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TOY DRIVE 12/8/13 1611 GE

IN KING CITY ON FRIDAY, THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND AGRICULTURE HELD ITS 4TH ANNUAL TOY DRIVE. ALONG WITH MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS AND U.S. ARMY, THE CHAMBER PASSED OUT TOYS FROM THEIR OFFICE AS WELL AS THE RITE AID PARKING LOT. FOLLOWING A CHRISTMAS PARADE ON FRIDAY NIGHT, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TWO MILITARY UNITS PRESENTED THREE LARGE BAGS OF TOYS TO THE KING CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AND KING CITY FIRE, TO BE GIVEN TO THE NEEDY CHILDREN OF THE COMMUNITY. ALL OF THE TOYS RECEIVED OVER THE WEEKEND WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE NEEDY CHILDREN ON CHRISTMAS DAY, BY MEMBERS OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND FIREFIGHTERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO DONATE TO THE DRIVE, CONTACT OFFICER MARIO MOTTU AT 831-386-5989 OR EMAIL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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SANTA CRUZ WHARF 12/8/13 1547 GE

EARLY SATURDAY MORNING SANTA CRUZ FIRE WAS DISPATCHED TO THE WHARF TO INVESTIGATE THE REPORT OF A BOAT BUMPING AGAINST THE WEST SIDE OF THE STRUCTURE. A 30-FOOT FISHING BOAT CAME IN CONTACT WITH THE WHARF, CAUSING MINOR DAMAGE. HOWEVER, BY THE TIME UNITS ARRIVED, THE BOAT HAD BEEN DRIVEN AWAY FROM THE WHARF BY THE TWO OCCUPANTS ON BOARD. THERE WERE NO INJURIES AS A RESULT OF THE COLLISION AND THERE WAS NO VESSEL DAMAGE. THE WHARF SUSTAINED DAMAGE TO A 20-FOOT SECTION OF RAILING, AND IT REMAINS UNCLEAR AS TO HOW THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED.

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APTOS FIRE 12/8/13 1455 GE

SATURDAY MORNING AROUND 12:20 A-M, FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO A THREE-STORY HOME, ON THE 9700 BLOCK OF MONROE AVENUE IN APTOS. ENGINES FROM CENTRAL FIRE, WATSONVILLE FIRE AND CAL FIRE ARRIVED TO FIND THE HOME INVOLVED IN INTENSE FLAMES. THE FIRE WAS CONTAINED WITHIN 30 MINUTES, AND A SEARCH REVEALED THE BODY OF A MAN IN THE THIRD FLOOR. TWO RESIDENTS IN THE HOME WERE STANDING OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE WHEN THE UNITS ARRIVED, AND WERE UNHARMED. THE BODY OF THE MAN ON THE TOP FLOOR IS BELIEVED TO BE THE THIRD RESIDENT. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THAT THE FIRE STARTED IN THE KITCHEN ON THE TOP FLOOR AND HAVE NO INDICATION THAT IT IS SUSPICIOUS AT THIS TIME. ADJACENT HOMES WERE IN DANGER, BUT THE FIREFIGHTERS KEPT THE FLAMES RESTRICTED TO ONE HOUSE. INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AT THIS TIME.

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ROBOTIC COMPETITION 12/8/13 1420 GE

THE 10TH ANNUAL SLUGS VS. BUGS COMPETITION TOOK PLACE ON THURSDAY AT UC SANTA CRUZ’S ENGINEERING AUDITORIUM. NEARLY 60 STUDENTS WERE IN THE COMPETITION, WHICH INVOLVED SPENDING ON THE ORDER OF 100 HOURS PER WEEK, DESIGNING SOFTWARE AND CREATING SHOE-BOX SIZED ROBOTS THAT ARE ABLE REACT TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND MAKE DECISIONS. ONE DEMONSTRATION WAS FOR THE ROBOTS TO DETECT OBSTACLES WITHIN THE BOUNDARY OF A BATTLEFIELD SCENE AND SHOOT PING PONG BALLS AT THE OPPONENTS. THE AUDITORIUM HAD SCREENS PROJECTING THE ACTION TO AN AUDIENCE OF NEARLY 400 VIEWERS. ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR GABRIEL ELKAIM STARTED THE EVENT AS AN AID TO HIS INTRODUCTION TO MECHATRONICS, WHICH LEADS TO A CAREER IN SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING AND WRITING CODE FOR ROBOTS.

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CHRISTMAS PARADE 12/8/13 1340 GE

THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY PARADE TOOK PLACE IN DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ ON SATURDAY MORNING. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE SHOWED TO WATCH THE FESTIVITIES AS THE PARADE MOVED DOWN PACIFIC AVENUE. THERE WERE FLOATS , CLASSIC CARS, MARCHING BANDS, HORSES AND SANTA CLAUS AND HIS HELPERS. VARIOUS GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS FROM THE AREA WERE THERE TO HAND OUT CANDY AND FLIERS. BARRIOS UNIDOS, ONE OF THE LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS, THREW OUT PACKAGES CONTAINING JACKETS. THIS ANNUAL EVENT OFFICIALLY USHERS IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON TO THE RESIDENTS OF SANTA CRUZ AND NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES.

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