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May 31, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa , an architecturally eclectic National Historic Landmark in Riverside, would like you as a guest with a package that's $189 a night. You'd be in good company: The inn has played host to 10 U.S. presidents and vice presidents, besides such celebrities as Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand and James Brolin. The deal: The castle-like downtown hotel, which opened at the turn of the 20th century, is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. It features four dining venues, including a AAA Four Diamond restaurant, a spa and a popular wedding venue, St. Francis of Assisi Chapel.
April 24, 2014 | Larry Gordon
At his formal investiture ceremony Thursday, UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox called for significant expansions in enrollment, faculty and the campus itself. UC Riverside should grow its student ranks from the current 22,000 to 25,000 over the next six years as called for in its master plan but also go beyond that in the future, Wilcox said. The university will need to hire 300 more faculty members to accommodate growth and replace retiring professors, he said, according to his speech.
December 20, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Police in Riverside are investigating the death of a man found shot in a city park where authorities believe he had been living. Riverside police were called Thursday morning to La Sierra Park after receiving calls reporting a bloodied man found in the park, according to a statement from police. Officers arrived to find the man had died, apparently of a gunshot wound. The man has been identified as James Joseph Ercoli, 38, of Riverside. Investigators believe Ercoli was a transient and that he had been staying in the park at night.
April 5, 2014
For local trips, try Metrolink, which offers a $10 weekend day pass [Saturday or Sunday]. Angelenos might enjoy the antiques stores in Orange and the pier in San Clemente. There is more to see in San Juan Capistrano than the mission. In Riverside, the Mission Inn is definitely worth seeing. Metrolink, . Susan Ostrowsky Corona del Mar
March 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Riverside police officer who was shot eight times in early February by a rogue ex-cop bent on carrying out a violent rampage made his first public appearance at a restaurant Friday evening, the Associated Press reported. Officers Andrew Tachias and Michael Crain were ambushed by Christopher Dorner on Feb. 7 when Dorner  pulled up beside their patrol car at a stoplight and opened fire. Crain died from his injuries and Tachias is still recovering. On Friday night at Riverside's Original Roadhouse Grill,Tachias shared a table with Crain's wife, Regina, the AP reported.
June 9, 2001
What a heartwarming article by Susan Straight ("Ground Zero of the New California," Opinion, June 3). It is so beneficial for all of us that the rest of the state and the nation are starting to catch up with Riverside regarding intermixing and getting along together. Regardless of the diverse opinions people have of Bill Clinton, he did want his administration to look like America, an America that is becoming more and more like Riverside. Not only in this country, but also in the Balkans, Northern Ireland, India, Africa, etc., perhaps religious and racial strife could be ameliorated by Riverside's example.
March 15, 2009
Re "As we slowly disappear," Postcards from the recession, Opinion, March 8 Susan Straight's dark vision of Riverside is not mine. On fine days, I walk my dogs around the tree-lined, broad streets of the working-class neighborhood where I have lived for more than 50 years. The houses are small, well-kept. Two on my street are "repos," but thanks to the combined efforts of the mayor and real estate agents, both are well-tended. The pools are drained and cleaned. There is no trash. City services are efficient and regular.
December 20, 2009 | By Robert Faturechi
Congregants at Temple Beth El who had gathered to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah were met by a group of neo-Nazi demonstrators who waved red-and-black swastika flags outside the Reform synagogue in Riverside on Friday evening. Rabbi Suzanne Singer said the demonstration was the third such protest at the temple in recent months. She said she thinks it was connected to a counter-protest held in September by members of the synagogue and others responding to a neo-Nazi protest at a day labor site.
January 17, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A car linked to a Dec. 24 double-homicide in San Diego has been located in Riverside with a man's body inside, police said. The car appears to be the 2004 Toyota Camry that police believe that Gianni Belvedere may have been driving the night that his girlfriend, Ilona Flint, 22, and his brother, Salvatore, 22, were found shot to death in the parking lot of a shopping center. Since that night, Gianni Belvedere, 24, has been listed as a missing person but not labeled as a suspect.
November 1, 1987
Arlington Village, a new 7.2-acre neighborhood shopping center in Riverside, developed by Arnold-Pacific Properties Inc., has opened. The $8-million center at 61-60 Arlington Avenue encompasses 56,420 square feet of retail space and is anchored by a Stater Bros. market.
March 27, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Population growth in Southern California continued to slow last year, another factor in soft demand for housing. The populations of the Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego metro areas were still growing in 2013, according to new figures released by the Census Bureau on  Thursday, but less quickly than they did in either of the two years prior. Of the six counties in Southern California, only two - Riverside and San Diego - grew faster than the state as a whole. Housing economists and demographics experts note that fewer people moving and fewer people forming new households have dampened demand for housing since the end of the recession.
March 13, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
UC Irvine's big advantage in the Big West tournament became clear at Thursday's tipoff at Honda Center. UC Riverside trotted out 6-foot-7 Taylor Johns to jump center against the Anteaters' 7-foot-6 shot eater, Mamadou Ndiaye. College basketball's tallest player won the tip and top-seeded Irvine was off and churning to a 63-43 quarterfinal victory over the bottom-seeded Highlanders. The workmanlike effort earned Irvine a trip to Friday's 6:30 p.m. semifinal game against seventh-seeded Cal Poly, a shocking 31-point winner over No. 2 UC Santa Barbara.
March 12, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The Big West's automatic bid to this year's NCAA tournament must be considered up for grabs if only for the fact the favored team has never been to the NCAA tournament. UC Irvine opens tournament play Thursday at Honda Center without a reliable read of the expectations. The Anteaters (22-10, 13-3) won the Big West regular-season title, but the tournament's three-day format somewhat nullifies all that has been achieved. The top Big West teams don't receive byes, they jump straight into single-elimination frays.
March 12, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  ) The Division I playoffs in the Southern California Regionals started with an upset. City Section Division I semifinalist Fairfax defeated Southern Section 1A champion Riverside King, 63-48. Sage Woodruff scored 16 points, Lorne Currie had 12 points and Donald Gipson and Lindsey Drew added 10 points apiece. "We had a good week of practice and we played good, smart basketball," Coach Harvey Kitani said. Another City team, Narbonne, came close to eliminating 1AA champion Long Beach Poly.
March 12, 2014 | By Frank Shyong, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
Authorities charged two men Wednesday with the 2006 murders of three people discovered shot to death in a burning house in Riverside County. A grand jury indicted Cristin Conrad Smith, 25, and Robert Lars Pape, 25, on three counts of murder each, said John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office. Smith and Pape were arrested Tuesday afternoon and are being held without bail at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. Prosecutors believe Smith and Pape killed Becky Friedli; her mother, Vicki; and Vicki's boyfriend, Jon Hayward, nearly eight years ago. The three victims were found shot to death in the Friedli's home in the Pinyon Pines community south of Palm Desert.
March 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Tim Sweeney Jr., the coach at Riverside King in his 14th year, said he almost quit this season. On Saturday, his team made him feel so good after a 61-46 victory over Villa Park in the 1A championship game. "This has been the most difficult year of my career, to where I was ready to hang it up," he said. King was only 5-5 in league play, but the team got its act together. Maurice Jones scored 17 points and Chris Lott had 15. Freshman Matthew Mitchell contributed 11 points. Lamont Tyler led Villa Park with 26 points.
March 27, 2009 | Associated Press
A Riverside couple have been found guilty of torturing their 11-year-old nephew to death. Two juries, one for each defendant, Thursday found Raul and Cathy Sarinana guilty of first-degree murder. Police found the body of Ricky Morales in the Sarinana's bedroom closet the day after Christmas in 2005. Prosecutors said he had been beaten for not eating his breakfast. The body of his brother, Conrad, 13, was later found encased in concrete in a trash can. Investigators believe he was killed in Randle, Wash.
March 5, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 5-year-old boy was reportedly killed by accidental gunfire in Riverside County on Tuesday, authorities said. The Perris Police Department was called to the 31000 block of Wolfskill Avenue just after 5:20 p.m. At the scene, detectives were interviewing family members to determine the cause of the shooting and how the boy may have died, according to a series of Twitter messages issued by Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy...
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