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Entertainment | By Michael Miller | February 13, 2014
Mason Melcer attached his GoPro camera to a boogie board in summer 2012 and paddled out into the ocean, hoping to snare some remarkable shots of the waves. It turned out to be the camera's last voyage. Mason, an 11-year-old Newport Beach resident who had saved up to buy the GoPro on eBay, mounted it on a board that was too soft to stay adhesive, and when the sea got rough, the device promptly disappeared. But the footage Mason captured that day got an unexpected denouement a year and a half later.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | August 15, 2011
The battle between two Republican congressmen for a local seat in 2012 will not happen, according to the state's new legislative maps finalized Monday by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) said he plans to run next year for the new 48th Congressional District, a coastal bloc that includes Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and parts of Huntington Beach. The 12-term congressman will not have to face off against Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine)
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By William Lobdell | January 6, 2011
Here's my favorite Joe Bell story: As editor of the Pilot in the '90s, I arranged for Joe, our star columnist, to hit some tennis balls with Lindsay Davenport, an up-and-coming Newport Beach pro who would later earn the No. 1 ranking on the women's tour and win an Olympic gold medal. Joe, at the time an avid tennis player in his early 70s, badly wanted to test his skills against one of the best female players in the world. As I recall, after some rallying, Bell asked if he could try to return one of her booming serves.
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By Rob Dimel | March 11, 2011
On March 10, 1987, the Costa Mesa Police Department lost two officers — the only two ever lost in the line of duty in the department's history. Officers James D. "Dave" Ketchum and John W. "Mike" Libolt were killed when the helicopter they were piloting was involved in a mid-air collision with another law enforcement helicopter. Eagle was engaged in a vehicle pursuit of a career criminal in a stolen car. Thursday was the anniversary of the accident — and their untimely deaths.
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Joseph N. Bell | June 4, 2010
Editor's note: Due to an editing error, The Bell Curve failed to appear in Thursday's Daily Pilot. It appears in full below. Memorial Day — we called it Decoration Day when I was growing up in Indiana — has come and gone, and seemed more full of urgent memories and intensity this year than ever before. Maybe that's because I feel closer to the Civil War as I grow older. There is an increasing awareness as I distance myself from it that I was only two generations away from the violent remnants of slavery in this country, a sobering thought whenever I allow it in. My grandfather, Robert Patterson, was a colonel in Gen. William Rosecrans' Army of the Cumberland.
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By Rhea Mahbubani and Michael Miller | May 2, 2014
Ballots from the 15th annual Newport Beach Film Festival have been turned in and accounted for. While the selection committee reviewed more than 2,000 submissions, viewers watched over 400 films from 50 countries. Each movie competed for honors in three categories: Jury Awards, voted on by a panel of film experts and industry insiders; Festival Honors, given by the event's staff; and Audience Awards, determined by ballots from filmgoers. Here's a roundup of this year's victors: *JURY AWARDS Best Feature Film: "The Sublime and Beautiful" Best Actor: Blake Robbins, "The Sublime and Beautiful" Best Actress: Aunjanue Ellis, "Una Vida" Best Director: Blake Robbins, "The Sublime and Beautiful" Best Cinematography: Lyn Moncrief, "The Sublime and Beautiful" Best Screenplay: Jason Strouse, "Teacher of the Year" Special Jury Prize for Actress in a Feature Film: Laura Kirk, "The Sublime and Beautiful" Special Jury Prize for Cinematography of a Feature Film: Patrick Jones, "The Last Lonely Place" Best Documentary: "The Honest Liar" Special Jury Prize for Documentary Film: "Who Took Johnny" Best Narrative Short Film: "Mr. Invisible" Best Documentary Short Film: "Aerodrome Best Animated Short Film: "Rabbit and Deer" Special Jury Prize for Animated Short Film: "Rhino Full Throttle" * 2014 FESTIVAL HONORS Feature Film: "Break Point," "Fort...
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By Joseph N. Bell | June 30, 2011
Editor's note: Retired Daily Pilot columnist Joseph N. Bell has written a special column to mark his 90th birthday, which falls on Independence Day. As a young boy watching the Fourth of July parade in the county-seat town of Decatur, Ind., the biggest attraction always was a very old man, who shuffled at the head of the parade. I was told he had been a drummer boy and flag carrier in Mr. Lincoln's army. He had a long gray beard and carried a cane, but I envisioned him as a young and vigorous lad waving his flag and beating his drum atop the carnage at Cemetery Hill in Gettysburg.
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By Steve Virgen | March 30, 2012
Before a photographer snapped a picture of Scott Niedermayer's family, the former star Ducks defenseman directed a stern, yet calm order to one of his four sons. "Sit up straight," Niedermayer said. For 18 years, Niedermayer was looked to as a leader on his teams. Now he's mainly the leader of his family. That family, which includes wife Lisa, and sons Logan, 12, Jackson, 11, Joshua, 8, and Luke, 3, has been grateful that Niedermayer is now away from the game. They follow his direction.
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By Bradley Zint | August 9, 2013
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) referred to President Eisenhower's farewell address Thursday evening in his explanation for why he believes global warming is a "total fraud. " In the 1961 speech - famously known for its admonition of an emerging military-industrial complex - the former five-star general also warned of a similarly captive grip on U.S. public policy wielded by scientists and the government that funds them. "There's so much money that has gone into science research projects," Rohrabacher said, "and they have used it to intimidate people who disagree with their attempt to frighten all of us into changing our lives and giving up our freedoms to make choices.
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By Lauren Williams | April 4, 2012
The family of a man who died after being transferred from a Newport Beach recovery clinic is suing the clinic for wrongful death. Brandon Jacques was 20 when he died of cardiac arrest last April after leaving treatment at Morningside Recovery, according to his family's civil complaint, filed March 29 in Orange County Superior Court. His family is seeking an unlimited amount in damages. Jacques first sought treatment for his alcoholism and bulimia at A Sober Way Home in Prescott, Ariz., but only made headway in addressing his drinking while there, his family said in the lawsuit.
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By Christy Roget | July 12, 2012
On a Friday night, just like every night, I let my three dogs go out in the backyard for 10 minutes to do their business before going to bed. When I opened the door to let them back in, Lucky, my 4-year old (and oldest) dog was missing, so I went out to get him, only to find him lying there on the ground, unconscious, barely breathing, in a puddle of his own blood. Adrenaline rushed through my entire body and, within seconds, I was in my car on my way to the animal hospital. The veterinarian looked mildly surprised as he informed me that a coyote had attacked my dog. He said that he sees animals hurt by coyotes every other day, and that no one really talks about it. A customer who was waiting mentioned that she had lost a dog and two cats to coyotes.
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By Gary Monahan | September 18, 2012
Can you remember the last time Sacramento passed a law that made our city better off? Neither can I. However, I can think of plenty of laws Sacramento politicians have approved that imposed costly mandates on our city, dictated how we spend our residents' tax dollars and told us how we must conduct business in our own city. For too long Costa Mesa has had to listen to Sacramento politicians who are out of touch with our needs, controlled by special interests and are only looking out for themselves.
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By Jack Wu | June 9, 2012
Among the self-help and recovery groups, it is thought that if things are not going right in your life, you need to take responsibility for your actions and not blame others for your problems. It's too easy to say it's so-and-so's fault that I'm unhappy or this person's fault that I lost that promotion. However, taking responsibility for one's actions isn't as easy as it sounds. It takes lots of work and self-awareness, but it can be done. I have thought about this during this year's primary election season.
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By Hannah Fry and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | August 26, 2013
After six years of litigation,  a rehabilitation center long at odds with residents and City Hall has decided to move out of Newport Beach. Morningside Recovery, located in Lido Village, plans to transfer 36 sober-living clients to new facilities in Costa Mesa and other neighboring cities by October, said Mary Helen Beatificato, Morningside's chief executive. She declined to specify the other cities. Morningside's announcement comes after Orange County Superior Court Judge Sheila Fell ruled Aug. 19 that the recovery center violated municipal code by operating residential care facilities in neighborhoods.
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By Ashley Breeding, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 22, 2010
Two avid cyclists and members of Transition Laguna's Mobility Group are finding ways to make biking around town feasible for more Lagunans. Residents Michael Hoag and Les Miklosy recently adopted the "bicycle recycle plan" from green cities around world; they repair and refurbish unwanted bikes and then donate them to people who want them. "Our goal is to solve the transportation problem in a town that is automobile-centric," Miklosy said. "We are repairing these bikes to encourage people to ride them."
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