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NEWS
November 15, 2008
Two words come to mind when you consider Assemblyman Chuck DeVore’s bid for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s job. Longshot. Gumption. Let’s hope we don’t add “quixotic” to that list. Consider this: She clobbered former California Secretary of State Bill Jones by 20 points four years ago. (An interesting aside: Remember our very own Judge Jim Gray netted about 1.8% of the vote as a Libertarian in that race.) So we know this — DeVore’s going to need a mighty big slingshot to take down the Goliath by the Bay. And he thinks he’s got it in his sense of how to manipulate the new media — just like his new political idol, President-elect Barack Obama.
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SPORTS
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | November 23, 2007
It’s hard not to notice Cecil Whiteside. At any given football game, he’s the Newport Harbor High defender who’s flying around the field, who always seems to be near the ball. In the Sailors’ starting lineup, he’s the only sophomore. On the Sailors’ football team, he’s the only African American. So fading into the woodwork just isn’t a viable option for the Sailors’ starting middle linebacker. Not when he’s second in the Sunset League with 98 tackles.
FEATURES
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | February 28, 2008
Ryan Bagwell always thought he would like to coach volleyball. He just had no idea it would be this soon. Bagwell, 20, was a senior on the 2006 Costa Mesa High volleyball team that went to the CIF Southern Section Division III championship match, under Chris Komer. It was the farthest a Costa Mesa boys’ team had ever gone in the volleyball postseason. The Mustangs lost to Santa Monica in four games after winning their first league title. Now in his second year at Orange Coast College, Bagwell elected to forgo playing volleyball for the Pirates to coach the Mustangs boys’ team this year.
NEWS
May 2, 2009
Now that Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau has announced he will retire in September, naturally speculation will lead to his successor. It would seem obvious that Assistant City Manager Dave Kiff should step right in. He’s highly thought of, he’s shown his capability — particularly his central role in solving the thorny rehabilitation-home issue — and he’s next in line. So it makes sense to endorse him, right? Not so fast. We have no major objections to Kiff.
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.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | October 28, 2009
Costa Mesa native Billy Joe Johnson is a cold-blooded serial killer who won’t stop until he’s dead, Deputy Dist. Atty. Ebrahim Baytieh said during closing arguments in Johnson’s trial Wednesday. “He’s the one who kept sending himself back and back and back to prison. He’s the one who did that. His choices,” Baytieh told the jury in the conclusion to the penalty phase of the trial. “Mr. Johnson made Mr. Johnson who he is. This isn’t about vengeance.
SPORTS
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | August 29, 2007
With a majority of veterans returning on the offensive line, Estancia High Coach Mike Bargas is looking for five beefy guys to provide the backbone for his team. Three of the starting five on the line returned this year, christened with a trip to the playoffs under former coach Brian Barnes, who left to take a job at Tesoro. Senior first-team all-league quarterback Mike Morley (6-foot-1, 166 pounds) also returns, which gives Bargas even more reason to lean hard on his offense this year.
LOCAL
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | May 8, 2008
No one does 180 cut-backs in University Park, Penn. You can’t. The nearest bit of ocean is more than 250 miles away, and for Mark Liebermann, that was not a good thing. When Liebermann, a senior outside hitter on the Newport Harbor High volleyball team, saw the Penn State men’s volleyball team claim its second national title last week in the Bren Events Center, he didn’t know what to think. “It was weird,” Liebermann said. Just months ago, he’d stood in Coach Mark Pavlik’s office on an official recruiting visit, surrounded by trophies.
LOCAL
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | May 3, 2008
There’s no question Travis Russell loves winning because he’s a competitor, because he wants to be the best. But chances are, he also likes to do it just to make life difficult for everyone else behind him on the leaderboard. After all, this is the kid who gets a kick out of jamming his coach’s golf clubs — even his woods — in his bag the wrong way, then dumping his balls in between the liner and the hard case to top it off. Don’t feel too bad for Newport Harbor golf coach Scott Tarnow.
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