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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | July 24, 2010
An environmental group that studied beach litter in Crystal Cove State Park for seven years has found less trash over time and that most debris comes from inland or is dumped onto the beach, rather than washing up from the sea. Volunteers from Coastkeeper Orange County surveyed a 200-yard stretch of beach just south of Pelican Point. Starting in 2003, they collected trash many times a year and analyzed results. While they found everything from lobster traps to condoms, the most common items were made of plastic and came from landlubbers.
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FEATURES
By Jessie Brunner | April 7, 2007
Robert San Miguel never comes to the beach "just to relax," though he visits the Corona del Mar shoreline on a daily basis. Walking the one-third mile stretch of Corona del Mar State Beach seven times each morning is part of 74-year-old San Miguel's exercise routine. It's also an opportunity to do a little socializing and, most notably, tidy up a bit. "I've been walking this beach for over 50 years," said San Miguel, who lives five blocks away on Newport Harbor. "About 10 years ago, I picked up a piece of glass, then a few, and soon I found my hands were full."
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By Brittany Woolsey | October 25, 2012
Two Orange County surfers have taken their passion for water activities and transformed it into a passion for the water's health. Mark Ward, 46, from Laguna Beach, and Billy Dutton, 51, from Newport Beach, returned from a 13-day, 350-mile "electric surfing safari" Saturday. During their trip, they traveled in a 22-foot solar-powered electric Duffy boat and surveyed the amount of plastic along the California coast, aiming to spread awareness about pollution in the ocean and the effects it can have.
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By Brianna Bailey | September 22, 2009
The Newport Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to send a West Coast Highway taco stand’s dreams of expansion back to the kitchen, even after the eatery dropped its controversial plans to serve beer. Concerns about inadequate parking, parking lot litter and the sticker-covered exterior of Chronic Tacos, 4525 W. Coast Hwy., sank the restaurant’s expansion plans, which included a sit-down dining area and two television sets. At the last minute, the eatery did away with a request for a license to serve beer, but it wasn’t enough to sway the City Council.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | April 10, 2014
With a 10-foot yellow snake draped over his shoulders, Scott Beaver told the crowd of small children that he wasn't in danger. Constricting a human wasn't in this 80-pound creature's nature. But when it wants to, the Burmese python can exert about 100 pounds per square inch of force on its prey. "That's like getting run over by a semi if you're a rabbit," Beaver said. He'd brought the python to the Orange County Market Place, a weekend swap meet at the OC Fair & Event Center, which on Saturday dedicated a corner to pets.
FEATURES
August 15, 2007
TITO Tito is a female, chocolate point Siamese kitten — one of a litter of 13 kittens — born in June to Juliette, a rare, foreign white Siamese cat. Community Animal Network's volunteers helped nurse the cat and her kittens back to health after they were rescued from a shelter, and Juliette, Tito and the remaining seven surviving kittens from that litter will be available for adoption from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and...
NEWS
April 3, 2014
A preliminary ruling in Orange County Superior Court sided with the city of Costa Mesa on Thursday, contending that a resident's case for keeping some trees was unfounded. Judge Peter J. Wilson denied resident Kimberly DeBroux's request to override the removal of seven Canary Island pine trees in her neighborhood along Yukon Avenue, near South Coast Plaza. DeBroux, 59, had contended that the Parks and Recreation Commission erred earlier this year when it allowed the removal of the trees, which she wrote have "majestic beauty" and are not a public safety hazard.
NEWS
By Steve Dale | December 6, 2011
Question: My dog has trained me very well. Recently, Lady began to bark at the door for no apparent reason. Each time, I get up and go to the door, thinking there's some reason for her agitation. Now, I feel like a jumping bean. I think Lady barks just to see me go to the door; it's a game. I could just ignore the barking, but what if someone really is at the door? Any advice? —B.T., Tacoma, Wash. Answer: "I can see where this can happen; it's happened to me," says dog trainer Cheryl Smith, author of "Grab Life by the Leash: A Guide to Bringing Up and Bonding with Your Four-Legged Friend" (Wiley Publishing, New York, NY, 2008; $21.99)
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