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Taking Stock

The Bank Plays On The Federal Reserve is calling the dances for Wall Street at the moment. Janet Yellen, its Choreographer-in-Chief, announced Wednesday that it plans to keep interest rates near zero for a “considerable time” after the previously announced wrap next month of its...

Whale Gives Rescuers the Slip

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Rescuers, forced by nightfall to quit efforts to cut lines entangling a whale spotted near Laguna Beach on Tuesday, were unsuccessful in locating the 40-foot gray again by Thursday. The animal was last seen heading west into deeper...

Biker, 40, Wins Competition

Local mountain bike champion Brian Lopes won the inaugural UCI MTB World Cup XC Sprint Eliminator held in Houffalize, Belgium, on April 13.   Lopes, 40, said the results show age is nothing but a number. He was pleased by his performance.   Confident after a first place...

‘Instinct’ Saves a Life

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   As is his habit, Laguna Beach resident and surfer Ian McErlane, 37, was out walking his two dogs in Heisler Park recently when red-flag surf conditions transformed the routine into life-saving heroism.   McErlane’s attention...

Unclear End to ‘Epic’ Rescue

UPDATE   By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Rescuers accomplished something of a marine miracle offshore Laguna Beach last weekend, but apparently their efforts ultimately were not enough.   Members of the town’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center and a special...

Searching for a Lifeline

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent Perhaps the previous seven days were the most important in the life of Lesley  Domiano. The 66 year-old Laguna Beach resident organized three separate events in town last week to lure a potential bone marrow donor for a transplant she...

Unmasking a Silent Killer

Screenings save lives By Benjamin Bodart, Special to the Independent       Jennifer Gustafson will always remember June 1. A letter arrived that day saying that a recent medical tests her daughter Dillon had taken identified a potentially fatal heart defect....

Navigating Towards a Mariner’s Prize

By Benjamin Bodart, Special to the Independent  Laguna Beach’s Liz Fletcher, 17, will soon achieve the prestigious rank of quartermaster in the Mariners Sea Scouts program. The quartermaster rank is comparable to the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts and requires a depth of...

Lewis Races in Belgium

  Laguna Beach race-car driver Michael Lewis drove in the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium, finishing sixth in the Formula 3 Italia Championship.  Lewis arrived at the seven-kilometer track (4.35-mile) with high expectations after two previous team tests put him among a group...