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In 2018, Raymond Bark and his wife Karen started noticing their sycamore trees looked as if they were “weeping.” Now, the Malibu couple has trimmed their 120-plus-year-old giants for their safety’s sake—and all because of a tiny insect called the shot hole borer. 

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With the rate of new coronavirus cases continuing to decline, the State of California will be lifting mask requirements in many scenarios beginning Tuesday, June 15. Fully vaccinated Californians can ditch the mask at grocery stores, gyms and bars. Those who have not been fully vaccinated ma…

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The Pepperdine Waves men’s golf team was ranked top in the country last spring when the novel coronavirus pandemic prematurely ended their season and canceled a postseason in which the Waves had their clubs set on winning the program’s second NCAA national championship. 

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Seven young Malibuites participated in this year’s Malibu Optimist Club Oratorical Competition, a contest “designed for youth to gain experience in public speaking, perfect self-expression, gain self-assurance, improve communication skills and provide them with the opportunity to compete for…

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In 2016, you moved to Malibu from England and quickly adapted to your new environment and home. Now, you are finished with elementary school and starting a new chapter. Not quite an adult, but no longer a little girl, the future is yours to own. Take hold of life with confidence and enjoy th…

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Each year, The Malibu Times recognizes local students for their dedication to their schools and the local community. The recipients are chosen by teachers, administrators and sometimes peers at their respective schools. They are offered to graduating seniors, fifth graders and, when appropri…

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Now that you are graduating, I’d like to share with you some of the lessons I have learned in my life. You will learn most of these lessons yourselves the hard way, just the way most humans learn most things—by trial and error. You touch the flame and pretty soon you figure out that the fire…

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America is headed for a showdown on election rules that may change our country forever. The Republicans who control many state legislatures have been hurriedly changing the game rules to strengthen their electoral hand. Dems who have no clout in many state legislatures are, as a counter, try…

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People all over California are already seeing “small cell” powerful wireless transmitting antennas being installed on street lamps and utility poles right in front of their homes and children’s schools—sometimes in the middle of the night, without any notice given to the public. The telecom …

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Malibu High School Sharks boys’ volleyball swept the Nordhoff High School Rangers during a match at home on Wednesday, May 13. The Sharks finished the regular season with a stellar, 11-3 overall record and an 8-0 Citrus Coast League tally. On Thursday, they’ll appear in the CIF Southern Sect…

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I watch a lot of tv. I shouldn’t, but I do. I have noticed that the preponderance of the ads are related to medicine, quite often to prescription drugs. There is little doubt that we are over medicated, and as I get older, my medicine cabinet like everybody else’s gets more and more filled w…

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The other day I paid my annual visit to Dr. Laura Audell, a top of the line pain specialist at Cedars Sinai. I experienced some pain and swelling down my arm after having had shoulder surgery several years ago. Dr. Audell treated me successfully, and miraculously my pain was gone. But becaus…

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I was watching James Corden on the Late Late Show when he informed his viewers that condom sales in the United States were booming now that Covid was subsiding. I seem to be getting my news from a talk show host. I told you I watch far too much television. 

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I just watched a show about polar bears on one of those animal channels, and I realized for the first time that we have a lot in common with these beasts of the Northland. The show featured a mother polar bear sticking her head out of her den to get the lay of the land. She returned to the c…

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People have a tendency to ask me deep philosophical questions such as “how are you?” Often this question assaults me early in the day, and means that simply to respond, I have to burn up the few remaining brain cells which still reside upstairs. Occasionally the question comes in different f…

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