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By Cherril Doty | February 13, 2013
"There's nothing wrong with being scared, Norman, so long as you don't let it change who you are. " — from Laika's film, "ParaNorman" The bright sun warmed the brisk morning air as I walked near Diver's Cove. A flock of pelicans skimmed the surface of the ocean while a couple of cormorants, necks stretched out, appeared to try to keep up. Gulls shrieked overhead, mingling with the cawing of two crows. Mesmerized by the beauty of the sights and sounds, it took a moment before I realized that some of the shrieks came along with nervous laughter and were emanating from humans somewhere below.
NEWS
April 16, 2004
CHERRIL DOTY "The next time you encounter fear, consider yourself lucky." -- Pema Chodron, from "When Things Fall Apart" A young woman was taking her daughter to get the required immunizations to enter school. The child, frightened by the idea of shots, was nervous about the visit, but the mother had calmed her. She thought. Noticing an extraordinary silence from the usually talkative child in the back seat, the mother turned briefly to check on her daughter.
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By Jean Raun | July 9, 2010
When news broke that ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] was targeting workers in our Laguna establishments, people riding on our buses, and cars carrying those who could be profiled as possible undocumented individuals, many of us were greatly saddened at the hurt this was causing our fellow human beings. We have expressed this by protests at the bus station to let the authorities know we want the racial profiling to stop. Those protesting include members of the Interfaith Coalition of Laguna, Cross Cultural Council, the League of Women Voters, and members of other groups and individuals who care about human rights and civil rights.
NEWS
October 24, 2003
SHERWOOD KIRALY There's faux fright, and then there's actual fright. In 1968 I jumped in my seat along with everyone else in the movie theater when Alan Arkin leapt out at blind Audrey Hepburn in "Wait Until Dark," the first great instance of the Dead Villain Who Rises Again. By 1978 the dead villain could rise again endlessly and proved it in the original "Halloween." I thought I was too sophisticated to get rattled at a movie, but when I got home after seeing that one I looked in the closet and under the bed. Then in 1993 I got a taste of actual fright, when I stood on a hill off El Toro Road, overlooking the canyon, and saw the beginnings of the Laguna fire blow toward town.
NEWS
January 24, 2003
A survey by the Laguna Beach Unified School District titled "The How I See Things Survey" found mostly positive emotions among second- through 11th-grade students. But it also found that 37% of Laguna's elementary and middle school boys don't feel safe. Afraid? This survey screams for another study. What are these boys afraid of? Bullies? Bad grades? Violence? Oh, please don't let it be violence. It's bad enough that kids in bad neighborhoods feel wary walking home from school, but kids from Laguna should have some comfort in their surroundings.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | November 4, 2005
The production of "Wiley and the Hairy Man" by the Youth Theater of the Laguna Playhouse not only is neatly entertaining, but it also might inspire young people to confront their own particular fears. Suzan Zeder's folk tale, set in a gruesomelooking location known as the Tombigbee River Swamp, illustrates how a youngster might overcome the bogeyman in his or her own life. It's a splendid lesson in self-confidence, wrapped up in a Halloweenish package of superstition and sorcery.
NEWS
November 1, 2002
CHASING DOWN THE MUSE "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." -- FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT I've stopped watching and listening to the news. It shocked me to realize that it's been months since I sat before the TV screen to watch Dan Rather and his cohorts. Me, an information junkie, and I had turned off. When and why did this happen? It happened sometime, as I recall, after Sept. 11, when our national sense of security was irreparably altered and the telecast replay mode got stuck on forever.
NEWS
January 16, 2004
Suzie Harrison and Andrew Edwards Depending on who is looking at the picture, the canvas that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is painting with his proposed state budget has caused mixed reactions. "It is just horrible for Laguna," said Mayor Cheryl Kinsman, a certified public accountant. Kinsman first heard Schwarzenegger's proposal at a League of Cities meeting she attended Jan. 8 with City Manager Ken Frank. The speaker was a Sacramento Bee reporter who had attended the governor's press conference that afternoon.
NEWS
October 2, 2009
The recent 24-hour police presence and crackdown on offenders at Heisler Park, Main Beach and adjacent spots in Laguna Beach should make residents and visitors feel more secure. Nearly 100 violators were arrested or cited during the first seven days of the beefed-up detail, and incidents in the area have apparently plummeted, if this week?s police logs are accurate. (Look at page A6 and note the lack of incidents in Area 1, which has been rife with crime matters all summer.) Apparently the detail did not happen in time to ease the fears of folks who wanted to come to Laguna Beach to volunteer during Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept.
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By Cherril Doty | September 10, 2013
Paraskevidekatriaphobia. Whoa! What? But of course! This is the fear of Friday the 13th. Coming across this nearly unpronounceable word, I needed to know more. For many years and in many countries, Friday the 13th has been considered a day of bad luck. Some folks won't go to work or wed on this date. Ditto any kind of elective surgical procedures or other risky ventures. A study done in the United Kingdom even recommended not driving on Friday the 13th based on a comparison of accidents on the 6th and the 13th.
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By Cherril Doty | February 13, 2013
"There's nothing wrong with being scared, Norman, so long as you don't let it change who you are. " — from Laika's film, "ParaNorman" The bright sun warmed the brisk morning air as I walked near Diver's Cove. A flock of pelicans skimmed the surface of the ocean while a couple of cormorants, necks stretched out, appeared to try to keep up. Gulls shrieked overhead, mingling with the cawing of two crows. Mesmerized by the beauty of the sights and sounds, it took a moment before I realized that some of the shrieks came along with nervous laughter and were emanating from humans somewhere below.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | August 26, 2010
Three Laguna Beach residents are homeless after a fire destroyed 70% to 80% of a 2,000-square-foot home in the 400 block of Arroyo Chico on Tuesday night, Laguna Beach Fire Capt. Jeff LaTendresse said. It was feared the fire could spread to homes on the small street, which is surrounded by eucalyptus trees, and the neighborhood in the cul-de-sac was evacuated, he said. A woman who lived in the residence came home about 9:30 p.m. and reported that the deck was on fire, LaTendresse said.
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By Jean Raun | July 9, 2010
When news broke that ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] was targeting workers in our Laguna establishments, people riding on our buses, and cars carrying those who could be profiled as possible undocumented individuals, many of us were greatly saddened at the hurt this was causing our fellow human beings. We have expressed this by protests at the bus station to let the authorities know we want the racial profiling to stop. Those protesting include members of the Interfaith Coalition of Laguna, Cross Cultural Council, the League of Women Voters, and members of other groups and individuals who care about human rights and civil rights.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 25, 2010
A proposal by Verizon to install a wireless telecommunication facility at Moulton Meadows Park was approved Tuesday. The City Council voted 3 to 2 on the proposed 832-square-foot installation. It will include a 36-foot-high pole disguised by a fake pine tree, and four radio equipment cabinets and supporting cables to be enclosed behind a concrete wall behind the tennis court at the park. The proposal will go to the Planning Commission for a public hearing and recommendations. “I want to vent my opposition to the construction of the cell tower at Moulton Meadows,” resident Gustavo Grad said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sherwood Kiraly | December 4, 2009
When I was a boy I knew what Christmas was about; it was about what I was going to get. I was told that someday I’d get more enjoyment out of giving than getting, but I knew enough about myself to dismiss this. Good people like my mother might feel that way, but not me. I think this is how most boys first find out that they’re not good people. Then, oddly, I grew up and found I got a bigger boost from giving family members something they liked than from opening my own packages — a boost composed of equal parts affectionate enjoyment and relief that this time I hadn’t picked something that would boomerang back to the store Dec. 26. This year’s shopping zeal is undercut, however, by the knowledge that I don’t have much money to spare.
NEWS
October 2, 2009
The recent 24-hour police presence and crackdown on offenders at Heisler Park, Main Beach and adjacent spots in Laguna Beach should make residents and visitors feel more secure. Nearly 100 violators were arrested or cited during the first seven days of the beefed-up detail, and incidents in the area have apparently plummeted, if this week?s police logs are accurate. (Look at page A6 and note the lack of incidents in Area 1, which has been rife with crime matters all summer.) Apparently the detail did not happen in time to ease the fears of folks who wanted to come to Laguna Beach to volunteer during Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept.
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By Ashley Breeding | October 2, 2009
As the Laguna Beach Unified School District gears up for the possibility of vaccinating students against H1N1, or so-called “swine flu,” concerns regarding the vaccine were raised at the Sept. 22 school district board meeting by parents and community members who fear it might be dangerous to children or cause more outbreaks. The vaccine should be available to the public by mid-October, health officials said. Supt. Robert Fraisse said the district has a task force working on the issue and will modify its H1N1 preparedness plan in accordance with advice from health-care officials.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | July 21, 2009
A convicted murderer who was arrested in Laguna Beach in 1999 has escaped from Indiana State Prison and Laguna Beach police are on the alert for him. Mark Booher was serving an 85-year sentence on murder and robbery charges. The crimes were committed in Indiana in January 1999, and in March 1999 he was tracked by federal marshalls to a home in Laguna Beach where he had been living, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jason Kravez said. He fled the home, and police brought in bloodhounds and helicopters to assist in the search.
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