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Articles from the August 14, 2016 edition

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English Actor who played R2-D2 in Star Wars Movies, Dead at 83

English Actor Kenny Baker, 83 has died. He was most famous for playing R2-D2 in 1977's Star Wars IV: A New Hope. He played the robot in sequels as well, such as The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of...

 By John Sully    Travel    August 14, 2016

Santa Cruz Island Offers an Empty Pacific Island, Minutes from LA

Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the eight islands in the Channel Islands of California, located off the coast of California. The island, in the northern group of the Channel Islands, is 22 miles...


How a Freeway Becomes a "Memorial Highway" Honoring a Sheriff's Dept. Hero

On a clear, sunny day, fitfully paired with an event honoring an equally luminous and cheery soul, Mr. Dan York unveiled a sign designed in his son's honor. It was Thursday, August 14, 1997, when two...

 By Observer Staff    News    August 14, 2016

Swimmer Fibs, Says He Wasn't Robbed at Gunpoint in Rio during Olympics

4 Olympic swimmers -- Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen -- were riding in a Rio de Janeiro taxi toward their temporary homes in the Olympic Village when they were stopped by...


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