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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.
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By John Canalis | June 26, 2012
I always found ceremonies celebrating graduations from anything other than high school, college or graduate school somewhat silly. Why trumpet the completion of just one grade when there are so many more to finish? Isn't this what's wrong with our trophy-for-everyone culture? How wrong I was. Recently, I attended my daughter's kindergarten graduation, which is technically called a promotion ceremony, and learned the power of such made-for-family moments. I realized that such ceremonies are not only fun for kids and moving for parents, they are also a strong reminder of the importance of public education, recognition for the work our teachers do all year long and a reminder that it's important to take time out and recognize your kids' achievements.
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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.
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By Barry Faulkner | December 15, 2008
They were champions, All-Americans and future coaches. They were also future doctors, lawyers, company presidents, working-class heroes, fathers, mothers, and friends. Over a volleyball coaching career rooted in four decades, Charlie Brande impacted them all. Even after he packed up his office at UC Irvine — shifting to a new role as a fundraiser for his alma mater having retired as women’s coach after nine seasons in order to more closely follow his daughter’s high school experience — Brande impacts his former players still.
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By Brianna Bailey | October 10, 2009
In a fit of protective rage, Minola Gallardo lunged at Newport Beach millionaire William Bartholomae when she saw him standing in his bathrobe with a knife over her half-sister, who lay crumpled on the floor of the oil baron’s bayfront mansion the morning of Jan. 5, 1963. Gallardo wrested the knife from the 70-year-old millionaire’s hands and stabbed him twice in the abdomen. Bartholomae, a well-known sailing champion and oil tycoon, would die on the kitchen floor of his mansion at 2100 E. Balboa Boulevard that day because of a tragic misunderstanding.
NEWS
April 17, 2002
-- Lolita Harper Hundreds of thousands of little, globular creatures of the sea washed up on the shores Tuesday until high tide finally pulled them back home in the afternoon. Newport Beach lifeguards said the beaches were littered with relatives of the jellyfish both Monday and Tuesday morning. The circular animals are called hydroids and vary in size from 1 to 50 centimeters. The small sea creatures float on top of the water and are carried to shore by the wind, lifeguards said.
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July 20, 2001
Richard Dunn COSTA MESA - Most people knew there was something special about Mark O'Meara's golf game when he played in the Will Jordan Classic in 1979 at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club. O'Meara, then of Mission Viejo and now a star on the PGA Tour, won the U.S. Amateur championship a week earlier in Cleveland, Ohio, defeating John Cook in the final, 8 and 7, before arriving in Costa Mesa. The late Joe Costello, who founded the popular Will Jordan Classic -- now officially the Costa Mesa City Championship -- in 1973 when he was president of the Costa Mesa men's club, considered O'Meara's victory here in '79 as one of the championship's greatest moments.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | August 31, 2010
SANTA ANA — A former Newport Harbor High School football player was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison for killing a Newport Beach liquor store owner and clerk during a shoplifting dispute over an adult magazine. Weston Scott Kruger, 32, received the sentence for the 2007 killing of Hao "Tony" Huynh, the longtime proprietor of Sportsman's Liquor Store on Newport Boulevard. On Tuesday, Kruger was dressed in a dark, somber suit that matched his demeanor. Just before leaving the courtroom, the judge commended Kruger for being cooperative during the trial.
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By June Casagrande | March 16, 2012
Some people love it when you correct their grammar. Those people are easy to identify. They're the folks who say, "Yes, please correct my grammar. I love that. " Pretty much everyone else alive — or who has ever lived — hates it. And because the latter group outweighs the former by something like 100 to 0, it's just a bad idea to point out people's language mistakes. Of course, there are exceptions. Unsolicited corrections can be fine, coming from teachers or parents, or anyone looking for an excuse to prove his mettle in a prison yard.
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By Joseph Serna | April 28, 2009
A Newport Beach-based real estate investment firm’s leaders have been ordered to pay tens of millions of dollars by a Seattle judge and are being investigated by federal authorities, court records and the company acknowledged Tuesday. MKA Capital Group Advisors LLC, 26 Corporate Plaza Drive, Newport Beach, had its offices searched by the FBI earlier this month, and two of its leaders were successfully sued by a lending firm in Seattle for more than $31 million. Attorneys for all parties involved declined to comment, but MKA lawyers issued a prepared statement: “MKA Capital Group Advisors LLC has recently received inquiries from the media regarding civil lawsuits by a few investors and requests for information from federal regulators and investigators, concerning the company’s financial affairs and business operations.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 11, 2011
COSTA MESA — Seven massage parlors all within one business complex were accused of being fronts for prostitution and served search warrants Friday by police, prosecutors and immigration officials. "From the layman's perspective, it appears to be a commercial brothel," said Lt. Mark Manley. The businesses are bundled into a small facility at 440 Fair Drive, where there are also three marijuana dispensaries and a pizza parlor. The massage parlors served warrants Friday are Relax Zone, Super Day Spa Massage, Angel Massage, Fantastic Spa, Rainbow Spa, A1 Oriental Massage Inc. and Visage Spa. The complex is about 50 yards from the College Park neighborhood, and within half a mile of schools, the civic center and the Orange County Fairgrounds.
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January 4, 2011
Recently, I celebrated 15 years of answering your questions. Here are some favorites among the thousands I've received: Q: My cat got into my wine glass while I was away from the table. I caught him red-handed with the red wine. I noticed he enjoyed it. I don't think he got drunk but he sure did sleep well that night. I know that because he's so small even a few licks could be damaging. I don't think this will happen again, but I'm curious. Are there any alcoholic dogs or cats?
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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.
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