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News | 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.
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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 Rabbi Marc Gellman | February 18, 2011
Question: I've been reading The God Squad column since I was a teenager and enjoy your perspective on life and spirituality. I'm a 25-year-old woman and have been in a committed relationship for 18 months. Things are going very well between us, and we've begun spending more time with each others' families. We have a very comfortable relationship; he makes me smile and laugh, and he is a gentleman. I truly love him and have started to think about marriage and kids. There's just one problem that's causing a deep hurt and confusion in my heart: I was raised Catholic, but my fiancé is an atheist.
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By June Casagrande | July 17, 2013
I've gone soft on semicolons. For years, my position on these strange little squiggles has been as follows: I hate them. I have good reason. Semicolons don't come up much in my editing work. Most writers don't bother with them. Perhaps they understand how useful semicolons are not. Or maybe they're unsure how to use them and figure, "Hey, I've gotten this far without using semicolons. Why learn now?" But the writers who do use semicolons — well, they're the reason I hate semicolons.
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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 Lauren Williams | March 21, 2013
In 2001, Natasha Herzig found herself at age 19 staring at a gun, yanked into a car before she could make a sound. She spent a year trapped, working as a high-end escort for a pimp. The indignities were numerous. She remembers receiving a beating for asking whether she could go home. There was the john who once tried to suffocate her with a shower curtain after forcing her to lie in an ice-filled bathtub. She had to walk "the track," meaning the street, to meet her prostitution quota.
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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 Patrice Apodaca | June 24, 2011
Shawn Weatherly Harris and I come from different backgrounds. A Southern belle who was anointed Miss Universe 1980, Shawn later became a successful actress with roles in TV shows such as "Baywatch" and "OceanQuest. " While Shawn was collecting crowns and acting gigs, I was a myopic, frizzy-haired feminist bent on making a mark in journalism. But life has a way of bringing people together, and today Shawn and I are friends. Not only is Shawn still whiplash-inducing gorgeous, she is also smart, funny, kind, modest and exceedingly grounded.
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By Tom Ragan | March 8, 2010
Orange County, one of the wealthiest counties in the country, has about 17,000 homeless children, according to a study unveiled Monday at UC Irvine. “There’s this feeling that because people are wearing $45,000 watches around here and because reality TV shows are based here that we don’t have a problem with the homeless,” said Paul Leon, executive director with the Irvine-based Illumination Foundation. “Well, I’m here to tell you that we do, and it’s a big one.” More than 50 students, many of them interested in social service and public health, attended the seminar, hoping to learn more about the nonprofit foundation and how they could possibly volunteer their services.
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By Joseph Serna | September 2, 2009
When Bob Phillips was a young Boy Scout on a field trip to the old Costa Mesa police station on Ford Road, he had an epiphany. Officers asked for a volunteer to go into the single jail cell in the station, and Phillips raised his hand. When the door slammed shut in front of him and he peered out at his friends, he thought to himself, “I’d rather be on the other side looking in than on this side looking out,” he said. From that day on, he wanted to be a police officer.
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By Brianna Bailey and Mike Sciacca | October 10, 2007
Costa Mesa resident Gabriella Hahn said her heart broke when she drove past the corner of Adams Avenue and Mesa Verde Drive last weekend where 21-year-old former Huntington Beach Oilers pitcher Sara Noel Harris crashed the black Audi she was driving into a traffic signal. Hahn, a 32-year-old mother of two, plans to line Adams Avenue with ribbons the morning of Harris’ funeral Saturday. She hopes a family member or friend of Harris will contact her with Sara’s favorite color, so she can use that color of ribbon.
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