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The official website for the California Incline replacement project invites the public to “Be Excited, Be Prepared,” but for many Malibu commuters the prevalent emotion is trepidation, not excitement. 

Ashleigh Fryer
10 Questions with Trey Cotwright
Alex Vejar

Malibu resident Tova Fagan said jewelry design came to her on her birthday eight years ago in Las Vegas.

“I was celebrating with my family when we walked by a particular shop with a bracelet in the window,” she said.

The bracelet transfixed Fagan with its thoughtfully beaded pattern and a diamond charm dangling from its center. Its only off-putting component was the “ginormous” sum of money scrawled on its price tag.

Ashleigh Fryer

There’s something familiar about the Malibu Roadhouse.
It might be that it occupies the space that used to house the BeauRivage, a storied Malibu restaurant. It might be its familiar position, across PCH from Dan Blocker Beach — a section of Malibu most residents cruise through daily.

Chris Bashaw

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

As of Monday, July 3, Los Angeles County fire officials had gained the upper hand on two area brush fires which began Thursday, June 29. 

The Topanga Canyon fire was reported at South Topanga Canyon Boulevard about half a mile off of Pacific Coast Highway at 3:09 p.m. Thursday, June 29. As of noon July 3, it had burned 55 acres and was at 80-percent containment, LA County Fire Inspector Richard Licon said. On Friday, Licon had relayed that the terrain presented difficulties for the firefighters. 

Lauren Finkler

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

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

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

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