Capleton concert canceled over hate lyrics

Capleton’s concert at Downtown Brewing Company on Feb. 17 has been canceled. The club's management and the show's promoter, Numbskull Productions, said in an e-mail on Feb. 14 to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast (GALA) that... (Continue reading)

Illegal immigration drops in California

The number of illegal immigrants currently living in California has dropped by 200,000, according to a new report issued by the Department of Homeland Security. [Los Angeles Times]. The decline reflects a national trend, showing a drop in illegal immigrants... (Continue reading)

Every war is a war against a child

BY DAWN ORTIZ-LEGG “Every war is a war against children.”  The elegant simplicity and hard truth of that statement is what made Howard Zinn a remarkable man. He embodied dissent in nearly every aspect of his life – as historian,... (Continue reading)

Bill allows churches to refuse to marry gays

A new bill is being introduced in Sacramento, protecting clergy and churches from legal consequences for refusing to perform same-sex marriages. [San Francisco Chronicle] Same-sex marriage is currently illegal in California, though that law is currently being challenged in court... (Continue reading)

Superintendent skips class to spend time with teenage girlfriend

Last week, taxpayers paid for the San Miguel Joint Union School District superintendent to attend a symposium in Monterey. However, Supt. Dean Smith apparently skipped some of the meetings to spend time with a teenager with whom he is allegedly... (Continue reading)

Steve Moss Interview

Steve Moss interview Part 1. Steve Moss was the editor, publisher, and founder of New Times. He also created the 55 Fiction short story contest, which developed an international literary following. Moss died in 2005, but his legacy lives on. We... (Continue reading)

Controller: State will run out of cash before April

State Controller John Chiang warned Friday that California will run out of the cash needed to pay bills by April–unless Gov. Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders agree on nearly $9 billion in budget cuts. [Oakland Tribune] Those cuts are needed, Chiang... (Continue reading)

California cellphone law not making roads safer

The state law requiring drivers to use hands-free cellphones is not making California highways any safer, according to a new study. [Los Angeles Times] The Highway Loss Data Institute found that the rates of crashes before and after the 2008... (Continue reading)

Candidate for Nipomo’s dumbest criminal

A Nipomo man has been arrested after he left a grocery store receipt with a name on it at a burglary he had committed in Guadalupe. The victim arrived home as Jeremy Carlos Madrigal, 38, was driving away with her belongings... (Continue reading)

Alan Arkin coming to SLO Film Festival

Academy Award-winning actor Alan Arkin will receive this year’s King Vidor Award at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. The actor comes to town Saturday, March 20, to accept the honor at the Fremont Theater. Arkin is best known for... (Continue reading)