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  • California Christians Worship In A Big Way ["Church Lite"?]

    10/11/2009 10:19:06 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 45 replies · 1,520+ views
    LATimes ^ | October 11th 2009
    California Christians Worship In A Big Way The state has more megachurches than anywhere else in the country, with the majority in the suburbs between Los Angeles and San Diego. Their upbeat approach is luring thousands each weekend. A worshiper gets caught up in the music at Shepherd of the Hills in Porter Ranch, which attracts 8,000 people to its six weekend services. California has 193 megachurches, defined as those with at least 2,000 congregants. By Duke Helfand October 11, 2009 Once again, the Sunday faithful have packed the cavernous sanctuary at Shepherd of the Hills Church in the San...
  • Blackstone to buy A-B InBev's theme parks for $2.7 billion ( Sea World and Busch Gardens )

    10/07/2009 11:34:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 497+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Oct. 7, 2009, 12:20 p.m. EDT | William Spain, MarketWatch
    CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Anheuser-Busch InBev said Wednesday that it will sell its entertainment business, including theme parks like Sea World and Busch Gardens, to the Blackstone Group for as much as $2.7 billion.The final purchase price will involve a cash payment of $2.3 billion on closing and the right to participate in Blackstone's returns that is capped at $400 million.
  • Judge tosses road plans for SoCal national forests

    09/30/2009 3:50:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 575+ views
    AP on Mercury News ^ | 9/30/09 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO—A federal judge has tossed out the federal government's plans to open vast tracts of forests in Southern California to new road building. U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Forest Service failed to adequately consider the effects the new plan would have on the landscape and wildlife in the Angeles, Los Padres, Cleveland and San Bernardino national forests. Los Padres is the principal home of the California condor.
  • Space shuttle lands in California after detour ( Sonic Boom blasts Los Angeles)

    09/11/2009 6:38:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 1,304+ views
    AP ^ | Sept 11, 2009 32 minutes ago | ALICIA CHANG
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts took a cross-country detour and landed safely in California on Friday after stormy weather prevented them from returning home to Florida for the second day in a row.
  • NASA sat snaps LA wildfire ( Station Fire Just North of Los Angeles)

    09/02/2009 9:15:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies · 2,116+ views
    The Register ^ | 2nd September 2009 09:45 GMT | Lester Haines
    NASA's Terra satellite has captured a dramatic image of the Los Angeles "Station Fire" wildfire. It is one of at least seven conflagrations currently affecting California, which by yesterday had reportedly laid waste to over 133,000 acres and consumed 80 buildings. NASA explains: "The area covered by the image is 245 kilometers (152 miles) wide. Several pyrocumulus clouds, created by the Station Fire, are visible above the smoke plumes rising from the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles in the left-center of the image. "Smoke from the Station Fire is seen covering the interior valleys along the south side...
  • Southern California fire threatens historic Mount Wilson Observatory

    09/01/2009 12:54:39 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 99 replies · 1,919+ views
    The Scientific American ^ | Sept. 1, 2009 | John Matson
    The so-called Station Fire, which now covers more than 120,000 Southern California acres and is burning largely uncontained, continues to threaten the century-old Mount Wilson Observatory, home to astronomer Edwin Hubble at the time he made his landmark observations of the universe's expansion. The observatory is currently unmanned due to the fire threat and the attending smoke, but a webcam atop Mount Wilson's 150-foot solar tower has provided observatory managers and concerned observers with a view from the scene. At 12:55 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) the camera showed a great deal of smoke but no flames. ...According to the Los...
  • TV, cellphone signals from Mt. Wilson at risk (Ca Wildfires)

    08/31/2009 10:08:16 AM PDT · by Smogger · 25 replies · 1,119+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 31, 2009 | Corina Knoll and Hector Becerra
    If flames were to reach the top of Mt. Wilson, home to the region's TV and FM radio transmitters, what would happen? Severe damage could disrupt cellphone service, as well as television and radio programming for those who receive signals over the air. It also could interrupt some emergency law enforcement communications. ... Mt. Wilson is home to more than two dozen towers that occupy its peak just north of Sierra Madre. It supports antennas that beam signals for television and FM radio stations throughout the region. The fire also threatens the historic solar observatory atop the mountain, which houses...
  • Fire Updates: Palos Verdes, Station Fire, Morris Fire, Cottonwood Fire [SoCalif]

    08/28/2009 12:37:36 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 65 replies · 1,491+ views
    LAist ^ | Aug. 28, 2009 | Staff
    Four major fires have consumed around 4,600 acres across the greater Los Angeles region this past week. Here's the latest, as of 9:30 a.m., according to fire information officers for each of the blazes. Palos Verdes Fire The fire that began around 8 p.m. last night has only consumed 100 acres in a residential area prompting the evacuation of around 1,200 to 1,500 people. It's 35 percent contained and despite earlier reports of lost homes, six structures have been damaged along with the complete destruction of one outbuilding and a gazebo, according to Inspector Steve Zermeno from the LA County...
  • Southern California Home Sales Surge to Highest Since 2006

    07/27/2009 5:06:37 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 51 replies · 1,573+ views ^ | 7/15/2009 |
    Southern California Home Sales Surge to Highest Since 2006 La Jolla, CA---Southern California home sales rose in June to the highest level in 30 months as the number of deals above $500,000 continued to climb. June's sales gain, plus another rise in the region's median sale price, indicate buyers responded to price cuts on mid- to high-end homes and found it easier to secure financing for pricier abodes, a real estate information service reported. A total of 23,262 new and resale houses and condos closed escrow in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties last month....
  • Heat wave to test Southern California power grid

    07/21/2009 11:56:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies · 1,488+ views
    reuters ^ | Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:44pm EDT
    The largest utility in southern California urged consumers on Monday to conserve power to help keep air conditioners running without interruption as hot weather sends demand soaring over the next few days. Temperatures in Los Angeles will reach the low 90s Fahrenheit (low 30s Celsius) Monday and Tuesday with the humidity making it feel more like the low 100s F (high 30s C), according to Edison International's Southern California Edison utility said its transmission system was performing well but the continuing multi-day heat wave and lighting caused some isolated equipment failures and scattered outages. As the heat continues, the...
  • SoCal Teen To Become the Youngest to Sail Around the World

    07/15/2009 2:58:31 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 19 replies · 628+ views
    KTLA News ^ | July 15, 2009 | Staff
    MARINA DEL REY -- A teenager from Thousand Oaks is expected to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe alone when he arrives in Los Angeles Thursday morning. Zac Sunderland, who left Marina del Rey June 14, 2008 at age 16 and has been headed west ever since, is expected to arrive in his homeport at 10 a.m. Thursday to a hero's reception at Fisherman's Village. Zac turned 17 off Africa's Cape of Good Hope and is expected to be certified upon his arrival as the youngest person to circumnavigate the Earth alone by sailboat and the first person...
  • CA: Forest Service sees management plans struck down in court (SoCal plan in limbo)

    07/04/2009 9:16:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 477+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 7/4/09 | Ben Goad
    Southern California's forest plan is in limbo following a recent court order declaring that it violates federal law, a finding that could impact measures being taken to manage the region's vast forestland and reduce the perennial danger of catastrophic fire. Last month, federal court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel in San Francisco said the plan governing operations and recreation on the San Bernardino, Cleveland, Angeles and Los Padres national forests lacks specifics about how activities such as off-road vehicle use and brush clearing might impact endangered plants and animals. The case remains open and the government is working to craft a...
  • Personal bankruptcies surge in Southern California

    06/29/2009 8:06:33 AM PDT · by BGHater · 1 replies · 256+ views
    LAT ^ | 28 June 2009 | David Colker
    The region had the nation's biggest percentage jump in 2008, and the number this year through April is up 75% despite a 2005 rule overhaul aimed at curbing filings by those who would benefit unfairly. Going legally broke has made a big comeback -- especially in the Los Angeles area -- despite a mid-decade revision to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code intended to curb filings. The number of Southern Californians seeking bankruptcy protection nearly doubled in 2008 from 2007 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's seven-county California Central District, by far the biggest increase in the nation. Bankruptcy is still booming. Personal...
  • Hard times? Depends on where you live (Southern California is not one of them)

    06/29/2009 6:26:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 2,024+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/29/2009 | Alan Berube
    Are we experiencing the worst economic downturn since the Depression? In most California cities, it looks that way. In most Texas cities, probably not. That's one story emerging from a new Brookings Institution analysis examining the performance of the nation's largest metropolitan areas over the course of the current recession. Notwithstanding the attention lavished on the national economic figures emanating from Washington each week, we're not undergoing one uniform recession nationwide. The effects on our 100 largest metropolitan areas -- the combined city/suburban labor and housing markets that collectively represent three-quarters of the U.S. economy -- have ranged from glancing...
  • Reporter Dragged Kicking and Screaming From Near Air Force One (great photo... lol)

    05/28/2009 12:37:44 PM PDT · by xtinct · 203 replies · 13,157+ views
    NBC/LA News ^ | 5/28/09 | Christina Hoag
    A reporter for a small newspaper was forcibly removed from a press area near Air Force One shortly before President Barack Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport to depart California early Thursday. Airport security officers carried the woman away by the feet and arms as she protested her removal. She later identified herself as Brenda Lee, a writer for the Georgia Informer in Macon and said she has White House press credentials. The newspaper's Web site says it is monthly publication a Brenda Lee column is posted on it. Calls to the newspaper and the White House press office...
  • 3 California counties will check immigration status as inmates enter jail

    05/13/2009 8:23:31 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 18 replies · 584+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5-13-2009 | Anna Gorman
    Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego will become the first counties in California to begin checking the immigration status of all inmates booked into jail Law enforcement officials will begin running inmates' fingerprints through federal databases this month to see if they have had any contact with the immigration system. Once the inmates have finished serving their sentences, they will be transferred to immigration custody for possible deportation
  • SoCal counties to screen arrestees for immigration

    05/13/2009 7:12:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 718+ views
    Los Angeles, CA (AP) -- Law enforcement agencies in three Southern California counties will soon be able to check the immigration status of arrestees when their fingerprints are taken. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday the so-called "Secure Communities" program is scheduled to begin this month in Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura counties.
  • More people told to flee southern Calif. wildfire (2,000 homes evacuation in progress)

    05/06/2009 5:35:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,170+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/6/09 | AP
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Gusty winds have driven a wildfire into outlying neighborhoods of Santa Barbara, Calif., and residents of more homes have been told to leave. ... The fire lay dormant most of the day. But strong winds with gusts up to 50 mph arrived in the afternoon and stoked the fire. The sheriff's office says an evacuation order covering 1,200 homes has been expanded to 2,000 homes.
  • earthquake

    05/01/2009 6:14:50 PM PDT · by calljack · 116 replies · 6,018+ views
    earthquake in magnitude unknown
  • 8th Case of Swine Flu Reported in San Diego....

    Another case of swine flu was reported Wednesday just as the Geneva-based World Health Organization Wednesday raised its alert level for the fast-spreading swine flu to its next-to-highest notch, signaling a global pandemic could be imminent. There are now eight cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) in San Diego County,” Health & Human Services Agency spokesman Tom Christensen said. More details were expected to emerge about the latest case at a 3:30 p.m. news conference at which San Diego County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten will provide an update on developments around the county. Watch the news...