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FOOD
July 12, 2013
Luther Burbank was one of the most prolific plant breeders ever, responsible for developing the russet potato that bears his name as well as more than 800 varieties of fruits and vegetables. But while he is probably best remembered for that potato--it and its progeny are still the most widely planted varieties in the world--fruit lovers would argue that his crowning achievement was the Santa Rosa plum. Introduced in 1906, the Santa Rosa is still the gold standard for farmers market plum flavor, though it has fallen out of favor commercially.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By David Ng
Following a 20-year run, conductor Jeffrey Kahane will step down from his position as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, the group announced on Wednesday. Kahane will be named music director laureate at the end of his tenure, which will be the longest of any music director in the ensemble's history. No successor has been announced. Leaders said that the board of directors will be launching a search to find a new music director.
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TRAVEL
May 5, 2013 | By Marc Stirdivant
Fifty miles north of San Francisco, straddling U.S. Highway 101, sits Santa Rosa, former home of Charles M. Schulz and the gang from "Peanuts. " From the highway, as you boom past at 70 mph, Santa Rosa appears to be just another somewhere on the way to somewhere else. But a short detour east into downtown or west into the wine country quickly proves otherwise. The tab: We spent $163 for a night at the Hotel La Rose, dinner for two at Willi's Wine Bar was $84, including wine, and a lavish picnic from Whole Foods Market came to $43. Gas and incidentals added $100 to the tab. Wine at Bella and Iron Horse vineyards, of course, was extra.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - As a cold rain pelted the parking lot, the gates opened and the cars began to roll through. In an aging Nissan was a 74-year-old longtime farmworker whose landlady had booted him to raise the rent. A 65-year-old disabled woman pulled her Ford Fusion up to the small trailer, where she could at last plug in her sleep apnea machine. Then there was Patsy Perez, 55, who had learned about the fledgling "Safe Parking" program at the county fairgrounds lot after pleading to spend the night in her Volvo outside a downtown shelter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
A 16-year-old Santa Rosa high school student was arrested Wednesday after allegedly stabbing a teacher repeatedly with a pencil, sending him to the hospital, police said. The teacher, who was not identified, was treated for stab wounds to his head, neck and arm, according to the Santa Rose Police Department. The injuries were not considered life-threatening, police added.  The suspect, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, was taken into custody without incident after police tracked him to the home of a relative, according to police.
TRAVEL
January 31, 1993 | JOHN McKINNEY
Shaped like a giant arrowhead, wind-swept Santa Rosa Island lies 30 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara, 45 miles from Ventura. The newest addition to Channel Islands National Park, and one of the least-visited Channel Islands, Santa Rosa offers the hiker an Old West atmosphere with rugged terrain and a working cattle ranch. The island is devoid of trees except for a stand of the rare Torrey pine (only one other grove, near La Jolla, exists) and scattered oaks.
NEWS
January 30, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
A four-block-long trail of manure was dumped near the Santa Rosa City Hall on Wednesday in what officials suspected was a protest against the alleged pumping of city sewage into the Russian River. A newspaper delivery truck driver told police that he saw another man spilling the manure from a large flatbed truck and holding a sign. Police Lt. Mike Lambert said the sign "was something to the effect of 'nuts'. . . ."
BUSINESS
January 30, 1990
Major Aviation Corp. of Santa Rosa, Calif., said it acquired LACADRE Inc., a Chatsworth aeronautical engineering firm. Terms were not disclosed. Major Aviation said LACADRE's projected revenues for 1990 are $6 million to $7 million. LACADRE will continue to be based in Chatsworth, with a field office at Sonoma County Airport, near Santa Rosa. Major Aviation modifies and converts airplanes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2005 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa nearly caused mass whiplash at the Kodak Theatre on Saturday night when he stopped to introduce celebrities in the audience. People craned to glimpse a star, Jamie Foxx, who had just won an Oscar in the same venue a week earlier. Just kidding, said the salsa prankster. No Oscar winners attended what turned out to be one of the most memorable nights of Afro-Caribbean music in a long time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A husband and wife despondent over her failing health hanged themselves in a meticulously coordinated double suicide, shocking the couple's affluent Sonoma County community, authorities said. Police found the bodies of Bill Andrews, 61, and his wife, Karen, 52, in the basement of their Santa Rosa home this month after neighbors noticed uncollected newspapers stacking up outside.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | Gary Klein
The Amgen Tour of California, an eight-stage professional cycling race that covers more than 730 miles, will feature three stages that begin and end in the Southland, including one from Santa Clarita to the Mountain High ski resort in Wrightwood, race organizers announced Thursday. The ninth annual event begins May 11 in Sacramento and ends May 18 in Thousand Oaks. Riders from 16 domestic and international men's teams will compete in a race that will include 40,000 feet of climbs.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By David Pierson
A listeria outbreak linked to cheese has killed one person in California and sickened seven in Maryland, including three newborns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the outbreak is linked to semi-soft, Latino-style cheese called Caujada en Terron that is sold from a chain of grocery stores in Maryland. The cheese was made by Roos Foods of Kenton, Del. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a warning Wednesday to avoid products made by Roos Foods, which also sells cheese under the brand names Santa Rosa de Lima, Amigo, Mexicana, Suyapa, La Chapina, and La Purisima Crema Nica.  The CDC did not name the grocery chain linked to the outbreak.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Thirteen members of hacker group Anonymous have pleaded guilty to charges related to their involvement in a 2010 cyber attack of PayPal, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. One of the defendants also pleaded guilty to the charges arising from a separate cyber attack on the website of Santa Cruz County. The defendants -- five of whom are from California -- pleaded guilty in federal court in San Jose on Thursday, admitting to carrying out a Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, cyber attack against PayPal three years ago. Anonymous claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were facilitated by software tools designed to damage a computer network's ability to function by flooding it with useless commands and information, which in turn denied service to legitimate users.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
A 16-year-old Santa Rosa high school student was arrested Wednesday after allegedly stabbing a teacher repeatedly with a pencil, sending him to the hospital, police said. The teacher, who was not identified, was treated for stab wounds to his head, neck and arm, according to the Santa Rose Police Department. The injuries were not considered life-threatening, police added.  The suspect, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, was taken into custody without incident after police tracked him to the home of a relative, according to police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators have arrested a suspect in the months-old home invasion beating death of an 84-year-old woman, authorities said Thursday. Freddie Weston, 33, was arrested Wednesday and booked on suspicion of murder and residential burglary, according to the sheriff's department.  In the early morning hours of Jan. 19, deputies were dispatched to the home of Lorna Gable in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino after the woman had called 911 to report that there was a man in her house.
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | By Ted Rall
Residents in Santa Rosa have expressed skepticism about a sheriff's deputy's decision to fatally shoot a popular 13-year-old boy who was carrying a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle.   ALSO: There's no reason, or excuse, for blackface Halloween costumes Dangerous 'Carrie' remake sends victims of bullying the wrong message Woman says some kids shouldn't get Halloween candy; she'll hand out fat letters Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall    
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1992 | MACK REED
Pope John Paul II on Tuesday promoted the auxiliary bishop overseeing Catholic churches in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties to be the new bishop of the Santa Rosa Diocese, said officials at the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Auxiliary Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann, 51, will move to Santa Rosa to succeed Bishop John Steinbock as head of the Santa Rosa Diocese in Northern California. Steinbock was transferred in November to the Diocese of Fresno.
SPORTS
May 27, 1990 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You're not supposed to use your opponent as batting practice at the state baseball tournament, but that's exactly what Harbor College did en route to a 19-9 victory over Santa Rosa in Saturday's second game of the California Community College Championship Tournament. The top-ranked Seahawks (49-5) will play Chabot (42-10-1) in today's 11 a.m. game at UC Irvine. Chabot defeated Riverside, 20-7, in Saturday's first game. The championship game will be Monday at 11 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The mother of a 13-year-old boy killed last week by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy while carrying a pellet gun that resembled an assault rifle has filed a claim against the county and the sheriff's office. Sujey Cruz Casarez filed a claim Thursday with the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors saying her son, Andy Lopez, was unjustifiably killed and that the sheriff's office did not develop adequate training policies for using deadly force, KGO-TV reported . The claim does not specify an amount for damages, KGO reported.
NEWS
October 25, 2013
The FBI will conduct an independent probe into the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy carrying a replica assault rifle by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy, officials said Friday. Andy Lopez was shot seven times on a Santa Rosa sidewalk Tuesday by a deputy who said he thought the boy's fake weapon was a real AK-47 assault rifle. “The Sheriff will cooperate fully with the FBI and welcomes their participation,” Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas said in an email statement, according to NBC Bay Area.
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