Saturday, August 18, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 24
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Cover Story

"Fighting" back: Bullying behavior can both cause and be the result of trauma, and researchers say fun activities can help kids manage

By Kasey Bubnash

The reggae that had been bumping softly throughout the gym for nearly an hour suddenly stopped, and about a dozen barefoot children stood and lined up along the edge of a bright yellow mat. Each dressed in a different colored gi, the traditional uniform worn by Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitors, the students waited to be handpicked for a one-on-one fight.  An instruc... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Santa Barbara County cities, nonprofits, take on homelessness and poverty with varying results
News: Federal appeals court orders EPA to ban possibly harmful pesticide
Cover Story: "Fighting" back: Bullying behavior can both cause and be the result of trauma, and researchers say fun activities can help kids manage
Music: Love for song: Gale McNeeley and Méami Maszewski present generation-spanning program of duets and solos
News: Solvang to allow medical marijuana, for now
 

News

Solvang to allow medical marijuana, for now

By Spencer Cole

In a race against the clock to pass cannabis regulations before the Aug. 14 deadline, the Solvang City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance that effectively allows...

Federal appeals court orders EPA to ban possibly harmful pesticide

By Kasey Bubnash

In a 2-1 ruling on Aug. 9, a federal appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the use of a pesticide that is widely used on California fruit and ...

Two injured in Lompoc during possible gang shooting

By Kasey Bubnash

Two people were injured in Lompoc after what appears to be a gang-related shooting on Aug. 13, according to the Lompoc Police Department.  After receiving multiple repor...

Santa Barbara supervisors hear plan for Santa Maria affordable housing project

By Spencer Cole

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors heard a proposal on Aug. 14 for an affordable housing project in Santa Maria. In total, the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara, t...

Brandon Harper Foundation raises $2,000 for extra scholarship

By Kasey Bubnash

Just two years into its existence, the Brandon Harper Foundation received 56 applications for its $2,000 college scholarship this school year. The Brandon L. Harper Memorial ...

Santa Barbara County cities, nonprofits, take on homelessness and poverty with varying results

By Spencer Cole

There's no silver bullet for solving homelessness and poverty, especially in Santa Barbara County, where roughly 1 in 5 residents live at or near the U.S. federal poverty leve...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Pristine Physique - Gary Gorospe, owner

By Spencer Cole

Pristine Physique's owner Gary Gorospe knows fitness. The amatuer body builder used to compete throughout California, and the certified personal trainer says that staying in s...

Letters

Carbajal is wrong on ICE

By Justin Fareed, 24th Congressional District candidate, Santa Barbara

On July 18, the House voted on House Resolution 990, titled "Supporting the officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of the United States Immigration an...

To the Vandenberg protesters

By Jan Lipski, Vandenberg Village

Ladies and gentlemen, for the 30-plus years that I have lived here I've seen and read about your efforts to stop the nuclear arms race. I've never thought that these demonstra...

Too much Kool-Aid

By Justin Ruhge, Lompoc

The propensity of the Sun Opinion page to publish outlandish, anti-Trump letters is again displayed in the recent one entitled "Misdeeds in La-La Land" (Aug. 9) by t...

Bruce and Henry Newby

By Kasey Bubnash

Up-and-coming taekwondo stars Bruce and Henry Newby are taking over the local martial arts scene. For these boys, taekwondo is more than just a sport–it's a family af...

School Scene

Pioneer Valley teachers learn ways to increase resilience among students

By Kasey Bubnash

Children who experience four or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) before they're 17 years old are more likely to experience unemployment and incarceration as adults, a...

Canary

Reality check

Just about every time I bring up the president, I get the inevitable angry letter that tells me to "go get a job in a mine," or something like that. Well, to real...

Arts

Discovery Museum presents Day at the Ranch

By Rebecca Rose

On Aug. 26, the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum will host Day at the Ranch, a free event for children to commemorate the memory of museum benefactor R.H. Tesene.  ...

Dana Adobe seeks original work from famed local painter

By Rebecca Rose

The DANA Adobe Cultural Center is looking for paintings from local artist Milford Zornes and is asking residents if they have any of his work to share for an upcoming exhibit....

Artist Trish Campbell featured at Flying Goat Cellars through September

By Rebecca Rose

Trish Campbell misses the flower fields that used to cover the lands surrounding Lompoc. The artist, whose work is on display at Flying Goat Cellars' tasting room in the Lo...

PCPA's 'Mamma Mia!' gives audiences all the ABBA they want and then some

By Rebecca Rose

When it comes to the music of 1970s super act ABBA, people either fall in one of two camps. It's either literal ear poison that makes you want to scream until the pain stops o...

Humor

Dead wrong: Krider just can't get it right

By ROB KRIDER

Marriage is all about communication, and for me living alongside my wife is like doing a 24-hour-a-day word problem in a foreign language that can only be solved with algebra....

Music

Love for song: Gale McNeeley and Méami Maszewski present generation-spanning program of duets and solos

By Joe Payne

Gale McNeeley and Méami Maszewski are at polar opposite points in their acting careers, but the unlikely duo connect over one thing–the classic songs from the Bro...

Film

Wake up call

Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Summer of Sam, Inside Man) directs this comedic crime biography about Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a black rookie police o...

Eats

The Century Room at the Santa Maria Inn echoes the landmark hotel's attention to vintage details

By Rebecca Rose

As Johnny Mathis cooly croons about forgotten lovers, a teenager behind me pipes up. "Who is this singer?" he asks. I shoot a glance to the table, wondering if I...

Hot Stuff

TICKET TO RIDE

The Friends of the Los Alamos Library host Eat, Play, Love Los Alamos on Aug. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants receive a punch card to use at various local businesses includin...

GREEN DAY

Growing Grounds Farm holds its Summer Succulent Sale on Aug. 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual event features succulents in a variety of pot sizes to suit various p...

PIRATES IN THE PARK

The Lompoc Pirate Festival takes place Aug. 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, at River Park. Guests can enjoy live entertainment, various vendors, family-friendly a...

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