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10 Charged with Misdemeanors in Tea Fire Investigation

After three months of investigation, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday released the names of the 10 individuals charged with misdemeanors as a result of the Tea Fire probe. The fire burned through the Westmont College campus and left the renowned Mount Calvary Retreat House & Monastery in ruins. more

On Stage : Bilingual play to have world premiere

A bilingual play, “Muèveme, Muèvete” (Spanish for “Move Me, Move You”), will have its world premiere this month. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 26-28 at Westmont College’s Porter Theatre, 955 La Paz Road in Montecito, and 8 p.m. March 5-7 at Casa de la Raza, 601 E. Montecito St. more

Leading Off: How We Came to Publish ‘The Names’

The Tea Fire was still raging out of control when investigators began gathering evidence of the source and circumstances of its origin. Speculation sparked almost as quickly as the blaze. Out in cyberspace, including the part Noozhawk occupies, there was no shortage of “informed” theories implicating — in rough order of appearance — Westmont College, Santa Barbara’s “Anglo elite,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, investigators, prosecutors, District Attorney Christie Stanley and Santa Barbara Fire Chief Ron Prince. more

Web site posts textbook summaries as academic tool

Feeling overwhelmed with the amount of reading required for classes? A fledgling Internet company based out of San Diego might be able to help. Lengyel said the idea for the Web site came during his college years at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. more

DA: Campfire group won't face Cal wildfire charges

Ten people who built a campfire will not be charged with igniting a wildfire last fall that burned more than 200 homes in Santa Barbara and neighboring Montecito, prosecutors said Friday. The wildfire, fanned by blistering winds, began on Nov. 13 and seriously injured two people, consumed nearly 2,000 acres and destroyed rows of multimillion-dollar homes, including actor Christopher Lloyd’s $11 million home in Montecito. Parts of Westmont College, a small Christian college in Montecito, were heavily damaged. more

An Editor's Insight: Walter Isaacson at Westmont College’s President’s Breakfast, Friday, February 6

Evoking the creative spirit and respect for tolerance of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, the esteemed editor, author, and historian Walter Isaacson informed and inspired more than 770 people last Friday, February 6, when he gave the keynote address for Westmont College’s President’s Breakfast. Though Isaacson openly admitted to “sometimes” worrying that “we’re in the worst situation our country’s ever seen,” his words gave hope that the new American generation could find a solution to our current problems by tapping the ingenuity of our best thinkers and working together for the sake of progress. “Compromises may not make great heroes,” said Isaacson, channeling Franklin, “but they do make great democracies.” more

Women’s Fund Pool Fuels 10 Grateful Groups

In a climate of economic uncertainty, the tendency is to stand pat rather than step forward. The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara didn’t get the message. On Tuesday, more than 250 women — and a smattering of men — packed themselves in to El Paseo Restaurant to learn who got what when the fund’s 2008 grants were announced. Gifford said she was inspired by something author Walter Isaacson, who spoke at last week’s Westmont President’s Breakfast, said about Benjamin Franklin. “The good we do together,” Franklin said, “is more than the good we do alone.” more

Top entries from Santa Barbara Film Festival will be screened for free at Riviera Theatre

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival rolled up its red carpets Sunday but lives on with the upcoming traditional “Third Weekend” — free showings of festival award-winning films and other “best of” efforts. The Third Weekend films all screen at the Riviera Theatre, 2044 Alameda Padre Serra (963-9503). Donations for Tea fire victims will be accepted via Westmont College’s Wildfire Relief Fund. more

For These Teenage Competitors, the Joy of Math All Adds Up

It’s easy to find the Westmont College Mathematics Contest every year, even if you’ve never set foot on campus. Follow the teenagers in matching shirts, grinning through youthful orthodontia, reveling in the company of their mathematically minded cohorts. Step into several of the classrooms across campus, and you’ll find clusters of adolescents answering questions about cosines and coefficients. more

Darwin Week honors contributions of the 19th-century naturalist

When Charles Darwin lit out on the HMS Beagle in 1831, the 22-year-old failed medical student had hardly an inkling that the conclusions he would draw from the five-year expedition would revolutionize science and challenge the view of human origins. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, a panel of academics will meet for a spirited discussion of their own, when they take on the topic of teaching evolution in the 21st century, moderated by museum executive director Karl Hutterer. Guests include Westmont College biology professor Jeffery Schloss, UCSB College of Creative Studies Dean Bruce Tiffney, SBCC biology professor Larry J. Friesen and Dr. Sandford. more