Leslie Nielsen dead? Surely you can’t be serious

Leslie Nielsen, the dramatic actor who reinvented himself with a comic flair after the classic movie “Airplane!” died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale. The Canadian-born actor, 84, had been battling pneumonia. Nielsen burst into movie history as the spaceship captain in... (Continue reading)

Coming soon to a car near you: Driver cams

In an attempt to increase driver safety, California is giving the green light to allowing video cameras to be mounted onto vehicle windshields. [Sacramento Bee] The goal, supporters claim, is to make participants aware of bad habits by recording their behavior... (Continue reading)

GALA Halloween party, event photos

What do you wear to a Halloween party benefiting the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of San Luis Obispo with a stated dress code of “fabulous costumes?” As guests arrived to the incredibly decorated Novo restaurant, it became clear that what... (Continue reading)

Katcho, Parkinson have big nights

BY THE CALCOASTNEWS STAFF It took the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s office almost five hours to post all the local election results on-line Tuesday night, but after the dust finally settled, there were some big winners, some big losers,... (Continue reading)

Maldonado appears unAbel to win

Former Central Coast state Senator and current California lieutenant governor Abel Maldonado appears headed for defeat in his bid to keep the second most powerful political position in the state. [San Francisco Chronicle] Maldonado’s opponent, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom... (Continue reading)

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Democrat Jerry Brown made history Tuesday night, becoming the oldest candidate to be elected governor of California after serving two terms decades ago as the state’s youngest chief executive. Brown, 72, who spent less than $25 million on his campaign,... (Continue reading)

Does Wikileaks deserve Dan Ellsberg’s approval? The good Wikileaks, yes; the bad Wikileaks, no

OPINION BY PETER SCHEER—Although the anti-war movement of the 1960s has few heroes still standing,  Daniel Ellsberg, the former defense analyst who leaked a secret history of the Vietnam War that became known as the Pentagon Papers, is surely one.... (Continue reading)

Fatal shark attack at Vandenberg Beach

The victim of a fatal shark attack cried out for help as a shark bit into his leg and then drug him under water, about a 100 yards from Surf Beach at Vandenberg Air Force Base, on Friday morning. [MSNBC]... (Continue reading)

Quaids seek asylum in Canada

Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi, who failed to show earlier this week in a Santa Barbara courtroom, have surfaced in Vancouver–where they’re seeking asylum. [CTV] Quaid, 60, and Evi, 47, made the verbal plea for protection at a... (Continue reading)

Dumb criminal of the week

This week’s dumbest criminal award goes to a Danville man who mistook a police officer for a cab driver and asked for a ride home, but forgot about the cocaine in his pocket. [SFGate] After partying hard, Ongley Ocon III,... (Continue reading)