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April 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Joe Serna
SANTA BARBARA--Student leaders at UC Santa Barbara say the out-of-control spring break party that resulted in dozens of people getting injured overnight Saturday during a confrontation with authorities was a "wake up call" for change. In a statement issued after the "Deltopia" party in Isla Vista devolved into a riot in which at least 100 people were arrested, student association President Jonathan Abboud and Vice President Kyley Scarlet said locals -- many of them UC Santa Barbara students -- had no one to blame but themselves.
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April 6, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
More than 100 people were arrested and dozens hurt Saturday during a daylong party in UC Santa Barbara's Isla Vista neighborhood, including 18 for their alleged roles in a violent clash between police and spring-break revelers, authorities said. Many of the arrests were for public intoxication. It was unclear how many of those arrested were UCSB students. About 15,000 people attended the event known as Deltopia, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said. The nighttime disturbance began when a UCSB police officer was struck in the head with a backpack containing large bottles of alcohol.
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April 5, 2014 | By Scott Gold
A tribe is preparing to invest more than $100 million in an expansion and upgrade of its Vegas-style casino in the Santa Ynez Valley, tripling the size of its hotel and opening the door to negotiations that could lead to a greater footprint in California's $7-billion Indian gambling industry. But word of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians' expansion plan has ratcheted up tension and distrust between the Native Americans and some of their neighbors in Santa Barbara County. "It's huge - a huge expansion," said Robert F. Field, a local resident.
TRAVEL
April 4, 2014 | By Marc Stirdivant
Buellton, 25 miles north of Santa Barbara, has been known for just one thing: split pea soup. For years, Buellton was that midday rest stop on the way to points north where you lunched at Pea Soup Andersen's. No longer in the shadow of trendier neighbors Solvang and Los Olivos, Buellton has taken on a life of its own. It's a fun place to stay, explore, eat and drink - and I'm not just referring to wine. The bed Buellton has at least one remarkable place to spend the night, the Flying Flags RV park (180 Avenue of Flags; [805]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | By Gale Holland
A 43-year-old man was swept out to sea Sunday during a baptism ceremony at a coastal park in northern Santa Barbara County. Two other people were also dragged into the ocean but returned to shore during the early morning service at Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve. But an extensive search by emergency teams failed to find the missing man by nightfall, the Santa Maria Times reported . Jesus Christ Light of the Sky, the Santa Maria church that put on the ceremony, performs similar baptisms two or three times a year, Pastor Mauro Cervantes told the paper.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Sophomore guard Amber Melgoza did her best, scoring 30 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, but Santa Barbara was beaten by Modesto Christian, 64-55, in the Division III state championship game on Friday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Melgoza's 30 points tied a Division III record. She made 20 of 28 free throws on the day before fouling out. The Dons (30-6) trailed, 37-35, late in the third quarter, then started losing the ball on turnovers and lost their aggressiveness. Modesto Christian (27-8)
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March 28, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Officials are saying that a 19-year-old UC Santa Barbara water polo player who was found unresponsive at the bottom of a pool during practice died of an accidental drowning. Nick Johnson, a sophomore at UCSB, was swimming laps at the Santa Barbara High School pool Monday morning when he lost consciousness during the workout, multiple media outlets reported. The Santa Barbara County coroner's office told the Santa Barbara Independent the preliminary cause of death was accidental drowning.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Billy Fredrick was one of the top hitters in the Foothill League last season at Golden Valley. Now he's making an impact as a freshman at UC Santa Barbara. He had a game-winning pinch-hit walk-off double on Sunday against Wichita State. He's three for three on the season, with RBI hits in each at-bat. Santa Barbara is 13-3 on the season. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Seventh-seeded Cal Poly pulled off a huge upset in the Big West Tournament on Thursday by stunning second-seeded UC Santa Barbara, 69-38, at Honda Center. Cal Poly's win in the first game of the tournament came just five days after the Mustangs suffered a 16-point home defeat to Santa Barbara. “We just decided to turn the pressure up everywhere, and make the game ugly,” Cal Poly Coach Joe Collero said. Cal Poly (11-19) dominated from start to finish and completely frustrated Santa Barbara's Alan Williams, the conference player of the year.
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