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POSTED July 17, 2012 7:19 p.m.

EXPANSION OF AMERICAN RIVER ALCOHOL BAN CONSIDERED: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Sacramento officials are mulling whether to expand a holiday ban on alcohol on the American River after a recent event was marred by violence and arrests.

The Sacrament Bee reported that the county Board of Supervisors would discuss extending the ban after last weekend's "Rafters Gone Wild," an event that drew more than 3,000 revelers to the river.

Authorities said rocks and bottles were thrown at officers and paramedics during Saturday's event, as they tried to break up brawls and provide aid.

Currently, alcohol is banned in the river between Hazel and Watt avenues and on the adjoining parkway during the Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day holidays.

The board is expected to consider a year-round or seasonal ban, or one targeted for events that draw large crowds.

160 STUNG BY JELLYFISH AT SAN DIEGO-AREA BEACHES: SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County beachgoers had some unhappy close encounters with jellyfish this weekend.

U-T San Diego says lifeguards recorded 160 people were stung Sunday at Torrey Pines State Beach and six beaches in Leucadia and Encinitas.

No one was hospitalized.

Experts say jellyfish follow their food source, which is plankton, and move closer to shore during the summer. Some are broken up by currents but their tentacles still can carry a sting.

Authorities say diluted vinegar can be used to treat a sting, which usually disappears in an hour or so.


BROWN SIGNS LAW AIMED AT CUTTING TEXTBOOK COSTS: SACRAMENTO . (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill intended to help lower the cost of textbooks for college students.

The Democratic governor announced Tuesday that he signed SB1539 by Sen. Ellen Corbett, which requires publishers of higher education textbooks to tell professors and buyers about the differences in new versions compared with previous ones.

Corbett, a Democrat representing San Leandro, says having this information will let professors and students know whether they really need to buy an expensive new edition of a textbook or could use a previous edition or another book.

Textbook publishers must also tell professors and buyers about other products they offer on the same topic.

The law takes effect in 2013.

 

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