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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?
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | April 10, 2010
Police first suspected foul play when the body of a Glendale advertising salesman washed up at Newport Beach in 1933, but soon uncovered a bizarre suicide pact that led back to baby girl found abandoned in a Los Angeles movie theater months earlier. The body of 41-year-old J.R. Bodin was found at Newport Beach in April 1933, after he went missing from the steamship Yale en route from San Diego to Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported April 10, 1933. His female companion who boarded the ship with him, Barbara Muller, 22, of Hollywood, had also disappeared from the couple’s stateroom aboard the ship.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | June 2, 2009
Oprah, Maury Povich, “Family Feud,” People magazine — 22-year-old Newport Coast resident David Koning has called them all dozens of times. “A phone in my hands is a dangerous weapon,” he said. Born with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome, a condition that has effectively left him with half a functioning heart, Koning wants to tell his story to whoever will listen. “I was born with half a heart. I’ve been through three open-heart surgeries.
FEATURES
By Alan Blank | March 19, 2008
It was the mid-’90s, and Kevin DuBrow was more than a dozen years removed from the height of his success when his band Quiet Riot dueled the likes of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie for the country’s No. 1-selling album. Quiet Riot had gone through several convulsions since that breakthrough album, “Metal Health.” Endless quarrels even led to DuBrow getting fired from his own band. Still, things had calmed down, and the guys released an album in 1993.
NEWS
January 12, 2003
Deirdre Newman Soap operas have been known to stretch the boundaries of human credulity. But for the Bellah family a soap opera storyline became a realty and the catalyst for their receiving a brand new, technology-wired house courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County and The Orange County Technology Collective. After Romelia Bellah's daughter Charlene was born in 1999, she began watching "Days of Our Lives". One of the storylines involved Habitat for Humanity, a Christian-based national non-profit organization that started in Orange County in 1998.
NEWS
July 14, 2002
Three juveniles accused of allegedly gang raping a 16-year-old girl at a Corona del Mar home will be tried as adults. Gregory Scott Haidl, Kyle Joseph Nachreiner and Keith James Spann, all 17, will be arraigned Wednesday on felony counts including rape, oral copulation, and multiple counts of rape with a foreign object. Haidl is the son of Orange County Assistant Sheriff Donald Haidl. The suspects allegedly drugged the victim's drink on July 5 and then raped her while a video camera was running.
NEWS
August 6, 2001
Richard Dunn Growing up, his protective parents outlawed playing tackle football, but Jim Kruse was given a clear lane in water polo, which seemed to them like a nice thing to do. But, then, they saw the pounding at two meters and head-butting near the cage and thought twice about their approval. "My parents came to their first water polo game and said, 'I'm not sure I like you playing this sport.' But I said, 'Well, it's too late now."' said Kruse, who would become a key member of the U.S. national team, following an NCAA All-American career at UC Irvine.
NEWS
By June Casagrande and By June Casagrande | July 31, 2013
Which is right: a backup plan, a back-up plan or a back up plan? How about a cutoff date, a cut-off date or a cut off date? A takeout menu, a take-out menu or a take out menu? The answer: There is no answer. Technically, you could choose any of these forms and be correct. That's not to say that they're all equally good, obviously. But they're equally legitimate due to a weird little quirk of the language that occurs at the intersection of hyphenation rules and modifier rules. Here's the basic idea.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | December 29, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the ninth in a series of the top stories of each year since 2000. Look for the 2009 story of the year Thursday. The 55-foot yacht where Thomas and Jackie Hawks met their fate between Newport Beach and Catalina Island is still up for sale at a local yacht brokerage firm. Yacht broker Jerry Wakefield of Dixon Yachts International in Newport Beach has had serious buyers look at the Well Deserved, a fiberglass Lien Hwa trawler with a hand-carved teak interior, but none have been able to put the funds together to finance the boat.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | February 18, 2009
The organizer of this year’s Miss Newport Beach and Miss Newport Beach Teen Pageants isn’t sure who will host the event — but she’s positive it won’t be “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Gretchen Rossi. Pageant organizer Caren Lancona this week decided to drop Rossi, who was slated to emcee the April 24 event, after she was overwhelmed with negative phone calls and e-mails about the reality television celebrity. “I made a mistake, and now I’m just trying to fix it,” Lancona said.
LOCAL
By Brianna Bailey | October 6, 2007
The son of slain Newport Beach yacht owner Tom Hawks stood at the podium in Judge Frank Fasel’s courtroom Thursday afternoon and told the family of convicted murderer Jennifer Henderson Deleon that they should give up her children for adoption. Henderson Deleon, a mother of two, was sentenced Thursday to two consecutive terms of life without parole for the murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks. “I wish for the defendant’s family to give her children up for adoption so they may grow up not knowing who their parents were or what they did or how they were used as decoys for financial gain,” Hawks said.
NEWS
May 13, 2003
Deepa Bharath A former Newport Beach recreation coordinator would suck boys' toes even when other "kids" or "grown-ups" were around, several children said Monday as they took the stand in the trial of the man accused of using boys for sexual gratification. Trenton Veches, dressed in a dark gray suit, seemed to listen intently to the boys' statements as each of them described how he sucked their toes or made them pose for digital pictures he allegedly took and filed away in his home computer.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | March 6, 2014
Two years after a jury convicted him of shooting a 15-year-old girl in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun, a Costa Mesa gang member has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison, authorities said. Salvador Burciaga, 24, was the fourth defendant to be sentenced in connection with the shooting. He was convicted of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and enhancements for gun use, being an active participant in a street gang and committing a felony for the benefit of a gang, according to a news release.
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | January 14, 2011
The first time I spoke with Claire Ratfield nearly a decade ago, she chased me down a school corridor, breathless, skirt flapping, her raspy voice calling out that she had to speak to me about my oldest son, who had just started sixth grade in her class at Lincoln Elementary School in Corona del Mar. Uh-oh, this can't be good, I thought, and took a reflexive step back. "I have to tell you," she panted, "I love your son. " She proceeded to tell me a story, "The Brilliant Thing My Son Said," and went on to describe him in such accurate detail it was as if she'd known him since birth.
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