December 28, 2001
Young Chang Newport-Mesa may not be the most festive of cities on New Year's Eve -- we are, after all, a quieter crew than the revelers on Sunset Boulevard -- but those looking for anything but a cozy evening at home can still party into 2002. Local restaurants, hotels, cruise services and theaters will gladly play host for the evening. Some of them, including a few picked here, will even send you home with party favors. Skosh Monahan's Irish pub and steakhouse in Costa Mesa will offer a special menu on the 31st in addition to its regular fare.
November 20, 2001
This letter is in response to the recent controversy regarding the use of the Confederate flag within Newport Harbor High School's band performance at the football game against Westchester High School on Nov. 9 (Newport Harbor High apologies for halftime show," Thursday). As with many other areas in education, band field shows must be conceived and planned out well before the school year is in session since they begin rehearsals in late August. Our chosen theme this year is "A Requiem for Soldiers: A Nation Divided Stands United" and is designed around the Civil War. As my drill designer and I thought through the music, the movement and the props that were to be used, we agreed that anything represented from one side of that conflict must be equally represented on the other.
December 4, 2001
Dennis Rodman has been acceptably complacent lately. Trustee Wendy Leece has not stirred up controversy with her conservative ploys in at least a few weeks. There are not enough surfers in the winter for us to care about sharks, the blueprints for the Costa Mesa skate park are somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle and trustee Jim Ferryman has not caused any new trouble. Luckily, the Newport-Mesa area has a new issue, fresh out of the oven and straight to your breakfast plates for shameless consumption: there was a Confederate flag on the football field.
January 3, 2002
Watching "Blast!" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center is akin to enjoying a humongous halftime show at a football game -- and caring less whether the teams ever show up to start the second half. There may not be 76 trombones in this 60-performer extravaganza, but it certainly sounds like there could be. And when the drummers square off for the electrifying "Battery Battle" near the close of the first act, all Hades seems to break loose. "Blast!"
September 2, 2010
COSTA MESA — Costa Mesa High could not even get the stereo to play for its halftime show. The cheerleaders did not have much to dance to Thursday night. The Mustangs on the football field are off to another inauspicious start. It has been nine years since Costa Mesa last won a season opener. The drought continues. Buena Park traveled to Jim Scott Stadium and ran through the Mustangs en route to a 40-17 victory. The Coyotes snapped a six-game losing streak dating back to last season.
September 16, 2000
Brad Alan Lewis At the south end of the Olympic Stadium, just before the Opening Ceremonies were to begin, a lone spectator stood up. He shouted at the top of his lungs: "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie.!" Thousands of natives in the crowd responded without a moment's hesitation, shouting back - Oy, Oy, Oy." After a moment the spectator repeated his plea: "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie." This time the response was deafening - over 50,000 Aussies give their response, "Oy, Oy, Oy."
January 22, 2002
OCC teachers must continue classroom debate Regarding Orange Coast College instructor Ken Hearlson's discriminatory remarks against his Muslim students in class Sept. 18, Joseph Bell (The Bell Curve -- "A lost chance to debate academic freedom," Dec. 27) gets close to the main issue when he says that for a college instructor, "the line between provocation and bullying is amorphous." However, Bell falls short when he says it is "the ultimate responsibility of the teacher to decide if he is crossing that line."
October 20, 2007
For a photo gallery of this game, click here. PLACENTIA — The helicopter landed at midfield, stirring the crowd as it shook the stadium at halftime. Newport Harbor High was not nearby, but it desperately needed its offense to be rescued. Too bad the helicopter was for Esperanza’s homecoming festivities. The Sailors came to Esperanza’s turf, Valencia High, trying to show that last year’s upset against the Aztecs in their return to the Sunset League was no fluke.
February 21, 2004
STEVE SMITH I suppose I really should thank Janet Jackson for supporting what I've been yammering about for the past seven years. That is, nearly all of what is shown on television is garbage. Jackson only made it worse by ambushing parents during what should have been a G-rated program. Last Tuesday, an astute letter writer offered in response that Justin Timberlake should also be called on the carpet for this pitiful performance. After all, wasn't he the one who ripped the clothing of off Jackson's body to reveal her bare breast?
March 27, 2004
STEVE SMITH So Howard Stern gets fined, booted off a whopping six radio stations out of his zillion and we're supposed to believe that the Federal Communications Commission has finally grown a spine. Fining Howard Stern for inappropriate language is like citing Dale Earnhardt, Jr., for speeding. You may as well have thrown Muhammad Ali in jail for assault or written up the Beatles for disturbing the peace. As a parent, I'm not overwhelmed by the fact that Stern has a trashy show.