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Unsafe Beaches

Unsafe BeachesFRESH DIRT > Warning issued by county’s health services department
Last week county health officials posted warning signs at three Santa Cruz beaches notifying people to stay out of the water. The water at the three beaches, which is tested for bacteria levels each week, is unsafe to swim in due to the high levels of bacteria. Cowell Beach, Main Beach, and Rio del Mar Beach received the warning signs, which were mainly ignored by beach-goers.
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Stow Family Up Against Suspects and Dodgers

Stow Family Up Against Suspects and Dodgers

FRESH DIRT > Bryan Stow, a Santa Cruz resident and father of two, was severely beaten by two men on March 31, 2011, in the Dodgers Stadium parking lot in Los Angeles. Since then, the Stow family has sued the Dodgers and 13 of the team’s related entities while the two suspects charged in the beating remain behind bars.

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UCSC Welcomes New Police Chief

UCSC Welcomes New Police Chief

SLUG REPORT > There’s a new chief on campus. On Tuesday, Aug. 9, Nader Oweis was officially sworn in as UC Santa Cruz’s new chief of police, at a ceremony attended by many colleagues, family members, and Chancellor George Blumenthal.

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Modern Alchemy

Local nonprofit The Clean Oceans Project (TCOP) is working to convert plastic waste (the sort that clogs up our precious ocean waters) into liquid fuels, including gasoline, jet fuel and diesel. This plastic-to-fuel conversion will come in handy while the nonprofit executes their mission—to clean up plastic pollution from the oceans. Theoretically, they could then use the plastic waste they collect at sea to fuel their voyage home. The group has partnered with E-N-ergy, the U.S. Distributor for Japan-based Blest Company, which manufactures the portable plastic-to-fuel conversion units, to give demonstrations of this technology for the Santa Cruz community. Read about their latest demo in GT’s news blog, Fresh Dirt, at goodtimessantacruz.com. Learn more about TCOP at thecleanoceansproject.org.

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UCSC Eliminates Admin Position

UCSC Eliminates Admin Position

Vice Chancellor Felicia McGinty laid off with budget cuts

In yet another sign of the troubling financial times, UC Santa Cruz will be eliminating the position of vice chancellor of student affairs, effective Sept. 1.

This means that Vice Chancellor Felicia McGinty will be laid off, saving the school about $200,000 a year.

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Money Talks

The threat of a U.S. government default may be behind us (and what a mess that was), but the future of the U.S. economy is still unknown. But UC Santa Cruz lecturer Benjamin Lozano has hope for it, and believes there are still some good qualities in modern finance. He shares some of these reasons with GT in this week’s Slug Report blog explaining some findings from his research on derivatives financial technologies (yes, that’s English) and delving into the intricate possibilities and pitfalls of synthetic finance. You can read the interview with Lozano and check out our other blogs while you’re there.

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The Future of Finance

The Future of Finance

SLUG REPORT > A Q&A with UCSC lecturer Benjamin Lozano

The threat of a U.S. government default may be behind us, but the future of the U.S. economy remains uncertain. UC Santa Cruz lecturer Benjamin Lozano remains optimistic, however. Lozano recently sat down with Good Times to share some of the positive qualities of modern finance that he has discovered in his research of derivatives financial technologies, and speculate on what the future of finance might look like.

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The Lunar Lowdown

The Lunar Lowdown

 

SLUG REPORT > UCSC researchers unveil new theory about the moon

Pink Floyd may have sung about the dark side of the moon, but UC Santa Cruz planetary scientists have made an important new insight into the far side of the moon.

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Water Issues Loom Over City Council Meeting

Water Issues Loom Over City Council Meeting

FRESH DIRT > Desal plant and water swaps discussed at Tuesday’s meeting

Proponents and opponents of the proposed desalination plant dominated the discussion at the Tuesday, July 26, city council meeting.

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UCSC Gets Up Close and Personal With Microscopes

UCSC Gets Up Close and Personal With Microscopes

SLUG REPORT > From vast outer space to the smallest components in the human body, researchers at UC Santa Cruz are striving to see life on a closer level. Thanks to a $1 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation, they are nearing their goal.

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Picture of Health

Santa Cruz just received a high ranking among California counties. But it may be hiding some of the biggest health dangers facing our area

 

Mars Enters Scorpio: The Nine Tests

Over the years I’ve mentioned the nine tests of Mars and Scorpio. The tests are given to everyone—unawakened, beginning to awaken, and the awakened. The purpose is to test our strength, courage, ability to adapt, discriminate and have discernment. To see if we are deceived by illusion or are “warriors triumphant, emerging from the battle.”

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Time Capsule

Actors age in real time in audacious, mesmerizing ‘Boyhood’
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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Muns Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir

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