February 4, 2011
Nineteen University of California students who were studying abroad in Egypt have been evacuated and transported to Barcelona, university officials said. As of right now, UC Irvine believes no UCI students were in the country. Although it's easier to see how many students are traveling abroad, it's hard to find out if students have traveled independently to the region, a school spokesperson said. The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for Americans, and school officials decided to temporarily stop the study abroad program in Egypt this week.
January 24, 2013
"Farewell, Fred Voodoo" By Amy Wilentz Simon & Schuster; 329 pages Fred Voodoo, we learn from Amy Wilentz's candid new book, is not a person but an epithet — the Haitian equivalent, more or less, of Joe Average. Wilentz spent years in Haiti as a foreign correspondent, and she picked up the term from fellow journalists who used it to describe their interview subjects. Watching those news reports, she grew to see the name as a form of packaging. "The objectification of the Haitians' victimization — that's one aspect of the Fred Voodoo syndrome," she writes.
August 28, 2013
COSTA MESA - There were several messages delivered, and messages within messages, and symbolism wrapped in tragedy and triumph when Kermit Alexander spoke to the Costa Mesa High football team Wednesday afternoon. But before he talked about his life and challenged the young players, he gave some advice intended for the day and the future. "A lot of times," he said, "if you keep your mouth shut, you'll learn a lot more. " And with that, the CMHS varsity football team listened, as Alexander, the former NFL football player, talked about his life and provided direction.
November 17, 2001
Richard Dunn COSTA MESA - Unseeded Wesley Whitehouse of South Africa upset top-seeded Ronald Agenor of Haiti, 6-1, 6-2, in the quarterfinals Friday of the $15,000 Costa Mesa Pro Classic at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center. Agenor, a former top-20 player in the world who surpassed the $1 million mark in career prize money in 1991, began his comeback at age 33 in 1997. Jason Cook, who received a berth in the main draw as the "lucky loser" from the qualifier, also advanced to today's semifinals after upsetting fourth-seeded Jeff Williams, 6-2, 6-3, in the quarters of the United States Tennis Association Futures event.
February 3, 2001
-- Jennifer Kho Norman Ball, a 58-year-old man who lives for half of the year in Toronto, Canada, and the other half in Scottsdale, Ariz., will walk through Costa Mesa today as part of his Walk of Hope goal to cover 8,250 miles. Ball, who has already walked more than 400 miles and raised between $20,000 and $30,000 in pledges and donations, said he is walking to bring attention to orphaned children living in streets and sewers around the world.
August 9, 2013
One of the first things done when our country was founded in 1787 was establish the United States Department of War. This agency lasted until 1947, when it was re-organized and re-named the U.S. Department of Defense. But given our history since that time, the title of U.S. Department of Offense would have been more appropriate. Since 1947, the United States has intervened militarily on more than 40 separate occasions in foreign countries. In addition to the more well-known actions like Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, that list also includes Guatemala, Iran, Cuba, Indonesia, Chile, El Salvador, Grenada, Colombia, Haiti and Somalia.
April 8, 2000
Sherilyn F. Schneekluth In his work as a genocide investigator for the United Nations, Gary Haugen has seen some of the greatest atrocities against the people of India, Rwanda and other places where human rights are violated on a daily basis. But, Haugen says, a strong faith in God can provide hope and courage and help find a peaceful solution to these and other cruel acts against humanity. Haugen also directed the U.N. genocide investigation in Rwanda and worked in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department.
May 21, 2013
The 66th annual Fish Fry and Carnival will take place May 31 through June 2 at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa. The three-day event will include the traditional world-famous $10 fish dinners, hamburgers, hot dogs, desserts, the annual cute baby contest, opportunity drawings, wine and beer. New for 2013 is the partnership with the Costa Mesa Community Run on Sunday the 2nd, and in celebration of the City of Costa Mesa's 60th anniversary. Friday night, May 31, has been designated as Costa Mesa night.
January 24, 2014
When I landed at Orange County airport Thursday night I wanted to kiss the ground. Six grueling days in New York on a book tour to promote my new book, "The Agent," (St. Martin's Press) was more than enough. We live in a summer bubble here in Newport Beach and forget how much of the rest of the country lives. New York was in the midst of a "Polar Vortex," the Wednesday temperature was eight degrees with fierce winds and snow. I had left a few weeks of 80-degree temps and was not prepared.
January 22, 2010
I met with Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor this week over a cup of coffee, and we talked a lot about issues affecting the city and his primary race for the 68th Assembly District against Assemblyman Van Tran. Full disclosure: I consider Allan a friend, and I would support him in anything he does. With that out of the way, let me give you a little background about the 68th Assembly District. It encompasses all of Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley, 83% of Stanton, 70% of Westminster, 65% of Garden Grove and 10% of Anaheim and Newport Beach.