Wednesday, July 29, 2015     Volume: 29, Issue: 52

Weekly Poll
What do you look for when you’re picking out a wine?

Hints of tobacco, notes of ripe cherry and dried currant, and a great mouth feel.
Something that’s cheap, so I won’t feel guilty after drinking the whole bottle.
A great label with an artistic touch and keen descriptors always gets me.
I don’t care, just hand over the box.

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Gone cold: A look at SLO County's unsolved homicides

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Gone cold: A look at SLO County's unsolved homicides


A desolate stretch of highway near the Kern County line. A sprawling field of sugar peas in Nipomo. The wilderness near a campground in the California Valley. A home tucked away off a stretch of rural road in Templeton. They are lonely places, many of them far from the day-to-day bustle of life in SLO County. Each is also the scene of an unsolved homicide. In most of the... [ Read More ]

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