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February 28, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
Cities across Los Angeles County were racking up impressive rainfall totals Friday from a powerful winter storm. Here's a sampling of rainfall totals from throughout the region: Alhambra 2.06 inches  Bel Air 2.6 inches Beverly Hills 2.39 inches California Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve 2.64 inches Canoga Park 2.21 inches Chatsworth Reservoir 2.27 inches Claremont 1.28 inches Costa Mesa 1.1 inches  Culver City...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
California Highway Patrol officers responded to 77 crashes overnight on freeways throughout Los Angeles County, a spike they attributed to one thing: "Drivers. People don't know how to drive in the rain. " "They need to slow down," Officer Jennifer Cassidy added. No one died in any of the wrecks between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday, Cassidy said. Instead there were crashes "here and there" and overturned big rigs, among other incidents, she said. The daily average of crashes on L.A. County freeways was not immediately clear, but in a similar time frame the week before, there were only 15 crashes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Pacific storm was beginning to drizzle across the Los Angeles area Wednesday night after dropping an inch or more in Northern California. The system, which was expected to drop moderate rainfall beginning early Thursday, was the first of two storms that could cause mudslides in burn areas and lead to high winds, thunderstorms and big waves along the coast, the National Weather Service said. "Waves of rain will last all night and into tomorrow morning," National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sirard said Wednesday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
This morning, while taking the dog for a walk, I felt a brief flurry of raindrops, like goose bumps, rise along my arm. We are due for a storm, of course -  two of them, one this evening and another beginning tomorrow night - and we all know how badly California needs the water, in the era of the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge . And yet, for me, the drought is just one piece of this equation - and only one reason I am happy for the rain....
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By F. Kathleen Foley
First produced in 2007, Keith Huff's “A Steady Rain,” made it all the way to Broadway by 2009. That record-breaking sellout starred Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. Obviously, the play's current outing at the Odyssey doesn't have the same mega-wattage of the Broadway production. Still, even sans established stars, Huff's taut two-hander remains a stellar vehicle for two accomplished actors. Sal Viscuso and Thomas Vincent Kelly are undeniably that, despite a few marked line lapses on the opening weekend.  Viscuso plays Denny, a hard-edged cop whose casual racism has kept him from promotion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Hector Becerra, Ari Bloomekatz and Ruben Vives
It's poor form to complain about rain, even a whole lot of it, when you really need it. So Southern California will just have to grin and bear it beginning Wednesday night when the first of two major storms move into the region. The storms are expected to deliver the largest rainfall since the spring of 2011. It comes as Southern California and most of the state struggles through a historically dry stretch. Last year was the driest calendar year in L.A.'s recorded history. Since the beginning of the rain year in July, only 1.2 inches of rain have fallen in downtown L.A. Now it's going to rain -- a lot -- with possibly more than four inches pouring down in some valley and foothill areas as a result of the second storm.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Bryan Cranston is not a happy camper in the newly released trailer for the upcoming "Godzilla" reboot, and given the widespread destruction all around him, it's easy to see why. As the video surveys downed planes, terrified crowds, smoldering wreckage and hovering military helicopters, a desperate Cranston, playing scientist Joe Brody, seethes. "You are not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster," he says. "You're lying. It was not an earthquake, it wasn't a typhoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Hector Becerra, Ari Bloomekatz and Ruben Vives
It's poor form to complain about rain, even a whole lot of it, when you really need it. So Southern Californians will just have to grin and bear it beginning Wednesday night when the first of two major storms is forecast to move into the region. The storms are expected to deliver the most rainfall since spring 2011. They come as Southern California and most of the state struggles through a historically dry stretch. Last year was the driest calendar year in L.A.'s recorded history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Rong-Gong Lin II
The dry, summer-like weather that has gripped Los Angeles will start to change Tuesday ahead of two much-needed winter storms that are expected to douse the region with rain Wednesday through Friday. The storms could be the wettest L.A. has seen in two years. The last time there was this much rain was March 25, 2012, when 0.91 inch of precipitation fell in downtown. The first storm is expected to begin Wednesday evening and is forecast to drop as much as a quarter-inch of rain in Los Angeles County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two Pacific storms were heading toward the Los Angeles area and could drop up to four inches of rain in mountain areas by the weekend, forecasters said Monday night. The storms could produce the most significant rain that the region has seen in nearly two years. The last time a widespread storm produced an inch or more of rain in the Los Angeles area was on March 25, 2012, according to the National Weather Service. "We're definitely going to get some rain, and it's looking like it's going to be over a widespread area," said Scott Sukup, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Oxnard.
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