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  • Community Commentary: Tsunami awareness needed in Orange County

    As the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear tragedy in Japan continues to unfold, some Orange County residents wonder what it might be like if anything like it happened here. Such a nightmare for folks along the Orange Coast would impact us all. A tidal wave of...
  • Briefly In Public Safety

    Fire Department frees boy trapped in boulders A teen was rescued after his leg was trapped under boulders, one weighing about 1,000 pounds, at Aliso Creek Beach on Monday. Lifeguards reported the incident to the Fire Department, who upgraded the...
  • 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...
  • Natural Perspectives: Current situation more like 'global weirding'

    Natural Perspectives: Current situation more like 'global weirding'
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center's "State of the Climate: Global Analysis for Annual 2010" makes for some pretty sobering reading. Vic and I waded through the nine-page document over the hot Fourth...
  • 81-year-old man dies in Huntington Beach crash

    An 81-year-old man died in a one-car crash Saturday morning in Huntington Beach, police announced Tuesday. Huntington Beach police and Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley firefighters responded about 11:53 a.m. Saturday to the accident on Patterson Lane...
  • Claim alleges officer caused collision

    A Huntington Beach woman has filed a claim against the city, the Police Department and an officer, saying she sustained several injuries when the officer failed to stop at a red light and collided with her. Sunny Kang said that on Oct. 2 she was...
  • Man arrested after vehicle chase

    Huntington Beach police arrested a man Tuesday on suspicion of stealing a car and burglarizing several vehicles over the previous night. Officers were patrolling the area of Oswego Avenue and Huntington Street about 6:40 a.m. when one of them saw a...
  • Taking aim at alcohol

    Taking aim at alcohol
    Huntington Beach's top newsmaker of 2011 wasn't a person or an organization, but rather a controlled substance. Throughout the year, the Independent's front page featured more drinks than a typical bachelor party. Statistics showed Huntington at the...
  • Natural Perspectives: Adventures in snowy Albuquerque

    Generally, Vic and I try to avoid flying into the midst of a natural disaster. But sometimes it just happens. If you recall, I was caught in a tornado in April in Tennessee, near Knoxville. Golf ball-sized hail totaled my rental car with hundreds of...
  • Mailbag: Sparks fly in fireworks debate

    It was with much disappointment that I read about the City Council lifting the ban on fireworks in last week's Independent ("Council ignites fireworks debate," Dec. 22). Despite the fact that the police and fire departments (who know a lot more about...
  • H.B.'s top stories of 2011

    Here are the Independent's other top stories of 2011: * 2. Little Leaguers go big The Ocean View Little League Majors All-Star team went on a historic journey during the summer. The Huntington Beach squad captured Section 10 and Southern California...
  • Mailbag: On the front lines with fireworks

    I am responding to your Huntington Beach City Council fireworks debate article in last week's edition of the Independent ("Council ignites fireworks debate," Dec. 22). Our family has lived downtown on 14th Street for 11 years, and I am appalled that...