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BAY BRIDGE CLOSURE 08-28-2013 06:30 av

CALTRANS IS URGING TRAVELERS WHO WILL BE MAKING A TRIP TO THE SAN FRANCISCO BAYAREA DURING THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND TO PLAN AHEAD.   OFFICIALS SUGGEST TO CHOOSE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE NOW, AND ALLOW PLENTY OF EXTRA TRAVEL TIME BECAUSE THE SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED.  THE BRIDGE WILL BE SHUT DOWN STARTING FROM 8 PM. TONIGHT THROUGH 5 A.M. TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD, WHILE WORKERS TAKE THE BRIDGE’S ORIGINAL EAST SPAN OUT OF SERVICE AND OPEN THE NEW BRIDGE TO TRAFFIC.   ANYONE INTERESTED IN MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE CLOSURE SHOULD GO ONLINE TO BAY-BRIDGE-INFO-DOT-ORG, OR CALL 5-1-1 FOR TRAFFIC UPDATES OR VISIT 5-1-1-DOT-ORG TO FIND OUT WHICH OTHER BAY AREA BRIDGES ARE AVAILABLE AS DETOUR ROUTES.

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DEPUTY HARBORMASTER ARRESTED - 08/27/13 01:22 S.S.

DEPUTY  SANTA  CRUZ  HARBOR  MASTER  HAS  BEEN  ARRESTED  FOR  ATTACKING  A  MAN  IN  NORTHERN  CALIFORNIA.    TIMOTHY  JAMES  ANDERSON,  WHO  WAS  HIRED  BY  THE  SANTA  CRUZ  PORT  DISTRICT  IN  APRIL,  CELEBRATING  HIS  30TH  BIRTHDAY  IN  NAPA  COUNTY,   WHEN  HIS  BIRTHDAY PARTY  GOT  REALLY  LOUD,  AND  SOME  NEIGHBORS  ASKED  THE  PARTIERS  TO  QUIET  DOWN  A  BIT.    ONE  OF  THE  PARTIERS  ATTACKED  ONE  NEIGHBOR  WITH  A  PITCHFORK,  WHILE  ANDERSON  PUNCHED  ANOTHER  IN  THE  HEAD  SEVERAL  TIMES.    ANDERSON  FACES  A  CHARGE  OF  MISDEMEANOR  BATTERY.

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CRAB POACHERS CAUGHT - 08/27/13 00:46 S.S.

10  men  were  issues  citations  this week  for  poaching  270  Dungeness  Crabs.     The  men  were  spotted  off  the  San  Mateo  County  coast  (because  they were  using  flashlights).      Most  of  the  crabs  were  released  back  into the  Pacific Ocean,  but some  had  already  died.  Although  some  crabs  can  be  caught  legally all year,  Dungeness  Crabs  are  usually only  in  season  from  late  fall until  late  spring.

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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT GRANT - 08/27/13 23:45 S.S.

A  40  THOUSAND  DOLLAR  GRANT  WILL  GO  TOWARD  CREATING  A  SALINAS  CHINATOWN  CULTURAL  CENTER  AND MUSEUM.  THE  MONEY  IS  FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT  FOR  HUMANITIES, AND WILL ACTUALLY   BE  USED  TO  HELP  PLAN AND  DESIGN  THE FACILITY.     THIS  IS  THE  3RD  GRANT  THIS  SUMMER  TO  GO  TOWARD  CHINATOWN  HISTORICAL  AND  CULTURAL  PRESERVATION  EFFORTS.   THE  OTHER  2  WERE  FROM  THE  COMMUNITY  FOUNDATION  FOR  MONTEREY  COUNTYand CAL  HUMANITIES.

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MEXICAN TAYLOR FARMS O.K. - 08/27/13 23:41 S.S.

FEDERAL  REGULATORS  SAY  THAT  THEY  HAVE  GIVEN  THE  GREEN  LIGHT  TO  TAYLOR  FARMS  DE  MEXICO  TO  RESUME  PROCESSING  THEIR  SALAD  MIX,  AND  SHIPPING  IT  INTO  THE  UNITED  STATES.   OPERATIONS  WERE  SHUT  DOWN  THERE  AFTER  SOME  SALAD  MIX  WAS  DETERMINED  TO  BE  CONTAMINATED  WITH  THE  PARASITE  CYCLSPORA  (SIGH-clo-Spora).     ALTHOUGH  WORKERS  WERE  REPORTEDLY  FOLLOWING  ALL KNOWN  SAFETY  PROTOCOLS,  A  NEW  PRODUCT  SAMPLING  PLAN  HAS  BEEN  PUT  INTO  PLACE  FOR  LEAFY GREENS,   AND  THE WATER  USED  TO  PROCESS  THEM. 

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