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Suspect in unprovoked SF slaying had previously been deported

San Francisco - The Mexican national accused of the random killing of a young San Francisco woman at a popular tourist attraction last Wednesday had been deported five times prior to the fatal shooting.

Op-Ed: Little art Gallery in California wine country celebrates 1st year Special

Sonoma - Despite the woes of the economy and the rising cost of real estate and retail space, not far from the center of town is an art gallery called Studio 35. Rather ordinary from its cottage-like exterior, it has become a center for the arts in Sonoma.

Op-Ed: New start up company reaches out to the Babyboom generation Special

San Francisco - The baby boomers, who once impacted the nation with their youth and ushered in the era of civil rights and the hippie movement, will now have an immense impact on healthcare and housing with their advancing years.

Op-Ed: Payday lending in California continues, despite risks Special

Sacramento - Over $3.3 billion is transacted by payday lenders annually in the State of California and while the size of the transactions has gone down over the past year, the number of transactions has increased.

Roaring wildfire threatens historic California mining town

Markleeville - California and Nevada firefighters battling a wind-fanned wildfire in the Sierra Nevada mountains conceded Tuesday that the blaze had outpaced containment efforts and was out of control.

California wildflowers impacted by climate change

A one of a kind study on the impact of climate change on California's grasslands has found that many of the state's wildflowers are losing species diversity because of warmer, drier winters.

Out-of-control car kills pedestrian in historic California city

Vallejo - A speeding car leaped onto the sidewalk Friday on Sonoma Boulevard in Vallejo, killing at least one pedestrian at a bus stop and injuring several more.

Op-Ed: German Shepard saved a man's life, was his best friend, now gone Special

Redwood City - The San Francisco Peninsula man who was charged with animal cruelty, a year ago had his day in county court this past June 12. Judge Joseph Bergeron, reduced the felony charges of animal cruelty to a misdemeanor of animal abuse,

Op-Ed: Stanford Theatre hosted Shirley Temple Festival and exhibit Special

Palo Alto - Classic movie fans were treated to an entire weekend of Shirley Temple films on June 12 to 14th. In addition to featuring four of the late actress' films, the Stanford Theatre also exhibited many of the costumes from her movies.

California balcony in fatal collapse was dangerously overcrowded

Berkeley - An apartment balcony that collapsed near the University of California campus here, killing six young people at a birthday party, was overcrowded well beyond its structural limits Tuesday when it gave way, Berkeley officials have acknowledged.

California legislature toughens mandatory vaccination law

Sacramento - The Golden State would become one of three U.S. states to require childhood vaccinations before most kids could attend public school under a bill being considered by the state Assembly.

Tuna crabs take over California beaches as waters warm

California has seen a number of sea creatures washing up on its beaches the past couple years, including sea lion pups, sea birds, and most recently, large purple blobs, called sea hares. Now it's tuna crabs.

California beaches 'slimed' by purple sea hares

Oakland - Strange purple blobs have been invading the California East Bay area and its waterways this summer, much to the wonderment and curiosity of beach goers and naturalists. Sea slugs, or sea hares have been found along shorelines and as far as Lake Merritt.

Lightning-sparked fire in northern Calif. grows to 1,330 acres

Hyampom - A wildfire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California has grown to over 1,300 acres on Saturday after being sparked by a lightning strike on Tuesday, June 9. Forest service officials say the fire is only five percent contained.

Op-Ed: Noah-like rain hits town near NOAA headquarters Special

Denver - In Denver this spring, the heavy rains remind us of both the biblical Noah and the government agency NOAA up the foothills in Boulder. Precipitation is twice the norm for the year.

Calif. tightens air quality rules due to higher cancer risk

Los Angeles - Environmentalists are lauding a decision by a leading government agency to tighten air quality standards in California after discovering that breathing toxic compounds is far more dangerous to children than previously thought.

Disabled man, erroneously charged with pet negligence, speaks out Special

Belmont - A San Francisco Peninsula man is distraught by charges brought against him by the Belmont police station saying he deliberately left his dog in the back of his truck, unattended.

Lawsuit: Slain California transit officer sought better training

San Francisco - A California transit cop killed by friendly fire during a search last year had urged his wife to sue his department for failing to provide better training for his fellow officers, a lawsuit filed Friday has alleged.

Op-Ed: San Francisco writer keeps journal of Giants at the World Series Special

San Francisco - Only baseball fans would understand. Local writer Joseph Sutton has just published his third memoir of the Giants at the World Series, entitled, San Francisco GIANTS: A Fan's Journal 2010, 2012, 2014.

Interview with Californian roots rock duo Dead Rock West Special

Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen, who together make up the above-mentioned act, filled Digital Journal in on their upcoming release, a passionate and painstakingly researched tribute to the Everly Brothers.

Op-Ed: Landscape artist treasures his gallery spot in Sebastopol Special

Sebastopol - No matter how sleepy a town might be there is always a place for art and artists. And this is true for one such little town in Northern California called Sebastopol. On Main Street at the center of town is Sebastopol Gallery.

Op-Ed: World leaders ignore climate change as hundreds die

Denver - In India hundreds are dying from extreme heat. Rain, floods and tornados are lashing Midwestern states in the U.S. In Colorado, the menace is less dramatic: overgrown lawns and grumbling about Seattle-like days in Denver.

Criminal charges possible in California coast oil spill

Goleta - State and county officials in California say they're considering criminal charges stemming from Tuesday's 20,000-gallon oil spill from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach off the Santa Barbara coast.

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.
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The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels - Los Angeles  California
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels - Los Angeles, California
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The Vella Brothers  Joseph and Tom founded the cheese company in 1931 after years of working in loca...
The Vella Brothers, Joseph and Tom founded the cheese company in 1931 after years of working in local cheese establishments during the 1920's when the first arrived in the area from their native Italy.
Sign has been removed from the Casa de Sonoma apartment complex on First Street not far from the cen...
Sign has been removed from the Casa de Sonoma apartment complex on First Street not far from the center of town. In Oct. tenants were sent notice that they must move within 90 days.
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California's Napa River-Napa Creek Project.
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Taken from their blog  Janet Carle presents a souvenir bag from California s Mono Lake to the mother...
Taken from their blog, Janet Carle presents a souvenir bag from California's Mono Lake to the mother of their tour guide during their trek across China. The 38th Parallel line goes through Asia and that includes routes that were used by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo.
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Mount Tallac  Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit  Lake Tahoe  Eldorado National Forest  California. Sn...
Mount Tallac, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Lake Tahoe, Eldorado National Forest, California. Snow accumulation is far below normal in 2014, leading to concerns about drinking water supplies.
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Tequila Plaza has a very nice patio area and no doubt on warm evenings this is ideal for an evening ...
Tequila Plaza has a very nice patio area and no doubt on warm evenings this is ideal for an evening out .
Styled after California s Missions  St. Francis Winery provides a picturesque view of the surroundin...
Styled after California's Missions, St. Francis Winery provides a picturesque view of the surrounding vineyards, hills and mountains.
Elementary and Middle School kids from grades 5 through 8 get the chance to experience an up close l...
Elementary and Middle School kids from grades 5 through 8 get the chance to experience an up close look at US History. "We have eight educational cruises a year, said Marti Burchell of the USS Potomac Association. It is a great way for teachers and students to learn about history and it has been very successful."
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Founder and co-principle Michelle Lewis and her faculty and staff at Northern Light School.
Founder and co-principle Michelle Lewis and her faculty and staff at Northern Light School.
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Feedlot in the Texas Panhandle Photo taken: July, 8, 2006
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Book dealers from over a dozen countries will attending the 48th California International Antiquaria...
Book dealers from over a dozen countries will attending the 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair this February 6 to 8 at the Marriott City Center at 12 Street in Oakland.
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A place to spend an afternoon or evening  Darioush Winery will delight.
A place to spend an afternoon or evening, Darioush Winery will delight.
Vineburg Deli and Grocery has been at the corner of Napa Road and 8th Street  East for many years. J...
Vineburg Deli and Grocery has been at the corner of Napa Road and 8th Street, East for many years. Just recently the Khoury family took over and now with a new coat of paint and remodeled inside and out, Vineburg Deli is ready to make customers happy with their 5-days a week fresh barbecue sandwiches.
Soon to be released is Paco Romane s very first recording of his stand up comedy routine.
Soon to be released is Paco Romane's very first recording of his stand up comedy routine.
Courtesy of Paco Romane
Ocean Avenue in San Francisco stretches from Sunset Blvd near Lake Merced on the west side of the Ci...
Ocean Avenue in San Francisco stretches from Sunset Blvd near Lake Merced on the west side of the City to Mission Street to the Excelsior District going southwards.
Courtesy of Ocean Avenue Association web site
Cynthia s Scones are made fresh every day. Are sold and delivered locally to vendors and cafes in an...
Cynthia's Scones are made fresh every day. Are sold and delivered locally to vendors and cafes in and around Sonoma. Some of Cynthia's customers are Sonoma Market and Café Scooteria.
Jena Fleur attended the protest rally that took place outside the San Francisco home of Wells Fargo ...
Jena Fleur attended the protest rally that took place outside the San Francisco home of Wells Fargo Bank CEO John Stumpf on Saturday July 20, 2013. She is seen here in photo after the rally that day.
HUNGER: An emaciated young sea lion waits to be cared for at the Marin Mammal Center in Sausalito  C...
HUNGER: An emaciated young sea lion waits to be cared for at the Marin Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif. Scientists suspect climate issues are behind this year's spike in sea lion mortality along the 1,200-mile California coast.
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The Hollywood sign from a trail in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles.
The Hollywood sign from a trail in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles.
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