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October 5, 2000
Richard Dunn The beauty of Big Canyon Country Club has been tarnished at a time when members and club officials are most sensitive about appearances. When the midnight vandals snuck onto the golf course prior to this week's U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, they left a stench rarely seen in these parts. The private Newport Beach club, the most exclusive in Orange County, fell victim to society's dark side Sunday night as evil culprits damaged three putting greens.
By JOHN REGER | October 15, 2008
If anyone on this planet doesn’t know the power Tiger Woods has over an audience it was displayed loudly Saturday at Pelican Hill. Woods was addressing the 200 or so people as part of the Block Party festivities that raises an approximate $1 million annually for the Tiger Woods Learning Center. The people that were there were about to play golf and had paid a nice chunk of change for the privilege. The guest of honor arrived in khaki shorts and a windbreaker and headed to the practice facility, bringing Fred Couples and Chris Riley with him. Though Woods can’t hit a ball because of his left knee, he can swing a club and he certainly can tell a story.
By JOSEPH N. BELL | March 15, 2007
Remember the old cliche about something being as easy as shooting fish in a barrel? That's the way I see the Great Seating Arrangement Debate at City Hall in Costa Mesa. I realize that I'm coming in on the backside of this caper and can't improve on the delicious shots Steve Smith and Byron de Arakal — in his blog — have already taken. But I have neither the strength of will nor the discipline to resist. This all reminds me of the late and great columnist Art Buchwald's answer when he was asked how he felt about Richard Nixon's resignation as president of the United States.
By Jack Salisbury | June 17, 2008
A Huntington Beach woman is in good spirits despite being injured in a weekend biking accident at Crystal Cove State Park. Karen Joyce, 39, suffered head trauma, bruises and facial swelling after she hit a bump and crashed during a Saturday morning bike ride. However, she said she was in good shape Monday. “[I’m] improving. The swelling is going down and I’m taking on many interesting colors,” she said with a chuckle. A Costa Mesa police helicopter with two officers found Joyce in a remote area of the park, police said.
By Joseph Serna | November 23, 2009
He walked into court like it was just another day. Other than the jingling of his shackles, nothing in Costa Mesa-native and white supremacist Billy Joe Johnson’s appearance — an untucked, wrinkled dress shirt and blue pants — or demeanor — joking with his lawyer and the prosecutor — indicated that he was about to be sentenced to death. “A lot of people say it and are full of it, but Billy Joe just doesn’t care,” said his attorney, Michael Molfetta.
By Steve Virgen | March 3, 2009
For Steve Virgen's blog, click here. NEWPORT BEACH — Lee Trevino raised his left hand with a clinched fist and smiled as he said the words that summed up his life. “Only in America, baby!” Trevino’s phrase resulted in a vibrant round of applause while he spoke at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa Tuesday morning. The golf legend, who has won 29 times, including six majors on the PGA Tour, was the keynote speaker during the Toshiba Classic Breakfast with a Champion.
By BARRY FAULKNER | March 16, 2007
JACKSON, Tenn. — With four seniors and one junior in the starting lineup, the top-seeded Vanguard University women's basketball team (29-0) has experience on its side as it attempts to win the program's first national championship at the NAIA Tournament in Oman Arena. Senior Kelly Schmidt, in fact, said having ended every season on the 5,600-seat facility's parquet floor, has made it a special place for her and her teammates. "I feel very comfortable here," Schmidt said after the Lions' 74-64 first-round win over Harris-Stowe of St. Louis, Mo. "I noticed last year it was different for the girls who had been here before, and this year is a continuation of that.
By Joseph Serna, | October 7, 2010
COSTA MESA — With elections less than a month away, a police association embroiled in a campaign battle with one Costa Mesa City Council candidate and several city groups negotiating new contracts, public safety workers' day-to-day contributions can get lost in the mix. Enter the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce and its annual Public Safety Recognition Barbecue on Thursday, an informal, easy-going two-hour lunch at the Orange County Fairgrounds...
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