Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times

Matt Hamilton

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Matt:

Coast Guard issues safety bulletin on battery charging, preparedness after California boat fire

The bulletin calls on boat operators to make sure safety equipment works and reduce potential hazards from lithium batteries, power strips and cords. → Read More

Was the California boat fire a crime? Investigators search for answers

California boat fire: What investigators are trying to uncover → Read More

California boat fire: The Conception was a 'fire trap' experts say

The Conception, where 34 people were killed in California's worst maritime fire in recent history, was a “compliant fire trap,” one expert said. → Read More

Smoke likely killed 34 trapped below deck in California boat fire, raising new questions about origin point

Some victims' names are released as their families and the boat operator prepare for a legal battle. → Read More

California board fire: Harrowing stories of death and survival aboard Conception as fire ravaged boat

Surviving crew members aboard the Conception tell what happened when fire broke out. → Read More

California dive boat owner quickly asks judge to limit payouts to victims' families

The owner of Conception asks a federal judge to eliminate or reduce payouts to relatives of crew and passengers after boat fire. → Read More

USC mega-donor is a low-profile billionaire: B. Wayne Hughes

In the 60 years since billionaire B. Wayne Hughes graduated from USC, he has quietly wielded power and bestowed enormous gifts at the university he loves. → Read More

Lack of escape routes in California boat fire becomes focus as investigation intensifies

California Boat Fire: There is growing focus on the limited escape route on the boat where 34 died in the worst maritime disaster in modern California history → Read More

Once the fire started, it was too late for many on board the Conception

The cause of a deadly boat fire off the Santa Barbara coast is yet to be determined, but regardless of what sparked and fueled the blaze, this much is clear: Once it started, it was too late for most of those on board to escape. → Read More

Trump keeps the threat of ICE raids and restates his demands. It’s a familiar tactic

President Trump said Saturday that the raids would be rescheduled in two weeks if Congress does not act to make the changes he is seeking in asylum laws. → Read More

Anger and confusion after Trump orders — then delays — immigration crackdown

President Trump’s shifting plans for mass deportation drew condemnation from immigration advocates, who called it a dangerous and inhumane policy. → Read More

Judge signs off on USC’s $215-million settlement with patients of ex-gynecologist

A federal judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to the landmark $215-million class-action settlement that USC had agreed to pay to former patients of campus gynecologist Dr. → Read More

Online degrees made USC the world’s biggest social work school. Then things went terribly wrong

Enrollment at USC’s social work school exploded after a partnership with a digital start-up. But now a fiscal crisis means half of the staff may be laid off. → Read More

USC was told gynecologist could be preying on Asian students, records show

USC received a report saying its longtime campus gynecologist was preying on vulnerable Asian students and had signs of “psychopathy." → Read More

San Francisco police chief defends controversial search of reporter’s home

Facing a firestorm of public criticism, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott explains the controversial raid of Brian Carmody’s home earlier this month. → Read More

When a reporter would not betray his source, police came to his home with guns and a sledgehammer

San Francisco journalist Bryan Carmody's home and office were raided by police in probe over a leaked report on the death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi. → Read More

USC cardiovascular fellowship to be stripped of national accreditation, in major setback

A national oversight panel notified USC and L.A. County that the medical school's once-vaunted fellowship in cardiovascular disease will lose its accreditation next year. → Read More

A new Nipsey Hussle shooting mystery: Gunman injured 2 women at vigil

Los Angeles police suspect that a gunman tried to kill another person at a vigil outside Nipsey Hussle’s store, another burst of violence in the same spot where the rapper was shot dead the day before. → Read More

Top USC officials stepping down as university tries to set new course

In the latest sign of upheaval at the University of Southern California, Provost Michael Quick and General Counsel Carol Amir are to leave their posts in June. → Read More

How much of USC's sweeping sexual abuse investigation will stay secret?

The USC investigation into Dr. George Tyndall remains unfinished and it's unclear whether any of the law firms’ findings will ever be shared with the physician’s alleged victims. → Read More