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December 3, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A federal jury in Sacramento after a five-week trial has returned guilty verdicts against three men who operated an Orange County-based "foreclosure rescue scam," according to U.S. Atty. Benjamin Wagner. Convicted on Monday were Charles Head, 36, a former Los Angeles resident; Benjamin Budoff, 46, of Colorado Springs; and Domonic McCarns, 39, of Irvine. Wagner described Head as the leader of the operation that extracted more than $5.7 million in equity from victims' homes, many in California.
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SPORTS
November 29, 2013
If the Lakers and Kobe wanted his salary to match his jersey number, how about he goes back to No. 8? William David Stone Beverly Hills :: I have followed Mitch Kupchak since he played at North Carolina in the '70s, and if there ever was a general manager as deft and brilliant as Jerry West, it has to be Kupchak. Which makes me nearly positive that during the recent Lakers dealings, Kupchak's job has been to merely give in to the owner and then be forced to explain the lunacy of the owner-impostor, Jim Buss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Authorities say they have broken up a burglary ring that targeted medical conferences at high-end Southern California hotels. Mayra Alejandra Gutierrez-Leon, 27 , and Eddwin Ricardo Bejaranobarrios , 26, both of Los Angeles, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing electronics from conference attendees at hotels in Orange and Los Angeles counties, the Newport Beach Police Department said. When people at the conference were on a break, Gutierrez-Leon and Bejaranobarrios used a “distraction technique” to take bags that contained laptops, iPads and iPhones, said Jennifer Manzella of the Newport Beach Police Department in a prepared statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
In a step toward re-imagining the classic Southern California seaside, Newport Beach city leaders have agreed to thin out the number of fire rings that dot the city's shoreline and seek the installation of natural gas fire pits instead. Sixty concrete fire rings on the sand in Balboa Peninsula and Corona del Mar have delighted beachgoers for decades and frustrated neighbors as everything from pizza boxes to couches went up in smoke. But as related health concerns from the billowing smoke have increased, so has the push to rid the beach of the fire pits.
SPORTS
November 25, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers experienced an early day, a 9 a.m. charter flight to Washington D.C. As usual, Kobe Bryant was up before any of them. He signed a two-year contract extension Monday morning for $48.5 million that stands to keep him with the Lakers until he is two months shy of his 38th birthday. PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant through the years He ended several months of speculation before even playing a game, terminating his lame-duck status in what could have been the final year of a contract paying him $30.5 million this season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Newport Beach residents may soon be one step closer to roasting marshmallows beachside over natural gas-burning fire rings. On Tuesday, the city staff plans to recommend that the City Council approve participation in a pilot project with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to install natural gas fire rings in certain beach areas, while also removing some of the existing wood-fueled fire rings. Currently, 33 fire rings are arranged in the sand near the Balboa Pier and 27 at Corona del Mar State Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Newport Beach residents may soon be one step closer to roasting marshmallows beach-side over natural gas-burning fire rings. City staff plans to recommend Tuesday that council members approve city participation in a pilot project with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to install natural gas fire rings in certain beach areas  while removing some of the existing wood-fueled fire rings, the Daily Pilot reported. There are 33 fire rings in the sand near the Balboa Pier and 27 at Corona del Mar State Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
"Will trade diamond wedding ring for Chiefs vs Broncos Tickets. " So the Craigslist ad read. And while it won't be a win-win situation when the white-hot Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos meet Dec. 1, it will be for one Kansas woman who offered to trade her wedding ring set for tickets to the game, and for the man in love who took her up on the deal. The Overland Park, Kan., woman, who has remained anonymous, posted a notice on Craigslist last week offering to trade her rings, initially valued at $3,100, for four club-level tickets to the game, according to the Kansas City Star .  On Thursday, a deal was finalized with one Rusty Jones, who's been a season-ticket holder for 20 years.
TRAVEL
November 9, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Hawthorn House Bed & Breakfast, in Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland, is a lovely stop on a journey around the Ring of Kerry. Small and welcoming, all rooms are en suite and kept beautifully by hosts Noel and Mary O'Brien. Breakfasts are excellent, served in the cheery, sunny dining room. Kenmare itself is a treasure to be explored. Rooms from about $55 per person, double occupancy. Hawthorn House Bed & Breakfast, Shelbourne Street, Kenmare; http://www.hawthornhousekenmare.com Susan Goff Monrovia
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Kate Mather
An attorney for Doris Payne -- the 83-year-old notorious jewelry thief now facing charges in Riverside County -- said evidence should be the focus of his client's latest case, rather than her history. Payne pleaded not guilty Tuesday to  one count each of second-degree burglary and grand theft amid allegations that she stole a $22,500 diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store. One of her attorneys, Guadalupe Valencia -- who represented Payne in a 2011 San Diego County case -- told The Times that onlookers should "hold judgment" on the octogenarian.
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