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Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world’s ugliest dog |Jun 24, 2017

PETALUMA >> Martha is big, ugly, lazy and gassy. And a world champion. In a competition annually dominated by the old, the tiny, and the hairless, the 3-year-old, 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff used her lollygagging youth to win the 29th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.

Wet winter creates hazards for hikers on Pacific Crest Trail |Jun 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Anya Sellsted had scaled scary snow-covered passes and forded frightening rivers during her solo hike from Mexico to Canada when the hazards of California’s gargantuan winter finally caught up to her.

Doctors, nurses step up war on deadly sepsis |Jun 24, 2017

Dawn Nagel, a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, knew she was going to have a busy day, with more than a dozen patients showing signs of sepsis. They included a 61-year-old mechanic with diabetes.

Kayaking: A great way to have fun without breaking the bank |Jun 24, 2017

In Southern California, we’re used to paying for fun. If you go to a restaurant you’re going to spend money — often, lots of it. And a trip to the movies? That’ll cost you anywhere from $12 to $15 per person, not to mention the cost of popcorn, soft drinks and whatever else you might want to buy.

World’s Ugliest Dog Contest awards underdogs’ inner beauty |Jun 23, 2017

PETALUMA >> The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is celebrating man’s best friend’s perfect imperfections in California today. The pooches — many of which are adoptable or previously adopted — will face off in a red carpet walk and “Faux Paw Fashion Show,” organizers said.

Single-payer health care put on hold in California as leader calls legislation ‘woefully inadequate’ |Jun 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO >> A proposal to bring universal, single-payer health care to California — replacing the private insurance market with a single, government-run plan — was abruptly put on hold late Friday afternoon.

6 beach restaurants just steps away from the sand |Jun 23, 2017

Summer officially starts this week, and the hot weather will drive thousands to the beach. And while many come with coolers full of food and drinks, others will get hungry and need places to grub.

What’s new for summer at Knott’s: A ‘Ghost Town Alive!’ revival |Jun 23, 2017

Last year, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park launched “Ghost Town Alive!” — an immersive and interactive experience that visitors raved about.

San Bernardino park cleanup and dump day are Saturday |Jun 23, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> Saturday is cleaning day for the city. Residents will team up Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon in the latest park revitalization, and they’re looking for more volunteers.

Here are some winners, losers in Senate healthcare plan |Jun 23, 2017

People getting subsidies to help buy health insurance would see at least three sharp changes — tied to both age and income — that could dramatically affect how much they pay for coverage if the Senate Republican health plan becomes law.

Beat the heat: Go jump in a lake |Jun 23, 2017

Summer in the Inland Empire means sunny days. Really sunny. OK, hot. Day after day of high temperatures in the 90s or 100s is not uncommon. At times like that, nothing is more delightful than a dip in a cool pool.

University of Redlands names new mascot for former first lady |Jun 23, 2017

REDLANDS >> Just call her Adelaide. Or Addie for short. The University of Redlands unveiled the name of its mascot-in-training Friday after conducting an in-community poll to come up with a name for the 10-week-old pup.

State Street Deli in Redlands revives menu favorites |Jun 22, 2017

REDLANDS >> The new owners of State Street Deli, Jeff and Susan Vollucci of Redlands, want the community to know they have restored the restaurant, its recipes and quality level back to its glory days.

How should you get to Arroyo Seco Weekend? Here’s a few options to avoid traffic |Jun 22, 2017

With music and arts festival Arroyo Seco Weekend coming up in less than five days, the city of Pasadena is preparing itself for huge crowds and a potential traffic mess. Here are some ways to stay safe and navigate through any possible transportation fiascos.

Woman finds frog in salad at BJ’s restaurant in West Covina |Jun 22, 2017

Shawna Cepeda was enjoying dinner at the BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in West Covina last week when she saw something funny looking in her salad. “I see something kind of rolled up.

See scary ‘American Horror Story’ costumes and artifacts up close at the Paley |Jun 22, 2017

In May, FX’s “American Horror Story” producer, director and writer Ryan Murphy teased that season seven will be about the recent presidential election, as well as include deeper looks into some of the “Freak Show” characters.

Everything you need to know about Claremont Blues and Brews Craft Beer Walk |Jun 22, 2017

Get ready to down a few at the eighth annual Claremont Blues and Brews Craft Beer Walk. Visitors can take their time wandering the friendly streets of the downtown Claremont Village enjoying brews they love and ones they may want to try.

Here’s what’s closed on the July 4th in the Inland Empire |Jun 22, 2017

Banks: Banks and financial markets will be closed. Government: City, county, federal and state (including the Department of Motor Vehicles) offices, libraries and superior courts will be closed.

Meet the man who’s visited Disneyland 2,000 days in a row |Jun 22, 2017

It started as something to do in 2012 — visit Disneyland every day. Now, more than five years later, Jeff Reitz, 44, of Huntington Beach, has passed through the Magic Kingdom’s turnstiles everyday since for 2,000 days in a row.

Bloomington historical presentation to be offered July 6 |Jun 22, 2017

Ronald G. Martin will present “Bloomington, The Life and Times of a Community: 1890-1970” on July 6 as part of the San Bernardino Historical Society programs. Martin grew up in Bloomington and will talk about how the railroad, land and water helped create a prosperous small town where “community spirit” thrived for 80 years… and then starting in the early 1970’s, that community spirit seemingly died, according to a Historical Society news release.

Music in the Mountains opens Saturday at Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater |Jun 22, 2017

The nonprofit Southern California Mountains Foundation opens its 12th season of Music in the Mountains on Saturday with two-time crowned “World’s Greatest Tribute Band” featuring Kenny Metcalf as ‘Elton,’ A Tribute to Elton John.

How to get free tickets to a Dodgers or Angels game in Pomona and Rancho Cucamonga |Jun 21, 2017

Buy a ticket to see the Los Angeles Dodgers play at home through Major League Baseball and the cheapest price is $32. The lowest-priced seat at an Angels game is $20. But if you don’t mind spilling a little blood, you can get a free voucher for two tickets to either the Dodgers or the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, your choice.

The Pie Hole (and more) is coming to Victoria Gardens |Jun 21, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Soon you’ll no longer have to trek to Los Angeles to order a handcrafted treat from The Pie Hole.

Robots at LLUMC help stroke victims regain what they lost |Jun 21, 2017

LOMA LINDA >> Derrill Quaschnick knew what it was right away. It was August 2016, he was in the shower when he began to loose feeling in his left arm. He sat down after getting out of the shower.

Arroyo Seco Weekend isn’t a stress-tival, it’s all about chilling out to summer jams |Jun 21, 2017

The scene at most ultra-hip music festivals around the country can be pretty familiar: Stages bearing the trendiest acts around, plus dust, heat, little shade, and overlapping sets a half-mile apart.

Where’s your favorite food truck right now? Bistro Planet’s app plans to find it for you |Jun 21, 2017

There was a time when food trucks were better known as “roach coaches,” and would only serve burritos and other fast food to construction workers. Those times have clearly changed. These days, an increasing number of food trucks are selling gourmet offerings that rival some of the fare found in Southern California’s more upscale restaurants.

Here’s what to plant in your Redlands garden this month |Jun 20, 2017

REDLANDS >> Cooler days enjoyed during June gloom are numbered, which means warmer weather is here to stay until early fall. If you missed an opportunity to plant flowers, shrubs or trees in the spring, however, there is still time.

Beating the heat: Where to get a free Icee on Wednesday in Ontario |Jun 20, 2017

ONTARIO >> What better way to beat the heat than with an Icee? How about a FREE Icee? To celebrate the first day of summer, ICEE will be giving away free drinks. But here’s the catch, you have to go to their corporate headquarters in Ontario.

Da’ Crust has pizza beyond compare in an unlikely place — Yucaipa Market & Liquor |Jun 20, 2017

Have you ever been to a pizza place and Italian kitchen located in a liquor store that also offers pizza by the slice? Probably not, but when you sample the cuisine at Da’ Crust, it won’t be your last trip to this hidden gem in the Yucaipa Market & Liquor store.

New psychiatric health alternative in San Bernardino almost ready to open |Jun 20, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> A new voluntary behavioral health residential treatment center has been completed that county officials say will help meet some regional needs. The 16-bed “mission style” Casa Paseo Center, built to look like a single-family home, is awaiting state certification expected in July so that it can accept patients, said Aimara Freeman, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health.

Successful Aging: The legacy of a house |Jun 20, 2017

Q My mother recently passed away. She lived in her own home for the past 50 years. I now have the responsibility of getting her house ready to sell. The task confronting me is going through all of her things and deciding what to do with them.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp among food events this week in the Los Angeles area |Jun 20, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Valley Inn Restaurant & Bar: Double lobster tail dinner, 5-10 p.m. June 23 and 30. Cost $33 plus tax and tip.

Poll: Californians fear losing insurance if AHCA passes |Jun 20, 2017

More than half of Californians worry that they or a family member could lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced, according to a poll released Tuesday. The Berkeley IGS Poll also found most respondents saying that Medi-Cal, a federal/state health insurance program for the poor, is important to them or their families.

Authorities urge use of ‘safe and sane’ fireworks, where permitted, for Fourth of July |Jun 20, 2017

Authorities discussed the dangers and consequences of using illegal fireworks and explosives to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July holiday at a news conference Tuesday at Fire Station No. 79 in Fontana.

New urgent care facility finds home in Redlands downtown |Jun 20, 2017

REDLANDS >> Brian and Julie Bearie want to provide high quality care quickly and efficiently. A week ago, the husband and wife team opened Redlands Urgent Care Center on the corner of Eureka Street and Redlands Boulevard.

Where to watch July 4th fireworks and more in the Inland Empire |Jun 19, 2017

As Fourth of July approaches, here’s a look at all the holiday events happening around the Inland Empire including firework displays, concerts, parades and more: Big Bear Lake • July 4 Farmers Market & Old Fashioned Country Fair, 8:30 a.

$20 million in emergency funds on the way to California clinics that help poor |Jun 19, 2017

California State Treasurer John Chiang plans Monday to announce grants totaling $20 million for community clinics that serve low-income and vulnerable Californians. Chiang’s office called the grants an “emergency” response to possible cuts in federal health care spending being contemplated in Washington.

Why Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital celebrated a lion’s birthday |Jun 19, 2017

LOMA LINDA >> A 1950’s-themed celebration held Monday afternoon at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital was fit for a king. Or in LLUCH’s case — a lion. Hosted by The Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma Linda Guild, the hospital celebrated Luke the Lion’s birthday with cake, photos and tunes of the past.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of June 18 |Jun 19, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

5 garden tips for the week starting June 17 |Jun 18, 2017

Battling whiteflies Continue an aggressive defense against those nasty giant whiteflies, the tiny white moth-like creatures that produce a thick mat of sticky white “hairs” on the underside of leaves of many plants, as their larval nymphs suck out plant juices.

StoneFire Grill opens its first Inland Empire location |Jun 18, 2017

It’s finally here! StoneFire Grill’s first Inland Empire location opened Tuesday in Rancho Cucamonga. It’s the ninth location for the Southern California fast-casual chain.

Survey: Minorities get abundance of less-than-stellar care |Jun 18, 2017

Minority patients face a double whammy: Not only are they more likely to miss out on effective medical treatments than white patients, but, according to a new study, they’re also more likely to receive an abundance of ineffective services.

Tourists descend as temperatures climb in Death Valley |Jun 18, 2017

LAS VEGAS >> Desert dwellers in the western U.S. see temperatures topping 120 degrees as a reason to hunker down indoors and turn up the air conditioning. But some tourists welcome it as a bucket-list opportunity to experience Death Valley — the hottest place in America.

Coping with opioid crisis varies wildly form state to state |Jun 17, 2017

Location, location, location. That mantra may apply even when it comes to how opioid addiction is treated. Specifically, patients with private insurance who are diagnosed with opioid dependency or abuse may get different medical services depending on where they live, a white paper to be released in the upcoming week by a national databank indicates.

A Father’s Day message from your children |Jun 17, 2017

On behalf of all children in this great country and this wonderful county, I take pleasure in being your advocate as I send this message to all fathers on this Father’s Day. I am sending this message to you because it is not realistic to think that all fathers are upholding the expectation rule to provide health, safety, and a caring environment for your children.

A look back at Father’s Day history and dadisms |Jun 17, 2017

Sunday is Father’s Day and — right up there with mothers — fathers deserve a day of their own. Sometimes our dads are not showered with praise, but way down deep in every heart there’s a place that’s just for Dad.

Making the most of the most important job: being a dad |Jun 17, 2017

I was recently asked what accomplishment in my life I am most proud of. A couple of things immediately came to mind. Through my work at United Way, I have been fortunate to help develop many programs and projects that have assisted people in our community.

These spelling bee fathers love being D-A-D-S |Jun 17, 2017

Corona’s Happy Randhawa and Yusheng Chen of Chino Hills have at least two things in common. They’re devoted to their kids’ education. And, boy, can their kids spell. Their commitment has helped their children excel in school and taken the dads on trips — sometimes more than once — to the nation’s capitol as their children

The grate outdoors: For backyard kitchens, the sky’s the limit |Jun 17, 2017

Whether you grill, barbecue, smoke or saute, cooking outdoors seems to add a special flavor to whatever is being served. With the summer grilling season here (July is National Grilling Month, after all) consider the options, such as taking your backyard entertaining space up a notch with an outdoor kitchen.

Universities host cultural graduation ceremonies for blacks, Latinos, gays, veterans and others |Jun 16, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> Cal State San Bernardino will graduate an expected 2,907 students on Saturday. It won’t be the first time this month for many of them. On Saturday, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will award degrees to an expected 1,039 graduates; the College of Art and Letters and the College of Education will award an expected 475 and 115 degrees in a joint ceremony; the Jack H.