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Lowell Steward, Tuskegee Airman passes

ROS passes along the sad news that Lowell Steward, a member of the Tuskegee Airman of World War II aviation fame has passed at the tender age of 95 years old. He joined the Army Air Corps after graduating from Santa Barbara College in 1941. He subsequently trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. […]

Mysterious Creature Washes Ashore In Wake Of California Storms

A mysterious, hairless creature recently washed ashore on a California beach, stunning residents as it appeared in the wake of brutal storms that battered the coast. The mystery carcass was discovered on a beach in Santa Barbara, according to the Daily Mail. Show More Summary

California's Exceptional McConnell's Ice Cream Finally Arrives In NYC

We've already fallen in love with one transplant ice cream and now here comes Santa Barbara's 65-year-old McConnell's Fine Ice Cream, landing in NYC for the first time ever—and goshdarnit it's incredible. Our friends in LA agree! [ more › ]

Shame on us

Emotions are complicated and never more so than in the realm of the scientific, where commonly accepted definitions are lacking. In a paper published in the journal Qualitative Inquiry, UC Santa Barbara's Thomas Scheff examines the basic...Show More Summary

‘Theory of Everything’s Redmayne, Jones To Be Lauded At 30th Annual SBIFF

The Theory of Everything's leading thesps Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, who respectively play Stephen and Jane Hawking, are being honored at the 30th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival with the Cinema Vanguard Award. Show More Summary

Search for Dark Matter Message Intensifies -- “There's Something We Just don't Understand About the Internal Structure of the Universe"

“We’re all looking and somewhere, maybe even now, there’s a little bit of data that will cause someone to have an ‘Ah ha!’ moment,” said Harry Nelson, professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and science lead...

Girls' basketball: Santa Barbara's Amber Melgoza scores 45 points

Amber Melgoza of Santa Barbara, a 5-foot-10 junior, is scoring points in bunches this season.

Home on the range

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) -- With more and more rainforest giving way to pasture and grazing land every year, the practice of cattle ranching in the Amazon has serious implications on a global scale. At the same time, however, it provides a degree of socioeconomic flexibility for Amazonian smallholders who simply can't survive on what the forest or agriculture provide. read more

Crowdfunding 101

Everything you know about crowdfunding is wrong, at least according to researchers at UC Santa Barbara. And that, they add, is good news for scientists. Crowdfunding is the practice of financing a project or venture through contributions from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. read more

Ancient creature discovered in the depths of the Arctic Ocean

In the depths of the Arctic Ocean, buried deep in the sediment, an ancient creature waited for over a million years to be discovered. Paul Valentich-Scott, from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (California), and three scientists from the United States Geological Survey (USGS, Menlo Park, California), Charles L. Show More Summary

Let’s pay a visit to the Department of Extraordinary...

Let’s pay a visit to the Department of Extraordinary Lobsters and meet Santa Barbara, CA-based biologist Forrest Galante who recently discovered this awesome Pacific spiny lobster while free-diving in search of lobsters off the coast of Anacapa Island in southern California. Show More Summary

‘Boyhood’ Stars Patricia Arquette & Ethan Hawke Set For Santa Barbara Honor

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival said today that the pair will receive its 2015 American Riviera Award, which recognizes actors who have had a strong influence on American cinema. Marking the first time the honor will go to multiple recipients, Boyhood stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will receive a tribute to their long careers. Show More Summary

'The Originals' Actress Leah Pipes Weds Actor AJ Trauth!

Leah Pipes married her longtime love AJ Trauth on Saturday afternoon (December 6) in Santa Barbara, Calif. According to People, the couple tied the knot in a small ceremony with just friends and family. Leah, 26, who wore a custom Anne Barge gown with Manolo Blahnik shoes. “Dad and I practicing for the big walk [...]

House hunting: 7 homes with gorgeous glass walls

Santa Barbara, California. This three-bedroom home at the end of a cul-de-sac was built in 1964 and renovated this year. Interior features include a kitchen with high-gloss cabinetry, a sliding walnut book case that opens to the master suite, and a wall of sliding glass in the great room with views of the Channel Islands. Show More Summary

A daredevil experience with Martin Litton

2 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

To the editor: When I graduated from USC way back in the 1950s, my first job was with Sunset magazine, which had its headquarters in Menlo Park. My first assignment was to cover Santa Barbara Fiesta Days with the travel editor, Martin Litton. ("Martin Litton dies at 97; passionate wilderness...

There goes the fire season

Got big rain today in Santa Barbara, and across all of California, or so it appears: Rainfall records were broken. As expected, there were mudslides. One friend going to Malibu was smart to avoid the Pacific Coast Highway. The drought persists, of course. We’ll need many more storms like this to make up for the […]

Mixologists vie in Lemoneira competition

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Mixologist Patrick Reynolds of Wildcat Lounge, Santa Barbara, Calif., was the winner of the first of a series of international contests to determine who have the recipes for the world’s most creative and delicious lemon cocktails.

Why the murder rate in Honduras is twice as high as anywhere else

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

On November 19, the bodies of sisters Maria Jose and Sofia Alvarado were found dumped in a grave outside the provincial town of Santa Barbara in western Honduras. In a country that has the highest murder rate in the world – in 2012, it registered 90.4 murders per 100 000 population, more than twice...

3 December food and wine events: Mark Peel, Alain Giraud and a wine festival

3 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Recovered from Thanksgiving? Good. Because here comes another round of food and wine events. Early December’s lineup includes a wine dinner at Maison Giraud with wines from the Ojai Vineyard and Santa Barbara's weekend wine festival “Key to Wine Country.”  

A chromatic controversy

Last year, on Thanksgiving Day, Holly Ellis took a trip up to Santa Barbara, where she framed and captured this photo of the Chromatic Gate.

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