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  • Community Commentary: Vacation doesn't have to mean a lack of learning

    With the school year at an end, and as students prepare for long summer days without having to worry about schoolwork, I'm reminded of the old English proverb — "idle hands are the devil's tools." Without school, many adolescents will be left alone to fill their days, and as a veteran educator, I'm concerned that those days will not be filled constructively with activities that challenge the mind and stimulate intellectual development.
  • Singing for a room

    Stu Rowland has sung in public once, but he's already gotten rave notices about his performance. Fifty-three, to be exact. Rowland, a La Quinta resident, is among the contestants in the Shorebreak Hotel's Singing for an Upgrade competition, in which the...

    Students let Facebook, TVs go dark for 10 days

    Students at Dwyer Middle School are testing their will power. They have shut television, video games and social media out of their lives. But only for 10 days. "Our goal is we want them to learn how to manage their time appropriately," said Assistant...

    Bouncers going to pretrial in alleged attack

    A pretrial hearing is scheduled for two former Hurricanes Bar & Grill bouncers accused of assaulting a patron. Ivan Alvarez, 23, of Garden Grove and Jakob Taylor, 22, of Costa Mesa are charged with aggravated assault. Both defendants pleaded not...

    Follow Independent staff on Twitter

    The Independent has long been on Twitter, but now its entire reporting and much of its editing staff is as well. Individual members of the staff have been using the social media network, but reporters and editors have created professional handles so...