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San Marino approves Huntington Library expansion; students lose fingers in game of tug-of-war; frozen yogurt store owner faces rape and kidnapping charges

News from around the West San Gabriel Valley:

South El Monte High School students get fingers cut off during tug-of-war (San Marino Tribune)Two students from South El Monte High School suffered severed fingers during a game of tug-of-war on Monday during the school's homecoming activities. The female senior, a varsity soccer player, and the male football player were transported to a local hospital. It was unknown whether the fingers could be re-attached. 

San Marino City Council approves Huntington expansion (San Marino Patch)San Marino City Council approved a 26.8-acre expansion for the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Monday night. The project will go back in front of the city's Planning Commission and pass through a state-required environmental report. Renovations include a new auditorium, classrooms, and a new education and visitor center.

Monterey Park store owner faces trial for attempted rape and kidnapping (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)A judge ruled on Tuesday that there was enough evidence to charge a Monterey Park yogurt shop owner of kidnapping to commit rape, attempted murder, assault to commit a felony, and possession of child pornography. Most of the charges stem from an attempted rape incident on Aug. 24, 2011, at O My Yogurt involving one of the suspect's employees.

L.A. County Sheriff's deputy will not face charges for killing mentally ill Rosemead woman (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)A deputy who shot and killed a mentally ill woman in Rosemead last January will not face criminal charges. The District Attorney's office concluded that Deputy Brian Vance acted in "lawful self-defense" after Jazmyne Ha Eng reportedly charged toward him and three other deputies with a hammer. The deputies were responding to a call that Eng was carrying the hammer and not responding to staff at the Asian Pacific Family Center where she was being treated for paranoid schizophrenia. Eng's sister, a member of the Rosemead Planning Commission, said the family is still dealing with the aftermath one year later and that the shooting shouldn't have happened.

World Journal and Monterey Park co-host the 2013 Chinese New Year Fair (Chinese: World Journal)Chinese press World Journal and the city of Monterey Park co-hosted the 2013 Chinese New Year Fair on Feb. 2 and 3, drawing more than 190,000 visitors to the fair along Garfield Avenue between Garvey and Alhambra avenues. More than 200 businesses set up booths and many business owners said they received 20 times more traffic than usual. Some businesses doubled their inventory during the fair but still could not meet the demand.

Our news roundup includes stories from Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Pasadena, El Sereno, San Marino, Rosemead, and Temple City.Our news roundup includes stories from Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Pasadena, El Sereno, San Marino, Rosemead, and Temple City.

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