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Principal of Miramonte during scandal transfers to Harbor City elementary school

By Abby Franklin and Rob Kuznia, Staff Writers POSTED: 08/05/13, 9:25 AM PDT |  The man who served as principal at Miramonte Elementary School during its infamous abuse scandal in 2012 has been reassigned to the same position at President Avenue Elementary School in Harbor City. The announcement that Martin Sandoval will be the principal at President Avenue in the fall came as a surprise to parents, who complain they were not adequately notified. The parents say they learned there was a new principal when they received an automated phone call placed… Read more Principal of Miramonte during scandal transfers to Harbor City elementary school

Tow-truck driver in fatal downtown L.A. crash convicted in 2008 police chase

By Larry Altman and Abby Franklin, Staff Writers POSTED: 08/05/13, 9:24 AM PDT |  A Gardena tow-truck driver suspected of crashing into a Metro bus in downtown Los Angeles and killing its driver led police on a high-speed chase five years ago, telling officers when he stopped that he had explosives strapped to his body, records show. Yousef Abdel Adhami, 43, who was reported in grave condition from injuries suffered in Wednesday’s crash, had a valid license to drive a car through Aug. 5, but the state Department of Motor Vehicles records… Read more Tow-truck driver in fatal downtown L.A. crash convicted in 2008 police chase

5 dead — including gunman — in Santa Monica shootings

A wave of violence ripped through Santa Monica on Friday, with a series of shootings and a house fire that claimed five lives and injured several others, according to police and witnesses. A man armed with an assault rifle went on a shooting rampage at multiple sites in Santa Monica on Friday, killing four people and wounding others before dying in a gunfight with police officers. A police spokesman says five people, including the gunman, are dead. Police said earlier that seven people were killed, including the gunman. The suspect,… Read more 5 dead — including gunman — in Santa Monica shootings