Gardening: Here’s why you probably will never see a naturally blue flower |Sep 5, 2017

Blue is the rarest flower color, seen on only 10 percent of the 280,000 flowering plants on Earth. Among those who specialize in color analysis, it is sometimes claimed that, in reality, there has never been a true blue flower, nor will there ever be one.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of Sept. 3 |Sep 5, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Opening of English pub The Stalking Horse among food events this week in the LA area |Sep 5, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events The Stalking Horse: Opening of the English pub inspired by Cornwall, England, 5 p.m. Sept. 5. Specialties include Cornish-style pasties and other savory pies and a vegan Welsh Rarebit.

Joyriding Montebello Chevrolet dealership employee caught by the car’s owner in fast-food drive-thru |Sep 5, 2017

MONTEBELLO >> When she spotted her car Friday in the drive-thru of the Tommy’s in Pico Rivera, Mari Agredano-Quirino grabbed her cellphone, hit the record button

5 out-of-the-box ideas for fixing the individual insurance marketplace |Sep 4, 2017

With Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act stalled, tentative bipartisan initiatives are in the works to shore up the fragile individual insurance market that serves roughly 17 million Americans.

For low-income drug users, Medi-Cal offers a fresh start |Sep 4, 2017

Breann Johnson stopped using heroin on Mother’s Day this year, determined to end her 13-year addiction. Days later, she began three months of residential treatment in Riverside — all paid for by California’s Medicaid program.

Gardening: Iris has a colorful history, forgiving nature |Sep 4, 2017

When the mob overthrew the monarchy during the French Revolution, one of the first acts of the new governing authority was to remove the flower that had been visible for centuries on flags, shields, decorative patches and coats of arms.

Poncho Sanchez, Ozomatli enliven Grand Park Labor Day music festival |Sep 4, 2017

Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles hosted the Nightshift Labor Day Music Fest on Monday. Performers included Pancho Sanchez, Ozomatli, Grace Potter, and many others. • MORE PHOTOS:

Southern California DACA recipients hope for the best, brace for the worst as Trump readies announcement |Sep 4, 2017

A day before President Donald Trump was expected to announce his decision on an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants from deportation, dozens of young people who fear how they could be affected by the decision joined a Labor Day march in downtown Los Angeles Monday.

LA County residents warned of Lancaster street vendor infected with hepatitis A |Sep 4, 2017

Customers who bought fruit from a streetside vendor in Lancaster last month may have been exposed to hepatitis A, Los Angeles County health officials warned on Monday. The vendor was diagnosed with the disease and he may have transmitted it between Aug.

Successful Aging: Getting a sense when hygiene issues have deeper causes |Sep 3, 2017

Q My parents are in their 80s and lack good personal hygiene. My mother has been diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Even before my mother became ill, she resisted bathing. Both my parents do not shower enough, and they wear the same clothes daily, some with stains.

What’s happening at the LA County Fair today |Sep 3, 2017

Here’s a rundown of what’s happening at the LA County Fair on Sunday, Sept. 3. Check out all our LA County Fair coverage from the food to the concerts. Sunday’s fair hours: 10 a.

LA’s popular Wilacre Park is temporarily closing to hikers. But you’ve got options |Sep 3, 2017

Wilacre Park — which includes a popular network of trails that lead to nice views of the San Fernando Valley — is closing, for a while. If you’ve got a good hike in you, you’ve got one day left — Monday.

Frustration mounts over premiums for individual health plans |Sep 3, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Millions of people who buy individual health insurance policies and get no financial help from the Affordable Care Act are bracing for another year of double-digit premium increases, and their frustration is boiling over.

Endless Summer? Actually, yes. Ten things to keep the vibe alive |Sep 3, 2017

Bummer, summer — we hate to see you go. Sort of. Kids start back at school, ending the salty, sandy weekdays at the beach. Lifeguards wrap up their summer jobs as the beach crowds start to thin.

Offshore testing of herpes vaccine sets off debate |Sep 3, 2017

The government of St. Kitts and Nevis has launched an investigation into the clinical trial for a herpes vaccine by an American company because it said its officials were not notified about the experiments.

LA County Fair offers ice rink to escape triple-digit heat |Sep 3, 2017

POMONA >> It was well over 100 degrees at the Los Angeles County Fair and in surrounding cities, but inside “the Igloo” hundreds of children enjoyed an early winter wonderland.

LA County Fair 2017: Miniature horses, pigs among new stars at fair |Sep 3, 2017

POMONA >> Animals — big ones, little ones, exotic ones and down right cute ones — are a part of the LA County Fair, which runs through Sept.

Gardening: Texas Ranger and other plants do best when they’re ignored |Sep 3, 2017

It would be dereliction of duty on my part not to mention two plants, blooming now in all their glory, that defy the hottest weather with an outrageously floriferous late-summer display. Look at either one of them and you’ll think to yourself, “This just can’t be.

Nutrition: It’s gut-check time when considering how microbiota affects healthy digestion |Sep 2, 2017

Evolving science is pretty clear that the microorganisms inhabiting our digestive tracts, also known as the gut microbiota, are largely responsible for our overall health and well-being. The gut microbiota is the complex mix of the thousands of species of healthy bacteria that live within the gastrointestinal tract of their host.

It’s goodbye, Columbus: Doug McIntyre |Sep 2, 2017

“Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred ninety-two!” So sang generations of young Americans as they learned the legend of the great Christopher Columbus, Admiral of the Oceans, the first great Italian hero of the New World, even though he sailed in the service of the Spanish crown.

Emergency room crews learn to spot elder abuse |Sep 2, 2017

Abuse often leads to depression and medical problems in older patients — even death within a year of an abusive incident. Yet, those subjected to emotional, physical or financial abuse too often remain silent.

LA Live restaurant among 7 forced to close for cockroaches |Sep 1, 2017

Seven restaurants in Los Angeles were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards, including one at the LA Live complex in the downtown area. Lawry’s Carvery at LA Live was closed Aug.

West Nile kills LA County resident as reports of virus activity spike |Sep 1, 2017

California Department of Public Health confirmed a Los Angeles County resident from the San Fernando Valley was among the first three human deaths from West Nile virus. Two residents, one in San Bernardino County and another in Kern County, have also died, according to the state.

Six Flags Magic Mountain unveils new ride for 2018 with discounted season passes |Aug 31, 2017

Six Flags Magic Mountain unveiled a new ride for 2018 Thursday, Aug. 31. But, as its name suggests, the ride Crazanity is not for the faint of heart.

Leukemia-fighting gene therapy has ups (it usually works) and downs (you won’t believe what it costs, side effects are brutal) |Aug 31, 2017

WASHINGTON — Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials have approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia.

Umami Burger in Studio City among 4 Valley restaurants closed for cockroaches, other health hazards |Aug 31, 2017

Four restaurants in the San Fernando Valley were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between Aug. 20 and Aug. 26, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach and rodent infestations and a lack of hot water, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.

What’s new at the Rose Bowl in time for UCLA football |Aug 31, 2017

Dog Haus, a Pasadena-based restaurant chain known for its gourmet hot dogs and sausages, is about to unveil a new eatery in the Rose Bowl. Dog Haus and the stadium’s management announced a multiyear partnership Wednesday, making Dog Haus the first restaurant to have a permanent location at the iconic venue.

LAX forecasts 888,000 travelers for Labor Day weekend; Friday busiest day |Aug 31, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Los Angeles International Airport officials are forecasting that 888,000 passengers will pass through LAX over the four-day holiday weekend beginning Friday. If that forecast holds true, the number would be a 4.

LA County Fair 2017: 5 food trends to try |Aug 31, 2017

Sure, you can ride a Ferris wheel and hang out with a sloth at the LA County Fair, but you’re going to get hungry. Satiate your rumbling stomach with the decadence of all things fair food, whether you want to snack on Flamin’ Hot Cheetos atop a cornucopia of deep-fried fare, sample unicorn-themed treats or try, gulp, a taco filled with crickets for some protein.

18 things to do on Labor Day weekend in the Los Angeles area, Sept. 1-4 |Aug 31, 2017

Keep cool at home over Labor Day weekend or venture out for special events in the greater Los Angeles area. LA Fleet Week: Various events including ship tours, military displays and demonstrations, aircraft flyovers and live entertainment, 8:30 a.

This 20-year-old has ‘broken barriers.’ But now, she needs a chance: Dennis McCarthy |Aug 31, 2017

“I think you just have to close your eyes and not look at her physically, but look at her mind, and what she’s already accomplished.” Dr. Debra Don - ear, nose, and throat specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Her mind is dean’s list-sharp and her future boundless if only we give Connie Morales a chance.

Here’s what’s happening on opening day of the LA County Fair |Aug 31, 2017

Here’s what’s happening at the Los Angeles County Fair on opening day Friday. Information about programs and deals also can be found at www.LACountyFair.

Five new things to check out at this year’s LA County Fair |Aug 31, 2017

POMONA >> It’s above 100 degrees outside as summer winds down, and that can only mean one thing. It’s time for the start of the LA County Fair. The fair begins its annual run Friday, Sept.

What Knott’s Scary Farm has planned for the 2017 Halloween Haunt |Aug 31, 2017

Admission to the Scary Farm announcement event at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park on Thursday, Aug. 31, had been sold out for weeks, a testament to the popularity of the annual Halloween happening.

What’s closed on Labor Day, Sept. 4, in the Los Angeles area |Aug 30, 2017

Banks: Banks and financial markets are closed. Government: City, county, federal and state offices, libraries and superior courts are closed. Mail: The U.

These insanely cute baby monkeys are making their debut at the LA Zoo |Aug 30, 2017

A pair of Francois’ langur monkeys born over the summer at the Los Angeles Zoo will make their public debut on Thursday. The monkeys — both have the same father — were born on June 23 to 8-year-old mother Vicki Vale and on July 12 to 5-year-old Kim-Ly.

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights adds ‘Sinister,’ ‘The Purge’ to Horrors of Blumhouse attraction |Aug 29, 2017

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights has announced its collaboration with producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions to bring franchise films like “The Purge” and “Sinister,” as well as the forthcoming “Happy Death Day,” which hits theaters Friday, Oct.

Is there a Maury for mountain lions? Asking for two adorable LA kittens |Aug 29, 2017

Two blue-eyed mountain lion kittens born to a young mother and a father that gets around were found earlier this month in the Santa Monica Mountains, marking the 13th litter discovered by researchers in the area, officials announced Tuesday.

Columbus Day may soon be over in LA, replaced by Indigenous Peoples Day |Aug 29, 2017

Will Los Angeles do away with Columbus Day and celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead? That’s the question the L.A. City Council will be asked today, as the panel considers abandoning Columbus Day, which is observed on the second Monday of October.

Roadhouse barbecue is done right at Cookin’ with Lenny in Chatsworth |Aug 29, 2017

There’s history writ large in the old restaurants of Los Angeles, such as The Original Pantry and Philippe The Original. And there’s an even less known history to be found in the surviving roadhouses in the mountains of Southern California.

Whimsical storybook homes have roots in Hollywood |Aug 29, 2017

Storybook style was born from the imaginations of Hollywood designers seeking to re-create medieval Europe for movie sets. As with most things from Hollywood, fans took notice and so did architects and builders who capitalized on the idea and brought it to Main Street, Southern California.

Boneyard Bistro seasonal tastings among food events this week in the LA area |Aug 29, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Boneyard Bistro: The barbecue restaurant offers chef-owner Aaron Robins and executive chef Erica Abell’s seasonal tasting menu using hatch chilis including Tex Mex Tostada Salad ($18), Smoked Brisket Torta ($20), Ancho & Coffee Rub Hanger Steak Enchiladas ($38) and Hatch Chili & Apple Fry Pie ($11), 4:30 p.

Fundraisers planned for LAPD detective who suffered stroke |Aug 29, 2017

Mike Snowden, a Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Area Division detective, who suffered a stroke earlier this month, has a strong presence that has been missed by members of his LAPD family. “He had this personality everybody was attracted to,” said his supervisor Detective Dennis McNeal on Tuesday.

In-N-Out sues Smashburger over alleged ‘Triple Double’ burger trademark infringement |Aug 29, 2017

Irvine-based In-N-Out Burger filed a trademark infringement lawsuit Monday, Aug. 28 against Denver-based Smashburger, claiming the fast-food rival’s “Smashburger Triple Double” is too similar to its famed “Double Double” burger.

Move over Two-Buck Chuck: Target debuts $5 California Roots wine |Aug 29, 2017

Two-Buck Chuck, you’ve got some company.Target on Monday announced it’s rolling out a new line of bargain wines, a $5 bottle called California Roots.The wine comes in five blends made from California grapes: chardonnay, pinot grigio, moscato, cabernet sauvignon, and a red blend.

Follow us on Instagram and Snapchat for a peek at the LA County Fair’s food |Aug 29, 2017

Can’t wait until Sept. 1 to get a look at the 2017 LA County Fair? Well, you are in luck. Starting around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, reporters and photographers will be at the LA County Fair preview to show all the food and fun that awaits you on Friday.

LA Waterfront ready to party for Fleet Week as ships arrive |Aug 29, 2017

Marking the arrival of the second annual LA Fleet Week, streets in downtown San Pedro will be closed Wednesday night for an outdoor welcoming party that will feature live music, dancing and plenty of food and drink.

Successful Aging: It all depends on how you look at the greatness of 80 |Aug 28, 2017

Q I am 79 years old and soon will be celebrating my 80th birthday. Although I am grateful to have lived this long I feel so different about this birthday. I recently dreamed that I was about to wander through an arch and at the last minute stopped, which is when I woke up with heart palpitations.

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights explores the latest chapter of ‘Insidious’ in an all-new attraction |Aug 28, 2017

Though Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights has produced dozens of attractions based on some of the biggest feature films and TV shows within the horror genre, producer and creative director John Murdy said that the walk-thru mazes based on Blumhouse Productions’ “Insidious” films remain a top fan favorite.