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12:06 am
Thu May 1, 2014

What happens if our pets outlive us? PG non-profit has an answer

David Burbidge and Sandy Schachter in Carmel Valley with their dogs Juno and Argus.
Credit Krista Almanzan

David Burbidge and Sandy Schachter say they spoil their two dogs, Juno and Argus, and they’d like the dogs to continue to live comfortable lives even if the dogs outlive them.   That’s why the Carmel Valley couple created a pet trust where they set aside some money for each dog to pay for their continued care after they pass away.  And since leaving the dogs with family is not an option, they’re leaving them to Peace of Mind Dog Rescue.

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1:47 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Recognizing the Legacy of Pacific Grove Inventor Gary Kildall

The staff of Digital Research poses outside headquarters at 801 Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove in 1980. Gary Kildall stands on the right wearing jeans and a button down shirt, his arm is up on a post. Original photo was taken by Jerry Lebeck, Trend Photography.

This Friday Pacific Grove inventor Gary Kildall will formally take his spot in computer Science history.  The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) will recognize Kildall as the inventor of the first personal computer operating system by placing a plaque at the former headquarters of his company. 

Kildall, who passed away in 1994, has often been referred to as “the man who could have been Bill Gates”, if not for one missed opportunity.  But those who knew him best hope Friday’s dedication will begin to change that legacy.

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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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