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Local | January 1, 2010
Video camera is returned to its owner Videographer Michael Taylor got his video camera back Tuesday, after it was taken from the hillside where it had been placed to capture time-lapse images of the work after the Bluebird Canyon landslide. Taylor thought the camera might be sold over the Internet, and he was right. But he was surprised when the Internet helped bring the camera back. After losing the $2,000 camera Dec. 15, Taylor put some lenses up for sale online to try to replace the lost equipment.
NEWS
January 14, 2005
Members of Laguna Beach Girl Scouts Troops No. 238 and No. 2311 collected coats throughout December and January as part of the "One Warm Coat" service project. The girls collected a total of 175 coats, 51 of which went to the Relief and Resource Center of Laguna Beach for those in need. From left, Neika MacDowall, Kaitlyn Waidley, Allie Hastings, Marcella Bechtel, Marina Paul, Kate Rogers, Ciera Crowe, Mary Jo Mancuso of the Soroptimist International of Lake Forest Club, Kelly Fleming, Amanda McCrory, Amie Clay, Victoria O'Connor, Tori Tomo- Krohnfeldt, Katie Fleming, Taylor Kahn and Ashley Andrews.
BUSINESS
By Ashley Breeding | November 7, 2008
Our aura is an electromagnetic energy field that emanates from our bodies, and can be visualized through an outline of cascading colors, which are supposed to reflect our state of mind, body and inner being, says Jill Templin, owner of The Chakra Shack in Laguna Beach. Templin said these colors are associated with our seven chakras, or energy centers of the body, and determine our physical, emotional and spiritual states. ?An aura reading can help us learn how to balance our chakra system, by highlighting which areas we need to strengthen,?
NEWS
By Annie Kim and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | February 14, 2014
With the lights dimmed as they sit barefoot on mats, students at Thurston Middle School are usually quiet and contemplative as they practice yoga during physical education class. This week, however, was quite different as students screamed and cheered loudly while competing in the school's fourth annual Epic Challenge. Nearly 800 students raced each other and raised money by finding sponsors as they competed in a weeklong event of physical activities. The Epic Challenge is the Laguna Beach school's biggest fundraising event of the year and aims to promote a healthy environment, bodies, minds and kids.
NEWS
August 27, 2004
Doris Helen Thurston Boyd Doris Helen Thurston Boyd, a native Lagunan, died Aug. 20, surrounded by family. She was 89. Mrs. Thurston Boyd was the youngest of two daughters of Laguna pioneers Joseph Smith Thurston and Marie Harding Thurston. Joe Thurston came to his father's homestead in Aliso Canyon in 1871 and was noted as being one of the founding fathers of Laguna Beach. Marie Thurston was one of the first school teachers in Laguna Beach, teaching in a one-room school house and was later honored with having the junior high school named after her. In her early years, Mrs. Thurston Boyd was a participant in the opening celebration of South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, which was attended by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | September 6, 2012
Auri Inc., an upscale shoemaker once touted as one of America's most promising companies by Forbes, has shuttered its line of shoes to focus on licensing its technology to established luxury footwear brands. The company closed its North Laguna showroom and headquarters earlier this year as part of the move. "The costs associated with being a footwear brand are exorbitant," said founder Ori Rosenbaum. "It's overwhelming. " Rosenbaum, a Laguna Beach resident, cited the high costs associated with trade shows, samples, marketing materials, factories, inventory and being a public company.
NEWS
By Andrew Shortall | December 27, 2012
Two former professional hockey players were arrested after a scuffle at a Laguna Beach Jack In the Box, police said Thursday. Jean Francois Jomphe, a former Anaheim Duck and 39-year-old Aliso Viejo resident, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and vandalism, and Richard Anthony Costello, a former Toronto Maple Leaf and 49-year-old Dana Point resident, was arrested on suspicion of assault, Laguna Beach Police Department Lt. Jason Kravetz...
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | February 13, 2014
An attorney for the family of one of two men killed in a head-on collision on Laguna Canyon Road has sued a driver who survived the wreck, a witness and multiple cities and public agencies. Attorney Otto Haselhoff, who represents the family of Alberto Casique, levels allegations ranging from driver negligence to poor road maintenance in his Jan. 21 Orange County Superior Court lawsuit. Among the defendants is Robert McFarland Pettis, 48, a Laguna Beach physician whose Tesla Model S sedan collided with the Honda Accord sedan driven by Casique, 47, at 6:45 a.m. April 2. Armando Gonzalez, 38, a passenger in Casique's Honda, also died.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | January 15, 2010
David Koning was born with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome. He said he was dead for six minutes as a toddler before being revived and he literally has half a heart. He also has cerebral palsy and suffers from seizures. Yet, he wants children to know that there is always hope. That?s the idea behind the event that Koning, 22, said he?s put together on Monday. The Laguna Beach High volleyball team manager has set up a ?Changing Children?s Lives? event at the Los Angeles Clippers game that day. The Clippers play the New Jersey Nets at 12:30 p.m., which happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Thanks to Koning?
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 23, 2013
Laguna Beach detectives, with help from Los Angeles police, arrested two men who allegedly robbed three men and pistol whipped two of them inside a Laguna Beach home last October, according to a Laguna Beach police news release. Officers took Tyrone Lamont Beasley, 21, and Jyvontaye Demetric Harris, 20, both of Los Angeles, into custody at separate locations in South Los Angeles on Monday, Laguna Beach Police Capt. Jason Kravetz said in the release. Police arrested Beasley at a home.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | August 15, 2013
St. Anns Beach is awash with color. Three murals have been painted on the beach-facing walls by three different artists. All are seascapes. The most recent and colorful, clear-coated to preserve it vibrancy, was painted by Roy Gonzalez . It cascades down the hillside on a Laguna Riviera Hotel wall and features caricatures of locals and surfing celebrities. "I worked for eight months on the mural, but I still have to add Red Locks , a Reggae musician that Laguna Beach loved, and legendary lifeguard Dean Westgaard ," Gonzalez said.
NEWS
November 10, 2011
A Laguna Beach clothing designer died of natural causes, according to the Orange County coroner. Jonas Gregory Bevacqua, 33, was found dead in his Laguna Beach home May 30 by his father and fiancé. Bevacqua was suffering from pneumonia and myocarditis — or inflammation of the heart — according to the coroner. Bevacqua was the co-founder of the Irvine-based streetwear brand Lifted Research Group, commonly known as LRG. At the time of his death, noted celebrities, family, friends and his company took to the Web to send their condolences.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | December 20, 2012
When Ruth Mayer first heard from the Vatican, she brushed it off as a hoax. "'I'll be in my gallery in two weeks,'" she recalled saying into her kitchen phone. "I heard a chuckle and thought, 'Oh, definitely a joke!' I didn't think any more about it. " Just like clockwork, however, a fortnight passed and two priests arrived on the scene. After showing them around her eponymous gallery and asking them to bless the space, Mayer was requested to paint a portrait of Pope John Paul II, which would be auctioned to benefit children's charities.
NEWS
By Alisha Gomez | April 4, 2013
Soul Surf owners Chris and Karen Williams have taken the plunge by opening their first shop at 763 S. Coast Hwy. last month. "It's important to have a location doing what we do," he said. The company runs surf lessons, surf programs, corporate parties and an after-school surf team, Chris Williams said. It had a grand opening for its new location in early March. The Soul Surf surfing team, a big part of the company, counts about 25 local children. Williams said he is taking a "club soccer team" approach to the surfing team, tapping a USA Surf Team medical director and using a strength/flexibility program to create top-notch surfers.
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