A brief history of the Los Angeles Times

Here are some key moments in the history of the Los Angeles Times. Feb. 4, 1881 The Mirror Printing Office and Book Bindery begins publishing the six-day-a-week Los Angeles Daily Times. The four-page broadsheet costs a penny. July 28, 1882 Col. Harrison Gray Otis, fresh from a government post in…

Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years

With its newspaper, the Chandler dynasty shaped Los Angeles, only to sell it and fade into history. A new owner plans to use it to build his own legacy.

Nick Knox, drummer on the Cramps’ first four albums, dies at 60

Nick Knox, the furrow-browed drummer for the great punk band the Cramps, died Friday at 60. The musician played with the band on its first four classic albums, driving the so-called psychobilly outfit across songs including “Human Fly,” “Sunglasses After Dark” and “Call of the Wighat.” Knox was…

California’s newest public beach is glorious, but you have to paddle to get there — and the trip is treacherous

My plan was to kayak from Gaviota State Park to Hollister Ranch. Beautiful coast, lovely time of year. What could go wrong? For me, and for many others, this is the only way to get to one of California’s most off-limits beaches under a tentative agreement in a long, nasty…

I am raising my daughter to speak three languages. A stranger demanded I ‘speak English’ to her.

I felt her staring at me on the playground as I called out to my daughter. She must be someone’s grandmother, I thought. She must be curious, as people often are. Then she took one step toward me — pink fingernails, dark blond hair — and opened her mouth, e-nun-ci-a-ting…

¿Cómo tu idioma ha definido quién eres?

Dicen que el idioma es el mapa de ruta de una cultura. Nos puede indicar de dónde vienen las personas y hacia dónde se dirigen. Es identidad y cultura, historia y familia. Puede ser un acento. Una patria. Una ventana a un mundo completamente nuevo. El idioma también puede ser…

Young women seek a nun’s life with a joyful Vietnamese order

When Thao Nguyen was younger, she never expected to become a nun. Even though she had grown up in a Catholic family, she didn’t think her personality fit the stereotype of what a nun was supposed to be. “My sister and I — there were only two of us in…

LAPD hasn’t taken basic measures to prevent suicides in its jails, scathing report says

The Los Angeles Police Department has not taken basic measures to prevent suicides in its jails, even after more than 100 inmates tried to kill themselves in a five-year span, the department’s inspector general found in a scathing report released Friday. Two inmates hanged themselves with telephone…

From the Archives: 1912 Los Angeles Times composing room

Photo from 1912 of the then brand-new Los Angeles Times composing room.

5 people injured in shooting at Hayward cemetery

A shooting at a Hayward cemetery left five people injured Thursday evening, authorities said. Officers responded to the Chapel of the Chimes cemetery shortly after the shooting was reported at 7:04 p.m. and found three people with gunshot wounds. All three victims were taken to hospitals. Union…

How has language shaped who you are?

They say language is the road map of a culture. It can tell us where people come from and where they’re going. It’s identity and culture, history and family. It can be an accent. A homeland. A window to a whole new world. Language also can be a loaded subject,…

LAPD raids home of ex-USC gynecologist accused of mistreating patients

Police detectives on Thursday served search warrants at the Los Angeles home of a former USC gynecologist and a storage facility as they investigate allegations that he sexually mistreated patients. Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Billy Hayes said sex-crimes detectives talked to Tyndall and…

Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias to reopen Friday after 3-year restoration

Yosemite National Park says its largest sequoia grove is ready to reopen to the public following a restoration project to protect the nearly 500 ancient trees. Park officials say the Mariposa Grove, a 4-acre habitat of the towering reddish-brown trees, will open Friday after being closed for three…

Remains of ancient Native American are reburied in Channel Islands

The remains of a Native American man who died 10,000 years ago have been returned to an island off the Southern California mainland where they were discovered in 2005. The National Park Service said Wednesday the remains of a person known as Tuqan Man were recently brought back to San…

U.S. decision on asylum casts a pall over immigrants fleeing gang violence

Rubilia Sanchez knew she had to flee her hometown of Tecun Uman after gangs repeatedly threatened to rape and murder her. So she took her four daughters and made the familiar, dangerous trek out of Guatemala, through Mexico and into the United States, where she requested asylum. After waiting for…

From the Archives: Fallout shelter becomes photo lab

In a May 30, 1971, article, Los Angeles Times staff writer Eric Malnic reported on the conversion to new uses of 1960s-era fallout shelters, including this large one at the Dunn School. Malnic wrote: One thing about fallout shelters — they are built to last. Which is why virtually every…

Los Angeles prosecutors reviewing sexual assault allegation against actor Sylvester Stallone

Los Angeles County prosecutors Wednesday began reviewing whether actor Sylvester Stallone should face charges in connection with a sexual assault reported last year to Santa Monica police, a spokesman said. A special entertainment task force in the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office…

London Breed poised to become first African-American woman to lead San Francisco

London Breed was poised to become the first African-American woman to lead San Francisco following a hard-fought campaign when a former state senator conceded and congratulated her Wednesday, more than a week after the election. Breed, president of the Board of Supervisors, was leading Leno by…

L.A. Unified unveils plan to forestall budget crisis a little longer

You can add at least one more year to the life expectancy of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Officials at L.A. Unified had been saying for months that bankruptcy could be three years away. Now district leaders think they can buy more time to come up with a long-term…

Ex-Homeland Security agent charged with lying in immigration fraud case

A former Department of Homeland Security agent has been charged with lying to investigators about whether he provided confidential information from a federal law enforcement database to another person involved in an alleged immigration fraud scheme. Johnny Martin, 59, was arraigned Tuesday in federal…

Thefts rise after California reduces criminal penalties

California voters’ decision to reduce penalties for drug and property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers reported. Larcenies increased about 9 percent by 2016, or about 135 more thefts per 100,000 residents than if tougher penalties…

Larry Thomas, former press aide for Pete Wilson and others, dies at 70

Larry Thomas, a San Diego native who parlayed a newspaper job writing about politics into a career as a press spokesman and strategist for a mayor, a governor, a vice president, and one of the largest real estate development companies in California, died Monday night at his home in Newport…

He never gave up on Santa Barbara’s homeless people, even as many looked the other way

As late as Memorial Day weekend, the United States Marine and Vietnam veteran still thought he had a chance. But the hope soon faded, and it was time for hospice care. I don’t imagine that when the end draws closer, there’s a particularly good place in which to spend your…

He never gave up on Santa Barbara’s homeless people, even as many looked the other away

The passing of Vietnam vet who tried to leave no soldier behind in Santa Barbara

‘We have been hurt.’ More women say they were mistreated by USC gynecologist

USC student Anika Narayanan says she vividly recalls her first appointment with Dr. George Tyndall at the campus health center, alleging that he made several explicit comments during an examination she felt was inappropriate and invasive. When she came back for a second visit in 2016 after a “nonconsensual…

From the Archives: The Who returns to Los Angeles

After a four-year absence, the Who returned to Los Angeles in 1980 with seven live concerts. The 110,000 tickets quickly sold out. On June 20 and 21, 1980, the Who performed at the Forum in Inglewood. The next five performances, June 23-28, where at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. In…

L.A. school board sets a new goal: prepare every grad to be eligible to apply for Cal State or UC

Last month, Los Angeles’ school board president proposed a spate of highly ambitious mandates aimed at ensuring that every district graduate be eligible to apply to one of the state’s public four-year universities by 2023. By the time the L.A. Unified school board unanimously approved the resolution…

L.A. Unified gives inspector general brief contract extension

The Los Angeles school board on Tuesday extended the contract of Ken Bramlett, its inspector general, by three months, though his job is far from secure and questions remain about the future direction of his watchdog office. Board members also unanimously promoted Vivian Ekchian, who had been the…

Protesters stage ‘die-in’ in Los Angeles on anniversary of Pulse nightclub shooting

Activists staged a “die-in” Tuesday at Los Angeles City Hall on the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., that took the lives of 49 people. At noon, about 80 participants, part of a group of students from March for Our Lives Los Angeles, dropped to the…

Lifeguards rescue hundreds as big waves, heat lure large beach crowds

Lifeguards got a taste of the coming summer season the past several days as sizable surf and warm weather lured crowds to the coast in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. A Southern Hemisphere swell that arrived at area beaches Saturday continued Tuesday, bringing high surf and dangerous…