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Price of gas up 3 cents across U.S. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAMARILLO The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices says the average national price of gasoline increased 2.6 cents in the past two weeks. Oil industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average price of regular gasoline Friday was $1.94 a gallon. The price of mid-grade was $2.07 a gallon and the price of premium was $2.19 a gallon.

Despite the increase, the price of regular gasoline is $1.16 below its level one year ago. Of cities surveyed, the nation’s lowest price was $1.60 in Cheyenne, Wyo. The highest price was $2.39 in Anchorage, Alaska. Californians paid an average price of $2.27 per gallon for regular-grade gasoline. Of the California cities surveyed, Los Angeles was the cheapest at $2.24. The highest price was $2.32 in Fresno.

Mayors decline to participate FROM RACE PAGE 3 law and political science at University of Southern California Law School. The annual stair climb seemed like a perfect opportunity for both men who have crowed about their jogging habits. It also seemed like a good chance to battle over who has the greenest credentials —

a key part of their platforms. The race in San Francisco would send climbers 52 flights up the city’s tallest building, 555 California, on March 28, while Los Angeles runners would climb 63 flights up the Aon Center on April 18. Both men would have been timed, but the winning team would be the one that raised the most money.


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Morgan Genser Members of the Santa Monica High School boys basketball team storm the court after senior Kunnu Shofu's last-second shot on Friday at Samohi. The late-game heroics helped the Vikings defeat Chaparral, 56-54, in the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division I-A playoffs. The Vikings advance to play Perris on the road in the third round on Tuesday. Samohi is the no. 11 seed in the playoffs.

Spirit Awards held on beach FROM SPIRIT PAGE 3 “I feel like we should just stop the show after Mickey, because who could follow that, really?” McCarthy said. Leo gave a whoop as she took the stage to collect her prize for “Frozen River,” which got its start a year ago at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the top dramatic honor. She stars as a destitute mother who stumbles into the immigrant-smuggling business with a Mohawk Indian woman along the U.S.-Canada border. “You are my people. You know you are my people,” Leo told the independent-cinema crowd at the awards luncheon in a tent along the Santa Monica beach. “’Frozen River’ is a truly independent film.” The supporting honors went to Cruz as a combustible artist in a three-way relationship with her ex-husband and an American woman in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and James Franco as a lover of slain gay-rights pioneer Harvey Milk in Gus

Van Sant’s “Milk.” Allen won the screenplay honor for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” his romance that follows the affairs of two American women in Spain. Cruz thanked Allen “just for letting me be around him. ... He’s really the symbol of independence in our industry.” True to his neurotic nature, Allen abruptly departed the set on a pivotal day, when Cruz was to shoot a steamy kissing scene with Scarlett Johansson, Cruz said. Allen had found a freckle on his hand and wanted a dermatologist to examine it, she said. “He just left, and I love him for that,” Cruz said. Franco said he was a longtime fan of Van Sant’s films and signed on because of the talent involved with “Milk.” “When I heard this thing was happening with probably my favorite actor, Sean Penn, and it was such an important story, that was enough for me,” said Franco, who added thanks to “everyone that was part of Harvey’s life.”



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Santa Monica Daily Press, March 23, 2009  

The daily newspaper of record for the City of Santa Monica and surrounding areas.

Santa Monica Daily Press, March 23, 2009  

The daily newspaper of record for the City of Santa Monica and surrounding areas.