Tuesday, September 2, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 25
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What are you most sick of hearing about?

The ice-bucket challenge—that's the only thing I see on my Facebook feed!
Measure P—and there's still two months left till the election.
Challenges to anything the Chumash try to do.
Drought—we either have water or we don't, we'll know when the tap runs dry.

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A local jiu-jitsu instructor tackled his PTSD demons with martial arts

Chris Ruiz was on vacation at Disneyland when he realized he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In 2005, the former Marine was almost asleep in his hotel when he heard the thud of exploding fireworks. He tried to calm himself, but his heart was racing, and when the grand finale boomed, he sat straight up and was covered in sweat. Disneyland’s noisy fireworks celebration had triggered memories lef... [ Read More ]