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SPORTS
July 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Christian Ware-Berry, who averaged 22.3 points as a junior last season at Burbank Providence, has moved to the Santa Clarita Valley and will be enrolling at West Ranch. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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SPORTS
July 25, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 After a 2-8 season in 2012, West Ranch has a new coach, Jan Miller, up from the JV team. He's a former Marine sergeant major and current LAPD officer. The Wildcats have shown summer improvement, as demonstrated by making the championship game of the Saugus passing tournament. Miller said he doesn't have anyone on the team below a 2.8 grade-point average. Junior quarterback Chase Killingsworth has a 4.6 GPA and made a positive summer impression with his passing skills.
TRAVEL
July 20, 2013
I highly recommend the Lazy J Ranch Motel, about three hours from Los Angeles. It's a wonderful place to stay with your dog. There is a large, grassy area next to the pool where the dog can run and play. The Kaweah River, a short walking distance away, provides a beautiful walk for both man and dog. Lake Kaweah, a 10-minute drive, has picnic boat rentals that perfectly accommodate the pooch. Much fun for all. Rooms from about $145 a night. Lazy J Ranch Motel , 39625 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, Calif.; (559)
SPORTS
July 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Three high schools in the Pomona Unified School District _ Pomona, Diamond Ranch and Garey _ will have new AstroTurf fields this fall. Construction began in May on the $16 million project. The fields are supposed to be ready in August. Each field will have artificial grass, similar to what was used at StubHub Center in Carson for the CIF state championship bowl games. Funding comes from a voter-approved bond measure that was passed in 2008. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
TRAVEL
July 7, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Oh, the joy of being a dog. Especially a dog with wealthy parents, um, I mean owners. More than a decade has passed since luxury hotels began throwing welcome parties for platinum-card-carrying pet owners . But with pets a $50-billion-a-year industry, it was only a matter of time before they began offering dining menus that had gone to the dogs, literally. Chefs at some of America's toniest hotels have hunkered down in their kitchens to create pets-only room-service delights: ranch-raised New Zealand venison, steak and eggs scrambled with aged Tillamook cheddar, wild Chinook salmon with brown rice.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
"Star Wars" mastermind George Lucas turned Skywalker Ranch in Marin County into a bit of a love fest Saturday evening when he married Mellody Hobson in a ceremony officiated by journalist Bill Moyers. Hobson, 44, was given away by former New Jersey senator and longtime friend Bill Bradley, according to the Huffington Post, which saw its founder, Arianna Huffington, among the guests. Huffington told the Post that Moyers' words were quite moving, while Ron Howard tweeted that it was "nothing short of profound.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
We've all been to catered events where the main finger food is a big bowl of chilled broccoli and cauliflower florets meant to dip in a bowl of ranch dressing or cheesy dip. It's not all that wine-friendly, really. That dressing can kill the wine, not to mention the vegetal taste of the raw broccoli especially. If you love good olive oil, pinzimonio is the way to go. It's an Italian antipasti of raw vegetables to dip in peppery extra-virgin olive oil, preferably Tuscan. Sometimes, it's just raw carrots and celery stuck in a jar. More often, it's those gorgeous baby purple artichokes so tender they can be eaten raw. And when you get lucky, it can be a beautifully assembled platter of all sorts of vegetables.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Merv Griffin's former retreat in La Quinta has sold for $7 million. The 39-acre equestrian compound includes a racetrack, a 5,000-square-foot Moroccan-style main house, four casitas, three one-bedroom staff quarters and apartments at both ends of the 16-stall stables for a total of 14 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. The estate was developed by L.A.-based Griffin in 1986 as a desert retreat for entertaining and work. He raised Arabian horses and, later, thoroughbreds. Other features include an infinity pool and a 2.5-acre fishing lagoon.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2013 | By Julie Cart
The massive tornado that tore through populated, urban areas in Oklahoma on Monday mostly skirted the state's livestock-rich areas, sparing many cattle auction sites, feedlots, ranches and farms. Still, some animals were lost in the storm. “As big and as long as it was, I'm certain that there will be some ranches affected,” said Jim Reese, the Oklahoma secretary of agriculture, adding the state was establishing shelters for pets and large animals. PHOTOS: Tornadoes hit Oklahoma Reese said the Oklahoma City area is home to smaller ranches that were hit, as well as the Orr Family Farm with 150 horses.The tornado, which struck the Oklahoma City area around 3 p.m., stayed on the ground for 40 minutes , leveling businesses, reducing houses to splinters and destroying two elementary schools.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Ellen DeGeneres' on-again, off-again love affair with her equestrian spread in the Hidden Valley area of Thousand Oaks would seem to be on again if you caught the recent Elle Décor article featuring the ranch retreat. In the “love it” corner: It seems she and Portia de Rossi were “seduced by the landscape,” Elle says. “There's a good chance that this place may be for keeps.” “De Rossi seems particularly attached to it.” It is interesting to note that they bought the 26-acre property in 2009 for $8.5 million and listed it two years later at $16.5 million.
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