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February 14, 2007
"We want to set you up with a really great guy, Andy Walburger." Who? Set me up? Sure, why not? I laced up my Converse basketball shoes and made my way to the front door. I was late for practice. I was a junior at Newport Harbor High School. He was a senior at La Serna High School in Whittier. The last thing I heard as I raced out the door and down our red brick front steps was Mary Ellen and her husband, Randy, laughing with my mom, "I can see the wedding napkins now — 'Andy and Mandy.
By Joseph Serna | June 3, 2010
A Huntington Beach mother pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Santa Ana's Central Justice Center to abducting her daughter from her foster father last week in Newport Beach, sparking a statewide Amber Alert. Angela Aiton, 34, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 11 after pleading not guilty to a felony count of child stealing. With a 2005 conviction for residential burglary on her record, a conviction in this case could land Aiton in prison for up to eight years, prosecutors said.
April 3, 2000
Noaki Schwartz "Oriundi" revolves around the ghosts of a passionate love story between two Italians who emigrate to Brazil. Together, they pour their energy into opening a pasta factory, which -- guided by their love -- is at first enormously successful. However, with the passing of time and changing of hands from one generation to the next, that feeling is somehow lost and becomes as stale as dried pasta. The story opens generations later with the Italian curmudgeon Pepe, played by Anthony Quinn, who has become bereft of any will to live.
April 25, 2002
The nation's No. 1 Mercedes-Benz dealership, Fletcher Jones Motorcars, confirmed its reputation by setting a record with its first-quarter sales figures. Generating nearly $107 million in revenue, Fletcher Jones surpassed its projections by increasing its sales of new cars by 19% and previously owned models by 7% over the last year. "We are delighted that our first-quarter sales have eclipsed our initial expectations, a trend we will continue to nurture by continuing our tradition of providing unprecedented customer service coupled with a wide array of owner benefits," General Manager Garth Blumenthal said in a press release.
January 13, 2007
1925 Born July 4 in Bowdon, N.D. 1929 Moves with family to Compton 1942 Drops out of high school and enters U.S. Navy during World War II 1947 Drops out of Los Angeles City College and takes job in trailer factory 1948 Marries Donna Mae Setterstrom 1951 Founds Fleetwood Enterprises, a company designing Venetian-blind system for travel trailers 1954 ...
April 11, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Forget the bikini. It's Easter. Somewhere along the way, the Christian holiday became associated with jellybeans and chocolate bunnies. And chocolatier Bodega, which has its flagship store at South Coast Plaza and its factory in Costa Mesa, has some of the richest, darkest, most decadent bunnies in town. It's almost too decadent for some, at least temporarily. "Lots of people gave up chocolate for Lent," said employee Darla Sink as she tempted passers-by with free samples in front of the store.
By: Andrew Edwards | September 23, 2005
As expected, the Virgin Megastore at Triangle Square was no longer in business Thursday. Cardboard boxes, visible through locked glass doors, were stacked inside the store. A note was posted on the shop's entrances to inform customers that it was no longer a place to buy entertainment. The Virgin Entertainment Group announced in June that the store would close Thursday. The initial announcement was that the store was approaching the end of its lease at Triangle Square.
July 22, 2005
I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard at the movies. For all its raunchiness and, "The Wedding Crashers" is a goofy comedy about two buddies who have made a successful career of crashing weddings in order to score with the ladies. ("It's like fishing with dynamite," one remarks.) It also showcases the daft comedic sensibilities of stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. John (Wilson) and Jeremy (Vaughn) are glib Washington divorce mediators, but still frat boys at heart.
March 24, 2011
A Costa Mesa woman accused of being the mastermind of an identity theft ring, and who was out on bail, has been charged with stealing more identities while awaiting trial on the first case, prosecutors announced Thursday. Georgia Lichia Su, 41, is charged with multiple felony counts of forgery, commercial burglary, identity theft, and using fictitious instruments. Prosecutors added a possible sentencing enhancement for allegedly committing the crimes while out on bail for a similar, 2010 case.
By Elaine Stuckey | April 6, 2006
If you could go anywhere in the world for a vacation, what country would you choose? No matter how often I was asked this question, the answer was always the same: Ireland. Having been brought up surrounded by Irish relatives and neighbors and having heard so many wonderful tales of "the old sod," it is no wonder that a trip to Ireland was my dream. In 2004 it was time to fulfill my dream. However, because of illness, the trip had to be canceled twice. Things finally came together in 2005 when my cousin, Marg Morrison of Pittsfield, Mass.
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