4 dead, 3 hurt after car, pickup crash north of LA
(Information in the following story is from: KNBC-TV, http://www.nbc4.tv/)
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say four young people are dead and three critically injured after a car and a pickup truck collided on a rural desert road in northern Los Angeles County.
County fire spokesman Tony Akins tells KNBC-TV that firefighters in Lancaster Saturday night arrived to find the pickup and sedan in a ditch and four people already dead.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Tom Lackey says one of the vehicles ran a stop sign and broadsided the other, sending both into the ditch. Lackey says at least two of the dead weren't wearing seatbelts.
Witnesses tell KCBS-TV the car that ran the stop sign was a Honda with five people inside.
Akins says the dead appeared to be in their teens or early 20s.
The victims' identities were not immediately released.
Influential director Richard Sarafian dies at 83
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Richard Sarafian (Suh-RAY -fee-uhn), an influential director whose 1971 countercultural car-chase thriller "Vanishing Point" brought him a decades-long cult following, has died at 83.
His son Deran (DARE-uhn) said Saturday that Richard Sarafian died Wednesday at a Southern California hospital of pneumonia contracted while recovering from a fall.
Sarafian worked in television in his early career, directing episodes of 1960s shows like "Gunsmoke," ''I Spy," and the notoriously terrifying "Living Doll" episode of "The Twilight Zone."
But he was best known by far for "Vanishing Point," a dark story of a drug-fueled auto pursuit through the Nevada desert.
The film and director had a major influence on the maverick moviemakers who would dominate 1970s Hollywood.
Sarafian's fans included Warren Beatty, who cast him in two of his own films, and Quentin Tarantino.
Inmate in custody after escape from OC jail
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The Orange County Sheriff's Department says an inmate with a history of auto theft, burglaries, narcotic violations, and resisting arrest, is back in custody after he escaped from jail.
Sheriff's officials say the 27-year-old inmate Max Edward Fernandez was discovered missing from the James A. Musick Facility in Irvine on Friday at 4 p.m.
He was returned to custody less than 24 hours later.
Lt. Jeff Hallock says investigators found Fernandez at an Oceanside fast food restaurant in San Diego County shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday.
Fernandez was in custody for possessing stolen property and a narcotic violation.
Democratic official resigns over offensive tweet
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic Party official in Sacramento County has resigned after sending an offensive Twitter message during a heated exchange over President Obama's health care law.
The Sacramento Bee reports the county's Democratic Party on Friday called for and accepted the resignation of Allan Brauer, its volunteer communications chair.
Brauer addressed the offensive tweet to Amanda Carpenter, a speechwriter for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, as House Republicans voted to defund the health care law. Brauer wrote, "May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases."
The message drew widespread condemnation. Brauer apologized to Carpenter before resigning his position with the Democratic Party.
Kerri Asbury, the county's party chair, called the comments "appalling and inexcusable" and said "wishing harm is never an acceptable response during heated public debate."
250-gallon sewage spill closes OC beach
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Orange County health officials are warning people to stay away from a section of Newport Beach's coastline after 250 gallons of sewage spilled into its waters.
The Health Care Agency's Larry Honeybourne says Cameo Shores Beach has been closed since Friday's spill and will remain so until midday Sunday at the earliest.
A blocked sewage line leaked 1,000 gallons of sewage out of a manhole into the storm drain, Honeybourne says. Health officials were able to clean up all but 250 gallons that entered the ocean. The beach will reopen once the waters are tested and deemed to meet state standards.
Swimmers are also being warned to avoid two sections of beach in Dana Point and another in Laguna Beach because bacterial levels exceed state standards.
SoCal shooting kills 2 men, injures 2 women
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Long Beach detectives are investigating a shooting incident that left two men dead and two women injured.
Police Sgt. David Marander says police received several 911 calls at 9:55 p.m. Friday and responded to a single-family home on the 6500 block of North Rose Avenue.
In a back room of the home, the officers discovered two men who had been shot and killed. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
Two women were transported to the hospital one in critical condition and the other with non-life threatening injuries.
Marander says detectives believe the shooter wasn't with the group but approached them Friday night, shooting into them, and then fled. Police do not know what the motive was.
Detectives request that witnesses, potential victims, or anyone with information contact them.
STEVE JOBS HOUSE
Steve Jobs' childhood home eyed for preservation
(Information in the following story is from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com)
LOS ALTOS, Calif. (AP) — The childhood home of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs could soon be preserved as a historical site in Silicon Valley.
The Los Altos Historical Commission is scheduled Monday to discuss a proposal to give protected status to the single-story, ranch house where Jobs and his foster parents moved in 1968.
Commissioner Sapna Marfatia says the property is historically significant because it's where Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak built the first 50 Apple 1 computers in 1976.
The first partnership for "Apple Computer Co." was established at the Crist Drive home in Los Altos before the company relocated to nearby Cupertino.
The San Jose Mercury News reports the former Jobs home would have to be preserved as it currently stands if added to the city's historic resources inventory.
SOCIAL MEDIA COURSE
SoCal college plans for new social media course
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California college plans to launch a new certificate program in social media this fall.
Officials at California State University, Los Angeles say the course, entitled "Introduction to Social Media Marketing," was created because of growing demand for professionals who are savvy social media users and can apply it to their jobs. Classified as a marketing course, it's is in the College of Business and Economics.
According to a press release, the certificate program includes social media strategies and tactics to employ, how to develop a new business using social media, as well as how to create mobile marketing applications, measure and track social media metrics, and integrate social media into marketing plans.
Students will meet every Tuesday night for nearly four hours from Sept. 26 through Dec. 14.
WILDLIFE MUSEUM BURGLARY
Rare goods stolen from Humboldt wildlife museum
(Information in the following story is from: Times-Standard, http://www.times-standard.com)
WILLOW CREEK, Calif. (AP) — Humboldt County authorities are searching for suspects who stole about $750,000 worth of elephant tusks and other rare goods from a small wildlife museum.
The sheriff's office says the break-in occurred early Friday morning at the Tonkin Wildlife Museum in Willow Creek. Deputies who received a call about an audible alarm found the museum's back door had been pried open.
The Eureka Times-Standard reports the stolen goods were the prized possessions of 97-year-old Arthur Tonkin, who hunted the animals that are displayed at the museum.
The missing items include a mounted elk head, bear skin rug, kangaroo rug and two ivory elephant tusks weighing 100 pounds each. The Tonkin family is offering a $1,000 reward for their return.
Officials say the museum has permits to display the ivory.
SoCal city institutes nation's first fur ban
(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — West Hollywood is now the only city in America where it's a crime to sell fur apparel.
The Los Angeles Times reports that after years of debate, the ban took effect Saturday.
It only applies to apparel that's made to be worn, such as shoes, hats and gloves. Ugg boots can't be sold because they contain shearling, a sheepskin or lambskin pelt that's had limited shearing.
The city calls itself a cruelty-free zone for animals and is famous for animal-friendly laws.
But the fur ban is rubbing some retailers the wrong way. They say it runs counter to the city's claim of being a West Coast fashion capital.
A retailer caught selling fur can be charged with a misdemeanor if it receives more than three citations within a year.
Writer Carolyn Cassady of Beat generation dies
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A longtime friend of Carolyn Cassady has confirmed the writer who was the former wife of Beatnik Neal Cassady and lover of Jack Kerouac has died. She was 90 years old.
Estelle Cimino, co-owner of the Beat Museum in San Francisco, said Saturday that Carolyn Cassady died Friday in the United Kingdom. Cimino and her husband are longtime family friends of Cassady and her children. She didn't know the specific cause of death.
Cassady's proximity to the Beat generation was chronicled in Kerouac's book "On the Road."
Married to Neal Cassady for more than 20 years, she was also a close friend of Beat generation poet Allen Ginsberg.
She chronicled her experiences in the memoir "Off the Road: My Years with Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg," published in 1990.
CHRONICLE EDITOR RETIRES
San Francisco Chronicle Editor Ward Bushee retires
(Information in the following story is from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ward Bushee, the San Francisco Chronicle's executive vice president and editor, has announced his retirement after five years as the editorial leader of the Hearst Corp. newspaper.
The Chronicle reports the 64-year-old Bushee will continue to play a role in the Hearst Fellowship Program as well as contribute to some companywide projects. No replacement editor has been named.
Bushee's departure follows the May retirement of former Chronicle Publisher Frank Vega. The paper and its digital operations are now led by Publisher Jeffrey Johnson and President Joanne Bradford.
Johnson says Bushee helped guide the Chronicle through difficult times and "positioned the newsroom well as we accelerate our digital strategies."
The Northern California native joined the Chronicle in February 2008 from the Arizona Republic, where he had been editor since 2002.