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News | 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 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.
LOCAL
By Daniel Tedford | May 29, 2008
Eight years ago, Lauren Nicole Zussman was on a path to destruction. She’d had success as a model, but she was an alcoholic and had just finished a binge while on a Memorial Day vacation at Lake Havasu. She ended up in the hospital, near death. Days later, she walked into a local bank and told her story to an OCC counselor who worked at the bank. “I want you in my office at 4 p.m. tomorrow,” Zussman’s mother Lynda recalled the counselor telling Lauren.
NEWS
By Joseph N. Bell | July 21, 2010
Many years ago, I was working at my desk in my Corona del Mar home when I got a telephone call from a gruff voice telling me that my wife had been injured in an auto accident and was on her way to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. And that I had better get to the emergency room. Pronto. Janet had left the house in our only car on an errand 15 minutes earlier. When I rushed next door shouting "I've got to borrow your car," our neighbor — and good friend — took one look at me and silently handed over her keys.
NEWS
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.
FEATURES
By Cheryl PruettFor OCLNN.com | May 17, 2010
Archery in Costa Mesa and the rest of Orange County is on target to spike in popularity with the Friday release of “Robin Hood.” It’s happened before when the Kevin Costner version came out 19 years ago and when “Lord of the Rings” ruled the box office. Joe Kim, owner of Hi-Tech Archery in Fullerton, said that the movie industry absolutely helps the archery industry. “Movies do have impact, and for us, it’s a very good thing,” he said, adding that he just wants to get kids out and active.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 10, 2008
A Huntington Beach woman who, with help from her boyfriend, killed her mother two years ago and dumped the body into Newport Harbor before running away with him, insisted she was innocent Friday as a judge sentenced her to a maximum of 25 years to life in prison. Rachael Mullenix, 19, was convicted in July of taking part in her mother’s slaying. Her mother, Barbara Mullenix, was found wrapped in a bloody blanket with a butter knife stuck in her eye and floating in Newport Harbor Sept.
NEWS
October 23, 1999
EDITOR'S NOTE: Places to Worship features brief descriptions of churches and temples in our community. They appear each week on a rotating basis. ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC ST. MARY ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church defines its work as religious and spiritual, national and social. Years of communism; the tremendous earthquake in 1988 that killed some 55,000 and left cities in ruins; the now fledgling independence for Armenia; and recent war in Azerbaijan have created many needs abroad and among immigrants establishing a new life here.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | March 12, 2009
Longtime Newport Beach resident and Rat Pack comedian Joey Bishop’s longtime, live-in companion this week settled part of her lawsuit alleging that the late entertainer’s financial planners tried to cheat her out of part of his estate. Now Newport Beach Chabad Center, a Jewish community center and religious organization claims that Bishop intended to leave part of his multimillion-dollar estate to found a children’s charity, court documents obtained by the Daily Pilot show.
NEWS
July 4, 2004
Steve Virgen There have been moments when it seemed a different story would be written about Aaron Perisol. There were sleepless nights this past spring when he would vomit from mononucleosis, seemingly losing pounds by the minute. There were mornings throughout his life when he could have slept in, rather than go back to the pool and swim. Swim, swim and swim. At times in his life, Peirsol has been at a crossroads. Because his path has been geared toward gold in the Olympics, choices have been made, sacrifices, too, all of it leading up to the summer of 2004.
NEWS
November 10, 1999
They've seen the photos and Olympic medals, but Kevin Robertson's two boys probably won't fully appreciate their father's efforts until they watch next year's Olympic Games on television. Alan, 7, and Chris, 5, are old enough now to play their own sports, and, to a degree, understand what winning and losing means. "It'll be fun," Robertson said, referring to those upcoming golden moments with his sons, when he can share his Olympic experiences between commercials during NBC's coverage of the 2000 Summer Games at Sydney, Australia.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sue Hubbard, M.D., Tribune Media Services | January 27, 2012
During a recent office visit, I saw a 4-year-old child who was not one of my regular patients. He had a fever and a runny nose. His mother was giving me the child's medical history as I began examining the boy. I had my back slightly turned from her. The mother was explaining that her son had had a fever the previous evening and, "I gave him some aspirin before putting him to bed. " I immediately turned around and with a stunned voice said,...
NEWS
July 22, 2000
Richard Dunn NEWPORT BEACH - When you see Staciana Stitts walk confidently alongside a swimming pool, your first reaction is to think about dedication. Here's a swimmer who is completely bald. A female. She has no body hair. One's athletic instinct is to believe she has shaved to render a hydrodynamic advantage as she prepares for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. But Stitts, 18, is always this way. And has been since age 12, when her hair started falling out. "I was just brushing my hair one night," Stitts said, "and it kept coming out of my brush and hair was on my pillow that night.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | October 13, 2007
The blood that remained cool amid the cold now flows through Bob Ctvrtlik. It’s in his veins, the lines run, too, through his three sons. That blood that kept Josef Ctvrtlik alive while steps away from a torturous death, resides somewhere deep in his youngest son. How does Bob Ctvrtlik block out the periphery and finish the task at hand? How is he able to ignore turbulence for the sake of reaching a destination? Why does his life seem so picture perfect, though there is reason to feel gloom?
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