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Crime & Justice

​3 accused of pimping teens in LA trafficking ring

Teens 15  to 17 years old were lured into a commercial sex operation that solicited customers via online postings, according to L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. California AG Xavier Becerra called human trafficking "one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises worldwide."


Should logistics warehouses and schools be neighbors?

Fearful of the effects from truck exhaust, a group of parents in the San Bernardino community of Bloomington oppose a plan to build a warehouse within eyeshot of their children's elementary school. Numerous studies show kids who live near heavy traffic have higher incidences of health problems.

Environment & Science

Brown signs air pollution bill amid protests

"Today, we’re taking a step to take the poison out," Gov. Brown said Wednesday at the Neighborhood Youth Center in Bell Gardens, where he was signing a new air pollution control law. He then directly addressed a small crowd of protesters: "Hey hey, hey hey! Cap and trade is here to stay..."


Science camp empowers ‘invisible’ foster and homeless girls

State education data shows just half of students in foster care graduate from high school – 33 percentage points lower than the graduation rate for all California students. Lynwood Unified School District is trying to change those numbers with the help of a science camp for homeless and foster girls.


Overnight lane closures coming to 405 freeway near LAX

Work on the Crenshaw light rail line will close lanes overnight on the 405 Freeway beginning next week. While not as epic as Carmageddon, closures on one the country's busiest freeways are sure to inconvenience some drivers. See details on location, detours, dates and times.

SoCal, What's Good?

The Self-Realization Fellowship

What it is:
Seated atop Mt. Washington, this secluded sanctuary was once a hotel getaway for affluent Angelenos, but has been transformed into a spiritual center for Paramahansa Yogananda.
Why it's cool:
Its peaceful public gardens are a restorative oasis with some of the best views in the city, overlooking downtown and stretching to the Pacific Ocean.
You should know:
The public gardens are closed Mondays, but open 9-5 the rest of the week. Streetside parking is easy to find near the entrance to the grounds.