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October 17, 2002
Tom Titus It's been nearly a half century since little Patty McCormack chilled the blood of Broadway and movie audiences as the charming 8-year-old murderess in "The Bad Seed," but this vehicle never seems to run out of steam when it comes to electrifying its viewers. In a hauntingly effective revival of Maxwell Anderson's play (which he based on William March's novel), Costa Mesa's Trilogy Playhouse is presenting this well-known, but still somewhat terrifying, story for a new generation of audiences.
September 12, 2001
So this is what it was like nearly 60 years ago. Dec. 7, 1941: The day of infamy. This is what our mothers and fathers, our grandfathers and grandmothers felt when this nation's heart was "suddenly and deliberately" ripped from its chest on that winter morning. When they were forced to stop their lives and defend the mantle of freedom. We -- my generation -- didn't know nor could we feel what they knew and felt and still remember. Our only connections to that day, when our country's freedom was assaulted, are their stories and our history books and that infamous piece of black and white film of the USS Arizona exploding in a towering plume of smoke.
By Don Jergler | November 8, 2011
If you were to tune out the din of numerous voices talking shop this weekend at the National Assn. of Realtors Conference & Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is expected to draw nearly 18,000 people in the real estate business from all over the nation, you'd hear some new voices. "Hey, bra, you check out the latest home price index? It's sweet!" That's not so far-fetched if you happen to be listening Matt Clements with Prudential in Laguna Niguel. To hear him you'd almost think he was channeling Keanu Reeves' surfer dude character in "Point Break.
By Michael Alexander | November 18, 2008
Every American knows who won the presidential election this year. But what were voters thinking when they went into the polling booths? That’s the question national pollster John Zogby spent more than an hour on as the first speaker this season in UCI’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series. His answer? They just wanted someone who could get the job done. “There’s a critical mass of voters, over 80%, telling us they want a problem solver,” he said.
June 12, 2009
It was with disbelief and a heavy heart that I read the May 31 letter by Tami Chapman regarding the elimination of Sandy Finestone’s position at Hoag Hospital’s breast center. Those of us who have experienced the shock of being told we had the disease followed by operations, chemotherapy and radiation would have fared far worse without the constant caring always available from Sandy. She had the answers to questions our doctors might not have the time for or we felt were too intimate to share with anyone else.
By JIM RIGHEIMER | January 2, 2009
Mark my words, 2009 in will go down as the year of the bailouts and no matter what anyone says or does there will be no way to stop the flood of handouts that are about to happen. If President Bush could bail out Wall Street and Detroit with 700 billion taxpayer dollars, there is no way to argue against the $1 trillion President-elect Barack Obama wants to bail out homeowners with “toxic loans,” states that agreed to cover pensions they could not afford and any failing business that can say with a straight face, “It is not my fault.
By Amanda Pennington | June 11, 2007
With Generation Y establishing itself in the workforce, there are new challenges that employers must face when hiring the 18- to 29-year-olds. But those challenges can also translate into positives for the hiring company as the new breed of professionals brings with them a heightened awareness of technology and education, local business leaders said. First the bad news: Gen Y workers are more focused on themselves and less likely to stick with a company for long periods of time.
By Sarah Peters | January 5, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH — If the walls of this beachside jazz joint could talk, oh, the story they would tell. Those walls of The Blue Beet date back 100 years, but the music venue and restaurant near the Newport Pier over the years has been shaped by much more than just jazz and steaks, said Scott Lewis, the general manager. "It's been around for a long time, serving as a hangout in one way or another," said Lewis, 32, whose father bought the Blue Beet in the early 1980s, sold it, then re-purchased it in the late '90s.
February 25, 2001
I laugh all the way to the bank when I think of the alleged consumer advocates' attack on utilities, which are the victims, not the cause, of our power crisis. I receive a royalty for electricity generated from geothermal steam. It is now more than three times the amount I received during January and February of 1999. The cost per kilowatt hour purchased by Southern California Edison is more than it charges its customers. It does not take much brains for an honest man to see that this is unfair and won't continue for long.
December 11, 1999
Alex Coolman Move over Y2K bug, here comes the apocalypse. As if it weren't difficult enough to plan for New Year's Eve, this year the religiously minded have to cope with the additional concern that the turn of the millennium will not simply see a few technical glitches, but will be an event of a somewhat greater magnitude: the end of the world. It may not appear to every interpreter of world affairs that the seven trumpets of Revelation have been blowing, that the four horsemen have been out riding around and that the seven seals have been opened, signaling the advent of End Times.
By Jim Carnett | January 20, 2014
It's my birthday this week, and I intend to ignore it. I have the right! I'll close my eyes, plug my ears and sing "la la la la la!"  Whoosh!  See. My birthday's gone. Call it denial.  Call it anything you like.  But this birthday isn't going to register on the Carnett Richter Scale of Birthdays.  Not like that momentous first birthday did, way, way back. Or the one 35 years later when my beautiful wife, Hedy, surprised me with a huge birthday bash. Or the 65th when Hedy threw another fête and most of my living friends and relations showed up. But, sorry folks, I'm not into it this year.  It's my intention to let this one glide by without notice.  A freighter in the night.
By Patrice Apodca | October 18, 2013
The term "sandwich generation" has been around for a few decades, but the issue of caring for geriatric parents is gaining urgency as our population steadily ages. Increasingly, baby boomers and Gen-Xers find themselves caught between their responsibilities to their children and the needs of their elderly parents, all while hurtling toward their own impending dotage. It's an uncomfortable position, fraught with heartbreaking uncertainty and excruciating decisions complicated by the emotional baggage of family history.
By Michael Miller | August 14, 2013
To young cancer patients nationwide, Roger Daltrey is the new boss. And whatever The Who may have sung decades ago, he's not the same as the old boss. That was the thought that crossed my mind when I attended Daltrey's show Saturday at the OC Fair, then put in a call Monday to the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program, which the singer launched with bandmate Pete Townshend in 2011. The men who once snarled at those who "try to put us down" are now serving as protectors for a very different generation.
By Rhea Mahbubani | August 8, 2013
Roger Daltrey doesn't perform at fairs. Usually, anyway. Saturday's concert at the Pacific Amphitheatre will be his second such gig in a career spanning 50 years. The first was in Minnesota in the 1990s. The details escape him, he said - it's been so long. Hardcore fans tend to flock to theaters and arenas, regardless of whether it's a solo program or a tour by the Who. Fairs are a strange sort of fun because you can never be sure what you're going to get, Daltrey admitted. What about the OC Fair urged him to sign up, then?
By Len Bose | August 1, 2013
This week, I headed out onto the harbor with the idea of interviewing two people with interesting summer jobs. My first stop was easy, I stopped by Duffy Electric Boat Rentals at 2001 W. Coast Hwy. to interview Kelly Blake, the son of one of my best friends. Kelly is 19 and has been attending Orange Coast College. Like any 19-year-old male working on our harbor, Kelly's passion is chasing waves, females and skating. His job entails checking in and out Duffy boat rentals, detailing, and instructing people how to operate and navigate the boats around our harbor.
By Bradley Zint | July 13, 2013
An "urban industrial" housing project in Costa Mesa's Westside is being marketed with Millennial buyers in mind. Sea House - a 33-home tract at 1036 W. 18th St. - will feature three-story homes starting in the low $600,000s. The development will feature contemporary elements, such as rooftop decks with ocean views, USB charging stations and first-floor offices that appeal to younger buyers, representatives from Irvine-based developer MBK Homes said during a press tour Friday.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 1, 2013
On a Monday in mid-April, a handful of students piled into a couple of cars in Costa Mesa and headed north. For some of the high schoolers it was their first time outside Orange County. They were on a trip with Save Our Youth, or SOY, the nonprofit that boosts education and combats violence for minority students on the Westside of Costa Mesa. After a three-hour drive, they arrived at UC Santa Barbara where a student took them on a personal tour. "He didn't just show us around, he explained some signification places of the school and what they had to offer," said Ricky Herrera, a junior from Estancia High School.
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | April 19, 2013
Only once in the Bible does God command us to remember one of our enemies. His name was Amalek. In Deuteronomy 25:17-19 (KJV), we read: "Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God. Therefore it shall be, when the Lord thy God hath given thee rest from all...
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 11, 2013
After a quarter of a century, employees at Mariners Christian School had to pause to think about what's changed since the school opened in 1987. "Usually people change and come and go, but it's easier to answer what has not changed," said Kathy Hilts, who helped form the private Costa Mesa institution and still works in the office. Mariners is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Thursday, Hilts and Susan Nielson, who have been with the school since its inception, reminisced about the beginning.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 14, 2013
First-grader Max Razmjoo belted out a string of random digits Thursday, stopping only briefly for breath and to say "um" a few times. He was reciting pi - hundreds of digits of it. But then he got stuck. Keeping score, math department Chairwoman Meggen Stockstill shook her head as Max stumbled. "No wait!" he said. "6-2-6-0. " And from there he was back on track, finishing out a round 500 digits. Pi is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, about equal to 3.14159.
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