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Call girl who gave fatal dose of heroin to Google exec sentenced

Santa Cruz - A prostitute suspected in the drug overdose death of a Silicon Valley executive agreed Tuesday to a six-year prison sentence in a plea deal.

Op-Ed: He left a Hollywood life to become a shoe repair man Special

Sonoma - Some of the most interesting lives can be hidden in ordinary places. Such is the situation of a small business owner who left the excitement of the Rodeo Drive scene in Hollywood to take over the family business.

Op-Ed: Wal-Mart and others making big money from California's depleted water

Sacramento - Starbucks is not alone in being criticized for sourcing its bottled water from drought-stricken California. Wal-Mart is now awash in complaints about the company's Great Value brand bottled water. It comes from Sacramento's water supply.

Op-Ed: caféMac provides support to Apple lovers of Sonoma Special

Sonoma - As our society and everyday world becomes more dependent upon computer and mobile technology the need for reliable and trusted technicians reaches from major cities to small towns like Sonoma.

Op-Ed: SF Conservatory composer finds universal theme in The Mass Special

San Francisco - Within the tradition of concert and orchestra music, there has always been a sense of the sacred, whether it is Handel's "Messiah" or Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," regardless of being religious or not this link still exists.

Google's self-driving cars involved in several minor crashes

A report has revealed that Google's self-driving cars have acquired an abnormally high crime rate in the state of California since the company acquired a license to let the vehicles roam around free last September. A car by rival Delphi also had a crash.

Interview: Patrick Dennis talks about his new record Special

Despite being a mainstay on the Californian music scene for years - and playing in a number of different bands - indie rocker Patrick Dennis has only just got around to making his first solo album. He told Digital Journal all about it.

Two men arrested after allegedly attacking dog with machetes

Merced - Two men have been arrested in Central California after allegedly slashing a husky dog with machetes and leaving it for dead. Police think Friday's attack happened after Lucious, a Siberian Husky, bit a dog owned by Myron L. Pattillo, 45.

Corinthian, Heald technical colleges close abruptly

Santa Ana - More than two dozen for-profit technical colleges — most in the San Francisco Bay Area — closed abruptly on Monday, leaving thousands of students without classes or degrees but with thousands of dollars of debt.

Interview with Vincenzo and Vittorio of rock band V2 Special

Separately, Vincenzo and Vittorio are talented 12-year-old musicians from California. Together, these twin brothers are V2, an emerging young rock band and a powerful force to be reckoned with. Digital Journal meets them.

Interview with rock duo V2's producer Ron Nevison Special

V2 are one of the most exciting new rock acts around at the moment and have recently released their debut album, produced by the very experienced Ron Nevison. He spoke to Digital Journal.

California measles outbreak over, state health officials say

Anaheim - An outbreak of measles at two Southern California theme parks that infected scores of people in December and January has been stopped, California public health officials said Friday.

Op-Ed: California Dream is fading according to Professor at UC Berkeley Special

Berkeley - As the median price for a home in California has reached well over the half a million dollar mark, environmental scholars like professor Gray Brechin, PhD are questioning the idea of the California Dream.

Mountain lion takes up residence in crawl space of LA home

Los Angeles - Cats are notorious for having a mind of their own, and P-22 is no exception. The only difference is that he is a mountain lion, actually, a rather famous big cat known to one and all after taking center stage in a National Geographic video in 2013.

Small earthquake shakes Los Angeles — no damage reported

Los Angeles - Southern California was jolted Sunday by a 3.5-magnitude earthquake that struck South Los Angeles at 9:17 p.m, government seismologists reported.

CA bill banning child vaccine exemptions gets go-ahead

Sacramento - After the severest measles outbreak in decades occurred earlier this year, California lawmakers approved a bill this week that would prevent most parents from opting out of vaccinations for their children enrolled in school.

Op-Ed: Calif. Dems push to extend health, legal rights for immigrants

Sacramento - California Democrats are taking things into their own hands because of federal inaction over immigration reform. On Tuesday they announced a 10-bill package that would extend health care and legal protection to undocumented immigrants in the state.

Op-Ed: Crunch time — Governor orders 25% cut in California water use

Los Angeles - California’s big drought has been a big issue for years, but the big cut in water usage ordered by California Governor Jerry Brown is an obvious, essential move. The state’s growth has added to the water woes.

'Second-hand smog' from Asia ends up in California

As if the drought in California is not enough to worry about, now the Central Valley, home to over three million people and two million cars, is suffering the effects of a heavy smog, and it's not homemade, either.

California orders 25% cut in resident, business water use

South Lake Tahoe - Faced with the worst drought since becoming a state in 1850, California announced mandatory usage reductions for the first time.

Iconic singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized

Los Angeles - Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was taken by ambulance from her home Tuesday and hospitalized, her official website confirmed.

Op-Ed: A community working with its civic leaders is aiming to thrive Special

San Francisco - For some, The Ingleside/Excelsior of San Francisco is just another area in the City that needs new development. Yet for those who live in the area and treasure it,

Op-Ed: Author of 'Wild Soul' talks about a need to plug into nature Special

Sonoma - As our high-tech world gears up to go to the next level of advancing technology, author and public speaker Mary Reynolds Thompson believes if humanity is to survive it must include nature in the problem-solving.

Op-Ed: From Dust Bowl to Nob Hill, a San Francisco socialite remembers Special

Beverly Hills - To read her book "Peeing on Hot Coals" is like reading something right out of John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath." Pat Montandon, San Francisco's 'Golden Girl' and local TV celebrity has written her seventh book.

Interview with Jake Cotler and Dave Bell from Jam in the Van Special

Two of the three founders of an enticingly unique musical concept, designed to dramatically enhance the live music experience, talk to Digital Journal.

Alleged kidnapping in Northern California was hoax, police say

Vallejo - This week’s reported kidnapping for ransom of a Bay Area woman was a hoax, California and federal authorities said Wednesday.

California acts against poll measure to execute gays

Los Angeles - California announced legal action to suppress a "reprehensible" ballot initiative to outlaw homosexuality -- on pain of execution -- in the famously liberal US state.

San Francisco passes torch on Old Mint restoration

San Francisco - The city’s 1874 U.S. Mint may one day roar back to life as a museum or other featured attraction, but probably not the way a leading local nonprofit group has envisioned for more than 10 years.

Op-Ed: Truck driver writes screenplay and wins accolades at festival Special

Hercules - There have been many instances of someone with a dream and being able to make it a reality against many odds. Yet, how often does anyone get to have their dream fulfilled by the help of total strangers?

Op-Ed: Small businesses struggle after fire, landlord indifferent Special

Sonoma - As empowering as small business can be, it can also be very unnerving when a family business or proprietor suffers an unexpected set back, such as a fire. Even if the damage is not extensive, the complications from it can interrupt a small business.
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DRYING UP: Photo shows retreating water line at Indian Valley Reservoir in Lake County in July of la...
DRYING UP: Photo shows retreating water line at Indian Valley Reservoir in Lake County in July of last year.
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More detail is provided to this student s interpretation of the famous painting.
More detail is provided to this student's interpretation of the famous painting.
Courtesy of Cornelia de Schepper and Northern Light School, Oakland, CA
Jazz Mural by (El Gallo) Bill Weber painted in 2008  featuring Teddy Wilson (p) and Benny Goodman (c...
Jazz Mural by (El Gallo) Bill Weber painted in 2008, featuring Teddy Wilson (p) and Benny Goodman (cl), San Francisco, California.
SHAKER: Region affected by Tuesday s earthquake in California is shown.
SHAKER: Region affected by Tuesday's earthquake in California is shown.
U.S. Geological Survey
Entrance to Camp Pendleton  California
Entrance to Camp Pendleton, California
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SAMCAR President Phil Houston and Director Anne Oliva with SAMCAR Young Professionals Network (YPN) ...
SAMCAR President Phil Houston and Director Anne Oliva with SAMCAR Young Professionals Network (YPN) members Marquise Murphy, Joey Oliva and Ricardo Archila, and SAMCAR Director of Marketing, Communications & Programs Nasreen Wills.
Courtesy of San Mateo County Association of Realtors
Downtown San Francisco  near the Fisherman s Wharf.
Downtown San Francisco, near the Fisherman's Wharf.
A view of Laguna Beach  California
A view of Laguna Beach, California
TUBULAR: Movable yellow plastic lane markers divide northbound and southbound traffic on the Golden ...
TUBULAR: Movable yellow plastic lane markers divide northbound and southbound traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge in this photo from 2006.
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The stables or livery at the Mission. Part is now used for the Mission gift shop.
The stables or livery at the Mission. Part is now used for the Mission gift shop.
Vella Cheese Company on Second Street  East does not provide tours  but visitors are always welcome....
Vella Cheese Company on Second Street, East does not provide tours, but visitors are always welcome. And, yes, they offer plenty of cheese samples.
This is just one of many interesting art pieces visitors can find at Sebastopol Gallery in Sebastopo...
This is just one of many interesting art pieces visitors can find at Sebastopol Gallery in Sebastopol.
Signs in back of the Riverside complex (formerly a turkey ranch) tell customers that the other busin...
Signs in back of the Riverside complex (formerly a turkey ranch) tell customers that the other businesses impacted by the November fire are still there, eager to keep going.
The State of California through its Dept. of Business Oversight is seeking to suspend the license of...
The State of California through its Dept. of Business Oversight is seeking to suspend the license of payday loan outlet lender CashCall.
In the inner circle referred to as  The Dissies  Superfest 2014 will be coming this Nov. 2 to The Co...
In the inner circle referred to as "The Dissies" Superfest 2014 will be coming this Nov. 2 to The Contemporary Jewish Museum theater showing 11 films from 11 AM to 6 PM.
Courtesy of Superfest 2014
Fire-retardant being dumped on the Weed fire.
Fire-retardant being dumped on the Weed fire.
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Penny the parrot poses after surviving his encounter with the hawk
Penny the parrot poses after surviving his encounter with the hawk
St. John Missionary Baptist Church serves the Bayview District of San Francisco.
St. John Missionary Baptist Church serves the Bayview District of San Francisco.
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Since 2008 Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street in Sonoma has been providing well-selected quality ...
Since 2008 Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street in Sonoma has been providing well-selected quality wines to people who want to get more value from the wines they buy. Every Wednesday evening, owners Windee Smith and Denise Bolek have a tasting gathering for $1.00
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Latin Jazz musician Hector Infanzon  will be performing with the award winning instrumental group Ta...
Latin Jazz musician Hector Infanzon, will be performing with the award winning instrumental group Tambuco.
Courtesy of "Mex I AM" festival