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HELP FOR ISAAC VICTIMS 8/29/12 4:50p DMF

CURTIS RELIFORD, WHO HAS DONE WORK IN THE PAST TO HELP NEW ORLEANS VICTIMS OF KATRINA.  NOW PLANS TO HELP POSSIBLE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE ISAAC WITH THE HELP OF THE SANTA CRUZ-BASED NON PROFIT, FOLLOW YOUR HEART ACTION NETWORK.     RELIFORD DELIVERED AN ESTIMATED 1 MILLION DOLLARS IN SUPPLIES TO HURRICANE KATRINA VICTIMS, AND HOPES FOR MORE GENEROUS DONATIONS THIS TIME AROUND. THOSE INTERESTED IN DONATING TO THE CAUSE CAN DO SO AT follow-your-heart-action-NETwork. com

Isaac was downgraded to a trropical storm again this afternoon.

FRACKING 8/29/12 4:40p DMF

AN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP HAS STARTED FEDERAL LITIGATION ALLEGING THAT THE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION PROCESS USED IN MONTEREY COUNTY CALLED “FRACKING” THREATENS ENDANGERED SPECIES INCLUDING THE CALIFORNIA CONDOR.    A FORMAL INTENT TO SUE WAS FILED AGAINST THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT ON WEDNESDAY, AND THE TUCSON BASED GROUP SAYS THE PROCESS KNOWN AS FRACKING WOULD DAMAGE WILDLIFE HABITAT UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT.   THE PROCESS INJECTS HIGH-PRESSURE FLUIDS UNDER GROUND, TO BREAK ROCK,  AND FREE PETROLEUM DEPOSITS.

HWY 9 ACCIDENT 8/29/12 4:00p DMF

THIS MORNING AT APPROXIMATELY 9 A.M. HIGHWAY 9 WAS SHUT DOWN after A MAJOR INJURY ACCIDENT occurred.     THE HEAD-ON COLLISION HAPPENED  NEAR HIGHWAY 236 AND INVOLVEd TWO VEHICLES.          AT  LEAST ONE PERSON WAS airlifted to a BAY AREA TRAUMA CENTER. .

UCSC FUNDING 8/29/12 3:00p DMF

U.C. SANTA CRUZ RESEARCHErS BROUGHT IN $140 MILLION IN EXTERNAL GRANTS AND CONTRACTS IN THE FISCAL YEAR THAT ENDED IN JUNE, THE CAMPUS REPORTED WEDNESDAY.  THIS IS THE 7th CONSECUTIVE YEAR U.C.S.C. HAS EXCEEDED $100 MILLION AND THE 2nd BEST YEAR OVERALL FOR RESEARCH FUNDING.     THE LARGEST FUNDING SOURCES FOR CAMPUS RESEARCH WERE THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AT $39MILLION AND N.A.S.A. AT 36$ MILLION.  U.C.S.C. reported its single largest award, $29 million, was for projects carried out by the University Affiliated Research Center, located at NASA Ames Research Center, from its continuing contract with NASA.

house Fire, grnfld 08/29/12 12:00p.m. TDH

Firefighters from south monterey county fire protection district responded to a house fire early this morning in greenfield.  Flames erupted at the house on palm avenue shortly after 4 a.m.    5-people, (including an infant), were air-lifted to a santa clara county trauma center.   all of those victims were treated for cuts and burns ranging from moderate to major.   3-other-people escaped without injury.  Fire crews had the blaze extinguished in  45 minutes.  The cause is under investigation.  The red cross is helping the displaced find emergency shelter.