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Protestors gather downtown to speak out against American military action in Syria

Published on Sept. 10, 2013

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Protestors gather downtown to speak out against American military action in Syria

Published on Sept. 10, 2013

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Protestors gather downtown to speak out against American military action in Syria

Published on Sept. 10, 2013

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SOLDIER BOYS: Thom Tran leads a group of vets-turned-stand-upcomedians this Thursday at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club.

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SOBER SERENITY: Founded by Mildred Pinheiro, Casa Serena has offered shelter and sobriety to women for more than 50 years (painting by Isbel Ingham).

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Tracking them would be much easier and cheaper if the private enclave of coastal ranchettes allowed researchers like LaRoche (left) and Randell to access the land rather than force them to use boats for every research trip.

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HOME SWEET SEAWEED: The maze of kelp patches off Hollister Ranch is where most of the Santa Barbara Channel otters call home.

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GOT CRABS? Though the ongoing study won’t be complete until 2015, otters in the Santa Barbara Channel like feasting on crabs, seem to be seasonal, and appear to be healthier than more northern otters.

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RIDERS ON RECOVERY: USGS field biologist Nicole LaRoche (above, right) and boat pilot Zach Randell spend eight or more days a month checking on the otters that live off of the Gaviota Coast and Hollister Ranch and Point Conception. “For otters in California to extend their population numbers,” said LaRoche, “they need to expand their range, and it’s either gonna be north or south.”

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ANCHORS AWEIGH: Zach Randell launches a USGS boat from Point Conception.

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SEA OF PROBLEMS: Though there are way more than the 50 otters discovered at Big Sur in 1938 when everyone thought they were extinct, the species is struggling against a growing number of odd diseases and a surge in shark attacks. Many also believe they have reached carrying capacity in certain areas.

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PROTECTION PLEASE: As head of Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara, Stephanie Mutz signed on to a lawsuit against the federal government to protect fishermen from further regulations. “Ultimately, we just want protection,” she said.”

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END OF UNI? Santa Barbara urchin diver Harry Liquornik sorts through a batch of the spiky invertebrates he snagged during a recent trip up the coastline, which supported more fishermen until the otters first showed up in the late ‘90s. “Would the public like to have both?” asked Liquornik. “Or do we end up with just sea otters and no local shellfish?”

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NASTY NOT NICE: Despite their puppy-dog-like good looks and lazy swimming style, sea otters are ferocious critters that must struggle every day to survive. “They live on the razor’s edge,” said Mike Murray, veterinarian at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Despite steady efforts, otters aren’t recovering as fast as once was predicted.

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PACKAGE DEAL: In 2007, Dr. Kathleen Griffin opened G Spa, a center that not only treats internal anatomy but also focuses on a person’s outer packaging.

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HEADSTRONG: Senior Peter Schmetz took control of the ball using his forehead in a game against Westmont. Played at UCSB’s Harder Stadium, the game brought out more than 3,000 spectators.

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TAKING IT TO THE LIMIT: The Gauchos showed their potential in an exhibition game against Westmont in August. UCSB teammates cheered freshman Paul Ehmann (#4, pictured center), whose 20-yard blast whizzed past Westmont’s goalie.

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Summer’s bounty shines in the first course of Simon’s Make Me Dinner menu.

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LIGHT & EASY: Halibut (top) gets a crunchy topping.

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Travis Kennedy

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The Verhage family presents Angel with his new wheelchair.

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Ron, Kate and 6-year-old stoker Elizabeth.

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Jeff Lee averaged over 80 miles per day on his fully loaded bike.

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Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and Walt (Bryan Cranston) exchange words during Sunday's episode of Breaking Bad.

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Ernie Brooks

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DIVE IN: Harbor seals (including this one, photographed by Ernie Brooks Jr.) are just some of the many sea creatures that will light up the big screen during this year’s Santa Barbara Underwater Film Festival.

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Ciska, Michael, Sammy and Jesse in 2008, the year they began their epic bike journey. (photo curtesy of the Verhage family)

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Andie Bridges

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