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By JOHN DEPKO | April 3, 2008
Legendary producer Scott Rudin has his stamp on many noteworthy films. “No Country for Old Men,” “There Will Be Blood” and “The Queen” are his most recent Oscar nominations. He has teamed up with director Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) to create “Stop-Loss,” a disturbing tale of the military policy that allows the Army to retain soldiers who have already served combat tours in Iraq and completed their enlistments.
March 31, 2008
BUSINESS Restaurateurs deny receiving bad beef; ‘list not definitive’ Local restaurants and retailers protested their appearance on a government list of possible buyers of recalled beef from a slaughterhouse in Chino. The list, posted online by the state Department of Public Health, named 16 Newport-Mesa businesses, including Hooters, the Ayres Hotel, Taco Mesa, Taco Rosa and the Albertsons in Corona del Mar. After the list’s publication, several business owners said the information was inaccurate and that they had never done business with vendors who bought from the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. “It’s a state list,” said Douglas Ayres, founder of the Ayres Hotel.
By Brianna Bailey | March 20, 2008
Joanna Linden stood on Harbor Boulevard five years ago with other Costa Mesa residents and called for peace before the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq five years ago. “It didn’t do any good,” she said. Linden stood outside again Wednesday evening at Fairview Community Church with a handful of others to mark the fifth anniversary of the war, waving signs and singing “We Shall Overcome.” A group of small children sit on the curb and hold poster board signs larger than they are with messages written in magic marker like “May peace prevail” and “Praying, singing and acting for peace.
By Brianna Bailey | March 19, 2008
St. Mark Presbyterian Church member Alma Vanasse and others, will mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War with meditation and a handful of hymns instead of protest songs. Vanasse is organizing a peace and prayer service 7:30 p.m. tonight at St. Mark’s, 2200 San Joaquin Road, that will include scripture, silent prayer and music. “We’re going to encourage people to ask the Lord what he would want each one of us to create peace in the world,” Vanasse said.
March 17, 2008
Fairview Community Church will host a candlelight vigil Wednesday in observance of the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. The church began meeting in February every Wednesday during Lent to pray for peace and to light candles. The vigils will culminate 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with a gathering to pray for the end of the war in Iraq. The church is at Fair Drive and Fairview Road in Costa Mesa. Visit 5yearstoomany/events/show/3443 for more information or to make a reservation.
March 2, 2008
The statistics are grim. The danger horrifyingly real. As of Friday, 3,973 killed in Iraq, 29,203 wounded. A group of UCI students who have served in the wars shared their experiences last week at a university forum. If there was anything close to a consensus, it was that there could be none. They come from many different backgrounds and experiences and subsequently offer varying opinions on the wars. “We all wear the same uniform, but the people underneath it all have intelligent opinions and shouldn’t be characterized as the same,” student veteran Ben Mayer said.
By Michael Miller | February 28, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — They may be small donations to people who live in affluent Orange County — a bar of soap here, a dry snack here, a few spare CDs or DVDs. But when Lt. Col. Jeff Conner addressed two Newport Beach Rotary Clubs at a special dinner for the Marines on Wednesday, he wanted to make one thing clear: Those donations can mean the world to troops sweltering through another day of duty in Iraq. Conner, the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines at Camp Pendleton, was honored along with five men from his unit in the Tee Room at the Newport Beach Golf Course.
By Sue Thoensen | December 19, 2007
Kenny Allsop arrived home for the holidays and headed off to In-N-Out burger with friends. Nothing unusual about that. Lots of kids are home this week from college, revisiting favorite hometown hangouts. Allsop, on the other hand, just got back from Iraq. The 19-year-old Costa Mesa man enlisted in the Army Reserves after graduating from Newport Harbor High School June 2006 and was deployed with his unit to Iraq, this September. Allsop wants to be a police officer, but the minimum age requirement to enter the police academy is 20 ½, and Allsop didn’t want to wait.
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