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Why Not Send Lonesome George on Tour?

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 09.23.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

At last week's New York unveiling of the mounted body of Lonesome George, the legendary Galápagos tortoise, the VIPs in attendance dismissed it as a silly idea: "George is a rock star, why not send him on tour?"

The Legacy of Lonesome George: Rescuing Tortoises From Extinction

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

They look invincible-with their built-in body armor and their enormous bulk. But giant tortoises, the very symbol of the Galápagos, are among the most devastated creatures on the islands.

Police Officers Posted Heroin User's Arrest on Twitter and Vine

Dieter Holger | Posted 11.11.2014 | Crime
Dieter Holger

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A Night at The Catalyst with Avey Tare and the Slasher Flicks

Dieter Holger | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Dieter Holger

On Aug. 26 Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks performed for Santa Cruz. Avey Tare (aka David Portner) is a founding member of the critically-acclaimed band Animal Collective. Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks is the latest musical project of the artist.

25 Years Ago -- The 'Big One' of '89

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This weekend's quake got plenty of news coverage, starting Sunday morning. So I thought it would be a good time to share my story from the "Big One," which starts with some generalized comments about earthquakes for the benefit of those who have never felt one.

Why We're Mesmerized by the Prostitute and the Google Exec

Mary Papenfuss | Posted 09.28.2014 | Crime
Mary Papenfuss

Theirs is a tale of what we expect might happen when boundaries are crossed, and when a rocker Eve tempts not just an Adam, but a Silicon Valley Master of the Universe in the Garden of Eden.

Nice-Land

Michele Bigley | Posted 07.22.2014 | Travel
Michele Bigley

"If you don't look, you'll never see. And what you don't see can be very hard to find." -- Ms. Frizzle, Magic School Bus Everyone thinks we're crazy....

Your Guide to Coast-to-Coast Gay Pride

Jim Werner | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Jim Werner

Break out the white shoes and rainbow flags. Memorial Day is Monday, and gay Pride season isn't far behind. June brings long days and LGBT events across the land.

How To See Santa Cruz For Free

AP | By MICHELLE LOCKE | Posted 07.19.2014 | Travel

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Walking along the bluffs of Santa Cruz, wind in your hair, sparkling blue ocean at your feet, you can spend a happy few ho...

Police: Tossed Toilet Bowl Kills Fan

AP | By STAN LEHMAN | Posted 07.03.2014 | Sports

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian soccer fan was killed when he was struck in the head by a toilet bowl hurled from stadium stands as supporters of rival...

On Restlessness: A Traveler Marinates on the Nature of Home

Michele Bigley | Posted 07.02.2014 | San Francisco
Michele Bigley

This restlessness is a trait that I have always felt proud of, yet now it seems to plague us. We could not settle in San Francisco, a place I love more than any other. Of course much of that was due to the jaw dropping cost of living, but it was more than that.

A Solution to Rid Santa Cruz Beaches of Syringes -- And to Reduce HIV and Overdose Deaths

Tony Newman | Posted 05.03.2014 | San Francisco
Tony Newman

It was sad for me to see that the drug problem in Santa Cruz has reached a point where good people are so upset that they were pushing for backward policies that would not help people struggling with addiction or the Santa Cruz community as a whole.

Introduced Snake Found in Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 02.26.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

The snake found on Santa Cruz has red touching black on its skin -- meaning it's non-poisonous. But officials on the island don't regard it as any sort of friend.

A Skewed Realty Reality, In Northern California

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 03.05.2014 | Money
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

According to Forbes magazine, the highest median home price in the nation is $6,665,231 in Zip Code 94027 in Atherton, just north of the Silicon Valley.

Born at the Right Time: Why Starting a Family in Troubled Times Isn't Such a Bad Idea

Anne Hill | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Anne Hill

If your habitual response to the unknown is fear, you will probably not have a lot of fun raising children. On the bright side, the regimen of parenting is an excellent way to overcome it.

Local Experts from 13 California Destinations Reveal Secrets They'd Rather Keep Secret

offMetro.com | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
offMetro.com

By trade, they are experts on and champions of the iconic places, under-the-radar gems, and newfangled darlings in their areas. But where do the tourism board professionals go when they're off duty?

A California Love Story: Obamacare Has Hearts Pumping in Santa Cruz

Bridget Fonger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bridget Fonger

When your mission statement aligns with Obamacare, and you get to make your patients feel empowered to manage their own health care coverage, that's a nice little love story on the health care playground.

On Miley, Shakespeare and the Cult of Sustainability

Emily Sloan-Pace | Posted 10.29.2013 | College
Emily Sloan-Pace

The realities that prompted this post remain; a nation-wide conversation rages on about the state of contemporary culture via the body of a 20-year-old woman, all the while a national theater company shutters its doors with nary a whisper.

Dining Delicacy Is Actually Fighting Water Pollution

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green

Otters are at their cutest while cracking open crab shells on their stomachs. But according to one recently released study, that's also when they're c...

All Aboard! 5 Train Rides on Roaring Camp Railroads

offMetro.com | Posted 10.18.2013 | San Francisco
offMetro.com

Sometimes you've gotta steamroll out of town, and there's no better way than hopping aboard Roaring Camp Railroads. This restored 19th-century railroa...

7 Classic Beach Boardwalks

MiniTime | Posted 09.22.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

Saltwater taffy, carnival rides, and old-school fun are back on the upswing in classic beach towns whose boardwalks can make you feel like you've stepped into a time machine. Here are seven classic boardwalk towns that go out of their way to entice families,

I Am Luscious, and Other Campaign Slogans

Jessica Levinson | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

How can we get more people excited about political issues and campaigns? Many political campaigns feel like one long infomercial; politicians tell us why they are "open-hearted," "gentle," "warm," or "fantastic," just to pick a few dishes from the breakfast options.

5 U.S. Theme Parks Under $50

Budget Travel | Posted 07.08.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

With Disney parks recently raising their ticket prices to $89 for a single-park one day ticket -- Universal Studios is just as bad -- now is the perfect time to start thinking about smaller, regional theme parks where you can get your adrenaline fix for less.

Rise of the Sneaker Males

Terrie M. Williams | Posted 07.12.2013 | Green
Terrie M. Williams

Biology has guaranteed that the energy of youth will erupt with each new generation. The question is, how should we deal with it?

PHOTOS: America's Best Boardwalks

Oyster | Posted 06.12.2013 | Travel
Oyster

From Atlantic City to Santa Cruz, beach bums will strut their stuff down those sandy pathways, either taking in the views or letting loose on beachside coasters (or both!).