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July 30, 2008
Hot off the press! Nissan readies hybrid gas/electric sports car: There are several gas/electric hybrid choices on the market, but how many manufacturers are doing a hybrid sports car? Any? Just look to Nissan. The word is that this wee beastie will be built on a front-wheel-drive platform (not rear-drive, as rumored). Nissan will try to position it as a smaller version of the 350Z. The Japanese automaker will bring the new car to market by 2010 and the engine is expected to be a 1.5-liter four-cylinder coupled to an electric motor and a six-speed manual gearbox with paddle shifters and no clutch pedal.
June 3, 2005
Michael Miller Hoping to increase the number of graduates going on to higher education, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and the Coast Community College District have announced plans to establish an Early College High School next year. The proposal, spearheaded by Newport-Mesa student services director Mike Murphy and Coastline Community College general education dean Ed Decker, involves creating a new full-time school site for students who need an extra push to attend college.
By Anne Milo and Jayce Yamagishi | September 21, 2009
  ORANGE, Calif — More than 600 guests, including local business leaders, physicians, staff and community supporters, will attend St. Joseph Hospital’s “Celebration 2009!” event on Saturday, September 26 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim 777 West Convention Way, Anaheim.              The event is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year in Orange County and will benefit St. Joseph Hospital’s new Hybrid Operating Room and The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment.
November 8, 2007
UCI is one of two universities in the United States that will be working with a new Toyota plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, officials announced Wednesday. University researchers will study how the vehicle, a modified Prius, could affect air quality and electricity demands in California. Toyota is handing over the prototype vehicle to UCI on Friday at a ceremony in Torrance. The vehicle is powered by a small internal-combustion engine, an electric motor and two battery packs.
By Matt Brown | October 16, 2008
A hobby is a good way to combat the stresses of the struggling economy and the mudslinging of the presidential election, so this week we decided to check in with John Amir from the Train Crossing. The Train Crossing, at 1089 Baker St. in Costa Mesa, is a family-owned and -operated store that specializes in model railroading.   When did the Train Crossing first open its doors? The Train Crossing first opened about 20 years ago but has been a train store under a different name for nearly 40 years.
By Anne Milo and Jayce Yamagishi | September 8, 2009
  ANAHEIM, Calif.-An auction and dinner to benefit St. Joseph Hospital’s new Hybrid Operating Room and The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment is scheduled for September 26 at the Hilton Anaheim. Tickets are $350 per person and $3,500 per table.   The St. Joseph Hospital Foundation’s Celebrate 2009 event will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, featuring travel packages, electronics, sporting packages items created by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and more.
By Jessie Brunner | January 12, 2007
Mikette Von Issenberg couldn't imagine feeling any worse in June. She was in the middle of spending six days in recovery at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian when she got the news. Her cherished African jungle cat hybrid, Kimba, had gone missing, and she was helpless to rescue him. Von Issenberg suspected Kimba left the house looking for her, the only person he knew since he was raised from 5 weeks old. Von Issenberg, 48, immediately started the search for Kimba from her hospital bed, notifying friends and neighbors of his disappearance.
By Michael Miller | July 26, 2007
UC Irvine has been selected as one of two universities nationwide to test Toyota's new hybrid electric car, in a statewide research program to determine whether electric transportation is practical and environmentally sound. UCI's Advanced Power and Energy Program will receive $1.4 million over two years to analyze the new Toyota, which features an on-board battery that lasts longer than those of current hybrids. Southern California Edison, the Energy Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management District are among the institutions participating in the study.
By Tom JensenWheelbase Communications | November 16, 2007
In recent years, the Los Angeles Auto Show has gained considerable ground in terms of prestige and significance within the auto industry. While still not as big as Detroit’s North American International Auto Show — staged every January — there’s no question that L.A. has increasing relevance. This is the second time the L.A. show is taking place in November (16-25), instead of immediately before the January Detroit show. Following are some of the vehicle highlights.
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