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September 20, 2003
STEVE SMITH In the thick of important events, it is difficult for most of us to stop for a moment and realize that we are witnessing history. Today, for example, it is easy to ignore that we are in the thick of the recall and that it is something we should be discussing with our children on an almost daily basis. The recall is not a circus, despite Joe Bell's claim on Sept. 11 and Sen. Diane Feinstein's on Sept. 15. From what I can read and hear, Bell and Feinstein are about the only two people left who are still clinging to a description closer to hysterical than historical.
November 16, 2003
It seems to happen too often. A young life stricken down in its prime, parents unfairly having to deal with the death of a child taken from them. And at Corona del Mar High school it has happened again, this time to a well-loved young man named Matt Ramirez. Matt was 17 years old when his life ended as he rode his dirt bike in the desert area of Glamis, a popular spot for off-road enthusiasts. He was struck by a dune buggy and died in his father's arms.
April 29, 2000
Fairview Park is located on the bluffs in Costa Mesa, adjacent to Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, overlooking Orange County. From the edge, you can look out over Huntington Beach, Long Beach and the Pacific Ocean. The sunsets, with Catalina in full view, are often magnificent. At 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, you can see the fireworks exploding over Disneyland. And if you're quiet, you can hear them, too. To those who do not frequent the park, it could be considered ugly.
By PETER BUFFA | February 7, 2009
Yes, it is that time once again: The awards have been announced. Not the Oscars. That doesn’t happen until Feb. 22. We’re talking about the Darwin Awards. The voting is done, the ballots have been counted, except for Florida, and the 2008 winners have stepped into the history books. They’ve also stepped into the afterlife, since that’s how you earn a Darwin in the first place — by doing yourself in a startlingly dumb fashion. Are the 2008 Darwins the best ever?
By Bradley Zint | September 27, 2013
To the untrained eye, the area of Costa Mesa's Fairview Park near the cliffs offers sweeping ocean views, but the grounds themselves may not look like much. It's a mesa of dirt, brush, trails, mounds and rocks among bicycle tracks, footprints and paw prints. But within that dusty medley on a recent afternoon, a pair of archaeologists found themselves uncovering a more subtle history. Eyes focused on the ground, Patricia Martz and Sylvere Valentin saw ancient tools where others saw rocks.
By Patrice Apodaca | May 20, 2011
Chris Welsh is the kind of man little boys dream of becoming, a rare, boundary-pushing breed whose life is full of exploration, derring-do and far-off places. He's a nerves-of-steel guy who flies planes and helicopters, races boats, goes on off-road dirt bike journeys and swims with great white sharks. Now Welsh is poised to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, a solo ride to the deepest reaches of the ocean, a project so startlingly daring that Welsh convinced Sir Richard Branson — the British billionaire whose resume also includes the title "adventurer" — to help foot the bill.
By Alicia Robinson | February 26, 2006
EL MORRO VILLAGE ? The second of four generations to have lived in this unusual, seaside mobile home park, Shari Ravenscroft seemed serene rather than sad as she picked her way through a house and porch full of boxes Wednesday. "We've raised six kids here," she said. "The oldest and the youngest began their lives here." Now they've largely packed up and gone elsewhere, as have most of the people living at El Morro. They're leaving to comply with a March 1 deadline, one provision of a settlement most residents reached with the state of California, which owns the park property.
October 20, 2002
I wholeheartedly admit it; I'm a clean freak. Much to my family's chagrin I believe that there should be a place for everything and everything should be in its place. Another confession: one of my favorite haunts is The Container Store. Just walking in makes me feel lightheaded. Organization makes my heart sing. I'm not sure what makes me this way. If you believe in the horoscope thing, you could just write me off as a Virgo perfectionist. You may want to analyze this: I need some semblance of order to be productive.
December 30, 1999
From a news perspective, the 1990s in Newport-Mesa had it all. Million-dollar embezzlements by officials in a city and a school district. A sexual harassment scandal in the Newport Beach Police Department that took down the chief and his top lieutenant. A hard-fought and highly emotional political campaign over a proposed airport that divided the north and the south. An ongoing environmental story. An international sports star in our backyard. A devastating car crash and its aftermath, including what many called a modern miracle.
By Joseph Serna | June 4, 2010
In what city officials are calling a potential win-win for Newport Beach, the Port of Long Beach will begin accepting applications next month from cities looking to dump underwater sediment into that port as part of its expansion project. "If we don't get into this window the Port of Long Beach is opening for us, it's going to hurt us financially," said Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller. "It's a win-win. We're not taking a risk. We have nothing to lose." In what may prove to be a fortunate coincidence for Newport Beach, the Port of Long Beach is undergoing its $750 million Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project that would connect two shipping terminals divided by water into one giant wharf at the same time that Newport Beach is dredging its harbor.
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