Fred Goldman on O.J. Simpson: ‘He’s a sociopath, a narcissistic liar, a murderer, a thug, a kidnapper, a robber’

O.J. Simpson told a Nevada parole board last week that he’s led a “conflict-free life.”

But that statement has sparked outrage from many, including the father of Ron Goldman, whom Simpson was acquitted of killing along with his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson.

“A conflict-free life,” Fred Goldman asked…

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Large shark seen off Coronado beach prompts warning

A surfer’s sighting of a shark estimated to be longer than 10 feet prompted lifeguards to issue an advisory at Coronado’s Silver Strand State Beach on Saturday.

The 24-hour advisory warns beachgoers within a mile radius of the potential threat but does not close the beach.

The surfer, a former…

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USC received more than a year of questions about former medical school dean’s conduct before scandal broke

Four days after The Times published a story about drug use by the then-dean of USC’s medical school, the university announced it was moving to fire Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito and said it was “outraged and disgusted” by his conduct.

USC Provost Michael Quick said the university decided to act because…

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Claremont college suspends students for demonstration against pro-police speaker

Claremont McKenna College has suspended three students for a year and two others for a semester for blocking access to a campus event to protest a speaker known for defending police against Black Lives Matter activists.

The action, announced this week, arises out of an April 6 demonstration during…

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Inmate found dead in Orange County cell; death is latest incident to roil jail system

The Orange County district attorney’s office is investigating the jailhouse death of a 27-year-old man convicted of car theft who was sharing a cell with a man charged with two murders.

In the latest incident to roil the county’s jail system, Danny Pham was found dead in his cell July 3, a few…

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Senior L.A. Unified official tapped to lead Inglewood schools

The state has picked a senior Los Angeles schools administrator, Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, to lead the troubled Inglewood Unified School District.

The Inglewood school system, which is located just east of Los Angeles International Airport, has long struggled with low academic achievement and…

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Mammoth Lakes area hit by swarm of hundreds of tiny earthquakes

Hundreds of tiny earthquakes have hit the Mammoth Lakes area in California’s Eastern Sierra in recent days, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Most of the quakes were less than magnitude 1.0 — and it’s likely that none were felt by residents.

There were several dozen quakes in just the last…

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Many with knife shot by school police near Esperanza Elementary, authorities say

Los Angeles Unified School District police officers shot and wounded a man holding a knife early Saturday morning near Esperanza Elementary School in Westlake, authorities said.

The shooting occurred at 2:45 a.m. in the 600 block of South Union Avenue, said Lt. Chris Ramirez of the Los Angeles…

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Do you have information about USC’s former med school dean? We want to hear from you

Hello, we’re the Los Angeles Times team who reported the story about the former dean of USC’s medical school, Dr. Carmen Puliafito. We’re interested in hearing from you.

If you have information you would like to share about Puliafito, USC’s Keck School of Medicine or the USC administration, please…

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Smoke from Mariposa fire obscures vistas in Yosemite National Park

Smoke was taking a visible toll Saturday on Yosemite National Park, where some of the most picturesque vistas on earth were hidden behind eerie curtains of thick haze drifting in from the devastating Detwiler fire, about 35 miles to the west.

From the famous Tunnel View overlook on Highway 41,…

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