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Researchers Continue To Investigate Animal Strandings On California Coast; Heavy Rainfall A Factor?

We’ve been seeing a spike in the number of sick, or dead sea birds and mammals along our coastline during the last few weeks. Researchers are trying to pinpoint the cause, but say the recent heavy rain may have been an unexpected contributing factor.

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Thousands of people across the country and right here on the South Coast have been marching over the weekend to demand action on climate change. The People’s Climate Marches took place on Saturday, which coincided with President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.

Katie Davis, the chair of Santa Barbara Sierra Club, was one of the organizers of the march from La Playa Stadium at Santa Barbara City College to Shoreline Park.

A stubborn fire that spread because of gusty winds on the South Coast destroyed one home and damaged a neighboring home.

Fillmore Fire officials say it started around 7:30 Friday night in the kitchen of a single-family house on the 200 block of Olive Street. The fire quickly spread because it was fanned by strong winds. Firefighters battled the fire from outside the home because it was too dangerous to do so inside. The roof collapsed as they were putting out the flames, and live electric lines were down around the home. 

A Central Coast university has some big news in the works.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is going to announce next week that it’s received the largest financial gift in its history. Details of the amount of the gift, and exactly how it will be used will be disclosed next Wednesday.

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We’ve been seeing a spike in the number of sick, or dead sea birds and mammals along our coastline during the last few weeks. Researchers are trying to pinpoint the cause, but say the recent heavy rain may have been an unexpected contributing factor.

Environmental groups are worried about the executive order signed by President Trump on Friday which could reopen parts of the California coastline to new offshore oil and gas leases for the first time in three decades.

Trump signed what’s known as the “America First Offshore Energy Executive Order.” It could open federally regulated areas of the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic oceans to new exploration.

The Santa Barbara based Environmental Defense Center, which has battled oil and gas  development for 40 years, calls the move a misguided attack on our climate.

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When we got up Sunday, we could hope our long national nightmare is over.

Meaning, of course, that we should finally be free of the obsessive chatter over Donald Trump's first 100 days in office.

After all, who cares about Day 101? Especially when, just last night, we witnessed such a marvelous metaphor for the Trump era, so far.

While official Washington was busy with the White House Correspondents Association's annual dinner – sometimes called "the nerd prom" – Trump was on a different stage in a different city with a very different crowd.

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Thousands of people across the country and right here on the South Coast have been marching over the weekend to demand action on climate change. The People’s Climate Marches took place on Saturday, which coincided with President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.

Katie Davis, the chair of Santa Barbara Sierra Club, was one of the organizers of the march from La Playa Stadium at Santa Barbara City College to Shoreline Park.

This month marks 350 years since John Milton sold his publisher the copyright of Paradise Lost for the sum of five pounds.

His great work dramatizes the oldest story in the Bible, whose principal characters we know only too well: God, Adam, Eve, Satan in the form of a talking snake — and an apple.

Except, of course, that Genesis never names the apple but simply refers to "the fruit." To quote from the King James Bible:

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When Donald Trump was inaugurated as president, he started forcefully laying out a plan for his first 100 days that included full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, suspension of immigration from specific majority-Muslim countries and the lifting of "roadblocks" to let "infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline move forward."

A male boss brushes up against his female employee. Off the record, a male politician makes suggestive remarks to a female reporter. These are just a couple of examples of sexual harassment that may be all too familiar to some career women.

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