Death Toll Increases To 18 In Santa Barbara County Flooding; Five People Now Considered Missing

Officials are saying Friday that they’ve found the body of an 18th person who died in Tuesday’s flash flooding in Montecito. 87 year old Joseph Bleckel was among the missing, and is now being confirmed as one of the dead. The number of those still missing remains at five people. More than 1200 people are now involved in search and rescue efforts in Santa Barbara County, trying to find those still missing.

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For some, the last week has been a nightmare, as they have lost family members, friends, and homes to the Santa Barbara County flooding.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco has some of their stories.

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The third time was the charm for an effort to launch a rocket from the Central Coast.

Tens of thousands of people got a glimpse of the liftoff of a Delta IV rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday afternoon.

Caltrans and CHP officials say damage to Highway 101 from Tuesday's flash flood in Santa Barbara County is worse than thought, and the full highway closure in Montecito is now being called "indefinite."

Officials are saying Friday that they’ve found the body of an 18th person who died in Tuesday’s flash flooding in Montecito.

87 year old Joseph Bleckel was among the missing, and is now being confirmed as one of the dead. The number of those still missing remains at five people.

More than 1200 people are now involved in search and rescue efforts in Santa Barbara County, trying to find those still missing.

Santa Barbara city and business leaders are meeting today to discuss the massive impacts of the Montecito floods.

Countless businesses were destroyed and others closed by the evacuation.

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There's no single answer to that, or other pressing questions, such as whether you can tell an officer you don't want to be recorded. In the year and a half since the Ferguson, Mo., protests, police departments have been rushing to adopt the cameras.

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Last year, Ford asked people if they could imagine themselves buying or riding in a self-driving vehicle.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

It’s a tiny, and poor South Coast community so small it doesn’t have restaurants or gas stations. Unfortunately, for the hundreds of kids who live there, it also doesn’t even have a park.

But, thanks to a campaign involving everyone from community residents, to government leaders it’s soon going to have its own community center, and park.

KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

 

You might think of Barcelona as an enchanted, historic European city. This week, it's home to a massive tech gathering: the Mobile World Congress. Tens of thousands of people from every corner of the earth are there — many showcasing the novel ways they're connecting citizen-consumers to the Internet. I took a tour of Innovation City and here are a few of my most memorable stops.

A Well-Connected Bike

Author Isaac Asimov once wrote, "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but, 'That's funny ... ' "

Good scientists search for the significance of surprises, coincidences and mistakes. With a little curiosity and perseverance, they can turn unexpected incidents into new insights.

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