Daily Briefs

SLO police officers remain on paid administrative leave

San Luis Obispo Police officers Dan McDow and Armando Limon remain on paid administrative leave at a cost of over $60,000 to the city while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continue to investigate. McDow and Limon were placed on... (Continue reading)

800 Californians hospitalized with H1N1

State officials reported Thursday that nearly 800 people in California were hospitalized with the H1N1 flu last week, the largest one-week hospitalization rate this season. Health experts have predicted a second wave of cases in the coming months. An estimated... (Continue reading)

Will Abel change his position on oil drilling?

Jim Boren of the Fresno Bee wonders whether Lt. Governor nominee Abel Maldonado might be willing to switch his long-held opposition to oil drilling off the Central Coast. If appointed, Maldonado would serve on the States Land Commission (SLC), which... (Continue reading)

Sex offender shot in Nipomo

A registered sex offender, Michael John Dominguez, died of a gun shot wound earlier today, less than a day after being arrested for sex crimes against a 16-year-old. Dominguez, 52, is suspected of committing suicide after being arrested for allegedly... (Continue reading)

Madden inducted into California Hall of Fame

Football great and Cal Poly graduate John Madden was one of 13 Californians inducted into the state Hall of Fame Tuesday night. Madden, who has also enjoyed a lucrative broadcasting and TV pitchman career joined a distinguished group that included... (Continue reading)

No clear path to victory for gay marriage

The effort to get same sex marriage on the California ballot in 2010 took a hit Monday. Rick Jacobs, the leader of the 700,000-member Courage Campaign, sent out an email announcing that after spending more than $200,000 on “qualitative research”... (Continue reading)

Retail sales up slightly for Black Friday

Shoppertrak, a national consumer spending research group, reports that retail sales nationally  for “Black Friday,” supposedly the busiest retail day of the year, increased only 0.5 percent over 2008. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times cites research indicating 195 million shoppers... (Continue reading)

30 die on California highways over holiday

The Los Angeles Times has the grim statistics for road fatalities throughout California over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Reported deaths were up this year over last Thanksgiving.... (Continue reading)

New director for writers’ conference

Tribune columnist Judy Salamacha has been named the new director of the annual Central Coast Writers’ Conference at Cuesta College. Salamacha replaces Cathe Olsen who resigned to accept a full-time librarian position. Salamacha’s column about Los Osos, Morro Bay and... (Continue reading)

Lost couple discovered in San Luis Obispo County

Good Samaritans find a missing Acton, California couple in San Luis Obispo County. [KCAL] On their way to Paradise, California, Edison Cook, 81, and his wife Isabel Cook, 73, took a wrong turn and ended up lost, separated, dehydrated and... (Continue reading)