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May 16, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
This post has been corrected. See below for details. A young mountain lion stuck in a downtown Santa Cruz aqueduct was tranquilized by wildlife officials Thursday afternoon. Officials spent several hours attempting to lure the lion back through the aqueduct and to its habitat, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported . The animal unsuccessfully tried to jump the 15- to 20-foot concrete walls to escape. Rescuers subdued the untagged adolescent with two tranquilizer darts. They planned to blindfold and evaluate the animal before relocating it. The lion was first spotted early in the morning, and authorities received several more calls about the lion wandering down a street, the Associated Press reported.
May 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The next time you search on Google, you might feel like you're talking to a person. The Silicon Valley giant announced that it's enhancing its search feature to let users vocally ask for answers in a conversational way. "OK, Google, show me things to do in Santa Cruz," directed Johanna Wright, the company's vice president of search and assist for mobile, as she spoke to a massive crowd at Google I/O, the company's developers conference....
April 24, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. The young man didn't need to, as the song says, smoke two joints in the morning, and smoke two joints at night. One was more than enough when it was roughly 4 feet long and weighed more than two pounds. That's what UC Santa Cruz police officers were confronted with when they descended on a rally last Saturday. The young man was not happy when his cartoonishly large joint was hauled away, according to video footage capturing the incident.
February 28, 2013 | Lee Romney and Maria L. La Ganga
Flags throughout this sparkling beach town flew at half-staff Wednesday. The entire Police Department was meeting with grief counselors. Handmade signs cropped up, sympathy cards to a stunned city. "Thank you for your service Santa Cruz Police Department. RIP Detective Baker. RIP Detective Butler. " That's what Mary Gregg wrote in neat black letters on yellow construction paper, hanging her message in the window of the downtown check-cashing store where she works. "Something," she felt, "had to be said today.
February 27, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Two Santa Cruz police officers were killed in a shootout and a suspect was fatally wounded Tuesday afternoon in a burst of violence that rocked the eclectic seaside community. The shootings began about 3:30 p.m., when a man opened fire on two Santa Cruz Police Department officers conducting a follow-up criminal investigation at a home, law enforcement authorities said. Both officers were fatally wounded and the gunman fled. PHOTOS: Killing of 2 Santa Cruz police officers Late Tuesday, the slain officers were identified as 10-year veteran Elizabeth Butler, originally from Torrance, and Loren "Butch" Baker, a 28-year veteran.
January 31, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
Earlier this month we reported that FoodCorps , a national organization that addresses childhood obesity and access to nutritious food (or lack thereof), announced plans to expand its program and bring its nutrition education and school garden program to California in 2013. FoodCorps California, which will be managed by co-hosts Life Lab and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers , also known as CAFF, has just announced the roster for this year's selection of service sites.
December 15, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Leo Santa Cruz's fifth fight of the year and third in four months made the return of boxing to network television Saturday a closer battle than anticipated. Santa Cruz, complaining of breathing problems and a sore right hand injured in sparring, defended his International Boxing Federation bantamweight title for the third time by going the distance against Mexico's Alberto Guevara and winning a 116-112, 118-110, 119-109 unanimous decision at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Lincoln Heights' Santa Cruz (23-0-1)
December 2, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
A veteran U.S. Coast Guard chief petty officer was killed Sunday after suspected smugglers rammed his vessel near Santa Cruz Island, casting him into the ocean with a fatal head wound. Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, of Redondo Beach was second in command of the Halibut, an 87-foot patrol cutter based in Marina del Rey. Authorities said they could not recall a Coast Guard chief petty officer being killed in such a manner off the coast of California. Early Sunday morning, the Halibut was dispatched to investigate a boat operating near Santa Cruz Island, the largest of California's eight Channel Islands.
November 10, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Homework for boxing fans: Write down the name Leo Santa Cruz. Then start looking for his next fight. He is a Mexican-born resident of Los Angeles who, Saturday night at Staples Center, remained unbeaten in 23 fights. He beat a tough and game Victor Zaleta of El Paso in a bantamweight brawl that featured punchers appearing to carry considerable more weight and danger than the normal 118 pounders. Santa Cruz won with a straight right to the face in the eighth round. By then, Zaleta had taken quite a beating and seemed to go down, not just with the right to the face, but under the totality of punches.
November 4, 2012
Regarding "Caught Up in Yunnan," by Phil Zimmerman, Oct. 28: I just returned from China and had the same experience. I had planned to go to Lhasa, Tibet, but at the last minute was told it was closed. I was instead rerouted to Jiuzhaigou, also Tibetan, in Sichuan province. I stayed at the InterContinental Hotel, magnificent. Went to the Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong valleys. Beautiful waterfalls and scenery. Took Diamox and had no problems with altitude sickness. Had a bottle of oxygen but never used it. Had a Tibetan dinner, barbecued yak, yak butter tea and barley whiskey, mushroom soup, potato.
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