Race
arrests-flower-nbc4grab.jpg A small group broke off from a protest in front of LAPD headquarters to run onto the 101 freeway at Grand Avenue and drop objects from the street above. Traffic stopped on the freeway without any injuries as far as I can tell.
Books
amy-poehler-yes-please.jpg If your Christmas shopping list includes books, here is some guidance on what others are reading. As always, the differences between SoCal and national bestseller lists are curious.
Sports

Noteworthy baseball items out of, yes, San Francisco

tim-flannery-sfgate.jpg Even fans in LA can appreciate the emotion about Pablo Sandoval leaving the Giants, and a third-base coach deciding to leave the game.
Police

Bratton hit with fake blood in NYC protest (photo)

bratton-fake-blood.jpg New York police commissioner William Bratton, the former LAPD chief, was spattered with red paint during a protest over the grand jury announcement about the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Books

Management change at Skylight Books

skylight-books-inner.jpg Co-owner and general manager Kerry Slattery told the staff last night she is retiring and turning over management of the store to Mary Williams, the events manager at Skylight.
Race

Protesters block two freeways and some streets*

protesters-block-110-fwy.jpg There was no real trouble reported as of 11:30 p.m., just some blocked traffic as protesters laid down in intersections and brief closures of the 10 freeway at La Brea and the 110 freeway by the Convention Center downtown.
Native Intelligence
hanleins-kiss.jpg After 36 years of wrongful incarceration, Michael Hanline took his first steps into freedom with his wife Sandee by his side. He went to jail in 1978.
City Hall

Garcetti and councilmen at the Great Wall (photo)

china-great-wall.jpg Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, in China on a trade mission, posed at the Great Wall with City Council members Joe Buscaino, Mike Bonin, Curren Price and Gilbert Cedillo
Campaign 2014

Bocanegra concedes defeat in Valley race (updated)

raul-bocanegra-facebook.jpg First-time candidate Patty Lopez has defeated Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra in a cliffhanger between two Democrats in the 39th Assembly district. Jeffrey Prang wins the Assessor race.
Sports

Hanley Ramirez leaves Dodgers for Boston

hanley-ramirez-cbssports.jpg The Dodgers' shortstop and best hitter for the last couple of years is taking his bat to the Red Sox at $22 million a year for four years.

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LA-Express-box-Sunset-alvar.jpgPorn must be affected by the print apocalypse too. Earlier spotting
Vin Scully sends off Yaroslavsky
scully-zev-grab.jpgWatch the video of Scully advising Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky on how to get started as a baseball announcer — far away from his chair at Dodger Stadium. Inside
Where 'drank the Kool Aid' comes from
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Owens Lake dust settles
keeler-beach-tight-lao.jpgDWP and Owens Valley agree to fix the Eastern Sierra's air after all these decades. Read


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Garden envy
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Wilshire Royale
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