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Conditions are ripe for Central Coast mirages

Mirages are caused when light rays are bent or refracted when they travel through mediums with different densities. For example, putting a pencil in a half-filled glass jar of water creates the illusion that the pencil bends at the water line. Changes in air densities when the Santa Lucia winds blow across the ocean can create some fascinating optical illusions in the atmosphere.

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3rd fire breaks out at Vandenberg Air Force Base, but crews optimistic

While a second fire that started Thursday afternoon on north Vandenberg Air Force Base prompted evacuations, yet another blaze broke out Friday. The latest 30-acre fire was reported on Friday afternoon north of the Lompoc Correctional Complex. The two recent fires come in the wake of large Chimney Fire, which is nearly contained.

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SLO to re-evaluate rental home inspection program

The city of San Luis Obispo’s controversial rental housing inspection program will be evaluated by the council in March. Mayor Jan Marx directed the city’s staff to put the issue on the agenda next year, after the new City Council has been elected.

Education

Cal Poly welcomes new students with wacky WOW-A-RAMA

Cal Poly's 2016 Week of Welcome got loud on Tuesday evening with WOW-A-RAMA, which introduces new and transfer students to each other and the university with a series of activities to get "everyone excited and pumped," says Calvin Noetzel, an orientation board member.

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Empty bowls help homeless at Arroyo Grande fundraiser

The fifth annual Empty Bowls Community Luncheon was held Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church in Arroyo Grande to benefit the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition.
Joe Johnston The Tribune
Empty bowls help homeless at Arroyo Grande fundraiser 1:14

Empty bowls help homeless at Arroyo Grande fundraiser

Pit bull mix Tully is looking for a good home 0:46

Pit bull mix Tully is looking for a good home

Cal Poly welcomes new students with wacky WOW-A-RAMA 1:40

Cal Poly welcomes new students with wacky WOW-A-RAMA

Why historians think the Chumash aqueduct found in SLO is worth saving 1:54

Why historians think the Chumash aqueduct found in SLO is worth saving