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Ann M. Simmons

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  • Mandela — truly a man of the people

     
    I was the Johannesburg bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times in the early 2000s. My first opportunity to be in the same room with liberation icon Nelson Mandela came when I attended a gathering of Jewish businessmen where Mandela was expected to be the...
  • A decade later, wounds have healed, but the memory remains raw

     
    By Ann M. Simmons Dec. 31, 2003. I remember that day as if it were yesterday. I was serving a temporary stint in the Baghdad bureau of the Los Angeles Times. It was New Year’s Eve and a group of foreign journalists and Iraqi staffers decided to ring...
  • Black smoke from refinery is non-emergency, officials say

     
    Wilmington Refinery: Black smoke seen billowing into the sky in the Wilmington area of the Los Angeles Harbor on Saturday afternoon was from a non-emergency flaring operation at the a Conoco Phillips Refinery and did not require a response from fire...
  • Newhall Ranch housing development dealt a new setback

    The proposed Newhall Ranch residential development project received another setback this week when a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge issued a preliminary ruling that supported concerns raised by environmentalists. Developers seek to eventually...
  • L.A. Planning Commission gives OK to NBCUniversal expansion

    L.A. Planning Commission gives OK to NBCUniversal expansion
    The Los Angeles City Planning Commission recommended Thursday that NBCUniversal be allowed to move to the next stage of approval for a long-planned expansion at its San Fernando Valley site, after the company agreed to fund a bikeway and make other...
  • Santa Clarita gets $21-million economic boost from filming

    Santa Clarita gets $21-million economic boost from filming
    The city of Santa Clarita continues to rake in millions of dollars each year through TV and movie filming, according to data that shows a recent increase in the economic impact of such projects. Officials recorded 909 film days and issued 372 permits...
  • Santa Clarita stepdad arrested for allegedly molesting stepdaughter, age 12

    Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Special Victims Bureau have arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly sexually molesting his 12-year-old stepdaughter, authorities said. According to information from sheriff’s...
  • Two charged in car racing death of Santa Clarita woman

    Two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a Santa Clarita Valley woman who was a passenger in a car that crashed during what authorities say was a street race.  According to a statement from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s...
  • Agricultural pest is targeted in Santa Clarita Valley

    Agricultural pest is targeted in Santa Clarita Valley
    State agricultural officials have declared war on the Oriental fruit fly in the Santa Clarita Valley after five flies were trapped there over two days last month. The action is the first for the Santa Clarita area but is one of several in Southern...
  • Cyclists gain access to Santa Clarita Valley nature trail

    Cyclists gain access to Santa Clarita Valley nature trail
    Cyclists are praising the county’s decision to grant them access to a popular Santa Clarita Valley nature trail, despite the objections of hikers’ groups. Bikes were prohibited from Canyon Trail in Newhall’s Placerita Canyon Natural...
  • Weather prompts road closures in Angeles National Forest

    Weather prompts road closures in Angeles National Forest
    The Los Angeles County Public Works Department said it planned to close portions of roadways Thursday night in the Angeles National Forest based on weather forecasts of snow and icy road conditions. Starting at 10 p.m., agency officials said motorists...