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March 15, 2012 | 11:29 am

Winner of Sonoma-Marin Fair’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest Dies; Photos, Video

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HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — When a beloved pet dies, good manners usually dictate saying something nice about the departed companion. And for Yoda, it was a compliment to say she sure was ugly. Yoda won the 2011 World’s Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair for her short tufts of hair, protruding tongue, and […]

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March 7, 2012 | 6:45 am

Breakfast Blend: Haifa Scientists Kvell as Their Water Saving Research Takes Root in Sonoma

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Rachael Myrow here, host of the California Report, with a handful of links to cool and/or important stories outside the Bay Area local readers should check out. California wine country to benefit from Haifa study (Jerusalem Post) L.A. Unified missed warning signs on accused teacher (Los Angeles Times) Silicon Valley leaders take up the Dream […]

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February 23, 2012 | 9:44 am

Morning Splash: 49 Homemade Bombs Found in Sonoma County Car; Everyone Hates Californians; SJSU May Turn Away Qualified Students

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 Police Find 49 Homemade Bombs in Sonoma County Car (SF Chronicle) A Sebastopol man stopped for traffic violations was arrested after a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy found more than four dozen homemade bombs in his car, authorities said. Why Do So Many People Hate California? (SF Chronicle) Surf. Sun. Disneyland. What’s not to love about California? […]

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February 17, 2012 | 7:10 am

Breakfast Blend: Chinese Wine Lovers Drive Boom in California Exports

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Rachael Myrow here, host of the California Report, with a handful of links to cool and/or important stories outside the Bay Area local readers should check out. California winemakers boost sales in Chinese market (Los Angeles Times) Massive traffic jam on 10 Freeway becomes Caltrans scandal (Los Angeles Times) China’s Air Pollution Brings Snowfall to […]

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January 9, 2012 | 6:52 am

Breakfast Blend: Wine Growers Salivate over Signs Asian Big Spenders Tiring of French Bordeaux

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Rachael Myrow here, host of the California Report, with a handful of links to cool and/or important stories outside the Bay Area local readers should check out. Wine Sellers Aim High Ahead of Chinese New Year (Wall Street Journal) German Auto Makers Tout Diesel in U.S. (Wall Street Journal) State convicts arrive in L.A. County […]

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December 15, 2011 | 7:19 am

Breakfast Blend: Robert Balzer, Early Champion of California Wines, Dies in Orange

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Rachael Myrow here, host of the California Report, with a handful of links to cool and/or important stories outside the Bay Area local readers should check out. Scheduled foreclosure auctions soar in California (Los Angeles Times) Robert Lawrence Balzer, Wine Writer, Dies at 99 (New York Times) REGION: Buses will roll even with trigger cuts […]

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December 7, 2011 | 8:36 am

Breakfast Blend: Remembering When Oakland was the “Harlem of the West”

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Rachael Myrow here, host of the California Report, with a handful of links to cool and/or important stories outside the Bay Area local readers should check out. Prolonged outage generates rage toward Edison (Los Angeles Times) The blues return to Oakland’s 7th Street (Los Angeles Times) Family tries to reoccupy foreclosed home (Riverside Press Enterprise) […]

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November 2, 2011 | 6:59 am

Breakfast Blend: Massive Farm Bill Moves in DC w/Few Squawks; Barking Dogs Face Fines in LA

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Rachael Myrow here, host of the California Report, with a handful of links to cool and/or important stories outside the Bay Area local readers should check out. Excessive dog barking will cost you in L.A. (Los Angeles Times) San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant leak contained (Los Angeles Times) Gilbert Cates, Producer of Oscar Shows, Dies […]

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Video: Santa Rosa Man Throws Hot Dog at Tiger Woods

October 10, 2011 | 11:31 am

Video: Santa Rosa Man Throws Hot Dog at Tiger Woods

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In either a trenchantly metaphorical statement on sexual politics or a drunken stunt, an unidentified 31-year-old Santa Rosa man threw a hot dog at Tiger Woods Sunday while Woods was putting in the Frys.com Open. The incident occurred at the CordeValle Golf Club in San Marin, between Morgan Hill and Gilroy. The man was immediately […]

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Red Tide Glows Blue at Night

September 30, 2011 | 5:59 pm

Red Tide Glows Blue at Night

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It’s red! No, it’s blue! No, it’s an overgrowth of bacteria off the coast of San Diego…wait, what? Recently beach-goers in Del Mar and near Solana Beach have been noticing an incredible sight –the water glowing blue — caused by a red tide. The L.A. Times explains: The electric blue glow is caused by an […]

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