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September 20, 2013 | Chris Erskine
God's fingerprints are all over this place. You see it in the curl of a grape leaf, the camber of the harvest sun. Even the oak barrels are inviting. I want to cut one in half, fill it with leaves, climb in to read a long, difficult book. This time of year always seems to connect with me. I was born in autumn, and I will probably die in winter, over sadness that autumn is gone. They can bury me in oak leaves and robust sports sections filled with football scores and World Series headlines.
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SPORTS
June 14, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Dan Henderson had one of those fights that can prompt a 42-year-old to rethink his place in life. In February, Henderson couldn't catch the evasive, karate-disciplined former Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and lost a split-decision at Honda Center. For Henderson, who was denied a title shot at UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones in September when he suffered a knee injury in training, defeat to Machida meant he was even farther removed from the belt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A Tennessee man accused of wrecking a stolen big-rig and causing a massive traffic jam on Interstate 15 in Temecula last weekend told authorities he was fleeing from zombies. Jerimiah Clyde Hartline, 19, has been booked on suspicion of grand theft, driving without a license and hit-and-run. He remains in custody at the Southwest County Detention Center in Murrieta on $500,000 bail.  According to California Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Baer, Hartline told authorities he stole the semitruck Saturday night from a weigh station in Rainbow, a community 10 miles southwest of Temecula, because he thought zombies were coming after him. Baer said Hartline believed zombies were holding onto side of the truck even as he tried to escape from the walking dead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A San Diego area man died after what was supposed to be a routine procedure to remove two wisdom teeth, his family said. Marek Lapinski, 25, began coughing during the March 21 surgery in Temecula, according to medical records his family provided Fox 5 San Diego . Medical personnel administered propofol, his family told the television station, and Lapinski went into cardiac arrest. He was taken to an area hospital, where he died March 24, according to a website set up in his honor.
AUTOS
December 19, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Hyundai is recalling 13,500 of its Veloster coupes because their big panoramic sunroofs can shatter and rain glass onto the driver and passengers. Shattering sunroofs also might be a problem in cars built by Kia, Hyundai's sister company. At least five people have suffered minor injuries when sunroofs in the 2012 model year Velosters shattered, though no crashes have resulted. Hyundai said Wednesday that the sunroof's assembly may have been weakened during installation at the factory.
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula offers a retreat to wine country that's not so far away -- and now not too expensive either. For a limited time, you can spend two nights in a villa and take a winery tour for $369. The deal: It's from Travelzoo and applies to stays Sundays through Wednesdays at the vineyard resort. The $369 rate for two nights includes a villa, mimosa breakfast daily, one-hour wine tour with a wine and cheese pairing, and a bottle of wine. Of course, you can always just stay in the room and relax in front of the fireplace or soak in the Jacuzzi.  When: The offer is good until 10 p.m. Wednesday for stays through March 27. Some blackout dates apply.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
TEMECULA - To visit Cpl. Juan Dominguez in his new "smart home" adapted to his combat injuries, his friends will wind through streets with names from the traumatic event that led to the Marines being sent to Afghanistan. Off Meadows Parkway, they'll cruise along Nacke Drive, then Bradshaw Drive, Dahl Drive and Lyles Drive, all named for people who died aboard United Airlines Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. From Lyles Drive, they'll come to Rivera Drive, also named for someone who was on the flight that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers and crew members thwarted the terrorists' plan to crash the aircraft in Washington.
TRAVEL
May 27, 2012 | By Ryan Ritchie
Let wine snobs snicker when they hear you spent a weekend at a vineyard in Temecula. I took a friend for an overnight stay at the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa (34843 Rancho California Road; [951] 587-9463), a 39-acre slice of nirvana where relaxation is inescapable. Twenty-four hours wasn't nearly enough time to enjoy the premises. The bed. I could tell you all about the 76 villas (rooms start at $209) at South Coast and how most come with a fireplace, private patio and a wet bar with a mini-fridge.
FOOD
May 4, 2012 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The intense sweetness, distinctive knobbly appearance and mysterious provenance of the Temecula Sweet mandarin have endowed the fruit with a mystique. Farmers market citrus vendors from De Luz, just a few miles from where the fruit is grown, say customers often ask for the variety and wonder what it is, but there's only one source, and that's a most secretive and gorgeous citrus farm, just west over the mountain from the suburban sprawl of Temecula. In a pristine valley of chaparral and oaks along the Santa Margarita River, the last free-flowing waterway in Southern California, across from a nature reserve where mountain lions prowl, is a 24-acre grove of Temecula Sweet.
SPORTS
April 25, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Whose stupid idea was this? Stupid mine. In another outbreak of arrested development, I ran a five-kilometer "mud run" the other day, down in toasty Temecula, the kind of place where the wiper blades melt right into your windshield. This was one of those days. By my 9 a.m. race time, it had to be pushing 90. This is my first mud run, and what I immediately like is that as soon as you get a little warm, the course takes a turn and you're splashing across a pond, or bellying through some glop.
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