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The OC at the Olympics

Women’s Water Polo Laguna Beach High alum Annika Dries (’09) and Team USA squeaked out a 14-13 win during the opening round of Olympic water polo Monday night. The hard fought victory came against a scrappy Hungary squad that may have been looking for a little revenge after the...

Moonlighting Cop Convicted in Hotel Thefts

A Los Angeles Police Department officer moonlighting as a security guard was convicted and sentenced on Monday, July 30, for stealing from the Laguna Beach luxury hotel where he worked. Jeffry Paul Quinton, 47, Anaheim Hills, pleaded guilty in Orange County Superior Court to an...

Vinyl LPs Groovin’ Again

The look and, actually, the smell of the Sound Spectrum, a kitschy and practically prehistoric record shop on South Coast Highway, haven’t changed that much over the last 45 years.  But if you look past the looming wall-size (and out-of-print) collector’s posters of Hendrix, The...

Mauli Ola Rocks the White House

Laguna Beach’s Dunlop brothers, Charlie and James, this past Thursday kicked off three days of fundraising for their Mauli Ola Foundation with a rockin’ party at the White House featuring local and Grammy-winning drummer Taylor Hawkins. Laguna Beach’s Pacific...

Still Trying to Score ‘Pageant’ Tickets?

Who doesn’t love a bargain? Getting prime seats at a fraction of their touted value seems enticing. But when it comes to “Pageant of the Masters” tickets, potential purchasers would do well to embrace the Latin warning caveat emptor: let the buyer beware. The only...

Support Surfaces for ‘Penguin’ Family

Local residents Sabrina and Michael McMurray, blind-sided by a sudden tragedy, have experienced an outpouring of community goodwill and empathy in the form of delivered meals, get-well cards and  fundraisers organized on their behalf. In fact, two are scheduled: Aug. 4 at Riddle...

Susi Q Shows Its Olympic Spirit

The 2012 Olympics will be televised at Laguna Beach’s Susi Q Senior Center weekdays beginning Monday, July 30. Cheer for your favorite athlete, keep track of the medal count and even watch hometown hero, Annika Dries, center forward on the U.S. Women’s Water Polo team,...

Following the Games on the Couch

  By Valerie Yu, Special to the Independent   With the London Olympic Games set to start today, July 27, the “Go Team U.S.A!” chants will be erupting all across the nation. Despite such anticipation, few Laguna Beach businesses seem intent on grabbing any Olympic...

Taking Stock

Election Year And Stocks Turbulent currents continue to make the stock market work slowly upstream. Troubling news from the Euro Zone pushed stocks back this summer although the market (S&P 500) is still eight percent ahead for the year so far as we approach August,...

Guest Column: Look In The Mirror, America

By Alan Boinus   The gun lobby would have us think that last week’s tragedy in Aurora, Colo., was an aberration. Just another crazed criminal that putting controls on guns will not solve. After all, these kinds of lunatics will stop at nothing to do their evil. ...

On the Grapevine

Beverly Bradham of Laguna Beach, called police Tuesday to report a mountain lion asleep in her neighbor’s yard. Only this lion wasn’t going to wake up. Ever. It was stuffed. It was apparently a prank intended to scare someone else, but Bradham spied it first.

Designer Models Sustainability for London Olympics

  Laguna Beach architectural designer Phillipe Horvath will watch the outcome of the London Olympics closely. Rather than a podium, though, he’ll be eyeing how potential developers, industrialists and entrepreneurs respond to his scale model on display in the Olympic Village...

Wisdom Workout: Outliving the Quilt’s Patches

About 20 years ago, a colleague of mine, one of my favorite men in the world, called to say he was in Laguna and wanted to stop for a visit. We hadn’t worked together for years so I was excited about the opportunity to reconnect. I answered the door. Seeing his face, I knew...

Music for the Mind

Hailing from San Clemente, jam band Frame of Mind will perform at the Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., on Saturday, July 21, from 12-4:30 p.m. Festival admission is $7.75 for adults, $3.25 for children. The band will also play live at The Cliff’s Fireside Theater, 577...

Festival Goers Sample Asian Flavors and Smooth Jazz

Smooth jazz saxophonist Jackiem Joyner will perform Saturday, July 28 at the Festival of Arts’ “Jazz on the Green” series at 1 p.m., while Sunday, July 29 in the same time slot Amer-Asian cuisine is on the menu as the chef of Laguna Beach’s Starfish restaurant, Jarvis Yuan,...