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A wealthy Guatemalan man was charged Aug. 4 with the July 29 Cape Town, South Africa murder of his girlfriend Gabriela Kabrins, the 39-year-old daughter of a Malibu restaurateur.

Diego Dougherty Novella, 41, was charged with Kabrins’ alleged murder, and was still in police custody Monday, Aug. 9, although expected to apply for release on bail Aug. 21.

Alex Vejar

The new year is less than a week old, but 2015 is already shaping up to be another record-breaker for gray whale sightings, and Malibu residents have a front-row seat for observing the annual winter migration.
Every year, from December until late April, gray whales migrate from their arctic feeding grounds to Baja California to give birth and then return north with their calves.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu High School senior Sam Burton is one of 2,235 Class of 2016 students nationwide to earn the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.

“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” stated a letter sent to Burton by the ACT National Office. “On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all test takers earns the top score. Among U.S. high school graduates in the class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.” 

Lauren Finkler

The Sycamore School, an independent elementary school featuring a curriculum rooted in collaboration, innovation and learning through play and creativity, will open in Malibu on Sept. 1 for 20 children ages 6-8. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Dean & DeLuca, a purveyor of fine foods, has announced its latest store opening in Malibu. The newest Dean & DeLuca development will be located in Malibu Village, located at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road, a recently repositioned shopping center with name brand outfitters, cafes and shops, that caters to the affluent community and year-round influx of visitors nearby. 

Lauren Finkler

Live rattlesnakes were among the stars of the show at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area’s first ever reptile and amphibian show on May 18 at King Gillette Ranch. The event, sponsored by the Western National Parks Association, also offered participants a chance to learn how to be safe now that peak snake season has arrived. 

Karl Miller, an animal trainer and handler for the entertainment industry, and longtime snake wrangler Bruce Freeman teamed up to give a rattlesnake awareness talk.

Chris Bashaw

A born-and-raised Malibuite’s new burger restaurant will open this summer in the Malibu Village.

Cisco Adler is the creator of Malibu Burger Company, which will serve a selection of healthier gourmet burgers and other casual fare in a creek-front setting in the heart of Malibu’s Civic Center. 

Adler said the restaurant is the manifestation of his desire to create a place where people can feel comfortable visiting on more than one occasion a week. 

Alex Vejar

It’s a record year for gray whale sightings, and Malibuites have many opportunities to observe the annual migration of these giant marine mammals.

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu’s Hunter McIntyre is a hunter through and through.

The moment the 6-foot-2, 178-pound pro obstacle racer steps into a competition, he is sizing up his opponents, picking apart their weaknesses and planning his attack. That mentality was what McIntyre believes set him apart in Season 4 of “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge,” in which the 27-year-old emerged victorious among eight of the top dogs from previous seasons. The show premiered Sunday, Jan. 22, on CMT. 

Lauren Finkler

Longevity is an interesting thing. A concept that breeds youth, vigor, fun and all the things that make life actually life. Longevity is time, and time well spent. 

Sure, your face and body may change a bit, but longevity is an adopted attitude. A lifestyle, and a belief.

This week’s Ride of the Week shrinks to two wheels and says that less is more — way more. And when I met up with actor/musician/producer Bill Allen and his 2015 Eddie Fiola Proformer BMX Bike, I was reminded that longevity can come in many forms.

Chris Bashaw

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