| Nov 23, 2012
| 10:46 AM
Soon after the tragic events of 9/11, artist Gary Simpson was inspired to create a large conceptual piece combining cement with soil from every member state of the United Nations. He called the project "Common Ground 191."
He relied on volunteers and...
| Sep 8, 2010
| 4:02 PM
As the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks nears, it's important to compare our patriotic attitudes then to our attitudes today.
Nine years ago, we vowed to never forget: To never forget how we felt as we collectively watched the Twin...
| Sep 28, 2010
| 5:26 PM
It will be a day without politics at Bolsa Chica. Officially, anyway.
Over the last three decades, the coastal area has been the center of one controversy after another, as developers dug in their shovels, officials debated and environmentalists...
| May 27, 2010
There is a 94-line statement about Memorial Day outside Huntington Beach City Hall that says more than any editorial the Independent could ever write.
That is the city's war memorial, which displays the names of 94 Huntington Beach residents who died...
| May 27, 2010
Greg Gilboe and his students don't have to attend school Monday. But they're not taking it as a day off.
Gilboe, the band director at Huntington Beach High School, plans to bring his 75-member ensemble to the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Pier Plaza....
| Dec 15, 2010
| 3:59 PM
Red, white and blue balloons filled Marine View Middle School's gymnasium, and the colors were echoed throughout on banners hung on every surface.
Students mimicked their surroundings in patriotic-colored clothes, waving miniature American flags and...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 5:02 PM
Given how quickly circumstances change around the globe, Theresa Rebeck's new play may evoke some unplanned responses when it premieres at South Coast Repertory.
But if it does, Rebeck has been there before — and so has Marc Masterson, the Costa...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 5:14 PM
House of Go-Go; 273 pages
We remember so well the cathartic moments after 9/11 — the candlelight vigils, the tributes to first responders — that it's easy to forget how many things simply stopped after the...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 5:54 PM
A fifth candidate — the only Democrat — has entered the race for Assembly District 74.
Anila Ali, a native of Pakistan who moved to Irvine in 1996, said she hopes to draw on her background as an immigrant and her roles as a mother and...
| May 1, 2013
| 1:19 PM
What do a journalist, musician, truck driver, soldier, politician and model have in common?
Fortitude in the face of chaos and the desire to uplift their homeland — Pakistan.
While headlines, predominantly in the United States, screamed blue...
| May 28, 2011
| 6:46 PM
MIDWAY CITY — For Pete Carolan, the killing of Osama bin Laden was a full-circle moment.
The Irvine artist spent almost two decades in the Navy SEALs, the specialized combat wing that conducted the May 1 nighttime raid on the Al Qaeda leader's...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 3:23 PM
JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT — The "Flight of Ideas" art installation noiselessly crowds the airspace above the baggage carousels at the new Terminal C here.
This is where the old Terminal B garage stood before construction crews razed it to clear the way...