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November 19, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Bear sightings have become a common occurrence in the Los Angeles foothills, but in Huntington Beach? Passersby were stopped in their tracks this week at the sight of a bear peering out the window of a yellow Lamborghini near the beach city's Main Street. Video footage shows a crowd form around the car, with spectators hesitantly running up to the window to snap a photo with the mellow ursine and give it a pat on the head. Some believed people were simply ogling the flashy sports car before noticing a furry head poking out the window.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A Huntington Beach youth soccer referee who molested three boys -- one of whom he lured on Facebook -- was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison. Jorge Diosdado Serafin, 31, of Anaheim was sentenced after pleading guilty Oct. 15 to molesting the minors at his apartment and in the apartment complex parking lot. At the time of the crimes, Serafin was a referee for Huntington Beach's Oakview Soccer League, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
A proposed seawater desalination plant in Huntington Beach could significantly harm parts of the Southern California ocean environment unless substantial changes are made in its design and operation, according to the staff of the state Coastal Commission. A staff report prepared for this week's commission vote on the project highlights the potential downside of large-scale efforts to turn the salty water of the Pacific Ocean into drinking supplies for coastal California. "There are ways to do desal in a fairly environmentally benign way," said Tom Luster, an environmental scientist with the commission.
SPORTS
November 9, 2013 | By Eric Maddy
Following are the playoff fields for the 2013 Southern Section football playoffs. Teams in regular type qualified by virtue of their league finish; teams in bold were selected as at-large teams by a committee today to round out a 16-team field in each division.   Pairings will be announced Sunday between 11 a.m. and noon, and willl be posted on Varsity Times Insider as they become available.   Pac-5 (I) Westlake (8-2) Oaks Christian (8-2) St. Bonaventure (7-3)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
At least two children in Southern California have reportedly fallen ill after possibly eating Halloween candy tainted with drugs, authorities said. The first incident occurred Saturday night when a 2-year-old boy got sick after eating Halloween candy at a friend's house in Moreno Valley. The toddler showed signs of consuming an illegal drug, KTLA reported. The candy came from a home in the 25000 block of Calabria Drive, according to police. On Sunday, police in Huntington Beach investigated an incident where a child reportedly began showing signs of having consumed methamphetamine after eating Halloween candy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A father and son from  Orange County  have both died after their hunting trip to New Mexico went tragically awry last month. The son, Steve Lockhart, 43, of Costa Mesa was separated from the hunting party in Gila National Forest about midnight Oct. 20, according to New Mexico law enforcement officials. Lockhart died Sunday, shortly after he was found alive a week after he disappeared, according to the Daily Pilot . Officials had suspended rescue efforts for Lockhart days earlier, calling off the air and ground searches, which involved dozens of personnel, according to New Mexico State Police.
SPORTS
October 28, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Kerri Walsh Jennings has set a record for beach volleyball tournament victories by a woman Monday. Walsh Jennings and teammate April Ross beat Taiana Lima and Talita Da Rocha Antunes of Brazil, 21-14, 17-21 and 15-12, in the  women's final of the Federation International de Volleyball Xiamen Grand Slam on Sunday for their third tournament title in five events since forming their partnership. The win was Walsh Jennings' 113th tournament championship as she passed longtime partner Misty May-Treanor, who has 112 wins and is retired.
SPORTS
October 23, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
If there's any doubts about the Huntington Beach baseball team's abilities for this spring, just go talk to college recruiters. The Oilers are expected to have at least seven players on their roster signed or committed to colleges. The latest commitment is senior shortstop Jessie Kuet to Stanford. Junior pitcher Noah Davis has committed to UC Santa Barbara. Sophomore infielder Logan Pouelsen and freshman catcher Hagen Danner are committed to UCLA. Senior first baseman Jake Brodt is committed to Santa Clara.
SPORTS
October 20, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Fourth-seeded Jennifer Fopma, whose father played a season in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets, and Brooke Sweat rallied from a first-round loss to win the AVP Championship beach volleyball tournament in Huntington Beach on Sunday. Fopma and Sweat beat third-seeded Brittany Hochevar and Lauren Fendrick, 21-9, 15-21, 15-9, in the championship match. The duo had to win six consecutive matches after the first-round loss and had no practice time because Fopma, who is 6 feet 3, has a back injury.
SPORTS
October 20, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Kerri Walsh Jennings has three Olympic gold medals and three children. She's 35 years old and has won 112 beach volleyball tournaments, tied for most in the history of the sport with her now-retired former partner Misty May-Treanor. And still a loss makes Walsh Jennings angry enough to kick some sand and speak of her severe disappointment at dropping a semifinal match Sunday at the AVP Championship beach volleyball tournament in Huntington Beach. "I'm not happy," Walsh Jennings said.
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