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It’s the summer of the 1922: Harry Houdini’s mind and body are battered from his harrowingly death-defying escape routines, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is growing weary of writing Sherlock Holmes.

Both men are looking for something new.

After exchanging letters, the famed escape artist and mystery novel legend team-up to investigate self-proclaimed psychic mediums for the Scientific American committee.

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu City Council members will be joined by Caltrans and Metro officials, City commissioners, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, local cyclists and residents on Thursday, April 29, to cut the ribbon on the PCH Bike Route Improvements Project and Malibu’s first-ever bike lane. At the event, local cyclists will ride their bikes through the ribbon on the bike lane on PCH at Zuma Beach. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Most people in America are from somewhere else, said Alexis de Toqueville in his review of America. And that is true even for Malibu. The vast majority of Malibu residents were born somewhere else, including the New York-raised publisher of the Malibu Times, and rather than belittle those Malibu residents, we appreciate them.

Ashleigh Fryer

CLOVIS, Calif. — Senior Caroline Pietrzyk reached into her bag while surrounded by her coaches, family and friends and pulled out what she said were all the race stickers she’d worn since her freshman year at Malibu High School.
The were stacked one on top of the other, forming the shape of a rectangle. She then stuck the sticker she wore for her last track meet for MHS onto the others, and placed the entire collection on her chest for fun.
That moment symbolized what has been a long, successful journey for Pietrzk as Malibu High athlete.

Chris Bashaw

With a quick motion, a pair of yellow-green eyes — each with a black, vertical slit — came into view against a dark brown chair in Bank of Books Malibu.

The form of Malibu resident Karen Smythe’s feline friend, Kool Kat — who is black in color — soon became apparent as he quietly sat above Rachel Hasserling, who was reading a book to her children; Hasserling’s young son, Caleb, reached over to stroke Kool Kat’s back.

Chris Bashaw

Two dozen film enthusiasts had the opportunity to hear acclaimed screenwriter Eric Roth talk about his life and craft on Tuesday, March 31, at the Malibu Salon Series event sponsored by the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission.

The event began with a clip from “The Curious Life of Benjamin Button,” in which a series of seemingly accidental incidents lead to one of the central events in the film.

“Destiny is always part of movies,” Roth said. “Whether it’s an accident or destiny, an accident or planned, depends on if you believe in God.”

Ashleigh Fryer

The Miss Malibu Pro Women’s Longboarding Invitational debuted at Surfrider Beach in Malibu  Aug. 9-10. 

The first-place title of Miss Malibu Pro was awarded to Kaitlin Maguire of Oceanside, California. Maguire not only won the final, but also earned the Wave of the Day award and cash prize from Jericho Poppler for scoring a perfect 20 in her semi final. 

Runner-up was awarded to Makayla H. Smith.

Ashleigh Fryer

OK, let’s admit it. 

When the rains come to Malibu, people freak out.

“There’s water coming out of the sky, freak out!” they’ll say. 

Of course, when we live in a town where 90 percent of the days are filled with beauty, sun and surf, we can easily forget that weather of another kind actually exists. But when it does come, you want to be prepared by pondering this week’s Ride of the Week.

Ashleigh Fryer

A person is dead after a four-car collision occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. in Malibu on Pacific Coast Highway near its intersection with Corral Canyon Road, a source from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Malibu-Lost Hills Station said.

The source said the identity of the fatal victim has not yet been released, adding it was unclear how many people were involved in the incident and how many were injured.

Caltrans has closed both directions of PCH east of Corral Canyon Road for an undetermined amount of time, the Station's source said.

Chris Bashaw

Belfast, Ireland native Geraldine Gilliland has always craved the exotic.
The day she arrived in the United States in 1975 — one of four school teachers on a vacation for their summer holiday — her thirst for the exotic was quenched. She was hooked.
“The group of us drove in a car from New York to LA,” Gilliland said. “[When the trip was over] they went home. I stayed. I cashed in my Greyhound ticket. That wasn’t part of the plan.”

Chris Bashaw