December 15, 2012 |
Leo Santa Cruz's fifth fight of the year and third in four months made the return of boxing to network television Saturday a closer battle than anticipated. Santa Cruz, complaining of breathing problems and a sore right hand injured in sparring, defended his International Boxing Federation bantamweight title for the third time by going the distance against Mexico's Alberto Guevara and winning a 116-112, 118-110, 119-109 unanimous decision at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Lincoln Heights' Santa Cruz (23-0-1)
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December 2, 2012 |
A veteran U.S. Coast Guard chief petty officer was killed Sunday after suspected smugglers rammed his vessel near Santa Cruz Island, casting him into the ocean with a fatal head wound. Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, of Redondo Beach was second in command of the Halibut, an 87-foot patrol cutter based in Marina del Rey. Authorities said they could not recall a Coast Guard chief petty officer being killed in such a manner off the coast of California. Early Sunday morning, the Halibut was dispatched to investigate a boat operating near Santa Cruz Island, the largest of California's eight Channel Islands.
November 10, 2012 |
Homework for boxing fans: Write down the name Leo Santa Cruz. Then start looking for his next fight. He is a Mexican-born resident of Los Angeles who, Saturday night at Staples Center, remained unbeaten in 23 fights. He beat a tough and game Victor Zaleta of El Paso in a bantamweight brawl that featured punchers appearing to carry considerable more weight and danger than the normal 118 pounders. Santa Cruz won with a straight right to the face in the eighth round. By then, Zaleta had taken quite a beating and seemed to go down, not just with the right to the face, but under the totality of punches.
November 4, 2012
Regarding "Caught Up in Yunnan," by Phil Zimmerman, Oct. 28: I just returned from China and had the same experience. I had planned to go to Lhasa, Tibet, but at the last minute was told it was closed. I was instead rerouted to Jiuzhaigou, also Tibetan, in Sichuan province. I stayed at the InterContinental Hotel, magnificent. Went to the Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong valleys. Beautiful waterfalls and scenery. Took Diamox and had no problems with altitude sickness. Had a bottle of oxygen but never used it. Had a Tibetan dinner, barbecued yak, yak butter tea and barley whiskey, mushroom soup, potato.
October 28, 2012 |
A family getaway to Santa Cruz proved this eccentric beach town along California's Central Coast is fun enough for a 5-year-old yet cool enough for a teenager. The excitement of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk entertained our young daughter, while the Australian exchange student we're hosting zigzagged her way in and out of trendy stores on Pacific Avenue. We were in town to cheer on my wife, who was playing roller derby against the Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats. Here's what we did with the rest of our time.
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October 12, 2012 |
A granite slab marking the grave of a California Highway Patrol officer has disappeared from a Santa Cruz cemetery, the fourth attack on his memorials in the 10 years since he died in the line of duty. The plaque commemorating Officer John Pedro went missing from Oakwood Memorial Park over the weekend, authorities said. A solar light illuminating his grave also was stolen, but there was no damage elsewhere. "To have his grave desecrated like this is beyond belief," said CHP Officer Rich Valdez, a colleague of Pedro's at the agency's office in Aptos.
August 28, 2012 |
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk plans to replace a 20-year-old steel coaster with the $5.5 million Undertow spinning coaster in summer 2013. > Photos: Undertow spinning coaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Undertow is being billed as Northern California's only spinning coaster after Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo removed Pandemonium, a short-lived 2008 Gerstlauer spinning coaster formerly known as Tony Hawk's Big Spin. The 50-foot-tall Undertow will reach speeds of 40 mph along a 1,400-foot-long track.
August 18, 2012
Truth Aquatics' one-day adventure to Santa Cruz Island is a great day on the water, with whale watching, a visit to Santa Cruz's Painted Cave, snorkeling, kayaking and just plain relaxing. $90 per person includes breakfast and barbecue lunch; $50 for kids ages 5 to 12. Multiday hiking trips to the island also are available. Truth Aquatics, Santa Barbara; (805) 962-1127, http://www.truthaquatics.com Doris Schaffer Santa Barbara
July 11, 2012 |
There's no there there -- yet. Wetsuit pioneer Jack O'Neill's 1959 Surf Shop was the startup of its day. The 500-square-foot spot adjacent to Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz , where he once sold "thermal barrier" suits, was declared a California Point of Historical Interest last month. The building no longer stands and, so far, the space remains a memory. Santa Cruz city leaders are asking folks for photos and information to be included in an "interpretive signage project" to mark this bit of surf history in the Central California town.
July 1, 2012
Ventura County piers (south to north) Port Hueneme Pier Overview: A pier that feels away from it all. It was opened in 1968 and is one of the few in the state that doesn't prohibit bicycles. Neighborhood kids seem to make the 1,400-foot span a destination. Background: This pier has a peculiar shape: It heads out from the beach, turns left for about 50 feet and then straightens out again, leading to an octagonal shape at the end. Notable views: Long expanses of beach in both directions; an excellent view of Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands on days with good visibility.