EVERY MORNING, BRONNY James is driven 25 miles from his family's home in the West Los Angeles enclave of Brentwood, through the recently fire-ravaged Sepulveda Pass and into a quiet corner of the San Fernando Valley. The hourlong trip into the teeth of the 405 traffic would be a tough commute for anyone, but he and his 12-year-old brother, Bryce, go through it to reach an institution that has numerous elite athletes, that is more than 40% nonwhite and where celebrities and children of celebrities are common. The Sierra Canyon School gives Bronny something LeBron James couldn't have dreamed of 20 years ago as he burst onto the national scene: a semblance of normalcy. The high school is less than 15 years old, one of its founding board members was Will Smith, and the fundraising push to open the school was highlighted by a Stevie Wonder concert that raised seven figures.
A Portland panhandler who threw rocks through the windows of five businesses in the Lloyd District because she said no one was giving her money was sentenced Wednesday to 20 days in jail and ordered to pay more than $9,000 for the damage. Marlena Rochelle Neely, 30, told authorities she was homeless, had been asking people for $5 and would shatter a window every time she was refused because she was tired of people not helping her, according to a probable cause affidavit.