South Coast Program Helping Veterans In Trouble With The Law With Treatment Instead Of Jail Time

There a buzz in the crowd, and excitement. It's graduation day and more than 100 people are on hand at the Santa Barbara Veterans' Memorial Building. These graduates aren’t getting diplomas or degrees. They’re getting something even better. It's their freedom.
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An impressive convoy of giant big rigs is sitting outside of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and crews are carefully unloading some giant wooden boxes.

Three truckloads of items are connected to a tourist name Sue who’s visiting Santa Barbara for the summer. In fact, she’s actually in the boxes! Sue is a 42 foot long, 12 foot high Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Museum President, and CEO Luke Swetland says it’s exciting to have a replica of the largest, and best preserved T.Rex skeleton in the world as the star of a new exhibition.

A Ventura County man is dead of a gunshot wound, and his son is behind bars, charged with the death.

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 14000 block of Santa Paula Road in the Santa Paula area Sunday morning. The deputies, and paramedics determined that Aleric Owen of Santa Paula was dead at the scene.

Detectives opened an investigation, leading to the arrest of the 50 year old man’s son, Peter, on a murder charge. Investigators aren’t talking about what they think prompted the fatal shooting.

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to rename a South Coast post office after a Navy Seal from the region who was killed in combat in Afghanistan.

The legislation calls for renaming the main Santa Barbara Post Office the after Lou Langlais.

The Santa Barbara High School graduate was a part of the Navy’s elite Seal Team Six, and received five Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for his 25 years in the service. In August of 2011, the helicopter Langlais was in was shot down in Eastern Afghanistan. All 30 service members on board were killed.

South Africa will allow domestic trade of rhino horns again, after a seven-year ban. International trade of the horns is still barred.

The Supreme Court of Appeal rejected the government's bid to keep the domestic moratorium in place, National Geographic reports.

South Africa is "home to the world's largest rhino population, and nearly all of the world's 20,000 white rhinos," National Geographic adds.

At London's annual Chelsea Flower Show, the flora is fit for a queen: shaped in her likeness and crafted in honor of her 90th birthday. The new princess has her own chrysanthemum too.

But this year's event, which opens Tuesday, kicks off with a warning from the Royal Horticultural Society: Britain has a "lost generation of gardeners."

Khaled Ali Hassanin opens his silver minivan and pulls into Cairo's busy traffic. He is a freelance driver. He used to ferry foreign tourists all around Egypt as a staff member of a tour company. It was a great job.

"There was so much work. I never worried about money. If I spent one [Egyptian] pound, I'd get two back. We had more work than we could handle," he says.

A federal appeals court Monday ruled in favor of Bank of America, reversing a lower court ruling. The decision is a blow to the federal government, which had won the case at trial. Bank of America had been ordered to pay a $1.27 billion penalty for alleged violations by its Countrywide unit.

The case got attention in 2012 because it appeared to pull back the curtain on some of the widespread wrongdoing in the mortgage industry that led to the worst financial crisis in generations.

The head of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, came out swinging at the opening ceremony of the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva on Monday. The meeting of health officials from nearly 200 countries is usually a low-key, bureaucratic affair. Chan, however, opened the assembly by basically saying that the world is facing unprecedented global health challenges right now and is ill-equipped to deal with future threats.

"For infectious diseases, you cannot trust the past when planning for the future," she warned.

Long car commutes not only cost drivers time, it may also cost them good health. Extended commutes in heavy traffic are tied to stress, less time to exercise, and more exposure to air pollution. As Carey Goldberg of Here & Now contributor WBUR reports, researchers say those three factors can lead to a higher risk for cardiovascular problems.

The Fast Talking Dean Of Hamilton College

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At Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, Dean of Faculty Pat Reynolds holds the record for the fastest reading of graduates’ names at the college’s commencement ceremony. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks to Reynolds about this year’s performance and the difficulties involved in providing a quick, dignified, and accurate reading of the names.

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An impressive convoy of giant big rigs is sitting outside of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and crews are carefully unloading some giant wooden boxes.

Three truckloads of items are connected to a tourist name Sue who’s visiting Santa Barbara for the summer. In fact, she’s actually in the boxes! Sue is a 42 foot long, 12 foot high Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Museum President, and CEO Luke Swetland says it’s exciting to have a replica of the largest, and best preserved T.Rex skeleton in the world as the star of a new exhibition.

A Ventura County man is dead of a gunshot wound, and his son is behind bars, charged with the death.

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 14000 block of Santa Paula Road in the Santa Paula area Sunday morning. The deputies, and paramedics determined that Aleric Owen of Santa Paula was dead at the scene.

Detectives opened an investigation, leading to the arrest of the 50 year old man’s son, Peter, on a murder charge. Investigators aren’t talking about what they think prompted the fatal shooting.

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to rename a South Coast post office after a Navy Seal from the region who was killed in combat in Afghanistan.

The legislation calls for renaming the main Santa Barbara Post Office the after Lou Langlais.

The Santa Barbara High School graduate was a part of the Navy’s elite Seal Team Six, and received five Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for his 25 years in the service. In August of 2011, the helicopter Langlais was in was shot down in Eastern Afghanistan. All 30 service members on board were killed.

Two South Coast cities are doing a bit of trading back and forth when it comes to a key city department.

It started earlier this year, with the City of Thousand Oaks filling its vacant City Clerk’s post by hiring Ventura City Clerk Cynthia Rodriguez. Now, the City of Ventura found its replacement for its vacant City Clerk’s post in Thousand Oaks.

The City of Ventura hired Antoinette Mann as its new clerk. Mann has more than two decades of experience in clerk’s office, and was most recently a Deputy City Clerk with the City of Thousand Oaks.

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