2013-03-21 E-Edition

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New clues and ‘person of interest’ surface in Gavin Smith case

Gavin Smith, a Calabasas Fox television executive who went missing last year, is presumed dead by sheriff’s detectives investing the case. A tip led Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide detectives to a Simi Valley storage unit where they found Smith’s missing black 2000 Mercedes 420e sedan. Smith, a 57-year-old father of three sons and a resident of West Hills, was […]

Fire Explorers learn the ropes

Four young men, some still in high school, are on their way to becoming firefighters after participating in a hands-on program offered by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Andy Goodson, John and Nick Rose, and Keith Thompson are long-standing members of the Los Angeles County Fire Explorers program for young adults, age 15 to 21, who want a taste […]

New standards spread across U.S.

Las Virgenes Unified School District is gearing up for new educational standards. The shift is expected to breathe new life into the way teachers teach, students learn and the state assesses student success. Common Core State Standards, also called “Next Generation Assessment” and “Smarter Balance,” will replace the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) system in California in 2013-14. The new […]

Wilson joins Lion baseball staff

Former major league shortstop Jack Wilson, a Thousand Oaks High graduate, has joined the Oaks Christian School coaching staff. Wilson coaches the Gold Team at Oaks Christian Middle School. The former Lancer will also assist the Lions’ varsity baseball team on a part-time basis. “We are very excited to have Jack Wilson join the Oaks Christian baseball family, and we […]

Lasers help bring cataract surgery in focus

Commentary / Aye eye, Doc

There are a number of advantages to using the laser in cataract surgery. Mainly, the surgeon can plan the exact size of the eye capsule opening that is needed for the replacement lens. With lasers, the doctor can also determine the exact pattern in which the old lens will be broken up. Tests prior to the procedure include obtaining a […]

Applications taken for city grants

Organizations and charitable groups that service the Agoura Hills community are invited to apply for monetary grants through the city’s Community Outreach Grant Program. In the past, the city has subsidized a variety of groups including Many Mansions, Triunfo YMCA, Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation and programs at Agoura Hills High School. The program is designed to assist organizations that operate […]

City events recognize courage, dignity of World War II survivor

The City of Agoura Hills will present several community programs based on its 2013 One City, One Book selection, “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. All of the events, which take place in April, are free. On the New York Times bestseller list since 2010, “Unbroken” tells the story of Louis Zamperini, who went from being a troubled youth to an Olympic […]

Student wins award

Shivani Shikha, an 11th-grader Advanced Placement computer science student, has been selected as a 2012-2013 winner of the National Center for Women and Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing Southern California Affiliate. Shivani will be honored for this accomplishment at the Oak Park Unified School board meeting at 6 p.m. Tues., April 9 at Oak Park High School, 899 […]

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