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USGS sends out alert about 6.8-magnitude earthquake - from 1925

The US Geological Survey sent out an alert Wednesday afternoon that a 6.8-magnitude earthquake had struck off the coast near Isla Vista--except the earthquake actually occurred in June of 1925.

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Bill Cosby Is Planning Town Halls About Sexual Assault And The Law, Spokesman Says

Less than a week after a judge declared a mistrial in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, the comedian's representatives say he intends to host a series of town halls about sexual assault and the legal system. Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told the TV show Good Day Alabama that the town halls could start as soon as next month and noted that the issues were particularly important for young athletes. The proposed talks drew immediate criticism from organizations that work with survivors...

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Hancock College up for $1 million prize

Mar 17, 2014
Allan Hancock College

  Santa Maria's Allan Hancock College is one of just seven community colleges in California that are up for a $1 million prize, and the only one selected on the Central Coast.

The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is handed out every two years with a finalist list of 150 schools chosen nationwide. Hancock was picked as a finalist for its success with institutional performance, improvement and equity on student retention and completion measures.

Hancock also showed high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

Cal Poly Athletics

The Cal Poly men's basketball team landed in Dayton, Ohio Monday afternoon, after taking an NCAA chartered flight out of Santa Maria.

Coach Joe Callero says the team is already hard at work, and that includes players who need to take their final exams. Cal Poly wraps up its winter quarter this week.

The Cal Poly men's basketball team is scheduled to play Texas Southern University during Wednesday's First Four game at the University of Dayton Arena (3:40 p.m. PST). If the Mustangs pull that off, then the team heads to St. Louis where they'd play Wichita State on Friday.

Calif. DMV

The California Department of Motor Vehicles computer system is back online, after a brief statewide shut down on Friday. It was actually the second consecutive day an outage occurred.

The glitch affected Central Coast offices in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Lompoc, Goleta and Santa Barbara.

The DMV's Jessica Gonzalez says the cause of the computer problem isn't yet know, but she said future problems aren't anticipated.

Gonzalez says the department's online services were not affected by the outage.

San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in locating a missing person, and Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward  for information leading to Gonzalez being located.

66 year old Rafael Chavez Gonzalez was last seen on October 22, 2013 on the Nipomo Mesa. The Sheriff's Department says transient was often seen in the Oceano area.

He is described as 5’9”, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He is missing his left arm from a previous accident.

Arrests made during Vandenberg AFB peace rally

Mar 14, 2014
Brad Wormdal, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

A couple of arrests were made Friday afternoon at an international peace vigil being held at the entrance to Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Longtime Central Coast peace activist Dennis Apel and Salinas-based peace activist MacGreggor Eddy were the two people taken into custody by military police, according to event organizer Bruce Gagnon with the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

Pi Day celebrated on the Central Coast

Mar 14, 2014
Dr. Jonathan Shapiro, Cal Poly Math Club

What started out as a small annual tradition at San Francisco's Exploratorium in the late 1980s, has turned into a widely recognized and good-spirited national holiday celebrating the mathematical symbol for Pi. The symbol (π) represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is roughly 3.14—however the number has been successfully carried out to more than a trillion decimal places.

It's actually a national holiday, named as such by congress back in 2009. And, this year the date takes on special significance because Pi Day (3.14) falls within Pi Month.

Manson member at CMC has parole granted

Mar 13, 2014
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) issued a grant of parole Wednesday for convicted killer and former Charles Manson associate Bruce Davis, 71, during a parole consideration hearing at California Men’s Colony.

Davis has been in this position before, having been granted parole in 2010 and 2012—and having it reversed both times. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed the 2010 decision, and Governor Jerry Brown reversed the second decision, just about one year ago.

Voluntary rationing hits Goleta

Mar 13, 2014
Flickr member Public Domain Photos

Residents of Goleta are being asked to voluntarily curb water usage by 20 percent as the city is now officially in a declared drought emergency. Goleta is one of the last major cities in Santa Barbara County to declare such an emergency.

Mandatory rationing could be put into place sometime in August or September depending on whether the region gets any more significant rainfall and to what degree voluntary rationing is embraced.

Warmest winter on record for Central Coast

Mar 13, 2014
NOAA

The Central Coast is in the midst of its warmest winter on record according to new data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

From December through January, most of California saw record heat that shattered 119-year-old readings by more than four degrees.

Only the North Coast and portions of the Sierra Nevada didn't break those numbers, but those areas still recorded much above average readings.

By contrast, the eastern half of the nation—and specifically the Midwest—saw reading far below average.

A Santa Maria couple is facing felony child endangerment charges, accused of leaving their four-year-old daughter in a car while they gambled at the Chumash Casino.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says the girl was left to sleep in the vehicle on Tuesday around noon, but woke up and began wondering around the parking lot.

The department says 28-year-old Petra Zaragoza and 23-year-old Bulmaro Reyes are being held at the Santa Barbara Jail. Child Welfare Services placed the girl into protective custody.

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