The Grunion

When she started baking around the age of 10, Namiah Philips wrote down a very specific goal that she was determined to accomplish: appear on a Food Network show.

In October, Shangrila Rendon set out to push herself and inspire others with “Beyond Myself,” her personal challenge to complete 34 Ironman-distance triathlons in 34 days, set a Guinness World Record, and raise money for four different charities. Shangrila and her wife Vineta Rendon created …

What with balancing hybrid classes at Los Alamitos High School, playing on a water polo team and being president of the Eliza Donner Houghton Society of the Children of the American Revolution, Mady Nollan barely has any free time.

Lily Morse, 15, became the first woman to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout last week. Her promotion was part of Long Beach Area Council of Boy Scouts of America becoming a member of the inaugural class of female Eagles. 

A 2005 sexual assault changed the life of 24-year-old Shangrila Rendon. The attack, which triggered flashbacks of her childhood sexual abuse, sent her into a downward spiral.

From her hospital bed in Lower Manhattan about to give birth to her first baby, Andrea Sulsona could look out her window and see building rubble still smoldering eight days after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center just two blocks away on Sept. 11, 2001.

Cassandra Martinez and Daniel Herrera met as Disneyland employees while both were still in school. As cast members, they said they went out of their way to be compassionate and to make sure people had memorable experiences.

In 1988, the course of Max Viltz’s life was profoundly affected by a trip to Egypt, led by an Egyptologist, Dr. Josef Ben-Jochannan, from Cornell University. The doctor led groups of African-Americans to Egypt to give a better understanding of African history in that country.

Shane Young might be a name that is new to you, but he has been here all along lending an extra hand volunteering behind the scenes. Most folks know his dad, who is out front on the stage — Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band.

When Dr. Peter Kareiva was young, he attended Topsail High School in Hampstead, N.C., did a semester at sea in college and was in the first group of students at Duke in a new marine biology lab.

Matt Kinley says his theme for the next year as president of Long Beach Rotary is "Reimagining Rotary" — so it seemed fitting that the first meeting he presided over took place as a video conference.

A push to change names and remove statues represents a nationwide call by Black activists and others for society to reexamine which historical figures the country lauds, create a more comprehensive understanding of these past leaders’ beliefs and attitudes, and an understanding of how monume…

Lindsay and Andy Bugman were looking forward to a June 6 wedding in Kauai. The two planned every detail for a tropical, week-long celebration with family and friends.

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