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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.
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?
NEWS
By Ron Vanderhoff | July 1, 2011
Organic or synthetic? Most of the confusion I see regarding organic fertilizer falls into two groups. Most questions have to do with trying to understand what the differences are, usually with an underlying question, "Why should I use organic fertilizer?" The other uncertainty has to do with "What is an organic fertilizer?" Because most people relate to fertilizing products by brand name, not ingredients, the second question is easier to answer than the first. Brands like Miracle-Gro, Scott's, Vigoro, Best, Osmocote and Shultz are synthetic, not organic, although each of these companies is attempting to enter the growing organic fertilizer marketplace.
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.
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 Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | September 6, 2011
Last of three parts. COSTA MESA - Jill Fales remembers moving to Mesa Verde three years ago and hearing neighborhood parents recite stereotypes in an effort to dissuade her from enrolling her son in the elementary school down the street. Adams Elementary educated too many immigrant children from the city's Westside, they warned. Not enough of them spoke English at home. Classrooms were not competitive for upper-middle class children. So in heeding the advice, the mother of four filled out transfer paperwork to enroll her son at nearby Hawes Elementary, a public school in Huntington Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | September 12, 2012
The year was 1975. Mary Tyler Moore was starring in one of America's most watched situation comedies. After a year of knocking on doors in Hollywood and trying to land any kind of job, I was hired at CBS-Television City and sent into a windowless basement office. It had concrete walls and metal shelves overflowing with letters from fans requesting tickets to be in the studio audience to attend a filming of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show. " It was my first job in television, and it paid the princely after-tax sum of $80 per week.
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