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  • Rosh Hashanah

    Rabbis in Southern California gear up for heavy-hitting Rosh Hashana sermons

    The Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement are a time of self-reflection for Jews around the world. The High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are also when rabbis often give their most important — and powerful — sermons of the year. “We have the most people listening” on these holidays, explained Rabbi Joshua M. Aaronson of Temple Judea in Tarzana, noting that high synagogue attendance accompanies these two very important observances.

    Brenda Gazzar
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  • Bills

    State bill would freeze rents for tenants in Caltrans-owned homes along former 710 Freeway path, but some left out

    A bill that would freeze the rents of some tenants living in state-owned homes along the route of the scrapped 710 Freeway extension in El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena is headed to the governor’s desk. Senate Bill 400, sponsored by State Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, was adopted by both the state Senate and Assembly last week with huge majorities — only one “no” vote was counted in each house. Portantino’s bill...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Earthquakes

    Trying to contact family or friends affected by the Mexico earthquake? Here’s where to start

    A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 226 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. The violent temblor sent thousands of panicked people into the streets, many of whom then worked to help rescue those trapped in the rubble. As the dust settles, many in the United States will be trying to reach out to loved ones who live in or are visiting the country. Here are a few resources in place to find out if your friends and family are safe...

    Ryan Fonseca
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  • Earthquakes

    Mexico hit by second deadly quake in 2 weeks; death toll rises after 7.1 temblor

    MEXICO CITY >> A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 226 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone. The quake is the...

    By Mark Stevenson, Christopher Sherman and Peter Orsi The Associated Press|

  • Legal proceedings

    Jury now deliberating fate of man suspected in Montebello fatal shooting

    LOS ANGELES >> The fate of a Montebello man — who allegedly shot into a crowd at a 2008 Montebello graduation party, killing a father and his 12-year-old son and injuring two others — is in the hands of a jury. Then-31-year-old Joe Dorantes, also known as Seeks, ended the lives of 44-year-old Juan Garcia of Perris and his

    Ruby Gonzales
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  • Police

    Fired Baldwin Park police Chief David Salcedo alleges discrimination, retaliation in lawsuit against city

    A former Baldwin Park police chief who was fired after less than two months on the job claims in a lawsuit filed Monday that he was racially discriminated against and his termination was

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Hepatitis

    LA County declares its own hepatitis A outbreak; 10 infected include homeless

    Public health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, saying there are now 10 people infected, two of whom are homeless and contracted the potentially fatal liver disease locally. The two newer cases can’t be traced to San Diego County, where the infectious disease has affected 421 people, mostly among those who are homeless, said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County Public Health Director during a report to the Board of Supervisors at its weekly...

    Susan Abram
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  • Rosh Hashanah

    Accidental Talmudist blows his horn for Rosh Hashanah

    It wasn’t long before Salvador “Sal” Litvak realized a fact of life: You can’t just walk through security at Downtown Disney with a ram’s horn slung over your shoulder. “What’s that sir?” “It’s a shofar, an animal’s horn — a ram’s horn,” Litvak said. “Well, we don’t allow musical instruments inside, sir.” Litvak paused for a couple of seconds and then...

    Deepa Bharath
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  • Things to do

    Taste of Arcadia, Pasadena events among food happenings in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Akasha: Rosh Hashana à la carte dinner items, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Cost $6-$28 per item. Reservations required. 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-845-1700. www.akasharestaurant.com AR Cucina: Italian-style Rosh Hashana à la carte dinner items, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Cost $9-$28 per item. Reservations required. 9531 Culver Blvd.,...

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Urban planning

    Santa Fe Springs changes the rules on this type of development

    SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Call it changing times: Get-tough rules designed to limit where self-storage businesses can locate are being eased in this industrial city. In 1974, the city banned self-storage units from all major highways, such as Imperial Highway, Rosecrans and Slauson avenues, and Washington Boulevard, and didn’t allow them within 1,000 feet of homes, commercial areas, schools and parks. But that won’t be true soon. The City Council last week agreed to...

    Mike Sprague
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