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Teacher’s Action Saves His Student

Without warning, Sam’s heart apparently stopped and he fell to the floor.

Perseverance, Luck Propel Laguna Actor to ‘Neverland’

Noah Plomgren bounced around a stage at age 5, playing a robot named Calcium in a children’s repertory group. “I did not understand the concept of the show, but loved the experience of being on stage. It was magical,” the Laguna Beach native recalled recently. At age 9, he fully...

Mountaineer Dies Hiking Devil’s Backbone

Updated: Just seven weeks ago, Lloyd Charton, 69, returned home to Dana Point after an ascent of 16,067-foot Mt. Vinson on the glacial ice of Antarctica. With that feat, Charton conquered five of the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each of the globe’s seven continents and...


Tech Safety Expert Taps Into a Child’s World

Coffee Break is breaking-out of its mold with a free 7 p.m. presentation on children and technology at Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Laguna Beach High School’s Artists’ Theatre. Scott Burnett, owner of Lake Forest’s Integrity Computer Concepts, specializes in online security. The...

Rotary Club Honors Outstanding Student

Laguna Beach High School student Andrew Landsiedel was recognized with the Student of the Month Award at the Rotary Club’s regular luncheon meeting at the Hotel Laguna on Dec. 13. Andrew has excelled in honors and AP Spanish classes all of his four years at the high school and...

High School Sports Update

By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy Girls Water Polo (4-0) Makenzie Fisher missed the Mater Dei match with another USA Water Polo commitment for the World Cup qualifying tournament and sister Aria Fischer, the squads leading scorer after three games was out due to a recent tonsillectomy....


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Racism in Paradise

Editor, I am writing in response to the letter published by the Laguna Beach Independent on Feb. 10, written by the parents of some of the kids responsible for the recent racist attack on Vasco. By now, most folks know about the incident. I want to talk here about racism and how...

Apology Falls Short

Editor: Regarding the parents’ letter to the community about their sons’ racist actions, I think they need to learn the definition of apology before trying to make one. An apology is an expression of remorse and regret, not an opportunity to diminish responsibility. It was...