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New Jim Crow?

New Jim Crow?

A number of high-profile figures have come out against the War on Drugs in recent years, including former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, and former Secretary of State George Shultz.

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Unit Shifter

Unit Shifter

Critics say rental inspections are making an overpriced rental market even worse

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Hometown Security

Hometown Security

Spoiler alert: Santa Cruz isn’t really the ‘third most dangerous city’ in the state

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Flipping the Script

Flipping the Script

A local planning expert puts the art of house-flipping to work for the public good

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Illustrated History

Illustrated History

Tucked away in the lofty hills of Bonny Doon, inside the office of the Santa Cruz Comic News, Thom Zajac and the other half of his two-man team, John Govsky, leaf through the yellowing pages of the publication’s very first issue. The pair become animated as they take a nostalgic look at the 30-year-old editorial cartoons, and point out the custom advertisements of local, iconic businesses still in existence, like New Leaf (then called The Neighborhood Food Co-Op), Logos Books & Records, and Saturn Café.

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Briefs: Suped Up

Suped Up

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24-Hour Photo

24-Hour Photo

Santa Cruz Police move forward with license plate readers despite ACLU’s concerns

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Muscle Enhancement

Muscle Enhancement

The upcoming bodybuilding championship spurs questions about steroid use

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Briefs: New Baggage, Detox Rocks

Briefs: New Baggage, Detox Rocks

New Baggage

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Early Detection

Early Detection

The county’s high child cancer rate remains a mystery

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Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
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Fortino Winery’s Intriguing Charbono

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