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By Tom Ragan | January 22, 2010
A Camp Pendleton Marine was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life for killing a Newport Coast radiologist in a car collision two years ago that was the direct result of drinking and driving. Lance Cpl. Elijah Leigh Ferguson, 22, of Santa Ana, was convicted by a jury Dec. 9 on one felony count of second-degree murder, one felony count of driving under the influence causing injury, and one felony county of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or more causing injury, the Orange County district attorney’s office said in a news release.
By B.W. Cook | March 18, 2011
A big turnout for the Pacific Coast Wine Festival benefiting the Pacific Symphony netted more than $150,000 for the arts organization. The sold-out wine auction and tasting at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach attracted 300 local residents in their finest cocktail attire, enjoying a multi-course dinner while sampling many of the world's most coveted wines. The lively affair was produced by honorary Chairs and Pacific Symphony board member Nancy Kelley and her husband Kim . "I am not only thrilled that the Pacific Coast Wine Festival exceeded its financial goal for the Pacific Symphony, but delighted that it was such an interactive social event," said Nancy Kelley.
By Wheelbase Communications | October 16, 2008
Hot off the press! GM, Chrysler talk merger: Well, well. The last time the Sleuth wrote about The General discussing alliances with other car companies, Chrysler was part of DaimlerChrysler and the world was a different place. At that time it was about “synergies.” Now it might be out of necessity. The word out of the Motor City is that Chrysler and GM are discussing a possible merger that could involve Cerberus Capital Management Inc. (owners of Chrysler) taking over GM’s remaining minority stake in GMAC financial.
October 16, 2003
GREER WYLDER The Shed showcases cutting-edge art at the Cannery Village in Newport Beach. Media represented include painting, photography, sculpture, video, drawing and video. Its first show and reception, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, will feature Richard Turner's work. His avant-garde series "Diptychs" uses materials from his work as an artist, teacher and curator. Much of his work is inspired by Asian cultures. Turner is a professor of design and Asian art history at Chapman University, co-chair of the university's department of Art and co-director of the Guggenheim Gallery.
By B.W. COOK | June 23, 2007
The latest trend in society balls is to host the event in a corporate building. The Ford Motor Co.'s Orange County headquarters in Irvine recently was transformed for The Pink Tie Ball benefiting The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Then, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra threw its 2007 gala — Concert Royale — at the KIA Motors America Corporate Campus in Irvine. The symphony gala also happened to coincide with the debut of the building to the public. The trend has advantages — and challenges.
By B.W. Cook | February 24, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the previous photo caption and adds all the photos that appeared with this column in print. "Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing. " — Ernest Hemingway in "Death in the Afternoon" Celebrating the wisdom and the hedonistic pleasure expressed by the late American author Ernest Hemingway, the Pacific Symphony will once again present the Pacific Coast Wine Festival at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach on March 5. In past years the festival has raised significant dollars in support of symphony's music and education programs.
By B.W. COOK | October 6, 2007
It was the fashion show spectacle of the fall social season. The 15th annual Harvesters event in support of the Second Harvest Food Bank attracted nearly 500 guests, raising $700,000 to feed those in need in this ultra-rich county, where an estimated 450,000 individuals are without proper sustenance every month. Despite the obvious contrasts and contradictions between a glamorous fashion-show luncheon and a food line for the poor and disenfranchised, the money is one powerful piece of change.
April 11, 2003
Fashion Island celebrates spring by adding three children's stores: Pampolina, the Picture People and First Cut. Pampolina, an exclusive European designer of children's clothing, will open its first U.S. store here on Wednesday. It's recognized in Europe as a quintessential high-fashion brand, unsurpassed in quality and style. Collections for babies, children and teens range in size from newborn to size 12. Collections made with lush themes in exciting, colorful patterns.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 21, 2013
Dozens of car owners armed with rags and cleaners got their vehicles glistening in the summer sun, hoping to catch the eye of a potential buyer. Drew Colome's bright orange 1977 Volkswagen Thing had spectators flocking to it during the first Russo and Steele car auction at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina on Friday. "This is the last Thing produced that came to America from Volkswagen," said Colome, 43, of Newport Beach. "It was made in Germany and not in Mexico like all the others.
By B.W. Cook | March 13, 2014
It's hard to imagine, given the spectacular weather of the past week, that for a brief moment California was being soaked by torrential rain at the beginning of the month. The downpour did not deter the dedicated volunteers of the Ocean Institute from producing the 2014 Jazz Festival at their headquarters in Dana Point over the weekend of Feb. 28 through March 2. Docents with yellow and blue striped umbrellas greeted patrons arriving for the Friday and Saturday night outdoor concerts and dinners.
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