SANTA ANITA (CBSLA) – While live racing is suspended indefinitely at Santa Anita Park, officials reopened the training track as they continue to attempt to determine what could be responsible for the deaths of 21 horses going back to December.,Santa Anita’s training track — one of three on the grounds that include the main and turf tracks — reopened Friday.,Experts examine the main track at Santa Anita Park on March 7, 2019.,“Once it reopens, they will closely monitor that track’s condition as horses stabled at Santa Anita Park begin using it.”,Last week, Santa Anita closed the main track for several days to have Peterson do an evaluation, this following the 19th horse death.
Weather experts said the chilly February doesnt signal a larger change in some of those trends.Even factoring in the cold snap, California is still warmer than average, and swings between periods of severe winter rainstorms and profound drought will probably become more pronounced in the future because of climate change, said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA.He added that it might not be as cold as locals perceive it to be given how much warmer it has been in the last several years.This year seems anomalous because we have already internalized a lot of the warming thats occurred, he said.On Thursday, a light drizzle blanketed the barren streets of Santa Monica.,The L.A. native pulled on jeans, a thin shirt and a dark denim jacket and capped it off with a beanie, but said she always feels ill-prepared for the cold.I tend to wear one layer because its L.A. and I keep expecting its going to get warmer, but it doesnt, she said.Several factors including a lack of offshore wind and, more broadly, climate change have played into Californias weird winter weather, experts say.The recent cold snap has also brought snow to portions of the Southland that rarely see any.,If it weakens and the air is no longer a continuous band, cold air can spill out of the Arctic and move down to the West Coast, Swain said.The city came close within one degree of hitting the 70 mark, but it never quite warmed up enough to get there.Theres plenty of days in January and February where people want to go to the beach and we usually get a few of those days every winter, Kittell said.,Back-to-back winter storms this year have blanketed Californias mountain ranges with snow, making this a banner winter for skiers and snowboarders.The storms have covered Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood with more than 8 feet of fresh snow this winter, while Big Bear Mountain Resort has received more than 10 feet.,This season has provided the best conditions for snow sports in roughly a decade, said John McColly, vice president of sales and marketing at Mountain High, who added that it feels like a real winter this year.Matt Martinez, 41, is an avid surfer who spends the colder months chasing storms that provide local mountains with a blanket of fresh powder.
Cole, 75, and four other members of Craftsmen for Kids — a group of 16 retired men from central Ohio who formed a nonprofit organization to make and donate wooden educational toys — then began carrying in dozens of their latest creations.,Soon, 36 children from low-income families in the Head Start program in Logan were happily playing with wooden barns, trucks, blocks and doll beds, among other items.,Chris DeLamatre, director of the Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Program, which runs Head Start programs in those three counties, shook her head in wonder as she watched the men unload boxes from their gray pickup.,The men of Craftsmen for Kids make toys for Head Start programs in 15 counties, as well as for a program at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville and several battered women’s shelters.,“It’s nice to have high-quality wooden toys, because at home, our kids see a lot of plastic toys or they’re on their tablets with screens,” said Gwynyth Chmara-Huff, a teacher in the Newark Head Start program.
Two rappers were inside the studio.,One of the rappers -- Rich the Kid -- was outside the studio when the ambush-style attack took place.,Rich the Kid was robbed but not injured.,Usher was inside the studio when the robbery took place.,Shots were fired at the entourage and Rich the Kid while the suspect was fleeing the scene.
SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — A suspect in the sexual assault of a woman at a bus bench in Santa Ana was arrested Thursday at his manufacturing job in Irvine, police say.,Nick Alvarez Hernandez, a 27 year-old resident of Santa Ana, was arrested for the attack that happened in the 1000 block of West MacArthur.,Erick Alvarez Hernandez (Photo via Santa Ana Police Department)
The suspect’s number 82 Dallas Cowboys jersey helped police track Hernandez down.,Without the help of the media and the community eventually we would have got this guy, but we got this guy in less than 48 hours,” said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, Santa Ana Police Department.,Hernandez was caught on security camera halfway between the bar and the bus stop minutes before the attack.
SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — A man who was arrested immediately after a New Year’s Day crash that killed a mother and her daughter is free Friday after prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to file criminal charges against him.,Melvin Branch, who turned 30 hours before the deadly crash, walked out of Santa Ana Jail with his shirt wrapped around his head Thursday.,Branch was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level over .08, DUI causing great bodily injury and vehicular manslaughter immediately after the four-vehicle crash on the westbound 22 Freeway at Valley View Street.,Branch was scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday, but the Orange County District Attorney’s office said there was not enough evidence to file criminal charges against Branch at this time.,The California Highway Patrol did not issue an official comment on Thursday’s development, but the investigation continues into the crash.
SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Police say two people were found dead under suspicious circumstances after a house fire amid windy conditions late Tuesday morning.,Santa Ana police confirmed two people and one cat at the home were killed, but did not specify a cause of death.,Santa Ana police later confirmed arson investigators considered the circumstances surrounding the fire and two deaths to be suspicious, and that detectives were on scene.,(Credit: CBSLA)
Information: (708) 532-6506; Viking Diving Club’s winter session of classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced divers, consisting of 10 one-hour classes, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays from Jan. 9 to Feb. 11 at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, 999 Kedzie Ave. Information: Rick Carlson, (708) 798-4143 or email Registration is now open for the next session of ice skating/pre-hockey classes at Southwest Ice Arena, 5505 W. 127th St. Classes begin the week of Jan. 5.,Orland Hills: Orland Hills Recreation Department will hold indoor tennis lessons for ages 4 to 14 from Feb. 9 to March 9 at the Orland Hills Community Center, 16553 S. Haven Ave. Pickleball activities, including clinics, lessons and tournaments, will also be held beginning in April.,Orland Park: Orland Park Recreation and Parks will host indoor tennis lessons for ages 5 to 11 at Sportsplex, 11351 W. 159th St., from Jan. 16 to Feb. 20 and Feb. 27 through April 3.,Information: 708-645-7529; Heights: Palos Heights Parks and Recreation, 6601 W. 127th St, is now taking registration for indoor tennis lessons for ages 4 to 10.,Information: Park: Indoor pickleball lessons will be offered at Palos Park Recreation and Parks, 8901 W. 123rd St, through Jan. 19.