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Emotional Toll Lingers in West, Texas

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - April 16, 2014 - 5:20pm
Schools, homes and businesses are steadily being pieced back together a year after a blast at a fertilizer depot. But the mental wounds suffered by town's residents are proving much harder to heal.

Oxnard seals deal with Nyhoff for city manager

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 5:19pm
Despite a move by one council member to open the contract for major revisions, the Oxnard City Council approved 4-1 a three-year agreement with new city manager Greg Nyhoff.

Simi Valley man ordered to stand trial for stabbing death of grandmother

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 5:14pm
A man accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother in her Simi Valley apartment almost a year ago told police he killed her because she was "plotting" against him, according to court testimony Wednesday.

Readers concur, 'Six Californias' don't add up

L.A. Times - California Politics - April 16, 2014 - 5:03pm
The proposal may have a certain wacky appeal at first glance, but poorer regions that might like the idea of secession would have the most to lose.

SACRAMENTO—Judging by your emails, many readers agree with me that a proposed ballot measure to split California into six states is crazy. "Ridiculous." "Laughable."

Driver pleads guilty in death of Ventura educator Chris Prewitt

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 4:32pm
An Oxnard woman on Wednesday pleaded guilty to felony gross vehicular manslaughter while being under the influence of alcohol or drugs for hitting and killing a popular Ventura educator while he was jogging.

Currents: Books: When Our Maids Lived In

NY Times Books - April 16, 2014 - 3:53pm
“Manhattan Classic: New York’s Finest Prewar Apartments” will have Manhattanites longing for the prewar era.

2 transients burned in Ventura assault

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 3:23pm
Ventura police Wednesday were investigating an assault that left two transients with moderate burn injuries, officials said.

Organizers tout Ventura Botanical Gardens as the city's own Golden Gate Park

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 3:11pm
The Ventura City Council gives direction to the Ventura Botanical Gardens as it seeks approval for its master plan, to be built out over the next 30 years.

Oxnard youths find prom dresses at free event

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 2:28pm
Dresses for prom were available free last week at Pacifica High in Oxnard to help financially strapped students attend the formal dance in style.

White House: Fresh Sanctions Prepared Against Russia

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - April 16, 2014 - 2:26pm
The Obama administration said it has readied fresh sanctions to punish Russia for fomenting unrest in Ukraine, but wants to hear whether Moscow will offer conciliatory gestures at a Thursday meeting.

Brandon Sanderson Tops Best Sellers With ‘Words of Radiance’

NY Times Books - April 16, 2014 - 2:20pm
Brandon Sanderson, who once completed 12 novels with nothing to show for it but publisher rejections, has hit No. 1 with “Words of Radiance.”

Books of The Times: ‘The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan’

NY Times Books - April 16, 2014 - 2:14pm
“The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan” shows the stage and film director as demanding and manipulative in both his personal and professional lives.

Residents of Oxnard sober-living facility displaced after electrical fire

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 2:08pm
Residents of a sober living facility in Oxnard were displaced early Wednesday after a small electrical fire, officials said.

Family of 6 displaced after Ventura apartment fire

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 2:05pm
A family of six was displaced early Wednesday after an apartment fire in Ventura, officials said.

ArtsBeat: Leaping Off the Screen: Nelson George Talks About ‘Soul Train’

NY Times Books - April 16, 2014 - 2:04pm
Mr. George’s new book, “The Hippest Trip in America,” is a history of the landmark TV dance show.

Ventura County's 2014 homeless population way down, but there's a catch

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 2:03pm
Ventura County releases results of its 2013 Homeless Count. Numbers show a significant drop, but there are questions about the figure from Oxnard.

Andrés Neuman’s New Novel Is ‘Talking to Ourselves’

NY Times Books - April 16, 2014 - 1:50pm
The Spanish-Argentine writer Andrés Neuman, a protégé of Roberto Bolaño, now has his second novel to appear in English: “Talking to Ourselves,” a contemporary family drama and unflinching story of grief.

In Fillmore, new superintendent announced, high school principal out

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 12:40pm
The Fillmore School Board Tuesday selected a Ventura native to lead the district. At the meeting, discussion of Fillmore High's woes to ensure dozens of seniors at risk of not graduating continued even as the principal announced his resignation last week.

Judge Weighs Looser Restrictions on Alleged Boston Bomber

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - April 16, 2014 - 12:38pm
A federal judge indicated Wednesday he may loosen oversight of prison meetings between accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older sisters.

A New Guest at the Passover Table

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - April 16, 2014 - 11:34am
Under Jewish law, the faithful are forbidden from eating leavened bread, grains or rice during Passover, but this year, major rabbinic authorities approved quinoa, the health-food superstar from South America.
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