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ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi dead in Syria after U.S. Delta Force operation

Cade Petrie, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed himself by detonating a suicide vest when cornered in Northwestern Syria during a U.S. raid on the compound believed to be his residence. President Trump has stated that he “died like...

Trump administration opens a million acres of California land for fracking

Wesley Brown, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

The Trump administration has furthered plans to open 1.2 million acres of US land to fracking, despite outcry by environmental activists who have recently sued the administration over another fracking proposal.  The Bureau of La...

Wildfires burn across multiple California counties

Isaac Sieblink, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

Over the past week, Southern California has been plagued by numerous fires in several different counties. A few — such as the Saddle Ridge Fire — have been burning for some time, while most have appeared more recently. ...

High-density housing program may move to lower State Street

Cade Petrie, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

Earlier this month, the Santa Barbara Planning Commission met to decide the future of their 2013 Average Unit-sized Density housing program. Acknowledging the failure to fully implement it at Milpas Street, the Commission is looki...

Santa Barbara City Council elections underway

Wesley Brown, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

Throughout this week, elections are being held to select the new City Council representatives for Santa Barbara’s 1st District, Eastside, and 2nd District, the Mesa.  Votes will be collected by mail-in-ballots which can be dropped ...

Cause of August Santa Barbara Airport plane crash discovered

Isaac Sieblink, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

A C-130 plane crashed landed at the Santa Barbara Airport earlier this summer on Aug. 25, and just recently the cause of the crash was discerned. According to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board tha...

New city ordinance would impound personal property left alone in public areas

Abbie Leffler, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

A new ordinance regarding the storage of personal items on public property is currently under consideration by the City of Santa Barbara. The ordinance states that items left in public space for more than four hours are subjec...

Santa Barbara School Board Superintendent will not renew contract after years of controversy

Wesley Brown, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

After weeks of public petitions and parent outrage, the Santa Barbara school board announced last week that district superintendent Cary Matsuoka will not be renewing his contract. Last month, parent-run organization Fair Edu...

Trump pulls troops from Northern Syria, resigns Kurds to confrontation with Turkish military

Cade Petrie, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

Early last week, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Northern Syria. This decision comes as a shock to many around the world. The U.S. has supplied Syrian Kurds with weapons, military training and...

Four months later, Hong Kong protests continue to rage

Bailey Baker, Guest Writer

October 23, 2019

The anti-government protests in Hong Kong have continued for over four months and show no signs of deescalating.  The protests began with the introduction of Hong Kong’s extradition bill, which would allow people suspected ...

Trump-Biden feud smolders as former Vice President joins call for impeachment

Cade Petrie, Staff Writer

October 16, 2019

The long-discussed impeachment process of President Trump has begun with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of an official inquiry several weeks ago. In a speech on Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden joined the ...

Washington Elementary GATE program faces massive overhaul

Wesley Brown, Staff Writer

October 16, 2019

The Santa Barbara Unified School District discussed an overhaul of Washington Elementary’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) system last Tuesday. The amended program, first proposed six months ago to overwhelmingly negative ...

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