March 29, 2013 |
California is leading a national craft beer explosion. It's home to 12 of the nation's 50 largest craft beer companies, according to the Brewers Assn. trade group. So it's not surprising that some of the country's finest beer is brewed locally. Here are 10 of the best local beers to sample Easter weekend, as selected by Brandon Hernandez, a beer and food journalist, Zagat editor and Stone Brewing Co. communications specialist. The beers are brewed in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties and would nicely compliment a traditional Easter dinner, Hernandez said.
February 9, 2013
The rider was the bigger story than the horse Saturday at Santa Anita. Veteran Gary Stevens, a Hall of Fame jockey making the second comeback of his career, bolted from the gate to the lead aboard Slim Shadey in the featured $150,000 Grade II San Marcos Stakes. And stayed right there. It was only Slim Shadey's fourth victory in 24 starts and Stevens said that trainer Simon Callaghan had the 5-year-old perfectly prepared. It was the first stakes victory for Stevens, 49, since he announced his comeback Jan. 3 and got on his first horse Jan. 6. He had won two other races, but not a major race.
December 4, 2012 |
The game didn't count, wasn't broadcast on television or radio, and wasn't witnessed in person by that many, either. So the stakes for the UCLA basketball team were pretty low Tuesday night. And the Bruins just barely lived up to the task. The scoreboard total looked impressive, as UCLA won the exhibition game, 83-60, against Cal State San Marcos, an NAIA school. But there wasn't much else that was impressive about the Bruins' performance. Going in, UCLA planned to use the game, which carried just slightly more weight than a scrimmage, to work on its man-to-man defense.
December 3, 2012
When: 7:30. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV - none; Radio - uclabruins.com. Records: UCLA 5-3, Cal State Marcos 7-3. Update: This is an exhibition game, so it won't count in either team's record, but it does provide UCLA a chance to iron out some kinks, largely its porous man-to-man defense. Cal State San Marcos is an NAIA independent program led by second-year Coach Jim Saia, who served as an assistant at UCLA from 1996 to 2003. - Baxter Holmes
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June 26, 2012 |
They once were hawked on street corners, displayed like the finest artwork with their images of Aztec warriors, Virgin Marys, lions, pandas and unicorns. Laura Genao saw them growing up but never pictured herself owning one. "Too tacky," she thought. Years later, her mother slyly left one on her couch: a blanket with a giant tiger woven in shades of gray, black and white. It was then Genao learned what most Latinos in Los Angeles come to understand as children: Love it or hate it, chances are you're going to forge a bond with a San Marcos.
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May 16, 2012 |
SAN MARCOS, Calif. —When paramedics arrived at the Purdy home March 20, Margaret was seated in her favorite chair in the living room. The morning sunshine streamed in through a picture window that overlooked a valley. A plastic bag was over her head, tied securely at the neck. A suicide note in her handwriting was in a folder on her desk, beneath a shelf with books about death and dying. She had written that the pain from her various medical conditions had become unbearable. Alan Purdy met the paramedics at the door.
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December 19, 2011 |
A San Diego County woman who shot and killed her four children failed Monday to win a reprieve from the California Supreme Court, which voted unanimously to uphold her death sentence. In a ruling written by Justice Ming W. Chin, the state's highest court rejected an automatic appeal by Susan Dianne Eubanks, who was convicted of murdering her sons, Brandon, 14; Austin, 7; Brigham, 6; and Matthew, 4, in October 1997. After drinking and taking tranquilizers, Eubanks put a revolver to the temple of Brandon and shot him, according to the court's opinion.
March 5, 2011 |
The probable starting pitchers were two improbable dreams. On the mound for the Lake Balboa Birmingham High boys' baseball team was a 5-foot-2 righty with a wicked changeup, a cut fastball, and a whole heap of black hair stuffed under her cap. Her name was Marti Sementelli, and she does not throw like a girl. "I've used that line," she said, giggling. "But I've used it on boys. " On the mound for the opposing San Marcos High boys' team from Santa Barbara was a 5-3 righty with a floating curve, a sneaky fastball, and two pink batting gloves.
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August 15, 2010 |
Authorities said eight people were killed and 10 injured when a driver racing in the California 200 desert race in Lucerne Valley lost control of his off-roader, which went airborne and landed on top of spectators. The driver, who was uninjured, and seven of the eight people killed were identified Sunday by officials. The driver "got airborne and, when he landed, rolled over straight into the spectators," said Officer Joaquin Zubieta of the California Highway Patrol, the agency investigating the deadly crash.
December 20, 2009 |
Ten years ago, cultural commentators found it fashionable to forecast the death of classical music. That bit of silliness ended on Sept. 5, 2000, with an unlikely work by an unlikely composer in an unlikely place. The Stuttgart Bach Academy in Germany commissioned four composers from different cultures to write new passions on each of the four Gospels. The third work, devoted to St. Mark, was by Osvaldo Golijov, an Argentine of Jewish Eastern European descent who had studied in Israel and Pennsylvania and settled in the Boston area.