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S.C. LEWD ACTS GUILTY PLEA 12-21-10 19:00 a.v.

A 75-year old Santa Cruz man awaits sentencing after pleading guilty this week to committing lewd acts on a child. Raymundo Puentes Silva faces 12-years in prison after being arrested in October for allegations that he sexually assaulted the victim, who was 4 years of age at the time, from 1998 to 2006. Silva is eligible for probation, and a psychiatric review of his potential for danger is expected to sway the judge’s decision on his sentence.

 

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32-Y/O S.C. STORE MAY CLOSE 12-21-10 17:30 a.v.

A 32-year old Santa Cruz store, specializing in personal growth, yoga and new age spirituality, may be closing soon. Gateways Books and Gifts is expected to close next month unless a new owner can be found. The store, filled with books, journals, yoga accessories, incense and more, moved to it’s current 5,000 square foot Soquel Avenue site 5 years ago. The store first opened in the late ‘70s on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz, moved again 4 more times prior to settling in at it’s current Seabright location.

 

 

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25 YEAR S.S.C VETERAN TO RETIRE 12-21-10 17:30 a.v.

A 25-year veteran of Shakespeare Santa Cruz announced his retirement yesterday. Marcos Cato began his career with the Santa Cruz professional repertory theatre company as an actor playing Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Edgar in “King Lear” during the festival’s 1st season in 1982. Cato said he plans on pursuing other options including acting, traveling with his wife, and working on a screenplay. Cato, who served as the company’s managing director for the last 10 years, will retire March 1st. Meanwhile, Kyle Clausen, who joined the company this past February, is said to take over Cato’s position then.

 

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MARINA SOLDIER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN 12-21-10 17:00 a.v.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced today  that a 19-year old soldier from Marina died in Afghanistan over the weekend. Private First Class Conrado D. Javier succumbed to injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device on Sunday December 19th in Kandahar Province. Javier, who was in Afghanistan supporting Operation “Enduring Freedom”, was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment, Vilseck Germany.

 

 

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FORBES RATES U.C.S.C. - 12/21/10 11:32 S.S.

U.C. – SANTA  CRUZ HAS  GOTTEN  RECOGNITION  AS  ONE  OF  THE  10  BEST  COLLEGES  IN  THE  WESTERN  U.S.      THAT’S  ACCORDING  TO  RECENTLY  RELEASED  SURVEYS  IN  FORBES  MAGAZINE.      U.C.S.C.  WAS  JOINED  BY  SEVERAL  OTHER   U.C.  CAMPUSES  AS  WELL  IN  THAT  TOP  10.       THE  OTHER  UNIVERSITIES  ARE  DAVIS,    BERKELEY,   LOS  ANGELES AND  IRVINE..

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