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Reminder: L.A. Public Library books checked out 6 months ago are due by the end of September

Reminder: L.A. Public Library books checked out 6 months ago are due by the end of September

Los Angeles Public Library books checked out before the pandemic forced its branches to close six months ago are approaching their due dates, librarians reminded patrons on Wednesday.That also applies to mobile devices, DVDs, CDs and other materials from the library’s branches. Borrowers can return them to a nearby before the extended due date of Sept. 30.Librarians will isolate returned materials for several days to follow health safety measures before checking them in and clearing them from the cardholder’s account, the library said.And while the library no longer issues late fees,...

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$100K reward announced in search for man who shot 2 L.A. County sheriff’s deputies in Compton

$100K reward announced in search for man who shot 2 L.A. County sheriff’s deputies in Compton

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday announced a $100,000 reward in the search for a man who shot and injured two deputies in an apparent ambush caught on video.The attack happened around 7 p.m. Saturday across from the Blue Line Metro station at 275 N. Willowbrook Ave., according to the Sheriff’s Department.Surveillance video released by the agency shows a person walking up to the passenger side of a parked patrol vehicle before appearing to open fire and running away.Sheriff Alex Villanueva identified the deputies as a 31-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, who were...

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Deformed tails in Santa Monica Mountains’ cougars indicate inbreeding that could lead to extinction

Deformed tails in Santa Monica Mountains’ cougars indicate inbreeding that could lead to extinction

Scientists who have been studying Santa Monica Mountains’ dozens of cougars for the past 18 years have made a “grave discovery” linked to the animals’ chances of survival, officials Wednesday.In March, researchers in the western part of the range found a 1 1/2-year-old male mountain lion with its tail shaped like the letter L. The cougar, called P-81, also only has one descended testicle.“This is something we hoped to never see,” wildlife biologist Jeff Sikich said in a statement from the National Park Service. “We knew that genetic diversity was low here, but this is the first time we have...

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L.A. councilman introduces motion to make Juneteenth a legal city holiday

L.A. councilman introduces motion to make Juneteenth a legal city holiday

A motion introduced by Los Angeles Councilman Curren Price Wednesday seeks to establish Juneteenth as a legal city holiday.Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when a Union general announced the end of the Civil War in Gavelston, Texas and informed enslaved African Americans of their freedom. In the coming years, celebrations of the anniversary became popular across the U.S., including in .“For myself and the nearly half a million Black Angelenos that call this City home, we understand its significance, we recognize the value and the cultural impact Juneteenth has on our culture,” Price...

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LAFD firefighter dies of COVID-19 complications, marking 1st coronavirus death reported by dept.

LAFD firefighter dies of COVID-19 complications, marking 1st coronavirus death reported by dept.

A 16 1/2-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department died Saturday from complications of the coronavirus, officials said.Firefighter and paramedic Jose M. Perez, 44, is survived by his wife and three children, according to the Fire Department. He’s the first LAFD firefighter reported to have died of COVID-19.“Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and the entire Department send their deepest and most sincere condolences to the Perez family,” a statement from the department said.LAFD late Saturday held a procession from the La Palma area and thanked other agencies in “honoring our brother,” including...

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Early morning fire destroys much of 249-year-old San Gabriel Mission church

Early morning fire destroys much of 249-year-old San Gabriel Mission church

A fire broke out at the San Gabriel Mission early Saturday and burned the roof and much of the church’s interior, officials said.Authorities have not determined what caused the blaze at the on 428 S. Mission Drive.The San Gabriel Fire Department received a call about the fire at around 4:30 a.m. and arrived at the scene to find flames through the roof, Capt. Antonio Negrete told KTLA.The crews called for additional units after about 5 minutes, Negrete said. Some 50 firefighters responded to the location, and they struggled as parts of the roof began to come down, according to the...

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County officials move to close Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A., invest in health care-based responses

County officials move to close Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A., invest in health care-based responses

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors initiate a plan to close the Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A. within the year, officials said.The panel vowed “to reinvest any savings from closing the facility towards health-based responses that improve both health and public safety outcomes for our communities,” said a statement from Supervisor Hilda Solis’ office.“LA County is prioritizing our ‘care first, jails last’ approach to criminal justice to demonstrate our commitment to racial and economic justice,” said Solis, who co-authored the proposal with Sheila Kuehl. “Closing Men’s Central...

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2 men fatally shot after breaking into Long Beach home; 1 suspect knew resident, police say

2 men fatally shot after breaking into Long Beach home; 1 suspect knew resident, police say

Two men were shot dead after breaking into the home of a person one of them knew in Long Beach early Tuesday morning, police said.A resident on the 1000 block of Almond Court, near 11th Street, reported around 12:10 a.m. that he’d opened fire on an intruder, Long Beach police said in a .Officers who responded to the scene found 18-year-old Jose Perez of Long Beach inside the home with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. Sergio Pacheco, a 25-year-old Long Beach man, was found laying in the street with gunshot wounds to his upper torso a few blocks away, on the 1100 block of Gundry...

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L.A. Sheriff to enact countywide curfew as officers clash with civilians amid nationwide protests over police brutality

L.A. Sheriff to enact countywide curfew as officers clash with civilians amid nationwide protests over police brutality

Breaking news update:Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the department will be announcing a countywide curfew that will be in effect from 6 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.“It’s a useful tool to separate the people who have a legitimate reason to be somewhere and the crowd who are there unlawfully protesting,” he told KTLA.A spokeswoman for the department’s media relations office said there’s not yet information available on the parameters of the curfew and they’re still still waiting from information “from upstairs.”Previous story:L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti declared another...

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L.A. County to allow in-store shopping, places of worship; officials to apply for faster reopening from state

L.A. County to allow in-store shopping, places of worship; officials to apply for faster reopening from state

Los Angeles County will allow in-store shopping and places of worship to reopen, and officials will apply for a variance from the state to be able to reopen spaces faster, Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced Tuesday.It’s unclear when the county’s health department will amend its health officer order to allow the additional spaces to reopen.“Los Angeles County has dedicated critical resources to meet the benchmark criteria to support our efforts to reopen, including ensuring adequate hospital capacity, increasing access and availability of testing and contact tracing, and implementing...

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California schools may reopen as early as July, Gov. Newsom says

California schools may reopen as early as July, Gov. Newsom says

With classrooms set to remain closed through the end of this school year, California officials are considering starting the next one as early as July or early August, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.Newsom made the announcement as to gradually reopen businesses as COVID-19 hospitalization rates start to stabilize in the state.Some sectors, including education, child care, retail and “nonessential” manufacturing, may be able to operate again within weeks, according to the governor. But other businesses and institutions, such as salons, gyms, spas, entertainment venues and churches, may have...

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