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6:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Aquarium Exhibit Opens Door for Octopus Naming

Opisthoteuthis sp.
Credit MBARI

Stephanie Bush weaves through the crowd at the new Tentacles exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, walking passed tanks filled with nautiluses, squids and octopuses.

She’s headed for a dark corner where people have gathered around a tall column shaped tank.  “The deep sea tank is where there’s the big crowd,” she says as she gets closer.   

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6:16 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Santa Cruz Activists Aim to Inspire Constitutional Amendment With a Local Vote

Volunteers for Move to Amend Santa Cruz collected more than 10,000 signatures for a petition saying "corporations are not people and money is not free speech.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

Constitutional amendments don’t happen very often: there have been three in the last fifty years. But activists around the country are circulating petitions in support of a new amendment. This one is designed to overrule Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and stem the tide of money in politics, and voters in Santa Cruz may soon have a chance to weigh in.

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6:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Looking back on The Grapes of Wrath and Mrs. Steinbeck’s Chicken Piccata

Exhibit at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath turns 75 on Monday, April 14th. The book recounts the trials of the Joad family, who lost their Oklahoma farm and traveled to California at the height of the Depression. It was banned and burned in some cities when it was first published in 1939. But it also won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, selling nearly half a million copies within a year.

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3:54 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The Long Road to Fixing the Monterey Bay Area's Medicare Problem

This map shows the 14 counties which will have their status changed from rural to urban.
Credit Justine Herrera

With the stroke of a pen, President Obama signed into a law a bill that includes an increase of Medicare reimbursement rates for doctors in the Monterey Bay Area.  The speed at which this passed masks more than a decade of work it took to make this change.   

In a conference room at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Santa Cruz, Dr. Larry deGhetaldi lays down a color coded map of California.  The map was originally drawn about 40 years ago. “This is how physicians are paid today in California.  All the green are paid the same,” said deGhetaldi.

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9:32 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Fort Ord Blight Removal Picks Up

An excavator demolishes an abandoned building on the CSUMB campus.
Credit Doug McKnight

In the twenty years since the Army shut down Fort Ord there’s been progress on repurposing the land – a new University, a National Monument, new housing and shopping.  But even with all the change more than one thousand abandoned buildings still remain standing -- making parts of the former base look like a ghost town.   Now efforts to clean up the remaining blight may finally be picking up.

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