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February 13, 2014 | By Karolina Waclawiak
In the story collection "Karate Chop," Dorthe Nors illuminates an ominous world of disconnected people trying to make sense of their dislocation. Among these micro-transmissions of self-preservation is the standout, "The Wadden Sea," in which a young girl takes off to a remote seaside town with her depressed mother. When the young narrator's grandmother comes to rescue them both, the young girl says, "I could tell she knew fear of life, and I could tell she knew it was a kind of fear that took in the whole of people's lives and could make them forsaken wherever in the world.
February 9, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Gary Friedman
Authorities have identified a suspected drunk driver who they say drove the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar early Sunday and caused an accident that killed six people. Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, of Fontana has been arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and felony manslaughter, said Rodrigo Jimenez, a California Highway Patrol spokesman on the scene. Culbreath is in serious condition at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center with a broken femur and a ruptured bladder, Jimenez said.
February 9, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Samantha Schaefer
A suspected drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar is being blamed for a crash early Sunday that left six people dead and the driver in critical condition, authorities said.  The unidentified female driver was heading eastbound on the westbound 60 Freeway about 4:40 a.m. when her car collided with two other vehicles, authorities said.  Investigators "believe from what they found in the vehicle that...
February 9, 2014 | By Matt Stevens, Angel Jennings and Rick Rojas
A suspected drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar is being blamed for a crash early Sunday that killed six people and left the driver in critical condition, authorities said. Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, was heading east on the westbound 60 Freeway about 4:40 a.m. when her red 2013 Chevrolet Camaro and a red Ford Explorer collided head on, authorities said. Witnesses said the Camaro was traveling more than 100 miles an hour. At least three women and a man were ejected from their vehicles, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Rodrigo Jimenez.
January 26, 2014 | By Paul Pringle
A suspected drunk driver drove the wrong way on the 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock early Sunday and collided head-on with another vehicle, causing a chain-reaction crash that left one man dead and a second badly hurt, authorities said. The two male victims from San Fernando, ages 53 and 20, were hit by a third car shortly after midnight as they stood beside the wreckage of the initial collision, according to the California Highway Patrol. It was unclear whether they had been in the car that was struck by the suspect's vehicle.
December 30, 2013 | By Elise Oberliesen
If you've ever sat at the pub after work sipping your favorite Cabernet or craft brew, then you've probably wondered: When is it safe to drive home? If your blood alcohol concentration reaches .08%, that means someone else should take the keys. As millions head out to mark the shift from 2013 to 2014, knowing what to do is especially important. What would it feel like to hit that magic number? How many drinks would it take? Why do police have tools to monitor my blood alcohol level, but I don't?
December 29, 2013 | By Howard Blume
A suspected drunk driver crashed into a Mission Viejo home early Sunday, killing a resident who was apparently sleeping in his bed at the time, authorities said. Deputies were dispatched to the scene of the crash in the 26000 block of Pacato Drive shortly after 3 a.m., said Lt. Jerry Carlsen, of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. [Updated, 12:10 p.m.: Pacato Drive is a sharply curving street in a neighborhood of single-family homes adjacent to a park and an elementary school.
December 12, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A defense psychologist called it “affluenza,” a syndrome that keeps someone from a wealthy background from learning that bad behavior has consequences. That explanation helped a North Texas teenager get a sentence of probation after he drove while drunk and killed four pedestrians. The 16-year-old was sentenced Tuesday in a Fort Worth juvenile court to 10 years of probation after he confessed to intoxication manslaughter in the June 15 crash on a rural road. According to officials, the teenager and some friends were seen on surveillance video stealing two cases of beer from a store.
December 4, 2013 | By James Barragan
A former Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was sentenced to three years probation for driving drunk at twice the legal limit in a January 2011, hitting another car and fleeing the scene.  Michael Anthony Grundy will also have to wear an alcohol-monitoring system for two years and is required to install a breathalyzer lock on any vehicle registered under his name. Grundy, who was relieved of duty by the Sheriff's Department when the investigation began, is also barred from owning or possessing firearms. He must also pay $25,816 in restitution to the victim of the crash, who was injured.
December 1, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Preliminary statistics from the California Highway Patrol showed fewer drunk driving arrests over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend than during the same period last year. Between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Saturday, highway patrol officers arrested 724 people on suspicion of driving under the influence statewide and 158 in Los Angeles County. Over the same period last year, there were 840 such arrests statewide and 186 in Los Angeles County. Two people were killed in car crashes in Los Angeles County between Wednesday evening and Saturday morning, and seven died in collisions statewide.
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