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October 27, 2011
I appreciate Benjamin J. Hubbard's take on angels and demons, and the goodness of most people, and I respect the turn to religion to process events such as the tragic massacre in Seal Beach ("Our angels are stronger than demons," On Faith, Oct. 19). Scott Dekraai, the alleged Seal Beach shooter, is a severely disturbed individual. The tragedy didn't have to happen. I suggest another practical approach that would tap into concrete responses by the angels: Many people in our society are suffering from real neurobiological disturbances, ranging from depression and other mental illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
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By Carrie Luger Slayback | April 16, 2013
A marathon brings tens of thousands of runners to a single spot in a celebration of human energy, work ethic and common joy. I have stood, packed together with marathoners at the early-morning start line, feeling strong, secure and anticipatory. What could touch us? I stood at the start of the Boston Marathon in 2008 in the town of Hopkinton, shivering with excitement. Invited to run the Boston Marathon, I began to feel like a real runner. I had to qualify. Friends sent me off with a party.
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By Mark Wiley | December 20, 2012
The Christmas story ends too soon. Oh, I don't mean Christmas ends too early. We have found ways to keeping the presents coming, the tree up and the lights on long after Christmas Day is finished. If we time it right, we can keep spending the Christmas gift cards throughout the whole year. And God alone knows how long the fruitcake will last! But the Christmas story, the nativity story, ends too early. We know the story by heart; the angel appearing to Mary, the travel to Bethlehem, the inn that had no room but a stable, the birth of a baby born to save us all, the angelic chorus, the shepherds, the star and the three Kings.
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By Jim Carnett | April 15, 2013
Tragedy knows no bounds in this broken world of ours. It springs forth from every gaping fissure, dark alley and murky recess. It metastasizes in a host of ways: bad medical reports, alarming diagnoses, grinding auto crashes, assaults, strokes and heart attacks, and myriad accidents and infirmities. No one is immune. Tragic episodes occur daily all around us. The 27-year-old son of my pastor and his wife committed suicide less than two weeks ago. Why? Media reports tell us Matthew Warren, son of Pastor Rick Warren and his wife Kay, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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March 17, 2000
Greg Risling This week has been especially trying for Cindy Soto. Not only did she expect public scrutiny for filing a civil lawsuit against a preschool where her 4-year-old daughter, Sierra, was killed last May, but she has been cleaning her house, sifting through her child's mementos. And as she tries to emerge from her grief, she has found solace in actively pursuing measures to prevent further tragedies from occurring. Soto started her own nonprofit organization, called Sierra's Light Foundation, that seeks to improve the safety at child-care centers and preschools.
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January 15, 2000
Greg Risling NEWPORT BEACH -- New special circumstances charges were filed Friday against a 40-year-old Santa Ana man accused of deliberately killing two young children at a Costa Mesa day-care center in May. Prosecutors tacked on the enhancement of lying-in-wait allegations, aimed at showing that Steven Allen Abrams had premeditated his act before he drove his car into an East Side playground. Two children, 4-year-old Sierra Soto and 3-year-old Brandon Wiener, were killed by Abrams' bronze-colored Cadillac.
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May 3, 2002
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- Everyone knew the city would never be the same again after May 3, 1999 -- long before Sept. 11. Three years ago today, it happened. Steven Allen Abrams stormed through a preschool playground in his 1967 Cadillac, killing Brandon Wiener, 3, and Sierra Soto, 4, and wounding several others. Abrams is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole. And the people he affected through his actions are still suffering silently.
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September 19, 2000
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- Little plastic playthings lined the corridors of what used to be the Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center on Monday. A lock and chain holding the school's iron gates together more than indicated that the center on Magnolia Street had closed its doors to pint-sized pupils. Two children -- Sierra Soto, 4, and Brandon Wiener, 3 -- were killed and several injured at the school on May 3, 1999, when 39-year-old Steven Allen Abrams drove his 1967 Cadillac into its crowded playground.
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By Alan Blank | March 23, 2009
Four years after watching a car fatally strike her friend who was trying to cross the intersection next to her house, Patricia Lackie-Baskin jumped with excitement and surprise when she saw workers installing two brand new stop signs at the same intersection. The driver of the car who hit Claudia Young, 60, as she was rolling across Broadway on Westminster Avenue in her wheelchair was not speeding, police said at the time, and he was never cited. Nonetheless, many drivers do speed down the road and given the residential nature of the Eastside Costa Mesa neighborhood people should slow and stop as they approach, Lackie-Baskin said.
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Dr. Joshua Bobko and Dr. Joshua Bobko | April 11, 2014
Another killing at Ft. Hood, Texas, reminds us that these horrific acts of violence can occur anywhere, at any time, even on a secured Army post. Sadly, the shootings also highlight that our responsibilities as citizens have changed forever. These events again demonstrate that there will be situations when everyday citizens will have to help themselves. People waiting in line at the bank, watching a movie or just eating their lunch will have to act before the traditional first responders can arrive to help them.
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