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SPORTS
April 22, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
The longest graded stakes race in North America ended Sunday at Santa Anita with a furious two-horse charge down the stretch that was so close at the finish line it took six minutes to decide whose nose crossed the line first. Bourbon Bay and jockey Joel Rosario were determined the winners of the 13/4-mile $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap by a nose over Eagle Poise and jockey Alex Solis. "That's a heart attack horse," a Bourbon Bay supporter quipped in the winner's circle after his No. 2 was posted on the tote board in the first-place position.
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HOME & GARDEN
April 14, 2012 | Chris Erskine
I'm on my way down to lower Orange County in our old minivan, the Honey Fitz. It's bleeding power steering fluid, but other than that the Honey Fitz is charging out of the barn, three of the four cylinders firing in sequence, the other a virtual wooden leg. I'd planned to bring my wife, Posh, but when I left the house, she was all tied up with some project. Actually, she was lying on the bedroom floor, ensnared in the strings of a Pinocchio toy she was trying to put away a little too quickly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2012 | Dan Weikel
The air may be chilly from the weekend's winter storm, but San Juan Capistrano is gearing up for spring by celebrating the annual return of the swallows. Monday was Swallows' Day for Mission San Juan Capistrano, where lore has it that cliff swallows return each year just in time for St. Joseph's Day after wintering 6,000 miles away in Argentina. Although the gregarious birds have hardly been seen at the historic mission in recent years, swallows nest in small numbers elsewhere, in the eaves of schools, shopping malls and underneath freeway overpasses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
At Mission San Juan Capistrano, founded centuries ago to spread the Christian faith, Rabbi Allen Krause started an annual interfaith conference in 1994 because he felt that Orange County's religious groups were too insular. About 600 people attended the first Religious Diversity Faire, with spiritual leaders from more than a dozen faiths holding workshops on their beliefs and practices. The event was staged for 15 more years. Providing a window into the religious beliefs of others was a recurring theme for Krause, who was recognized as a trailblazer in the county's interfaith movement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
An outbreak of a deadly virus has horse trainers and owners in Riverside and Orange counties fearful for the health of their animals. On Tuesday, a horse at the Empire Polo Club in Indio was euthanized because of complications from equine herpes virus-1. At Rancho Sierra Vista in San Juan Capistrano, 16 cases of the disease have been identified since Jan. 11 and one horse had to be euthanized. Both sites have been placed under quarantine by state veterinarians. No horses are allowed to leave or enter, and caretakers must take sanitary precautions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2011 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
The crucifix has a bullet wound. The story goes that around 1900 a man embroiled in a business dispute unloaded his anger — and his pistol — inside a chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Miraculously, no one was hurt. But the 18th century silver cross likely used by mission founder Father Junipero Serra took one near the top. That the crucifix survived at all is a miracle itself. Generations of carelessness and theft stripped California's missions of much of their artwork and artifacts.
SPORTS
May 5, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Catchers wear lots of equipment to protect their face, chest, head, knees and ankles. They play the most demanding position in baseball. They're stuck in an uncomfortable crouch for pitch after pitch, getting dirty, nicked up and abused. Yet, Austin Hedges of San Juan Capistrano JSerra acts as if catching is as therapeutic as spending a day at the beach. "It's more challenging, but that's why I like it," he said. Not since the days when Hall of Famer Gary Carter played at Fullerton Sunny Hills in the early 1970s has Orange County produced a catcher with the defensive skills of Hedges.
SPORTS
December 23, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Six teenagers giggle and debate how to move a bush on a trolley without dropping it. Others, wearing batting gloves, lift bricks and wipe away ants and spiders crawling up their arms. Another tediously rolls his rake along a dirt field looking for rocks and nails. All are members of the San Juan Capistrano JSerra baseball team. Carrying shovels instead of bats and wearing shorts instead of sliding pants, they spent three days in September helping clean horse stalls and move heavy materials while sprucing up the Shea Center, which was founded in 1978 to serve as a therapeutic riding center for individuals with disabilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2010 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
About 400 residents and 20 businesses in San Juan Capistrano have been evacuated after a wall of the swollen Trabuco Creek collapsed Wednesday morning. Emergency crews have been called in with heavy equipment in an effort to stabilize the creek bed with rock, officials said. Dan Dwyer, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, said authorities were notified of the breach at about 8:15 a.m. and began evacuating homes and businesses on both sides of the creek. The heavy flow of water in the creek reportedly caused the concrete panels on its western side to collapse.
TRAVEL
September 5, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON For a romantic treat close to more than 70 wineries, plan to stay at the Willows Lodge. The lodge combines rustic Northwest elegance with high-tech convenience on grounds abundant with gardens, unique water features and native plantings. Willows Lodge, 14580 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, Wash., 98072; (877) 424-3930, http://www.willowslodge.com Doubles from $199. Lola and Les Brown, San Juan Capistrano
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