December 3, 2007
Newport home builder gets national recognition John Laing Homes, a home-building company headquartered in Newport Beach, won the Builder of the Year award in a nationwide survey of home buyers who rated firms on customer service, purchase quality and other factors. Laing, which builds homes in California, Colorado, Texas and Arizona, finished first in overall customer satisfaction for the third straight year. The firm also took top honors in home readiness, construction, first-year customer service and other categories.
June 23, 2007
The Slammers, the Newport-Beach-based club, are continuing their dominance at the U.S. Youth Soccer Far Western Regionals in Las Vegas. Five of the six Slammers' girls' teams are moving on to the semifinals that start today. The Slammers have been competing in the seven-day tournament that started on Monday. The Slammers' teams that qualified out of the U.S. Youth Soccer State Championships are the under-12, under-14, under-15, under-16, all which finished first, and the under-17 and under-18, which were runner-ups.
June 5, 2001
Photos and interviews by Matt Grenert The Daily Pilot asked fifth-graders at California Elementary School in Costa Mesa what they plan to do this summer after school's out. "I am going to fly to Las Vegas to visit with my grandparents and go fishing and camping. We are going to stay a week and two days. We would stay longer, but my dad hates Las Vegas." HADEN BALDWIN, 11, Costa Mesa "I am going to Arizona to see some friends. I am also planning on having a party for me and my friend for our birthdays in July.
June 5, 2008
A Newport Coast man faces up to more than 340 years in prison federal prosecutors said Thursday after two unsealed federal indictments allege he hid billions of dollars’ worth of expenses from Securities and Exchange Commission officials, and stored and distributed ecstasy, cocaine and methamphetamines to escorts. Henry Nicholas III, 48, a co-founder and former chief executive of the Irvine-based Broadcom company, surrendered to FBI agents Thursday, according to federal prosecutors.
November 15, 2006
On Oct. 12, I flew to Las Vegas to attend a small reunion of some college buddies. I've known a few of them for about 40 years, and we were on a road trip to play some poker. We did play — for about an hour. My friends and I spent the entire time inside at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, two of us leaving for about an hour to shop at the Mirage. I retuned home on Oct. 14. On Oct. 31, I made a routine online review of one checking account and noticed that about $1,240 had been taken without my permission through four transactions in Las Vegas a few days earlier.
October 14, 2006
By the time you have read this, I will have just returned from one too many trips to Las Vegas. All of the trips this year but this one have been for business purposes. More and more, the organizations arranging the annual and semi-annual conferences I am compelled to attend are hosting them in Las Vegas. Out of each trip, I do manage to squeeze in a little education, but most of the time it does not make up for the fact that Las Vegas has very little to offer the two-day visitor besides what he or she can find along the strip.
February 4, 2007
Sid Soffer could have been a character in a novel. Beneath his cranky demeanor and scruffy white beard was an ingenious restaurateur, savvy businessman, classic car collector, self-taught legal scholar, city hall gadfly and curmudgeonly renegade with a libertarian streak. He created a thriving restaurant business with his Blue Beet restaurant in McFadden Square and subsequent Sid's Steakhouse on Old Newport Boulevard. When he wasn't cooking up beef stroganoff or booking top musical acts, he was engaging in legendary rows with city and county government.
April 25, 2009
The players on the Newport-Mesa sixth-grade boys’ NJB All-Star basketball team can call themselves national champions. The Newport-Mesa All-Stars, also known as the Spartans won the Nationals tournament last weekend at Cal State Fullerton. The Spartans earned wins against Hayward, Las Vegas, San Jose and San Diego to take the crown. These four wins concluded a run of 11 wins and one loss over the course of two months and four tournaments. The Spartans were led by tenacious defense that created numerous turnovers and an average margin of victory over 10. Offensively, the team was led by Cameron Hook, Brett Greenlee, Chad Redfearn and Hagen Truninger, while the defense and rebounding duties were led by Parker Reposa, Jake Hastings, Trevor Schwartz, Ryan Stone, Caleb O’Neil and Nick Belida.
August 14, 2005
The Vanguard University men's basketball team has signed five transfers and three freshmen to join a program that finished 10-19 last season, 5-15 in the Golden State Athletic Conference, and missed the conference tournament for the second straight season. Greg Gusiff is one player the Lions are already familiar with. Gusiff was a member of GSAC-rival Hope International last season, and scored 13 points in the game against Vanguard Feb. 26. The 6-foot-1 guard was the fifth-leading scorer for the Royals, averaging seven points per outing.
December 31, 2005
There must be some significance attached to the fact that my most important memory of 2005 is the death of Johnny Carson. It is ironic, after all, that a guy who hasn't watched television in 10 years places so much importance on a guy who whose claim to fame was becoming a television icon. I had the pleasure of seeing Johnny Carson do his stand-up act at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas in August, 1976. My friend Mark Berman had turned 21, and his parents told him they would take him to Las Vegas and that he could bring a friend.