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By Brianna Bailey | February 11, 2010
From his makeshift bed atop the Lido Marina Village parking garage, Willie Boyd once had a waterfront view for which wealthier Newport Beach residents have paid millions. Homeless for the past 10 years in Newport Beach, Boyd says that he dines on lobster and ribs at some of the city’s finest restaurants, and that locals frequently slip him $20 and $50 bills. Boyd has no legs and no teeth, but feels blessed. “People in this community have been very good to me,” Boyd said.
By Brianna Bailey | February 2, 2010
Newport Beach poet Lee Mallory considers himself a poetry pusher and poetry pimp. For nearly 20 years, he’s put on monthly poetry readings in Newport Beach, hoping to coax talent out of new and aspiring poets. “If I can just get them in the door for two nights, then maybe they will go home and sit down and write,” Mallory said. A bespectacled bard with a pencil mustache, Mallory has smashed dinner plates together over his head like cymbals, showering the audience at his monthly readings at Newport’s Alta Coffee Co. with tiny shards of ceramic.
By Bryce Alderton | February 2, 2010
When Sean Shahi questioned whether he should go forward, he needed only look to others for a motivational lift. The former UC Irvine men’s golfer was content playing Monday qualifiers in hopes of sneaking into as many tournaments as possible. But his swing coach had different ideas. Bob Lasken, an instructor based out of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, suggested Shahi compete for a spot on the Asian Tour. Lasken’s suggestion came last December. As of today, Shahi, 24, has his Asian Tour card, along with financial support from his father, Peter.
By Steve Virgen | January 30, 2010
It seemed like a simple question posed to a 10-year-old. But Austin Di Giulio didn’t give me a typical answer. Austin is the younger brother of a tennis star in the making, Joseph Di Giulio. And so I asked, “Is there any pressure, being Joseph’s younger brother?” “I want to be better,” said Austin, who lives in Newport Beach. “I feel like I can play better because he can teach me how to do things and I can hit with him.” Austin is showing he has just as much talent and potential as his older brother had at such a young age. Austin, the second of three Di Giulio brothers, won the Little Mo International Tournament Dec. 19 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The tournament is named after Maureen Connolly, the tennis star from San Diego in the 1950s.
By Steve Virgen | January 18, 2010
All that’s really left for Max Bergeson to do at Corona del Mar High is to decide what college he’ll play water polo at next year. The next two weeks are important for Bergeson, who will take trips to UCLA and UC Berkeley. Then, as quick as one of his powerful left-handed shots, he’ll be done at CdM. His last name is quite familiar at the school, what with his grandmother, Marian, having her name on the aquatics center and his father, Garth, performing so well in his day with the Sea Kings.
By Joseph Serna | January 5, 2010
The county’s most prolific bank robber in recent memory, who robbed a bank in Costa Mesa early in December, has struck again in San Diego County, authorities said Thursday. The man the FBI has dubbed the Blue Note Bandit robbed a bank in La Jolla Mission Viejo on Wednesday, said Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino.   That would mark at least the 10th bank the Blue Note Bandit has hit since Nov. 24, according to data released by the FBI. Federal officials said among the banks he’s robbed, the bandit robbed a Chase Bank in Costa Mesa on Dec. 1. FBI officials said he robbed a bank in San Juan Capistrano the day before, as well as a U.S. Bank in Aliso Viejo the day after.
By Mona Shadia | December 29, 2009
Chuck Smith, senior pastor of the Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa and a leading figure of the Jesus People movement in the 1960s, is expected to fully recover after suffering a mild stroke Sunday morning, his secretary said. On Monday, Smith, 82, of Newport Beach, remained hospitalized indefinitely at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. “We are just so thankful that it was just a mild stroke,” said Laura Jackson, his secretary of 11 years. “We are thankful that his recovery is going extremely well and the family is very thankful for the love, the support and prayers from the church and the community.
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