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November 16, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A fast-spreading disease is infecting Monterey pines throughout Marin County, leaving behind dead and dying trees that present a fire hazard and cost thousands of dollars to remove. Pine pitch canker, which spread to the San Francisco Bay Area after appearing along the Monterey Peninsula two decades ago, arrived in Marin about five years ago. Fire officials are asking residents to watch out for the disease because dying Monterey pines present a safety and fire hazard.
July 31, 2007 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
For decades, Marin County Coroner Ken Holmes preached against publicizing the grim frequency of suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge. He claimed that media tallies of the deaths created a circus atmosphere and even encouraged some people to jump. His campaign came to fruition in 1995, when Bay Area newspapers and TV stations agreed to stop treating the untimely deaths as news.
August 22, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Marin County's median home price hit a record $739,000 in June, powered by the lowest mortgage rates in half a century. The June median was a 5.2% increase over the $702,500 median in June 2002, the county assessor's office reported Wednesday. The median price is middle ground, with half the homes sold costing more and half costing less. Sales also rose, with a total of 311 single family homes sold in June, up from 248 a year earlier.
February 14, 2007 | Patrick Comiskey, Special to The Times
UNLESS you've been living under an air-conditioned rock for the last couple of decades, you may have noticed signs that the world seems to be getting warmer. It's been widely reported that the trend is likely to wreak some interesting havoc upon California's wine regions in the not-too-distant future, leaving Napa and parts of Sonoma with conditions that resemble the Central Valley.
State officials recommended Tuesday that a convicted Marin County serial rapist remain locked up at a state mental hospital for at least two more years because they believe he is a danger to society. The state Department of Mental Health asked the Marin County district attorney to petition a judge to keep Patrick Henry Ghilotti from becoming the first sexual predator to be released after completing a controversial medical treatment program designed to crack down on repeat sex offenders.
March 16, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Work has begun in Marin County on a test operation to turn bay saltwater into drinking water. The Marin Municipal Water District is building the $1.2-million test plant near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
December 14, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Sen. Barbara Boxer says she will push Congress for $1.5 million to help figure out what's causing what appear to be elevated breast cancer rates in Marin County. Boxer also said she would ask the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency for a staff worker to help research efforts and map toxic sites.
December 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A resolution calling for a death penalty moratorium in California was unanimously passed Tuesday by the Marin County Board of Supervisors. "We are asking for a suspension; a suspension does not mean abolition," said Supervisor John Kress, who co-wrote the resolution. He said the introduction of new technology has helped exonerate more than 100 people on death row nationwide.
February 13, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports.
A 12-year-old boy from Novato's Hill Middle School is recovering from bacterial meningitis, and health officials are urging 35 people who had close contact with him to undergo antibiotic treatments. The boy is being treated for the rare, potentially fatal infection at UC San Francisco Medical Center, said Laurel Yrun, a nurse in the Novato Unified School District. The boy was responding to antibiotics and doing well, Yrun said.
October 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Bucking a trend that has seen the consolidation of police agencies throughout Marin County, the town of Ross is keeping its local police force. Ross' Town Council voted unanimously Monday night against a Sheriff's Department proposal that would have eliminated the small police force in a cost-saving move and given law enforcement duties to the sheriff. More than 100 people jammed into the tiny council chambers, and not a single person spoke in favor of eliminating the police department.
January 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Victims of last winter's flooding in Marin County are seeking more than $1 billion in lawsuits filed against government agencies that they blame for the devastation. Each of the 265 individuals and businesses named in the six lawsuits is asking for $4 million in damages and an additional $250,000 in legal fees, said attorney Herb Rowland, who is defending the city of San Anselmo. The flood that began Dec. 31, 2005, damaged about 1,200 homes and 200 businesses.
January 2, 2007 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
On one side of sea grass-tufted dunes at Lawson's Landing, the mouth of Tomales Bay opens toward sparkling waves, rocky outcroppings and, in the distance, the brown bluffs of Bodega Head. On the other lies a hodgepodge of more than 200 weather-beaten trailer homes along with a boathouse, a snack bar and sheds. Nearby sprawls a 1,000-vehicle campground dotted with picnic tables, fire rings and portable toilets -- all amid coastal wetlands at the base of towering dune formations.
May 28, 2006 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
Robert Plotkin, the upstart newspaper publisher in this isolated hub of organic farmers, bistro owners and wealthy Bay Area refugees, is on the move, his journalistic campaign in overdrive. He seems to be everywhere at once -- snapping news photographs, reporting stories, schmoozing with subscribers and courting advertisers -- as he whisks about west Marin County in his racy black BMW.
January 17, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A missing hiker found dead in the Marin Headlands over the weekend drowned face-down in a creek, Marin County coroner's officials said Monday. The body of Jim Phiffer, 60, of Sausalito was discovered Saturday night.
January 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 20-year-old woman was ordered to stand trial for allegedly hiring out young girls to work as prostitutes in Marin County. Mehgan Elizabeth Hansen of San Jose faces five felony pimping and pandering counts and one misdemeanor.
November 6, 2005 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
Any chance that Charles, prince of Wales, and Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, might have a rough go of it in this decidedly un-royalist west Marin County town was dispelled by the scene that awaited their nine-car motorcade Saturday morning. More than 1,000 people lined the main road in this picturesque town while the farmers at Point Reyes Farmers' Market expectantly waited at their stalls, their vegetables placed just so.
August 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
A man has pleaded guilty in Marin County Superior Court to burglarizing a movie theater last month -- to pay his bail in a drug case. David Alan Hoffmann agreed to plea bargains Monday in both cases and will face a maximum term of six years in prison when sentenced next month. Police found him hiding on a catwalk on the second floor of the Regency VI Theater.
October 23, 2005 | Janis Cooke Newman, Special to The Times
WAITING for my latte at Tiburon's Cafe Acri, I was surrounded by a dozen men in powder-blue spandex. Their legs were closely shaved, and they walked in the slightly bowlegged way one does when there's too much padding in your shorts. In hearty voices, they ordered plates of energy-producing carbohydrates (in the form of Italian pastries) and compared morning mileage -- nothing short of 15. Dressed in my own pair of butt-padded Lycra shorts, I felt one with the boys in powder blue.
October 11, 2005 | Donna Horowitz, Special to The Times
A former employee of Carlos Santana is suing the Grammy-winning musician and his wife, alleging that the couple fired him because he wasn't spiritual enough. The unusual legal battle is playing out in Marin County Superior Court, where the Santanas lost the first round to keep the dispute out of the public realm.
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