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By Joseph Serna | June 3, 2009
Every time you remind Hector Zayas-Bazan that he’s 95 years old, he shoots back with a one-word reply. “Only,” the smiling Cuban native says, waving his finger in the air for emphasis. If there was ever the epitome of 95-years-young, the spry, former MIT researcher with a Spanish accent is it. He’s traveled enough for two lives — he’s been to what seems like every country in Central and South America — and says the key to his longevity is never smoking, drinking or doing wrong by people.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | December 12, 2008
Heavy cancer treatment is known for causing hair loss, and Tommy Conforti was no exception. But his friends in school didn’t want him to feel alone, so a group of Newport Elementary fifth-graders got together and submitted to the clippers. Over a single weekend, more than 20 of his classmates went out and got buzz cuts, which they called a way to make him feel more comfortable while enduring tough medical treatment. Tommy, 10, moved to the U.S. this year, and he just started at Newport Elementary in September.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 5, 2007
Up and down has been Costa Mesa High’s brand of basketball. It will be again this year for the boys, but probably in regards to its season. The Mustangs lost their entire starting five and their coach Jeff McDaniel after running and gunning. The play got them third place in the Orange Coast League and a trip to the CIF Southern Section Division III-A playoffs. It might happen again. Coach Kevin Palmer still hasn’t figured out his starting lineup, but he’s confident Costa Mesa has a chance to compete once the players adapt to his style of man-to-man defense and up-tempo offense.
LOCAL
By Brianna Bailey | December 25, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the sixth in a series of the top stories of each year since 2000. Look for the 2006 story of the year Sunday. The attorney for former Newport Beach resident Greg Haidl says his client hopes to move on with his life after serving most of a six-year prison sentence for his role in a sordid sexual assault seven years ago. The victim was a 16-year-old girl who was gang-raped as she was passed out on a pool table in the garage of his father’s Corona del Mar home.
FEATURES
By Tom Ragan | February 12, 2010
Doctors say Alexander Fedortchev has about a 50-50 chance of surviving. And that’s the good news. The bad news is that he needs aggressive treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which he was diagnosed with a little over a month ago. If he doesn’t get the treatment — and soon — his chances of survival decrease each day. But to get the treatment, he’ll need about $1 million. That sort of money doesn’t come easy to anybody, let alone an uninsured Russian immigrant whose monetary mainstay usually revolves around performing acrobatic acts for a variety of circuses, which has included Cirque du Soleil.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller | October 13, 2007
HUNTINGTON BEACH — When Sara Noel Harris was in the Newport Beach Police Explorers program as a teenager, she had a reputation for not always listening to rules. Her supervisors hatched a plan one day to make her more docile. The officers in charge — including her father — appointed her sergeant over the other cadets, then, when Harris was out of the room, asked her classmates to disobey every order she gave them. The goal was to show the feisty teen how difficult it was to deal with rebellious types.
FEATURES
By Matt Szabo | March 29, 2008
Gabino Felgueroso may be a foreign exchange student from Spain, but he has plenty in common with many of the students at Corona del Mar High. Namely, he loves to surf. So the CdM sophomore loved it last week when he and his host family went to Hawaii for a week. They stayed at Wailea, on Maui Island, and Felgueroso went surfing at Paia Bay. “It was my dream,” Felgueroso said. “I wanted to go to Hawaii since I was 3 years old. It was pretty good. I surfed; I did everything.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | August 13, 2009
He’s all grown up. A boy — Tyler Brady — is now a man. But even when he was a small boy, he was a little man. At a young age he was blessed with the passion to prove the majority wrong and granted balance — to love a game with all the purity you could imagine. He caught everyone’s eye, playing for the Newport Beach Little League and becoming a Major Division All-Star in 2001. How could you not stop watching him? He’s inspiration in action.
LOCAL
April 10, 2009
Standout junior outside linebacker Cecil Whiteside is leaning toward verbally committing to play football at UC Berkeley after an unofficial weekend visit with Coach Jeff Tedford, Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley said Friday. “He went up there and had a good trip and he’s close to committing,” Brinkley said of the 6-foot-3, 207-pound Whiteside. “Nothing is official yet. All indications are that’s going to happen, he’s on the verge of committing.
SPORTS
February 1, 2008
Charles Bauknecht will do all he can to help raise money for cystic fibrosis. He’ll push himself to the limit. He’ll go the extra mile. This is not figurative language. It’s literal. Bauknecht, a Costa Mesa resident, will run three consecutive marathons to try to raise $30,000 for cystic fibrosis. He’ll start running on Saturday night at 10, and plans to join the competitors in the Surf City Marathon Sunday morning. When he’s done, he will have logged 78.6 miles.
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By Michael Miller | May 11, 2010
Sharks don’t scare Tom Jones much. He’s paddled around great whites before. And he can put up with stormy weather, even if it means making an emergency landing. But there’s something in the water that truly frightens the extreme athlete from Huntington Beach. That would be plastic, which he considers the greatest modern threat to humans and the environment — and which he’s embarking on a quest this month to eliminate. Jones, a seven-time Muay Thai kickboxing champion and marathon runner, paddled 1,250 miles from Oregon to Mexico in 2007 to raise awareness about plastic pollution.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Brianna Bailey | May 6, 2010
When Newport Beach resident Rick Gorski picked up the new-looking tuxedo shirt on sale for a song at a neighbor’s garage sale last fall, he had no idea that he may have stumbled across a piece of clothing once owned by Frank Sinatra. “It was a beautiful shirt, and I had nothing to lose,” Gorski said. “They were selling everything so cheap.” Tucked inside a dry cleaning bag when Gorski found it on his neighbor’s driveway on sale for $5 in October, the shirt bears a distinctive label from Sunset Strip tailor Nat Wise of London embroidered with the name “Frank Sinatra” and the date “Feb.
FEATURES
By Steve Virgen | April 26, 2010
It’s nowhere near the 2010-11 boys’ basketball season, but Danny Cheek and Clayton Ragsdale can’t help but get excited when someone mentions next year. The Corona del Mar High junior standouts believe they left some unfinished business on the court. Sure, the Sea Kings (24-4) won the Pacific Coast League championship with a 10-0 record. But they think they could’ve gone further than the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division III-A playoffs.
LOCAL
By Barry Faulkner | April 23, 2010
COSTA MESA — Marc DeFrenza is not impenetrable, though his presence and performance on the mound sometimes make it seem so. The Estancia High pitcher worked five commanding innings, before surrendering his first hit and first run in the sixth inning at crosstown and Orange Coast League baseball rival Costa Mesa High Friday. He even let go of his trademark poise, if just for an instant, shouting in frustration after an error allowed a second Mustangs run to score. But DeFrenza never relinquished the lead, as his complete-game three-hitter helped the Eagles post a 4-2 win. The triumph, which included another clutch run batted in by senior first baseman Ryan Cherney, who had five RBIs in three games against Costa Mesa this season, helped the Eagles win the perpetual Paul Troxel Trophy that goes to the annual series winner.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | April 22, 2010
Common wisdom in the theater holds that you can have success with a serious, thought-provoking drama or with a flamboyant, tech-happy farce. But, as far as the genres are concerned, the twain will never meet. Until now, that is. South Coast Repertory has effected a glorious introduction with its world premiere production of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s “Doctor Cerberus,” a play that explores both the viscerally involving and the goofily outrageous with equal acumen.
FEATURES
By Steve Virgen | April 22, 2010
Opponents who face Ryan Peyton better watch for the “R.P. Effect.” But even if they know it’s coming, it’s hard to stop. Peyton’s teammates on the Corona del Mar High boys’ tennis team coined the phrase for the senior’s ability to hit every ball, allowing him to stay in a match while never showing any signs of quitting. On the contrary, the CdM No. 1 singles player continually attacks. He also tends to get on his opponents’ nerves with his aggressiveness.
FEATURES
By Steve Virgen | April 9, 2010
This boys’ volleyball season, Mattias Russo-Larsson has shown his versatility for Sage Hill School’s team. Once a rock-solid libero, he’s now the Lightning’s go-to outside hitter. But adapting and excelling in new situations isn’t anything new to Russo-Larsson. He’s prolific. On the court, he runs that way, slides this way, sacrifices his body for a dig or hits a set with all his might. Off the court, he could be described as a renaissance man. He’s not just a lover of the arts, he’s an artist.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | March 26, 2010
Running his campaign out of his Newport Beach home, Republican 70th District Assembly candidate Jay Ferguson hopes to win the seat his father held for 10 years. “I’m totally an outsider,” Jay Ferguson said. “I’m not a lawyer or a career politician, but I did kind of want to do this for a long time.” Jay Ferguson, 51, works as a general contractor and real estate agent in Newport. His dad is the late Gil Ferguson, who held the 70th District Assembly seat from 1984 to 1994.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | March 25, 2010
Newport Beach Police Officer Sam Sa walks with a subtle confidence. He doesn’t strut with his chest puffed out or offer a bone-crunching handshake when he introduces himself, though it’d be hard to blame him if he did. The 34-year-old, who doesn’t even look like he’s 30 yet, grew up in Richmond, a rough city in the San Francisco Bay Area, was a squad leader in Fallouja during one of the major offensives in the Iraq...
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