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SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Two of the top volleyball teams in Southern California, Loyola and Mira Costa, will face off in their annual nonleague match on Friday at 7 p.m. at Loyola Marymount. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
It's long been the stuff of science fiction, the ability to wear a headset and feel as if you're in another world. Creating an affordable virtual reality device for the mass market has been the holy grail of sorts for game developers and futurists. Now Facebook's $2-billion purchase of Oculus may bring that dream one step closer to reality. Virtual reality enthusiasts say they've been waiting for decades for the technology to take off and have been developing headsets and content in the hopes they could soon have mainstream appeal.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Thursday evening six miles from Calipatria, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:15 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 14 miles from Brawley, Calif., 22 miles from Imperial, Calif., and 26 miles from El Centro, Calif. In the past 10 days, there have been no 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.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Electricity customers in Southern California would receive $1.4 billion in refunds on their bills over the next eight years as part of an agreement between two utilities and ratepayer organizations over the closing of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The proposed settlement, announced Thursday, still needs approval from the California Public Utilities Commission. Both ratepayer advocates and executives at Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. said they were satisfied with the deal.
NEWS
March 26, 2014
Sue Horton was named Op-Ed and Sunday Opinion editor of the Los Angeles Times in October 2008.  Prior to that, she served as The Times' deputy California editor and as editor of the Sunday Opinion section. Before coming to The Times, she was editor-in-chief of the L.A. Weekly for six years. From 1987 to 1994, she was a journalism professor at the University of Southern California. Horton started her journalism career working for Community Information Project, an investigative reporting cooperative that did stories on contract with public television, "60 Minutes," Public Television, and a variety of newspapers and magazines.
OPINION
March 26, 2014
Re “ Drying up the delta ,” March 23 Bettina Boxall's front-page article - accompanied by striking photos of flooded fields being fed by scarce water from sources that also supply our vanishing Northern California delta - is all the testimony that we should need to impress upon us the grotesque priorities that we are still following in allocating our state's most critical natural resource. Those priorities mean that we are growing rice for shipment to Asia by flooding an expanding desert landscape in the heart of the Central Valley, while millions of Californians are experiencing a disastrous water shortage and we deprive our most productive growers of reasonable access to water.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Tim Logan and Andrew Khouri
Southern California is home to some of the most overpriced housing markets in the country. And that's taking the wind out of the recovery. Three Southland regions ranked among the five most overvalued markets in the U.S. in a new report by real estate website Trulia. These are places where the housing costs have far outpaced growth in income. Separately Tuesday, the closely watched S&P/Case-Shiller index reported that Los Angeles home prices inched down in January - the first monthly decline in two years.
SPORTS
March 24, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Fans did not come out en masse for the Southern California and Northern California basketball regional finals on Saturday. Attendance was 5,041 for the six games played at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario and 5,815 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. California fans still don't get as excited for state competition as they do in Indiana, Texas and Pennsylvania. The section championships remain the top drawing card. The state championships will be played on Friday and Saturday at Sleep Train Arena.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Laura Nelson
Southern California freeways are smoother than they were two years ago, but nearly a quarter of lane miles are still in poor condition - the highest percentage of any California region, according to a new pavement quality study. About 22% of the 6,295 freeway miles in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have major potholes, severe cracks or are otherwise in bad condition, according to a statewide Caltrans survey of pavement conditions from 2011 to 2013. That figure is a dramatic improvement from two years ago, the study said, when about one-third of area freeway miles were in poor condition.
SPORTS
March 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The 16-team Boras Classic is set to begin on Saturday in Orange County. The Southern California bracket has its championship game on April 5 at 6 p.m. at Mater Dei. Games will be played at JSerra and Mater Dei. Here's the link to the complete schedule. Seven of the 16 teams are ranked in The Times' top 25. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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