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February 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
In the wake of renewed allegations that Woody Allen sexually abused Dylan Farrow when she was a child -- and Allen's subsequent denials of the allegations -- longtime Allen friend Barbara Walters and former Allen girlfriend Stacey Nelkin rose to the director's defense Monday in separate television appearances. On her ABC morning talk show "The View," Walters said of Allen's current relationship with wife Soon-Yi Previn and their two daughters: "I have rarely seen a father as sensitive, as loving and as caring as Woody is and Soon-Yi to these two girls.
February 4, 2014 | By Chris Lee
SANTA BARBARA - Hollywood's unique awards calculus wouldn't seem to take a film festival at this posh coastal enclave into account. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, after all, is not a prestige movie launching pad such as the Toronto International Film Festival or an indie acquisitions bazaar like Utah's Sundance. But over the last decade, the Central Coast festival has carved an important niche in the movie ecosystem. Arriving exactly two weeks after Academy Awards nominations were announced, the Santa Barbara festival is distinguished as a tactical pit stop on the way to the Oscars.
January 31, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
Health authorities are recommending that UC Santa Barbara students be inoculated against a strain of meningitis that infected several young adults at the seaside campus and caused an outbreak at Princeton University. University officials said Friday that the federal Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the serogroup B meningococcal vaccine, which is licensed for use in Europe, Canada and Australia but not in the U.S. Four Santa Barbara undergraduate students became infected with meningitis in November.
January 30, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Come late January, drive up the Pacific Coast Highway about 90 miles north of Hollywood and there it is: the last stop on the awards season trail before the Oscars. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival , which kicks off Thursday night wi th the premiere of director Fisher Stevens' deep-sea documentary “ Mission Blue ,” provides a showcase for nearly 200 movies (including 24 world premieres) and star-studded tributes expected to draw about 70,000 attendees over the festival's 11-day run. On Friday, “American Hustle” director David O. Russell is to receive the festival's outstanding director award, his latest accolade after collecting a Golden Globe for best motion picture musical or comedy and receiving an Oscar nod for best director.
January 17, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
The parent-and-child relationship is a fraught one, as anyone who has even been either a parent or child can attest. But those push-pull tensions are all the more acute when the parent is a former first lady and the mother of an ex-president and the son is a talked-about possibility for yet a third family turn in the White House. In a C-SPAN interview released earlier this week, Barbara Bush made quite clear her feelings about a possible Jeb Bush presidential candidacy in 2016.
January 10, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The driver convicted in a 2012 “car surfing” incident that left one young woman dead and another seriously injured has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. Lanie Tyrone Richardson, 29, was sentenced Thursday, according to the Santa Barbara County district attorney's office. The fatal accident occurred June 6, 2012, when Richardson and three others decided to go “car surfing,” an activity in which a person rides on top of a moving vehicle.  Richardson, who prosecutors say was intoxicated at the time, drove his SUV over a speed bump at 70 mph and lost control, the Santa Barbara Independenr reported . Allison Meadows, 26, and her friend, Lindsay Keebler, 25, were riding on the hood of the vehicle when they were ejected.
January 10, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
Barbara Demick, the Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Beijing and author of the book “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea,” has reported extensively about North Korea. She answered questions Friday on Reddit about life inside the reclusive country and about leader Kim Jong Un , who celebrated his 31st birthday this week at an exhibition basketball game where he was serenaded by former NBA star Dennis Rodman. Here are a few of the questions that generated interest.
January 9, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The head of a criminal probe into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups and tea party supporters personally donated a total of $6,750 to President Obama's election campaign and the Democratic National Committee, spurring Republicans to call for her removal. Republicans said Thursday that political contributions by Barbara Bosserman, a prosecutor in the Justice Department's civil rights division, raised questions about her objectivity and the integrity of the investigation into the IRS. "It is unbelievable that the department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government's systematic targeting and harassment of organizations opposed to the president's policies," Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista)
January 9, 2014 | By Lisa Girion and Scott Glover
A Santa Barbara doctor some patients called "the candy man" because he so freely prescribed painkillers and other commonly abused narcotics pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug charges. Julio Diaz, 65, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of drug dealing, stemming from prescriptions written from his storefront office on Milpas Street. As part of the plea, the doctor acknowledged prescribing drugs to patients who had no legitimate medical need. Diaz was taken into custody after the hearing in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, said Assistant U.S. Atty.
January 7, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies seized 19 roosters and detained four people, including an 85-year-old man, over the weekend after discovering an alleged cockfighting ring, authorities said Tuesday. About 11 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to complaints about a group of cars parked on private land near the Santa Maria Airport, said Santa Barbara County sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. When the deputies arrived at the wooded area, Hoover said, they found about 20 cars parked in a field and could hear roosters.
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