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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A series of sexual assaults and robberies at massage parlors that were initially believed to be the work of one serial rapist now appear to be the acts of two men operating separately, Riverside police said Thursday. One of the men believed to be responsible for at least 30 "extremely violent" attacks  across the Southland -- Maurice Jennings, 34 -- was arrested after images from a surveillance video were released by authorities to the public. He was arrested Sept. 27, according to Riverside County jail records.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013
Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times reporter Richard Winton about a serial rapist who has been targeting Southern California massage-parlor workers for years. The man is suspected in at least 30 “extremely violent” attacks that date a decade across Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. He appears to target immigrant workers and threatens to kill some victims if they report the attacks to police, officials said. Investigators began linking the cases last year, after DNA taken from a 2009 attack in Riverside matched samples from scenes in Gardena, the city of Industry, the Chino Hills area and Fontana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Authorities believe a serial rapist has attacked at least 30 women in massage parlors across Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, according to Riverside police. The attacks began at least four years ago and stretch from East San Gabriel Valley to Riverside. DNA evidence gathered at the crime scenes was recently matched, allowing police to make an attack-to-attack link in some of the cases to the same perpetrator, law enforcement sources said. The serial attacker is known to have displayed a handgun before forcing the women into sex acts and robbing them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Three women were arrested for allegedly taking part in a prostitution service that operated at a Chino massage parlor, authorities said Thursday. Officers served a search warrant at Nana's Massage Therapy in the 5400 block of Philadelphia Street and seized evidence associated with prostitution and pimping, according to authorities. Mie Ja Sim, 61, who lives in Hawaiian Gardens, was arrested for allegedly aiding in prostitution, the Chino Police Department said. Xochitl Garduno, 25, a Moreno Valley resident, was arrested on suspicion of engaging in prostitution, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Lynn Shelton specializes in the small-scale high concept. She has an eye for delicately observed moments and casual absurdities that spin around an obvious plot engine. Like her features "Humpday" and "Your Sister's Sister," her latest Seattle-set comic drama, "Touchy Feely," is a work that gestures toward depths without truly plumbing them. In its gentle way, it's also her broadest, most schematic film. As the story of friends, family and identity crisis meanders toward its low-key feel-good conclusion, exceptionally lovely, nuanced performances by Rosemarie DeWitt and Allison Janney are the chief draw.
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Short on vacation time? Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills doesn't want you to miss out. The hotel opposite the Beverly Center is offering a day spa package for $175 to $220 that starts with a massage in a private cabana at the rooftop pool and a Champagne toast. The deal: The Sofitel Staycation offers a 50-minute massage for $175 and an 80-minute massage for $220 at the hotel's LeSpa . You can spend the rest of the day lounging at the hotel' s pool, working out in the gym or unwinding in the steam room.
TRAVEL
June 22, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
We just returned from a trip to Sedona, Ariz., where we contacted longtime resident and musician Peter Sterling for a red rock tour. At one spot, we lay down on the flat red rocks. Then he played a rose quartz crystal bowl over us during a guided meditation. At another site, we sat out on the ledge of the rock. There, he held his "wind" harp over us and the wind danced over the strings. We could feel its vibration. That was a beautiful highlight of my trip. The next day we both got massages from his partner, Crystal Bliss, that were absolutely heavenly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
An Orange County chiropractor was convicted and sentenced Friday for sexually assaulting a 28-year-old client during a massage therapy session, prosecutors said. Dennis Scott Durbin, 65, pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of sexual battery by fraud and was sentenced to 365 days in jail and three years of probation, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said Durbin, a resident of Costa Mesa, will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender and agreed to have his chiropractor license revoked.
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