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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.
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.
By Jenny Stockdale and By Jenny Stockdale | August 21, 2012
Once home to a Marie Callender's, which served sweet and savory pies for more than 45 years, the brick building at 353 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa will reopen this fall to serve a whole new kind of doughy goodness: wood-fired pizza. Los Angeles-based Pitfire Artisan Pizza is on track to open its sixth location here in early October, bringing a variety of rustic, fire-singed pizza recipes, a new community space and a 630-degree kiln. Though details are still in the works, the owners plan to have a grand-opening event, and a series of preopening art installations and festivities to get to know their future regulars.
From the Los Angeles Times | August 16, 2012
Months ago, a pelican was spotted in Irvine tangled in fishing line, hooks and a lure. Rescuers said the bird was wrapped like a pretzel as they worked for days to free and treat her. This week, after surgeries to rebuild her beak and mend fractures, Nigel the pelican - or Nigelina, as some began calling the bird after he was discovered to be a female - was released into the wild. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version incorrectly identified Nigel, or Nigelina to some, as a male pelican.
By Joseph Serna | August 11, 2012
Driving down the 1700 block of Kenwood Place in Costa Mesa, it's not easy to miss Terrell "Terry" Koken's house. On a street lined with well-manicured lawns, budding palm trees and flower beds, Koken's yard - with its pine tree, brush, untamed flower patches and lack of grass - fits in only with the faded green 1968 Volkswagen bus in the driveway. On the van's rear is an old bumper sticker for The Planetary Society. "It's been to the moon and back," Koken says. "More than 500,000 miles.
By Lauren Williams | August 6, 2012
Costa Mesa police continued to search Monday for a suspect who allegedly killed a 50-year-old man in his home. Police said they discovered the body of Gary Allen Smola in his house in the 1700 block of Whittier Avenue at about 4:20 p.m. Saturday. "If anyone needed anything, he would stop and help them. He really would," said neighbor Caroleann Burr. She last saw Smola, who detailed cars and motor homes to make a living, Friday night when he brought her a catch from a fishing trip.
From the Los Angeles Times | December 9, 2011
Christmas boating rises to a whole new level at the 103rd annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, starting Dec. 14. For five nights, about 100 boats, canoes, kayaks and multimillion-dollar yachts will start at Bay Island and make a tour lighting up the entire harbor for more than two hours. The theme for this year's parade is "Feelin' Christmas-Sea in Newport Beach!" and some boat owners have spent more than $50,000 dollars on decorations. Many of the boats will be decorated in animated Christmas scenes, accompanied by music and costumed carolers.
By Joseph Serna | October 4, 2011
COSTA MESA - Regardless of whether Omaima Aree Nelson - who ate parts of her husband's body after killing him at their Costa Mesa apartment - is granted parole after 20 years in prison Wednesday, she shouldn't be allowed to eat meat of any kind again, according to a prominent animal rights group. In a letter sent to the warden at Chowchilla State Prison women's facility Tuesday, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals requested that Nelson be switched to a vegan diet if she remains incarcerated - or if she's released.
By Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune Cultural Critic | September 29, 2011
Repeat after me: Sklurp. Skreeech. Ska-runch. There. Feels good, doesn't it? Some words are just plain fun to say. And those are the words, according to Michael Chabon, that belong in any honorable, self-respecting bedtime story for children, the kind of book that kids will yank off the shelf, night after night, and say, "This one!" Chabon, 48, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such brilliant and entertaining adult novels as "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" (2000)
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.
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