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Taking Stock

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 bond-buying program. The Fed also reduced its 2015 forecast for […]

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Whale Gives Rescuers the Slip

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 and potentially more dangerous waters for rescue crews. It […]

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Biker, 40, Wins Competition

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 qualifying run, Lopes went on to show […]

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'Instinct' Saves a Life

‘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 was drawn to people on Picnic Beach, who were watching the waves […]

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Unclear End to ‘Epic’ Rescue

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 whale disentanglement team from the National Marine Fisheries Services successfully freed a young […]

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Searching for a Lifeline

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 absolutely needs if she is to see 2013. […]

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Holly Morrell

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. Moreover, the threat was considered so imminent, the letter warned, that Dillon should […]

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Navigating Towards a Mariner’s Prize

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 knowledge about maritime activities as well as completion of a community […]

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Lewis Races in Belgium

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 of drivers with top lap times.  About halfway through the qualifying session, Lewis […]