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By Barry Faulkner | November 21, 2013
Jordan Davidson is a finisher. Whether on the business end of a cross, a through ball, a corner kick or a rebound, the speedy 5-foot-2 Vanguard University women's soccer forward has deposited 29 goals into the net in two years with the Lions. She scored 28 in two seasons at Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona. A conference player of the year and a first-team junior college All-American, she has twice been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year and is a virtual lock to repeat the first-team All-American recognition this year that she received as a junior.
By Barry Faulkner | November 6, 2013
When it comes to women's basketball on the NAIA Division I level, what happens in Southern California seldom stays there, but rather eventually winds up having a major impact on the national tournament in Frankfort, Ky. With this in mind, Vanguard University Coach Russ Davis, enters his 18th season more interested in the Lions' place in the Golden State Athletic Conference than their spot atop the NAIA preseason poll. "The way It is now, we want to play for a GSAC championship, because if you win the GSAC, you can win a national title," said Davis, who by guiding the Lions to the NAIA crown in 2008, began a run of three separate GSAC representatives winning NAIA titles in the previous six seasons.
By Rhea Mahbubani | November 1, 2013
The first time Jean-Christophe Maillot laid eyes on Diana Vishneva, he was gripped by the feeling that she was weird - not in a way that made him cringe or avert his sight. Quite the opposite. He was spellbound. "She was not what we were used to seeing, not placed [on her feet] like everybody, and she was extremely skinny," said Maillot, holding up his pinky to drive his point home. "She was very atypical for a classical dancer. " Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Vishneva trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and won a gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne, an international young dancers' competition, in 1994.
By Bradley Zint | October 9, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council is scheduled Tuesday to consider a rehearing of a Fairview Park project that outside experts contend may harm known Native American archaeological sites. The project includes a hotly contested turnaround where the north end of Pacific Avenue enters the 208-acre park. It also includes an adjacent children's play area. If the council majority approves holding a rehearing, it would take place at a future council meeting, city officials said. Councilwoman Sandy Genis, who serves as a council liaison on the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee, requested the rehearing.
By Anh Do | October 8, 2013
The men had just finished their thick steaks and were starting to smoke cigars while artichoke hearts warmed on the grill. A plate of mooncakes awaited them nearby. On a sunny afternoon in the backyard of his home in the hills of Orange, Van Tran plots his political comeback. Once California's highest-ranking Vietnamese American politician, riding a wave of activism in the immigrant community where he came of age, Tran was bounced to the sidelines in 2010 when a veteran congresswoman,  Loretta Sanchez  (D-Santa Ana)
By Bradley Zint and This post has been updated, as noted below. | October 7, 2013
Costa Mesa officials have denied a public records request for a 20-year-old archaeological study about the Fairview Indian Site. The Daily Pilot, which filed the request Sept. 23, had sought a copy of the 1993 report, conducted by the Keith Cos. According to Los Angeles Times archives , the detailed investigation of the site within Costa Mesa's Fairview Park cost $83,000 and recommended various protection and preservation measures for the area. It was not clear whether the study was made public at the time.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 5, 2013
Representatives from two Native American tribes visited Fairview Park on Saturday as a reminder that their ancestors inhabited the bluffs there for thousands of years. At the end of Pacific Avenue in Costa Mesa, the group's leader, Rebecca Robles, explained why they were there. "We want them to know our story," she said. "We want them to know our plight. " She stood where Costa Mesa City Council had considered installing a parking lot but last month instead approved creating only a turnaround.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 4, 2013
A project planned for Fairview Park could disturb religiously significant Native American land that includes a burial ground, a second state organization warned Friday. California's Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) sent a letter to City CEO Tom Hatch advising him and other officials of the site's archaeological importance. "At least one set of remains has recently been reburied at Fairview Park," according to the letter, which says the area may qualify as a "sanctified cemetery" or be eligible for another designation that would affect development.
By Matt Szabo | August 31, 2013
Four Newport Beach girls' water polo players went to Argentina this week to compete in the UANA Youth Pan American Championships. In terms of experience, the "youth" part certainly rang true. For three of them, it was their first international water polo tournament, first time representing their country on the world stage. Yet Mater Dei High incoming senior Brianna Daboub, Corona del Mar incoming sophomore Maddie Musselman and Newport Harbor incoming juniors Rachel Whitelegge and Carlee Kapana all rose to the challenge in the end. As a result, they got an experience on Saturday that they'll never forget.
By Chasen Doerr | August 7, 2013
A Coastline Community College student hopes to inspire more Vietnamese Americans to attend college by leading by example, according to a news release. "There is a Vietnamese proverb that says 'Gratitude is the sign of noble souls," Hung Ta, 60, said in a news release about a $5,000 scholarship he received last spring. "I want to demonstrate the significance of that by thanking Coastline for giving me a chance of competing for and tasting this sense of huge honor. " Ta was one of five to receive the Asian and Pacific Island American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)
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