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SANTA CRUZ >> Lisa Cliggett expected a relaxing beachside escape when she stayed at a friend's apartment in Santa Cruz in October. Thousands of them had set up shop inside the appliance's insulation, and a steady stream of tiny bodies poured out of the cracks to forage in the kitchen. 2 comments
Brain scans and behavioral tests of California sea lions that stranded on shore show how an algal toxin disrupts brain networks, leading to deficits in spatial memory, according to a study to be published Dec. 18 in Science. The new findings by scientists at UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis and the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, suggest that chronic exposure to the toxin domoic acid, produced by naturally occurring marine algae, affects sea lions' ability to navigate in their ocean habitat and survive in the wild. Comment?
SAN FRANCISCO >> A University of California proposal to open the door to 10,000 more in-state undergraduates over the next three years - and a separate project to double the size of the UC Merced campus - cleared major hurdles Thursday with the approval of regents committees. The university has been under great political pressure to make more room for California students who have watched their admission rates drop as the cashstrapped university system admits more students from other states and countries, who pay much more to attend. Comment?
LOS ANGELES >> The University of California Board of Regents is going back to the drawing board Monday and getting public input after a proposed policy on intolerance was roundly rejected by Jewish organizations that say it doesn't go far enough to address antisemitism on campuses. Dozens are expected to voice their opinions at a forum at UCLA, which has become a focal point in the discussion of freedom of expression on campus after several high-profile incidents. Comment?
UC contract workers can report issues related to wages or working conditions by calling 855-WAGES-UC or online via universityofcalifornia.edu/hotline. SANTA CRUZ >> The University of California has increased the minimum wage for employees, including contract workers, to $13 an hour. Comment?
A.J. Gonzalez, a 15-year-old from Santa Cruz, is accused of killing 8-year-old Madyson Middleton. He appears in an Instagram photo he posted.) SANTA CRUZ >> A.J. Gonzalez, the 15-year-old Santa Cruz boy accused of raping and killing 8-year-old Madyson Jordan Middleton at his apartment complex in Santa Cruz, appeared in court for the first time Thursday but did not enter a plea. Comment?
One of two mountain lions spotted near UC Santa Cruz in 2014. The puma galloped in front of a vehicle before bounding down a hillside toward a Preserve. Comment?
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