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La administración de Cal Poly elimina los protocolos de COVID-19 para el trimestre de otoño: haciendo ‘lo mejor que podemos’

Editor’s note: El artículo fue originalmente escrito en Inglés. La traducción en Español fue hecha por Yarely De La Cruz. Por tantos cambios con las regulaciones de COVID-19 durante el año escolar, Cal Poly restableció el uso obligatorio de cubrebocas durante las últimas tres semanas del trimestre de la primavera.  Ya que pasó un verano […]

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Cal Poly administration drops COVID-19 protocols for fall quarter: Doing ‘the best that we can’

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Mustang News September print issue, available at newsstands around campus. In spring, closing out a year of back-and-forth with COVID-19 regulations on campus, Cal Poly reinstated a mask mandate for the last three weeks of the quarter. Now, after a summer with the majority of people away […]

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Witnesses say Paul Flores admitted to burying Kristin Smart, reported to police years later

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. A witness who testified that Paul Flores admitted to killing and burying Kristin Smart continued her testimony in court on Monday, recounting why she went to the police 23 years later.  […]

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Renting in SLO? Local group works to raise awareness of renters’ rights with this handbook

Ethan Stan was nearly evicted when he was a graduate student at UC Berkeley.  His landlord put pressure on him and his girlfriend, suggesting they had lived in their apartment a while and should leave so the landlord could complete repairs. Eventually his girlfriend, now wife, said “hell no,” Stan said. His girlfriend at the […]

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Forensic specialist verifies more staining in Flores’ backyard and trailer from 2021

Following last week’s testimonies including archeologists and cadaver dog handlers, forensic specialist Shelby Liddell took the stand on Wednesday, describing the excavation process which ensued at Ruben Flores’ home, 710 White Ct., in March and April 2021.  Liddell has been a forensic specialist with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department for “close to four […]

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Paul Flores’ ex-girlfriend testifies — but hearing is cut short by ‘unresolved issues’

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. An ex-girlfriend of Paul Flores continued her testimony in People v. Flores murder trial on Friday to describe an interaction she had with Paul and his father in their backyard — […]

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Expert dog handler clarifies human blood evidence from Paul Flores’ mattress in 1996

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. Dog handler Gail LaRoque took the stand during Thursday’s trial. LaRoque recalled her training and certification with the dogs in addition to searching Paul Flores’ dorm room in 1996. LaRoque started […]

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Woman testifies that defendant in Kristin Smart murder trial raped her

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. Content warning: This article includes details of sexual assault. In 2008, a woman was reportedly raped by a man as she went in and out of consciousness. During the assault, she […]

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Investigator returns for third testimony in People v. Flores trial

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. Judge Jennifer O’Keefe started Friday’s hearing by addressing an email sent Thursday announcing a COVID-19 outbreak among trial participants, with three cases in one week. There is no evidence of transmission […]

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Kristin Smart murder trial: Recorded 1996 interview reveals Paul Flores advised by parents to not speak with investigators

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. Only Paul Flores’ jury was present Thursday for the 14th day of the People v. Flores trial. Retired investigator for the District Attorney’s office, William “Bill” Hanley, testified about his two […]

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Kristin Smart murder trial: 3 police officers testify about investigation, interviews after disappearance

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. Law enforcement officials testified on Wednesday about their experiences when handling the Kristin Smart case, including what was remaining in Smart’s dorm when she disappeared and what they were told by […]