Stand-Up Stand-In

We're glad Léna Garcia, whose mother found her name on a gravestone in Paris, didn’t shred her passport in the Netherlands this summer because we needed her to come back to run the newsroom, which she did without flinching after only three weeks on the job. Read story.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

¡Viva La!

Camie Barnwell has written about Fiesta for nearly 20 years and says her unflagging interest comes from a love of most all things Spanish. Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Muchos Gustavo

Gustavo Uribe, The Indy's classical reviewer, brought his father, Gustavo Uribe, on staff to write in the Real Estate section as the Gardenator, an uninhibited dispenser of gardening wisdom for these parched times. Read story.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Happy Camper

Chloe Bee Ciccati took her dad on a camping trip among the redwoods for Father's Day not too long ago, and they brought along their favorite reading matter. Read story.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Red Roots

"Carrot tops for a carrot top!" exclaimed Alex Melton, when we asked why she's got a bouquet garni in her hair and is holding what looks like a bunch of circumcised vegetables. Read story.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Princess Poobah

Sawyer Tower Stewart's parents have dubbed her the Milk Lord of Milpas Hill. Read story.

Thursday, July 9, 2015


They loved them in Ljubljana. ArtBark's production in Slovenia of Alma.Sama won such acclaim that the theater company was invited to the neighboring Festival Velenje and back to the Cankarjev Dom next year. Read story.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

D'oh! (nut)

People can be forgiven for thinking Trixie the Angry Poodle is The Indy's totemic icon, but we're really mostly in a Homer Simpson frame of mind, and we like to think we're all "mostly balanced," too — well, except when it comes to donuts and oil spills. Read story.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gone to the Dogs

We dropped by our new arts editor's office to get some caption information for this spot, but instead we found that Bruce the Dog, aka Mr. Wiggles, had taken over her desk and seemed a little uncertain over his elevation of status. Read story.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Meal for Midges

While Matt Kettmann was battling for survival out in the Sespe Wilderness (see p. 25), our fearless senior editor also fed about a zillion biting midges Read story.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Handful of Birthday Wishes

Fray Crease and her husband, Adam Strachan, decided a trip to Uruguay was just the thing to celebrate her 50th birthday last month. Read story.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

SPF 900 Required

The Angry Poodle may not be everyone's idea of the Madonna, but plenty of people walking by our pocket of i Madonnari last weekend immediately recognized her. Read story.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Justices Done

Why are these judges smiling? Because the annual Independent Theater Awards are a wrap. Read story.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

True Grit

Though emotions were mixed when we won the Breaking News category for the tragedy in Isla Vista (reported by, clockwise from top left, Brandon Fastman, Tyler Hayden, Nick Welsh, Lyz Hoffman, Kelsey Brugger, and Matt Kettmann), we are more than proud about our firsts in the Better Newspaper Contest held by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, which include Fastman's DREAM Act story, Hayden's rental market cover, and the autobiographical "Paddling Through the Storm" by Ethan Stewart (who was busy with his newborn when we took this photo), and seconds for website, photo essay, and news photo. Read story.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


By correctly spelling words such as “correspondence,” “fuselage,” and “emcee,” Camille Cheng, a 6th grader at Montessori Center School, outlasted most of her 54 competitors at the California State Elementary Spelling Bee on April 18. Read story.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
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