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Reader Report: Brightening kids' lives with movies a rewarding experience for all

In the third grade, my friend missed a lot of school complaining of migraines. Unfortunately, the migraines turned out to be the result of a cancerous tumor growing in part of her brain. She was in and out of school for 2 1/2 years.

Mailbag: Mobile-home park owners must live up to their promises

The only silver lining for mobile-home residents in Huntington Beach — since the city decided to pull a ballot measure that would have allowed rent control in such parks — is that space-rent spiking and other abuses have been raised.

Mailbag: Including 'God' is a matter of collective will

Exercising my freedom of speech as a American, I can say that removing the word God from our Pledge of Allegiance or desecrating our flag as freedom of expression are not constitutional rights.

Commentary: Setting the record straight on toll lanes

Much has been written recently about the Caltrans proposal to require tolls on the new lane improvements to the 405 Freeway, and not all of it has been accurate, so I want to set the record straight.

Commentary: Protect the beach bonfire fellowship

Our Southern California beach bonfire rings continue to be endangered by the board of directors of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Commentary: I am the dependable conservative in Assembly race

What does a campaign pledge mean to a candidate who has already broken a previous campaign pledge?

Commentary: Robin Williams' possible Parkinson's diagnoses has patients concerned

Robin Williams' suicide is a tragedy that broke the hearts of his family and friends and an entire nation. But with the stunning revelation that the famous comedian had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the actor's death is particularly hard felt in the Parkinson's community.

Mailbag: Relating to the behavior of Lucky Day

I enjoyed the article on Lucky Day and his trash removal vocation ("Lucky picks up hobby," Huntington Beach Independent, July 31).

Columns

Retail Therapy: It's Mother's day again

Fresh and fun: Join more than 2,000 locals in celebrating the 36th anniversary of Mother's Market and Kitchen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its Santa Ana store, 151 E. Memory Lane. The free family-friendly event will feature oldies band Full Spectrum, a balloon artist, a face...

Retail Therapy: A merger by Design

Better than Pinterest: Interior decorator Thomas Lavin and the Blake House showroom at the Laguna Design Center have merged to become Thomas Lavin at Blake House. The new combined space, open to the public, was launched with a party hosted by Elle Décor on...

In the Pipeline: 'Endless Summer' star back where his story began

He's back – a homegrown surfing legend who has spent the past several years living in Costa Rica.

In the Pipeline: Ocean View is hitting it out of the park

The Ocean View Little League program continues to be one of the strongest in the state, if not the country. Its 2011 Little League World Series victory still resonates locally, since many of those boys have taken their game into high school.

The Gossiping Gourmet: A double dose of Del Frisco's

Another new restaurant has opened in the ever-expanding Irvine Spectrum Center. It is called Del Frisco's Grille, and it began as a steakhouse.

On Theater: 'Fallen Angels' rises again

The English drawing-room comedy, long a staple in the theater, took on a bit more zip in the Roaring '20s with the pungent prose of Noel Coward, whose "Fallen Angels" (circa 1925) currently is in residence at the Newport Theatre Arts Center.

On Theater: 'Beat' earns its foot-tapping

Recall any decade in American history over the latter half of the 20th century and chances are you'll conjure up some music to go with it. Each decade has its own definitive sound.

On Theater: 'Tempest' is magical, mostly

"Shakespeare" and "magic" are two words rarely uttered in the same sentence, but for the Bard's final play, "The Tempest," they fit quite nicely, since the central character dabbles in a bit of sorcery.

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