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NEWS
August 30, 2013
While Labor Day typically signals the end of summer, it's also an opportunity to pause and celebrate the American worker. One segment of the country's work force often is overlooked — construction-industry professionals. Labor Day is often associated with labor unions, but it actually is a day to honor all workers. The U.S. Labor Department reports that in 2012, only 13.2% of the workers in the construction industry were members of a labor union. The majority — 86.8% — have chosen to work in a merit shop, a free-enterprise environment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Ellen Goddard | September 1, 2011
You bookworms out there might want to stock up on reads for the three-day weekend. Our three Costa Mesa libraries will be closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday. The Mesa Verde Library, 2969 Mesa Verde Drive East, will offer these child-centered activities during the next two weeks: "READ OC" Family Reading Time at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; and "Lego Wednesday" from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 14. Call (714) 546-5274 for more information. The Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, 1855 Park Ave., will hold a Family Storytime at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
LOCAL
By Purnima Mudnal | September 5, 2006
About 90,000 people visited the beaches in Newport on Labor Day, taking in the warm weather and a cooling breeze. "Everyone's taking one last shot at the beach before going back to school," said Jim Turner, lifeguard battalion chief for the Newport Beach Fire Department. "It was a quiet morning but the crowds have just kept coming, same as yesterday," Turner said. Lifeguards rescued six people by Monday afternoon. Police authorities breathed a sigh of relief with no major incidents in Costa Mesa and Newport reported on Labor Day. Costa Mesa police officers made 15 arrests, for drunk driving, disorderly conduct and possession of a controlled substance, on Sunday.
NEWS
September 3, 1999
Noaki Schwartz BALBOA PENINSULA -- Despite fears of contaminated ooze floating down to Newport from Huntington Beach, the Labor Day weekend waters appear crystal clear, authorities said. "The south swell has pushed the water and surf up the coast [toward Huntington]," said Jim Turner at lifeguard headquarters. And while the currents could change, he said, it would not happen as quickly as this weekend. Better yet, it appears that Huntington Beach is beginning to clear up. The County Health Care Agency tested waters earlier this week and found a significant drop in bacteria levels.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 1, 2008
While local police officers and firefighters remained on duty Monday, many said the unexpected cool weather offered them a brief respite and a chance to enjoy the Labor Day holiday while in uniform. “Actually it wasn’t too bad for a holiday weekend,” said Newport Beach Sgt. Jeff Brouwer. “The weather kind of slowed things down for us a little.” Both Costa Mesa and Newport Beach authorities Monday said it was a routine weekend, as far as holidays go, with no major incidents to report.
NEWS
July 24, 2007
Volunteers are needed to assist in the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.'s 2007 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, which will air live on KCAL Channel 9 from 6 p.m. Sept. 2 through 6 p.m. Sept. 3. Mailroom volunteers and positions taking pledges and answering phones on live TV are needed. Volunteers to answer phones must be at least 18 years old. Prerequisites include a friendly personality and a desire to help. The Muscular Dystrophy Assn. is a voluntary health agency working to defeat 43 neuromuscular diseases through worldwide research, services and professional and public health education.
FEATURES
September 3, 2006
Labor Day weekend is here again. And though it was originally taken as a serious celebration, today it has come to symbolize the end of summer and the final fling before school starts. The first September Labor Day event took place in New York in 1882, when the Knights of Labor staged a parade of 30,000 in honor of the working man. The competing International Workingmen's Assn. held their labor celebrations on the first of May. Remember that this was during the Industrial Revolution with child labor, 12-plus hour days, no minimum wage, etc. Anger about the workers' situation was so high that on May 1, 1886, there was a general strike in Chicago calling for an eight-hour workday.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | October 13, 2009
Many of you will not be home this weekend to receive this greeting because you will be taking a short trip for the Labor Day weekend. Nevertheless, happy Labor Day! This is one of the heaviest getaway weekends of the year, and everyone appreciates it. But what is the derivation of this holiday, which is always on the first Monday of September? The holiday originated in Canada in the late 1870s, when labor unions were first successful in establishing a nine-hour work day. By 1882, the festivities spread to the United States, where parades and speeches were held celebrating the contributions of laborers.
LOCAL
By Lauren Vane | September 2, 2006
With idyllic water and weather conditions forecast for this weekend, local officials anticipate the Labor Day holiday will be a smooth end to summer. Labor Day is typically a calm summer holiday. But that's no reason not to be safe ? officials are once again stressing the regular reminders. At the beach, lifeguards said to put on sunscreen, watch out for rip currents and keep an eye on children. Police advise beachgoers to arrive early to park and remember to lock their car. "Fourth of July is our big weekend, but usually Labor Day and Memorial Day are typical of other summer weekends," Newport Beach Police Sgt. Bill Hartford said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014
I never thought I would use the words "Kate Winslet" and "mediocre movie" in the same sentence. Then along came her new film "Labor Day," which lands between being not that bad but not that good either. Director and writer Jason Reitman has several small but critically acclaimed movies to his credit, including "Juno" and "Up in the Air. " But his story misses the mark this time around while still getting quality acting performances from his stars. Josh Brolin plays an escaped convict who lands in the home of a single mom struggling to raise her son in a small town.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint and Jeremiah Dobruck | September 10, 2013
The man accused of slaying a woman whose body was found in Newport Beach last week did not enter a plea Tuesday when he briefly appeared in court. Jaime Prieto Rocha, of Santa Ana, is charged with murdering Nancy Hammour, 28, of Santa Ana, whose body was found under a bridge near East Coast Highway and Bayside Drive on Labor Day morning. Newport police detectives arrested Rocha, 40, at 7:40 p.m. Friday after an autopsy determined that Hammour died of a gunshot wound, according to a news release.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
While Labor Day typically signals the end of summer, it's also an opportunity to pause and celebrate the American worker. One segment of the country's work force often is overlooked — construction-industry professionals. Labor Day is often associated with labor unions, but it actually is a day to honor all workers. The U.S. Labor Department reports that in 2012, only 13.2% of the workers in the construction industry were members of a labor union. The majority — 86.8% — have chosen to work in a merit shop, a free-enterprise environment.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | August 13, 2013
Ahoy! The summer sailboat races are starting to wind down as Labor Day approaches. Labor Day weekend typically signals the end of the summer boating season for our local harbors' sailing programs and for boating in general across the nation. Likewise, in our local mountains, Labor Day weekend is the finale for the sailing races on Lake Arrowhead, which sail out of the Lake Arrowhead Yacht Club. It is amazing that a vast number of the sailors are active in sailing and yacht clubs located in Orange County's three harbors, comprising Dana Point Harbor, Newport Harbor and Huntington Harbour.
NEWS
By the Rev. Dr. Sarah Halverson | May 10, 2013
When I was a little girl, my mother would have us weave ribbons into our strawberry baskets and fill them with flowers. We'd then sneak up to our neighbors' homes, ring the bell and leave our beautiful little bouquets on their doorsteps. We'd squeal with delight as we watched from behind a tree or across the street when they'd open the door and smile at their small gift. This is what May Day was for me. Now, as an adult, I celebrate May Day a little differently. Around the world, the first of May is acknowledged as International Workers' Day. Here in the United States, we celebrate Labor Day in September, but more than 80 countries honor May 1 as a national holiday.
NEWS
September 7, 2011
COSTA MESA — Two teen girls injured in a Labor Day car crash have been released from the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery, police said Wednesday. The girls were riding in a four-door BMW driven by a 16-year-old Costa Mesa boy about 3:20 a.m. when he tried to turn north onto Coolidge Avenue from Baker Street but he was going too fast and crashed, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Phil Myers. A third teen girl was also in the car at the time, Myers said. All three girls, two 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old, are from Costa Mesa.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Ellen Goddard | September 1, 2011
You bookworms out there might want to stock up on reads for the three-day weekend. Our three Costa Mesa libraries will be closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday. The Mesa Verde Library, 2969 Mesa Verde Drive East, will offer these child-centered activities during the next two weeks: "READ OC" Family Reading Time at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; and "Lego Wednesday" from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 14. Call (714) 546-5274 for more information. The Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, 1855 Park Ave., will hold a Family Storytime at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | September 4, 2010
COSTA MESA — Smack in the middle of Labor Day weekend, the Vanguard University women's volleyball team was, perhaps appropriately, hard at work Saturday night. The Lions had to battle back and show a lot of heart after dropping the first two sets to Great Falls of Montana. But that only made the final result that much more exhilarating. Vanguard used a frantic rally to claim a 17-25, 21-25, 26-24, 25-21, 15-9 win at The Pit in its last of four matches at the Crown Plaza Labor Day Tournament.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | October 13, 2009
Many of you will not be home this weekend to receive this greeting because you will be taking a short trip for the Labor Day weekend. Nevertheless, happy Labor Day! This is one of the heaviest getaway weekends of the year, and everyone appreciates it. But what is the derivation of this holiday, which is always on the first Monday of September? The holiday originated in Canada in the late 1870s, when labor unions were first successful in establishing a nine-hour work day. By 1882, the festivities spread to the United States, where parades and speeches were held celebrating the contributions of laborers.
SPORTS
By John Burton | September 10, 2009
Officially it’s still summer through Sept. 22nd, but the season ended for many of us on Labor Day. We had a lot more sunny, overcast free days than usual, the warmest ocean water for sustained periods since the big El Niño of 1997 and some good south swells, including the monster that coincided with the U.S. Open. We also had the ongoing effects of the recession. So how did the summer go for local surf shops? What is their take on the economic situation? I checked in with Paul Burnett and Duke Edukas at Surfside Sports.
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