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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1994 | PAUL ELIAS
Shell Western E&P Inc. "reluctantly agreed" to settle a civil lawsuit filed by the Ventura County district attorney over a series of oil spills, company officials said. Without admitting wrongdoing, Shell officials agreed to pay $95,000 in fines and penalties for four spills at its Ventura Avenue oil field since May 5, 1993. "The reluctance has to do with the terms of the settlement," Shell spokeswoman Susan Hersberger said.
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FOOD
September 10, 2003 | Russ Parsons, Times Staff Writer
The classic image of an Italian barista is of a middle-aged man in a spotless white waistcoat with the dour manner of a snubbed headwaiter. You place an order and he hands you a cup of espresso that is so rich, concentrated and complex you can't believe it. Heather Perry does not fit that description, except for the coffee part. A 21-year-old Cal Poly Pomona senior, Perry has a personality so bright and bubbly it's hard to say if she's more caffeinated or carbonated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Muslims throughout Temecula and Murrieta have saved up for years to build a mosque to replace the plain white industrial building, tucked between a pipeline company and packaging warehouse, where they now gather to pray. But as the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley moves ahead with plans to build on a four-acre plot of vacant land near Temecula's gentle hills and invading housing developments, plans for the new mosque have stirred hostility in this mostly conservative community in southwest Riverside County.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Fans can soon get more of "Magic Mike": The unlikely hit stripper film staring Channing Tatum and inspired by the actor's life is Broadway bound. "Magic Mike, the Musical" is headed to Broadway, Tatum has confirmed via Twitter . No word on if Tatum will make his Broadway debut reprising the less-than-dressed role for the stage, but the star will serve as a producer. The production has veteran talent backstage. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, creators of the Tony-winning "Next to Normal," will write the songs, while "Glee" writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who co-wrote the book for "Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark" will pen the book, Deadline.com reports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday is expected to take  preliminary steps toward approval of a $3-billion borrowing program to pay for the repair of 8,700 miles of badly damaged streets . Lawmakers are weighing a 1% increase in property taxes on Los Angeles homeowners for 29 years to pay for the program. The revenue would be used to resurface and rebuild the worst streets, part of a 60-year backlog of repairs. Council members Joe Buscaino and Mitchell Englander hope to include a proposal to issue city bonds for the work on the fall 2014 ballot.
FOOD
August 25, 2011 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: Old Venice in Manhattan Beach makes excellent Greek and Italian food, but its lemon chicken, from the Greek side of the menu, is especially wonderful. I can still taste the delicious sauce. Any chance of getting the recipe? I'd love to make it for my foreign dinner group. Phyllis Ruderman Manhattan Beach Dear Phyllis: Old Venice was happy to share its recipe with us, which we've adapted below. Enjoy! Old Venice's Greek lemon chicken Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 Note: Adapted from Old Venice in Manhattan Beach 1 (3½- to 4½-pound)
BUSINESS
November 27, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Drone aircraft, best known for their role in hunting and destroying terrorist hide-outs in Afghanistan, may soon be coming to the skies near you. Police agencies want drones for air support to spot runaway criminals. Utility companies believe they can help monitor oil, gas and water pipelines. Farmers think drones could aid in spraying their crops with pesticides. "It's going to happen," said Dan Elwell, vice president of civil aviation at the Aerospace Industries Assn. "Now it's about figuring out how to safely assimilate the technology into national airspace.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - In the land of casinos, it may be jarring at first to see a small box-like robot creeps across the floor as it stops, readies itself and catapults about 30 feet into the air. Nearby, a basketball-sized drone with whirling rotors hovers 5 feet above the floor. Walk a little farther, and there is a large water tank with an underwater robot darting from side to side. Welcome to the Assn. of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's North America trade show, an increasingly diverse collection of unmanned technology.
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