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New therapy dog arrives at Casa Pacifica in Camarillo

Ventura County Star News - April 15, 2014 - 1:14pm
Otis, a 9-week-old therapy dog at Casa Pacifica in Camarillo, wagged his tail and sniffed his way through the campus as kids crowded around the newest member of the residential facility for abused and neglected children.

Margaret Nesbitt: Two good dogs that just weren't for me

Ventura County Star News - April 15, 2014 - 12:55pm
Columnist Margaret Nesbitt, who lost her beloved greyhound a few weeks ago, wanted another dog and tried out a couple at the Santa Paula shelter. Unfortunately neither was a good fit and she's still looking.

Marathon Bombing Victims' Uncertain Route to Recovery

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - April 15, 2014 - 12:40pm
People hurt in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack struggle to decide whether attending this year would bring more healing or more pain.

U.S. Retail Sales Surge 1.1%

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - April 15, 2014 - 12:17pm
Strong sales at U.S. retailers in March offered fresh evidence of the economy thawing out after a winter freeze.

ArtsBeat: Editor With a String of Hits Is Joining Little, Brown

NY Times Books - April 15, 2014 - 12:14pm
Lee Boudreaux has been name vice president and editorial director of her own imprint at Little, Brown and Company.

Why We Keep Losing Our Keys

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - April 15, 2014 - 12:14pm
The average person misplaces up to nine items a day, and one-third of respondents in a poll said they spend an average of 15 minutes each day searching for items. However, you can train your brain to find things faster.

Youths make memories at Ventura prom event

Ventura County Star News - April 15, 2014 - 12:14pm
Nearly 250 special needs youth got the full prom experience, including hair and makeup, flowers and photos, at no cost to the family at A Night to Remember prom Saturday in Ventura.

Top-two primary might be bad for small-party candidates

L.A. Times - California Politics - April 14, 2014 - 8:52pm
It may be too soon to tell, but already, far fewer third-party candidates have been able to qualify for the general election ballot.

When California voters decided to change the way the state's primary elections work, the move was cast as an effort to moderate a state Capitol gripped by polarization.

Proposed L.A. County budget shifts money to jails, foster care reform

L.A. Times - California Politics - April 14, 2014 - 8:46pm
The $26-billion spending plan calls for adding more than 1,300 positions, including nurses, social workers and staff for the Sheriff's Department's inspector general.

Los Angeles County officials proposed a budget Monday that would pump money into reforming major problem areas, including the jails and foster care system, while expanding county medical staffs to manage the transition to federal healthcare reform.

Garcetti's budget adds more firefighters, overhauls 911 dispatch

L.A. Times - California Politics - April 14, 2014 - 8:23pm
L.A. mayor's $8.1-billion proposed budget also delays a promised cut in the city business tax. Critics are already speaking out.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's first proposed budget calls for hiring 140 firefighters and the start of a sweeping overhaul of the city's 911 dispatch system, part of a bid to speed the response to hundreds of thousands of calls for help each year.
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