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Top of the tops Poetry Out Loud contest Feb. 10

Twelve Sonoma County high schools will be sending students to the countywide Poetry Out Loud competition Feb. 10. In the program, students memorize then recite poems. The pieces are not written by the students, but are typically considered greats in the English language. The participating schools include: Analy, Cloverdale, Creekside, El Molino, Elsie Allen, Maria Carrillo, Montgomery, Piner, Rancho Cotate, Roseland University Prep, Santa Rosa and Sonoma Academy. Santa Rosa High held their qualifying event Thursday night. I acted as… Read More »

Ex-cop behind false alarm at Rancho Cotate gets 30 years

Remember the incident at Rancho Cotate High in March 2009 during which a reports of a gunman brought scores of armed police officers to the Snyder Lane campus and had parents, teachers and students understandably scared and shaken? Ex-cop Robert Starling pulled that fake move so he could pull off a robbery. On Tuesday he got sentenced to 30 years: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100608/ARTICLES/100609593/1350?p=1&tc=pg