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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1994
Russ Smith, executive director of the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, died of a heart condition Monday. He was 63. As head of the convention bureau, Smith spearheaded efforts to lure visitors to the seaside town for the past 10 years. Before he helped create the bureau in 1984, Smith was promotional director at the Buenaventura Mall. His absence will be a real loss to the community and the tourist industry, Mayor Tom Buford said.
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April 3, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - The first of several Final Four weekend awards was handed out Thursday when the Associated Press named Creighton star Doug McDermott and Wichita State Coach Gregg Marshall as its player and coach of the year, respectively. McDermott and Marshall accepted their trophies at a news conference in AT&T Stadium, which is hosting this year's Final Four. McDermott, a senior, led the nation in scoring with a 26.7 average while Marshall led Wichita State to the first undefeated regular season in 33 years.
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SPORTS
March 31, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's Kyle Anderson was named third-team All-American by the Associated Press. Anderson, a sophomore, averaged 14.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists this season. He helped the Bruins reach the South Regional semifinals, where they lost top-seeded Florida. Creighton's Doug McDermott was a unanimous first-team selection. He is the first three-time All-American in 29 seasons. Duke's Jabari Parker, Louisville's Russ Smith of Louisville, Connecticut's Shabazz Napier and Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick were also named first-team.
SPORTS
March 31, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's Kyle Anderson was named third-team All-American by the Associated Press. Anderson, a sophomore, averaged 14.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists this season. He helped the Bruins reach the South Regional semifinals, where they lost top-seeded Florida. Creighton's Doug McDermott was a unanimous first-team selection. He is the first three-time All-American in 29 seasons. Duke's Jabari Parker, Louisville's Russ Smith of Louisville, Connecticut's Shabazz Napier and Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick were also named first-team.
SPORTS
April 8, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Join Times college basketball writer Chris Dufresne at noon today for a live video chat as he breaks down tonight men's basketball title game between Louisville and Michigan. The video chat will take place on this blog post. As Dufrense wrote yesterday , "Louisville has won 15 consecutive games en route to its third NCAA championship game. The Cardinals won titles in 1980 and 1986 under Denny Crum. Current Coach Rick Pitino is trying to become the first coach to win NCAA titles at two different schools after leading Kentucky to the 1996 crown.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - The first of several Final Four weekend awards was handed out Thursday when the Associated Press named Creighton star Doug McDermott and Wichita State Coach Gregg Marshall as its player and coach of the year, respectively. McDermott and Marshall accepted their trophies at a news conference in AT&T Stadium, which is hosting this year's Final Four. McDermott, a senior, led the nation in scoring with a 26.7 average while Marshall led Wichita State to the first undefeated regular season in 33 years.
SPORTS
April 8, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
Louisville, the No 1 seeded team in the NCAA tournament, is now national champion. The Cardinals defeated Michigan, 82-76, Monday night at the Georgia Dome as guard Peyton Siva took over in the second half. Siva scored 18 points -- 14 in the second half -- and also had six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Luke Hancock led Louisville in scoring with a career-high 22 points after scoring 21 against Wichita State in a semifinal on Saturday. Hancock had 16 in the first half to help rally the Cardinals from an early 12-point deficit.
SPORTS
March 31, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Tears are part of the NCAA tournament. They flow when teams win and flow when they lose. The tears shed for Louisville guard Kevin Ware on Sunday, though, were different. They almost spontaneously gushed in response to Ware's gruesome leg break during Sunday's Midwest Regional final game against Duke. Louisville Coach Rick Pitino was caught on TV wiping his eyes. "I literally almost threw up," he said after the game. Duke players, coaches and America's viewers were almost equally stunned.
NEWS
December 10, 1987 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
After trying for nearly 20 months to pull together support for a countywide tourism plan, the Ventura County Gold Coast Commission on Tourism has fallen apart. Formed in 1986 by the county Board of Supervisors, the 12-member commission announced last week that it will disband, thwarted by the refusal of most cities to help fund a $78,000 marketing study on the subject.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
The Ventura Beach Lions Club today will dedicate a bench on the Promenade to Russ Smith, former director of the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau. The dedication will take place at 4 p.m. along the Promenade in front of the Holiday Inn. The club is putting in the bench to honor Smith posthumously for his dedication to developing local tourism. Smith passed away in April 1994.
SPORTS
April 8, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Join Times college basketball writer Chris Dufresne at noon today for a live video chat as he breaks down tonight men's basketball title game between Louisville and Michigan. The video chat will take place on this blog post. As Dufrense wrote yesterday , "Louisville has won 15 consecutive games en route to its third NCAA championship game. The Cardinals won titles in 1980 and 1986 under Denny Crum. Current Coach Rick Pitino is trying to become the first coach to win NCAA titles at two different schools after leading Kentucky to the 1996 crown.
SPORTS
April 8, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
Louisville, the No 1 seeded team in the NCAA tournament, is now national champion. The Cardinals defeated Michigan, 82-76, Monday night at the Georgia Dome as guard Peyton Siva took over in the second half. Siva scored 18 points -- 14 in the second half -- and also had six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Luke Hancock led Louisville in scoring with a career-high 22 points after scoring 21 against Wichita State in a semifinal on Saturday. Hancock had 16 in the first half to help rally the Cardinals from an early 12-point deficit.
SPORTS
March 31, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Tears are part of the NCAA tournament. They flow when teams win and flow when they lose. The tears shed for Louisville guard Kevin Ware on Sunday, though, were different. They almost spontaneously gushed in response to Ware's gruesome leg break during Sunday's Midwest Regional final game against Duke. Louisville Coach Rick Pitino was caught on TV wiping his eyes. "I literally almost threw up," he said after the game. Duke players, coaches and America's viewers were almost equally stunned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1994
Russ Smith, executive director of the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, died of a heart condition Monday. He was 63. As head of the convention bureau, Smith spearheaded efforts to lure visitors to the seaside town for the past 10 years. Before he helped create the bureau in 1984, Smith was promotional director at the Buenaventura Mall. His absence will be a real loss to the community and the tourist industry, Mayor Tom Buford said.
NEWS
December 10, 1987 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
After trying for nearly 20 months to pull together support for a countywide tourism plan, the Ventura County Gold Coast Commission on Tourism has fallen apart. Formed in 1986 by the county Board of Supervisors, the 12-member commission announced last week that it will disband, thwarted by the refusal of most cities to help fund a $78,000 marketing study on the subject.
BUSINESS
January 14, 1997 | BARBARA MURPHY
Acacia Landscaping and Erosion Control will relocate its Santa Barbara-based operation to Ventura after purchasing a 9,000-square-foot facility at 691 Riverside St. Acacia bought the building and 1.2-acre site for $350,000 from owners Peggy and Russ Smith. Crocker DiMeo Realty represented the property owners and Roger Case Realty the buyer. Acacia, which has been in business for more than 10 years, specializes in the prevention of land erosion.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2009 | Reed Johnson
It was the anguish of a 9-year-old child that made Rebecca Cammisa vow to press on. When the filmmaker first met the Honduran boy named José at a detention center in southern Mexico, he was alone, scared and crying. He was one of an estimated tens of thousands of Latin American children who annually try to cross illegally into the United States, many by riding the tops of railroad freight cars, most in search of work or missing parents. For many, the journey ends badly, if not tragically.
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