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News | 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 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 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.
SPORTS
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 Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | July 22, 2011
COSTA MESA - Trash containers with built-in locks were so popular that residents snapped up the first 120 available in two days, city officials said. The Costa Mesa Sanitary District distributed the bins to residents earlier this month. Now, because of the demand, the district's board of directors will weigh a request for $10,000 to supply residents with more of the scavenger-proof bins. After the initial 120 locking bins were made available to residents July 18, the district received 128 applicants requesting a locking container in two days, according to a news release from the district.
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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 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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By Greg Ridge | December 31, 2011
The Costa Mesa City Council's proposed charter amendment is just another attempt to force its self-interested political agenda on the city. If there is anything we have learned since the council first attempted to lay off half the city's employees, it's that the council majority will do anything, and say anything, to advance its political agenda. Now we see the next phase includes a deeper and more problematic threat to our community than the last scheme did. Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer and his cronies on the council want to rewrite the city's laws so they can make an unchecked end-run to grab more power and put their political agenda ahead of the community's priorities.
ENTERTAINMENT
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | January 7, 2011
At first glance, the Newport Beach resident is slightly built, soft-spoken and unfailingly accessible. One would hardly imagine that he's plotted hundreds of grisly murders over the past four decades. Murder and mayhem have paid off handsomely for Dean Koontz. He's now the world's sixth most highly paid author, tied with John Grisham at $25 million in annual sales, and his novels have sold more than 400 million copies. Quite a contrast from his early life in what he calls "a tar paper shack" in Bedford, Pa., a rest stop along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, where he endured an unhappy childhood.
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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.
NEWS
January 7, 2011
It was with great sadness that I read about Joe Bell retiring from his weekly gig at the Daily Pilot. I will miss his great stories and vast resource of human insight and wisdom that he delivered to our door on a weekly basis. Like the leaves turning color in the fall or the smell of fresh cut grass in the summer, we could always count on reading a little gem every Thursday. It never ceased to amaze me how many circles Joe traveled in and the number and variety of celebrities who sat on the other side of his notepad over his long and distinguished career.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | December 12, 2012
Manti Te'o's crazy, whirlwind of a week ended just the way he wanted: with the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. It was only a year ago when Te'o announced he was returning to play at Notre Dame during the ceremony at the Pacific Club. The Lott Trophy was special to him, because he looks up to Ronnie Lott and because he felt it would cap a special week. It was a memorable week that ended Sunday in Newport Beach. He made six stops for award ceremonies in eight days.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Alan Blank and Brianna Bailey | May 13, 2008
A long-time companion of the Rat Pack’s Joey Bishop, who died in October, is suing the lawyers responsible for Bishop’s will. Nora Garibotti, who has lived in Bishop’s Lido Isle house for almost a decade, claims Bishop wanted to bequeath the home to her, but was unethically coaxed into signing over half of his estate to lawyers James “Kimo” McCormick, Ed Gregory Hookstratten and Myles Hymes. “Ms. Garibotti was a close personal friend of Bishop for approximately 24 years prior to his death,” according to the suit.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | January 5, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — After nearly 20 years as a mainstay of the Daily Pilot and a long career as a freelance writer and journalism educator, columnist Joseph N. Bell is retiring. Thursday's "The Bell Curve" column will be his last. "When a time for change comes, you act on it," Bell, 89, said in an interview Wednesday at his Santa Ana Heights home office. "You don't drag it out. " During his years at the Pilot, Bell, who will turn 90 on the Fourth of July, wrote from a liberal perspective in one of the most conservative areas in the country.
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