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January 29, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
More than one-quarter of passengers on the Metro Orange Line may be riding for free, according to the most extensive study to date of fare evasion along the San Fernando Valley bus line. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority staffers wrote in a new report that, based on two days of checks along the transit line, about 25.9% of passengers either did not have a valid fare or had not paid correctly before boarding. Officials called the discovery frustrating and unexpected.
January 23, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County prosecutors will soon probably consider whether to file charges against a sheriff's deputy who fatally hit a former Napster executive bicycling on Mullholland Highway, sheriff's officials said Thursday. It's been more than a month since Milton Everett Olin Jr., a former executive of the file-sharing website  Napster Inc. , was struck and killed by a sheriff's patrol car as he was riding his bicycle in Calabasas. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department traffic detectives said they have not completed their investigation into the collision.
January 17, 2014 | Bob Pool
We heard it before we felt it. A roaring sound jolted us awake a second or so before the Northridge earthquake violently shook our house at 4:31 a.m. It was Jan. 17, 1994. We live in Woodland Hills, 51/2 miles from the earthquake's epicenter -- which actually was in Reseda, not Northridge. And the ripple effects from that morning 20 years ago still haunt us. Once the shaking started it lasted only 25 or 30 seconds, although I thought it wouldn't stop before the whole house shook apart.
January 11, 2014 | By David Lazarus
An identity thief ran up nearly $2,000 in bogus charges at Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger and Burberry's on Saturday -- just hours after I published a column decrying the weak efforts of businesses to protect customer data. I'd appreciate the irony if I wasn't so cheesed off. American Express contacted me to say that my card number was used to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of goodies at leading luxury stores. The thief made off with the loot before my card could be shut down.
December 27, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Street racing at speeds of more than 100 mph and alcohol may have led to a Woodland Hills accident that left at least four people hospitalized with injuries, authorities said. Five people were taken to hospitals after the crash, which occurred about 9:45 p.m. Thursday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Officer Matthew Gale of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division said the accident involved a vehicle traveling eastbound on Ventura Boulevard at a high rate of speed that collided with a westbound vehicle making a left turn onto Oakdale Avenue.
December 26, 2013 | By Hector Becerra,
Los Angeles firefighters and paramedics responded to an intersection in Woodland Hills on Thursday night after a three-car crash left five people injured, three of them critically. Katherine Main of the Los Angeles City Fire Department said the crash was reported about 9:45 p.m. near the intersection of Oakdale Avenue and Ventura Boulevard. She said two of the patients were in fair condition. One of the three critically injured patients had to be extricated from a car using the “jaws of life,” Main said.
December 9, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Republican Assembly candidate Susan Shelley said Monday that she was calling off a recount from the Nov. 19 election after one day of re-tallying ballots found little difference. The decision means Democrat Matt Dababneh is the winner of the election in the 45th Assembly District, which extends from the San Fernando Valley to a sliver of Ventura County. "The recount today confirmed that the optical scanners tallied the votes correctly," Shelley, a Woodland Hills author and publisher, said in a statement.
December 2, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Republican Assembly candidate Susan Shelley said Monday that she is asking for a recount of the Nov. 19 election results that gave Democrat Matt Dababneh a victory by 329 votes out of more than 29,000 cast in a district largely in the San Fernando Valley. Shelley, a Woodland Hills author/publisher, said her preliminary examination of the election results with the help of the nonpartisan Election Integrity Project showed 206 more votes counted in Los Angeles County than were available to count for the 45th Assembly District.
November 25, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Karina Smirnoff of “Dancing With the Stars” has bought a home in Hollywood Hills for $1.25 million. The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2004, has views of the Hollywood sign from its 1,914 square feet of living space. There's an eight-person spa for soaking in after a hard episode of "Dancing" and a bar to belly up to in the game  room. Other amenities at the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home include a rock waterfall, redwood decking and a multi-camera security system.
November 23, 2013 | S. Irene Virbila
This is an elegant Napa Valley Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena, very much still in the style that won the famous Paris Tasting of 1976 and launched California Chardonnay onto the world wine scene. Silky on the palate, the 2011 has aromas of pear, citrus and honeysuckle. A bright acidity and a discrete touch of oak give the ripe fruit flavors a lift. A wine to savor. This would be a great bottle to take to a holiday dinner with people who would appreciate its finesse. It shows best with shellfish or fish in sauce -- coquilles St. Jacques, lobster with drawn butter or Dungeness crab, but also a simple roast chicken.
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