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NEWS
August 31, 2003
It's done, dude. Summer, that is. Get over it. Get busy. Get back to work. Forget the Sept. 21 autumnal equinox thing, with the sun and the earth and the poles and the diagrams. Way too complicated. Tomorrow is Labor Day, the official end of summer, unofficially speaking. In honor of this important holiday, I wanted to do a moving ode to the indomitable spirit and endless energy of the American worker, but that sounded like a lot of work. Fortunately, I remembered doing a complete and slightly-accurate history of the big L-Day some years ago, which we offer for your edification and enjoyment, maybe, once again.
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NEWS
August 30, 2003
Lolita Harper O say, if you can't see it -- by the dawn's early light, or any light -- you should forget about the oversized show of patriotism on the campus and walk right into Hoag Hospital for an eye examination. Members of Celebration USA Inc. teamed up with hospital officials Friday to produce a 30-foot-by-50-foot display of Old Glory, hanging from the crane used for construction of Hoag's Women's Pavilion, in honor of the Labor Day holiday. Before a spellbound audience outside the site, the 42-pound flag was hoisted to the top of the Liebherr crane, which is being used to build the state-of-the-art facility.
NEWS
August 13, 2003
Costa Mesa Fire receives $4,000 grant The city of Costa Mesa announced Tuesday that State Farm Insurance Co. gave it a $4,000 grant for the Fire Department. The department will use it to buy supplies for a recently purchased public education trailer. Funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Fire Fighters 2002 grant program allowed the department to buy the trailer. The department will host a check presentation at 10 a.m. Sept.
NEWS
August 11, 2003
Deirdre Newman Councilman Mike Scheafer has jump-started discussion of a skate park in the hope of identifying a viable site by Labor Day. To at least have a preliminary plan by that time, Scheafer invited skate park advocates to participate in a discussion with city officials on possible park dimensions at various, yet still undisclosed, locations. Plans for a skate park have dragged on for more than a decade, with skate park fans having their hopes raised and dashed many times.
NEWS
November 23, 2002
Think of Independence Day and you think of fireworks and hot dogs. Think of Valentine's Day and you think of millions of men running red lights to buy flowers and candy in time. For too many people, Christmas is a retail blur, a time when we are supposed to pause and reflect, but end up shopping and dropping. Labor Day and Veterans Day? Those mean a three-day weekend. And Mother's Day has been reduced by a conspiracy theory to an occasion invented by greeting card companies to boost sales.
NEWS
September 6, 2002
Covering a high-profile news story can be a mighty adrenaline rush for a reporter. It can also have its share of challenges. This applies to a spot-news story, of course. "Spot" news, as it is called, is so named because of its spur-of-the-moment nature. If two cars collide on a freeway, causing major injuries, we'll rush to the spot of the accident to cover it. Many of the stories on the public safety beat fall under that category -- a structure fire in Costa Mesa or a sinking boat in Newport Harbor would apply.
NEWS
September 6, 2002
Deirdre Newman A local artist who has been decorating the outside walls of a Diedrich coffee house in Costa Mesa filed a complaint against the Costa Mesa Police Department on Wednesday, saying officers treated him brutally when they arrested him on Labor Day. Aloysious Dougherty III, 39, of Costa Mesa, was placed under citizen's arrest by the store's manager Monday on suspicion of vandalism and trespassing....
NEWS
September 4, 2002
The Newport Strikers Region 97 Girls 13-and-under soccer team heads into league play this weekend off of a successful Labor Day Weekend that saw them claim second place in a tournament. The girls team took second in the Progressive Play Tournament at the Farm Complex, going 2-2-1 while outscoring their opponents 8-3 throughout the tournament. Newport beat Tustin, 2-1, Corona del Mar-Region 57, 5-0 and tied South County-powerhouse Mission Viejo, 1-1. Newport lost to HB55 in the opening game, 1-0, and also lost to the same Huntington Beach team in the final.
NEWS
September 3, 2002
Paul Clinton With the sun blazing, beachgoers put a bow on summer by turning out en masse at Corona del Mar State Beach for some Labor Day fun. Huge crowds filled the beach on the holiday weekend leading in to the first day of school for many children, the start of the NFL football season and other events signaling the coming of fall. Kendell Minor, who lives in Redlands, jogged down to a lifeguard shack to ask if it was permissible to cook up some chicken, ribs and hot dogs at one of the beach fire pits.
NEWS
August 27, 2002
Todd Karella Nothing says summer fun more than having your very own beach house, or at least that's what KIIS-FM (102.7) counted on when it launched its Summer Beach House promotion on the Balboa Peninsula earlier this summer. The radio station has been broadcasting live from the house on weekends since Memorial Day and plans to continue until its Labor Day Blowout this weekend. After spending the last four summers broadcasting from a Venice Beach location, station officials decided to move to a hipper, cooler Orange County location.
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