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June 9, 1996
I just want to thank Scott Harris for his wonderful article ("Val Gals? Only to a Southern New Yorker," June 2). He could not be more correct. I am just now finishing my sophomore year at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills and I laughed out loud at the stereotypes the New York Times columnist threw out. In all my life, I have come across tons of Valley Girls and not one has said the phrase "Oooh, wow, bummer!" while cruisin' to Starbucks in their Mustang talking on the cell phone.
September 10, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A candlelight vigil was held in Victorville on Monday night to remember a 6-year-old girl who was shot and killed over the weekend while attending a family gathering. Witnesses  told KTLA-TV that Tiana Ricks and her father, Tyrell Ricks Jr., 26, were standing in the driveway of a Moreno Valley home Sunday when two men walked up, confronted them and opened fire.  Tiana died at a local hospital. Her father, who was hospitalized in stable condition, has since been and is at home recovering, said Tyrell Rick, Tiana's grandfather.  A makeshift memorial filled with teddy bears, candles and an angel figurine was erected near the spot of the shooting.
December 6, 1987 | CRAIG MODDERNO
Pop singer Julie Brown has been having a common nightmare. She's an unhappily married woman living in the Valley who thinks all her neighbors act like aliens, especially the nice lady next door who looks like June Cleaver. Brown decided to cope by turning her diary of a mad housewife into a wacky tune titled "Trapped in the Body of a White Girl."
September 8, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a 6-year-old girl Sunday in Moreno Valley. The Moreno Valley Police Department responded to reports of an adult and child struck by gunfire at 9:38 a.m. in the 25000 block of Harker Lane, according to a police press release. When police arrived, they found a 26-year-old male and 6-year-old girl with gunshot wounds. The victims were taken to a local hospital. The girl, who was identified as Tiana Ricks of Victorville, died from her injuries.
May 5, 1989 | MONA GABLE, Mona Gable is a Los Angeles writer
Established novelist Mary Gordon was a guest on the show. So was critic and biographer James Atlas. Then there was first-time novelist Jane Vandenburgh. "I pronounced myself a Valley girl," Vandenburgh says with a grin. Vandenburgh, who grew up in Northridge, is talking about her performance the week before on the very highbrow PBS series, "Bookmark." She was there plugging her first novel, "Failure to Zigzag" (North Point Press: $16.95), a darkly funny mother-daughter story set in Southern California in the late '50s and early '60s.
July 24, 1987 | ROSE-MARIE TURK
The Valley Girl '87 wears her hair long, skirts short, makeup light, jeans tight. And though she's nothing like "Ondrya Wolfson" in Moon Zappa's 1982 ditty, she knows someone who is. You know, someone who says "ohmigod" all the time, wears acrylic nails all the time, gets a BMW the minute she turns 16 and doesn't have to work any of the time. She loves to shop, for sure, but not "fer sure, fer sure," which is "totally" passe. Maybe she uses a credit card; maybe she doesn't.
February 7, 1998
Sounded at first like a routine church announcement, and a distant item at that: The Rev. Barbara Grace Ripple, a pastor on Saipan in the Western Pacific, was named the next district superintendent for United Methodist churches in Hawaii. She previously pastored churches in Ohio, and earned her bachelor's degree at Cal State Northridge in 1972.
August 5, 2007 | Judith Lewis, Judith Lewis is a staff writer for LA Weekly.
There's a lot to like about Stacey Grenrock Woods' memoirette, "I, California." In a fluid style and with a keen sense of timing, the author writes of growing up among "the original jewelry-in-the-garage-makers, ceramics-class-takers, the bread-dough-shellackers" of Sherman Oaks, of writing insipid fiction as a child (didn't we all?), of test-posing for Playboy as a "barely legal" teen. She even offers an insider's perspective on writing parody news for "The Daily Show."
Bloomingdale's, the venerable East Coast retailer, will swing open its doors in the San Fernando Valley this weekend, and amid the hype and hoopla, a question will be raised: Can the land of the Valley Girl, where mall shoppers are stereotyped as vacuous teenagers with bad grammar, be a successful market for an upper-crust department store with New York roots? Fer sure.
Here's what Emilee Klein has learned so far about playing golf for a living. She knows where the best malls are, she knows how to swing a driver that's almost as long as any 18th hole, she knows how to win tournaments and she knows she made the right decision when she was 12. That's when Bobby and Randee Klein asked their daughter to sit down on the sofa at their home in Northridge and told her to make a choice: golf or horses. Hitting golf balls or riding Crowd Pleaser and Honest Abe.
May 16, 2013 | By Susan King
Film Independent at LACMA is holding a 1980s costume contest after the 30th anniversary screening of Martha Coolidge's endearing comedy "Valley Girl" on Thursday evening at the Leo S. Bing Theater. The romantic comedy was inspired by Frank Zappa and his daughter Moon Unit's 1982 hit song spoofing the stereotypical "Valley Girl" who lived in bedroom communities in the San Fernando Valley in the early 1980s. The film made a star out of a young Nicolas Cage as Randy, a young punk who falls for Valley Girl Julie (Deborah Foreman)
March 19, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
It's not unusual for a high school team to be honored by the local city council or school board for winning a championship, and that's what happened last week for the Santa Ana Valley girls' water polo team. They showed up at the board of education meeting to be recognized for winning a second consecutive Southern Section Division 7 championship last month. What surprised many in the audience was the revelation they heard after a question was asked by a board member: "What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome?"
November 20, 2011 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Shopping centers have always been about more than shopping. Before the rise of Internet-based social interaction, malls were a workplace, gathering place and pop culture petri dish for the better part of two generations. That made them the perfect backdrops for the kinds of films that filled the '80s and '90s - for the most part geographically ambiguous, lost-in-the-crowd tales of teen angst, budding (or imploding) romance, the everyman chafing under the yoke of social hierarchy and the bullies that come with it. In short, the mall setting was a grown-up version of the childhood playground - and, perhaps most important, a place that would look fairly familiar to everyone.
October 22, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A man with an alleged history of domestic violence has been arrested in connection with the killing of Norma Lopez, a 17-year-old Moreno Valley girl who was abducted last year while walking home from school, authorities said Friday. Former Moreno Valley resident Jesse Perez Torres, 35, was arrested Thursday in Long Beach, where he had recently been living, authorities said. "We are confident we have the suspect in custody. He's not out on the streets, and I think the community can breathe a sigh of relief," Riverside County Sheriff's Capt.
August 4, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A teenage boy was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with the stabbing death of an 11-year-old girl and the wounding of a 14-year-old girl at a home in the Antelope Valley, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said the attack occurred at a house in the 10300 block of East Avenue R-14 in Littlerock, a small community near Palmdale. Sheriff's deputies went to the house about 7:40 a.m. and found the 11-year-old dead inside.
April 8, 2010 | By Mike Cassidy
When you walk onto the set of Jesse Draper's Silicon Valley-based talk show, you catch on pretty quickly that this isn't CNBC. The chairs are pink. The walls? Pink. Draper's snug dress? Yep. Her high heels are pink too, with what are technically called sparkly things on them. And the video-game guitar she is handing to "Guitar Hero" co-creator Kai Huang, who's wearing a pink cape and matching headband? Also pink. "They are by no means entertainers," Draper, 26, says of her tech-whiz guests, "so I wanted to make them more entertaining, make them real people and make them have a little fun."
Despite national notoriety as a home away from home for the mythic Valley Girl, the Sherman Oaks Galleria faces much of the same competition and pressure that has left malls around the country in the doldrums. So it surprises few in the retailing and development industry that the 15-year-old mall that leaped to fame with Frank Zappa's 1982 song "Valley Girl" is undergoing a major renovation intended to make it more attractive, more accessible and, most importantly, more profitable.
I rented "Valley Girl" on Christmas Eve. I'd never seen the 1983 movie--the one that branded the San Fernando Valley as the capital of, like, totally grody syntax. When I lived in Ohio, I simply had no interest in the story: two teens who fall in love despite the fact that he's a punk from Hollywood and she's a prepster from the Valley. But when I actually moved to the Valley last April, my resistance to the movie hardened.
January 5, 2010 | By ANN POWERS, Pop Music Critic
Ke$ha Animal RCA . Ke$ha comes on like a well-worn worst nightmare, her manicure chewed and her morals thoroughly compromised. The 22-year-old music industry brat -- her mom's a songwriter who raised her family in studios and dives from Los Angeles to Nashville -- has irritated some critics by reinvigorating the Girls Gone Wild sexual recklessness of a few years back, but really her act reaches much further. She's a classic screwball blond, brassy like Jean Harlow and saucy like Mae West.
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