Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times

Jonah Valdez

Los Angeles Times

Southern California, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Jonah:

Nearly $4 billion in federal student loan debt canceled for former ITT Tech students

All remaining federal loans taken out to attend ITT Technical Institute since 2005 will be automatically wiped out, the Department of Education said. → Read More

Another day, another version of events in the trial over the Kobe crash photos

Lawyers have seized on inconsistencies in the testimony of first responders. → Read More

Pomona police raid suspected illegal casino, seize cash, detains dozens of patrons

The suspected unlicensed gambling business operated in a vacant building inside a Pomona strip mall. → Read More

Slain Monterey Park police officer was 'tough as nails'

Gardiel Solorio, 26, is survived by parents, siblings and a fiancee. → Read More

Two more L.A. Starbucks unionize. Here's what workers want you to know

Workers at two more Starbucks coffee shops in L.A. have voted to unionize. Here's what they say is motivating them. → Read More

A pregnant mother and her 1-year-old son on a routine trip are cut down by a speeding car

Family members of a pregnant women left reeling after she and four others killed in horrific crash → Read More

Din Tai Fung in Glendale leaving Americana at Brand for Galleria competitor

Din Tai Fung in Glendale will move from the Americana at Brand to the Galleria in 2023, opening its largest L.A. County location yet. → Read More

A popular Filipino restaurant gets on a Netflix show. What happens next?

Few things bind L.A.'s Filipino American community together like skewered meat sizzling on charcoal grills that line the parking lot of a tiny strip mall on Temple Street. → Read More

Woman who says she's Charles Manson's sister drops bid for estate

Still contending for the estate of the cult leader are a man who claims to be his grandson and a longtime pen pal who says he is named in Manson's will. → Read More

210 Freeway reopens after five-day closure, but another is on the way

Officials reopened the freeway after closing its westbound lanes in Irwindale as a part of $30-million project to renovate portions that cut over the San Gabriel River. → Read More

First child monkeypox cases in U.S. are reported, including a toddler in California

Both children were likely infected from someone in their household, public health officials said. → Read More

Berkeley's 'Disney-esque' Enclave Apartments sell for over $100 million

A group led by Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs bought the Enclave Apartments, a student housing complex known for its unusual, castle-like design. → Read More

Behind Mookie Betts' viral T-shirt, a message for Black L.A.

The Dodgers star's airbrushed T-shirt, reading "We Need more Black People at the Stadium," came from South-Central L.A. streetwear brand Bricks & Wood. → Read More

Fast-moving brush fire forces evacuations in Mariposa County

The blaze dubbed the Agua fire was reportedly sparked by a vehicle crash along Highway 140 and quickly spread into the surrounding brush. → Read More

Inflation hits the Costco food court: Chicken bake price up $1, soft drinks up 10 cents

Costco raised the price of its chicken bake to $3.99 and its 20-ounce soft drink to $0.59. The $1.99 pizza slice and $1.50 hot dog combo remain untouched. → Read More

L.A. has banned cars from a major Griffith Park road

Los Angeles' Griffith Park closed one of its main roads to traffic, the latest city to open a car-free zone for cyclists and pedestrians. → Read More

Woman found dead with gunshot wounds on 710 Freeway in Long Beach

A woman was found dead inside a black SUV that had crashed on the 710 Freeway in Long Beach. → Read More

3 killed and 50 injured when Amtrak train from Los Angeles to Chicago derails in Missouri

The train, with 243 passengers and 12 crew members, derailed Monday in Mendon, Mo., after hitting a truck, Amtrak said in a statement. → Read More

First suspected case of monkeypox in Riverside County reported

Riverside County reported its first probable case of monkeypox this week while the number of confirmed cases continues to grow throughout California. → Read More

Metrolink introduces earthquake system that stops trains

The transportation rail system announced this week it is equipping some of its trains with a new earthquake warning system that can automatically slow or halt travel during a quake. → Read More