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Special Olympics World Games open today at L.A. Coliseum

latimes.com — More than 60,000 people are expected to turn out Saturday for the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the stadium on Figueroa Street south of downtown. Gates open at 3 p.m.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2015

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Final preparations underway for Special Olympics opening Saturday

latimes.com — They have come with nearly 7,000 athletes from 177 countries for an event as grand as their aspirations: the Special Olympics World Games. For most of the competitors, it is the first time they have boarded a plane, let alone left their hometown.
Jul 24, 2015

RT @latimes: 177 countries, nearly 7,000 athletes: Final prep underway for Special Olympics opening Sat. lat.ms/1CV3PNR pic.twitter.com/tAzmdJUFke

Jul 24, 2015

RT @latimes: 177 countries, nearly 7,000 athletes: Final prep underway for Special Olympics opening Sat. lat.ms/1CV3PNR pic.twitter.com/tAzmdJUFke

Final preparations underway for Special Olympics opening Saturday

latimes.com — They have come with nearly 7,000 athletes from 177 countries for an event as grand as their aspirations: the Special Olympics World Games. For most of the competitors, it is the first time they have boarded a plane, let alone left their hometown.

'Joyful evening' at Redondo Beach concert, and then a horrific crash

latimes.com — Those in the crowd sauntered through the crosswalk after leaving a Christmas concert they had attended at a Redondo Beach church. Then came the white Saturn hurtling through the adjacent red light. Screams followed - then the sickening sound of bodies hitting pavement.
Dec 18, 2014

Grief in Redondo Beach after car plows through church crowd lat.ms/1zBFerM @veronicarochala et la

The homeless and hungry are welcomed to Thanksgiving feasts

latimes.com — In downtown Los Angeles, a man who calls himself Stickshift grinned while surveying a crowd feasting on plates of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and green beans. "You might be feeling down in the dumps, but days like this prove there are people out there who care," he said.

Woman ruled innocent in 1997 slaying; payment for prison time expected

latimes.com — A woman freed last month after 17 years behind bars for murder was declared factually innocent Friday by a Los Angeles County judge. "I'm sorry for what happened to you," Judge Mark S. Arnold told Susan Mellen after he issued his ruling in a Torrance courtroom.
Nov 22, 2014

"I'm sorry for what happened to you." Judge rules woman freed after 17 years is factually innocent in 1997 slaying: latimes.com/local/crime/la…

Nov 22, 2014

RT @MikeScarcella: "I'm sorry for what happened to you." Judge rules woman freed after 17 years is factually innocent in 1997 slaying: latimes.com/local/crime/la…

L.A. Unified ends Miramonte sex abuse case with $139-million deal

latimes.com — The L.A. Unified School District has agreed to pay about $139 million to settle claims that a Miramonte Elementary School teacher abused his students, drawing to a close the lengthy case that led to changes in state law and district policies. It is believed to be the largest payout ever by a school system in a child abuse case.
Nov 21, 2014

Here's our complete A1 story on LAUSD's $139 million settlement with Miramonte victims lat.ms/11mBI8e pic.twitter.com/OBdvqB9VWI

L.A. schools will pay $139 million in child abuse scandal

latimes.com — The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay out $139 million in settlements in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal, bringing the school system nearer to a close in the costly and lengthy case that led to changes in state law and district policies, attorneys said Friday.
Nov 21, 2014

Here's our first story on LAUSD $139M settlement in Miramonte civil cases. lat.ms/1vwFARf

Nov 21, 2014

RT @latimes LAUSD will pay $139 million in settlements in Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal lat.ms/1uk7lWF

Nov 21, 2014

RT @sjceasar: Here's our first story on LAUSD $139M settlement in Miramonte civil cases. lat.ms/1vwFARf

Nov 21, 2014

RT @latimes: LAUSD will pay out $139 million in settlements in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal lat.ms/1uk7lWF

Nov 21, 2014

RT @latimes: LAUSD will pay out $139 million in settlements in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal lat.ms/1uk7lWF

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Jailed on word of 'habitual liar,' a convicted killer is declared innocent

latimes.com — A woman freed last month after 17 years behind bars for murder was declared factually innocent Friday by a Los Angeles County judge. "I'm sorry for what happened to you," Judge Mark S. Arnold told Susan Mellen after he issued his ruling in a Torrance courtroom.
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Jul 29, 2015

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Jul 25, 2015

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Jul 25, 2015

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Jul 20, 2015

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