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6:45 am
Thu January 15, 2015

UCSC Linguists Use Modern Technology To Study Ancient Language

Dr. Jaye Padgett with metal headpiece used in study
Credit Doug McKnight

 

 

  

Right now there are about 6000 different languages are spoken around the world. But many linguists predict if nothing is done half of those will disappear within this century.  One of those languages is Irish or Gaelic. This nearly 2000 year old language is no longer the primary language in Ireland and is changing with every generation. So UC Santa Cruz researchers are trying to save it.

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9:48 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Are these Salinas Valley students exactly what Silicon Valley needs?

CSIT-in-3 students Daniel Diaz (left) and Brian De Anda map out options for reducing the size of a mobile app their team is building.
Credit Krista Almanzan

As most college kids are getting ready for their winter classes, students who want a career in tech are busy preparing for summer.  Right now they’re interviewing for internships. 

That’s where we find a unique class of college students we first met about a year ago.   They’re from the Salinas Valley, many the children of farm workers or immigrants themselves, who are working towards careers in Silicon Valley. 

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6:45 am
Thu January 1, 2015

In the New Year California Issues Driver's Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

An AB60 driver's license is picture on the left. It contains the words, "Federal Limits Apply."

On January 2nd , California becomes the tenth state to issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants after they pass the written test, the driving test and buy insurance.

The bill known as AB60 was written by State Assemblyman Luis Alejo of Watsonville.  He says the license will look like any California driver’s license except in the upper right  hand corner there are three words, “Federal Limits Apply”.  (see picture above)

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6:45 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Rare Photos Of Shoeshine Tradition Discovered In Pacific Grove Archive

Curtis Phillips shining the shoes, Shoeshine Competition, 1952
John G. Zimmerman / John G. Zimmerman Archive

You may not know the name John G. Zimmerman, but if you’ve ever picked up a Sports Illustrated, Ebony or Life Magazine, you likely know his work.  Zimmerman made his home on the Monterey Peninsula until he passed away in 2002.  His daughter still lives here and she’s working on his archive.  It’s a time consuming process that recently led her on a fascinating journey back in time.  

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6:45 am
Fri December 12, 2014

A Courthouse Fixture Fights to Stay Afloat

Blind vendor Randy Henson runs the Snack Shop at the Salinas Court Complex.
Credit Julie Reynolds

Randy Henson has been a fixture in Monterey County courts for 32 years. Henson runs the courthouse snack bar. Like scores of other vendors in courthouses and government buildings around the state, he is legally blind.

“The central vision loss was instantaneous,” he said. It happened in fifth grade. “I came back in after recess and the teacher asked me to read something from the history book and I was like plunking along.”

He discovered he had something Stanford scientists call Wolfram’s Syndrome, which he says mimic diabetes in addition to causing blindness.

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