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June 17, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Officials closed all lanes of the northbound 14 Freeway between Santa Clarita and Palmdale on Monday afternoon after, they said, at least three people were injured by a wrong-way driver. About six vehicles were involved in the crash near near Agua Dulce Canyon Road, the California Highway Patrol said. Preliminary reports from the scene were that a vehicle was driving south and plowed into a vehicle heading north, the CHP said. Traffic was snarled for several miles as firefighters and CHP officers gathered at the scene.
June 17, 2013 | By Jean Merl and Kate Mather
A 46-year-old man who police say chased down his estranged wife and stabbed her to death in the middle of a residential neighborhood was arrested early Monday morning in San Bernardino County. Michael Rodney Kane forced his way into a West Hills Home on Saturday morning where his wife, Michelle Ann Kane, 43, was staying. He then chased her down the street and killed her, police said. He later fled the scene. LAPD homicide detective Dave Peteque told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that the search moved to San Bernardino County after sheriff's deputies there found Kane's abandoned vehicle.
May 31, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
Joshua Tree first cast its spell on nature lovers and New Age spiritual seekers. Then the high desert community seduced musicians, artists and other urban refugees with affordable real estate. Now the frontier town has yet another draw: The retail backwater is an emerging shopping destination. New stores - some opened, some on the way - are making Joshua Tree a more interesting detour not only for junkyard discoveries but also for handmade goods by the growing community of artists who now call the area home.
May 29, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
It may come as a surprise to listeners familiar with the band's staunchly middle-of-the-road pop-rock, but Hootie & the Blowfish -- the South Carolina outfit responsible for such mid-'90s radio hits as "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You" -- was evidently known to walk on the wild side. "Doing drugs and drinking every night -- I've done that,"  Darius Rucker, the band's big-voiced frontman, said with a laugh. "Trust me, I've done enough for everybody. And it's just not how I want to live anymore.
May 5, 2013
HAWAII Movie Filmmaker Catherine Bauknight will present "Hawaii: A Voice for Sovereignty," a documentary that raises awareness of issues that threaten the ancient and environmentally sustainable culture of native Hawaiians. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. TRAVEL Jill Swaim will offer a look at Road Scholar and its lifelong learning and travel adventure groups. When, where: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Westwood Branch Library, 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles.
April 30, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A picturesque canyon in Joshua Tree National Park that was scarred by graffiti will remain closed due to an extensive clean-up operation, officials said Tuesday. Rattlesnake Canyon was defaced by vandals who used social media to boast about their exploits, park officials said. The popular hiking area was shut down earlier this month and was scheduled to reopen today. But park officials said that the extensive damage will require that the area be closed for at least 30 more days while crews work to remove the graffiti.  Park rangers began noticing the scrawls in January.
April 28, 2013
AFRICA Slide show Dave Garfinkle will show slides of his trip in June to northern and southern Africa, including Swaziland, Lesotho and Mozambique. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. BACKPACKING Workshop Glen Van Peski will take you through the steps on how to pack lighter so you can do more. When, where: 7 p.m. Friday at the Adventure 16 store, 11161 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.
April 19, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
Especially this week, a minute away from everything seems like a great idea. Fortunately, we have here “A Minute Away,” a newish video series in which our lens alights someplace interesting, settles in for 60 seconds, and watches closely while nothing much happens. No talking heads or music or mug shots. No crawling text-- well, almost none. Also, no one gets hurt. Just scenery and the sound of the wind and, this week, a distant climber groping for traction. We add another video every Friday.
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