Irfan Khan

Apartments replacing an old Ikea in Burbank? Some see it as an answer to the housing crunch

The city of Burbank has been going through a growth spurt, adding more than 16,500 jobs from 2010 to 2016 as employers such as Warner Bros. Entertainment boosted payrolls.<p>But, like much of Southern California, the city’s housing supply hasn’t kept up. Burbank built only 294 homes during that …


After Harshita Dahiya, Another Folk Singer Murdered In Haryana's Rohtak

A body of a Haryana folk singer, with her throat slit, was found in the field of Baniyani village of Rohtak district on Thursday.The singer, …


Jonathan Gold rides the waves of dim sum at Longo Seafood Restaurant in Rosemead

Dim sum at its best is a total-immersion experience — the quest for a number, the long wait in the restaurant lobby and then the explosion into the dining room itself, likely to be the largest enclosed space you have stepped into that month — an ocean of voices that overwhelms you long before you …


LGBTQ college student is stabbed 20 times in an 'act of rage,' but was it a hate crime?

They both went to high school at the elite Orange County School of the Arts, but the classmates weren’t particularly close.<p>Blaze Bernstein, home on winter break from the University of Pennsylvania, messaged with Samuel Woodward on Snapchat. On Jan. 2, Woodward drove over and picked him …


Essential California: A house of horrors in Perris

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s <b>Wednesday, Jan. 17,</b> and here’s what’s happening across California:<p><b>TOP STORIES</b><p><b>On the scene</b><p><b>When Riverside County sheriff’s deputies entered the Perris house</b> where a married couple was said to be holding their 13 children captive, …


Racist Signs Reading “Stupid Monkeys” And “Dumb Black A**es” Posted At University Of South Carolina

Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TimesRacism Rears It’s Head On First Day Of Classes At University Of South CarolinaThis is pretty wack… Classes resumed for …

African-American Culture

In Perris, a house of horrors hidden in plain sight

It was usually after midnight when Mike Clifford spotted the children from the house across the street.<p>Some nights, he’d see about six children — none of whom looked older than 15 — getting into a passenger van with their father and wonder where they could possibly be going at such an hour. Other …


California Leaders Slam Trump Administration Over Report Of Planned ICE Raids

After a report of planned federal immigration raids targeting undocumented individuals in Northern California ― supposedly to send a message to the new “sanctuary” state ― California politicians came out with condemnation and vows to protect the immigrants in their communities.<p>In one of the …


LHC takes up petition against PAT protest on Mall road

The full bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) has decided to take up petition against Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) protest on Mall Road …

Natural gas is energy's new king — but how long will it reign? California may offer some clues

Natural gas has overtaken coal as the nation’s No. 1 source of electricity and the gap appears to be getting wider each year.<p>Even in California, …


California ‘swatting’ suspect charged with manslaughter

The California man believed to be behind a deadly “swatting” prank has been charged with manslaughter.


Suspect held after first court appearance in fatal Kansas 'swatting' case

(Reuters) - A California man accused of making a hoax call that led police in Kansas to kill an unarmed man was in a Wichita jail on Saturday after his first court appearance in the "swatting" case, local media reported.<p>Tyler Barriss, 25, who made a video appearance on Friday from Sedgwick County …


The California deal: Accepting the calamity along with the splendor

Yes, we have summer and at times a bit of winter, but the cycles in California follow a different calendar.<p>From drought to flood, from fire to mud, California bakes, burns and floats, always on the brink of calamity. We are here by the millions in defiance of reason, lured to a bountiful garden …


Kansas swatter faces involuntary manslaughter charge

Tyler Barriss, who instigated the swatting that led police to kill an unarmed man in Wichita, Kansas in December, has been charged with involuntary …


‘We don’t think swatting is a joke’: The problems swatting hoaxes cause police

It had been about a week since a man called Calgary 911 on Dec. 22, falsely claiming he shot his father and was holding his mother and younger …


L.A. man held in deadly Kansas 'swatting' case now wanted in Canada over similar hoax call to cops

A Los Angeles man accused of making a hoax phone call that caused a fatal police shooting in Kansas is now wanted in Canada for a similar alleged “swatting” call made a week before.<p>Calgary police have issued arrest warrants for Tyler Rai Barriss, 25, accusing him of targeting the home of a young …


Southern California storm: Pounding rains unleash deadly mudflows in and around fire-ravaged areas

At least eight people are dead as heavy rains pound Southern California, unleashing mudflows in areas ravaged by wildfires last month.<p><b>Track the latest key details here>></b>


'Swatting' death: accused man has made other false reports to police, officials say

Tyler Barriss, who allegedly made a hoax 911 call that led to a man’s death, has made about 20 previous false claims including bomb threats, records show<p>A man accused of making a hoax 911 call that led to another man’s death in Kansas has a history of making similarly false reports to the police, …


Celebrity driver kills wife, two kids in murder-suicide

A father of two who worked as a driver for movie studios shot and killed his wife and children before turning the gun on himself.


Orange County authorities continue search for missing college student

Orange County sheriff’s investigators continued searching Saturday for a 19-year-old college student who was home visiting on winter break when he failed to return to his parents’ Lake Forest residence Tuesday night, authorities said.<p>Blaze Bernstein was last seen late Tuesday at Borrego Park near …


Suspect in police car chase is taken into custody in Burbank

A man whose truck was being chased by authorities and fled on foot into a Burbank neighborhood Thursday morning was taken into custody. The suspect drove into a residential neighborhood, got out of the truck, and hid in the shed area of a backyard in the 1900 block of Keeler Street in Burbank …


Four killed in shooting in Santa Clarita

Four people were found shot to death Friday at a home in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said.<p>Officers arrived to the 28800 block of Startree Lane to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of one male adult, two female adults and one male …


How 2017 Articulated Changing Trends In Bollywood

2017 in many ways was the year that personified the changing trends in Bollywood and showed the production houses that the industry is changing for …


Crowds begin to gather along Rose Parade route

Parade-watchers will begin to gather on Colorado Boulevard Sunday in hopes of snagging prime viewing spots for the 129th Rose Parade, but people are being urged to heed the rules governing camping.<p>The parade route along Colorado Boulevard from Orange Grove Boulevard to Sierra Madre Boulevard in …


Volunteers scramble to put finishing touches on Rose Parade floats

Kathy Rimmer was up early Saturday applying orange and peach lentils, sesame seeds and banana chips to an octopus.<p>She was one of about 800 volunteers gathered in a large warehouse in Irwindale who were busy decorating a dozen floats that will be featured in the 129th Rose Parade in Pasadenaon New …


Freeway pollution travels farther than we thought. Here's how to protect yourself

If anyone knows where to find refuge from air pollution near Los Angeles freeways, it’s Suzanne Paulson.<p>The UCLA atmospheric chemistry professor has spent years studying how invisible plumes of dirty air from car- and truck-choked roadways spread into surrounding neighborhoods — increasing …


9 dishes to help your morning after

Why, I sometimes wonder, do hangovers wear themselves out when faced with the primal — not the flannel cakes at Musso & Frank Grill, which are served during the proper hours of 11:30 to 3, but the horrifying mass of a Lucky Boy breakfast burrito; not the dense cheese omelet at Petit Trois but the …

Los Angeles

California drivers are paying more. Here's why that might get overturned in 2018

A political dispute over how to pay for the repair of California’s pothole-plagued roads and crumbling bridges is spilling over into 2018, with new vehicle fees taking effect, followed by court dates and ballot measures.<p>The increase in gas taxes and vehicle fees to raise more than $5.2 billion …


Marijuana sellers plan big parties as California pot legalization begins

Live music. Free T-shirts. A “Fweedom” celebration with mystery prize boxes worth up to $500, and a shot at a behind-the-scenes tour.<p>Marijuana legalization arrives Monday in California with lots of hoopla, but only a handful of cities will initially have retail outlets ready to sell recreational …


Preparations underway for the 129th Rose Parade

An army of volunteers have descended on pavilions in Irwindale and Pasadena to decorate floats for the 129th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.<p>With the parade a little more than a week away, it is now crunch time for the volunteers to get floats ready by parade time.<p>Mary Yarbrough, left, Emily Novak …