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January 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The fire danger in many parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties is "about as high as it can be," a meteorologist warned Tuesday. Brush and other natural fuels are dry from a year without much precipitation, Santa Ana winds are blowing strong and humidity levels are often in the single digits, said Mike Wofford, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. A red-flag warning signaling high fire danger is in effect until at least 6 p.m. Wednesday. Strong winds early Tuesday felled a large tree that  hit the administration building of Mt. Vernon Elementary School in San Bernardino.
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January 11, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are investigating the stabbing death of a man in Canyon Country as possibly gang related. Deputies from the Santa Clarita sheriff's station responding to a call Friday at about 10:45 p.m. found an unconscious man on the ground with several stab wounds to his chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene, on the 18100 block of Sundowner Way. His name has not been released. Anyone with information about the stabbing can call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323)
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January 9, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Gusty winds Thursday and Friday could pose a hazard for high-profile vehicles, such as big rigs and RVs, as they traverse the Grapevine and other mountain areas, weather forecasters say. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph are expected through Thursday evening for mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, while gusts of up to 45 mph could hit over the same period in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, the National Weather Service warned....
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January 7, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Santa Clarita, the suburban northern Los Angeles County community that has played Afghanistan, Kentucky and Washington, D.C, had a record year for film and TV production. The city generated 1,264 location film days in 2013, up 38% from last year. Those projects generated an estimated $30.5 million in spending on wages, hotels, catering and other goods and services in the city, up from $21.7 million in 2012, according to preliminary figures from the Santa Clarita film office. It marks the third consecutive record year for filming activity in Santa Clarita, which saw steady gains in television production, commercial shoots and mostly lower budget movies, including “Love and Mercy” and “Kitchen Sink.”   ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Two high-profile features that also filmed in Santa Clarita last year were the Denzel Washington thriller “2 Guns” and Marvel Studios' “Iron Man 3," which was mostly filmed outside of California.
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December 16, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Paul Walker's "Fast and Furious" costars opened up over the weekend as his ashes were interred during a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. Tyrese Gibson, who reportedly attended the private ceremony along with fellow "Fast and Furious" cast members Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Michelle Rodriguez, referred in a post on Instagram to the "13 years of laughter and grace" he shared with Walker. "For selfish reasons we all wanted you to stay, another laugh, another take, another talk, another moment," Gibson wrote.
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December 15, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Family members and several co-stars attended the funeral Saturday for “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker . The private ceremony took place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. According to various reports , Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Michelle Rodriguez were among the celebrities in attendance. Rodriguez later tweeted: “I said goodbye to a great man today, a man I never got to show just how much I love his spirit and his golden heart, 'stay golden pony boy'.
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December 14, 2013 | From a Times Staff Writer
“Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker was laid to rest Saturday in a private funeral service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills attended by family and close friends, according to news reports. Those attending the service included his father, Paul Walker Sr., his mother, Cheryl Walker, and his brothers, Caleb and Cody, according to eonline.com . Walker's body was released to his family this week after the L.A. County coroner completed an autopsy. Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed Nov. 30 when a 600-horsepower 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Rodas, 38, crashed into a concrete light pole and a tree on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Santa Clarita.
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December 13, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A high-pressure system building over the L.A. Basin could create dangerous fire conditions as Santa Ana winds blow over the Southland through Sunday. Residents in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys could experience wind gusts as high as 65 mph this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Red flag warnings, meanwhile, could start as early as Friday afternoon. The Santa Monica Mountains and eastern Ventura County won't escape high winds either. "The big concern is the potential fire starts.
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December 10, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Wanted: Elves to answer letters to Santa Claus from Southern California's needy children. The U.S. Postal Service's Operation Letters to Santa needs more volunteers to adopt letters sent by low-income children asking Santa for coats, food, clothes, shoes and other gifts. Elves choose a letter and return it to the post office so workers can deliver the reply and gift to the child's family.   The program, in its 101styear, answers letters nationwide, with 17 branches participating this year, according to its volunteer website, BeAnElf.org . In 2011, 75 branches participated; in 2012, 25 branches offered letters.
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December 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Hailey Branson-Potts
Actor Paul Walker's "Fast and Furious" costars and others involved in the movie franchise spoke Monday about the fiery crash that killed him and a friend over the weekend. Among the cast mates who made pilgramages to Walker's burgeoning makeshift memorial in Santa Clarita was Vin Diesel, who addressed the crowd using the public address system of a sheriff's department patrol car. "If my brother were here today. And if he saw all the love you were bringing here. If he could see for himself that [you have]
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