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The Artful Dodger: Turning in the Decoder Ring

During my five years at UCSB, the phrase "last quarter" always referred to the previous quarter - as in, "Jeez, my grades went down the toilet last quarter." Recently, however, I realized that these t...
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The Artful Dodger: Don’t Tell me What Classes to Take

Forcing people to do something won
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Fans Endure Those With Other Views

Like most tightknit communities united by a single cause, the Michael Jackson fans camped out in Santa Maria are protective of each other and wary of outsiders. While many of those standing on the cou...
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Jackson Fans Settle in for Long Haul

Those who gather each morning to cheer Michael Jackson on his way into the Santa Maria courthouse range in age. Some are old enough to be the pop icon\'s mother or father; others, however, are young e...
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The Artful Dodger: Drew’s Concussion Follies

If you give yourself have a concussion, don't do it at a theme party. Concussions, the doctor tells me, can cause a person to feel disoriented. Coincidentally, so can lying down in a room and looking ...
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Sin City | Sinfully Delightful

An icy blonde dame stands on a balcony outside some swank party. From the shadows emerges a man who, with the manly curtness characteristic of so many strong and silent types, instantly sweeps her int...
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Be Kind, Please Rewind

Samara Morgan first crawled out of TV sets - and into the hearts of American moviegoers - in 2002's "The Ring." The video cassette-born villainess apparently spooked audiences enough that her creators...
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Climbing Wall Takes Rec Cen to New Heights

If the wait for the new phase of the Rec Cen didn't already have students climbing the walls, the newly opened expansion now offers the tallest indoor imprint climbing wall on the West Coast.
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The Artful Dodger: Providing a Solution to GOLD’s Cracker-Brittle Weaknesses

“Please wait as the system logs you on. You will receive a response momentarily.” Yes, GOLD. I know. And I know what the response will be. “All GOLD connections available are current...
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PAC/GPAC Backs I.V. Land Buy

Members of the Isla Vista Project Area Committee and General Plan Advisory Committee (PAC/GPAC) approved a motion to allocate $100,000 toward the purchase of five parcels of open space on Del Playa Dr...
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Cruel Intentions 3

When Choderlos de Laclos wrote Dangerous Liaisons in 1778, he probably wasn't thinking about Santa Barbara. Nonetheless, somebody else managed to connect our picture-perfect town with de Laclos' story...
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Firestone To Revisit Park Plans on GPAC’s Dollar

Third District Supervisor Brooks Firestone will ask members of the Project Area Committee and General Plan Advisory Committee (PAC/GPAC) for $100,000 tonight to help revive Santa Barbara County's aban...
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IVRPD Considers Sale of Park to Fund Center

The future of Pardall Gardens, the public park located next to Kung Pao Kitchen on Pardall Road, will be discussed by Isla Vista Recreation and Park District (IVRPD) directors at today's 6 p.m. meetin...
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He Said: Nobody Benefits From V-Day Spending but the Economy

"Be Mine." "Hot Stuff." "Let's Kiss." Until they start making conversation hearts big enough to fit "Can I Buy Your Love With These Chalky, Unpleasant Shitty Candies," I think I'm going to boycott the...
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The Artful Dodger: Hollywood on State Street

I'd be breathing a sigh of relief if I were Leonardo DiCaprio. The dreamboat accepted the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Platinum Award on Jan. 30 for his performances in such films as "T...
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