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When wildlife biologist Stan Gehrt set out to study coyotes in Chicago, Illinois he thought it would be a quick “one-and-done” situation. He was wrong. Almost two decades of research on Cook County, Illinois’ coyotes — estimated to number not one or two, but 1500-2000 — continues to yield astonishing data about the lives and habits of this intelligent, ingenious and seldom seen urban carnivore. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Hiptique’s grand opening celebration on Thursday, May 25, kicked off with an unexpected interactive and visual presentation at the boutique’s new Trancas Country Market location.  

Attendees were invited to tumble and play within a flock of vibrant pink inflatable flamingos and beach balls on the Trancas lawn. 

“Nobody can look at a pink flamingo and not smile,” said Hiptique owner Christine Berardi.  

Lauren Finkler

Cynthia Merritt passed away peacefully at her home May 8 with her husband, George, by her side.

“Cindi” braved a long battle with health issues but forever kept her keen sense of humor. 

Born Dec. 30, 1947, in Lakewood, California, she attended Orange Coast College.

A flight attendant for American Airlines for 35 years, she flew often to some of her favorite places — Honolulu, Tokyo, London and Rome.

Ashleigh Fryer

On March 3, Malibu’s historic Adamson House and Museum temporarily closed its doors. California State Parks, which owns and administers the house and museum as part of Malibu Lagoon State Beach, initially announced that “the house tours program, garden tours, and the gift shop would be temporarily closed from March 3 through March 31, 2015.” That deadline passed two weeks ago, and a notice on the Adamson House website that states that the house will be “closed until further notice,” has raised concerns in the community that the closure may become permanent. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Before chef Thommy Craig took over as executive chef at Vintage Grocers this summer, he spent the past 30 years building a name for himself as a personal chef for celebrity clientele. But Craig’s first gig in the kitchen was the far less glamorous role of a dishwasher.

Alex Vejar

Under the leadership of coach John Meyers, for the third year in a row Our Lady of Malibu’s novice track team earned the title of league champions in their division at the Valley Catholic Sports League’s track championship meet on May 10 at Chaminade High School. 

Ashleigh Fryer
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated, Mahatma Ghandi once said. Last Chance for Animals — a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation and public awareness campaigns — is to honor Malibuite and animals rights activist Cindy Landon as Philanthropist of the Year Oct. 22 at its annual benefit gala.
Bill Jones

Ryan Sawtelle has not served in the Army, the Navy or the Air Force, yet his outreach has impacted many fallen comrades.

For Sawtelle, founder and executive director of White Heart Foundation, his contribution can be seen in one somber yet massive showing on Sept. 11. Such was the case this past Sunday, Sept. 11, when Sawtelle and roughly 1,000 others rumbled along Pacific Coast Highway in the Ride to the Flags IX Motorcycle Charity Ride.

Lauren Finkler
When their romance began, they were both wearing goggles.
Brittany Kapa

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