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Trading positions

first_imgNIKOLAI, Alaska – Lance Mackey snatched back the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, speeding through Ophir on Wednesday as other teams rested. Four-time champions Martin Buser and Jeff King had breezed through the Nikolai checkpoint and cruised to the front while Mackey slept. The two were resting their teams Wednesday in Ophir, near the halfway point of the 1,100-mile race, along with Zack Steer, 33, of Sheep Mountain. Steer has run the race twice with a best finish of 14th place. King, the 2006 champion, took a 41/2-hour rest in Nikolai before making a nearly 100-mile push to Ophir through the checkpoints of McGrath and Takotna. Buser, 48, running in his 24th Iditarod, spent just three minutes in Nikolai on the Kuskokwim River, about 770 miles from the finish line at Nome. He took a 51/2-hour rest in McGrath. Mackey, 36, chased the three other leaders out of Takotna on Wednesday, setting out before dawn for the cabin at Ophir. Mackey is trying to win the 1,100-mile race and follow in the footsteps of his father, Dick, and brother, Rick, who won the race in 1978 and 1983, respectively. “Things are looking good,” Mackey said when he arrived at Nikolai. Mackey, who had not slept since the start of the race in Willow on Sunday, took about seven hours in Nikolai to rest himself and his team. Mackey said his chances of winning had just improved with two top mushers out of the race after getting injured in what is proving to be one of the roughest Iditarods in years. Eleven mushers had dropped out of the race by Wednesday morning, including two top veterans. center_img Four-time champion Doug Swingley, 53, of Lincoln, Mont., was scratched on Monday after taking a spill and getting injured in a stretch of icy trail a few miles before Rainy Pass. Aliy Zirkle, 37, of Two Rivers, who pulled into Nikolai at about the same time as Steer, 33, of Sheep Mountain, said the trail is treacherous this year. “I was lucky. That is the only thing I can say,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

2 men found dead in home

first_imgGRANADA HILLS – Two men were found shot to death inside a home Thursday, and police were searching for the killer, authorities said. A woman who lives at the house in the 17000 block of San Jose Street with her boyfriend and another woman discovered the two men dead about 2 p.m., said LAPD Detective Humberto Fajardo. The victims, both Latinos who appeared to be in their mid-20s, were found inside the home near the entrance, lying on the floor, Fajardo said. There was no sign of forced entry. The woman did not identify either of the dead men, so police could not confirm if either was her boyfriend. The men’s names were not released, and nobody has been arrested. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBefore the current occupants moved in about nine months ago, police raided the house and discovered that the last tenant was using it to grow marijuana, next-door neighbor Jerry Williams said. Soon after, the home’s owner fixed up the property and assured Williams that the next tenants would be an improvement because he found them through his church. Up until Thursday’s killings, Williams has had no complaints. “They’ve been model neighbors,” he said. Although police said one man and two women lived at the home, Williams said it appeared to him that two younger men, two young women and an older man lived there. In March, shortly after they moved in, the two young men helped Williams trim some trees that were hanging over from his yard into theirs, Williams said. The young men would offer a respectful wave when they saw their neighbors but wouldn’t converse much beyond that, neighbors said. “They stuck to themselves,” neighbor Justin Jameson said. “They weren’t the outgoing neighborly type.” [email protected] 818-713-3329 For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more