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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.
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SPORTS
December 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Pitcher Chad Plant hasn't made the varsity team yet at Upland High, because he's only a freshman, and his coach, Mike Alonso, has seen him pitch just once. But Plant has already committed to UC Santa Barbara before his first high school game. It's just another example of colleges deciding to take chances on young players based on workouts, camps and word of mouth. Plant, a 6-foot-1 right-hander, could have trouble making the starting rotation, since Upland returns Michael Gomez, who signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and 6-6 junior Jeff Kross.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By Susan King
The 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Tuesday that Robert Redford will receive the American Riviera Award at a tribute Feb. 7 at the Arlington Theatre. The festival takes place Jan. 30 through Feb. 9. Redford, 77, has starred in such classic films as 1969's "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," 1973's "The Sting" and "The Way We Were" and won a best director Oscar for his debut feature as a filmmaker, 1980's "Ordinary People. " Redford also changed the landscape of independent cinema, establishing Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival.
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December 13, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
State and federal officials are evaluating whether to give students at UC Santa Barbara an unlicensed vaccine to prevent further spread of a bacterial meningitis outbreak on campus. The California state and Santa Barbara County departments of public health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the university confirmed Friday that they are working together to determine if Bexsero, a vaccine against type B meningococcal disease that is not yet approved for use in the U.S., would be effective against the particular type of meningitis that sickened four students in November.
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December 4, 2013 | By Alicia Banks and Carla Rivera
The family of a UC Santa Barbara lacrosse player whose feet had to be amputated after he came down with meningitis last month says that they have been overwhelmed by the public's support. Aaron Loy is one of four student meningitis cases confirmed on campus last month. Two other men and one woman have since returned to class or are recovering. Loy's infection, however, has been marked by bouts of kidney failure, blood poisoning, tissue wounds, and, eventually, amputation. His parents, Mike and Kristen, track their son's daily progress on the Caring Bridge website.
SPORTS
December 3, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
It wasn't until the final five minutes that UCLA seemed to get involved in this basketball game with UC Santa Barbara at Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday. Until then the Bruins seemed unwilling to play defense and unable to score 90 or more points as they'd been doing. But finally Jordan Adams scored three free throws to put the Bruins up almost comfortably. An Adams layup with 3:50 left put UCLA up by double digits and the 18th-ranked Bruins beat the Gauchos, 89-76. UCLA (8-0)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Officials are suspending fraternity events and parties at UC Santa Barbara after a fourth student was diagnosed with the disease that causes meningitis. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department announced the fourth case Monday. All four people became infected last month and one of the patients had to have both feet amputated , the Associated Press reported. The first two confirmed cases of meningococcal disease involved male students, the first of whom fell ill Nov. 11. The fourth case also expanded the group of people potentially exposed from 300 to 500, health officials said.
SPORTS
December 2, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
UCLA VS. UC SANTA BARBARA When: 8:05. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 570 AM. Records: UCLA 7-0; UC Santa Barbara 3-2. Update: The 18th-ranked Bruins have opened 7-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season and are averaging 90.9 points per game. Kyle Anderson has four double-doubles and one triple-double and Jordan Adams leads UCLA in scoring with an average of 21.4 points per game. UCLA holds an 18-1 series advantage against Santa Barbara, but the Gauchos won the last game, in 2003 at Pauley Pavilion.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Susan King
Oscar-winning British actress/screenwriter Emma Thompson will receive the Modern Master Award at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Thompson, who won the best actress Oscar for 1992's "Howard's End" and the adapted screenplay Academy Award for 1995's "Sense and Sensibility," will receive her honor at a tribute Feb. 8 at the Arlington Theatre. The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by the film festival and pays tribute to an individual who "has enriched our culture through his/her multi-facted accomplishments in the motion picture industry.
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