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SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | July 6, 2007
LAGUNA HILLS — The Newport Beach American Little League 10-11-year-old All-Stars seemingly got the short end of the coin flip Thursday night at the District 55 All-Star Tournament. That couldn't explain, however, why Manager Dave Bock was smiling. "Hey boys, visitors' [side]," Bock yelled out. "We're going to bat first." The thought excited the Newport Beach boys. "Nice," one of them could be heard saying. "I like batting first." Then they showed why, scoring twice in the first inning and going on to a 9-1 losers' bracket win at the Laguna Hills Sports Complex.
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LOCAL
April 5, 2007
DUI checkpoint set for tonight in Costa Mesa Costa Mesa police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 6 to 11 p.m. today at Santa Ana Avenue and East 18th Street. Police hold the checkpoint to educate the public "about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol," according to authorities. "A death at the hands of an impaired driver is so tragic because it's easily preventable", said Lt. David Andersen of the Costa Mesa Police Department's Traffic Safety Bureau in a news release.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2007
Nostalgia fans can turn back the clock starting in May in Costa Mesa with the opening of a drive-in movie theater at the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center. The Star-Vu Drive-In will show first-run movies seven nights a week to people in up to 300 cars. It will not operate during the Orange County Fair. Bringing the drive-in back — there hasn't been an operating drive-in movie theater in Orange County for about a decade — was the idea of four Baby Boomer businesspeople, including Newport Beach resident and Orange County Market Place president Jeffrey Teller, and Newport Beach business owner Mary Jean Duran of Lake Forest.
LOCAL
December 20, 2006
  EDITOR'S NOTE: Jimmy Raymond Martinez, 26, Newport Beach   Dec. 13   Jose Arturo Soto Albarran, 36, Costa Mesa     Robert MacFarlane Orahood, 77, Costa Mesa     Brandon Ryan Lawrence, 22, Costa Mesa   Thursday   Clifford Arthur Stratton, 54, Tustin   Friday...
NEWS
October 5, 2006
I began corresponding with Erin Kennedy over the summer, and in early September, my Italian vacation included a visit with her in Naples. With my traveling companion, we shared beer, tea and gelato in a cafe and had great conversation for over three hours. Erin is a charming, intelligent and adventurous young lady. Her accounts of her many enterprising activities, whether exploring on her own or living her romantic dream with Renato, were nothing but delightful. I will miss her commentary in the Daily Pilot but hope that all her wishes come true and that she will fill her "blank pages" of life with confidence, enthusiasm and passion.
SPORTS
By Dave Thorpe | August 10, 2006
Jim George won the first Costa Mesa City Golf Championship in 1973, so he figured he'd come back for more. Every year but one. "I've only missed one year," George said. "That was 2004. I just wasn't playing that much golf that year." George, who grew up in Costa Mesa and graduated from Estancia High in 1970, hasn't won the amateur event since. George says he has been in the top 10 three or four times, including one third-place finish. But he keeps on swinging in the annual two-day event, which tees off for the 34th consecutive year today at the Costa Mesa Country Club.
SPORTS
By Dave Thorpe | June 11, 2006
LAKE FOREST ? The Newport Beach National Little League Majors Cardinals used a positive approach in the first round of the District 55 Tournament of Champions against the Northwood Yankees. And it nearly led to a come-from-behind victory. But after nearly negating a five-run deficit after one inning and totally erasing a four-run margin in the sixth, the Cardinals couldn't get over the hump and fell to the Yankees in seven innings, 11-9, in the single-elimination tournament at Heroes Park.
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