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  1. NorCal Boys Basketball: St. Francis turns back Argonaut, reaches regional semifinalsRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Mar 11 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    St. Francis point guard Sandor Rene Rodriguez shoots the ball during the final seconds of the third quarter versus Argonaut at St. Francis High in Watsonville on Saturday. Watsonville >> Chants of “Ivo! Ivo! Ivo!” rained down on the court at St. Francis High.

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  2. Dan Haifley, Our Ocean Backyard: Support coastal stewardship, sea otter recovery at tax timeRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Mar 11 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    State and federal taxes are due mid-April and, once again, California's state form will allow you to support research and conservation for California's sea otter population, or the California Coastal Commission's “Protect Our Coast and Ocean” grants program in support of coastal access, habitat restoration and education, or both. All you need to do is go to the charitable contributions section of the tax form and if you owe money, you can add your donation to the taxes.

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  3. NorCal Girls Basketball Playoffs Roundup: Soquel, St. Francis ousted in road openersRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Mar 8 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    The No. 11 seed Soquel High girls basketball team nearly overcame a forgetful first half before falling to No.

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  4. Proposed California amendment would lower voting age to 17Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Mar 7 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    SACRAMENTO >> California would become the first state in the nation to allow 17-year-olds to vote in a general election under a proposed state constitutional amendment introduced this week by a Silicon Valley legislator. In 1971, 18-year-olds across the U.S. won the right to vote through the 26th Amendment.

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  5. Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard: Our endless winterRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Mar 4 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Two weeks ago things were pretty soggy and there wasn't an end in sight. In the interim, and with more rain, we moved from the 22nd wettest year in the history of Santa Cruz, to No.

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  6. Name Dropping: Leading to the top of the mountainRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Feb 25 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Teacher Jessica Cambell, along with the school itself, received the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award during a Jan. 19 ceremony in Sacramento. The award honors the environmental education work of the school's fifth-grade students over the past nine years, and Mount Madonna was the only school among the 12 California organizations recognized this year.

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  7. At Californiaa s GOP convention, delegates embracing TrumpRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 29, 2016 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    SACRAMENTO >> With a Republican in the White House but waning influence in their own state government, the California GOP is in a strange spot. Does it embrace a highly unorthodox and polarizing president, riding the wave of populism that unexpectedly propelled him into office, or - given Donald Trump's abysmal approval ratings in the Golden State will that alienate the people that the party needs to regain its footing? If there is apprehension among the party faithful, it isn't showing at the state GOP convention, which opened today in Sacramento.

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  8. Sacramento couple charged with murder of toddlerRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 22 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    SACRAMENTO >> A man and a woman in Northern California have been charged with murder in the death of a toddler. The Sacramento Bee reports that Sacramento County Child Protective Services says the nearly 2-year-old Kash Thomas was found dead from strangulation and a burn was found underneath his foot.

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  9. Oroville Dam drags Californiaa s $65 billion infrastructure annual price tag into the openRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 14, 2017 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    SACRAMENTO >> Shock over the emergency evacuation downriver from the Oroville Dam has given way to serious questions about how California is coping with its aging infrastructure - which the American Society of Civil Engineers says would cost the state a staggering $65 billion per year to fix and maintain after years of neglect. “The idea that we have to evacuate 200,000 residents in this day and age is just a shame,” said Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, pointing to a Bay Area News Group story this week that revealed how state and federal officials in 2005 ignored warnings about the dam's emergency spillway.

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  10. Drought-easing California snow heaviest in 22 yearsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 2, 2017 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Frank Gehrke, right, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, checks the weight of the snow sample on a scale held by Mikel Shybut, a policy fellow with the California Council on Science and Technology, during the second manual snow survey of the season at at Phillips Station Thursday near Echo Summit Frank Gehrke, right, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, carries the snowpack measuring tube as he crosses a snow covered meadow while conducting the second manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station Thursday in Echo Summit PHILLIPS STATION >> Clambering through a snowy meadow with drifts up to the tree branches, California's water managers measured the state's vital Sierra Nevada snowpack Thursday at a drought-busting and welcome 173 percent of average.

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  11. California legislators, regulators press need for urgency on cannabis regulationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 31, 2017 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Lori Ajax, chief of California's Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, discusses her bureau's role during an interview with the Associated Press in Sacramento Ajax, and her staff are crafting regulations and rules that will govern the state's emerging legal pot mark, from where and how plants can be grown to setting guidelines to track the buds from fields to storefront. Lori Ajax, chief of California's Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, poses in the bureau's office in Sacramento Ajax, and her staff are crafting regulations and rules that will govern the state's emerging legal pot mark, from where and how plants can be grown to setting guidelines to track the buds from fields to storefront.

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  12. New attorney general: Xavier Becerra ready for a fightRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 29, 2017 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., right, is sworn in as California Attorney General by Gov. Jerry Brown, left, as Becerra's wife, Dr. Carolina Reyes, looks on, before Brown delivered his State of the State address on Tuesday in Sacramento. Becerra was named by Brown to replace Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate.

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  13. California Gov. Jerry Brown to get further prostate cancer treatmentRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 28, 2017 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    In this file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown talks to reporters in Sacramento Brown's office said Saturday that Brown will undergo further radiation treatment for prostate cancer. Brown's oncologist, Dr. Eric Small of the University of California, San Francisco, said in the statement the disease is not extensive and can be treated with “a short course of radiotherapy.” Small says the prognosis for Brown is “excellent” and that he doesn't expect any significant side effects.

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  14. Covered California: Error means thousands surprised by higher premiumsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2017 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Thousands of Covered California enrollees face higher-than-expected bills from their insurers because the exchange sent incorrect tax credit information to the health plans. The exchange confirmed it gave insurers wrong subsidy information for about 25,000 policy holders, resulting in inaccurate bills.

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  15. California lawmaker wants schools to teach children about Russian interference in electionRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 18, 2017 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    SACRAMENTO >> History textbooks read by schoolchildren in California - and perhaps across the country - could include a lesson about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election if a bill to be introduced by a Marin County legislator becomes law. The bill from Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, will ask the state to adopt high school history curricula based on a recent national intelligence assessment: that Russia interfered in the election through the production of fake news and hacking, according to the lawmaker.

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  16. New book examines Highway 99 artifactsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 11, 2017 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    The long anticipated 20th Anniversary Edition of “That Ribbon of Highway I, Highway 99 from the Oregon Border to Sacramento” has recently been released, according to Northern California publisher Living Gold Press. Most Red Bluff residents are familiar with artifacts of this historic road; the 1920 concrete bridge over Brewery Creek, the old bridge pillars in the streambed of Dibble Creek on the north side of town, the concrete pavement on Hess Road and in front of North Main Equipment.

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  17. Jerry Browna s pension reforms have done little to rein in costsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 8, 2017 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    OCTOBER 27: California Governor Jerry Brown announces his public employee pension reform plan October 27, 2011 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California. Gov. Brown proposed 12 major reforms for state and local pension systems that he claims would end abuses and reduce taypayer costs by billions of dollars.

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  18. Charles Manson follower seeks parole 47 years after killingsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 29, 2016 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    SACRAMENTO >> Patricia Krenwinkel, once a devout follower of cult killer Charles Manson and now the longest-serving female inmate in California, appeared again Thursday before a parole board - 47 years after she helped kill pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people. She acknowledged during her trial that she chased down and repeatedly stabbed Abigail Ann Folger, the 26-year-old heiress of a coffee fortune, at Tate's home and helped kill grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, the following night.

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  19. Symbolic, superstitious or silly: Legislators scramble for bill numbersRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 18, 2016 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    SACRAMENTO >> As the Legislature opened a new two-year session this month, staffers lined up before 9 a.m. to hand freshly written bills to the clerk, who assigns them an all important number. Whether a bill lives or dies won't be known for many months, but the work to nab the right bill number starts the minute the session opens.

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  20. Uber to California regulators: We still wona t seek permit for self-driving carsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 13, 2016 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    SAN FRANCISCO >> Uber on Friday announced it's not backing down under threats by California regulators, and it will continue to operate its self-driving cars in San Francisco without a state permit. “It's an important issue of principle about when companies can operate self-driving cars on the road and the uneven application of state-wide rules,” Anthony Levandowski, vice president of Uber's Advanced Technologies Group, told reporters during a conference call Friday afternoon.

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