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Traffic Tickets, Monterey 01/14/11 6:30am TDH

Multiple law-enforcement agencies in Monterey County are participating in an increased-enforcement operation this morning.  As part of the strategic traffic operations and prevention program, known as STOPP, officers will issue citations at high-risk intersections and roadways, where accidents and violations often occur.  The program began at 6 a.m., and is set to run until noon.


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ucsc graffiti 01/14/11 6am TDH

 UCSC officials are investigating threatening graffiti that was left in a bathroom on campus.   university officials haven’t provided many details about the message, except to say that it warns that violence will take place on january 18th.   a general email alert was issued to the campus community, asking students and others to be alert, and to report unusual behavior.

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APTOS NON-PROFIT ROBBERY 01-13-10 21:30 a.v.

Investigations continue into a robbery where over $35,000 in computers and phones were stolen from an Aptos non-profit. Officials at Community Bridges reported that over 17 laptop and desktop computers were stolen either late Friday or early Saturday. The Seacliff non-profit oversees 9 programs including the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which was said to be impacted the most by the theft. Anyone with any information on the suspects or the crime, is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Investigations Department.

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Local state senator Sam Blakeslee introduced a new bill this week that would reimburse counties for costs incurred for special elections held over the past two years. Senate Bill 106 would force the state to reimburse the 26 counties a total of 17.7 million dollars spent on 23 special elections held from January 2009 through April 19th of 2011. Blakeslee’s new bill would provide a mandate that all counties affected by recently held special elections shall be reimbursed for all costs associated with recent special elections.


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Researchers at U.C. Santa Cruz have identified a key molecule that would aid in the process of performing bone marrow transplants, used to treat lymphoma and leukemia. The molecule, called Robo-4 is said to play a role in anchoring stem cells that live in bone marrow and differentiate into various kinds of mature blood cells into the bone marrow. Researchers are working to develop a way to inhibit Robo-4 and mobilize the hematopoietic stem cells from bone marrow with drugs. The team’s findings were published in the January issue of the scientific journal “Cell Stem Cell”.


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