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    Whether you think of yourself as a paper straw being placed in a glass of cold lemonade, or perhaps as a mitten falling upon a snow drift, or maybe as a hot topping pouring onto a scoop of gelato, matters not.

    For here's the non-poetic picture of what's going to happen on Saturday, Dec. 29, should you sign up for the Annenberg Community Beach House's annual Polar Bear Swim: You, as a warm human, will be running into the not-as-warm Pacific Ocean, on the second Saturday of winter, which is also the final Saturday of 2018.

    You now see where we were going with the whole mitten-on-snow or hot-topping-on-ice-cream bit. In short? Not-very-cold human beings will meet the rather cold ocean water in this yearly rite of seeing the old year out (and, of course, the new year in).

    A few things to know about this dash into the ocean?

    It's free to join the barreling-into-the-Pacific part, but if you'd like to retreat to the Annenberg Community Beach House for a dip in heated pool following the foamy and frosty fun, that'll be $10.

    That's ten bucks for an adult, $5 seniors, $4 youth 1-17 (yep, this is an all-ages event).

    After the laughing/skipping/brrr-inducing scene at the ocean's edge, you can seek out a hot shower at the beach house, or find a s'more to celebrate the fact that you're officially a Polar Swimmer, or play a game near the pool, or, yes, pose for a pic with a polar bear.

    Okay, yeah, it's not really a polar bear, but a polar bear mascot. Let's leave the actual polar bears to their beloved tundra, where they won't get sandy paws.

    The hours for the second annual Polar Bear Swim are 9 a.m. to 1 o'clock, and there's a 300-yard buoy swim, if that appeals.

    Of course, you can just come out to the beach to cheer on the ocean-loving bravehearts, if you prefer to spend the day not clad in a swimsuit but rather something from the scarf and sweater categories.

    And yet another thing to consider?

    Many a polar-themed ocean plunge happens on New Year's Day, which is tradition, but if you have Rose Parade-watching plans, or a big brunch to eat come the first day of the year, you can still meet your goosebumpily goal on Dec. 29, in Santa Monica.

    Are you game? Will you go for it?

    Time to welcome 2019 in an impish, memorable, and California-cool kind of way.



    Photo Credit: Annenberg Community Beach House

    Dash into the Pacific Ocean on the final Saturday of 2018, then warm up at the Annenberg Community Beach House pool.Dash into the Pacific Ocean on the final Saturday of 2018, then warm up at the Annenberg Community Beach House pool.

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    No one like the hassle of airport travel, especially not during the holidays. But to ease your pain, LAX sent NBC4 the following tips for traffic this holiday season:

    • Real-time Traffic Updates: This holiday season, we will be offering hourly updates on traffic conditions in the Central Terminal Area during our busiest travel days and times, as well as information on suggested routes or traffic impacts. These will be found on Twitter at @FlyLAXAirport.
    • Take Century Boulevard: Traffic usually moves faster on Century Blvd. For guests coming south on Sepulveda, continue past the 96th Street Bridge entrance, and take a right on Century, to the Arrivals/Lower level. Or enter the airport by going West on Century from the 405. The Arrivals/Lower level typically moves faster, so drop off departing guests who can then take an elevator or escalator to the Departures/Upper level.
    • All Parking Structures at LAX Offer 15 Minutes of Free Parking: If you're able to coordinate a pick-up, or have someone ready to meet you in the lot, rather than having to find space on the crowded curb.
    • Use the Cell Phone Waiting Lot: The Cell Phone Waiting Lot is located just west of the Vicksburg Avenue/96th Street intersection.
    • Increased Law Enforcement and Operations Deployment: LAX Airport Police Division and LAX Airport Operations will be out to make sure that both drivers and pedestrians are safe as they navigate the terminal area. They will also be directing traffic on the roadways surrounding the airport.
    • Consider Public Transportation or the FlyAway: The FlyAway offers nonstop, direct service to and from LAX, from Union Station, Van Nuys, Hollywood, Westwood, Long Beach, and the LA Metro Orange Line. The new bus center serves LA Metro buses along with Torrance Transit, Santa Monica Blue Bus, Culver City and Beach Cities Transit. Riders use the Lot C bus to reach the terminals.


    The city of Los Angeles is set to increase some speed limits.The city of Los Angeles is set to increase some speed limits.

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    There has been a 10 million vehicle increase from 2012 to 2017 at Los Angeles International Airport, much of that starting in 2015 when the city gave services like Uber and Lyft the green light to pick up and drop off passengers, according to data analyzed by the NBC4 I-Team.

    Airport parking shuttles like the Parking Spot say LAX should have factored that kind of data into its ongoing $5 billion Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP). Airport officials say it is supposed to relieve traffic with a people-mover, and roadway improvements.

    "We take anywhere from one to 14 people on our shuttle bus every time we go in," said Brian Vandehey, the vice president of the Parking Spot said. "in contrast to TNC's [Transportation Network Companies] that do about 25,000 trips a day, " he added.

    The Parking Spot claims the airport's design was approved before Uber and Lyft started servicing the airport, and it has taken legal action against the airport.

    "There is room for everyone at the curb, pun intended, I guess, but there's also room for some smart policy here," said Sarah Fisher, the parking spot general counsel. The airport declined to comment on pending litigation, but said they expect serious traffic relief when the LAMP project finishes in 2023.



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    Traffic fills arrival and departure lanes at LAX as people travel to Thanksgiving holiday destinations on November 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.Traffic fills arrival and departure lanes at LAX as people travel to Thanksgiving holiday destinations on November 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

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    The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade was set to dazzle Wednesday night, just days away from Christmas.

    The Marina Park show, complete with Christmas-light covered yachts and boats, is free to see, beginning at 6:30 p.m. PST.

    It starts and ends at the Tip of Lido Isle.

    Parade-watchers will have the best views of the holiday magic at from the Dine & Watch waterfront and Dine & Walk dining options.



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    NEWPORT BEACH, CA - DECEMBER 16: Boats in the 101st annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade are lit with Christmas decorations as they move through through the night on December 16, 2009 in Newport Beach, California. The boats will travel a 14-mile circuit through Newport Harbor each night from December 16 through December 20. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)NEWPORT BEACH, CA - DECEMBER 16: Boats in the 101st annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade are lit with Christmas decorations as they move through through the night on December 16, 2009 in Newport Beach, California. The boats will travel a 14-mile circuit through Newport Harbor each night from December 16 through December 20. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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    A large fire engulfed a house on Lido Isle in Newport Beach Wednesday night.

    The fire could be seen for several miles around just before 7 p.m., as crowds gathered for the nearby Newport Beach Boat Parade.

    Firefighers quickly responded and were able to knockdown the fire in about 15 minutes.

    There were no immediate reports of injuries.

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


    A large house fire erupted on Lido Isle in Newport Beach Dec. 19, 2018.A large house fire erupted on Lido Isle in Newport Beach Dec. 19, 2018.

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    A mysterious object seen in the California sky late Wednesday sent a flurry of people searching for answers.

    NBC Bay Area has reached out to the United States Air Force at NORAD Headquarters at Peterson AFB in Colorado, who said they are investigating the reports.

    There is no threat to Canada and the United States at this time, NORAD said.

    NBC Bay Area Chief Meteorologist reports the light was likely a "meteor fireball or bolide" with slimmer chance of being "space junk."

    Updates to come.

    Check out photos and videos of the mysterious object below:



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    Mysterious object seen in the California sky late Wednesday. (Dec. 19, 2018)Mysterious object seen in the California sky late Wednesday. (Dec. 19, 2018)

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    A new study says that the biggest cause of stress for children is too much homework. It topped bullying, parental expectations and self-esteem. 

    The study by the Better Sleep Council said that 74 percent of teens are stressed out from the demands of homework. The study also found that homework takes up about 15 hours a week for most teens. 

    “That’s probably the number one thing that kids talk about is the stress and anxiety that comes with too much homework," said Dr. Valerie Rock, a licensed clinical psychologist in La Jolla. "There is a lot of competition and the competitive nature of the schools. There’s pressure with the state testing and being prepared.”

    Part of the stress comes from the lack of sleep that too much homework can bring, according to the Better Sleep Council. 57 percent of teenagers said they don't get enough sleep and 67 percent said they get about five to seven hours a night, under the recommended average. 

    Rock added just this week she had a teen patient that was up until 3 in the morning trying to complete homework. 

    "It's usually with students that are in high school but we're seeing stress with kids as young as second grade," said Rock. "Kids need to have time for extracurricular activities and unstructured downtime when they can be creative." 

    Rock said that parents can help their teens through structured time management. 

    "Do time-blocking at home," said Rock. "Know extracurriculars are until this time, when you get home, we have dinner and structure time at home." 



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    Twitch’s new headquarters is a combination of gaming and popular culture, and it's everything streamers would expect it to be.

    The nine-story building in the heart of San Francisco took three years to design. It features fully stocked mini-kitchens, gender-neutral bathrooms, a smoothie and coffee bar and theme-designed conference rooms like Stranger Things, Harry Potter and Bob Ross.

    “We really wanted it to feel like you were leaving San Francisco and entering Twitch world,” Chief Marketing Officer Kate Jhaveri said. “Where you could feel the video games, the content and the art that our community creates every day.” 

    Twitch's new office space has two PC gaming rooms and two broadcast rooms for staff and the Twitch community to engage in competitive gaming and live streaming. 

    “We really wanted to bring it to life and so we have really focused on great spaces for people to do the types of things that they're interested in and to bring their whole selves to work,” Jhaveri said. “And we really feel like that makes for a better Twitch a better community and frankly a better place to work.”

    A highlight of the building is "Flynn's Arcade," a gaming room named after the movie "Tron" filled with pinball machines, board games, classic arcade games and large CRT monitors for fighting games.

    The company’s new headquarters also offers a full commercial kitchen that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner to their employees.

    But why design such a interactive office space?

    “We wanted to make sure that we thought about all of the different experiences from an employee point of view and really brought to life a really great working environment for our community and also highlight all of the great things that make Twitch unique,” Jhaveri said.



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    Facebook again aimed to convince its 2.3 billion users that it didn't allow more than 150 other companies to misuse their personal data on Wednesday night after its valuation fell by more than $28 billion on the stock market, NBC News reported.

    "In the past day, we've been accused of disclosing people's private messages to partners without their knowledge," said Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships, in a post on the company's blog. "That's not true — and we wanted to provide more facts about our messaging partnerships."

    It's the second blog post from the company since The New York Times reported Tuesday that Facebook for many years gave more than 150 companies extensive access to personal data. The post focused narrowly on the contention in the Times report that emerged as the most controversial: that Facebook gave four companies access to read, write and delete users' messages.

    Archibong said the companies — Spotify, Netflix, Dropbox and the Royal Bank of Scotland — were granted automated access to users' messages so Facebook users could send Facebook messages to other Facebook users without leaving the Spotify, Netflix, Dropbox or Royal Bank apps.



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    In this undated file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone.In this undated file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone.

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    NFL Player Kenny Clark takes it upon himself to donate toys to Angel Tree charities for children at risk. But this year, the nerves and jitters of the gift giveaway are bigger than pregame jitters after the toys and decorations for the Angel Tree holiday party were stolen a day before the celebration.

    “We left all the toys in Rancho Cucamonga in a locked shed,” said Nicole Clark, the player’s mother. “We went over to the back and the shed was empty. We had over $7,000 worth of toys.”

    The Clark family accumulated toys and decorations for a whole year for a holiday party for over 250 kids in San Bernardino.

    “They didn’t take from us,” said Kenny’s brother, Kyon Clark, “they taking from the kids.”

    A GoFundMe campaign that collects donations from volunteers to buy more gifts says “thousands and thousands of gifts, bicycles, presents were all taken away from families who desperately need the help this holiday season.”

    The Green Bay Packers’ defensive and his family decided to be part of Angel Tree in order to give back to the community that once helped them.

    “We partnered up with Angel Tree because my husband is in prison,” said Nicole Clark, the player’s mother. “Angel Tree would put my husband on a list and give my children gifts every year.”

    The GoFundMe campaign has raised a total of $1,015.

    The Angel Tree giveaway and holiday party is taking place Thursday, Dec. 20 at Seventh Day Adventist Church in San Bernardino from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


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    A new study out Wednesday found that nearly twice as many children died from gun injuries in 2016 than from cancer, making guns the second-leading killer of children in the U.S., NBC News reported.

    Only car crashes killed more children than guns, and the U.S. gun fatality rate for children — which rose 28 percent between 2013 and 2016 — is 36 times higher than in other developed nations, according to the study from a team at the University of Michigan's Injury Prevention Center .

    The nation is failing to protect children, wrote the executive editor of the New England Journal of Medicine in an editorial that accompanied the report.

    "Children in America are dying or being killed at rates that are shameful," Dr. Edward Campion wrote.



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    Patients at Children's National hospital got a surprise visit from a very lean, but still jolly, Santa Wednesday — former President Barack Obama.

    Obama made his way through the halls of Children's National carrying a big bag filled with goodies and wearing a red hat with white trim.

    "Ho, ho, ho!" he bellowed upon entering a room filled children and their families.

    "My reindeer, uh, they were stuck in some snow ... but I just wanted to make sure that I made the trip and I had a chance to see all you guys," he said.

    Obama handed out toys and gifts ranging from remote control cars to glittery nail polish.

    "Between the lip balm and the little blush, you all just going to be cute!" Obama told one girl after handing her some makeup kits.

    He then thanked the hospital's staff for all of their hard work.

    "We've had a chance to talk to some of the wonderful kids and their families and, at a time that obviously is tough for folks and as the dad of two girls, you know, I can only imagine in that situation to have nurses and staff and doctors and people who are caring for them and looking after them and listening to them and just there for them and holding their hand - that's the most important thing there is," he said.



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    Former President Barack Obama delivers gifts, greets patients and their parents, at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2018.Former President Barack Obama delivers gifts, greets patients and their parents, at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2018.

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    A family in Covina received an unexpected visit at home Wednesday that could’ve taken a completely tragic turn had it not been for their alarm system and a notification sent to their phones.

    At around 9:15 p.m., the mom saw through her phone two men approach her door on Algrove Street and knocking on her door. The men were armed with a revolver, brass knuckles and a tire iron.

    “As soon as I (saw) it," she said, "I said, ‘Are they trying to rob us?'"

    The mom grabbed her son, hid in the closet and called 911 while her husband grabbed his gun.

    “I just laid there with him and told him, 'I’ll grab your blanket and pillow,'” the mom said. “I was just trying to make him feel comfortable.”

    As the robbers continued to knock, one of them called out the husband’s name. The mom said, “They could have seen something that had somebody’s name.”

    After a minute and a half, the robbers walked away.

    The family thinks that had it not been for their alarm system and camera, that night could have been completely different.

    “What if we, not knowing, just opened the door?”

    Police believe the men left the scene in a white van. The family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the suspects of the attempted robbery.


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    A prized recreational refuge from the city is still reeling from Woolsey Fire damage.

    A small number of popular trails have reopened in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, but most remain closed awaiting the completion of assessments and remediation, authorities say.

    "We're looking for immediate hazards," said Ferndando Gomez, Chief Ranger for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), which shares jurisdiction with California State Parks and the National Parks Service.

    A widespread concern is burned oak trees--in some cases hollowed out--at risk of collapsing, a particular worry where they are near trails. The fire-cleared landscape has also revealed hazards long hidden by brush, including a drill hole, 105 feet deep and wide enough for a person to fall inside, found within a few yards of the New Millenium Trail, Gomez said.

    The hollow shaft was quickly filled in, but Gomez said a thorough assessment is essential to locate other lurking dangers before the public is welcomed back.

    Malibu Creek State Park also remains closed.

    In recent years, the patchwork of mountain parks and some 500 miles of trails have annually lured visitorship in the millions.

    Some trails on federal lands have reopened, including those in Paramount Ranch, and also in Cheeseboro and Palo Comado canyons, which are interconnected with trails which remain closed in MRCA's Upper Las Virgenes area, formerly known as the Ahmanson Ranch.

    Crews in off-road "quads" have begun the Upper Las Virgenes assessment, but Gomez said it is premature to project when MRCA's trails can be reopened.

    "It's going to take a while," Gomez said. "May take a month, may take two months."

    Many of the trailheads have gates, and MRCA intends to keep them locked, but other entities also have access keys, and some of the gates have been left open. Gomez re-locked one he discovered Wednesday in Calabasas at the Zev Yaroslavsky Upper Las Virgenes Highlands Park.

    Half an hour later, farther north, at the upper Las Virgenes trail head, a trail runner and two mountain bikers could be seen climbing over the gate--not to enter, but to depart the parkland. They said when they arrived in the morning, the gate was open, as it has been in recent weeks, and that they had not previously seen the closed sign affixed to the bulletin board kiosk on the inside of the fence.

    They also said they did not see why the area needed to be closed.

    "Threre's a couple of downed trees. Otherwise, it's pretty safe," said trail runner Jay Gillespie.

    Those who have made their way into the burn zone said they were stunned by the transformation, but at the same time encouraged to see new growth already sprouting.

    "It's so beautiful," exclaimed cyclist Isaac Goren, who said he's been riding trails in upper Las Virgenes 15 years, and never seen the landscape as it is now. "Eerie, but beautiful."

    Those found inside closed areas are being asked to leave, said Gomez. At a  ranger's discretion, they could also be cited.

    He said, so far, none has.



    Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

    A gate in the Woolsey Fire burn area is pictured Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018.A gate in the Woolsey Fire burn area is pictured Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018.

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    The Justice Department has concluded that Matt Whitaker, appointed by President Donald Trump as the acting attorney general, had no reason to recuse and is overseeing Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation, a person familiar with the decision on Thursday told NBC News

    Formal notice of his role was expected to come in a letter to congressional Democrats who had said his critical comments about the Mueller investigation, made when he was a conservative commentator, require him to recuse — that is, to take himself out of any supervision of the case.

    His predecessor, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself because he was an active campaigner for then-presidential candidate Trump. 

    In a letter to the Justice Department's top ethics officer in November, seven Democratic leaders said, "Mr. Whitaker's statements indicate a clear bias against the investigation that would cause a reasonable person to question his impartiality."



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    FILE - In this April 24, 2014, file photo, then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker watches before a live televised debate in Johnston, Iowa. Maryland is challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general. A draft filing obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press argues that President Donald Trump sidestepped the Constitution and normal procedure by naming Whitaker to the position in place of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)FILE - In this April 24, 2014, file photo, then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker watches before a live televised debate in Johnston, Iowa. Maryland is challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general. A draft filing obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press argues that President Donald Trump sidestepped the Constitution and normal procedure by naming Whitaker to the position in place of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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    Most people can agree with the fact that it’s not polite to comment on someone’s weight. Well, the Monterey Bay Aquarium was under fire for doing just that.

    "Abby is a thicc girl," they tweeted Tuesday along with a cute picture of Abby the otter. "What an absolute unit. She c h o n k. Look at the size of this lady. OH LAWD SHE COMIN."

    Meant to be a lighthearted joke, they then used the hashtag #bodypawsitivity and tweeted "work hard, nom harder."

    The image received nearly 5,000 retweets and over 18,000 likes, mostly saying how cute Abby is and some even sharing photos of their own overweight pets.

    But, Monterey Bay’s comments also came with their fair share of Twitter users shaming the aquarium for "body shaming" Abby and for using several terms originating from African American Vernacular English (AAVE).

    "Please delete this tweet. It is offensive," tweeted Chanda Prescod-Weinstein. "I'm certain that @MontereyAq didn't realize that they were basically comparing Black women to animals by using AAVE developed to talk about Black women's bodies to describe an animal. But that's pretty bad, MBA."

    "Delete this," tweeted Alvin Grissom.

    The Monterey Bay Aquarium soon apologized.

    "Hey everyone. It has come to our attention that some of the references in this tweet are problematic and insensitive. We're posting here in the thread so that people who have engaged with this tweet will join us in our learning moment,” they tweeted. “In particular, several terms referenced originated from African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and specifically reference Black women's bodies. Using them in a sea otter meme without that background makes insinuations we never intended. We need to do better.”"



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    A mysterious light was seen streaking across the California sky late Wednesday. Check out photos from NBC Bay Area viewers.

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    A chilling new report shows just how many Californians are at risk when it comes to wildfires.

    According to analysis by the Los Angeles Times, 1 in 10 homes in California are situated in a high-risk fire zone. Trouble zones in the Bay Area include the foothills of Mount Diablo in Contra Costa County.

    Mount Diablo State Park near Danville is indeed the sort of spot that raises concerns, with rolling hills filled with dried vegetation and trees and homes wedged in the middle.

    Cal Fire says it’s not surprised by the report but it should open some eyes.

    Amanda Quattro, a San Ramon Valley High School senior who grew up in the area, is accustomed to the scares.

    "So I live on the other side of the valley, in the Las Trampas Hills," she said. "Some time earlier last year, there were fires that burned my neighbors’ back deck and got within three feet of mine. So yeah, basically charred the whole grass area space … behind my house."

    A torrent of devastating wildfires in recent years has prompted a closer look at high-risk homes. The LA Times analyzed updated maps drawn by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and found 1 in 10 homes sits in a high-risk pocket.

    It’s more concentrated in Southern California but far more pervasive in our neck of the woods.

    "I wouldn’t say I’m surprised, and most of those homes that you’re speaking of are in very high or high fire severity zones," said Mike Marcucci, Cal Fire's assistant chief. "We’ve known that for years."

    Marcucci says more homes have likely been added to the list as developments expand into wildland areas. His best advice is to know your situation and clear vegetation.

    "We’re seeing the ember cast that is coming off of a fire, maybe even a mile away, that are landing in their yard," Marcucci said. "If you have junipers up against your home, you’ve gotta get rid of that. You’ve gotta make your home a fortress against fire."

    Despite the need for heightened protection, many in this East Bay community say they have no regrets.

    "Well, certainly I’d be more aware of the possibilities," said Steve Luchetti, a Danville resident for 30 years. "But this is a wonderful area to live in."



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    The foothills of Mount Diablo are one of several areas in the state that are considered trouble zones for wildfires.The foothills of Mount Diablo are one of several areas in the state that are considered trouble zones for wildfires.

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    A 7-year-old boy who was hit by a car while looking at holiday lights with his family in Ocean Beach was released from the hospital Wednesday but still has a long recovery ahead.

    Caleb De Leon was walking on the north side of Newport Avenue after 6 p.m. Monday when he stepped off the curb and was hit. Despite his injuries, He still had the strength to crawl to the side of the road.

    "I saw him crawling over to the car that was parked in front of me and he just looked up at me and said "I'm OK, thank the lord, I'm OK," Caleb's father Daniel said.

    Daniel said he ran to Caleb and saw a bone in his leg sticking out through his skin.

    "I look down and see the tibia is sticking out of his leg," Daniel said. "I remember falling to my knees and holding his face so he wouldn't look down. I told him 'You're amazing, you're a champion, you're going to get through this.'"

    Caleb, who is visiting with family from Arkansas, now has a metal bar and several pins holding his leg bone together. His new hardware and healing bones are wrapping up in a bright blue cast.

    He'll have plenty of physical therapy along his road to recovery, and the team at Rady Children's Hospital is putting him in contact with specialists in his home state.

    Daniel said the injury also took a toll on Caleb's 9-year-old brother who saw the whole thing happen.

    "He's watching his brother and he saw the injuries, it just traumatized him," Daniel said.

    Caleb and his brother will see a counselor, their father said.

    The driver of the car that hit Caleb stayed at the scene.

    The San Diego Police Traffic Division is investigating the incident but preliminary information indicates the driver was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.


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    110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade: People have long sought to decorate their vessels, practically since the invention of boats. And while there've been some dazzling looks in the past, few boat-based sights can outshine this five-night treat, an annual on-the-water show that's been around for a century plus a decade. It's all free to see, too, if you find the right railing to stand at, but, of course, nearby restaurants and cruise boats'll be hosting onlookers, too. It's all shimmering through Sunday, Dec. 23.

    Winter Fest OC: Long to see how big the largest seasonal outdoor rink in our region truly is, anyway? You'll need to get to the OC Fair & Event Center, in Costa Mesa, for this frost-laden lark. Ice skating isn't the only pastime on the party-spirit scene, for nightly snowfalls, tree lightings, Santa sightings, and tubing are all woven through the whimsy and wonder, too. Look also for the just-debuted light maze, as well as some 20 carnival rides. This is weekend #1 for Winter Fest, but don't wait too long: It'll melt away on Jan. 6, 2019.

    Walt Disney Concert Hall Sing-alongs: The opportunity to croon, from your seat, inside this world-famous venue, is rare, but it does come back around each year, just before Christmas. And there are four chances to sing inside the hall, over two days, at two events: The Holiday Sing-along is happening on Dec. 22, with a pair of daytime happenings, while the "White Christmas" Sing-along will fill the DTLA destination with vintage-film joy on Dec. 23, in the afternoon and evening. Wear your favorite poinsettia corsage or Santa-style suit and sing, sing, sing in this beautiful space.

    Christmas Festivities at the Original Farmers Market: So you love feeling the spirit of this time, but you'd rather do it in a relaxing way, with a cup of coffee or glass of wine? While the music you're hearing is free, meaning you didn't have to pay entry or admission? Head for the corner of Third & Fairfax through the afternoon of Dec. 24, for the yearly yuletide celebrations are on, and how. This means mariachi music, Victorian-style carolers, crafts for kids to make, and more. Just check the schedule before you go, to make sure the merriment you seek is timed to your visit.

    Halloween Meets Christmas: So you thought the spookiest time of year had wickedly wrapped? Here's the answer to that: a big nope. For there's a pop-up haunted home attraction, that's themed to the holidays, called Santa's Workshop: Toys Revenge, in Highland Park. It's getting mighty goosebumpily, for two nights only, on Dec. 22 and 23 (it's free, as is the Mexican hot chocolate they'll be serving). And lookie here, Jack fans: Yuletide Cinemaland, a December pop-up film series, will be revisiting "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" in honor of its 25th anniversary, on Dec. 22 at Heritage Square.



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    The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade sails for several nights, right through to Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018.The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade sails for several nights, right through to Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018.

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