Rolling with Ringo

Touring in All-Star Band is dream job for Westlake drummer

When Gregg Bissonette was 7, his father took him to see the Beatles. The year was 1966 and the Fab Four were all the rage. Despite its being a sold-out show on what would become the group’s final tour, his father was able to score tickets for the whole family and Bissonette got to watch one of his heroes, Ringo […]

Los Robles Hospital earns ‘A’ for patient safety

Staff reduces hospital-acquired infections

The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog, recently announced that Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A” ranking as among the safest hospitals in the United States. Leapfrog hospital safety grades assign an A, B, C, D or F letter grades to hospitals nationwide to rank patient safety. […]

Brownley back in the House

U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks) will return to her seat representing the 26th Congressional District, but her third term in office will certainly be far different given the recent shift in Republican control of the White House, Congress and Senate. The longtime lawmaker played down the political fallout from the national election and said she will continue to work […]

Welcome aboard

BEHIND THE SCENES—At left, Dep. Jim Sully of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department watches 8-year- old Daniel Budnitsky of Calabasas climb out of a sheriff ’s helicopter during the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station open house. Below, Aaron Mayer of Agoura Hills and his daughter, Mila, 4, ride down a safety line set up by Malibu Search and Rescue during […]

Frantic fun on stage

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The 39 Steps’

“The 39 Steps” began its climb into the public consciousness as a 1915 adventure novel by John Buchan. Its popularity stepped up considerably when Alfred Hitchcock turned the book into a hit 1935 film starring British actors Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. In 2008, writer Joe Landry took “The 39 Steps” and two other early Hitchcock-directed films—“Sabotage” and “The Lodger”—and […]

Treatment options for joint pain

COMMENTARY /// Ankle arthritis

Joint pain has many sources, but one of the most common is arthritis: a breakdown of the smooth cartilage surface that lines the bones in our joints and enables them to glide against one another when we move. As cartilage continues to wear away, the resulting bone-on-bone contact can lead to inflammation in the joint, causing pain. There are several […]

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