Blog Archive: Daily Breeze

‘My kids are everything’: Fearful parents keep kids home from South Bay schools, too

Priscilla Serrano’s three children don’t attend Los Angeles Unified schools, but she kept them home anyway Tuesday. And she wasn’t alone, as fear spread among parents throughout South Bay school districts in response to the threat that prompted closure of every campus in the nation’s second largest school district. “My 8-year-old started crying, saying, ‘What if they bomb tomorrow instead?’ ” said Serrano, whose three children attend Fern Elementary School in the Torrance Unified School District.

‘Specific threat’ forces second closure of Mira Costa High School this week, police monitor Redondo Union High

FBI agents were working with Manhattan Beach police Friday to find the person responsible for making an emailed “specific threat” that forced school district officials to shut down Mira Costa High School as a precaution for the second time in a week.

Dangerous high surf to return Thursday

Los Angeles County lifeguards warned swimmers to be especially careful in the ocean because of western swells and high tides that delivered waves from 6 to 12 feet high Tuesday. Towering waves are expected to return Thursday, again creating strong rip currents and dangerous ocean patterns that could continue through next week, according to the National Weather Service.

El Niño brings venomous snake to Southern California

HUNTINGTON BEACH >> The dead yellow-bellied sea snake that was discovered on Bolsa Chica on Dec. 12 was likely brought so far north of its typical range because of warmer waters associated with El Nino, according to Greg Pauly, herpetology curator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Hyperion Treatment Plant officials queried over medical waste spill along South Bay beaches

As an investigation continues into September’s massive sewage spill off the South Bay coast, Hyperion Treatment Plant officials Thursday fielded questions from community members and environmentalists concerned that it could happen again. Public health officials believe Hyperion, the city of Los Angeles’ oldest and largest operating waste-water treatment plant, is responsible for the spill that spewed medical debris such as hypodermic needles, condoms and tampon applicators into the ocean and eventually ashore on Sept. 23.

Pope canonizes Father Junipero Serra, but not all happy about it

By From staff reports, Daily Breeze An 18th-century missionary who brought Catholicism to the American West Coast was elevated to sainthood Wednesday by Pope Francis, prompting Catholics, children and Native Americans to reflect on a history that touches much of Southern California — from the missions of San Fernando and San Gabriel to the Inland Empire. In the first canonization on U.S. soil, Francis made Junipero Serra a saint during a Mass outside the Basilica

11-year-old spots rare tarantula in Rancho Palos Verdes

By Megan Barnes, Daily Breeze Ian Campbell was riding bikes with his family to the McBride Trail in Rancho Palos Verdes when he spotted something dark on the ground, moving down the middle of Santa Catalina Drive. “At first I thought it was one of those remote control cars,” the 11-year-old said. On closer inspection, it looked like a furry, black tarantula. “Then I saw it’s legs and said, ‘Wait dad, what’s that?’” • Video:

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