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July 26, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE and SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It's been almost a year, but Benjamin Markowitz still has trouble believing his childhood friends could have kidnapped and killed his younger brother. "In my worst nightmares, I never would have thought that that would have happened," Markowitz, 23, said last week in an interview. It was a brazen crime that stunned the West Valley, where most of the young suspects had grown up. They'd played baseball together on the well-groomed fields of a private league.
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SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Junior point guard Max Hazzard of Los Angeles Loyola has picked up a scholarship offer from UC Santa Barbara. He is playing this spring and summer with the Oakland Soldiers, which is loaded with top players.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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TRAVEL
January 9, 2011 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I pulled aside the curtain and peered out the motel window. Palm trees swayed gently in the breeze. A cyclist pedaled along the oceanfront. Beyond him, the Pacific stretched out calm and blue as far as the eye could see. Nice view, I thought, given that my room rate was $79. Especially considering that I was in Santa Barbara, where hotel tariffs usually fetch a king's ransom. And my overnight stay even included a hearty free breakfast. Impossible, you say? Not with our travel-secret guide to Santa Barbara.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Finally, someone has designed a luxury hotel suite with wheels. Long-stay AKA Beverly Hills hotel has created a suite inside an Airstream trailer with leather interiors, full kitchen and bathroom, a bed with comfy linens, and even its trademark Bulgari bath amenities. Price-tag for a five-day trip to Santa Barbara: $6,000. Starting May 1, AKA guests can reserve the modified Airstream 2 Go and drive up the coast to spend two nights at Sunstone Vineyards in the wine-growing Santa Ynez Valley and two nights at Ocean Mesa Campground north of Santa Barbara.
TRAVEL
October 7, 2012
El Capitan Canyon, 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara; (805) 685-3887, http://www.elcapitancanyon.com . This 300-acre refuge, 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, is outfitted with cedar cabins and canvas safari tents. There's also a restaurant and store. From April through November, most cabins are $225-$355 a night, safari tents $155. Rates drop $10-$40 December-March. Ocean Mesa at El Capitan, 100 El Capitan Terrace Lane, Santa Barbara; (805) 879-5751, http://www.oceanmesa.com . Bring your own tent or RV; it supplies the heated swimming pool and laundry room.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2009 | JAMES RAINEY
What are we to make of Twitter? Just about anything we want. A blizzard of tweets on the micro-blogging website from Saturday night's celebrity-crowded White House Correspondents Dinner showered us with froth, frou-frou and photos. An audience of hundreds of thousands, or more, had access to the treacly tweets. From the far coast, meanwhile, an amateur Twitter reporter (Tweeporter?
OPINION
May 5, 2010
Like a horror-movie monster that pops up again after being pumped full of more holes than a pepper shaker, a plan to expand oil drilling off the coast of Santa Barbara just kept rising from the dead. Until now. After the ongoing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico delivered a better-late-than-never epiphany to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger , he announced Monday that he no longer supports the proposal. Given that the prime contenders for Schwarzenegger's job, Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman, both say they oppose new offshore drilling (Whitman says she'd approve new projects only if the environmental risks were next to zero)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2010
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Where: Theaters in and around Santa Barbara, including the historic Arlington Theatre When: Thursday to Feb. 14 Price: Opening night film and gala, $60; four-ticket pack, $57 Contact: www.sbiff.org
TRAVEL
October 3, 2010
I recommend this Santa Barbara bed-and-breakfast for its customer service, dedication and professionalism. I continue to love the quietness and peaceful atmosphere. The evening wines, pastries, cheeses, crackers, cakes and pies are excellent. Bath Street Inn, 1720 Bath St., Santa Barbara; (800) 549-2284, http://www.bathstreetinn.com . Rooms from $135. Thomas Ashley Carson
TRAVEL
January 6, 2013
If you go The Arroyo Hondo Preserve is open on the first and third weekends of each month. $5-$10 donation is suggested. Reservations are required and can be made at (805) 567-1115 or arroyohondo@sblandtrust.org . Free nature hikes are held at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday and third Sunday of the month. The Coronado Butterfly Preserve is free and open daily. Carpinteria Bluffs are open daily for walking, hiking, painting and bike trail rides. For more information and directions, go to http://www.sblandtrust.org
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Backstreet Boys heartthrob Nick Carter is a married man: He said "I do" over the weekend. The former boy bander, 34, who launched countless teen-girl crushes circa 2000, wed girlfriend Lauren Kitt on Saturday, he confirmed on Twitter late Sunday. "Happiest day of my life 4-12-2014 I married my best friend and woman of my dreams. Lauren Kitt Carter honeymoon time!" he wrote . PHOTOS: Celebrity weddings & engagements of 2014 If Kitt doesn't have a colorfully scrawled "Mrs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Santa Barbara County prosecutors have charged a Los Angeles teen with assaulting a sheriff's deputy during a spring break party over the weekend in Isla Vista, an incident authorities say helped spark a violent melee that led to more than 100 people getting arrested. Desmond Louis Edwards, 17, was charged Tuesday with mayhem, resisting an officer, assault on an officer, causing great bodily injuring and committing a violent offense. Prosecutors are charging him as an adult. His arraignment was delayed until Thursday, television station KEYT reported.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 In the Southwestern League, no games are easy, and No. 1-ranked Temecula Valley found that out on Tuesday, losing to Great Oak, 7-6. Sophomore pitcher Zack Noll won his sixth game and Logan Morrison contributed a key two-run single for Great Oak. David Maldonado had three RBIs for Temecula Valley. Kale Morton improved to 5-0 in Glendora's 5-2 Baseline League win over Los Osos. He struck out eight. Eric Flores had a three-run home run. Rancho Cucamonga defeated Alta Loma, 8-5. Upland defeated Etiwanda, 3-2. Harvard-Westlake defeated Dos Pueblos, 8-2, at USC. In his final tuneup before a showdown game next week against Loyola, Jack Flaherty threw five innings, striking out six. John Thomas had two RBIs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Videos are emerging show the chaos Saturday night when spring break revelers and police clashed during the Deltopia party in Santa Barbara County. One video shows hundreds of young people running down a street as police moved in. Another video shows what appears to be tear gas smoke rising as police tried to break up the party. This video from the Daily Nexus shows police clearing the scene:   This shows another view:   One of the officers hit by flying rocks, bottles and bricks  sustained extensive injuries as he and other law enforcement personnel tried to break up the melee, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
There could be more arrests in the wake of a riot that broke out over the weekend in a party town next to UC Santa Barbara thanks to newly installed surveillance cameras, officials said. In an interview with NewsChannel 3 , Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said his department plans to prosecute those involved in the Saturday night riot that injured several officers and dozens of others and hopes the cameras can turn up more evidence against those involved. The cameras have been a point of tension with Isla Vista residents, reported the Daily Nexus, UC Santa Barbara's student paper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
Santa Barbara County officials said the melee that broke out during a spring break party near UC Santa Barbara is unacceptable and the culture of partying in the Isla Vista area must change. Santa Barbara County Supervisor Doreen Farr said that officials have already toughened laws after other parties that got out of control but that the university community also needs to do more. “It's clear that unsponsored events just have to end,” she said. "When you have thousands of people congregate, up to 15,000, it's just inviting chaos.” More than 100 people were arrested Saturday night and dozens were hurt when police and party participants clashed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Jason La
Damian Gadal stumbled on hundreds of candles placed inside small paper bags in and around Shoreline Park in Santa Barbara on Dec. 14. The candles started in the park, lined a set of stairs leading to the beach and then traced the coastline, Gadal said. He didn't see any indication of what the candles were for, but he gathers that they were part of an elaborate marriage proposal. Gadal used a Sony Alpha NEX-7. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Ron Popeil, the inventor and pitchman without parallel who founded the company Ronco, has listed his Rancho Quinta Ladera for sale in the Santa Barbara area at $4.995 million. The 150-acre manzanita- and oak-studded property includes riding trails, natural springs and 360-degree views. An 1898 adobe house, a guest house, a swimming pool, a pool house, outbuildings, a six-stall barn, a riding arena, riding pens and a 700-tree olive grove are among the amenities. There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A 26-year-old Santa Ana man has been charged with the murder of a 12-year-old girl who died when the suspect allegedly slammed into her family's car during a high-speed chase, the Orange County District Attorney's office said. Aleksander Apostoloic, charged with killing the girl and injuring her brother and mother, is set to be arraigned Monday afternoon. Apostoloic has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, hit-and-run driving, evading arrest and residential burglary, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
One of the officers hit by flying rocks, bottles and bricks at a raucous spring-break party near UC Santa Barbara over the weekend sustained extensive injuries as he and other law enforcement personnel tried to break up the melee, authorities said. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told KTLA that the university police officer was struck in the head by a backpack containing large bottles of alcohol while responding to the spring-break party, dubbed "Deltopia," about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Isla Vista.
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