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From the Los Angeles Times | July 2, 2012
Orange County's Great Park balloon has been grounded for inspection after a giant balloon in Hong Kong made by the same manufacturer sprang a leak and dropped from the sky last week, injuring five people. Great Park officials shut down the ride for an immediate inspection Friday after learning about the Hong Kong incident, said Great Park spokesman Marcus Ginnaty. Crews didn't discover any issues with the balloon, but Ginnaty said it will remain grounded until inspectors sent by the manufacturer - Paris-based Aerophile - arrive in Irvine to conduct their own investigation.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | July 17, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — Melissa Matsuoka can appreciate how a good doubles team is supposed to play. This week, she has been part of a good one herself with her Corona del Mar High teammate Lindsay Zotovich. But, in Thursday’s girls’ 18 doubles semifinals at the 19th annual Balboa Bay Club Junior Tournament, Matsuoka and Zotovich ran into a team playing at just a bit higher level. The sister tandem of Chun-Wing Sher and Pui-Wing Sher, from Hong Kong, ousted Matsuoka and Zotovich, 6-2, 6-4, at the Balboa Bay Club Racquet Club.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | July 12, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - Danielle Willson definitely was able to smile a little bit more Friday afternoon at The Tennis Club Newport Beach, and it was easy to understand why. On Thursday, Willson fell in a tough girls' 14 singles semifinal at The Tennis Club Junior Tournament, better known as the "War by the Shore. " But the Newport Beach resident was able to come back the next day and earn a title. Willson and partner Emilee Duong of Placentia, the top-seeded team, defeated No. 2 Shweta Kumar and Ashley Teng, 6-3, 6-0, to win the girls' 14 doubles title.
SPORTS
July 16, 2013
COSTA MESA - Jacob Holiday of Costa Mesa is hoping to maintain his momentum in the boys' 14 singles division of the 20th annual Costa Mesa Summer Junior Classic, which features several local tennis players. Holiday scored a 5-7, 6-4, 10-5 victory over Ty Edwards of Orange Tuesday to advance to Wednesday's round of 16. Holiday will play against No. 7-seeded Patrick Maguire of Encinitas at 4 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center. Holiday opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Zachary Gould of Greenwhich, Conn., Monday.
SPORTS
March 28, 2012
Vanguard University senior Paige Halberg earned second-team NAIA All-American recognition in women's basketball after leading the Lions to a 23-7 record and their 11th straight appearance in the NAIA national tournament. Halberg, a 5-foot-10 guard, averaged 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists, playing mostly point guard due to injuries to others. Her 45 steals and 30 blocked shots also led the team and her basketball IQ and versatility allowed her to fill several roles for Coach Russ Davis' Lions, who were ranked No. 12 in the final national poll.
NEWS
From The Los Angeles Times | January 18, 2012
What do you do when it turns out a wealthy investor can't actually come up with $174.5 million as promised? If you're Beverly Ray Parkhurst, who owns the landmark Balboa Bay Club and Resort in Newport Beach, you call off your planned sale of the company to Winston Chung of Hong Kong and entertain other offers, as the Times reported Tuesday. And with your financials improving, you may decide to hold off on a sale altogether for now, a top club official said. Chung, a battery and electric-vehicle entrepreneur, attracted considerable attention over the last two years by investing in Southern California specialty-vehicle makers and promising to establish a green transportation industry in the Southland.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | July 1, 2011
Ryan Park, a 31-year-old solar energy executive from Corona del Mar, is still in the running to be Ashley Hebert's husband-to-be on "The Bachelorette," although he's never scored a one-on-one date. The only other guy to not get a one-on-one date — which means they've only hung out on group dates with other dudes — is Blake, who was eliminated at the end of last week's episode. Not great odds there. Charming, always smiling and bursting with enthusiasm, Ryan has managed to capture the attention of Ashley long enough to be kept around on their romantic ride through Asia.
NEWS
January 9, 2004
Tom Titus Heard a good play lately? You have the chance to listen to three of them this weekend. The occasions are forms of entertainment known as "reader's theater," in which actors, without benefit of the full rehearsal process, read a play from the script for an audience. The venues are the Newport Theater Arts Center, where two plays will be read this weekend, and South Coast Repertory, which has a new one on tap Monday evening. One of the three, "Men's Singles" at the Newport Theater, will be familiar to those who've been following South Coast Repertory for several years.
NEWS
May 17, 2004
Alicia Robinson After 12 years away, Thomas Gurtner has come home. What's unusual is that home is a hotel. Gurtner has returned as general manager of the Four Seasons on Newport Coast Drive, just in time for the hotel's 18th birthday this month. He takes over for Mehti Eftekari, who started as the hotel manager during Gurtner's first three-year stint as general manager. Eftekari is now at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles. A native of Switzerland, Gurtner has spent most of his professional career in the U.S. He's logged 20 years with Westin hotels and 15 years with the Four Seasons chain.
FEATURES
By B.W. COOK | August 20, 2008
Let’s hear it for the men. They came in traditional blue blazers and khaki slacks; they smoked their major assortment of gratis cigars; they dined on filet, lobster and steamed clams; and they bid through the roof on auction items raising a record $52,000 earmarked in part to support the “1221 Club” College Scholarship Fund in Newport-Mesa. It was the 14th annual Gentlemen’s Smoker and Lobster Clambake thrown on the bay-front lawn of The Balboa Bay Club and Resort.
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July 16, 2013
COSTA MESA - Jacob Holiday of Costa Mesa is hoping to maintain his momentum in the boys' 14 singles division of the 20th annual Costa Mesa Summer Junior Classic, which features several local tennis players. Holiday scored a 5-7, 6-4, 10-5 victory over Ty Edwards of Orange Tuesday to advance to Wednesday's round of 16. Holiday will play against No. 7-seeded Patrick Maguire of Encinitas at 4 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center. Holiday opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Zachary Gould of Greenwhich, Conn., Monday.
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SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | July 12, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - Danielle Willson definitely was able to smile a little bit more Friday afternoon at The Tennis Club Newport Beach, and it was easy to understand why. On Thursday, Willson fell in a tough girls' 14 singles semifinal at The Tennis Club Junior Tournament, better known as the "War by the Shore. " But the Newport Beach resident was able to come back the next day and earn a title. Willson and partner Emilee Duong of Placentia, the top-seeded team, defeated No. 2 Shweta Kumar and Ashley Teng, 6-3, 6-0, to win the girls' 14 doubles title.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | July 11, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - You could say Max McKennon has mixed feelings about the group of Asian tennis players that annually comes to the United States each summer to play in The Tennis Club Junior Tournament. It's a cool cultural experience. On Thursday afternoon, McKennon even played doubles with one of the kids, Tristan Kwok of Hong Kong, who he had only met early in the week. In terms of winning a singles title at the "War by the Shore," however, those kids have been a deterrent to McKennon.
OCNOW
From the Los Angeles Times | July 2, 2012
Orange County's Great Park balloon has been grounded for inspection after a giant balloon in Hong Kong made by the same manufacturer sprang a leak and dropped from the sky last week, injuring five people. Great Park officials shut down the ride for an immediate inspection Friday after learning about the Hong Kong incident, said Great Park spokesman Marcus Ginnaty. Crews didn't discover any issues with the balloon, but Ginnaty said it will remain grounded until inspectors sent by the manufacturer - Paris-based Aerophile - arrive in Irvine to conduct their own investigation.
SPORTS
March 28, 2012
Vanguard University senior Paige Halberg earned second-team NAIA All-American recognition in women's basketball after leading the Lions to a 23-7 record and their 11th straight appearance in the NAIA national tournament. Halberg, a 5-foot-10 guard, averaged 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists, playing mostly point guard due to injuries to others. Her 45 steals and 30 blocked shots also led the team and her basketball IQ and versatility allowed her to fill several roles for Coach Russ Davis' Lions, who were ranked No. 12 in the final national poll.
NEWS
From The Los Angeles Times | January 18, 2012
What do you do when it turns out a wealthy investor can't actually come up with $174.5 million as promised? If you're Beverly Ray Parkhurst, who owns the landmark Balboa Bay Club and Resort in Newport Beach, you call off your planned sale of the company to Winston Chung of Hong Kong and entertain other offers, as the Times reported Tuesday. And with your financials improving, you may decide to hold off on a sale altogether for now, a top club official said. Chung, a battery and electric-vehicle entrepreneur, attracted considerable attention over the last two years by investing in Southern California specialty-vehicle makers and promising to establish a green transportation industry in the Southland.
NEWS
From L.A. Times and Daily Pilot reports | January 17, 2012
A deal to sell the Balboa Bay Club and Newport Beach Country Club to a wealthy Hong Kong businessman has collapsed. The $174.5-million deal for the combination yacht club and hotel and its sister Newport Beach Country Club was called off Jan. 13. Investor Winston Chung never came up with the money as agreed, forfeiting what city documents show was a nonrefundable $4-million down payment. "We were told he was having difficulty moving money out of China," David Wooten, chief executive of the clubs, said Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | July 1, 2011
Ryan Park, a 31-year-old solar energy executive from Corona del Mar, is still in the running to be Ashley Hebert's husband-to-be on "The Bachelorette," although he's never scored a one-on-one date. The only other guy to not get a one-on-one date — which means they've only hung out on group dates with other dudes — is Blake, who was eliminated at the end of last week's episode. Not great odds there. Charming, always smiling and bursting with enthusiasm, Ryan has managed to capture the attention of Ashley long enough to be kept around on their romantic ride through Asia.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | May 20, 2011
COSTA MESA — Los Angeles-based musician Ernie Halter has his fans but he just found out that one of the biggest pop icons in the world knows his name: Justin Bieber. Bieber showed up Thursday night during a performance by Halter at La Cave in Costa Mesa to surprise the singer-songwriter. Bieber had covered Halter's song "Come Home to Me" at a Hong Kong performance during his recent world tour. Halter, 36, had no idea that Bieber, 17, knew he existed until he saw a video of the performance online.
FEATURES
By Candice Baker | October 14, 2009
The West Coast premiere of “Red Cliff,” the most expensive film ever made in China, will take place exclusively tonight at a local cinema, as part of the Ancient Paths, Modern Voices Chinese cultural festival. Director John Woo, 63, known to American audiences for Hollywood films like “Face/Off,” returned to his roots in Chinese action films to create “Red Cliff,” a war epic based on one of China’s most famous historical chronicles.
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