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By Tom Ragan and Sarah Peters | June 3, 2010
J ose Angel Garibay, the first serviceman from Orange County to die in the Iraq War, had a dream for his mother: to buy her a home. The Marine corporal's family received $250,000 in life insurance after he was killed in 2003. They bought a house in Santa Ana later that year, putting down $138,000 for a modest place in a quiet neighborhood. But times have been tough for the Garibays. Simona, the family's mother and sole breadwinner, trusted too many people through the years.
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FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | May 1, 2010
When Jean Wegener, executive director of the Costa Mesa nonprofit Serving People in Need leaves work each night, the phones at the office are always still ringing these days. ?And they never stop ringing, all night,? she said. The charity, which offers homelessness-prevention programs and other assistance for people in crisis, has seen over the past few years a 65% increase in calls that it receives from families in financial trouble, Wegener said. Volunteers for SPIN will take to the streets today with the OC Marathon to raise money for families teetering on the brink of homelessness.
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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By Mark Chapman | January 12, 2010
  918 RECORDING ARTISTS “ATTACKHEAD” TO DONATE 50% OF ALL CD SALES DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY TO THE IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA (IAVA) The Southern California heavy metal band, “Attackhead” will be supporting Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to help raise funds for our Veterans. Attackhead is donating fifty (50) percent of all profits from the sales of its CD’s during the month of February to the non-profit organization.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | December 24, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the fourth in a series of the top stories of each year since 2000. Look for the 2004 story of the year Friday. Christmas is a hard time of the year for former Costa Mesa resident Simona Garibay, whose 21-year-old son, Jose, became the first Orange County resident killed in the Iraq War in 2003. “Every day she remembers him, every day,” Crystal Garibay said, acting as an interpreter for her mother, Simona, who speaks limited English.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | December 23, 2009
Christmas is a hard time of the year for former Costa Mesa resident Simona Garibay, whose 21-year-old son, Jose, became the first Orange County resident killed in the Iraq War in 2003. “Every day she remembers him, every day,” Crystal Garibay said, acting as an interpreter for her mother, Simona, who speaks limited English. Marine Cpl. Jose “Angel” Garibay, who had dreams of becoming a police officer one day, died on March 23, 2003 near Nasiriyah, Iraq, during the first wave of the U.S.-led invasion.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | December 24, 2008
Antiwar protesters delivered some Christmas cheer to U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher last week, serenading the congressman?s Huntington Beach home with reworked holiday favorites such as the ?Exit Plan Rock,? sung to the tune of ?Jingle Bell Rock.? ?Hey Rohrabacher, are you listening? In Iraq, blood is glistening. A horrible sight, we?re frightened tonight, walking in Iraq war-torn land,? the protesters sang on the congressman?s front lawn last week. Rohrabacher voted in favor of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and has been a supporter of the war in the past.
LOCAL
By Gary De Vine | October 23, 2008
  Taking down the flag, son home   Today I took down the U.S. flag that has been flying in front of my home for the past seven months. I put it out the day my son, Buddy, left for Iraq. Yesterday, he came home. He is serving in the Marine Corp, stationed in Twenty Nine Palms. I put the flag out the day I put him on the bus and saw him off for his tour in the big sand box as he calls Iraq. For me this whole ride has been quite an emotional roller coaster.
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