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A Second Influx of Sick Animals Arrives

  By Rita Robinson | LB Indy To exacerbate the deluge of emaciated sea lion pups at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, adult sea lion females with chronic and often-fatal domoic acid poisoning are also being rescued along the local coastline. Last week, 21 starving young sea...

Diver’s Death Remains a Mystery

The death of a 51-year-old diver, who was unresponsive when pulled from the ocean at a popular dive spot in Laguna Beach, remains under investigation, according to the county coroner. An autopsy was performed on the body of Mark Gibbs, of Tustin, but no ruling was made on the...

Honoring a Force for Good

  Laguna Beach resident and tireless philanthropist Jean Raun received more than the usual cards from well-wishers for her 90th birthday. The town she’s made home for half her life issued a proclamation honoring her 90th birthday for the years of dedicated service. “It...

Taking Stock

Dips And Dividends After holding a solid uptrend for most of 2013, stocks slid into a correction as the first quarterly reports disappointed. This could be the fourth straight year with market weakness developing in April and further stock price advances deferred to the fall....

Hospital Seeks Change to its ICU

Mission Hospital made an informal inquiry of state Health Department regulators about seeking permission to change the sort of patients that could make use of its underused 10-bed intensive care unit at the Laguna Beach campus, officials confirmed on Friday. City officials who...

Two Events Celebrate a Common Theme

The fourth annual Kelp Fest, celebrating the revival of kelp forests along the coastline, takes place at Main Beach on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the same time nearby, an Earth Day expo about sustainable living, organic farming, permaculture, water conservation...

Ocean Avenue Rides a Wave of Change

A sea change is reshaping downtown’s Ocean Avenue as business owners tied by common threads redefine their neighborhood. Four years after Peter Blake Gallery staked a claim to a spot on a street losing its vibrancy, Carl Smith, owner of CES Contemporary, also relocated his...

Crash Inquiry Focuses on Tesla’s Black Box

Accident investigators expect details recorded in the black box of a Tesla involved in a double fatality earlier this month on Laguna Canyon Road will tell them if the driver was racing. A search warrant will be required to extract information from the event data recorder known...

Plant Man: Standing Up for Trees

“Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you got till it’s gone They paved paradise and put up new sidewalks” –with apologies to Joni Mitchell   There is one thing for certain. Everything eventually comes to an end.  That certainty is particularly disquieting for...

Stepping Up to a New Podium

Ed Peterson knows now how he expects to spend his summer. A concept by the Laguna Concert Band’s music director-conductor to collaborate on an animated film received the green-light last week. The proposal earned Peterson the $5,000 Seven-Degrees Inspiration Grant at this year’s...

Write Stuff 4/19/13

Cheering on Sisters to Defy Conventions By Robin Pierson   Sam Dawson did not enter her 60s gracefully. The love of her life, her second husband, the man who called her his dream girl and “kid,” died leaving her to face the “over-the-hill” decade alone, not a kid and ...

Unwrapping Next Season’s Drama, Music Highlights

The next season of six performances at the Laguna Playhouse promises a more expansive range of theater experiences, ranging from a Noel Coward farce to Joan Didion’s memoir about surviving the most challenging of life’s trials. “We’re changing it up,” Executive Director Karen...

Getting Out 4/19/13

Issuing an Earthy Challenge Blue Water Green Earth, the creators of the “Music Matters” Showcase and The Blue Water Music Festival, will issue Laguna Beach a challenge to clean the entire city – every beach and downtown street – in 30 minutes on Earth Day, Sunday, April 28,....

Pet Peeves: Stargazing

By Mark D. Crantz Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in Paradise, but oh no, I missed the Art Stars Awards.  This past April 7, 277 people attended the seventh annual Art Stars Awards held at Seven Degrees. Winners were chosen in seven categories. The number seven seems...

Expert Joins Living Well Initiative

By Marion K. Jacobs, Ph.D   We had to keep adding chairs to accommodate all the people who showed up at the Woman’s Club last Thursday night to hear UC Irvine Prof. Roger Walsh, MD, Ph.D, talk on “What The Research Tells Us About Optimizing Well Being.” The talk was jointly...