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November 11, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
A 14-year-old boy who was shot and killed Saturday night while walking home in Vermont Square was remembered Monday as a quiet child who liked video games and occasionally played basketball. Elawnza Peebles, dressed in a gray sweatshirt and jeans, was walking down Kansas Avenue about 9:40 p.m. when he was killed. Detectives don't know if the gunman was on foot or in a vehicle, and are hoping for witnesses to come forward. HOMICIDE REPORT: TRACKING KILLINGS IN L.A. COUNTY Saturday night, Porshea Merritt was standing on her porch a few houses down when her cousin told her someone had been shot.
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SPORTS
November 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A rewarding part of Shawn Langdon's return to his home track in Pomona this past week was mingling with teenage drivers in the amateur drag-racing classes. "They say, 'Hey, I want to race top fuel some day,'" said Langdon, a 31-year-old Mira Loma native who tagged along with his racing father, Chad, to Pomona and came up through the sport's junior circuit. "I tell them, 'I was just like you 15 or 20 years ago.' I didn't have much more than a dream to drive a top-fuel car. " Langdon capped a dream season, one in which he clinched his first top-fuel world championship and the $500,000 bonus that goes with it on Saturday, with four wins in Sunday's Auto Club NHRA Finals, including a title-run victory over Doug Kalitta of Ypsilanti, Mich.
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November 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It wasn't the blazing ride into the sunset Shawn Langdon envisioned. With dusk settling on the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona on Saturday, the top-fuel drag racer smoked his tires on his final qualifying run of the NHRA Finals, sputtering down the 1,000-foot strip in 4.869 seconds, his worst pass of the meet. But top challenger Antron Brown did the same thing in the lane next door, smoking his tires on a 6.083-second run, and that allowed Langdon to clinch his first top-fuel world championship and a $500,000 bonus at the track the 31-year-old Mira Loma native practically grew up at. "It wasn't a spectacular run to win a championship, but it was the job we did prior to this that allowed us to win the title," said Langdon, who has won six events this year.
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November 8, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The last time Antron Brown played Pomona, he wound up in a sand trap, which would have been fine if he'd been driving a ball at the Mountain Meadows Golf Course across the street and not a 320-mph dragster at the Auto Club Raceway. Brown, 37, has had two crashes in 16 years on the National Hot Rod Assn. circuit. One came last February at the Winternationals in Pomona, where his 8,000-horsepower top-fuel engine exploded as he crossed the finish line ahead of David Grubnic. Brown's car careened into Grubnic's lane, flipped upside down and disintegrated as it drifted down the strip, coming to rest in the safety sand trap at the end of the track.
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November 8, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It's been a challenging, rewarding and revealing year for America's first family of drag racing, the Forces of Yorba Linda. John Force, the 64-year-old patriarch, was in fifth place in the Mello Yello Series funny-car standings in July before a switch to a new chassis on his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang vaulted him toward his 16th title, which he clinched in Las Vegas two weeks ago. He followed that up Friday by leading the funny-car qualifying at...
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October 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 For the second consecutive day, the Southern Section announced suspensions for a football fight. This time it was the game between Pomona and Hacienda Heights Wilson. Pomona had one player ejected from the game, one player ejected for fighting following review of video and an additional 13 ejected for leaving the bench. All will have to miss Pomona's next game. Wilson had one player ejected for fighting, an additional two were ejected for fighting following review of video and an additional 17 players ejected for leaving the bench.
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October 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Two people were killed in separate shootings overnight in Pomona, according to media reports. In the first shooting, two men were injured, on fatally, just before midnight outside a home in the 1300 block of San Bernardino Avenue. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, NBC4 reported. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County Their identities were not immediately available. About two hours later and a couple of miles away, another person, also unidentified, was shot to death near East Holt Avenue and Paloma Drive, CBS Los Angeles reported.
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September 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Two members of a Pomona street gang have been charged with murder in connection with a killing in late August, authorities said. The Pomona Police Department said that Deon Davis was shot to death on Aug. 31 in the 1200 block of Cromwell Street in a secluded pathway. Davis, of San Bernardino, was chased down and shot, according to the coroner's office. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:25 p.m., according to the L.A. Times Homicide Report. Despite initially having few leads, police later said they were able to identify the suspects.
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September 25, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Democrat Freddie Rodriguez eked out a narrow win in a special election Tuesday to fill a vacant Inland Empire Assembly seat. Rodriguez, a Pomona city councilman, won 51.1% of the vote, according to results posted by the California secretary of State on Wednesday. Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, who ran as an independent, had 48.9%. The election was held to fill the seat vacated by now-state Sen. Norma Torres (D-Pomona). Only 8% of the district's 177,000 registered voters cast a ballot.
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