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Jean Yamamura

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Documentary-Maker Bruce Brown Dies

Gaviota resident made 'The Endless Summer' and the Oscar-nominated 'On Any Sunday.'

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Santa Barbara Rallies for Net Neutrality

Undaunted by a smoky State Street, a couple dozen people picketed Verizon.

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Governor Brown Swoops into Ventura for Thomas Fire Visit

Climate change was on his mind Saturday afternoon.

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Thousands of Ventura Residents Still Out of Power

More than 3,000 customers are still out of power because of the Thomas Fire.

Organizers Announce Rally for Net Neutrality Thursday Noon

Women's March Santa Barbara takes to the sidewalk at Verizon store on State.

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State of California Reviews Reliability of Emergency Warning Systems

Senator Jackson Seeks Lessons Learned from Recent Large Fires

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson seeks lessons learned about communications from recent large fires.

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New Study Counts Fracked Wells’ Proximity to Private Water Wells

Analysis by UCSB Researchers Furthers EPA Public Well Study

Analysis by UCSB researchers Scott Jasechko and Debra Perrone furthers 2016 EPA study on public water wells.

Elderly Woman Killed in Accident on Cliff Drive

Car collides with city bus after ricocheting from one side of road to the other.

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Coral Tree Controversy Takes Root at State and Micheltorena

Historic Landmarks Commission Balks at Loss of Red-Flowered Trees Due to Limb-Falling Hazards

Historic Landmarks Commission balks at loss of red-flowered trees due to limb-falling hazards.

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Santa Barbara Beach Cliff Seen to Spontaneously Emit Smoke

Oil deposits fanned by strong winds begin to fume near Hendry's.

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Former Santa Barbara County Supervisor Joni Gray Dies

Conservative Representative of Lompoc and Orcutt Areas Was Loved in Her District

Conservative representative of North County's Lompoc and Orcutt areas was loved in her district.

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Wine and the Weather

How Will a Changing Climate Affect Santa Barbara's Wine Country?

How will a changing climate affect Santa Barbara's wine country?

Cottage Hospital Pays $2 Million to Settle Security Breach Lawsuit

More than 55,000 patient records were exposed to online scrutiny.

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Man Killed After Allegedly Firing Directly at Officers

Murder investigation results in police shooting in Lompoc.

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You Otter See This

Baby otters at the Santa Barbara Zoo on video.

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Itchy and Scratchy in Goleta

Water District Turns to Its Wells to Reduce Chloroform Producers

Water district turns to its wells to reduce chloroform producers.

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Number of Valley Fever Cases Increase across Santa Barbara County

In Santa Barbara County and statewide, flu-like ailment is caused by inhaling fungus spores present in dirt.

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Winners Solidified with Semi-Official Election Results

Though Conklin did move past Martinez to place third in the mayoral race.

Man Killed in Rollover on Highway 154

Saturday accident took place near Santa Barbara's 'bridge to nowhere.'

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Santa Barbara Train Service Included in State Rail Plan

Draft Transit Report Has Plans to Make Plans

A draft transit report, now in public comment period, has plans to make plans.

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Affordable Homes Soon to Be Connected

Peoples' Self-Help Housing to offer free internet connections.

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Goleta Takes Next Step Toward Greater Public Engagement

Commission elects Pedro Paz chair and Sherri Bliss vice chair.

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Meth Bust in South Santa Barbara County

More than two ounces of drugs and $100,000 in cash recovered by Sheriff's detectives.

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Banking on Black Sea Bass

Big Fish Could Boost Underwater Tourism

A UCSB study suggests the big fish could boost underwater tourism.

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New Downtown Library Ramp Completed

Access to Parking Lot 7 is back.

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Health Insurance Season Opens

Open enrollment help is available from County Public Health.

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Three Drug Overdoses Avoided by Use of Naloxone

Deputies in Santa Barbara County had been trained and equipped in April.

Man Arrested for Pimping in Santa Barbara

Discovered via online 'escort' ads with 18-year-old woman.

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Carbajal and Limón Endorse Murillo

Mayoral candidate gets a boost from two big Democratic names.

Collision Closes State Street Briefly

Vehicle runs into UPS truck.

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Man Shot in Face with BB Gun on Highway 101

Lane-change violence in Santa Barbara occurred Monday afternoon.

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Goleta Skate Park Inches Toward Being

Land acquisition depends on state resolving redevelopment agency issue.

Young Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliffs

Hospitalized with major injuries.

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Santa Barbara County Cases of Distemper and West Nile Reported

West Nile can affect humans; distemper can infect domestic dogs.

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Bad Vibrations Strike Goleta

Road Grinding Transmitting Much Farther than Anticipated

Road grinding transmitting noise much farther than anticipated.

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Baby Otters Born at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Squeaks in a Nest Box Announce Newborns

Squeaks in a nest box announce newborns to zookeepers.

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Borgwards Are in Town

German auto club brings vintage gems to Santa Barbara.

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Giant Sea Bass: For Lunch or Dive Buddy?

UCSB Study Examines Alternate Values of Big Fish Species

UCSB study examines alternate values of big fish species.

Woman Veers off 101 in Early Morning Traffic Fatality

Collides with tree just north of Garden Street.

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Robbery Suspect Leads Deputies Down the 154

Plows into cars, gate, and tree before being arrested.

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Red Flag Fire Conditions Called for Santa Barbara

Wind and dry weather warning issued for Thursday night through Saturday morning in coastal and mountain areas.

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Man Arrested After Crashing into Café

Injures five pedestrians during Saturday brunch hour.

Carp High Students Charged with Making Criminal Threats

Gun-toting photos posted at Snapchat threatened "retaliation," said police.

Bold Robber Captured near Santa Barbara Police Department

Officers swarm neighborhood around stationhouse looking for a suspect with a gun.

Monte Vista Goes on Lockdown After Nearby Break-In Attempt

Woman with knife hit with shotgun beanbags and taser.

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Citrix Software Giant Winds Down at Santa Barbara Location

RightSignature operations lay off dozens; relocates to Raleigh.

Apartment Lottery Signups Ongoing

Casas de Los Carneros in Goleta set aside for people who make 60 percent of area median income.

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Camino Real Marketplace Gas Station Shot Down Again

Goleta Council Approves a General Plan Change Request for Slower Road Speed

Goleta Council approves a General Plan change request for lower street speeds.

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What to Do About State Street

MIT Forum Discusses the Caruso Way and 'Click and Order' in 'Brick and Mortar'

MIT forum discusses the Caruso way and 'click and order' in 'brick and mortar.'

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California Department Target of Russian Hacking

Homeland Security Slowly and Incorrectly Reveals Details

Homeland Security slowly and incorrectly reveals details.