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November 6, 2013 | Ken Bensinger
A deal to sell the Riverside Press-Enterprise to the owner of the Orange County Register may be in jeopardy less than a month after it was announced. On Oct. 10, Aaron Kushner, owner of the Register, said he would buy the Inland Empire's largest newspaper for $27.25 million, adding it to his fast-growing stable of Southern California dailies. But a filing by A.H. Belo Corp., the Press-Enterprise's current owner, casts doubts on the deal. Originally slated to close Oct. 15, the sale has been extended to Nov. 15, according to the Monday filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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November 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Two people were killed Wednesday morning when they were ejected from a speeding BMW after it crashed into a light pole in Riverside at 100 mph, police said. The BMW was going "at least" 100 mph about 2:20 a.m. when it ran a red light and smashed into a light pole, burst into flames and careened into a palm tree, setting the tree on fire, said Lt. Russ Schubert. The car was speeding eastbound on Colorado Avenue when it passed two Riverside police officers in a cruiser going the opposite direction, Schubert said.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
A deal to sell the Riverside Press-Enterprise to the owner of the Orange County Register may be in jeopardy less than a month after it was announced.   On Oct. 10, Aaron Kushner, owner of the Register, said he would buy the Inland Empire's largest newspaper for $27.25 million, adding it to his fast-growing stable of Southern California dailies.   But a new filing by A.H. Belo Corp., the Press-Enterprise's current owner, casts serious doubts on the deal.   Originally slated to close Oct. 15, the sale has been extended to Nov. 15, according to the Monday filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and amended provisions require Kushner to prove that his company, Freedom Communications, is financially solvent and has enough cash to operate the Riverside paper after a transfer.
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November 2, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A man was killed and his passenger injured Friday night when the sports car he was driving at close to 100 mph smashed into a palm tree in Riverside, authorities said. The driver, whose identity was not released, was headed west on 3rd Street near Chicago Avenue about 7 p.m. when he lost control of his late-model Dodge Viper and hit h the tree, according to the Riverside Police Department. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and his female passenger, who was also not identified, was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, police said.
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October 25, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Joseph Serna
A hearing began Friday to determine where a 13-year-old boy found guilty of killing his neo-Nazi father will spend the next decade of his life. Prosecutors are arguing that he be placed in a state-run juvenile justice center, but his attorneys say such facilities are not equipped to handle the boy's severe emotional and social disabilities. They have proposed other options, including private facilities. A Riverside County judge found in January that the boy - who was 10 when he shot his father, Jeffrey Hall, in the head as he slept on a couch in the family's living room - possessed the mental capacity to know that killing his father was wrong.
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October 22, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A lawyer for the family of a man who died in a confrontation with Riverside County sheriff's deputies at a Burger King drive-through is disputing official reports about how the 41-year-old plumber died. Raymond Lewis Johnson died Oct. 11 after deputies kicked, pepper-sprayed, Tasered and used a baton to extract him from his vehicle; but the coroner determined he died not from those actions but from preexisting physical problems. At least six to seven deputies were involved in the confrontation that lasted about 10 minutes, said Rickey Ivie, who represents the Johnson family and held a news conference Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles.
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October 17, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
A Riverside County man convicted of creating a phony Facebook profile to lure a man and kill him is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. Manuel Guzman Jr., who was 17 at the time of 2011 murder, created the profile under the name Rebecca Santhiago and used photos of an East Coast model, according to the Riverside County district attorney's office. Guzman tricked 23-year-old Eddie Leal into going to a park in San Jacinto, where Leal thought would meet Santhiago. Guzman shot Leal multiple times, according to prosecutors.
NEWS
October 16, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow, magnitude-3.0 earthquake was reported Wednesday morning in Riverside County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:43 a.m. PDT at a depth of 9.9 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was four miles from Idyllwild-Pine Cove, 11 miles from Valle Vista, 13 miles from East Hemet and 14 miles from Palm Springs. In the past 10 days, there have been five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
OPINION
October 11, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
After several recent, highly publicized pit bull attacks on people in Southern California, two of which were fatal, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors this week unanimously passed legislation requiring all pit bulls in the unincorporated areas of the county to be sterilized. The ordinance applies to pit bulls older than 4 months. Dogs owned by licensed breeders, canines used by law enforcement and therapy dogs are among the animals exempted. The supervisors said they acted out of concern for public safety - a Riverside County woman was hospitalized after being attacked by two pit bulls in August - and because so many pit bulls languish unadopted in the county's public shelters.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
The owner of the Orange County Register has increased his holdings in Southern California by agreeing to buy the Press-Enterprise, which circulates in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. said it will pay $27.25 million to acquire the newspaper from A.H. Belo Corp., a Dallas company that has owned it for 16 years. The acquisition is the latest in a series of moves by Freedom owner Aaron Kushner. Since buying Freedom last year, he bucked a nationwide trend of newspaper downsizing by doubling the Register's staff of reporters and editors, adding regional editions and launching a new five-day daily, the Long Beach Register.
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