Saturday, December 3, 2016     Volume: 17, Issue: 39
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The bully effect : Why kids bully, whom it hurts, and how to put an end to it

Cover Story

The bully effect : Why kids bully, whom it hurts, and how to put an end to it

By BRENNA SWANSTON

It started in first grade. Rachel* came home from school, stunned. That day, she’d seen a boy pin a female student against a wall, hitting her. It was scary. And when Rachel described the scene, concerned, her mother could hardly believe it. “In first grade,” her mom said, “kids are already trying to be mean?” Eventually, Rachel became a ta... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Forced to act: In the face of danger, police must make split-second decisions about whether to use force
Cover Story: The bully effect : Why kids bully, whom it hurts, and how to put an end to it
News: Wine as usual: Santa Barbara County opts to stick with current winery ordinance
Canary: Don't stop progress
News: Santa Barbara County cancels Chumash meeting, tribal chairman calls move 'political calculation'
 

Breaking News

Truth or lives

By DAVID MINSKY

The revelation that some internet users put out fake news during the election season has caused a lot of controversy, but can fake news ever serve a beneficial function? In F...
Thursday, December 1, 2:58pm

 

News

Santa Barbara County cancels Chumash meeting, tribal chairman calls move 'political calculation'

By BRENNA SWANSTON

After two productive meetings, progress on negotiations between the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors ad hoc subcommittee and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians hi...

Cubans in the Central Coast react to the death of Fidel Castro

By DAVID MINSKY

Cuban former president and its communist leader Fidel Castro died on Nov. 25 at the age of 90, according to Cuban state media.  While the general feeling among some Cuba...

Sheriffs put stop to Santa Maria cockfight tournament

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies busted up a cockfight on Nov. 27 at a farm just east of Santa Maria, in response to an anonymous tip to the Sheriff’s Offic...

Second inmate missing from Lompoc federal prison in three months

By DAVID MINSKY

Another inmate from the federal prison in Lompoc has allegedly escaped, according to Katina Heckard, a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  Hector Medina was...

Forced to act: In the face of danger, police must make split-second decisions about whether to use force

By DAVID MINSKY

Police shot a man in Lompoc last week after he allegedly charged officers with a knife. It was the second local officer-involved shooting in recent months, and one of many hig...

Wine as usual: Santa Barbara County opts to stick with current winery ordinance

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The status quo will remain—for now—for Santa Barbara County vintners, after the Board of Supervisors voted to set aside more than five years of negotiations over t...

Community Notebook 12/1/16 - 12/8/16

MONDAY, DEC. 5 • The Solvang Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang.  TUESDAY, DEC. 6 • ...

Political Watch 12/1/16

• Gov. Jerry Brown Jr., Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement on Nov. 18, the fina...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Cali-Kart

By DAVID MINSKY

Starting with countywide bans, the single-use plastic bag seemed like it was already on its way out the door in California. Now with the passage of  Proposition 67, it ap...

Commentary

Trump's contract with America

By ANDY CALDWELL

Despite overwhelming opposition from the establishment of both parties, along with a unified front of media hacks, a political novice, against all the odds, has been elected p...

Letters

His victory was a surprise

By Robert P. Sutton - Lompoc

Donald Trump’s victory in being elected as the president of the United States, came as a surprise, given what we know about him. I’m not too surprised, when you co...

Come together

By Ethel 'Tink' Landers - Volunteer art curator

The OMG We Are All in This Together art show at GALA Center Gallery, 1060 Palm, San Luis Obispo, has been held over until Jan. 21, the day after inauguration of the president-...

If I were a reporter

By Audrey J. Mussell - Santa Maria

This would be my interview if I were a news reporter on the street with the high school and college resisters of Trump as our new president: 1. Have you ever held a full-time...

Sports

A season of tradition: St. Joseph High School's football program continues to grow its reputation for success

By JASON O'NEILL

Tradition. As this time of year rolls around, that word starts to mean more and more. St. Joseph High School has a rich football tradition; as the winner of eight league title...

Jojo Walker

By JASON O'NEILL

America has long been known as the “Land of Opportunity.” Since the nation’s inception, people have journeyed from near and far in search of a better life. I...

School Scene

Titan Robotics once again qualifies for state and national championships

By SHELLY CONE

The Nipomo High School Titan Robotics team participated at the Bellarmine VEX Robotics Tournament at Bellarmine College Preparatory High School on Nov. 19, vying for the champ...

Hancock holds latino leaders conference

By SHELLY CONE

Olympic boxer Carlos Balderas will be one of the keynote speakers during Allan Hancock College’s Young Educated Latino Leaders Conference, better known as the YELL Confe...

Canary

Don't stop progress

As years do, this one seems to have flown by, instantly bringing us to the end, exhausted and a little confused about why we’re suddenly holding holly in our hands when ...

Street Wise

How do you get ready for the holidays?

Brianna Gutierrez Anthony Estrada Benjamin Delabra Kim Ortega

Arts

The season begins with parades, tree lightings, and festive affairs

By JOE PAYNE

It’s finally here. Some wait all year for the span of time we call the holiday season to arrive with its colorful lights, shiny tinsel, and jingling bells at the ready. ...

Daytripper: Head south to Santa Barbara for a perfect date day

By JOE PAYNE

My wife would be the first to tell you that I'm not the most prolific planner of dates. She wouldn't mean it in any harsh way though; she's particular, and I'm lazy, so I've a...

Abel Maldonado Center displays Remembering Our Fallen exhibit

By JOE PAYNE

The city of Santa Maria and the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce invite the public to attend the Remembering Our Fallen exhibit opening on Dec. 2 at the Abel Maldonado Communit...

Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department seeks artists to beautify utility boxes

By JOE PAYNE

The city of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department encourages local artists to apply to redesign five traffic signal control boxes. Residents from Santa Barbara and San L...

Grace Baptist Church hosts live reading of 'Toy Story'

By JOE PAYNE

A one-night live reading of the Toy Story script takes place Dec. 9, at Grace Baptist Church. The community is invited to attend the free, nonprofit event.  “Toy S...

Humor

All by herself: Rebecca Rose gets a weekend to herself at home and happily accomplishes nothing

By REBECCA ROSE

I think a rite of passage into adulthood is finally figuring out how to manage your free time effectively. I’m always impressed by my friends who schedule their days o...

Music

Sound of the season: Local ensembles prepare to make the holiday season sing with music from across the centuries

By JOE PAYNE

Around this time of year you begin to hear it, the distinct sound of holiday music. This could be the vocal chords of traditional Christmas carols, or the warmth of a secular,...

Film

'Loving' poignantly chronicles the end of miscegenation laws

Writer-director Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special) tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), an inter...

Eats

Chicken fingers crossed: California Grill sets the bar for chicken strips in Nipomo

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

I left California Grill with one major regret—I forgot to try their famous “Cali sauce.” It haunts me in my sleep. That fateful moment keeps replaying in my ...

Hot Stuff

Mapped out

The Friends of the Los Alamos Library welcomes the community to enjoy the library’s current exhibit, Artistic Works of Science, on view through Jan. 15. The exhibit feat...

Blowing through Buellton

Standing Sun Winery welcomes back the Americana-style group Dustbowl Revival for the Live at the Winery concert series on Dec. 3. The group includes eight players of various s...

Altrusa trees

The Altrusa club of the Central Coast gets ready to hold its annual raffle fundraiser, the Festival of Trees, which features several festively decorated trees and gifts. The t...