...

County Goes to Court to Challenge Villanueva on Deputy Reinstatement
3/6/2019 3:47:16 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—The power struggle between Sheriff Alex Villanueva and the county over the reinstatement of a deputy who was fired after being accused of domestic violence landed in court Monday, with the county asking a judge to uphold the deputy's termination The county filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging Villanueva's reinstatement of Caren Carl Mandoyan, who was fired in 2016 by then-Sheriff Jim McDonnell. According to the Los Angeles Times, a fellow deputy alleged Mandoyan grabbed her by the neck, tried to break into her home and sent her...

Inspector General’s Report Raises Concerns About Overcrowded Jails, Lack of Care
3/6/2019 3:40:17 PM

By Elizabeth Marcellino   LOS ANGELES (CNS)—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors postponed discussion of a report by the Office of Inspector General that raises concerns about overcrowded jails, poor quality of medical and mental health care for inmates and the persistence of dangerous social cliques in the Sheriff's Department. While none of those issues are new, the OIG report released last month highlights uncertainty about how effective Sheriff Alex Villanueva will be in tackling the problems. One question is how cooperative the new sheriff plans to be in...

Woman Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Attack on 91-Year-Old Man
3/6/2019 3:38:50 PM

COMPTON (CNS)—A Los Angeles woman was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in state prison for beating a 91-year-old grandfather with a brick in Willowbrook last summer. Laquisha Jones, 30, pleaded no contest Dec. 27 to a felony elder abuse charge stemming from the attack, which occurred on the Fourth of July last year. Jones attacked the man without provocation near 118th and Robin streets, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The aftermath of the attack was captured on cell phone video that showed Rodolfo Rodriguez on the ground, with blood covering...

Long Beach State University to Host 2019 Women’s Research Colloquium and Dinner
3/6/2019 3:36:46 PM

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women at Long Beach State University presents the 2019 Women’s Research Colloquium. People attending the colloquium will learn about research done by women, as well as research related to women’s issues and concerns. The dinner event will feature two selected research presentations with discussions. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women serves the campus community through initiating, advocating and implementing action that addresses the concerns of CSULB women students, faculty, staff and...

‘Paradise’ by Laura Maria Censabella to Re-Open at Matrix Theatre
3/6/2019 3:28:52 PM

Science, culture and religion collide in acclaimed Viola Davis/Julius Tennon produced West Coast premiere. Following four weeks of sold-out performances at the Westside’s Odyssey Theatre, the acclaimed production of Laura Maria Censabella’s moving, funny and thought-provoking drama, produced by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions and American Oasis, will re-open at the Matrix Theatre for a second four-week run beginning March 8. What is the science behind first love? Two outsiders, a gifted Yemeni-American teenager at a poorly rated high school in the...

Black Super Hero Magic Mama
3/6/2019 3:27:16 PM

When Sabrina’s 14-year-old son dies in a police shooting, it prompts a flurry of media attention and calls for racial justice. Unable to play the expected role of grieving mother, Sabrina retreats into the fantasy world of superheroes and arch-villains that inhabit the comic book created by her son before his death. Both heartbreaking and highly imaginative, this stunning world premiere from Los Angeles-based playwright Inda Craig-Galván signals the arrival of an exciting and distinctive new voice in American theater.   Geffen Playhouse Theater, 10886 Le Conte Avenue,...