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‘Lost’ memoirs, photos of The Beach Boys up for auction

By Donna Littlejohn|

7 bands DJ Rodney Bingenheimer played before they were famous

After more than 41 years on KROQ 106.7 FM, Rodney Bingenheimer’s “Rodney on the Roq” will play its final tracks from midnight — 3 a.m. Monday, June 5. Airplay from the onetime club owner, dubbed the “Mayor of t...

By Vanessa Franko|


  • Homelessness

    Sales tax bump to help LA County homeless delayed, which could cause funding shortfall

    Los Angeles County residents will begin paying a quarter-cent sales tax to help the homeless beginning on Oct. 1, three months later than county officials had hoped. The start time was set by the California Board of Equalization and means that instead of generating the projected $355 million in Measure H sales tax funds for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, about $266 million will be raised instead, according to a draft memo released Friday. But the shortfall won’t impact the...

    Susan Abram

  • Funerals and memorial services

    Chris Cornell’s Hollywood memorial draws Soundgarden bandmates, Brad Pitt and Pharrell

    As notes from his song “The Promise” filled the air, Chris Cornell’s memorial service began under a somber gray sky reminiscent of Seattle and the music scene he helped shape in the 1990s. Flanking a reflecting pool at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, family and friends including Brad Pitt, Pharrell and Christian Bale joined several of Cornell’s former bandmates for Friday’s private ceremony. The two-time Grammy winner and frontman of Soundgarden,...

    Denise Quan

  • Funerals and memorial services

    Fans mourn, pay tribute to Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

    A cloudy sky that evoked the Seattle music scene Chris Cornell helped shape in the 1990s blanketed Hollywood Forever cemetery Friday for his memorial and funeral. Best known as lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell, 52, died last Wednesday in his hotel room after a concert in Detroit. Celebrities and fans alike mourned the singer - some with custom made T-shirts, others with flowers wrapped in flannel. If you are viewing this on a mobile device, click

    Denise Quan

  • Science museums

    Students jump at chance to see wild, weird, wonderful frogs at Aquarium of the Pacific

    Oohs and aahs filled Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific on Friday as scores of students wandered up the stairs, past the Tropical Pacific and around the Reef Crest, and into an amphibian wonderland. “Frogs: Dazzling and Disappearing,” which features over a dozen types of frogs of myriad colors and unusual traits, debuted to entertain and enlighten the young visitors. The exhibit showcased the varying environments and unique abilities that frogs have...

    By Brennon Dixson-Archer Special to the Press-Telegram|

  • Hate crimes

    As hate crimes rise in LA, new report says ‘hard left’ actions also pose threat

    Violent clashes and arrests as a result of political intolerance increased in 2016 on California college campuses and at pro-Trump rallies, as did far-left extremism that could lead to more civil conflicts, researchers concluded in a report presented this week to Los Angeles County officials. Frayed race relations, demographic changes and political divisions along with distrust in institutions and the democratic process all contributed to the rise of hate crimes and extremism, said...

    Susan Abram

  • Theft

    2 Fontana men accused of stealing SUV they rented in Glendale

    FONTANA >> Two men were arrested in Fontana on Thursday in connection with the theft of a vehicle they rented in Glendale. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said Friday. At 5:01 p.m. Thursday, two San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies located a black Cadillac XTS that had been reported stolen eastbound on Merrill Avenue near Beach Avenue, according to a sheriff’s statement. After calling for backup, the deputies signalled for the...

    Jim Steinberg

  • Dogs

    Two tiny bull terrier mixes are ready to leave shelter life behind

    Gretchen and Gwen didn’t come to the West Valley Animal Shelter together, but in the two weeks they have been in the same kennel, the two bull terrier mixes have become fast friends. It’s more a testament to each dog’s overall friendliness that they get along so well. If you want to adopt two dogs, these two girls would make the perfect pair. But they’re so personable, either Gretchen (ID # A1702064) or Gwen (ID # A1701658) would make a great addition to any...

    From staff reports|

  • Local governments

    Phone outages at San Fernando Valley LAPD stations prompt city funding for upgrades

    The loss of non-emergency telephone service at several police stations in the San Fernando Valley in February may have prompted Los Angeles officials to take the first steps toward upgrading the city’s faltering phone system. The city’s latest budget includes $648,000 to replace traditional landline phones that stopped working earlier this year with a ‘smart’ system known as Voice Over Internet Protocol or VOIP, at the Van Nuys, Foothill, Devonshire, and...

    Elizabeth Chou

  • Marijuana

    Two $100-million funds show big investors jumping into pot business

    A Beverly Hills-based firm says that over the next 12 months it will invest at least $100 million into legal cannabis ventures in California.StarGreen Capital plans to spread that $100 million between 15 to 25 startup or growing marijuana businesses, according to firm CEO Paul Daneshrad. The goal is to help those companies overcome persistent challenges the industry faces in accessing capital and real estate, and to help those businesses stay competitive as the Golden State’s...

    By Brooke Staggs bstagg|

  • Evacuations

    Partial evacuation lifted at Ontario Airport terminal 2 after training device discovered during baggage screening

    ONTARIO >> A portion of Terminal 2 at the Ontario International Airport was evacuated on Friday afternoon after authorities discovered an inert training device in the checked baggage of a passenger — but no flights were delayed, airport officials say. Shortly before 4 p.m., security discovered the device and, per protocol, the area was cleared and police were notified, said Dan Adamus, spokesman for the Ontario International Airport Authority. “It was...

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