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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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Lucha Underground blends Mexican wrestling and cultures in Boyle Heights; a peek inside Tom LaBonge’s City Hall files

Sixth Street Bridge, Boyle Heights | Kevin Break

MORNING REPORT: Lucha Underground, an English-language TV series about Mexican wrestling shot in Boyle Heights, has attracted fans with its mix of melodrama and cultures .... Salvaged boxes of office documents that were ordered destroyed by former 4th District Councilman Tom LaBonge contained lists of campaign donors. City workers are prohibited from participating in campaign-related activities in city facilities or during work hours. Read More »

Pedestrian killed in 60 Freeway hit-and-run; Boyle Heights beauty school closes

Elysian Valley | Gina Acuna

MORNING REPORT: A man who walked into traffic lanes on the eastbound 60 Freeway near Downey Road in East L.A. was killed after being struck by a hit-and-run driver .... The Marinello School of Beauty shut down its Boyle Heights campus and 55 other schools after the U.S. Department of Education stopped making loans and grants to the nationwide chain of cosmetology schools .... Today's Silver Lake Weather: Sunny, with a high of 76 and a low of 51 Read More »

$3 million for Occidental College Lab; prepare for this weekend’s 101 Slow Jam

Highland Park | Katrina Alexy

MORNING REPORT: Occidental College has raised $3 million to turn the 65-year-old Moore Laboratory of Zoology into a high-tech genomics center. The renovated lab will make use of the Eagle Rock college's large collection of bird and shell specimens and new DNA-sequencing equipment .... A 2.5-mile stretch of the 101 Freeway through Boyle Heights will be closed this weekend to allow for the demolition of the Sixth Street Bridge that crosses over the freeway. The closure has been dubbed #101SlowJam. Read More »

Suspicious fire breaks out a Roosevelt High; the teacher behind the calculus whiz kids at Lincoln High

Elysian Park | Daveed Kapoor

MORNING REPORT: More than a dozen trash cans were set ablaze early this morning at Roosevelt High, damaging a janitorial building on the Boyle Heights campus. LAFD arson investigators are looking into the matter .... When Anthony Yom started teaching at Lincoln High more than a decade ago, he hated it. Now, Yom is credited by students for challenging them to succeed in his pre-calculus class, where all his students passed the Advanced Placement Calculus exam, including Cedrick Argueta, who earned a perfect score Read More »

Fate of Boyle Heights community garden remains uncertain; Silver Lake council may spend $5,000 on new umbrellas

Echo Park | Martin Cox

MORNING REPORT: The future of a Boyle Heights community garden is up in the air after the hospital that owns the property failed to reach a new lease agreement with the nonprofit that runs the space .... The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council on Wednesday is scheduled to vote on a proposal to spend up to $5,000 for commercial-grade umbrellas and umbrella stands for Sunset-Triangle Plaza .... Lost in Highland Park: Female Calico cat Read More »

Woman killed in Boyle Heights hit-and-run; Tom LaBonge’s missing files raise questions; Lincoln High calculus whiz invited to White House

Sixth Street Bridge | Timothy Swope

MORNING REPORT: A 27-year-old woman was killed and her five-year-old daughter severely injured in Boyle Heights after they were struck by a hit-and-run driver on Boyle Avenue .... The destruction of office files by former Councilman Tom LaBonge has raised questions about whether the city is complying with state laws and has become an issue in a court case .... Cedrick Argueta, the Lincoln High senior who earned a perfect score on an AP calculus exam, has been invited to a White House science fair Read More »

Disney family members sue Silver Lake preschool; Boyle Heights house fire

Lincoln Heights Sunrise |Timothy Swope

A grandson of Roy Disney and his wife have sued Camelot Preschool over the expulsion of their daughter from the Silver Lake school .... A Boyle Heights home in the 3400 block of Garnet Street was damaged by fire on Tuesday afternoon .... Founding Jefferson Starship member Paul Kantner, whose son, Gareth, owns Cafe Stella in Silver Lake and Dinette in Echo Park, has died at age 74. Rolling Stone Read More »

Woman killed in Lincoln Heights hit-and-run; Silver Lake elections go online

Lincoln Heights | Katrina Alexy

MORNING REPORT: A 61-year-old woman was killed last week in Lincoln Heights when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Avenue 26 near Artisian Street .... Voters in this year's Silver Lake Neighborhood Council elections will be able to cast their ballots online .... New Echo Park senior center; Patrick Stewart on Echo Park Lake & more in this week's issue. Read More »