courtroom. The media followed her wherever she went in the courthouse,
including the the district attorney's office and the on-site convenience
Although she is eight months pregnant and wore maternity clothes
throughout her testimony last week, people in the courtroom stared at her
as if she still looked like she does on her interactive Web siteo7 .f7
On the Internet, New can be seen in one photo as a sexy model barely
clad in stringy lingerie. A couple of hits on the page triggers the
multimedia component, starting up a video clip at a car show that shows
her walking on to a stage like an exotic dancer.
The image posted on her Web site -- she testified that Bechler helped
her build one -- appears to be the very picture that defense attorney
John Barnett showed jurors during his opening statements.
"This is how Tina New portrayed herself to Eric Bechler," he said,
holding up the picture. "She portrayed herself as a sexy woman and used
it to her advantage."
New is still on call and may be asked to testify again when the trial
continues Jan. 3. Whether her soon-to-be-born baby will cooperate with
the attorneys remains to be seen.
SHUFFLING FOR SEATS
We've all been there. You get some place new and it's all a bit scary
The new guys on the Newport Beach City Council found themselves in
that exact position after taking the oath of office Tuesday.
They'd barely sat down at the dais when Gary Adams became the new
mayor and Tod Ridgeway followed as vice mayor. That meant immediate
seating rearrangements, with Adams ending up in the middle and Ridgeway
to his immediate right.
As the other two senior members, Councilwoman Norma Glover and
Councilman Dennis O'Neil got to pick and chose seats next to Adams and
Confused yet? Well, so was freshly sworn in Councilman Gary Proctor,
who had to give up his seat three times. Fellow freshman Councilmen John
Heffernan and Steve Bromberg had more luck -- each had to sit down only