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Therapy bunny making rounds for Easter

Move over, Easter Bunny. Axel Rose the therapy bunny is in town. This week, just in time for Easter, the nonprofit Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara is making special visits to some of the area's senior care and assisted living homes with a pet therapy bunny named Axel. Axel is a certified therapy bunny, much like a therapy dog or cat, and VNHC is taking him to visits all over Santa Barbara to spread some love and cheer. More»

Students join effort to gauge ocean radioactivity

A project spearheaded by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts to monitor radiation levels along the West Coast gave La Colina Junior High School science teacher Shannon Carpenter and her students a perfect opportunity to engage in some "citizen science." According to ourradiatioactiveocean.org, the website for Woods Hole's project, the world's oceans contain natural radioactive isotopes along with remnants of nuclear weapons testing. Fallout from Japan's Fukushima nuclear meltdown three years ago has added to the baseline levels. More»


As the June 3 primary approaches and campaigns kick into high gear, cracks are forming among the five Republican candidates running for the 24th Congressional District seat. Among the main contentions: a minor candidate is being told to drop out of the race, and Santa Barbara City Councilman Dale Francisco is benefitting from an insider's relationship with the GOP establishment. More»


Soulful and sleek veteran rock crooner Bryan Ferry steered his way through town Saturday night at the Santa Barbara Bowl, in a concert date sandwiched between shows at the Coachella Festival down in Indio. The 68-year-old Mr. Ferry, famous for his low-key blue-eyed soul approach to singing, made a different kind of splash for himself as a rock singer with the conceptual '70s band Roxy Music, and then went on to fame and critical praise in his long solo career, More»


Q: What's wrong with marijuana? Personally, I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be legalized. Jim: Your viewpoint is gaining support, as evidenced by voter approval legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Public opinion aside, my concerns are rooted in the well-documented facts of what pot does to the person who uses it. These are just a few that have been highlighted by our Physicians Resource Council. First, More»



Hundreds of local children filed into the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club on Saturday morning and came away with clothing, sporting goods and even bicycles. The teenage organizers of the fifth annual Santa Barbara Sports Drive put out the call for new or gently used sports equipment and clothing earlier this month. They also gave out tickets to community leaders to be distributed across Santa Barbara County to children in need to come by and pick out items. More»


Dressed in dazzling pink, five young ladies smiled, posed and ushered in the return of the queen contest as the Santa Maria Elks Lodge opened its rodeo with the 71st Elks Rodeo Queen and Rodeo Kickoff dinner and auction Saturday. This year's queen contestants include America Cardenas, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Guadalupe; Johna Emerick, sponsored by VTC Enterprises; Megan Ann Morgan, sponsored by Your Orcutt Youth Organization; Lilian Aceves, sponsored by the Catholic Formation Center; and Camille Butler, More»



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