Santa Barbara Headlines

  • California storms: At least five people killed after heavy rain and snow cause devastation

    National Weather Service warned high winds could topple more trees
  • Ship traffic, January 8

    Ship traffic Due to arrive today SHIP FROM PORT Atlantic Horizon Kinuura, Japan SCK Bay Bridge Long Beach OAK Crystal Serenity Santa Barbara SFO Mahimahi Honolulu OAK Theseus Los Angeles OAK Due to depart today SHIP TO PORT Cap Jackson Long Beach OAK Columbia Highway Toyohashi, Japan SFO Hannover Bridge Tokyo SFO Maersk Edirne Vostochnyy, Russia SFO Mahimahi Los Angeles OAK President FD Roosevelt Yokohama, Japan OAK Sage Danube Long Beach SFO Wladyslaw Orkan Port Unknow SFO YM Unison Qingdao,...

  • Galveston mariner suspected in murder-for-hire plot dies of mad cow disease

    A murder-for-hire suspect till the end, John Litchfield - the longtime lover of a fellow Galveston cruise ship captain imprisoned for stealing an infant's identity - has died of mad cow disease in a Friendswood nursing home.

    Houston Chronicle
  • From rancid Jell-O to waterbed

    He used Jell-O and cornstarch at first, but the squashy gunk, poured into a vinyl bladder, was too heavy to move. And it began to stink after a few days. Then he tried water. "Rancid Jell-O Led to First Water Bed," a newspaper headline proclaimed at the time. It was 1967, the Summer of Love, and Charles Hall, a student at San Francisco State, was experimenting with flotation furniture, as he called it then, for an engineering class. (He got an "A.") The following year, after some tweaks, his...