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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Just hours before a UC Santa Barbara woman was gang raped near campus, a city college student reported being sexually assaulted in the area, an official said Tuesday. The first incident occurred Saturday night and was reported by a Santa Barbara City College student who said she was attacked by an unidentified man, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. Authorities said it was unclear if the rape was connected to an incident hours later, when a 19-year-old UC Santa Barbara student was gang raped by three men as she walked toward apartments in Isla Vista.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The gang rape of a UC Santa Barbara student was the second near campus in two months, and university police ramped up patrols in the area in response, authorities said Monday. The 19-year-old woman was beaten and raped by three men sometime between 12:30 and 4 a.m. Sunday in Isla Vista, a densely populated unincorporated community next to campus. The woman went home and reported the rape to her roommate and authorities. Sheriff's deputies searched the area but did not made any arrests.
TRAVEL
February 21, 2014 | By Ryan Ritchie
With a population of about 1,500, the 2-square-mile town of Summerland, Calif., epitomizes the cliché "Blink and you'll miss it. " Do your best not to blink as you drive through because this sleepy beach community six miles from Santa Barbara is home to an array of mom-and-pop antiques shops, a handful of local eateries and the sorts of views that make you want to do the good kind of nothing all day. The tab: a king bed at the Inn on Summer Hill begins...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014
Los Angeles Times photographer Barbara Davidson has been named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the annual Pictures of the Year International competition. Davidson received first place honors for a portfolio of images from 2013 that depicted trauma surgeons at work, maximum-security inmates at Corcoran State Prison and an Afghan girl treated in the United States for severe burns, among other subjects. The Pictures of the Year announcement praised Davidson's "stunning images" and "strong balance of powerful aesthetic with solid journalistic content.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Last year, on a beautiful afternoon, I drove up north for the Santa Barbara Wine Futures Tasting in the courtyard next to the then brand new Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant. As wine events go, this one was terrific -- low-key, not too crowded, excellent wines and the chance to meet and talk to the winemakers. This year, they're doing it again on Saturday, April 19, with more than 50 local wineries pouring futures, i.e., wines that haven't been released yet. Not only do you get to taste the unreleased wines and get a quick sketch of the vintage, you can buy the wines at 20% off retail.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Tickets have just gone on sale for “ The 2nd Annual Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure ,” returning to Solvang's Veterans Memorial Hall March 29 and 30. And if things go anywhere near like last year, they won't last long. An offshoot of the original Garagiste Festival held in Paso Robles in November, this one ferrets out cutting-edge, small-scale wine producers from the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara County. Last year's Southern Exposure was a sellout. And at $50 per ticket, it's still pretty inexpensive for such a wildly exuberant and fun wine event.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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