Fresh out of prison, a former lifer finds his footing training for the L.A. Marathon

In a photo taken during his murder trial, Gilbert Anthony Romero’s face is blank, expressionless. Though he had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and attempted murder, he hadn’t apologized or shown remorse. It would take decades for him to show — or even feel — remorse. The judge in a San...

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High school softball: Friday’s scores

Academy for Careers and Education 22, Immanuel Christian 4 Anaheim 7, Savanna 6 Arroyo 4, Gabrielino 0 Beaumont 3, Hemet 2 Bonita 9, Alta Loma 4 California 7, Whittier 4 Calipatria 5, Knight 3 Chaffey 7, Montclair 6 Chaminade 1, Alemany 0 Chaparral 13, Murrieta Valley 9 Charter Oak 3, Diamond...

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Can Dodgers become first team since 1923 to win World Series after falling twice in a row?

Manager Dave Roberts does not hesitate when posed the question. After two heartbreaks, after two chances to win the Dodgers’ first World Series since 1988, what makes him believe this year’s iteration will end its season in celebration? “We’re a better ballclub than we were last year,”...

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‘The Old Drift’ author Namwali Serpell shares how Zambian Afronauts inspired her debut novel

For nearly 20 years, Namwali Serpell has been writing “The Old Drift.” If you don’t find that fact alone to be staggering, consider this: The 576-page book blends English with a multitude of Bantu languages spoken in Zambia. Incorporating elements of historical fiction, sci-fi, magical...

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Our dates were going great — but just how old was this gray-haired gentleman?

“How’s the beef stroganoff?” the tall, slender gray-haired gentleman casually asked as he walked past my table. I was just finishing up the last bites of this rich, creamy entrée, which I was enjoying along with a dry martini. I was at one of my regular watering holes, Dizz’s As Is, in Laguna...

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She got death sentence for murdering her kids. Her ex-husband angry at Newsom’s reprieve

The salty marine air was coming off the bay as we crossed the grounds of San Quentin State Prison just before midnight and entered the building that houses the death chamber. It was December 2005, and I was about to witness an execution. Stanley “Tookie” Williams, one of the early leaders of...

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