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October 14, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Five reputed gang members have been arrested in connection with the drive-by slaying of a 12-year-old boy last year in Santa Cruz, law enforcement authorities said Monday. Joseph Mendoza was gunned down Aug. 8, 2012, as he was standing on a sidewalk in the city's Lower Ocean neighborhood near the San Lorenzo River. Police said the attackers drove up in a vehicle and that multiple shots were fired from a handgun. Andrew Carerra, 19, and four juveniles were arrested in connection with the killing, the Santa Cruz Police Department said.
August 28, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The U.S. Department of Education has exonerated two more UC campuses - Irvine and Santa Cruz - of allegations that they fostered anti-Semitic climates by allowing protests against Israeli policies and other incidents that Jewish students contended amounted to illegal harassment. UC Berkeley announced Tuesday similar findings that ended an investigation by the department's Office for Civil Rights into complaints by Jewish students. Related probes at UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz also finished with findings that the schools were not at fault, officials said Wednesday.
August 5, 2013 | By Lee Romney, This article has been corrected. See the note below for details.
SANTA CRUZ - After months spent in a state mental hospital, Charles Anthony Edwards was brought Monday to a Santa Cruz County courtroom, where a judge will determine whether he should be tried in a slaying that shocked this beach town. Edwards' public defender conceded during the first day of an expected two-day preliminary hearing that his client had been identified by two witnesses to the stabbing of downtown business owner Shannon Collins. The stocky 44-year-old Edwards was arrested not far from the street where Collins fell, her right carotid artery and jugular vein slashed.
July 5, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
It's not surprising hotels are unleashing special perks and menus aimed at dog owners. Pet owners are an attractive demographic, last year spending more than $50 billion on their four-legged friends, a 73% increase in the last decade, according to Dillon Media, a marketing strategy firm. The biggest spenders were people who don't have kids at home - the kind of traveler who can stay longer and spend more. Although dog menus are still a rarity in U.S. hotels, they're a growing trend.
July 4, 2013 | From Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
After Philip Slater published "The Pursuit of Loneliness," a 1970 best-seller that delivered a blistering critique of American culture, he moved to California and adopted a lifestyle aimed at avoiding the fate of the fellow citizens he saw as so unhappy. "Pursuit" argued that despite widespread influence and prosperity Americans were overwhelmingly dissatisfied. A key reason for that, he said, was a collective obsession with the success of the individual. The book established him as a social critic and set up a future for Slater as an academic.
July 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Matt Hamilton
A summer camp counselor was killed and four others were hurt Wednesday outside Yosemite National Park when a tree fell onto a campfire circle, officials said. About 8:30 a.m., a 3- to 4-foot-wide oak tree toppled onto a bench and campfire circle outside the dining hall during breakfast time at Camp Tawonga near the park. Annais Rittenberg, 21, an art counselor at the camp, was killed. "I've lost a beautiful child through that tree," said Rittenberg's mother, Penny Kreitzer.
July 1, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Two women drowned Sunday off the coast eight miles north of Santa Cruz, authorities say. Aylene Semana, 28, of Milpitas and her sister-in-law, Leoannie Binas-Semana, 30, of San Francisco, were fishing with their husbands Sunday afternoon off of the cliffs north of the sandy beaches at Bonny Doon Beach when high surf swept them into the sea. According to the the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department, the victims' husbands, brothers whose names...
June 21, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
On a run of winning world titles in three divisions during his last four fights, Southland boxer Abner Mares is moving toward his first world featherweight title defense Aug. 24 at Carson's newly named StubHub Center against former champion Jhonny Gonzalez. Mares' promoter, Richard Schaefer, told The Times on Friday that he's finalizing contracts for Mares (26-0-1, 14 knockouts) and the 31-year-old Gonzalez (54-8, 46 KOs). Schaefer said he's already won a purse bid over rival promoters Top Rank and Fernando Beltran of Mexico to place a super-bantamweight title fight on that same Aug. 24 card.
June 15, 2013 | By Jean Merl
San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, who suffered brain damage when he was assaulted at Dodger Stadium two years ago, was recently sent home from a Bakersfield rehabilitation center because his insurance company stopped covering his 24-hour care, his family said this week on its website. Stow's  insurance company will no longer pay for him to stay at the Centre for Neuro Skills in Bakersfield, so the family decided to bring him home to the Santa Cruz area and find ways to help him continue to progress.
June 13, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Two years after suffering brain damage in a severe beating at Dodger Stadium, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow has returned home to complete his recovery, his family said on its website this week. But the homecoming was bittersweet, the family said. Stow's  insurance company no longer would pay for his stay at the Centre for Neuroskills in Bakersfield, so the family decided to bring him home to the Santa Cruz area and find ways to help him continue to progress. Stow, a former paramedic who now requires 24-hour care, "could have benefited greatly by staying at CNS longer," the family said on its website.
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