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Our daughter ended up in the hospital last week. Eight hundred miles and another time zone only added to the anxiety. Parenting from a distance is unsettling.

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The wind blows across the smooth surface of the Gulf of Mexico. After a while, little ripples begin to form. Then they combine to form tiny swells. The water molecules themselves don’t move far. Instead, they pass the energy from one to the next, and this energy moves through the water, caus…

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Fortunately, we’re now in the position to run lifeguard patrols throughout the year. As the temperature cools, we’ll drive the entire beachfront and, in addition to our lifesaving responsibilities, be able to devote attention to things like driving in prohibited areas, glass and alcohol enfo…

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Standing outside the window of my truck, a man is holding a bowl of Halloween candy. A large motorcycle rally is in town, the island flooding with chrome and a constant, deep rumble.

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Very soon we’ll see some real temperature shifts, and we’ll be looking at much colder water conditions. Some people will continue their beach activities as usual, and with increasing beach use in the off season our staff must be prepared.

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The cold-blooded killings of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday ought to give every decent human being a wake-up call. Civilization is under attack inside of our own borders. And possibly most troubling, the attack is coming from within.

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The past week was a tough one. Not just for the families and friends of the people who died in the ocean, but for the first responders who worked the events. It’s hard enough for us as residents to hear about tourists and locals who drown in our beach waters, but when it involves children it…