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February 20, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Readers, what great eyes you have. When we inaugurated our new series, Southern California Close-ups , last month with a story on downtown Los Angeles , we asked readers to upload their favorite photos. Nearly 100 pictures now populate the photo  treasury  they helped create. It contains some great work and unusual perspectives. I'm especially taken with photo shown, whose photographer's name shows up as "nxtstep. " I didn't know traffic actually moved fast enough at that juncture to create that taillight blur.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013
They've thrown money out a window, spun doughnuts in the grass, and shaken off spike strips and PIT maneuvers only to be undone by wet cement. And in the end, they all ended up in the same place: jail. As they say, it's not the destination that matters so much as the journey. So whether it's with a stolen car, a white Ford Bronco or yes, even a tank, there's no more hair-raising and mind-numbingly entertaining way to watch someone end up in cuffs than a good, old-fashioned Southern California police chase.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
More than five months after a man fatally overdosed at a San Bernardino County rave, the sponsor of that event, Los Angeles-based rave company Insomniac Inc., said this week it will not hold its annual March rave at the county-owned San Manuel Amphitheater. Instead, the Beyond Wonderland rave will be expanding to Las Vegas. Nocturnal Wonderland, which has been held in San Bernardino County every year in September, will be headed to Nevada too. Insomniac says it still plans to hold Beyond Wonderland, Nocturnal Wonderland, and its Halloween-themed Escape from Wonderland rave somewhere in Southern California and is pursuing new venues.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2011
EVENTS Gem Faire At this gathering of jewelry designers, importers and manufacturers, shoppers can peruse gems, beads, crystals and minerals or learn to make their own charms at the DIY jewelry classes and demonstrations. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 12-6 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $7 for a weekend pass. (503) 252-8300. gemfaire.com Progressive International Motorcycle Shows Hundreds of new bikes from leading manufacturers including Aprilia, Beta, BMW, Brammo, BRP, Darwin, Ducati and more.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2013 | By Shan Li
Supermarket chain Aldi plans to open 650 new stores in the U.S. the next five years, part of an aggressive growth strategy that includes building a regional headquarters and distribution center in Moreno Valley, Calif. The expansion will be the budget grocer's first step into the Golden State. Most of its nearly 1,300 U.S. stores are on the East Coast or in the Midwest. "We are eager to bring the Aldi difference to new markets like Southern California," President Jason Hart said in a statement.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Population growth in Southern California continued to slow last year, another factor in soft demand for housing. The populations of the Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego metro areas were still growing in 2013, according to new figures released by the Census Bureau on  Thursday, but less quickly than they did in either of the two years prior. Of the six counties in Southern California, only two - Riverside and San Diego - grew faster than the state as a whole. Housing economists and demographics experts note that fewer people moving and fewer people forming new households have dampened demand for housing since the end of the recession.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2012 | By Deirdre Edgar
Southern California includes San Diego. Reader Wayne Jacobs wanted to make that point to The Times, which he feels uses the term to refer only to the Los Angeles area. “You regularly refer to the five counties of Southern California (Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino),” wrote Jacobs, who called himself a loyal subscriber from San Diego. “Where do you think San Diego and Imperial counties are? “Southern California is a geographic term. The northern boundary of it is a matter of judgment.
HEALTH
December 21, 2009
In Southern California -- where the posting of wait times has yet to be adopted -- wait times are even longer than they are nationally. An unpublished survey of Los Angeles County hospitals by the Hospital Assn. of Southern California found that wait times for non-emergency patients averages seven hours. At county facilities, the wait time is 12 hours, said association spokesman Jim Lott, noting that those statistics aren't exactly something most hospitals want to brag about. One area hospital, San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, launched a billboard campaign last year promising no more than 30-minute waits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
Broiling conditions continued Thursday across Southern California, with triple-digit temperatures forecast from the San Fernando Valley to Orange County and the Inland Empire. The National Weather Service said muggy, hot conditions about 10 degrees above normal. Officials warned overnight temperatures could stay above 80 degrees. Los Angeles County public health officials issued a heat alert for Thursday and Friday as the region braces for another day of temperatures that in some places could hit 20 degrees above normal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The National Weather Service on Wednesday extended wind advisories and wildfire warnings for Southern California by at least another day. A high-pressure system over the region is producing hot, dry and windy conditions, weather officials say. The combination contributes to extreme fire danger. Officials have also extended high wind advisories for the region. Northeast winds will at times gust up to 60 mph in some parts of the region. The winds will create dangerous driving conditions for some drivers.
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