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CLU students bring ­quidditch to life

Two teams — ­Gryffindor and Slytherin — of about seven students each participated in a spirited game of ­quidditch Wednesday at California Lutheran University, flying by the seats of their pants, since none had ever played the game that’s featured in Harry Potter books and ­films.

Community college chancellor leaving

The chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District is leaving with three years remaining on her original contract.

Lawmakers get pressure over payday loan rules

Both sides pressured lawmakers to join their side on proposed new federal rules for payday loans.

Marcia Brown, Picture-Book Illustrator, Dies at 96

NY Times Books - 4 hours 59 min ago
Ms. Brown won three Caldecott Medals for her children’s books, including “Once a Mouse” and “Shadow,” one of only two artists to do so.

Fluid spills from truck on 126 in Ventura

Authorities closed down one lane of Highway 126 near the Kimball Avenue exit in Ventura after 50 gallons of fluid spilled from a tractor-trailer.

ArtsBeat: New Charlie Hebdo Issue Skewers PEN Critics

NY Times Books - 5 hours 26 min ago
An editorial offers a defense against the charge that the satirical weekly is hostile to Muslims and immigrants.

Ventura returns billiards program to city

Seniors in Ventura once again have a place to play pool, this time for free.

Blue, glassy jellies back on local beaches

Called velella velella, or by-the-wind sailors, they are a close relative of the jellyfish and usually are found far offshore.

Caltrans honors road workers killed on duty

Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday in Camarillo to honor the 183 Caltrans workers killed on state highways since 1921.

Man found in Ventura with stolen vehicle

A 28-year-old man was arrested in Ventura Wednesday after being found in a stolen vehicle, officials said.

Freeway onramp realigned at Moorpark Road

Workers are realigning the Moorpark Road on-ramp to the northbound Highway 101 in Thousand Oaks.

Movie screening, practice SAT and more on tap

Area groups and organizations have a number of events scheduled in coming days.

Fillmore teen accused of breaking into home

A teen was arrested Tuesday after allegedly breaking into a home in Fillmore, Ventura County Sheriff’s officials said.

Programs, seminar and other events planned

Area groups and organizations have a number of events scheduled in coming days.

Port Hueneme police investigate armed robbery

Port Hueneme police were investigating an armed robbery that occurred along a bike path Tuesday, officials said.

Simi Valley insurance agent accused of fraud

A Simi Valley man is facing felony insurance fraud and grand theft charges for allegedly “pocketing” a client’s premium payment and issuing a “bogus” insurance certificate, according to state Department of Insurance officials.

Boating safety expo planned Saturday

With summer fast approaching, water safety is on the minds of those charged with water rescues. Safety procedures will be demonstrated at Saturday's Channel Islands Safe Boating Expo.

NFL: Patriots employees probably deflated balls

The 243-report on "Deflategate" came out Wednesday and stopped barely short of calling the Patriots star quarterback a cheater. It did, however, call some of his claims "implausible" and left little doubt that he had a role in having footballs deflated before New England's AFC title game against Indianapolis in January and probably in previous games.

Oxnard police seek help in 2014 homicide

Oxnard police are asking for the public's help in solving a December homicide.

Books of The Times: Review: In ‘Oh! You Pretty Things,’ Shanna Mahin Dishes on Hollywood Foibles

NY Times Books - 8 hours 24 min ago
Ms. Mahin, who used to be a personal assistant, has a heroine who works as a personal assistant for a demanding composer and an even more demanding actress.

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