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August 10, 2003 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
Our 12-mile bike ride from San Luis Obispo to the Pacific was eased by cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s. We then took a seaside break, a couple of hours spent resting and reading on the sand. About a mile into our return to town, the heavens sprinkled a July surprise. Overhanging sycamores and eucalyptus trees shielded us only partly, but it was fun to feel the raindrops and ponder how different life must have been back home in broiling Los Angeles.
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February 29, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
A transplant surgeon accused of illegally hastening the death of a prospective organ donor acted properly when he ordered sizable doses of pain and anxiety medication for the comatose man, the physician's attorney suggested in court Thursday. Gravely ill, Ruben Navarro "was going to die shortly, whether in minutes or in hours," said attorney M. Gerald Schwartzbach as he asked a question of a witness. "In that situation, you err on the side of ensuring that he's pain-free."
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November 21, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
Larry Houlgate is a university professor from California's central coast who is presently on a sabbatical leave in the south of France. He and his wife have been living in the Provence region since September, in a quaint rented house. Their village is so small that it appears on few maps. Houlgate spent two years preparing for this getaway. He is writing a book and won't return to his San Luis Obispo home until the end of March.
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February 28, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
No one in the courtroom Wednesday suggested that Ruben Navarro could have avoided death for long. But whether the severely retarded, comatose 25-year-old was nudged into it by an impatient transplant surgeon is at the core of a legal proceeding unprecedented in the United States. Dr. Hootan Roozrokh, 34, has been charged with three felonies in Navarro's 2006 death.
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October 28, 2001 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The historic, 2,000-pound Gloria bell that has called people to Mass at Mission San Luis Obispo for 183 years has gone silent. Dan Krieger, a mission expert and history professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, said a crack in the iron bell has widened, possibly from the exertions of a new generation of bell ringers. Whatever the reason, fears that the bell could break and fall on passersby has led the mission to stop using the bell.
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November 18, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Easing past vehicle traffic, transportation officials and elected leaders took to the rails Wednesday to launch new train service between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo, a round-trip line designed in part to help relieve congestion along the Ventura Freeway. Amid a celebratory send-off, the Amtrak train left Union Station at 7:30 a.m., slicing through inner city Los Angeles and fertile Ventura County farm fields before cruising along the sun-kissed Santa Barbara County coastline.
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January 9, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
In a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the City Council approved a resolution declaring San Luis Obispo officially opposed to a preemptive military strike on Iraq by the United States. About 30 cities nationwide have approved similar resolutions -- including Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and San Francisco -- and several dozen others are considering it, according to Karen Dolan, director of the Progressive Challenge Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
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November 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
City officials say they are one step closer to owning the Ahearn Ranch, a 610-acre site on the east and west sides of U.S. Highway 101. On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved $1.5 million in federal funds toward the land purchase. Officials anticipate raising $1.2 million from private, local and state sources to buy the $2.7-million property.
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September 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The American Legion and Marine Corps veterans will have to wait two more weeks for a decision on whether they can display a 50-foot-high flagpole. In a meeting Tuesday, the Architectural Review Commission delayed the vote to Sept. 15, because of concerns about the pole's location, lighting and height. The proposed site is within space zoned for conservation. The City Council said the pole would be more appropriate in an area zoned for office use.
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May 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Supervisors gave tentative approval to an updated county coastal protection plan. The board on Tuesday adopted California Coastal Commission-recommended changes in the 21-year-old plan. The changes cover trail development, protection of scenic views, building setbacks and installation of telecommunications cables.
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April 1, 2007 | Rosemary McClure, Times Staff Writer
Escape the city on a three-day package that's as American as apple pie. The springtime Bounty of the County tour of the San Luis Obispo area includes accommodations, wine tastings, gourmet food and a couple of surprising extras: a gas voucher and a free homemade pie. The deal: $299 per room for a two-night stay at the popular Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo.
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April 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A second Pacific mealybug has been found at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The rare and exotic bug earlier caused the closure of the Cal Poly horticulture unit. The second one was found on a banana plant from Florida, triggering pesticide spraying and more sampling of insects in a greenhouse. The mealybug has never before been identified within the United States. Were it to spread, it would be a threat to California's agriculture because it has no local predator, experts said.
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April 11, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One of the men who kidnapped and buried a busload of schoolchildren 30 years ago was again denied parole Monday. Richard Allen Schoenfeld won't be eligible for parole again until 2008. Schoenfeld, his brother James Schoenfeld and Frederick Newhall Woods were sentenced to life in prison for the crime. The men commandeered the bus on July 15, 1976, near Chowchilla in the San Joaquin Valley.
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May 24, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A moderate earthquake hit the Central California coast Monday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries, according to the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department. The magnitude-4.1 temblor hit at 12:59 p.m. in San Luis Obispo County, about 6 miles northeast of San Simeon, according to a preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey.
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November 18, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Easing past vehicle traffic, transportation officials and elected leaders took to the rails Wednesday to launch new train service between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo, a round-trip line designed in part to help relieve congestion along the Ventura Freeway. Amid a celebratory send-off, the Amtrak train left Union Station at 7:30 a.m., slicing through inner city Los Angeles and fertile Ventura County farm fields before cruising along the sun-kissed Santa Barbara County coastline.
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November 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The city may be slapping Mardi Gras partygoers with huge fines for such minor offenses as drinking and urinating in public. The citywide proposal to triple penalties for certain offenses is designed to improve community relations after rioting by 5,000 people in February. The City Council will consider the plan at its Dec. 7 meeting.
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May 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Artifacts uncovered beneath downtown streets by utility crews are offering a glimpse into the past, but they could also drive up the cost of the city's water and sewer line project by $250,000, or 16%. Backhoes have unearthed Native American, Chinese American and Spanish artifacts. The discovery surprised city officials, who are spending $1.6 million on the project.
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April 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Reacting to the costly rioting during February's five-day Mardi Gras celebration, the police chief and city administrator urged the City Council to end future events. Excessive drinking led to a rock- and bottle-throwing melee that cost taxpayers nearly $500,000, they said. Police Chief Deborah Linden and City Administrative Officer Ken Hampian presented a nine-page report to the council asking for an end to Mardi Gras festivities.
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August 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A four-hour freeway pursuit of a woman who allegedly abducted her own daughter from an Antioch home ended in San Luis Obispo on Monday with the daughter safe and the mother in custody. Authorities arrested Maria Servillon, 25, after she led police on a chase that began on the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge and ended along U.S. Highway 101 near San Luis Obispo -- more than 200 miles south. Servillon's 3-year-old daughter, Mikayla Viana, was in the vehicle when her mother stopped her car.
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April 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Reacting to the costly rioting during February's five-day Mardi Gras celebration, the police chief and city administrator urged the City Council to end future events. Excessive drinking led to a rock- and bottle-throwing melee that cost taxpayers nearly $500,000, they said. Police Chief Deborah Linden and City Administrative Officer Ken Hampian presented a nine-page report to the council asking for an end to Mardi Gras festivities.
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