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COME TOGETHER: The Beatles’ newest CD is...

COME TOGETHER: The Beatles’ newest CD is on its way, and although most county record stores won’t be selling it until Tuesday, at least one plans to stay open tonight to start the sale at 12:01 a.m. Jeff Haines, the buyer at Salzer’s in Ventura, says the midnight sales tactic is new, so he doesn’t know how big a turnout to expect. But he thinks there are “some serious collectors out there that really want to get their hands on this.” . . . The two-CD anthology, which includes different mixes of familiar songs and a new tune, will also be available on tape and vinyl.

MOVING ON: Wildlife biologists, who have successfully launched a colony of California condors in Santa Barbara County, want to put a group of the endangered birds into the Grand Canyon early next year. (B1) . . . The move is important to the species’ survival, says Robert Mesta, coordinator of a Ventura-based condor program. “We’re talking about making conservation history here.”

POSTER CHILD: The $1,500 computer system Jose Canedo earned for his transportation poster isn’t the only prize he’s ever won, but it’s the biggest. . . . The Fillmore fourth-grader’s entry was picked from about 3,000 submitted in a recent Ventura County Transportation Commission contest. Jose, who’s also amassed some baseball trophies, isn’t sure what he wants to do when he grows up, but math--not art--is his favorite subject.

FRIENDS OF FLIPPER: Red ribbons support AIDS causes, pink ribbons endorse breast cancer research and yellow ribbons mean welcome home. Now cetacean lovers want you to save the dolphins when you see blue ribbons. . . . The ribbons will be available Dec. 3 at Ventura’s annual Holiday Street Festival from the newly formed local chapter of the International Dolphin Project. Barbara Tracy, who is heading the local effort, says the group is trying to keep dolphins and whales safe and free via boycotts and letter writing. “Even though we don’t have an aquarium in Ventura,” Tracy says, “the decisions that we make affect animals around the world.”

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