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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The gang rape of a UC Santa Barbara student was the second near campus in two months, and university police ramped up patrols in the area in response, authorities said Monday. The 19-year-old woman was beaten and raped by three men sometime between 12:30 and 4 a.m. Sunday in Isla Vista, a densely populated unincorporated community next to campus. The woman went home and reported the rape to her roommate and authorities. Sheriff's deputies searched the area but did not made any arrests.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A man in Vista was arrested Thursday night after leaving his truck on the railroad tracks, where it was hit by a train and sustained "major damage," the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. The man, whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and driving on a suspended license. None of the 37 passengers on the train was hurt, the Sheriff's Department said. The incident began when the man's truck became stuck on the tracks. The man allegedly left the truck and tried to flag down the train to stop but was unsuccessful, authorities said.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
The first homes in Playa Vista's final phase will open for sale this weekend as completion of the Westside master-planned community nears. Eventually, 2,800 new for-sale and rental units will rise in the second phase, injecting new inventory into the expensive Westside. Touted as an urban village, Playa Vista has been under construction for more than a decade. It now has roughly 3,100 housing units and 1.5 million square feet of commercial space. Saturday's opening marks the beginning of the end of development at Playa Vista, located on land once controlled by aviation mogul Howard Hughes.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2014
Take a tour of L.A. in video-bites - just a sample of what's available in the format: Auditions Local Vine star Curtis Lepore has 2.6 million followers for his mini-comedy sketches, plus accounts for his dog and his praying mantis. "Desert Friends," billed as "the world's first Instagram TV show," plays out in 15-second episodes, a couple of which are vaguely amusing. Perhaps the world's second, third and fourth Instagram TV shows will get better.   Tours of the city Go on a six-second trip on Fairfax with @GlitteratiTours or enjoy a ride on the Bonaventure elevator with @LAHistory Pete Halvorsen's videos, many of which feature glamour shots of the Manhattan Beach Pier, are like moving photographs set to music.
TRAVEL
February 7, 2014 | By Ryan Ritchie
If you're 25 or younger, you'll enjoy downtown Flagstaff, Ariz., walking distance to Northern Arizona University. The area is populated with people your age, an independent bookstore, an independent record store, restaurants and plenty of watering holes with cheap drinks. If you're older than 25, you'll enjoy downtown Flagstaff as a fun, inexpensive reminder of what it feels like to be a college student. Either way, you'll have a good time. The tab: Rooms at the Weatherford start at $75 and top out at about $139.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
City Atty. Mike Feuer's office has secured permanent injunctions that prohibit a controversial medical marijuana business from opening in Mar Vista. The injunctions, issued by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant in January, followed an outcry from Mar Vista residents and a strongly worded warning from Councilman Mike Bonin, who called plans to open a pot shot a “slap in the face to residents” The dispensary was to open in the 3400 block of South Centinela Avenua, a commercially zoned space formerly home to a Mrs. Gooch's market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Officials of the California Highway Patrol and the Chula Vista Fire Department moved Wednesday to smooth over "an unfortunate incident" in which a CHP officer handcuffed a firefighter at a freeway accident Tuesday night. The officer had ordered the firefighter to move a fire truck because he felt it was unsafely blocking a lane of traffic at the scene of a collision on Interstate 805. The firefighter refused, saying he needed to confer with his captain. The CHP officer handcuffed the firefighter and put him in the back of a patrol car, where he remained for about 30 minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A deadly confrontation between a Vista man and San Diego County sheriff's deputies Friday night began with deputies attempting to arrest the man on a felony drug warrant, officials said. Four deputies from the gang unit went to an apartment building in Vista to serve the warrant around 6:15 p.m. Friday. After finding the suspect in a garage, deputies ordered him to put up his hands, said homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio. "Instead of complying, the suspect reached both of his hands down to his waistband" as if reaching for a weapon, Giannantonio said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A man was shot to death Friday night in an apartment complex in Vista in a confrontation with a San Diego County sheriff's deputy, officials said. The incident occurred about 6:15 p.m. in the community in northern San Diego County. The deputy was not injured, officials said. The cause of the confrontation was not immediately released. The Sheriff's Department alerted motorists to steer clear of the area while the investigation was underway. ALSO: More legal woes for Sriracha plant in fight with Irwindale L.A. weather: On-and-off light rain expected for weekend Deputies shoot, kill man threatening cars with spear, officials say Twitter: @LATsandiego tony.perry@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Lane closures along a 1.9-mile stretch of Mar Vista and Sawtelle began Tuesday and are expected to continue for months as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power constructs an underground high-voltage power line. Lane closures are expected on sections of Bundy Drive and Centinela Avenue south of the 10 Freeway and north of Venice Boulevard. The closures will take place between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, LADWP officials said in a news release said. The department said the excavation work would involve installing trenches, underground maintenance vaults and infrastructure improvements.
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