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By Jill Cowan | July 2, 2013
This article has been corrected. See note below. In another U-turn in the long and bumpy ride that has been the fight over Southern California's beach bonfires, Newport Beach officials on Tuesday withdrew an application to remove the city's fire rings that was set to be heard by the California Coastal Commission next week. Newport City Manager Dave Kiff wrote in a letter to commission Deputy Director Sherilyn Sarb that, "While the most sensible thing to do is simply delay the commission's consideration of our application, we understand this is not possible.
By Lauren Williams | July 1, 2013
This article has been corrected. See note below. Jan Mabie and Beth Syverson sat outside the courthouse in Santa Ana about 6:30 a.m. Monday, waiting for a marriage license. By 8 a.m., Mabie, dressed in a green shirt and slacks, and Syverson, who painted her toenails different colors of the rainbow for the occasion, were one of the first couples to wed at the Old Orange County Courthouse after the 9th District Court of Appeals lifted the state's ban on same-sex marriages last week.
June 22, 2013
The California Coastal Commission is poised to discuss Newport Beach's 60 fire rings at its meeting in Ventura on July 10 and 11. This is the second time since March that the item has been on the Coastal Commission agenda, and could lead to a verdict one day shy of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's July 12 vote on bonfire rules. In early 2012, the Newport Beach City Council voted in favor of removing the beach rings and approached the Commission with a coastal permit application.
By Jill Cowan | June 12, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday closed out some leftover accounting on the city's new Civic Center, the estimated total cost of which inched up to $139.9 million, according to a staff report. "Tonight," Assistant City Manager Steve Badum told the council, "I'm hoping to bring you to the end of a long journey that started five years ago. " The council approved increasing the project's contingency fund to $6.5 million from $1.62 million to pay for late changes to design and construction needs - though Badum said the city is still working with contractors to negotiate down that amount.
By Barry Faulkner | June 1, 2013
COSTA MESA - It was less than a marquee matchup, on the most remote field at Jack Hammett Sports Complex, played with the last of Friday's daylight, between two winless teams that had lost their first game by identical 5-0 margins. Neither team had the luxury of a substitute and one squad - Sonora Elementary - was working with a fill-in coach who in order to better direct the players he had just met, attempted to hurriedly write their names on the backs of their light blue Daily Pilot Cup uniform T-shirts with a ball-point pen. Yet the third- and fourth-grade boys' silver division soccer contest that unfolded between the California Cougars and the Sonora Eagles on Friday was, one might suggest, as good as the Pilot Cup can deliver.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 30, 2013
After months of uncertainty, a school designed to give Newport-Mesa students a jump on college is expanding next school year. Students at Early College High School in Costa Mesa will be able to take extra classes at two local colleges, and in the future might be able to earn guaranteed acceptance into UC Irvine, school officials announced this week. Since January, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District has searched for a partner to teach college-level classes at the high school.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 28, 2013
Local students will soon be able to earn college credit from a private university in Los Angeles County while completing high school courses in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. During a study session of the district's school board Tuesday, Charles Hinman, assistant superintendent of secondary education, introduced a partnership with Marymount California University in Rancho Palos Verdes that would allow juniors and seniors to concurrently enroll in high school classes and college courses covering mostly the same material.
May 16, 2013
Dorr-Carey Engagement Announcement Mr. and Mrs. George Carey of Balboa Island are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Morgan Carey  to John Wells Dorr III, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dorr II of Lafayette, CA. Jennifer is a graduate of Newport Harbor High School and the University of Hawaii where she competed in volleyball. She is the Assistant Volleyball Coach at the University of California at Berkeley. John is a graduate of Las Lomas High School and the University of California at Berkeley where he competed in swimming.
By Patrice Apodaca | May 3, 2013
Underlying all the many issues in education is one big, persistent problem: income inequality. From preschool to college, from test scores to technology access, socioeconomic status is the single most important determinant of student opportunity and achievement. This has long been, and probably will always be the case, but it hasn't always been addressed or even fully acknowledged. Recently, however, some bold, yet vastly different, responses to the have/have-not problem have emerged, each bringing fresh controversy while challenging our ideas about how far our public school system should go to try to engineer solutions.
April 24, 2013
ROBERT LANGFORD MONTGOMERY, JR. 1927-2013 Robert Langford Montgomery, Jr., Harvard '50 mcl, Ph.D. '56 died on February 26, 2013 in Newport Beach, CA. A navy veteran of World War II, he was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California - Irvine from 1967, just two years after its founding, until his retirement in 1994. Earlier he had taught at the University of Texas at Austin and at Williams and held a Fulbright Fellowship in France. His academic work centered on the poetry and prose of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
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