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By Imran Vittachi | November 5, 2010
Seventeen minutes. That's all it took for me to vote for the first time as an American. Tuesday night's visit to the polls was a first, too, in that I'd never voted for anything or any election associated with any of the three other countries whose passports I have held: France, Britain and Sri Lanka. Although I have spent about three-quarters of my existence to date living in the United States, as a green card holder I moved around stateside and abroad so often that it took me years before I could consistently meet the federal government's minimum criteria for residency in order to apply for U.S. naturalization.
September 15, 2010
In your story covering "The Ride," where "hundreds, if not more than a 1,000," "thunderous" motorcycles roar down PCH ("'Every year we cry,'" Sept. 12), you make it sound like these riders are somehow doing something noble and patriotic by disrupting the peace in our town. As a longtime resident of Newport Beach, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. Most of these motorcycles have been illegally modified for the sole purpose of making them unbelievably loud and noisy.
By Mike Reicher, | July 26, 2010
It takes a lot to knock down a 220-pound former farmer. Bruce Roberts, a tough-talking Costa Mesa man who used to hunt and trap, and his Boston terrier, Bones, were ambushed Saturday by three coyotes. The man and his dog were taking their early-morning walk in West Newport near West Coast Highway when three coyotes stalked them from behind and pounced on Bones, toppling Roberts in the process, he said. While Bones survived the mauling by the coyotes, in which he required 16 stitches, the experience shook up Roberts — and he's not the only one. Residents in Big Canyon, a gated community on the other side of Newport, have also complained to city and state officials recently about seemingly more aggressive coyotes.
By Joseph Serna, | July 15, 2010
COSTA MESA — Shade, anywhere it was available, was the place to be Thursday as residents tried to cope with the first sweltering heat of the summer. Costa Mesa offered the local senior center as a cooling zone, and the community pool was open briefly for some lap swimming, city officials said. The pool will be open today to non-lap swimmers. Public safety officials in Newport-Mesa offered some general tips for people to avoid being too affected by the summer sun. The public should avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate, and should wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
By Jon Haber, Special to the Daily Pilot | July 10, 2010
Scott McGinnis, a former counselor at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, found himself back at his old stomping grounds in Glendale this spring, nearly 30 years after attending the Grandview Presbyterian Church's Children's Center Preschool. Standing inside the sanctuary in front of an assembly of people, including friends and family, McGinnis was ordained and installed as the newest pastor of the church, with which he had established a connection when he was a child. It was the proud culmination of a process that began eight months prior, he said, when he first preached during a service at Grandview in October.
By Matt Szabo, | July 9, 2010
ALISO VIEJO — In the middle of an early pitching change, the Newport Beach National Little League 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars were already down four runs Thursday night. The team moms in the stands got a little restless, or were at least searching for things to talk about. "LeBron James is going to the Miami Heat," one of them said after glancing at her phone. Newport Beach is also feeling the heat in the District 55 All-Star tournament after suffering its first loss, falling to Lake Forest, 9-5, in Thursday's semifinal game at Woodfield Park.
By Cindy Frazier, | June 28, 2010
Immigrant rights activists gathered in downtown Laguna Beach early today to denounce the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. About 20 people from various community groups and religious organizations in Laguna Beach and surrounding areas held signs and handed out Spanish-language materials at the Laguna Beach Bus Depot on Broadway. The protest was organized to counter a rumored Border Patrol sting targeting employees getting off buses to work in Laguna.
By Tom Ragan | March 11, 2010
Newport Harbor High School’s culinary team took first place over the weekend in the California ProStart Competition, a two-day cooking event in Sacramento. The school, which competed against 15 other California high schools, will advance to the finals in Overland, Kan., April 30 through May 2. This is the second year in a row that the high school has placed first in the competition, which is hosted by the California Restaurant Assn. Educational Foundation. “This year we felt confident, but honestly I didn’t think we would win because there were a lot of strong teams,” said Edgardo Meza, a senior at Newport Harbor High.
March 10, 2010
On Monday, State Sen. Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield), whose voting record has consistently gone against legislative measures that favor gay rights and are friendly to homosexuals, lesbians and transgender people, told a hometown radio station that he is gay. He came out while answering questions about his arrest for suspected DUI on March 3. It turned out that he had visited a gay bar in the hours leading up to his arrest, according to...
By Mona Shadia | March 6, 2010
Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts . The Newport Harbor Baseball Assn. is a nonprofit that serves kids from of all income levels. Through an agreement between the city of Costa Mesa and Newport-Mesa Unified School District, the league uses several fields owned by the district. While trying to develop young athletes, the baseball association also must raise $100 to $125 per child and an additional $100,000 a year to keep up with the demands of maintaining the Newport-Mesa fields it uses, said Lantz Bell, the group’s president.
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