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Features | 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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 Jeremiah Dobruck | November 29, 2013
Church opened on a Sunday morning in October with a Buffalo Springfield song. Glenn Parrish stood up and strummed a guitar; its finish was worn where he rests his elbow when he talks between songs. He danced, bending his lanky legs as he launched into the first lines. "There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear. " About 15 people sat around him in a circle of slouchy chairs and wide couches. Some clapped and sang. Others sat and listened.
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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 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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By Barry Faulkner | August 2, 2008
COSTA MESA — Marcus Sostak believes the key to success in tournament play is convincing himself he is merely playing a round of golf with good friends, with nothing more at stake than friendly bragging rights. Of course it helps support this scenario when he is, in fact, paired with familiar faces, as he was Saturday in the opening round of the Costa Mesa City Championships at the Mesa Linda course of the Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club. Sostak, a former Estancia High standout who has transferred from the University of Oregon to Orange Coast College, where he plans to play next spring, shot four-under-par 66 Saturday in a group that included Estancia High products Andy Rothman and Jeff Ohland.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | June 16, 2011
Matt Sorensen is about to wrap up his student teaching at Estancia High. Next school year, he will not be teaching at the school or coaching its baseball team. Sorensen informed his baseball players on Thursday that he stepped down as the Eagles' coach after four years, said assistant coach Brian Burgess. He said the decision was an emotional one for the players and staff, but everyone understood why Sorensen made the move. Burgess said Brea Olinda High offered Sorensen a fulltime history teaching position and the baseball coaching position.
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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.
NEWS
August 6, 2002
June Casagrande Its logos have become a symbol of Newport Beach and, in particular, Balboa Island. But now the Balboa Beach Co. clothing store will close the doors to its flagship location on Marine Avenue. "We have chosen, with great regret, to leave our location on Balboa Island," said Jim Roberts, Balboa Beach Co. founder and current president of Pacific Brands Retail Group. The reason, he said, is simple economics. A rent increase coming down the pike for their Balboa Island site "exceeds our business model," Roberts said.
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