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April 17, 2013 |
Film permits issued for porn shoots in Los Angeles County have dropped to almost zero since a law was enacted requiring actors to use condoms during shoots. So far this year, only two permits have been issued for pornographic filming, far off the pace for an industry that typically gets about 500 permits annually, according to Paul Audley, president of FilmLA, a nonprofit agency that oversees permitting throughout Los Angeles County. “It's a steep drop,” Audley said, adding that “both of those applications came in January.” Coupled with an apparent increase in filming in nearby Ventura County -- where one politician says some residents have complained about “seeing people naked” during film shoots -- the decrease has been seized on by porn industry insiders who have long claimed that efforts to regulate their industry would end up hurting Los Angeles' pocketbook.
March 28, 2013 |
If Simi Valley High baseball players ever get lazy or start complaining about something innocuous, such as who has to rake the mound, they are usually snapped back to reality by simply watching the determination of senior outfielder Cody Jones. "I have an inspirational story," Jones said, "Why not help out and brighten their day?" To understand the commitment and love of baseball exhibited by Jones, you must go back to when he was 6 years old and trying out for a youth team. He couldn't use his left hand because his left side had been weakened when oxygen was briefly cut off from his brain during a troubled childbirth, leaving him with cerebral palsy.
February 28, 2013 |
One of the oldest adages in sports is "defense wins championships," and Tustin proved that still holds true with a lockdown effort in the first half that resulted in its 49-32 victory over Simi Valley Royal in Thursday's Southern Section Division 3AAA championship game at the Anaheim Convention Center. The top-seeded Tillers (30-2) held Royal to two points in the first quarter and six in the first half on two-of-16 shooting. Tustin had trouble scoring too, however, and led by only 14-6 at halftime.
December 28, 2012 |
Despite its youth, Corona Centennial High is proof that solid execution and hustle can trump experience. The Huskies have two sophomore starters and three more sophomores and a freshman as reserves, but they did not panic after falling behind by 10 points in the first three minutes Friday night in the semifinals of the Oaks Christian tournament. Senior guard Sam Finley scored 28 points, junior forward Deontae North had 15 and sophomore point guard Sedrick Barefield survived early foul trouble to score nine points as Centennial allowed only 24 points in the second half of a 69-63 victory over previously unbeaten Fresno Bullard.
December 6, 2012 |
She is unbeaten, unreal, and wonderfully unaware. "I guess I run because I'm not good at anything else," Sarah Baxter says with a tiny grin. She hasn't lost a cross-country race in the three years of her Simi Valley High career, yet she once got lost while leading a race on her home course. "She was supposed to go left, she went right, and everyone was screaming and jumping to get her attention," recalls Jessie Ellis, a Pioneers assistant girls' cross-country coach. "A funny story, but there are a lot of funny stories about Sarah.
November 25, 2012 |
Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley has established herself as one of the all-time great girls' cross-country runners in state history, and she's only a junior. On Saturday, she set a course record at Woodward Park in Fresno in winning her third consecutive CIF state cross-country championship. She won the Division I race in 16 minutes 40 seconds for 3.1 miles. The old record was 16:43 set by Julia Stamps in 1996. Earlier this month, Baxter set a course record at Mt. San Antonio College, winning in 16:00.