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May 31, 2013 7:11 PM

Counting down 60 top stories of 60 years: #10-6

We've reached the top ten in our countdown of the top 60 local stories of the past 60 years.

The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power plant has shown up more than once in our countdown.

At number ten: Despite protests in the early 1980s, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted a full power operating license to PG&E on November 2, 1984.

Diablo Canyon's unit one started running days later. It began operating commercially in 1985.

PG&E got another license in August of that year to use unit two of the reactor, which began commercial operation in 1987.

Highways 41 and 46 meet, forming a junction that made history on September 30, 1955.

The James Dean Memorial Junction is number nine.

The Hollywood heartthrob was driving his Porsche Spyder from Los Angeles to a race in Salinas.

Cal Poly student Donald Turnupseed was driving in the opposite direction on Highway 46.

He crossed over the line to veer left on Highway 41, never seeing Dean's car coming head-on.

Dean died in the crash. Both Turnupseed and Dean's passenger survived.

Number 8 is a plane crash on the Central Coast that changed flight regulations nationwide.

Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 was flying from LA to San Francisco when it crashed in a field near Paso Robles on December 7,1987.

A recently discharged US Air employee on the flight shot his former supervisor, a flight attendant, the captain, and then himself.

The plane crashed, killing all 44 passengers. The crash prompted the FAA to require airline crews to go through the same security as passengers.

Murderer Rex Allen Krebs takes the number 7 spot. He abducted, raped, and murdered two San Luis Obispo college students.

Rachel Newhouse disappeared on November 12, 1998. Krebs attacked her as she walked home across the Jennifer Street bridge.

Four months later, he broke into Aundria Crawford's apartment and attacked her.

Krebs had been in prison for rape before, and his parole officer made the connection between him and the missing women.

Krebs was convicted of the first degree murder of both women. He is currently on death row at San Quentin State Prison.

The Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969 is number 6 on our countdown.

It was January 28 when a Union Oil Company platform, about five miles off the coast of Summerland, had a blow-out.

About 3 million gallons of oil were spilled. It took 11 days for workers to clean up the mess.

Tar washed up along 35 miles of coastline. The oil killed dolphins, seals, and more than 3,500 birds.

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