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Health & Wellness

The Science of Attraction

Recently released study examines whether men really feel comfortable with intelligent women

It’s a familiar dating problem: In the quest to meet a soulmate, we sometimes find our ideal notion of a person—what “looks good on paper”—isn’t what we’re actually attracted to in real life.  More...

Third-grader offers classmates lesson in diabetes

Student turns teacher at Acacia

Eight-year-old Emily Crystal’s daily routine is a little bit more involved than most of her peers’: counting carbohydrates in every meal and snack, making sure not to become overexerted and constantly checking her blood sugar level.  More...

Many factors contribute to osteoporosis

COMMENTARY /// Bone health   We usually don’t pay much attention to our bones. We can’t see them; they don’t require any particular maintenance; we just assume they’re going to do their job. More...

Schools

Almost silenced, NPHS orchestra experiences rebirth

When music instructor Tina Huang arrived at Newbury Park High School in 2013, she found a once proud program on the verge of being silenced.  The school’s orchestra consisted of a single strings class with fewer than 10 students, barely en More...

HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

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Sports

A second chance

Thousand Oaks football team lost to Camarillo in October, but foes will play on Friday for ultimate prize

CIF- SS NORTHERN DIVISION FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP   A setting sun splinters through wings of clouds, momentarily breaking dusk before stadium lights flicker to life.  More...

Who will thrive on court?

Local girls’ hoops teams want to rise above the crowd

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL EARLY- SEASON REPORT   Bust out the sneakers and headbands—it’s high school girls’ basketball season.  Local teams spent the summer counting down the days for the return of hoops. More...

Calabasas football team will try to win school’sfirst CIF title

The frog has transformed into a prince.  Calabasas High’s football team, the laughingstock of the local sports scene for much of the past 15 years, is laughing all the way to the history books.  More...

Pets

The case of the curious coyote

The perfect stillness of a country night in rural Agoura was abruptly interrupted by a series of disquieting sounds: a high-pitched shriek, low growl, loud thud.  It was past midnight, and the dog and I were passing near our community’s du More...

Faith

Event shines light on those we’ve lost

Candlelight remembrance is Dec. 13

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park will host its annual nondenominational Candlelight Service of Remembrance at 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 13 at Chapel of the Oaks, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village.  More...

Ceremony pays homage to Christian martyr

Cal Lutheran University’s Sankta Lucia Festival will be at 11:25 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 10 in Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus.  Lucia, her attendants and their escorts will enter the chapel to an ancient hymn. More...

Hanukkah concert features Jewish musical trio

Temple Etz Chaim will host a free community Hanukkah concert featuring the trio The Shirettes at 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 6 in the temple’s Paskow Sanctuary, 1080 E. More...

Letters

Increase in petty thefts could be tied to Prop. 47

Have thefts increased in your neighborhood? They have in mine.  I’m hearing from lifelong neighbors that they’ve never seen this level of crime. My family was one of the victims. More...

Some questions concerning COSCA board

After reading last week’s article “Public seat on COSCA board unchanged for 35 years,” I have some questions:  1. More...

Reinstate term limits for public representative

I’m writing in regard to your Nov. 26 article “Public seat on COSCA board unchanged for 35 years.”  Not mentioned in the article is the fact that at our Oct. More...

Editorials

Dear reader: Keep your letters and packages safe

We gnash our teeth all the time about the good and the bad of the digital age. More...

Cartoon

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Thousand Oaks man accused of trying to kill ex in public

Police say he tried to throw her over third-floor ledge after argument inside office building

A former Goldman Sachs executive is in custody after allegedly attempting to murder his ex-wife Nov. 23 at a Thousand Oaks office building. More...

Naming their Price

While some City Council meetings can be contentious, controversial and combative, Tuesday’s meeting was more of a two-hour love fest. More...

Community

Amateur film shoot goes wrong, leads to freeway shutdown in Agoura

College students brandished fake guns

A pair of Moorpark College students—one from Thousand Oaks—shooting a military-style movie scene on a freeway overpass Sunday sparked fear among passing motorists, leading authorities to shut down the 101 in Agoura Hills.  More...

Rodenticide debate heats up in wake of wildlife deaths

When people use anticoagulants to get rid of unwanted critters, they don’t just kill rats and mice. They also imperil wildlife, pets and children. More...

Townhomes to take place of Warwick Ave. church

Decade-old proposal sees movement

Plans to build 23 townhomes on the site of a dilapidated church near the Janss mall appear to be moving forward, 10 years after receiving initial approval from the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission. More...

On the Town

Performing is old hat for theater loving clan

Family is an important part of any “Nutcracker” performance, but it plays a special role in the Pacific Festival Ballet’s latest production. More...

Calendar

THURS., DEC. 3  School Holiday Boutique  8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in multipurpose room, Red Oak Elementary School, 4857 Rockfield St., Oak Park. Handmade gifts for sale from over 20 vendors. Homemade jams and baked goods. More...

Concert marred by band, audience

CONCERT REVIEW /// Wynonna   It’s been 25 years since the Judds, one of the leading acts in the 1980s’ neo-traditionalist country music movement, broke up after Naomi Judd announced she’d been diagnosed with hepatitis C and was More...

Business

Energy collective gives alternative choice to electricity buyers

Energy-buying collectives are taking root across California, a result of a 2002 state law that gives local governments the right to form nonprofit entities that can provide alternative power for their constituents.  More...

Local recycler feels like new at age 25

Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station held a 25th anniversary celebration Nov. More...

Police

Judge will hear motion to dismiss charges against salon owner

Man accused of sex crimes against 3, including 2 minors

The attorney for a Thousand Oaks tanning salon owner accused of sexual molestation will argue to have the case dismissed Dec. 8—almost three years to the day of his client’s arrest. More...

SHERIFF'S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  Nov. 21   Someone stole over $10,000 worth of jewelry from a home in the 200 block of Hiram Avenue during an open house.  Nov. 24   More...

Family

Veterans stirred by girl’s thanks

Nine-year-old penned 111 notes

Of all the patriotic gestures made during Thousand Oaks’ 2015 Veterans Day ceremony—the presentation of the flags, the playing of “Taps,” the 21-gun salute—none resonated like the act of one 9-year-old girl. More...

T.O. on ice

Rink at The Lakes brings out families from far and wide

FIRST-TIMER—Bryan Delara of Port Hueneme helps his 2-year-old son, Noah, ice skate for the first time on Sunday at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks’ annual Holiday Ice Rink. More...

Santa make landfall at Janss

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Columns

What the law really says when it comes to panhandling

Joel Council   One of the most common complaints I hear from residents concerns individuals panhandling in and around local shopping centers. You know the ones. More...

Another kind of Christmas story

In one corner of the living room, picture Gene, all 91 of his years, crammed into a wheelchair and sporting doughnut dust on his chin while lulled by the murder du jour on truTV.  In the other corner, picture Gene’s caregiver, “the D More...

How the Grinch got hiking boots

Friends mean well at the holidays. They select a gift they believe that I, in my uncomplaining bachelor girl existence, really must have.  One year it was a microwave. I don’t eat popcorn, TV dinners or drink hot liquids. More...