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April 11, 2013 | By Jason La
John "Rod" Rodrigues photographed this scene of Pacific Coast Highway near Point Mugu, which he regularly passes on his daily commute, on March 2. "I decided to stop and watch the sun go down this particular night and tried a few long exposures before heading home," he said.  Rodrigues used a Canon EOS 50D. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery . Follow us on Twitter or visit for more on this photo series.
March 25, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning will celebrate completion of the state's first highway tunnels in nearly 50 years -- and commuters should be gliding through the engineering wonder on the San Mateo County coast early Tuesday. The $439-million dual tunnels at Devil's Slide between Pacifica and Montara were funded entirely by the federal government and came after decades of community debate. A citizens movement successfully defeated an earlier Caltrans proposal to build a four-lane freeway bypass that crtitics said would have opened the coast to new development.
March 23, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Holly Williams "The Highway" (Georgiana Records) On her third album, "The Highway," Holly Williams shows that she got maybe the three most important genes from her grandfather, Hank Williams, and her outlaw daddy, Hank Jr. - the ones having to do with the writing of a song, telling compelling stories and developing a fierce individualistic streak. "The Highway" is the most country-sounding record she's made, suggesting that as time goes by she's less insistent on emphasizing her distance from her celebrated forebears.
March 19, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
If you're a bird that likes to build mud nests in dangerous places, such as highway bridges and overpasses, how do you avoid fatal encounters with cars and trucks? You quickly get out of their way. And it helps if you have shorter wings, which allow for a more vertical takeoff. A paper published March 18 in the journal Current Biology suggests that the wingspan of cliff swallows in a Nebraska study has shortened as an evolutionary response to the hazards of highway dwelling. The number of road-killed swallows dropped sharply over a 30-year period at the same time as the average wing length in the swallow population showed a long-term decline, according to the research.
March 18, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Bicyclists who love to pedal along a stretch of scenic Highway 1 between Cambria and the San Luis Obispo/Monterey county line have encountered a very bumpy -- and dangerous -- ride ever since a resurfacing project left behind chunky aggregate on the road's shoulder. It's a popular cycling route that runs along the Central Coast past San Simeon and Hearst Castle to points north. Now relief might be on the way. Caltrans on Monday will begin working on a test section of the shoulder with heavy equipment to try and smooth out the roadway for cyclists.
March 1, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Someone order some fries, quick! Better make it an extra large! A tractor-trailer carrying more than 42,000 pounds of bottled Heinz ketchup crashed Thursday near Reno, spilling the red condiment all over a highway, reported.  After the driver swerved to avoid another vehicle on westbound Interstate 80 near the Robb Drive overpass, the truck's cargo container was torn open when the tractor-trailer hit a center divider and knocked...
February 22, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Students at 99th Street Elementary School near Watts caught a glimpse of what for most is a rare sight: fathers reading to them. Sitting in chairs built for bodies much smaller than their own, about 150 men participated in the school's fifth annual Donuts With Dads event Thursday. But they do more than tell stories, school officials said. "Having the men come in is motivating to the students," said Erica Jones, a third-grade teacher. "To have a dad feel it's important to be here and read translates the same message to the child.
February 14, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
As the flurry of complaints about Blizzard of 2013 cleanup pile up in eastern New York, some local officials find their jobs in jeopardy. Four days after the blizzard began and two days after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent more than 400 snowplows and 700 workers to help dig out Suffolk County, conditions on the main avenue in front of the restaurant Lisa Steffens manages in Ronkonkoma were still worse than any she'd seen in more than a decade....
February 7, 2013 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
MOUNTAIN HOME VILLAGE - Smoke from the warm fire inside Fred Richardson's home hung in the mountain air outside his house Wednesday, masking the heartbreak inside and throughout the tiny creekside town where he lived for seven decades. His son, Steve, grieved silently on the front porch. Along with the wind sifting through the pines and sycamores, the only other sound came from traffic winding down the mountain highway just a few blocks away - the same highway that took his father's life.
January 29, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan and Richard Winton
Video footage of mischievous motorists cutting across traffic and ripping a set of tire-smoking doughnuts has again hit YouTube, causing an uproar among concerned citizens and authorities. The most recent videos, one shot in Oakland and the other in West Covina, show the latest in a string of incidents witnessed across the country as organized groups perform audacious choreographed tricks -- typically reserved for the most daring Hollywood stunt drivers -- on public streets. Such events have also been reported and prosecuted in Washington, D.C. , and Atlanta.
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