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End of the week news and notes: Friday 8.22.14

San Bernardino police officer in critical condition. LAT fails to decertify pressroom union. Council President Wesson and his rubber ducky do the ice bucket thing. Next year's Cicvalvia route in the Valley. Garrett Richards done for the season. Plus tweets of the day and more.

Tropical Storm Lowell sends high surf to Southern California beaches

A tropical storm churning off the coast of Baja Mexico is producing larger swells off Southern California, prompting advisories for high surf and strong rip currents.

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen takes first steps since injury

Moving slowly but smoothly, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen has taken her first steps since severing her spine in an ATV accident in June.

Forbes says Green Bay Packers have best fans in the NFL

Forbes, which released its list of NFL teams ranked from most valuable to least, has also released a list of which teams have the best fans.

Inmate posed as ex-Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland for weeks

A man who convinced police he was the former lead singer for the Stone Temple Pilots when he was booked on suspicion of shoplifting is due in court next week -- this time under his real name.

Garrett Richards' injury means Angels need to win AL West

There should not have been a sense of urgency surrounding this weekend's series between the Angels and Oakland Athletics.

Ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner faces another sexual harassment lawsuit

A former staffer for ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has filed a lawsuit alleging that he subjected her to "severe and pervasive sexual harassment."

Drone flying near LAX sparks probe, raises concerns

A drone spotted earlier this month by a Canadian jetliner pilot near Los Angeles International Airport has become the subject of an investigation.

San Bernardino police officer in grave condition after gun battle

A San Bernardino police officer is in grave condition and one suspect is dead after a gun battle broke out shortly before 2 a.m. Friday, officials said.

O.C. hate crimes drop -- but violent incidents rise

A stranger, hurling insults, confronted two young Muslims inside a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orange County. She grabbed the hijab, a headscarf covering one of the women. "You don't belong in America!" she screamed into the woman's face, then tried to attack the second person.

Three dead, five injured in San Diego County crash

Three people were killed and five others injured late Thursday in a single-car crash in northern San Diego County. All were ages 18 to 22, authorities said.

This drought's impact on the West is already big

So much water is missing that the tectonic plate on which the West sits is rising. And that's not the worst news.

Woman wounded in third southeast L.A. drive-by shooting of the night

A woman was shot in the back in Thursday night's third drive-by shooting in southeast Los Angeles, authorities said.

Witnesses recall attack by dogs belonging to man on trial for murder

Two horseback riders recalled in an Antelope Valley courtroom Thursday the frenzied moments when a pack of dogs attacked them, leaving them frightened and their horses bloodied. 

USC's Justin Davis gets more opportunities as Tre Madden sits out

Justin Davis began training camp as the third tailback on USC's depth chart behind Javorius Allen and Tre Madden.

Sacramento patient tests negative for Ebola after West Africa visit

A patient at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who was potentially exposed to the Ebola virus has tested negative, hospital officials confirmed Thursday night.

Trade to replace Garrett Richards? Not so easy for Angels

As the reality of Garrett Richards' season-ending knee injury set in Thursday, so did this reality: the Angels cannot make a trade to replace their ace.

A 'stellar fossil' holds hints of one of the universe's first stars

Astronomers say they’ve discovered the signature of one of the first stars in the universe whose remains were embedded into the body of another very old star.

Court allows release of officer names in UC Davis pepper-spray case

The California Supreme Court has affirmed that newspapers have a right to know and publish the names of all the UC Davis campus police officers involved in the controversial pepper-spraying of student protesters in 2011.

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