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Woman finds frog in salad at BJ’s restaurant in West Covina

Shawna Cepeda was enjoying dinner at the BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in West Covina last week when she saw something funny looking in her salad. “I see something kind of rolled up. I was like, ‘this doesn’t look rig...

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    EL SEGUNDO — At last you can say the Lakers made a no-brainer draft pick and mean it as a compliment. Lonzo Ball is a jumper cable in search of a battery, a transponder in search of an express lane. In a time when basketball is growing out of its pigeonholes, he is the point guard we always grew up with, the guy who puts zeroes on the end of everyone else’s contract. He makes players better. Imagine, if the Lakers actually give him...

    Mark Whicker
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  • Horse Racing

    Takeout at the racetrack prompts varying points of view

    ARCADIA >> Takeout, the amount of money subtracted from each wagering pool to help race tracks fund their purses, has become a huge topic over the past 10-15 years. Before the advent of social media, takeout was a foreign word to the casual racing fan. Now it’s debated daily on Facebook and Twitter. It became a real focal point in 2010, when the California legislature approved SB1072, increasing the takeout on exotic wagers such as exactas, daily doubles, trifectas and...

    Art Wilson
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  • Horse Racing

    Santa Anita Park statistics, horse racing notes

    SANTA ANITA LEADERS Through Thursday JOCKEYS / WINS Flavien Prat / 34 Rafael Bejarano / 31 Joe Talamo / 30 Evin Roman / 28 Tyler Baze / 19 TRAINERS / WINS Peter Miller / 29 Richard Baltas / 23 Philip D’Amato / 19 Bob Baffert / 14 Steve Miyadi / 14 STAKES SCHEDULE SANTA ANITA Saturday • $100,000 Grade III Affirmed Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles • $100,000 Grade...

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  • UCLA

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    A record number of college freshmen were selected in the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday night. UCLA contributed its fair share. Two of the record-high 16 freshmen in the first round were Bruins, including the highest draft pick from UCLA in 38 years. After much anticipation, the Lakers did indeed make Southern California product Lonzo Ball the No. 2 overall pick. The last Bruin selected that high in the NBA draft was David Greenwood, who went No. 2 in 1979. After setting UCLA’s school...

    Clay Fowler
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  • NBA Draft

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    EL SEGUNDO >> Before the Lakers fulfilled the Prophecy of LaVar, drafted a hometown hero and hit reset on a rebuilding effort that has come in fits and starts, Luke Walton understood what fans believed would reclaim the city’s hardwood heritage. Lonzo Ball. Whenever Walton stepped outside his Manhattan Beach home, fans told him who the Lakers needed. Lonzo Ball. “They were going nuts for him before the draft happened,” Walton said Thursday...

    Bill Oram
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  • Mass transit systems

    Metro commits $1.4 billion for Gold Line extension to Claremont but is $249 million short

    LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted Thursday to fund an 11.5-mile extension of the foothill Gold Line, while remaining hundreds of millions of dollars short of full funding. Escalating costs have driven up the price tag of the nine-year project to $1.4 billion, leaving LA Metro searching for the last $249 million to pay for the light-rail extension from Azusa to the San Bernardino County line. The transit...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Police

    LAPD officer accused of sex with 15-year-old cadet oversaw equipment at station

    LOS ANGELES >> A 10-year Los Angeles police officer is now at the center of the department’s growing cadet program scandal. Robert Cain, 31, was taken into custody Thursday. He’s accused of having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 15-year-old cadet who was allegedly involved in stealing police cruisers, Chief Charlie Beck said during a news conference at police headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Cain was an “equipment room operator,”...

    Brian Day
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  • Health care reform

    California faces ‘big choices’ if Senate health care reform bill passes

    Republican efforts on Capitol Hill to dismantle Obamacare could complicate Democratic efforts in Sacramento to take health care in the other direction. Revealed Thursday, after closed-door talks involving U.S. Senate Republicans, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 allows states to waive certain Obamacare insurance requirements and provides less-generous insurance subsidies than Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA. The ACA’s expansion of the...

    Jeff Horseman
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  • Lakers

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    With the 30th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, acquired via a trade with Utah, the Lakers selected Josh Hart. Here’s a quick look at whom the Lakers are getting: School: Villanova Year: Senior Age: 22 Position: Shooting guard/small forward Height: 6-foot-5 Stats: Led the Big East with 18.7 points per game. Honors: Consensus First-Team All-American. Big East Player of the Year. Big East...

    Brian Martin
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  • Lakers

    NBA Draft: Who is Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers’ 27th pick?

    With the 27th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, the Lakers selected Kyle Kuzma. Here’s a quick look at whom the Lakers are getting: School: Utah Year: Junior Age: 21 Position: Power forward Height: 6-foot-9 Stats: 16.4 points and 9.3 rebounds. Ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring and rebounding. Recorded 15 double-doubles last season. Honors: All-Pac-12 first team and All-Pac-12...

    Brian Martin
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