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By Brianna Bailey | March 27, 2009
From an unfaithful husband to an angry hotel waiter who smears more than butter on an ear of corn before serving it to a guest, Newport Beach psychologist Robert Puff and his associate, Elizabeth Lozano, explain the human emotions behind it all on the new television series “Busted and Disgusted.” “Most people do these types of things because of pain,” Puff said. “Because they’ve been hurt, they in turn hurt others. Instead of resolving their pain, they continue the cycle of pain with their actions.
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By Jane Garland | November 28, 2006
Bullying — the intentional torment of others through verbal harassment, physical assault or manipulation — has become a national epidemic not only in our schools and on our playgrounds but in our homes, on our highways and in our workplaces nationwide. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative Project ASK is implementing two programs — Second Step in our preschool and kindergarten classrooms, and Life Skills for our older students — to address this destructive behavior.
FEATURES
September 24, 2006
It is interesting that if you search through the etiquette books on the bookstore websites, such as Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com, many that have received excellent reviews from the critics receive harsh commentary from readers. The reason? Most of the readers claim that there is nothing new here and that, after all, manners are just common sense. If it is just common sense, why is it that so many people are writing about manners now? Is it, then, just a dearth of common sense that prompts people to become livid about the behavior encountered in a store, the office or on the freeway?
SPORTS
By Leigh Steinberg | July 14, 2013
A flood of negative stories regarding athletic behavior have filled all media outlets recently. The case of accused murderer, NFL star tight end Aaron Hernandez, has triggered a nationwide discussion. There are two dangers to address: 1. The system for preventing and regulating these incidents. 2. The danger that the public will generalize these stories as reflective of overall athletic behavior and become disenchanted and disillusioned with sport. I have spent the last 40 years promoting the concept of athletes being role models.
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | March 30, 2012
Sometimes an unsavory news event gives us the opportunity to peel back a layer on an issue that deserves scrutiny. Such is the case with the disturbing reports that Larry Hirst, Newport Harbor High School's longtime boys' basketball coach, has been the subject of violent threats. Although police are still investigating, school officials have temporarily suspended the basketball program, and have indicated that parents or students associated with the team might have been the source of the threats.
SPORTS
By Leigh Steinberg | December 3, 2011
Sports sections today read like the business section of the newspaper, or even worse the crime beat section. Since I have spent almost 40 years advocating the concept of athletes serving as role models and triggering imitative behavior, it is especially distressing to see the model of poor decision making. The advent of 24-hours-a-day news channels, talk radio, blogs, cellphone cameras and all celebrity oriented media has the effect of amplifying negative behavior. When Michael Vick abused dogs, we saw the story repeated non-stop for weeks and it created the image that Vick abused dogs every day of his life and that is who he is. When Ryan Leaf, the former Chargers quarterback, was caught on tape yelling at a reporter in the locker room it was shown ad nauseum until viewers had seen the same clip over and over again.
NEWS
May 7, 2002
Deirdre Newman Kathy Muirhead was fed up with battling her teenage daughter. The arguments over homework and respecting parental authority were taking their toll emotionally on Kathy and her husband. So they decided to sign up for a parenting class with Bill Seery, a marriage and family therapist. Seery guides parents through a six-week odyssey into the enigmatic world of teenagers, illustrating how to steer children away from negative impulses and toward healthy relationships and nondestructive behavior.
LOCAL
May 29, 2009
Submitted by Dannielle Padilla   Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an unique interactive counseling program proven to enhance family relationships by coaching parents through a wireless earpiece, is now available in South Orange County. The evidence-based program is highly effective in helping parents increase their child’s ability to manage frustration, independence, self-control, listening and social skills. Child Guidance Center (CGC), a leading non-profit provider of psychological services and education solutions in Orange County, will now offer the forward-thinking counseling model through its new facility in Mission Viejo, Calif.
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | June 7, 2013
A renewed debate over discipline in schools is taking place across the country as a backlash against zero-tolerance policies gains momentum. At issue is the use of suspensions to deal with students who are deemed to be "willfully defiant," a nebulous term that can include such behavior as talking back to teachers and breaking classroom rules. On the heels of national research suggesting that suspensions are administered unequally and inconsistently, some school districts - most notably Los Angeles Unified - have retreated from hard-line policies.
NEWS
By Barbara Venezia | December 27, 2007
I love this time of year: We look back at the past 12 months, beat ourselves up a little about what we could’ve done differently and promise we’ll do better next year. We strive for the “perfect year” every New Year. Like a junkie chasing that first high that can never be recaptured, the best we can hope for is as few regrets as possible. The tradition of New Year’s resolutions goes all the way back to ancient times, probably Babylonia. In 153 B.C. the Romans decided to change the new year from March 1 to Jan. 1. Some scholars believe Janus is the god of beginnings.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 20, 2014
For as long as Frank Bruni can remember, food has played a lead role in his life. In his Italian-American household in White Plains, N.Y., every family gathering was marked by culinary creations. He was a ravenous eater, with chubbiness to show for it. And bulimia made an early appearance - when he was still a toddler. A look into the rearview mirror reveals that it wasn't competitive swimming or the Atkins diet that helped him break the cycle of binging and purging. It was professional eating as the restaurant critic for the New York Times, a position he took the calculated risk of accepting.  The Newport Beach Public Library will host the 49-year-old veteran journalist, an op-ed columnist since 2011 and former Rome bureau chief for the Times, on Friday and Saturday.
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By Adolfo Flores | November 5, 2013
Orange County may soon have a Megan's Law-style website for dangerous dogs. The website probably would list the addresses of homes where dogs deemed to be dangerous or vicious are being kept, along with a description of each animal and how it got into trouble in the first place. "We know where dangerous sex offenders are living in our community," county Supervisor Todd Spitzer said. "The public has the right to know where owners are harboring a dog declared vicious or dangerous.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 22, 2013
Orange County Fairgrounds officials canceled the second session of a weekend beer-tasting event because of "unruly" attendees earlier in the day, event organizers said Monday. But in a prepared statement, fairgrounds officials countered that they shut down the Ultimate Beerfest OC session Saturday because its promoter and show manager, Karma Media Group, was not "readily responsive" to "operating deficiencies. " The deficiencies, officials said, were inadequate staffing levels at vendor booths and checkpoints, excessive consumption and not following necessary beverage-management protocols.
NEWS
By Billy Graham | July 26, 2013
Q: Aren't Christians supposed to love each other? We joined a church after moving to a new city, and all the people seem to do is bicker (often about the smallest things). I'm a newcomer to the Christian faith, but I'm getting discouraged. — Mrs. C.P. A: You're right; Christians certainly are supposed to love others, especially their fellow believers. Jesus' words couldn't be clearer: "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you" (John 15:12). When we don't love, however, it's because we haven't allowed Christ to take control of our lives and fill us with His Spirit.
SPORTS
By Leigh Steinberg | July 14, 2013
A flood of negative stories regarding athletic behavior have filled all media outlets recently. The case of accused murderer, NFL star tight end Aaron Hernandez, has triggered a nationwide discussion. There are two dangers to address: 1. The system for preventing and regulating these incidents. 2. The danger that the public will generalize these stories as reflective of overall athletic behavior and become disenchanted and disillusioned with sport. I have spent the last 40 years promoting the concept of athletes being role models.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 3, 2013
Newport Beach police will roll out a notification system specifically for the Fourth of July this year. Newport residents and beach visitors can sign up for text message alerts about road closures, traffic advisories and other information specifically for the holiday, said Jennifer Manzella, a Newport Beach police spokeswoman. Anyone can activate the service by texting NBJULY4TH to 888777. Although police had the ability in past years, this is the first time the department is pushing for people to sign up and actually sending notifications, according to Manzella.
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | June 7, 2013
A renewed debate over discipline in schools is taking place across the country as a backlash against zero-tolerance policies gains momentum. At issue is the use of suspensions to deal with students who are deemed to be "willfully defiant," a nebulous term that can include such behavior as talking back to teachers and breaking classroom rules. On the heels of national research suggesting that suspensions are administered unequally and inconsistently, some school districts - most notably Los Angeles Unified - have retreated from hard-line policies.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 5, 2013
The Internet has helped sex trafficking to flourish, but it has also provided a new batch of tools to fight the scourge, according to a Vanguard University professor. Sandy Morgan, director of the Costa Mesa university's Global Center for women and Justice, invites police and the public to learn about those tools at the annual Ensure Justice Conference this weekend. "Yes, cyberexploitation happens, and it's something we need to be better at preventing ... in the community," Morgan said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | August 28, 2012
A private investigator who called police and reported that he suspected Jim Righeimer of drunk driving denied allegations that he was hired to investigate the Costa Mesa councilman. Chris Lanzillo, 42, said in a statement that he was on another assignment Wednesday night when he spotted Righeimer getting into his SUV outside of Skosh Monahan's on Newport Boulevard. "If I was setting him up merely by calling 911, what was the purpose?" Lanzillo wrote Monday night. "Ultimately, an officer would have to make the call on if he violated any laws.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | June 8, 2012
Costa Mesa police officers assigned to city schools will return to regular patrol duties this summer, and there is no guarantee they will return to their school posts when classes start in the fall, officials said. The school resource officers, or SROs, act as campus mentors and deal with problems that go beyond what school authorities can handle. During the summer, however, the SROs, as well as a K-9 and traffic officer, will help fill positions left open by departmental restructuring and on-duty injuries.
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