Unique Program Helping Mid-Life Adults In Ventura County Go To College, Launch New Careers

She was an Oxnard teen with a simple dream: To go to college. But, fate would put Clarissa Swallows plan on hold for decades. It got worse, with her father developing prostate cancer, and her mother breast cancer. Even though she was an honors student, she dropped out of high school to take care of her ill parent, a move that ultimately sidetracked her college ambitions until now, some two decade later. A unique Ventura College scholarship program is helping her get her degree.

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She was an Oxnard teen with a simple dream: To go to college. But, fate would put Clarissa Swallows plan on hold for decades. It got worse, with her father developing prostate cancer, and her mother breast cancer. Even though she was an honors student, she dropped out of high school to take care of her ill parent, a move that ultimately sidetracked her college ambitions until now, some two decade later. A unique Ventura College scholarship program is helping her get her degree.

At Cachuma Lake, the enthusiasm is high even as the lake level remains low. The lake still hasn't recovered from the drought and remains under 40% capacity and dropping.

Despite that bleak outlook, this Saturday and Sunday will host the annual fishing derby, with $5000 in prizes.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has moved a more than four decade old toxic waste site on the Central Coast up the priority list for cleanup. The Casmalia Resources Hazardous Waste Landfill is a 252 acre toxic waste site which has an estimated five point six billion pounds of wastes.

A longtime Santa Barbara County employee has pled guilty to theft of public funds, forgery, and conspiracy charges her role in an operation which stole more than two million dollars from the county.

Lynn Gay Hogan was a senior accountant with the County’s Public Works Department. Prosecutors say she created fake vendor numbers to make fraudulent payments to people, and organizations over a nine year long period.

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In the struggling canned goods industry, Pacific Coast Producers is a survivor, taking some 700,000 tons of fruit grown by California farmers each year and canning it for sale in supermarkets and large institutions such as hospitals.

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"The director of The Exorcist witnesses a real exorcism." It's a hook too devilish to resist, so in 2016 Vanity Fair sent filmmaker William Friedkin to Italy to file a story about Father Gabriele Amorth. Rome's leading exorcist was then 91 and, though he didn't yet know it, only a few months from death. He plowed ahead with his work, performing a ritual on a woman he believed to be possessed by Satan, and invited Friedkin to document it, in a rare sit-in.

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