Scott Dekraai, a 47-year-old former tugboat operator, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for killing his ex-wife and seven others in a 2011 shooting rampage at the hair salon where she worked. He pleaded guilty three years ago. At the sentencing hearing, the judge told the victims' family and friends, "the criminal justice system here in Orange County has largely failed you."
"When I first started 'Strong Island,' we hadn't yet seen the cascade of cellphone videos of people losing their lives on social media," Ford told KPCC. "There was a larger lesson that I knew was a part of my family's story and a part of what happened to my brother that needed to be shared."
Trying to prevent future outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," the FDA approves the scope with a disposable cap. The agency says the innovation should make it easier to remove dangerous bacteria that can get trapped in scopes. Some experts question whether the new design goes far enough to be effective.
Spend your first official weekend of fall at a lobster festival in Redondo Beach, under the stars at Malibu Wines for a movie screening, roaring through Dino Fest at the Natural History Museum, wandering the streets of Abbot Kinney, watching surfing dogs in Huntington Beach or tasting 11 of the best burgers from around Los Angeles. See our full roundup of events.
Security threats, low turnout and the rollout of a new law that will change how voters cast ballots all pose potential problems for elections officials statewide. By 2018, L.A. County plans to upgrade its vote by mail ballots, doing away with the current Scantron-like system that voters have used for years. Instead, a larger, consolidated ballot sheet will include measures and candidates together.
His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week: “I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition. Far from it. The bill’s authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them," McCain said in a statement. "I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. So am I."
Survivors are still being pulled from rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. The L.A. County Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue Team is helping with recovery efforts.
The Streetscapers painted an urban tapestry reflecting the diversity of Boyle Heights in the 1980s. Then it was destroyed. But its loss was not in vain. They sued Shell Oil but lost their initial case. Art like theirs wasn't covered under the state's Preservation Act. The group persevered and appealed and, in 1991, the ruling was overturned. Some of the artists spoke with KPCC about the mural.
Pasadena residents: You now live in an "Early Learning City." An event Saturday will mark the city's renewed commitment to its youngest residents and serve as a forum to get community input on how to improve outcomes for kids. It's part of a movement called Early Learning Nation 2025, which aims to improve outcomes for the so-called "Generation Alpha" – kids born between 2010-2025.
KPCC spoke with a survival preparedness pro who shared his top pieces of advice, including: knowledge is more useful than stuff, don't wait to prepare, think twice about evacuating and storing water is the easiest and best thing to do. See our emergency preparedness guide for more prep tips, how to talk to kids about disasters and what to do immediately after a big earthquake.