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September 28, 2023

Cold spell moves in | About Town

Tarmo Hannula: Chilly weather has gripped much of California as a cold front wandered into the region Sunday. I was in San Francisco Sunday morning and it was plain to see, and feel, as a huge gray blade of clouds slowly sliced across the sky. The drama brought temperatures down quickly as strong winds came up and the sunlight disappeared.

Meteorologists say that warmer, more seasonal weather will seep back into the picture by mid-week.

The San Francisco 49ers lost big time against the Kansas City Chiefs last night in the Superbowl in Miami. The 49ers seemed to fall apart in the fourth quarter and gave up their lead and ultimately gave up the game. Congrats to the Chiefs.

One person died and five others were injured in a shooting on a Greyhound bus Sunday while it was traveling on the Grapevine in Kern County with 40 people on board.

Police said the shooter was a man who was cursing and muttering incoherently aboard the packed bus. Police said the attack seemed to be random. The driver of the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco bus managed to steer the bus off of Highway 5 and into a nearby Valero gas station where the shooter fled the scene. He was located and detained a short while later, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Pennings said. No motive is immediately known.

The San Benito County Public Health Department announced Sunday that there are now two confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the county.

A husband and wife, both 57, had returned from a visit to Wuhan, China, on Jan. 24. Wuhan is the epicenter of the virus that broke out in December. Other than visiting a health facility the couple have not visited any other places upon their return from China.

There are now 11 confirmed cases in the United States, six of which are in California. Thus far there are 15,5000 people with the virus in the world and 362 people have died. Last week a case was reported in Santa Clara County where a man returning from Wuhan was identified with the virus. The U.S. Defense Department has set up five quarantine centers around the country including one in at Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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