LAPD chief candidate field narrows to about 10, a mix of outsiders and insiders

After an initial round of interviews, the number of contenders to be the next Los Angeles police chief has been narrowed to about 10 names, according to multiple sources familiar with the nationwide search. The pared-down list is divided between department veterans and outsiders, including several who have deep ties to Southern California law enforcement. Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, right, at a mayoral campaign event for Rick Caruso, center, in 2022. At left is former LAPD chief William J. Bratton. McDonnell, a one-time LAPD assistant chief, is said to be among the candidates for police chief. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times) Among them is Jim McDonnell, a one-time LAPD assistant chief and former Los Angeles County Sheriff, whose name has circulated around LAPD headquarters and City Hall for months as a possible candidate. His entry, confirmed by at least three sources, adds another dynamic into what is considered by many to be a wide-open race to be the city’s next top cop. The sources agreed to speak to The Times on the condition their names not be used because the search process is

MLS fines Galaxy $100,000 for ‘serious misconduct’ by fans at Rose Bowl

Galaxy fans cheer during a game against LAFC at the Rose Bowl in 2023. MLS fined the Galaxy $100,000 and will subject its supporter management process to league oversight after fans lit flares in the Rose Bowl during the team’s game against LAFC on July 4. (Alex Gallardo/Los Angeles Times) July 12, 2024 5:45 PM PT Major League Soccer announced Friday it fined the Galaxy $100,000 and will subject its supporter management process to league oversight following “serious misconduct” during the team’s match against LAFC at the Rose Bowl on July 4. In the second half of the game, fans in the Galaxy supporters’ section lit multiple flares, actions the league said violated safety protocols. “Supporter privileges for all LA Galaxy supporter groups, inclusive of home and away matches, are indefinitely suspended pending the completion of MLS and the LA Galaxy’s comprehensive review,” the league said in a statement. The Galaxy also issued its own statement. “The LA Galaxy agree to work in coordination with MLS to conduct a full investigation of the incident that took place July 4, 2024. The club prioritizes working closely

Rebel Wilson sued for defamation by producers from ‘The Deb’ after actor called them out

Three producers on Rebel Wilson’s musical comedy film “The Deb” are suing the Australian actor for defamation after she accused them on social media of conspiring to sabotage the movie. The lawsuit was filed Friday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of Amanda Ghost, Gregor Cameron and Vince Holden and was reviewed by The Times. “Rebel is a bully who will disregard the interests of others to promote her own,” the lawsuit says. It adds, “ Rebel tried to intimidate Plaintiffs into giving her what she wanted by leveraging her persona and platform, with many millions of followers, to spread malicious lies about the Plaintiffs.” The legal documents detail a dispute over writing credits for “The Deb,” which was adapted from a stage play by Hannah Reilly with music by Reilly and Megan Washington. Wilson’s production company, Sugar Productions, had acquired the rights but needed the producers’ support to move forward, the lawsuit says. The plaintiffs allege Wilson’s unprofessional behavior included abandoning the project for extended periods and making “unauthorized and improper disclosures about the film.” The conflict escalated, according to the

Review: In fizzy facts-optional ‘Fly Me to the Moon,’ faking Apollo 11 and falling in love

It may not have all the right stuff, but what “Fly Me to the Moon” lacks in narrative coherence and tonal consistency it makes up for, in part, by simply existing. If that sounds like damning with faint praise, it is. By all rights, the movie, set mainly in 1969 during the lead-up to NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar landing, should have been a far sharper, kickier, more propulsive ride. That said, general audiences may find the film a sufficiently entertaining throwback — the kind of glossy, star-driven, big-canvas, IP-free picture that’s been in short supply on theater screens for way too long. And the potential of sparks flying between stars Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum certainly has its heart-swelling appeal. The result, though, directed by Greg Berlanti (“Love, Simon”) from a script by first-time feature writer Rose Gilroy (from a story by Keenan Flynn and Bill Kirstein), is a nostalgic, wannabe-screwball rom-com that’s sadly light on both the “rom” and the “com.” As the movie goes on, the plot becomes as distracted as my Labrador retriever on squirrel watch. Johansson, also a producer here, shines

First wildfire death of 2024 season reported as California heat wave continues

The first wildfire death of the 2024 season was reported Friday as California continues to grapple with scorching temperatures that are expected to continue into the weekend. Human remains were found in a structure that burned Monday in the Mina fire near Covelo, Mendocino County officials confirmed. The body is still being identified by the coroner’s office but is believed to be a 66-year-old woman who was reported missing by her family. The Mina fire first sparked Monday and has burned almost 100 acres, but is now 70% contained, according to Cal Fire. The recent heat wave has taken a heavy human toll throughout the state. In the Bay Area, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner was investigating 19 potential heat-related deaths as of Friday, including four homeless people, one in transitional housing and 10 older adults over the age of 65 years old. During July alone, the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Emergency Department treated 22 people who complained of heat illness, compared to 21 cases in all of June and 11 cases in May, according to an agency spokesperson. So far, the 2024

San Diego using opioid settlement money to help break cycle of overdose

With several hundred people in the region dying every year from opioid overdoses, the city of San Diego is teaming up with UC San Diego Health to beef up services provided to people who land in the health system’s emergency rooms after such an overdose. The plan, announced Friday, calls for creating a team dedicated to immediately start working with ER patients with substance-use disorders before they even leave the hospital, and then to follow up with them in the days after discharge. The idea is to get people connected with service providers, and it seizes on an opportunity to reach people not long after waking up from a life-threatening close call. To that end, San Diego will provide $350,000 this fiscal year to UC San Diego Health, which is creating a new crew known as a transition support team. Officials say the program could extend into future years. The money comes from San Diego’s $40 million cut of a massive settlement in a nationwide lawsuit targeting prescription opioid drug makers and distributors. The city is receiving its funding in annual chunks over 10 years.

Proposed Poway placement for sexually violent predator quickly rescinded

State officials requested in a court hearing Friday to rescind the proposed location for a sexually violent predator — only days after announcing they were looking at a home in Poway. This is the third time a placement for Merle Wakefield hasn’t worked out in recent years. One proposed location in Mount Helix garnered vocal criticism from nearby residents in 2021 and another was rescinded later that year so Wakefield could receive more treatment. The latest location — a home at 15720 Sycamore Canyon Road, north of the Goodan Ranch preserve — faced swift opposition from residents and elected officials this week. Merle Wakefield, 67 Poway Mayor Steve Vaus celebrated the state’s request on the social media platform X. “Victory! The proposed placement of Sexually Violent Predator Merle Wakefield on Sycamore Canyon Road is off the table,” the mayor wrote. “POWAY’s voice was heard — not here, not now, not ever!” The public hearing that was scheduled for next month will instead be used to discuss other housing options, officials with the District Attorney’s Office said. Wakefield was convicted in 1981 of committing lewd acts

Driver pleads guilty to hit-and-run in Oceanside cyclist’s death

A Riverside man pleaded guilty this week to fatally striking a bicyclist in Oceanside on St. Patrick’s Day, then fleeing. Christian Joshua Howard, 26, pleaded guilty Thursday in Vista Superior Court to a felony count of hit-and-run causing death and a misdemeanor count of destroying or concealing evidence in connection with the March 17 crash that killed Tracey Gross, 51, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Gross was riding her bicycle in the area of state Route 76 and Singh Way around 11:30 p.m. when she was struck. Police said the driver drove off and dragged her bicycle about 2 miles down the road. Gross, a postal carrier and mother of two, died at a hospital the next day. Howard was arrested May 3 at his workplace in Corona, according to Oceanside police, who did not reveal how he was identified as a suspect. He is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

Judge dismisses “Rust” case against Alec Baldwin

Judge dismisses “Rust” case against Alec Baldwin – CBS News Watch CBS News A judge Friday tossed out the manslaughter case against Alec Baldwin in the “Rust” movie set shooting. The case fell apart when the defense successfully argued that the prosecution withheld evidence. Elise Preston was inside the court when it happened. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

Biden trying to rally support in Detroit amid more calls for him to drop out

Biden trying to rally support in Detroit amid more calls for him to drop out – CBS News Watch CBS News President Biden campaigned in the key battleground state of Michigan to rally support Friday night as lawmaker confidence in his candidacy continues to unravel on Capitol Hill. CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O’Keefe has the latest. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

Georgia dog becomes a hero after finding missing elderly woman

Georgia dog becomes a hero after finding missing elderly woman – CBS News Watch CBS News A police dog named Pandora is getting a pat on the head and maybe some extra treats after her impressive work in the line of duty. Dave Malkoff has the tale. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

How a Holocaust survivor and an Illinois teen struck up an unlikely friendship

Holocaust survivor, teen find friendship at museum Holocaust survivor and teen boy become fast friends volunteering at Holocaust museum 02:31 Skokie, Illinois — If you ever ask 98-year-old Janine Oberrotman, a Holocaust survivor, how she stays so positive, especially after all she’s been through, she responds by singing “Que Sera, Sera.” Once a week, Oberrotman brings her “que sera” mindset to this most somber setting, the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Illinois. Her attitude is made possible in part by her partner at the museum information booth, 14-year-old Dhilan Stanley. She gets a big smile every time she sees Stanley. “She does that every week,” Stanley said. “It makes me very happy.” Oberrotman and Stanley met a little over a year ago. Oberrotman had been volunteering at the museum since it opened, and Stanley had just started volunteering to learn more about the Holocaust. “It’s amazing to hear from someone who has witnessed it firsthand,” Stanley said. When they sat together, it was friendship at first listen. “It’s fascinating to learn about your stories,” Stanley told Oberrotman. “And we need to learn about your stories

Cooldown expected this weekend with chances of thunder, lightning

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — This weekend, the San Diego region is trading the excessive heat for slightly cooler temperatures and an influx of monsoonal moisture, which means muggy conditions and a chance for thunderstorms. The area of high pressure that blocked flow and brought record-breaking temperatures this week has now shifted east, opening the door for an influx of moisture from the southeast. Altocumulus clouds have been streaming through the region Friday afternoon, which signals unstable weather and increased moisture. It’s going to feel cooler but a bit muggier this weekend, especially in mountains and inland valleys. Watch out for booms of thunder and flashes of lightning as thunderstorms are possible Friday evening and mainly in the late afternoons Saturday and Sunday. Saturday daytime highs will reach the mid 70s for the coast, mid 80s for valleys, low 90s for mountains and around 108 degrees for deserts.

Rapper ‘Boosie’ cleared of firearm charge in San Diego arrest

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — A federal judge on Friday threw out the firearm possession charge brought against Louisiana-based rapper Torrence “Boosie” Hatch Jr. following his arrest in San Diego last year. According to court filings, the 41-year-old’s lawyers requested for the charge, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon in interstate commerce, be reviewed in light of another federal court’s review of the count based on recent precedent-setting decisions tied to gun ownership. The review dismissed the “felon in possession” charge against another defendant in California, citing a recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, United States v. Duarte , that found stripping a non-violent felon of their right to own a gun as unconstitutional. Alec Baldwin weeps when judge announces ‘Rust’ manslaughter case dismissed mid-trial The court came to the holding in Duarte based on the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment in the case New York State Rife & Pistol Ass’n v. Bruen , which conferred the right to “all Americans” with little exception. According to the high court, the government could only disarm people when there is a more

Evacuations ordered due to fire burning near Temecula; forward progress stopped

Fire officials have called for evacuations due to a fire burning near homes and campgrounds in Temecula. The “Pauba Fire” was first reported around 1:30 p.m. Friday on the 39100 block of Pauba Road, according to Cal Fire and the Riverside County Fire Department. As of 5:15 p.m., the fire has burned 101 acres and is 0% contained but officials said forward progress has been stopped. Firefighters who initially responded to the scene found a 20-acre brush fire burning uphill through “flashy fuels,” officials said. By 3:20 p.m., the fire had expanded to more than 60 acres and evacuations were ordered for nearby homes, businesses and resorts. This map shows the evacuation warnings and orders in place for the Pauba Fire burning near Temecula, accurate as of 4:15 p.m. on July 12, 2024. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for the area of Vail Lake and Butterfield Lake Estates. An evacuation warning is in place for the area north of Highway 79, east of Anza Road, west of Sage and Wilson Creek, and south of Avenida Bravura. An interactive map that shows current evacuation orders

Man fatally stabbed at Mira Mesa home in apparent domestic dispute: SDPD

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — San Diego police are investigating after a man was stabbed after an apparent domestic dispute in Mira Mesa early Friday morning. According to SDPD Lt. Jud Campbell, police were alerted about the incident around 3:25 a.m., when hospital staff notified authorities after receiving a man, identified as a 40-year-old, suffering from an apparent stab wound. He was brought to the hospital by an unnamed woman. The man was rushed into treatment, but ultimately succumbed to his injuries despite the best efforts of medical personnel. His identity is being withheld pending family notification. During the preliminary investigation into the incident, officers learned the stabbing likely took place at a home in the 11000 block of Mont Blanc Drive. The presumptive stabbing scene was found inside, Campbell said. Authorities also believe the woman and man were in some form of a dating relationship, the lieutenant added, both residing at the Mira Mesa home. State withdraws proposed Poway placement for sexually violent predator Preliminary information indicates there was possibly some type of argument prior to the stabbing between the two in which a

Chino Community Theatre’s Cabaret for a Cause will benefit the Trevor Project

More than 30 local performers are volunteering to present Cabaret for a Cause, a July 20 show in Chino to benefit the Trevor Project. Cabaret for a Cause, hosted by Chino Community Theatre and Chino Community Children’s Theatre, will feature a variety of theater songs and scenes, according to a news release. The show is at 6:30 p.m. at the Chino Community Building, 5443 B St. Tickets are $20, and profits will go to the Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization that provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBTQ+ young people, according to the news release. Tickets are available at chinocommunitytheatre.org and may also be purchased at the door. Donated refreshments will be available at intermission, and purchases of refreshments will also support the Trevor Project. The show is open to all audiences, though it will be enjoyed most by teens, adults and older children, according to the news release. For information, to to sites.google.com/view/chinocommunitytheatre or call 909-590-1149.

Public Health issues ocean water use warnings for L.A. County beaches

High bacteria levels have prompted the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to issue ocean water use warnings for multiple L.A. County beaches Friday, with most of the impacted locations being in Malibu. Officials are encouraging beachgoers to avoid swimming, surfing and playing in the ocean water at the following locations: The entire swim area at Las Flores Creek at Las Flores State Beach in Malibu The entire swim area at Walnut Creek at Paradise Cove in Malibu The entire swim area at Solstice Creek at Dan Blocker County Beach in Malibu 100 yards up and down the coast from the public access steps at Marie Canyon Storm Drain at Puerco Beach The entire swim area at Sweetwater Canyon Storm Drain at Carbon Canyon Beach The entire swim area at Castlerock Storm Drain at Topanga County Beach 100 yards up and down the coast from the Paradise Cove Pier at Ramirez Creek at Paradise Cove. The entire swim area at Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro 100 yards up and down the coast from the creek at Trancas Creek at Zuma Beach The entire

Biden has support from most Black and Latino members of Congress. His fate may turn on keeping it

WASHINGTON —  A small but growing number of Democratic members of Congress — about 20 as of Friday afternoon — have publicly called on President Biden to withdraw from the presidential race. Nearly all are white, and many are members of the moderate New Democrat Coalition. But Biden still has strong support from most of the Congressional Black Caucus, which boasts about 60 members of the House, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, with about 40. His fate may depend on whether he can hold them. The fear of many Democrats — whether they are saying so publicly or not — is not only that Biden will lose the White House but that he will also doom their chances of winning the Senate or the House of Representatives. Congressional leaders have carried their concerns to Biden, but they have no power to force him out, and they worry that an open conflict could be disastrous for the party. Biden has scoffed at polls suggesting most Democratic voters believe he should step aside after his disastrous debate with former President Trump last month. “I’m determined on running,” the