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News | 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.
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.
NEWS
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.
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 Serna | May 31, 2012
Decades of alcohol abuse and living on the streets took a severe toll on the body of a Newport Beach homeless man found dead earlier this year, an Orange County Sheriff-Coroner report shows. Mark David Allen, 50, had an enlarged heart, liver disease and showed signs from past medical issues when he died in the early hours of Feb. 1 at 43rd Street and Seashore Drive in Newport Beach. His cause of death was listed as heart disease. "He died kind of like a 70- or 80-year-old man in his sleep, but he did it 20 or 30 years earlier because of what alcohol did to his system," said David Sperling, a custody officer with Newport Beach police who documented Allen's years of arrests and alcohol abuse.
NEWS
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.
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,...
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.
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.
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