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Los Angeles Smog (Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty)

Monterey: Cleanest Air in the U.S.; L.A: Worst

In its newly-released “State of the Air” 2016 report, the American Lung Association has determined that Monterey County has the best air quality in the United States while Los Angeles and Bakersfield were deemed to have the worst air in the nation.

Junipero Serra (Reuters)

Missing Junipero Serra Statue Head Recovered

The decapitated head of a statue of 18th century Roman Catholic missionary St. Junipero Serra, which went missing this past October, was discovered by a young girl during low tide Saturday afternoon, just off the coast of Monterey.

Santa Cruz Mission vandalized (Bianca Beltrán / KSBW 8 / Facebook)

Vandals Deface Junipero Serra Mission

On Monday morning, red paint was found splattered on the door of the Santa Cruz Mission, with graffiti accusing Father Junipero Serra of genocide painted on the walls.

Salinas #BlackLivesMatter protest (Screenshot / KSBW)

More #BlackLivesMatter Protesters Arrested for Blocking Local Highway

Protesters are still intent on keeping the “#BlackLivesMatter” movement going strong, taking their demonstrations to California’s Central Coast region.. This Saturday, eight protesters were arrested after they blocked all four lanes of a Highway 1 and walked towards oncoming traffic in Monterey, California.