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Taking the Less-Traveled Academic Road

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Last summer, Dean Hodes went with his uncle, a medical doctor in Ethiopia, on his rounds at Mother Teresa’s Orphanage for destitute children in Addis Ababa, the African country’s capital city. The young Hodes fed, played with and started teaching “Simon...

Changing Lives, Making a Difference

By: Christine Carpenter, Special to the Independent There’s selfless acts happening around you; more than you may think. Marla Hodes and her brother-in-law, Dr. Rick Hodes, are proof of that. Dr. Hodes, a CNN Hero, has spent 30 years volunteering in Ethiopia, dedicating his time...

Let It Flow Digging for Well Funds

Let It Flow, a Laguna Beach-based charity founded by pro teen skateboarder Nyjah Huston and his mother Kelle, hosts its first local charity event Thursday, Oct. 4, at Mozambique restaurant, 1740 S. Coast Highway. Let It Flow’s mission is building village wells in Ethiopia....

Author’s Travel Memoir Detours Unexpectedly

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Ed Kaufman and his family don’t really go on vacations. Instead, they take global adventures that have allowed each of them to expand individually while forming connections with a diverse array of indigenous people and to each other...

‘Mystery of the Nile’ Intrigues Millions

The Orbita Max and MacGillivray Freeman Films co-production, “Mystery of the Nile” recently surpassed the 10 million viewer milestone since its release six years ago to IMAX Theatres. The film has taken in worldwide box office receipts of $47 million, making it one of the top 25...

A Survivor Pursues a Cancer Center Where None Exists

It takes passion to launch a non-profit organization and resources to sustain it. Wossene Bowler, a Laguna Beach resident since 1996 who is the founder of Life’s Second Chance Foundation, is long on passion, but short on resources. She does possess a reservoir of good luck and...