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September 10, 1995 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Zamichow writes for The Times' Metro section
Visiting Lotusland's gardens means journeying back to a time when a woman's best shot at amassing a fortune came from marrying the right man. Or, in the case of Polish opera singer Madame Ganna Walska, marrying six of them.
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February 14, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
A convicted sex offender has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder more than a year after he allegedly slipped through an open balcony door at a Santa Barbara waterfront hotel and attacked a couple as they lay sleeping, police said Wednesday. Tomas Obispo Morales, 23, was picked up in nearby Goleta after DNA tests identified him as the couple's assailant, said Santa Barbara Police spokesman Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte.
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February 2, 2006 | Steve Chawkins and Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writers
Beverly Graham's condo lay across a curving garden path from Jennifer Sanmarco's back patio -- a proximity that was too close for Graham's comfort. From time to time, Graham thought about calling the police on her unruly neighbor, but her boyfriend advised against it. "She's just nuts," he'd say.
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August 26, 2007 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
SANTA BARBARA -- Call it the Santa Barbara meltdown. Two of the city's great preoccupations -- progressive politics and sky-high real estate values -- have collided over the last couple of months, yielding high drama over an art project that was to denote land imperiled by global warming with blue waves painted on downtown intersections. "The community conversation turned into a frenzy," said Mayor Marty Blum, one of the idea's supporters. "I don't think I've ever seen anything like it."
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March 27, 2004 | Cynthia Daniels, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Coast Guard transmitted urgent broadcasts over marine channels every two hours Friday after a 25-year-old man who set sail from San Pedro for Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, three weeks ago was reported missing. The father of Jebediah Cross reported Thursday that his son had planned to leave March 5 and hadn't been seen since. Cross' neighbors told the Coast Guard that they thought his planned departure date was March 8, said Petty Officer Dave Hardesty, a Coast Guard spokesman.
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May 28, 2002 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A crowd of students spills out of the Francisco Torres Residence Hall, laughing and taunting one another on their way out for a night of partying in Isla Vista. Of dorm life in the two 10-story towers, Nino Boles-King, 19, offered a mixed review. "The food [is bad], but it's really easy to get [messed] up" on drugs and alcohol, he said. That's not the kind of endorsement managers of the massive student housing complex next to UC Santa Barbara would like to receive.
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November 17, 1991 | LIBBY SLATE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
People come here and after they've taken in Cabrillo Boulevard, State Street, the mission and the courthouse, they'll sometimes ask: What else is there to do? As it happens, Don Beck, former basketball coach at Santa Barbara City College, has an answer: His Classic Style Tour & Limo, which explores Santa Barbara sites off the beaten path from a restored 1940 Buick limousine.
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August 21, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Two people will be tried on felony hate crime charges for allegedly burning a cross at the home of a black police officer in Lompoc. A Superior Court judge ruled Monday that Jayne Marie Sharp, 42, of Lompoc and Charles Thomas Matkin, 38, of Santa Maria should be held for trial. They are accused of burning a 6-foot cross in a flower bed at Officer Shawn Fuggs' house July 15.
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April 27, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
For the first time in more than 50 years, biologists have discovered a pair of peregrine falcon chicks on Santa Barbara Island. The discovery was made April 20, when a biologist with the National Park Service climbed to the falcon nest hoping to retrieve an unhatched egg that would be used to make a contaminant analysis of the shell. Instead, he found the just-hatched chicks.
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May 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The founding family of 77-year-old Temple B'nai B'rith has donated $2 million to the synagogue, its largest gift ever. Daniel Hochman, a grandson of founding temple members Lester and Viola Girsh, said his family was inspired to give the gift so the temple can continue its work "from generation to generation," in good times and bad. Congregation B'nai B'rith will dedicate the temple sanctuary in the family's name during a celebration May 14.
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August 5, 2007 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
As crowds jammed the city's main downtown thoroughfare for its annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta, police officers fatally shot an Oxnard man who allegedly pulled a loaded gun during a fight, police said Saturday. The shooting occurred outside a restaurant at 11:50 p.m. Friday as hundreds of Fiesta revelers packed lower State Street.
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April 27, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
For the first time in more than 50 years, biologists have discovered a pair of peregrine falcon chicks on Santa Barbara Island. The discovery was made April 20, when a biologist with the National Park Service climbed to the falcon nest hoping to retrieve an unhatched egg that would be used to make a contaminant analysis of the shell. Instead, he found the just-hatched chicks.
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April 7, 2007 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
A man arrested on Veterans Day in 2004 while using a bullhorn to publicly recite the names of military casualties in Iraq has reached a $17,000 settlement in his lawsuit against the Santa Barbara Police Department. The city will pay the damages to Michael Tocher, 37, who was arrested Nov. 11, 2004, at a downtown plaza while reading a Defense Department list of U.S. and allied casualties. The city also will pay $87,000 for his attorneys' fees.
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March 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A migrating gray whale has been in the harbor here for days, and officials don't know why it hasn't moved on. The 15-foot whale showed up Monday at the harbor entrance and has been swimming 100 to 500 yards offshore. "It's unusual for one to just stay there. They go from Baja to Alaska at this time of year," Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol Officer Monica Broumand said. "We don't know why he's hanging out. He doesn't seem to be trapped," Broumand said. "There are no apparent injuries."
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March 3, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Authorities on Friday arrested an Isla Vista man suspected of sexually assaulting a skier at Mammoth and a jogger in Goleta after allegedly grabbing the women and injecting them with a tranquilizing drug. Steven Neff, 39, was picked up in the 5-year-old crimes with the aid of DNA evidence.
REAL ESTATE
October 29, 2006 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
During a trip from Chicago to Santa Barbara in the '20s, Montgomery Ward heir James Ward Thorne and his wife, Narcissa, bought a hilltop home site and commissioned their friend, Chicago architect Edwin Hill Clark, to design a house for it. When completed in 1928, the stately house was known formally as Montjoie (French for Mount Joy), but because of its ocean views, locals call it "the Queen of Santa Barbara's Riviera."
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January 5, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Residents now can listen to a live Spanish-language translation of City Council meetings. The city previously had offered translations of council meetings to cable TV viewers.
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December 18, 2002 | William Overend, Times Staff Writer
This is a city where even a small two-bedroom home can sell for $1 million or more. It's a city not only worried about losing low-income service workers, but even its middle class. Already there are 30,000 cars a day bringing in a commuting workforce that can't afford to actually live here. And that's why much was made Tuesday about the city's latest affordable housing project.
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July 8, 2006 | Evelyn Larrubia, Times Staff Writer
An 11-month-old girl was mauled by the family's pit bull mix, severely damaging her face, Santa Barbara police said Friday Police did not identify the dog's owner or the victim, but said the woman bought the dog as a puppy. She sent the dog, named Peppe, to temporarily live with her mother last year because of the birth of her daughter. She visited the dog often but had never introduced it to the baby.
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February 3, 2006 | From Times Staff And Wire Reports
A gray whale smashed into a 27-foot boat, damaging the vessel and injuring one person, the boat's owner said. The Bayliner was cruising off Leadbetter Beach shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday when the whale surfaced under the right bow and belly-flopped onto the boat, crushing the cabin, said owner Jerry Gormley.
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