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Mavericks canceled for 2017

February 5, 2017
Mavericks canceled for 2017

This was supposed to be the first year that women competed in the annual Mavericks surfing competition, but this year’s event has been now been canceled. Embroiled in lawsuits and financial struggles, the competition has been officially called off for 2017, according to the New York Times. The decision follows several weeks — months, in…

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Oculus unveils new VR headset – the Santa Cruz

October 8, 2016

Oculus has released the latest prototype of its Rift virtual reality headset and they’ve named it after our fair city. Meet the Santa Cruz. From Ars Technica:  “I got a chance to try out an early prototype of Oculus’ effort, dubbed the “Santa Cruz” prototype, at the company’s Oculus Connect conference late this week. The…

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Stab Santa Cruz calls it quits

October 6, 2016

Stab Santa Cruz, a blog that cropped up almost a decade ago in the wake of a number of violent crimes, is calling it quits. Whether you call him a rabble rouser, vigilante, fear monger or community leader, Helbard Alkhassadeh got people talking with his site, which chronicled, well, stabbings in Santa Cruz. Despite the misleading moniker,…

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Three sea otters shot to death in Santa Cruz County

August 30, 2016
Three sea otters shot to death in Santa Cruz County

This is incredibly sad news. Officials are seeking information involving three sea otters that were shot to death in recent weeks.  More information from the California Dept. of Fish and Game here.

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Anita Hill at UC Santa Cruz Thursday

February 22, 2015
Anita Hill at UC Santa Cruz Thursday

Anita Hill, who made headlines when she accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, will be speaking at UC Santa Cruz Thursday. The event is co- sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz.  Hill  will be speaking about sexual harassment law, gender and race equality. After the talk , she will sign copies of her book, Reimagining Equality:…

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Soquel Creek Water District showcasing residents’ water conservation efforts

September 19, 2014
Soquel Creek Water District showcasing residents’ water conservation efforts

I’m really enjoying the little vignettes about what various customers are doing to save water that the Soquel Creek Water District is highlighting on its website. It’s not only visual, but it’s also a great way of showing how relatively easy and non-intrusive many conservation efforts can be. Check them out at “Your Neighbors Saving…

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UCSC professor keeping legacy of India’s most famous filmmaker alive

February 25, 2014

From KQED:  During the telecast of the 1992 Academy Awards, millions of people watched Audrey Hepburn — one of world’s most recognizable actresses — stand on the Oscar stage and pay tribute to Indian filmmakerSatyajit Ray, who spoke to Hepburn from a hospital bed in Calcutta. Ray was dying. Heart troubles had greatly reduced his…

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One year anniversary of Santa Cruz police shootings

February 24, 2014

This week marks one year ago that Santa Cruz police officers Butch Baker and Elizabeth Butler were fatally shot on Branciforte when they went to interview a suspect. The Good Times took a look back at the incident that shook the community. City staff plans to organize a one-year anniversary memorial event for the community…

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Bryan Stow’s attackers plead guilty

February 20, 2014

The two men charged with severely beating Bryan Stow at Dodgers Stadium have pleaded guilty. Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez were arrested in connection with the near fatal attack on Stow, a Live Oak paramedic. The March 2011 incident occurred during the Giants-Dodgers opening game. The pair pleaded guilty to mayhem, assault, battery and other counts…

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The Great Morgani announces he’s leaving Pacific Avenue

February 19, 2014
The Great Morgani announces he’s leaving Pacific Avenue

Elvis has left the building. OK, no, not Elvis, but Santa Cruz icon the Great Morgani. And he’s not leaving the building, so to speak – he’s leaving Pacific Avenue, where he’s been performing for about a decade. Morgani’s departure comes as a casualty of the city’s street performer ordinances, passed in October. The City…

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