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July 9, 1985 | JOHN HURST and JACK JONES, Times Staff Writers
A wall of flames threatened the eastern edge of San Luis Obispo for a time on Monday, destroying several structures and forcing the evacuation of numerous residents when erratic winds abruptly pushed the week-old 58,000-acre Las Pilitas fire down out of the foothills. San Luis Obispo County Airport on the south side of the city was closed.
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March 18, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne, This post has been corrected. See below for details
Cal Poly basketball, entering the NCAA tournament with 13-19 record, has a tough enough time getting national respect. But shouldn't people at least know where the Mustangs are from? There has been some confusion over Cal Poly as the team prepares for Wednesday's "First Four" game in Dayton against Texas Southern. Some people think the team is from Pomona. "We've seen that one before we played the [Big West] championship game," Poly guard Kyle Odister said at the team's NCAA news conference in Dayton.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2012
MUSIC Living legends of early rock and roll are in short supply, but the surf guitar hero Dick Dale still shreds as hard as when he first cut "Misirlou. " His famously ornery stage presence is as winning as his Stratocaster fireworks. SLO Brew, 1119 Garden St., San Luis Obispo. 7 p.m. Thu. $25. Slobrewingco.com.
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 With junior catcher Chris Betts hitting his third home run of the season, Long Beach Wilson rolled to a 6-1 victory ove San Clemente on Thursday, the fifth consecutive victory for the Bruins (5-1). Betts, a Tennessee commit, is seven for 15 on the season. Josh Goldberg allowed three hits in six innings and struck out five. Steve Castro and Max Cauble also hit home runs for Wilson, which inflicted a rare defeat on San Clemente ace Kolby Allard. Vista Murrieta (6-0) won a semifinal game of the Loara tournament with an 8-2 win over Lakewood.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Want to see San Luis Obispo on foot? Fair warning: This is no leisurely docent-led stroll. The San Luis Obispo Marathon + Half is back for its second running April 6 and 7. The weekend will kick off Saturday morning with a 5K race, featuring two loops around the Madonna Inn property followed by a downhill finish. A kids' fun run also will take place that morning at the inn. On Sunday the marathon and half marathon will take runners through downtown San Luis Obispo, past the Fremont Theatre, Mission San Luis Obispo and neighborhoods filled with Victorian and Craftsman homes.
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October 9, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
San Luis Obispo on Saturday is marking the grand opening of a new railroad museum that's housed in a Southern Pacific freight house built around 1894. The museum tells the story of the city's important 19th century link in the coastal rail line that joined San Francisco and Los Angeles. Exhibits and displays detail the old narrow-gauge Pacific Coast Railway that ran between Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo, the difficult tunnel and track work along the Cuesta Grade (a route Amtrak's Coast Starlight still chugs along today)
NEWS
July 13, 2011 | Mary Forgione, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Can't face "Carmageddon"? Consider taking a train trip out of town to Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo. If you act quickly, you may score discounts for the weekend too. The Carmageddon wildcard, of course, is that no one knows exactly what will happen to traffic Saturday when the 405 Freeway shuts northbound along a 10-mile section between Interstate 10 and the 101 Freeway, and southbound between the 101 and Getty Center Drive....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A San Luis Obispo man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts related to possession and distribution of child pornography. Bruce Klickstein, 59, was arrested last week by FBI special agents, and after a brief court appearance Thursday, was released to home detention pending a hearing Aug. 6. Klickstein was identified as a possible suspect after an undercover investigation by  Arroyo Grande police in 2012. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the man's home and discovered at least one computer containing what authorities allege is child pornography.
NEWS
May 27, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
San Luis Obispo calls itself "the happiest city in America," thanks in part to publicity on the "Oprah" show a couple of years ago. Regardless of its happiness quotient, the central coastal California city's proximity to beaches and abundance of wineries combine to make it a pleasant place to spend a few vacation days. The new Granada Hotel & Bistro , an industrial-chic boutique downtown hotel located in a 1920s exposed-brick building, is making it easy for visitors to get acquainted with the town with a special $140-per-night package.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Finally. "SOMM," the documentary about four contenders studying like crazy for the master sommelier exam , is slated for summer release after Samuel Goldwyn Films grabbed the North American rights. Until now, Jason Wise 's documentary has been shown at film festivals mostly. It had its world premiere at the Napa Valley Film Festival in November and was just shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival . I'm really curious to see it, and also to find out what the four somms featured in the film are doing now. If, like me, you'd rather not wait till summer to see the film, "SOMM" will be shown March 8 as part of the Paso Robles Wine Crawl . Get there early enough to visit tasting rooms around town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Jack Dolan
Northbound traffic moved steadily on the 405 Freeway over Sepulveda Pass during the first day of "Jamzilla" on Saturday, but motorists encountered some delays as they merged from five lanes to two lanes through the highway's construction zone. Although things went well, transportation officials are still warning travelers to avoid the northbound 405 between Sunset and Ventura boulevards, where extensive paving and striping is being done over the President's Day weekend for a new carpool lane.
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December 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- One of San Diego's more infamous sex criminals, due to be released from prison after serving 25 years behind bars, will instead stand trial to determine if he remains a "sexual predator" and should be kept at a state mental hospital. That was the decision Thursday by San Diego County Superior Court Judge Louis Hanoian after a hearing involving convicted rapist Alvin Quarles, who had been set for release from prison. Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis and Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred are attempting to keep Quarles from being released.
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December 19, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A man was killed Thursday when he was struck by an Amtrak train in Moorpark, officials said. Ventura County firefighters responded at 9:07 a.m. to the 10900 block of West Los Angeles Avenue, according to Capt. Mike Lindbery. Firefighters at first had trouble locating the body, but later discovered it behind a row of businesses, he added. The victim, whose identity was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.   Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said the incident occurred a few miles from the Moorpark train station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Alicia Banks
A student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has been diagnosed with viral meningitis, making the campus the third university in California to report an outbreak of the disease. The announcement from school officials this week comes just days after a student advisor at UC Riverside was also diagnosed with meningitis and officials at UC Santa Barbara confirmed their fourth case in about a month. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo officials said in a news release that medical staff learned of the case there Thursday and that "the infection is thought to be an isolated incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two Fresno men have been charged with sex trafficking two underage females, federal authorities said Thursday. Anthony Andrade, 33, and Javier Solis, 28, are accused of forcing the 15-year-old and 17-year-old victims to prostitute themselves in Fresno and San Luis Obispo, according to court documents.  Federal authorities said the younger victim was taken to a tattoo parlor and had "Dove" and "Joker" etched onto her shoulders....
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November 26, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Phillips 66, which operates refineries across California, is moving forward with a plan to build a rail terminal in San Luis Obispo County that would send trains with up to 80 tank cars of crude oil through Southern California and the Bay Area. In a draft environmental impact statement filed this week, Phillips said it wants to build five sets of parallel tracks that would accommodate trains as often as 250 times per year at its Santa Maria Refinery. The project is the latest effort by the refinery industry to increase crude imports to California from oil fields in North Dakota, Colorado and Texas.
SPORTS
February 19, 1995 | MIKE HISERMAN
Cal State Northridge made its first seven three-point attempts, including four by Eric Gray, as the Matadors routed Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 104-66, Saturday night in an American West Conference game before 486 at Northridge. Gray scored 23 points to pace Northridge (6-16, 3-1) in its most lopsided victory in more than six years and its largest ever against NCAA Division I competition. San Luis Obispo is 1-22, 0-5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Amtrak-California set ridership records last year on two of its busiest long distance lines in the state - the Pacific Surfliner along the coast and the San Joaquin through the Central Valley. Rail officials announced Thursday that the two lines, which are funded by Caltrans, carried almost 3.93 million passengers for the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2013. That represents an increase of more than 110,000 riders from the year before. "In California, a rail renaissance is underway," Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said.
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November 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry
San Diego County prosecutors are attempting to keep one of the region's most infamous rapists in custody even though he has served 25 years in prison and is set for parole. At a Superior Court hearing Friday morning, the judge set a Dec. 19 hearing on whether Alvin Ray Quarles should be released or determined to be a "sexually violent predator" and sent to a state hospital for sex offenders until he is judged to no longer be a threat to the public. "Protecting our community from sexually violent predators is a priority for the DA's office and we're working diligently to have this defendant committed to a state hospital for an indeterminate term," said district attorney spokesman Steve Walker.
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