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September 18, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Two lanes of the southbound 14 Freeway are blocked in the Santa Clarita area following a crash involving about nine vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol. Traffic was backed up for miles north into the Antelope Valley for the morning commute. Fire and highway officials say multiple people have been transported to local hospitals for their injuries, though the nature and number of injuries were not immediately clear. Los Angeles County Fire Supervisor Phil Ulloa said two ambulances were sent to the scene near Soledad Canyon Road about 35 minutes after fire trucks were deployed.
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SPORTS
September 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Defending City Section Division I baseball champion San Fernando will play in the 16-team South bracket of the Boras Classic March 29 through April 5 in Orange County. The winner will face the North bracket winner. Last season, Santa Ana Mater Dei won the championship. The 16 teams in the South are JSerra, Mater Dei, Grossmont, Granite Hills, Bishop Amat, Gardena Serra, Cypress, Aliso Niguel, Glendora, San Dimas, Great Oak, Vista Murrieta, Temecula Valley, Valencia (Santa Clarita)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man who was stabbed and nearly killed in Santa Clarita over the weekend was in a parked car beforehand that may have been intentionally rammed by his attackers, authorities said. The 25-year-old man was stabbed in the 23600 block of Newhall Avenue at about 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The man "was severely wounded" and taken to a hospital "where he underwent emergency surgery in order to save his life," according to a statement from the department.
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September 16, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Three people were being detained Thursday afternoon near an offramp on the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, snarling rush-hour traffic in the area. Los Angeles police detained the three near the northbound 3rd Street offramp after 5 p.m., authorities said.  The California Highway Patrol said agency patrol officers were planning to shut down the busy offramp. Earlier, police were pursuing carjacking suspects west of downtown, the Los Angeles Police Department said. No additional details were immediately available.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Two Vista Murrieta High School football players have been charged with sex crimes involving six victims, authorities said Monday. Both players are 17 and are charged with crimes including forcible rape, lewd acts and dissuading an individual from reporting a crime, according to the Riverside County district attorney's office. Vista Murrieta is a top-ranked team and is 2-0 so far this season. For additional details, see the Varsity Times Insider blog. ALSO: As Rim fire rages, more than 400 square miles have burned Well spewing methane, water in Hawthorne is partially plugged   Suspects may have rammed car before stabbing man in Santa Clarita eric.sondheimer@latimes.com
OPINION
September 14, 2013
Often on Dec. 7, readers send letters scolding the paper for not including an acknowledgment of that date's significance: the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. If emotions are stirred over that infamous day more than 70 years ago, imagine how raw wounds are 12 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. There weren't that many letters sent to us on the 9/11 anniversary this week; rather, what was notable about them was their visceral emotion, the palpable sadness and anger they conveyed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Los Angeles County health officials issued a heat alert for the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys beginning Wednesday, urging residents to take special care when outdoors. High temperatures in the region were forecast from Wednesday through Friday, and the alert could be extended if weather conditions don't improve, officials said. Temperatures were expected to hover around 100 degrees in the Santa Clarita Valley and the mid-90s to 100 in the San Fernando Valley, according to the National Weather Service.
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August 27, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Abby Sewell and Richard Verrier
Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to allow the construction of a major high-tech television and film production facility on a sprawling ranch near Santa Clarita that Walt Disney chose as a backdrop for many of his studio's productions. The proposal by Walt Disney Co.'s Disney/ABC unit would develop 58 acres of the 890-acre Golden Oak Ranch in the northwestern portion of the county, adding more than a half-million square feet of studio space, multiple sound stages, writers' bungalows and other developments in Placerita Canyon.
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August 27, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Abby Sewell and Richard Verrier
A sprawling Santa Clarita Valley landscape that Walt Disney selected decades ago to be the backdrop for his movies and television shows will be transformed into one of the largest new studio developments in more than a decade under a plan approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Disney's Golden Oak Ranch will include more than 500,000 square feet of studio space, multiple sound stages, writers' bungalows, a commissary and other developments spread over 58 acres of oak-studded land in Placerita Canyon.
NEWS
August 21, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 2.6 earthquake was reported Wednesday morning two miles from San Fernando, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 1:39 a.m. PDT at a depth of 4.3 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was nine miles from Santa Clarita, nine miles from Burbank and 11 miles from La Crescenta. In the past 10 days, there have been two earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service, and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
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