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It’s Time for PuppetPalooza

Four-day festival devoted to the art of puppetry kicks off March 1. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Eddie Hsueh: Santa Barbara’s Great Peace Officer

Sheriff’s Lieutenant Eddie Hsueh brings safer ways for law enforcement to work with people with mental illness. Read story.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Glorifying Sex and Tolerating Assault in Isla Vista

A personal investigation into hookup culture and its gruesome consequences. Read story.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sexual Assault Doesn't End After College

Sexual violence continues on the streets of Santa Barbara. Read story.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

SBIFF's 10-10-10 Competitors Meet Multiple Challenges

The fire and its aftermath make this year's competition special. Read story.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

SBIFF Celebration of Cinema Continues

Heading into the last, long weekend of events, there is still plenty to do and see. Read story.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Kicks into Gear

From Oscar nominees to art-house indies, the schedule is packed with films for all. Read story.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

How Santa Barbara County Jurisdictions Are Dealing with Marijuana Legalization

Legal tangles leave Santa Barbarans wondering: 'Dude, where's my weed?' Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., January 25, 2018
Updated 10:09 a.m., January 31, 2018

On the Menu at Pot Shops

What to expect when you walk into your first cannabis retailer.  Read story.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Growing Cannabis in Your Backyard

From where to start to when to harvest, here are seven must-know steps to planting pot in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Death Toll Approaches 23 in the Worst Disaster in Santa Barbara History

Tracing the history and coping with the reality of 20 lost and three still missing. Read story.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Stories of Heroism, Heartbreak Emerge from Montecito Mudslides

Seventeen people were killed and 100 homes were destroyed in the post-Thomas Fire disaster. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., January 11, 2018
Updated 9:14 a.m., January 11, 2018

The Peril of the Amur Leopard

How the Santa Barbara Zoo is helping save the big cats from extinction. Read story.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Our Year in Photos 2017

The Santa Barbara Independent’s annual visual review of the year that was. Read story.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Thomas Fire Strikes Back

Insight and analysis on the beast that still breathes despite Saturday’s epic firefight in the Montecito foothills. Read story.

Thursday, December 21, 2017
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