"Hamlet" Goes Disco In New Musical Production On South Coast

It’s Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it or heard it before. To dance, or not to dance. That is the question, as a new production of “Hamlet” in Ventura County is set in a 1970’s disco.

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There’s good news about the unemployment picture statewide, and on the Central and South Coasts.

California’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% in March, the first time it’s been below 5% since 2006.

The jobless rate also dropped in our region. Ventura County went from 4.7% in February, to 4.6% in March. Santa Barbara County took an even bigger drop, with the unemployment rate dipping from 5.5% to 5.2%. San Luis Obispo County’s numbers also dropped, with a 3.9% jobless rate in February, and 3.8% in March.

The accuracy of what comes from the news media is going to be the focus of a major forum in Ventura County.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library are teaming up with Pepperdine University to present “Truth and The News: A Media Literacy Forum.”

The May 6th event at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley will include a number of different sessions related to the subject, as well as speakers from Capitol Public Radio, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and university professors.

Tragedy has hit a camping trip on the South Coast.

A woman and three of her children were driving in a van at the Lake Casitas Campground Friday morning when it suddenly veered off the road. It rolled down a hillside, throwing one of the children out of the van.

The 14 year old girl was seriously injured, and died a short time later at a hospital. The mother, and two other children were treated for minor injuries. The CHP is trying to determine what led to the accident.

The names of the victims haven’t been released.

A Santa Barbara County man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Elyse Marie Erwin was shot to death last Sunday morning, as she was visiting a friend in Santa Maria. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they found evidence that her ex-boyfriend, Jorge Tovar, might be the killer.

The 26 year old Lompoc man and the victim had a six year old child.

He was questioned at his Lompoc home after the killing, and then arrested later in the week when he showed up in court for a custody hearing for the child.

April 22nd is “Earth Day,” and a number of events are taking place on the Central and South Coasts.

One of the biggest Earth Day events is in Santa Barbara’s Alameda Park, where the event has become so large it is taking place on both Saturday and Sunday. Other events are taking place in Ventura’s Plaza Park, and in San Luis Obispo at El Chorro Regional Park.

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Rattlesnake Season Arrives On Central and South Coasts; Cutting Edge Research Underway In Region

It’s a sound you don’t want to hear if you’re on a hiking trail, the sound of a rattlesnake’s rattle. Warmer weather is bringing with it rattlesnake season, and they are common in the foothills and mountains on the Central and South Coasts. Rattlers get a bad rap, and stoke fear. But, a Central Coast researcher says as much as you don’t want to encounter one of the snakes, they don’t want to run into you.

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A legendary airplane that helped America win World War II is being reborn at age 75. The B-17 bomber "Memphis Belle" flew 25 missions against Nazi Germany and then came home to help sell war bonds and raise spirits.

In recent years, the Belle has been undergoing a patient and precise restoration at the National Museum of the Air Force Museum near Dayton, Ohio. I went to see the work in progress and talk with some of the many technicians and volunteers.

In the early days of the 20th century, the United States Radium Corporation had factories in New Jersey and Illinois, where they employed mostly women to paint watch and clock faces with their luminous radium paint. The paint got everywhere — hair, hands, clothes, and mouths.

They were called the shining girls, because they quite literally glowed in the dark. And they were dying.

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And it's time for sports.

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Ralph Towner first came to the attention of a wide audience nearly 50 years ago as a member of the Paul Winter Consort, for whom he composed the group's most famous tune, "Icarus." The piece was so beloved, the Apollo 15 astronauts took the record to the moon — and named a crater after it.

Recovering alcoholics tend to avoid the bar. But when the bar is your office, that's not so easy. New Orleans bluesman Anders Osborne figured out how to get back to work despite the temptations, and now he's trying to help others.

Drugs and alcohol nearly destroyed Osborne's career, and his family. The guitarist and singer-songwriter was showing up for tour dates unable to perform. At his worst, he was spending nights on a park bench.

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Close your eyes and imagine this scene - you're out for an evening walk with your beloved when they stop and drop to one knee and ask you to spend eternity with them. A little velvet box appears, and you pull out a purple plastic band?

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