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WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 Superior Court Judge Shahla S. Sabet rules that the Westminster Police Department detective who last year was found guilty of kidnapping, beating and raping a woman in Fontana, will never be sentenced for the...


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 The Lone Ranger, the latest cinematic excuse to throw a big-budget costume party for Johnny Depp, begins playing Inland Empire movie houses today—and may become the undressing of the actor’s inexplicably l...


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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 Less than 24 hours after the United States Supreme Court seemed to tear out the heart of one of the most-basic and most-effective laws ever passed by Congress—the 1965 Voting Rights Act—it still seems tha...



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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 The death of an Ontario dairy worker whose cows crushed him between a gate and a fence four days ago is being investigated by Cal/OSHA, the state agency that oversees workplace safety. Winston Perez, 28, of R...


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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 In the latest attempt to reintroduce mountain yellow-legged frogs into their ancestral home in the San Jacinto Mountains, scientists release about 100 captive-bred members of the endangered species into a str...


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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 Dodgers’ phenom Yasiel Puig comes back to Earth tonight, going 0-for-4 including two strikeouts. Nice while the phenomenon lasted, which amounted to two games—not even enough time for people to learn how t...



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WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 Joe Baca is back. Of wants to be. After losing his congressional seat last year when Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod whupped him in the 35th District, the Rialto Democrat has had to live a little more like…


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 San Bernardino Sun reporter Michael Nolan writes a fascinating story on the redemption of Ricardo Sepulveda—a self-professed hired killer, convicted accomplice, drug addict, thief and liar who was imprisoned...


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 How much is a good city manager worth? We posed that question back in late January of 2011, when the Moreno Valley City Council was in the market for a new chief administrator—and, of course, you see…



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WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 For the past three years, Bob Frierson drove around Rancho Cucamonga, Victorville and North Fontana, finding vacant homes in foreclosure and “renting” them to unsuspecting people after forging fake grant de...


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 Yet another May Day without seeing so much as a single May Pole. THURSDAY, MAY 2 The third round of the Inland Empire’s Diesel-Fuel Burglary Tournament resumes, this time at the daunting Roger Penske Truck ...


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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 OK, so let’s just suppose I’m thinking of committing suicide. Yes, suicide—as in blowing my brains out. Now, what new things would that tell you about me? What’s that? My suicide would tell you that ...



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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 Joshua Trees—those insufferable egomaniacs of the plant world, whose simultaneous self-aggrandizement and self-deprecation is becoming so extreme we oughtta change their name to Anne Hathaway—are at it a...


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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 A 10-month-old puppy tied to railroad tracks in the California desert near Mecca on April 2 survived thanks to the attentiveness and quick reactions of a train engineer, who applied emergency brakes in time ...


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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 San Bernardino city officials aren’t much—and there aren’t nearly as many of them, anymore—but they are all they ever think about . . . and it goes something like this: People who live in the vicinity...



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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 A mansion atop one of the Chino Hills—the one at 15250 Woodglen Drive that became briefly famous as a so-called maternity hotel, where allegedly wealthy women from China came to give birth so their childre...


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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Sandra Jean Alaniz of Riverside celebrates her 50th birthday, but not as enthusiastically as most people expected. She says she’s more excited about the prospects for next year, when she turns 51. That’s...


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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 In a bizarre moment of confluence that I can only interpret to highly calibrated spiritual synchronicity—or, OK, maybe the arbitrary wacky-assed-ness of life . . .  or, let’s be honest now, the undeniab...



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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Chilly, breezy mornings like this somehow seem made for going investigating in Enchanted Heights, which almost looks like the resort community it was intended to be when constructed in the early 1970s. But yo...


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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 The Board of Education of the Fontana Unified School District convenes for the first time in who-knows-how-long—tonight’s meeting makes up for a Feb. 3 meeting that was postponed because Christopher D...


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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20 Our latest communal WhatTheFuck is over, and in the aftermath of the Christopher Dorner Experience we become individuals again, sorting through and straightening out the mess that’s been made of our head...



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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Authorities pore through the rubble of a burned-out cabin in the Seven Oaks area near Big Bear Lake after a gun battle between fugitive Christopher Dorner and Sheriff’s deputies during which the cabin w...


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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 My buddy, Luis, drops by today. He works for the city and he’s happy to have the job—good pay, good benefits—and he’s definitely not a complainer. Luis enjoys life. “I enjoy reading,” he says. ...


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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 A couple of Riverside County sheriff’s deputies respond to a case of highway robbery, and what do they get for their trouble . . . you know, besides their wages and benefits and eventual publicly paid pe...



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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 There was a lot of heart-palpitating tension in the air of some United States cities as they waited for the American Lung Association’s annual list of the country’s worst places to breathe. Not so much...


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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 Huell Howser is dead, which you know, of course. We all know—have known for well over a week. But still. Dead? Yep, since January 7—already more than a week—although we had to wait a few days to…


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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 After about a month in the sewer, Eva Negrete’s engagement ring is back on her finger today, thanks to the work of the City of Redlands’ wastewater collections system supervisor Joe Sanchez and his crew...



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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2 It’s the first day after the holiday season, which was not just another holiday season in Chino Hills. In a contemporary take on the “no room at the inn” story of the first Christmas, Chino Hills city...