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KCBS Cover Story: Santa Cruz Residents Already Fined Thousands For Excessive Water Use

Santa Cruz residents have already racked up more than $500,000 in fines for excessive water use.

07/30/2014

An injured sea lion, rescued by Sausalito's Marine Mammal Center, is released back into the wild in Santa Cruz. July 29, 2014 (photo credit: Mike Colgan)

Sea Lion Released In Santa Cruz After Being Rescued By Marine Mammal Center

An sea lion rescued last week when Sausalito’s Marine Mammal Center found it entangled in plastic netting, was released back into the ocean in Santa Cruz Tuesday.

07/29/2014

A dead Crayfish in left in the Los Gatos Creek after the flow of water was cut due to the drought. (CBS)

Los Gatos Creek Drying Up After Water District Cuts Off Flow, Leaving Wildlife

The impact of California’s drought is readily apparent in Bay Area creeks, and the picture isn’t very pretty for the wildlife depending on them.

07/28/2014

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Bay Area Ranks High On List Of ‘Best Boardwalks For Food In America’

The Bay area is high on the list towns that have the best boardwalks for food in the United States, according to a food and drink website.

07/25/2014

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Santa Cruz Sets Up Water Conservation Classes To Let Residents Avoid Penalties

Santa Cruz has set up something of a traffic school to help water wasters avoid penalties from the state during the severe drought.

07/20/2014

Alix Tichelman appears in a Santa Cruz court, July 9, 2014. (CBS)

Silicon Valley Call Girl Pleads Not Guilty In Google Exec’s Overdose Death

A high-priced prostitute accused of leaving a Google executive to die on his yacht in California after shooting him up with a fatal hit of heroin has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and heroin charges.

07/16/2014

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Santa Cruz Man Killed In Big Rig Crash On Highway 17 Identified

The Santa Cruz man killed in an 11-vehicle accident involving a big-rig that injured seven people Thursday on state Highway 17 south of Los Gatos was 25-year-old Daniel McGuire.

07/11/2014

Alix Catherine Tichleman was arrested in the heroin overdose death of a man in the Santa Cruz boat harbor. (Santa Cruz Police)

Prostitute Charged In Google Exec’s Heroin Death Was Exotic Dancer In San Francisco Strip Clubs

A prostitute being charged in the heroin overdose death of a Google executive was once an exotic dancer at clubs in San Francisco.

07/10/2014

Alix Tichelman, wearing a prison jumpsuit and handcuffs, appears in a Santa Cruz court, July 9, 2014. (CBS)

Police Say Prostitute Searched For Legal Defense Online After Google Exec’s Heroin Death

A high-priced prostitute charged in the overdose death of a Google executive aboard a yacht in California had searched online for how to legally defend herself after giving a lethal dose of heroin, police in California said Thursday, as authorities in Georgia reopened another overdose case.

07/10/2014

Alix Tichelman appears in a Santa Cruz court, July 9, 2014. (CBS)

Prostitute Accused In Google Executive Heroin Death Linked To 2nd Death In Georgia

Police in an Atlanta suburb are reopening the investigation into the September drug-related death of a man who once dated an alleged prostitute now facing charges in the heroin overdose death of a Google executive.

07/10/2014

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