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New Study Shows Potential Growing For More Frequent Debris Flows Like Deadly 2018 Montecito Disaster

A new study cautions post-wildfire debris flows like the one which decimated Montecito in 2018 are going to become more common. Researchers think climate change is creating longer fire seasons, and shorter, more intense rainy seasons.

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The number of new COVID-19 cases count continues to skew low, but the death toll continues to rise.  12 additional death were reported Friday, with 10 in Ventura County and two in Santa Barbara County.

375 new cases were reported Friday.  Ventura County had 240, Santa Barbara County 104, and San Luis Obispo County 31.  We’ve now had nearly 128,800 cases in the region since the start of the pandemic.

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It might not be what you expect a football player to be doing now that the Superbowl is over and another champion has been crowned.

However, NFL Linebacker and Ventura County-native Cassius Marsh is opening a unique store in his home town - trading cards. 

Even though it was built in 1924, there's still a little work to be done on Santa Barbara's historic Granada Theatre.

Work has begun on a new plaza adjacent to the theatre.

Some South Coast surfers are holding an event Saturday to remember those who lost their lives to COVID-19.

“Paddle Santa Barbara” is organizing the Paddle Out event.  It’s called "Giving Grief A Place To Go".

A small earthquake rattled parts of Southern California Friday afternoon.

The magnitude 3.0 quake hit at 12:51 p.m., and was centered about three kilometers east of Simi Valley.  No injuries or damage was reported.  In Thousand Oaks, some say the quake felt like a sharp jolt which lasted five to seven seconds.  It was originally reported as a magnitude 3.2 quake, but was later downgraded to a 3.0.

There have been reports of people in Simi Valley, the Conejo Valley, the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita feeling the temblor.

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New Study Shows Potential Growing For More Frequent Debris Flows Like Deadly 2018 Montecito Disaster

A new study cautions post-wildfire debris flows like the one which decimated Montecito in 2018 are going to become more common. Researchers think climate change is creating longer fire seasons, and shorter, more intense rainy seasons.

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Coronavirus On The Central & South Coasts

The number of new COVID-19 cases count continues to skew low, but the death toll continues to rise.  12 additional death were reported Friday, with 10 in Ventura County and two in Santa Barbara County.

375 new cases were reported Friday.  Ventura County had 240, Santa Barbara County 104, and San Luis Obispo County 31.  We’ve now had nearly 128,800 cases in the region since the start of the pandemic.

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Even though an upscale Ventura County movie theater still can’t show movies because of COVID-19 safety concerns, it’s serving up something different these days, in the form of pizzas and calzones.  The Studio Movie Grill in Simi Valley has adapted to the pandemic by operating as a restaurant.

A glitch in the state’s COVID-19 statistics reporting system means that the latest numbers reported for the Central and South Coasts are for two days, Wednesday and Thursday.

The good news is the numbers remain very low compared to a few weeks ago.  550 total cases were reported in the three counties.

What's It Like To Become A Mom In A Pandemic?

A special KCLU series follows a Ventura County mom as she makes her way through the birth of her child during the coronavirus crisis.

The FBI has singled out an individual seen on a video of the Jan. 6 insurrection spraying law enforcement officers, including a Capitol Police officer who died from injuries sustained while defending the building, according to a law enforcement official.

Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick was injured while fending off the mob of Trump supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He died the following evening from his injuries.

The Justice Department opened a federal murder investigation into his death.

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It might not be what you expect a football player to be doing now that the Superbowl is over and another champion has been crowned.

However, NFL Linebacker and Ventura County-native Cassius Marsh is opening a unique store in his home town - trading cards. 

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The U.S. has carried out an airstrike in Syria against an Iranian-backed militia target. The move appears to be in response to a series of rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq.

In a unanimous 22-0, a panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended that the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson be authorized for emergency use in adults during the pandemic.

The vote in favor of the vaccine, which requires only one shot for protection, was taken to answer this question: Do the benefits of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine outweigh its risks for use in people 18 years of age and older.

Before Jan. 6, 18-year-old Bruno Cua was best known in his small town of Milton, Ga., as a great builder of treehouses. These were big, elaborate creations with ladders and trapdoors and framed-out windows. They were so impressive, neighbors paid Cua to build them for their kids.

Each week, we answer "frequently asked questions" about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions."

With concerns rising about more transmissible variants, I've been reading a lot about double masking. But are there other ways to improve mask fit? What about mask braces and mask tape? And do I need to shave my beard?!

More than 500,000 people have died in the U.S. from COVID-19 since the pandemic hit this country and the world just over a year ago. NPR is remembering some of those who lost their lives by listening to the music they loved and hearing their stories. We're calling our tribute Songs Of Remembrance.

Even though it was built in 1924, there's still a little work to be done on Santa Barbara's historic Granada Theatre.

Work has begun on a new plaza adjacent to the theatre.

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All this week, we are remembering some of the more than 500,000 people in the U.S. who've died of COVID-19 through the music that gave their lives meaning. We're calling our tribute Songs of Remembrance. Deb Kalish wanted to remember her partner, Paul Kleinheider of Chatham, N.J. He was hospitalized early in the pandemic, and once the hospital figured out how patients could connect to the outside world on Zoom, Deb called Paul that way several times a day and played him the songs he loved, especially "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

All this week, we are remembering some of the more than 500,000 people in the U.S. who've died of COVID-19 through the music that gave their lives meaning. We're calling our tribute Songs of Remembrance. Deb Kalish wanted to remember her partner, Paul Kleinheider of Chatham, N.J. He was hospitalized early in the pandemic, and once the hospital figured out how patients could connect to the outside world on Zoom, Deb called Paul that way several times a day and played him the songs he loved, especially "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel.

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