Ben Harper's Blue Side
The indie star's inner bluesman comes out to play at the Santa Cruz Blues Festival this Memorial Day. Also, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and other blues greats round out the bill.
Gray Whales Under Fire
As the International Whaling Commission considers lifting a ban on commercial whaling, gray whales see a decline in numbers.
A voice mail message is derailing Watsonville councilman Emilio Martinez' bid for county supe; also, after some "soul-searching," the Pajaro-Sunny Mesa water district backs off a lawsuit against the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency.
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso, who oversaw the Exxon Valdez cleanup in 1989 and now serves as the Santa Cruz-based VP for Ocean Conservancy, makes the case for demanding accountability over the Gulf spill..
Bristling with political commentary and unburdened by nuance, Ridley Scott's 'Robin Hood' disappoints.
A corrupt lobbyist and a worse system are exposed in 'Casino Jack.'
Chris Pureka, Melvin Seals, John Vanderslice and more plug in at Santa Cruz venues.
On Silver Mountain
The estate that Jerry O'Brien built expands its tasting territory.
Santa Cruz Author Reimagines Holmes' World
Laurie King's latest novel, 'The God of the Hive,' features a medieval literary archetype along with the headstrong sleuth Mary Russell and her partner Sherlock Holmes.
Letters to the Editor
May 19 - 26, 2010