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December 3, 2013 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
Orange County transportation officials are recommending the addition of at least one free lane to the 405 Freeway, but are leaving enough wiggle room for a possible second lane. A committee for the Orange County Transportation Authority voted 6-2, with directors Gary Miller and Matthew Harper dissenting, to suggest adding one general-purpose lane in each direction of a 14-mile stretch between Seal Beach and Costa Mesa. The recommendation for "Alternative 1" was slightly modified to suggest building the single lane in a way that would allow another lane to be built in the future, said agency spokesman Joel Zlotnik.
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SPORTS
December 2, 2013 | By Eric Maddy
CITY FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS Championships Friday at East Los Angeles College Division II: #1 San Fernando (13-0) vs. #6 South Gate (8-5), 4 p.m. Division I: #1 Narbonne (11-2) vs. #2 Crenshaw (8-4), 7 p.m.   Saturday at Birmingham Division III: #1 View Park (11-0) vs. #2 Sun Valley Poly (9-4), 1 p.m.     SOUTHERN SECTION FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS Championships Friday, 7 p.m. unless noted Inland (II): #1 Vista Murrieta (12-1) at  #2 Corona Centennial (11-2)
SPORTS
November 30, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
His name is Rashaad Penny , and lots of students at Norwalk High will remember him for years to come. "He's just a phenomenal athlete," Coach Jesse Ceniceros said. "He separates himself the moment he steps on the field. " Penny, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior running back, has rushed for 2,380 yards and 39 touchdowns in leading Norwalk to a 13-0 record and a spot in the Southern Section Southeast Division championship game against Whittier La Serna. In his latest performance, Penny rushed for 321 yards and five touchdowns in Norwalk's 35-28 victory over Pasadena Muir on Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 15-year-old riding his bicycle in Long Beach is in critical condition after he was struck by a driver who fled the scene, authorities said. The teenager was riding his bicycle westbound on 61st Street about 4:55 p.m. Thursday when he rode through a stop sign and was hit by a car going northbound on Linden Avenue, said Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton. The driver of the car fled the scene and remains at large. Police are asking anyone with information to call (562) 570-7355.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
A Huntington Beach bar was cited for erecting a sign thanking military veterans for their service, which has generated a backlash against city officials. Perched atop Johnny's Booze and Pool, the sign reads: "Thank a veteran for your freedom," with the National League of POW/MIA Families logo next to it. But the sign is being threatened after city code enforcement officials asked the bar's owners to produce proper permits for the sign or remove it and face a fine of nearly $1,000.
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November 28, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Authorities say they have broken up a burglary ring that targeted medical conferences at high-end Southern California hotels. Mayra Alejandra Gutierrez-Leon, 27 , and Eddwin Ricardo Bejaranobarrios , 26, both of Los Angeles, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing electronics from conference attendees at hotels in Orange and Los Angeles counties, the Newport Beach Police Department said. When people at the conference were on a break, Gutierrez-Leon and Bejaranobarrios used a “distraction technique” to take bags that contained laptops, iPads and iPhones, said Jennifer Manzella of the Newport Beach Police Department in a prepared statement.
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November 22, 2013 | By KTLA-TV
An Orange County massage therapist was arrested Thursday on suspicion of using his practice to sexually assault three women. Michael James Jackson, 52, was arrested at his home in Fullerton after a yearlong investigation, according to the Brea Police Department. Jackson, who operated a massage therapy business called On the Spot Therapy, allegedly committed the assaults during appointments at the victim's homes, Brea police said in a news release. The investigation was sparked after a 38-year-old Brea resident reported that Jackson had inappropriately touched her during a message appointment in her home in October 2012, Brea police said.
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November 21, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A 17-year-old Huntington Beach high school senior who committed suicide could have been saved if police had been more aggressive after receiving a warning that the youth was planning to kill himself, the teen's parents are alleging in a lawsuit. Police failed to warn the family when they learned of an online posting by Matthew Cline in which he threatened to kill himself, according to a suit filed in Orange County Superior Court. A varsity football player entering his senior year at Liberty Christian High School, Cline used a website and mobile app called iFunny, which typically features funny images, to warn of his death the day before he shot himself in the head last July, according to the suit.
SPORTS
November 20, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Break out the sunflower seeds, dust off the lawn chair and get ready for the game of the year in fall baseball. On Saturday at 10 a.m. at O'Malley Family Field in Encino, defending Southern Section Division I champion Harvard-Westiake is playing Huntington Beach, the team that returns nine starters from the squad that knocked off top-seeded Mater Dei last season. "It should be a good one," Huntington Beach Coach Benji Medure said. Huntington Beach has six Division I commits, led by junior infielder Logan Pouelsen and freshman catcher Hagen Danner, both UCLA commits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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