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October 19, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Punches were thrown and players had to be separated with 3:15 left in the Diamond Ranch-Diamond Bar game on Friday night, which caused officials to end the game. Diamond Ranch led, 34-20. School officials and the Southern Section are expected to review video to determine possible punishment to individual players. The Southern Section is waiting to receive an incident report from officials.  
October 16, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
POWELL, Wyo. - The autumn moon has taken its seat low in the evening sky as the cars arrive at Wyoming's last drive-in theater. Pokey Heny stands ready to indulge in another night of small-town sociability. At 52, the owner of the American Dream Drive-in leans out the snack bar door to collect a $15 per-vehicle entry fee. She greets people by their first names, telling a 4-year-old girl she likes her stuffed hippo, named Martha. Then a single mother and daughter roll up in an aging pickup.
September 27, 2013 | By Ben Welsh and Thomas Suh Lauder
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 11 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of Los Angeles Police Department data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . Two neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Vermont Vista (A) was the most unusual, recording 12 reports compared with a weekly average of 7.2 over the last three months. Porter Ranch (C) topped the list of 10 neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded 20 property crimes compared with its weekly average of 6.8 over the last three months.
September 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
A group of West Ranch baseball players decided to try to make a difference in their community. The four team captains -- Chase Malynn, Ryan Vergara, Jake Spurlin and Addison Jackson -- helped form the West Ranch Action Team last year. They have been doing volunteer projects. Their most recent project was holding a softball skills clinic and scrimmage for the Special Olympics Sharks softball teams earlier this month.  They coached 27 Special Olympics athletes, ages 15 to 43. "It was a special and inspirational day for everyone," Coach Casey Burrill said.
September 19, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Bob Biggs, the founder of Slash Records, has listed his ranch in Tehachapi for sale at $2.25 million. The 80-acre spread centers on a three-level concrete home designed by Santa Monica architect Carl Day and built a decade ago. Features include three ground-level fireplaces, loft offices, a library/den, three bedrooms and three bathrooms in nearly 3,900 square feet of living space. A deck runs almost the length of the house. Exterior metal doors can be rolled down for fire protection.
September 12, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been updated. See note below.
Ellen DeGeneres has done it again, this time unloading her 26-acre ranch in Thousand Oaks.  [Updated, 3:05 p.m. PDT Sept. 12: The sale price was $10.85 million, the L.A. Times has confirmed. That's $5.65 million less than the original asking price. ] Here's how it went down. Try to keep up: DeGeneres and her spouse, Portia de Rossi, bought the rural property in 2009 for $8.5 million and offered it two years later at $16.5 million. The listing, detailing eight contemporary farmhouse-style cabins, two barns, a yoga pavilion, stables and tennis court, was canceled at a reduced price of $14.9 million.
September 3, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kate Bosworth tied the knot last week wearing two Oscar de la Renta gowns.  The "Straw Dogs" actress, 30, married director Michael Polish, 42,  in an intimate ranch ceremony in Philipsburg, Mont., on Aug. 31, according to Martha Stewart Weddings, which helped organize the big day by mixing Victorian touches and romantic Western influences. Bosworth and Polish met when he directed her in the drama "Big Sur" in 2011, according to People, and the pair said it was love at first sight.
September 1, 2013 | By Evan Kleiman
In recent decades, the Central Coast of California has become one of the state's most important wine-producing regions. But at what cost? Until recently, most ranchers and farmers in this part of California embraced dry farming practices, raising crops irrigated solely by rain. The crops that were dry farmed, including barley and hay, were then used by the area's cattle ranches. Water, drawn from an aquifer, was understood by everyone to be a precious shared resource. Historically, there has been no water district to manage allotments.
August 27, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Abby Sewell and Richard Verrier
A sprawling Santa Clarita Valley landscape that Walt Disney selected decades ago to be the backdrop for his movies and television shows will be transformed into one of the largest new studio developments in more than a decade under a plan approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Disney's Golden Oak Ranch will include more than 500,000 square feet of studio space, multiple sound stages, writers' bungalows, a commissary and other developments spread over 58 acres of oak-studded land in Placerita Canyon.
August 26, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Los Angeles County leaders will decide Tuesday whether to allow the construction of a major high-tech television and film production facility on a sprawling ranch personally selected by Walt Disney to serve as the backdrop for many of his studio's productions. The Disney/ABC proposal, which has been in the works for four years, would develop 58 acres of 890-acre Golden Oak Ranch in the northwestern part of the county, adding more than half a million square feet of studio space, multiple sound stages, writers bungalows and other developments.
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