Joel Alcox, a Santa Barbara resident, was awarded $1.3 million in compensation by the city of Lompoc and Santa Barbara County, after being wrongfully convicted of murder and serving 26 years in prison. The National Registry of Exonerations reported that in 1986, Thakorbhai Patel, the owner of a Lompoc Motel, was murdered by two men who had also robbed the motel’s cash register. The police received an anonymous tip that Richard Lothery and John Wilcox were responsible for the murder. Joel Al...


Santa Barbara resident a...

by Lauren Hayward

Time to read: 3 minutes
15 days ago

California Governor Jerry Brown’s WaterFix plan to revamp the state’s water system suffered a major setback after key irrigation suppliers backed out of the plan. The Associated Press reports that Westland Water District’s board voted 7-1 against supporting the governor’s WaterFix program. Westland is the nation’s largest irrigation water supplier, and its withdrawal might signal the collapse of WaterFix. Despite the challenge, John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency...


California Farmers Rejec...

by Nathan Tudor

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15 days ago

Announced September 12th at Apple Headquarters, the iPhone X created waves among consumers with sophisticated new software, hardware, and a seemingly outrageous price. Priced at $999, the iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone to date, but comes equipped with many new features. Tim Cook stated “The iPhone will set the path of technology for the next decade.” The new iPhone X (pronounced 10, not X), has been named after Apple’s tenth year on the iPhone line and comes with many features new to...


Apple announces release...

by Alec Jutila

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15 days ago

On Tuesday, September 12, the mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, announced his resignation due to the fifth accusation of child-sexual abuse filed against him. The sixty-two year old mayor was elected in 2014 as the first openly gay mayor of Seattle. Murray’s career began as a campaign manager for the first openly gay state legislator, and Murray’s mentor, Cal Anderson in 1988. Rising through the Democratic party, he eventually earned the title as mayor of Seattle. Murray was best known as an adv...


Seattle mayor resigns ov...

by Dylan Thomas

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15 days ago

President Trump has agreed to sign a joint resolution recently passed by Congress, The Washington Post reports. The House and Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan resolution, which calls for Trump to explicitly denounce white nationalism and other forms of racism. The resolution also condemns the violence that has recently erupted in places such as Charlottesville, Virginia. Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary, affirmed the president’s support of the measure. She said “he looks for...


Trump Signs Joint Resolu...

by Nathan Tudor

Time to read: 3 minutes
15 days ago

A bomb, injuring 30 people, was detonated in an underground train in Parsons Green, London on Friday, September 15. Following the attack, the UK terror threat level was raised to “critical” and eventually lowered to “severe” on Sunday. Wrapped in a plastic bag and carried in a bucket, the bomb detonated at 8:20am on Friday. A few hours later, The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack. Saturday, September 16, The British police reported the arrest of an 18-year-old m...


Attack on Parsons Green ...

by Lauren Hayward

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15 days ago

North Korea continues to pursue its nuclear ambitions despite repeated warnings from other nations. Tremors in the northeast of the country were followed by an announcement of a successful hydrogen bomb test, according to NPR. Both President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis responded to the incident, Trump doing so via Twitter: “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.” Mattis stated that an...


International community ...

by Nathan Tudor

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15 days ago

After destroying the Caribbean islands late Saturday night and swamping the Florida Keys Sunday morning, Hurricane Irma shifted its path from a head on collision course with Miami, Florida, to sweeping up the Gulf Coast of west Florida. According to the New York Times, this sudden shift in direction saw the stranded occupants of the Gulf Coast barricading public shelters, such as schoolhouses and other public buildings, in a last ditch effort to withstand the storm. Hurricane Irma, as havin...


Hurricane Irma hits home

by Alec Jutila

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15 days ago

The New York Times reported, that as early as March, some of the 800,000 young adults brought to the United States illegally as children who qualify for the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, will become eligible for deportation. The news came when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced, on September 5th, that the Trump administration has ordered an end to the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. President Barack Obama had signed DACA...


DACA’s future in the han...

by Lauren Hayward

Time to read: 2 minutes
15 days ago