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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... (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... (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... (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... (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... (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... (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... (Continue reading)

Maldonado runs against history

Our state senator Abel Maldonado may be up against his toughest competitor yet — history — should he win appointment as California’s Lt. Governor and try for re-election in 2010. Garry South, former Gray Davis... (Continue reading)

Jay Miller on borrowed time

Federal prosecutors prompted a federal grand jury to look into the alleged criminal acts of Hurst financial principal Jay Miller. [Tribune] Miller is one of the subjects of a two-year racketeering, money laundering and wire... (Continue reading)



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