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By John Canalis | October 3, 2013
I moonlight as a journalism instructor at Orange Coast College. After class on Wednesday, I began the walk from my classroom to the administration building on the other end of campus. There must have been something about my hurried gait, one made crooked by the book-and-laptop-laden messenger bag around my shoulder. A security guard in an electric golf cart pulled up next to me. "You look like you could use a ride," he said. "I could. " "Then hop in. " I did. The little engine whizzed like an electric toothbrush, and we were on our way. He was a kind older gentleman.
NEWS
September 30, 2000
Young Chang Catherine Ryan Hyde wonders how her book dazzled Hollywood. School districts she can understand. Parents of young children and the children themselves -- they're capable of hope and uncompensated kindness. But Hollywood? There's only one explanation: optimism. The story of 12-year-old Trevor McKinney and his idea to do good things for three people so those people can, instead of paying him back, pay him forward by doing nice things for three others, "Pay it Forward" is optimistic.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 31, 2013
Plain white paper with insults scrawled across it stars in an anti-bullying video produced by a 14-year-old Newport Beach girl. Students from Ensign Intermediate School hold up the words covering their faces in the black-and-white clip: Fat. Stupid. Gross. Then each one holds an insult chest-high, showing her face above an insult that's been hurled at her: Worthless. Dumb blonde. Traitor. Slut. "The pictures that don't show their face, that's names you hear people being called, but the ones where they show their face, that's one that relates to them," said Molly McWhertor, the Ensign student who conceived, shot and edited the 2-minute, 30-second video, "Words Hurt.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | February 13, 2008
When clients called PCR Services for expertise on environmental impact reports, many times they asked to work with Sally Salavea. It wasn’t just because of her talent, which the 39-year-old had plenty of, but because of her demeanor and her kindness, coworkers said. Sally Salavea, wife, daughter, sister, was killed when her car crashed into a park awning at Bonita Canyon Sports Park at the T-intersection of San Miguel Drive and Ford Road early Saturday morning. “She was one of the sweetest, gentlest, kindest people I ever knew,” said Steve Nelson, the principal in charge of PCR’s Irvine office who knew Salavea for 17 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | April 23, 2013
To borrow a line from Tennessee Williams, patrons of each year's Newport Beach Film Festival benefit from the kindness of strangers. Make that the unpaid kindness of hundreds of strangers. The festival, which kicks off Thursday, gets by on the contributions of more than 500 volunteers and no salaried staff. A handful of team members work as paid contractors, but the majority of helpers do it out of passion for the craft - and the reward of seeing one of Southern California's top festivals run like a well-oiled machine.
NEWS
September 4, 2004
CINDY TRANE CHRISTESON Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on! Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another's tears, 'Till in Heaven the deed appears- Pass it on!"
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | September 28, 2011
NEWORT BEACH - As a child, Angie Wisdom used to tie a string around her finger to remember simple things like homework assignments and household chores. It worked. And now into adulthood, the string has been replaced by an elegant bow set in white gold. The ring, which adorns her right hand, holds an even simpler message - to be kind, wherever and whenever possible. "Everyone is capable of being kind - being kind is the easy part," the 37-year-old Costa Mesa resident said.
NEWS
February 5, 2002
Lolita Harper NEWPORT BEACH -- Defy darkness with light. The message is simple and printed on the front of 10,000 boxes being sent all over the city by the Chabad Jewish Center of Newport Beach. Each small black box is illustrated with a lighted candle that illuminates a picture of the Earth in the background. "Do kindness beyond reason," the box instructs. At the top is a slot to put spare change in and on the back are directions to put a coin in the "charity box" every day and convince family members to do the same.
NEWS
June 15, 2010
Winifred Mary Weber, born in Los Angeles, passed away June 3 at the age of 86 in Carlsbad. A long-time resident of Newport Beach, she is survived by her son Douglas Weber and her granddaughter Marina Weber of San Diego, and Santa Fe, N.M., and her daughter Cynthia Zack of Marietta, Ga. Winnie was a life-long racing and cruising sailor and an avid golfer. She belonged to Balboa Yacht Club, Santa Ana Country Club and Shadowridge Country Club. Her steadfast character and loving kindness will be missed by all who knew her. Contributions or donations in her name may be made to the charity of your choice.
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By Michael Miller | March 18, 2014
When the faceless duo Daft Punk won the Grammy for Album of the Year in January, a short, spiky-haired man joined them on stage and announced, "Back when I was drinking, I used to imagine things that weren't there that were frightening. Then I got sober, and two robots called me and asked me to make an album. " Attention, music fans: The man who uttered those words is coming to the University Synagogue in Irvine on March 27. To tell stories, no less. Singer-songwriter Paul Williams may have looked like an unlikely partner for the members of Daft Punk, who appear in public in futuristic garb that vaguely recalls the Stormtroopers from "Star Wars.
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NEWS
By June Casagrande and By June Casagrande | March 4, 2014
How time flies. It seems like just yesterday I was writing a column debunking the myth that it's wrong to start a sentence with a conjunction. And it seems like just the day before yesterday that I wrote the same thing. And the day before that, the same thing, going back about 12 years to when I started writing this column, bright-eyed and hopeful that I could make a difference by debunking grammar myths. Foolish child. Grammar superstitions are a heck of a lot more powerful than I'll ever be, as evidenced by an email I got recently from a reader named Paul in Venice, Calif.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | March 3, 2014
The La Cañada High girls' soccer team came into Monday's CIF Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinal playoff match with 20 wins and one tie this season. All it takes in CIF, though, is one loss to be sent home. Unseeded Sage Hill pushed No. 3 La Cañada for 100 minutes of play on the pitch, and 10 penalty kicks. But all it took was one well-placed shot by Spartans sophomore Emma Tapp to end the game, as well as the Lightning's season. Tapp scored the game-winner on the 10th penalty kick as La Cañada won the shootout, 7-6, after the teams played to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two overtime periods.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 14, 2014
Hollie Vilander knows her husband, Eric, has a history of extravagant gestures on Valentine's Day, but this year, he had an early morning meeting in Ventura and had to leave their Huntington Beach home at 4:30 a.m. Friday. So Hollie went to work early herself to lay out some Valentines on her co-workers' desks in Newport Beach. As she turned in to the driveway of her Corona del Mar office, she looked up and thought, "Holy smokes, there's a huge banner with my name. " Hollie threw the car into reverse, stared up and started crying.
NEWS
By John Canalis | October 3, 2013
I moonlight as a journalism instructor at Orange Coast College. After class on Wednesday, I began the walk from my classroom to the administration building on the other end of campus. There must have been something about my hurried gait, one made crooked by the book-and-laptop-laden messenger bag around my shoulder. A security guard in an electric golf cart pulled up next to me. "You look like you could use a ride," he said. "I could. " "Then hop in. " I did. The little engine whizzed like an electric toothbrush, and we were on our way. He was a kind older gentleman.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 7, 2013
The Orange County district attorney's office is taking a stand against human exploitation and trafficking at the first "Keep Calm and Beat H.E.A.T" rally and concert from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. The event will be held at Twila Reid Park in Anaheim, less than a mile from Beach Boulevard and Ball Road, a "high-prostitution area," according to the district attorney's website, citing reports from law enforcement officers. Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff for Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas Jr., said the rally is part of his crackdown on such abuses.
NEWS
By John Canalis | July 24, 2013
I walked out of the post office just as a car pulled over in front. A young man, who looked too tall for his tiny blue ride, wiggled out. "Excuse me, sir," he said. Whenever anyone calls me sir I assume they want to sell me cologne from a backpack. I kept walking. "Sir," he tried again. "Do you know how to tie a tie?" That struck me as an odd. I just looked at him. "I pulled over, saying to myself, 'That man looks like he knows how to tie a tie.'" He was right.
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | July 6, 2013
A lot of nonsense gets spewed around the blogosphere and on TV "news" shows, where talking heads have lots of air space to fill with mindless blather. Controversies are manufactured and outrage is overplayed to manipulate audiences. That makes it easy to dismiss a recent media-manufactured tizzy over a California mom's announcement that she had banned the word "fat" from her daughters' vocabulary. But as irritating and insulting to our intelligence as these minor media obsessions can be, they sometimes succeed in attracting attention because they hit us in a soft spot.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | April 23, 2013
To borrow a line from Tennessee Williams, patrons of each year's Newport Beach Film Festival benefit from the kindness of strangers. Make that the unpaid kindness of hundreds of strangers. The festival, which kicks off Thursday, gets by on the contributions of more than 500 volunteers and no salaried staff. A handful of team members work as paid contractors, but the majority of helpers do it out of passion for the craft - and the reward of seeing one of Southern California's top festivals run like a well-oiled machine.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | April 9, 2013
In addition to that famously steep takeoff, some passengers heading out of John Wayne Airport could someday sit through a zig-zag  over the Upper Newport Bay, if the Federal Aviation Administration approves a departure procedure recommended by  the Newport Beach City Council. At its meeting Tuesday night, the council voted unanimously to send a letter to the federal agency proposing the procedure, which was developed with the help of aviation consulting firm Naverus for $75,000.
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