U.S. Navy Veteran, Non-Profit Executive Talks About Discovery Of Her Roots As An Orphan In Vietnam

One of the leading advocates on the West Coast for veterans services visited Ventura County to talk about how we can improve care. But, Kim Mitchell also had another, very moving story during her appearance at Cal State Channel Islands. She always knew she was an orphan, but only recently learned how some split second decisions during the Vietnam War saved her life.

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A retired U.S. Marine from Ventura County received the nation’s highest military honor. Sergeant Major John Canley was presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor at the White House Wednesday. It was for a string of heroic actions in 1968, during the Vietnam War.

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An elephant that’s been a favorite of visitors at a South Coast Zoo for nearly a half century has been euthanized, due to major health issues. Sujatha lived at the Santa Barbara Zoo since the early 1970’s. The 47 year old female Asian elephant had been dealing with arthritis, and pain.

California Lutheran University received a major grant to help pastors and church leaders avoid burnout.

The Thousand Oaks based university and its related Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley are getting nearly a million dollars from the Lily Endowment.

One of the leading advocates on the West Coast for veterans services visited Ventura County to talk about how we can improve care. But, Kim Mitchell also had another, very moving story during her appearance at Cal State Channel Islands. She always knew she was an orphan, but only recently learned how some split second decisions during the Vietnam War saved her life.

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Storytellers Converging On South Coast For Week Long Series Of Events At UCSB And In Ojai

We do it every day, without thinking about it. How was your weekend? What happened at work? We are all storytellers. But, for the next two weeks, some master storytellers are coming to the South Coast for a series of events. The Ojai Storytelling Festival is celebrating its 18 th anniversary with events in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

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Research published this week predicting that beer prices could double as increasing global temperatures and more volatile weather cause shortages of barley created a big splash in global media. Twitter and major news outlets widely circulated the dire headlines. But brewers and barley growers say don't drown your sorrows just yet: They have a plan.

A hologram depicting Amy Winehouse, the British singer whose music, addictions and premature death dominated headlines, is expected to embark on a tour, according to Reuters.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a cultural icon, the subject of two movies in 2018 alone — and an opera and a workout book, among other things.

She is the Notorious RBG, emblazoned on T-shirts, made into memes on the internet, and parodied on Saturday Night Live. She even has an action figure.

Jane Sherron De Hart reminds us in her new scholarly biography Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life just what got the ball rolling on all of this: Ginsburg is a true blue legal icon.

Sarah Perry's new novel, Melmoth, opens with an imperative: "Look!" The object of our gazes is Helen Franklin, 42, "small, insignificant, having about her an air ... of self-punishment, of self-hatred, carried out quietly and diligently and with a minimum of fuss."

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