Do charters or traditional schools have it worse? A new study says both

Charter schools remain a subject of intense debate in Los Angeles, especially with the arrival soon of two new school board members who were supported by charter backers.

While research on charters often is inconclusive and partisan, a study released this week has ammunition for both their enthusiasts…

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Containment on San Bernardino Mountains wildfire jumps to 65% as Highway 18 reopens

Containment on a wildfire in the San Bernardino Mountains jumped to 65% Friday morning as several days of relatively benign weather with high temperatures and light wind allowed crews to surrounded the blaze on three sides.

The Holcomb fire has burned across 1,562 acres of steep mountain slopes…

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Argument between roommates in Hollywood Hills West ends in deadly officer-involved shooting

One man is dead and a police investigation is underway after up to nine Los Angeles police officers fired on a tenant armed with a gun inside his Hollywood Hills West apartment, officials said.

Witness video broadcast by local media recorded dozens of gunshots thundering through the neighborhood…

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Essential California: There’s so much solar power here that other states are sometimes paid to take it

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, June 23, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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The solar power glut

California invested heavily in solar power. Now there’s so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it. With no single…

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To get a little taste of Dunlap, you can’t beat the Turkey Testicle Festival

The Turkey Testicle Festival is the biggest social event in this stretch of Sierra foothills. Its only competition is the yearly rodeo just down the road or the American Legion Hall dances.

“And they don’t really come close,” said Mike Collins, who went to Dunlap’s first turkey party the year he…

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Irate commuters threaten a lawsuit over narrowed streets in Playa Vista and Playa del Rey

South Bay commuters looking to avoid the 405 Freeway have long taken an alternate route through Playa del Rey, passing the coastline and the Ballona Wetlands to reach Santa Monica.

The route is popular – with more than 24,000 vehicles per day – but some residents complained that harried commuters…

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Border Patrol agent pleads guilty in drug smuggling case

A U.S. Border Patrol agent pleaded guilty Thursday to smuggling backpacks he believed contained drugs across the border.

Appearing in a federal courtroom in San Diego, Noe Lopez pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of methamphetamine and attempted distribution of cocaine.

He faces a possible…

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Antelope Valley is shortchanged in federal homeless funds, lawmaker claims in call for audit

Asserting that the Antelope Valley receives only $1 for every $10 in federal homeless funds sent to central Los Angeles, State Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) has called for an audit of the agency that distributes the money.

In a letter to the state Joint Legislative Audit Committee, Wilk asked…

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