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By Kelly Strodl | July 19, 2007
Identity theft reports in connection with a local Arco gas station continue pouring into the Costa Mesa Police Department, and hundreds of others who used the debit machine at the station are at risk, police said. The number of reported identity thefts has grown to 18. Thieves attached devices to debit card machines at the station from July 4 to July 10, stole information from customers and have withdrawn thousands of dollars from checking accounts, police said. Others who used the debit card machine at the site at Fair Drive and Fairview Road are vulnerable to theft from their accounts.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | July 18, 2007
When John Collett approached the Arco quick-pay kiosk at Fair Drive and Fairview Road on July 10, he noticed a bright yellow sticker that read "Security Against Fraud Enhancements" on a faceplate and thought, "Thank God that they've actually updated the security systems." So, Collett said, it was ironic when he attempted to get funds from an ATM for cab fare to the airport this weekend while on a trip to Chicago and found his account overdrawn by $91. "In my mind I was glad they were actually paying attention to this stuff," Collett said.
NEWS
June 16, 2003
Paul Clinton As a college basketball player, Mark Roche always looked for ways to get stronger, quicker and more agile. Lifting free weights gave him strength, but always made his muscles sore. Plyometrics, the form of German gymnastics that includes tossing a medicine ball, gave him agility, but didn't help him with his vertical leap. Once Roche discovered a line of computerized training equipment that helps athletes improve their strength and endurance by working specific "core" muscles, he found his niche in the training industry.
NEWS
December 10, 2003
June Casagrande Visitors to City Hall on Tuesday were the first people in town to try out the new electronic voting machines that will be the county's official balloting method beginning in the March primary election. "It seems simple enough, not at all confusing or difficult," said Lance Cpl. Paul Robbins Jr., one of the people who tried out the machines. Newport Beach is one of nine election sites selected by the Orange County Registrar of Voters as test location for the new eSlate voting machines.
NEWS
July 22, 2007
How many more customers will be victims of identity theft before Arco safeguards its payment machines? Thieves have lifted debit card information and personal identification numbers from more than a dozen customers at Arco stations in Costa Mesa in recent weeks. Thousands of dollars have been illegally withdrawn from the checking accounts of those customers. Hundreds of other customers who used the debit card machine at the Arco at Fair Drive and Fairview Road from July 4 to 10 are at risk of having their accounts pilfered.
NEWS
June 15, 2000
-- Story by Amy R. Spurgeon; photo by Don Leach HE IS Not a pinhead. TO BOWL OR NOT TO BOWL Costa Mesa resident Jose Contreras has been the head mechanic at Kona Lanes in Costa Mesa since 1990. And when you enter the alley's double glass doors off Harbor Boulevard and Mesa Verde, leave your attitude at home. This is his turf. And to abuse the lanes is to disrespect him. The 29-year-old father of three has watched many bowlers come and go. But those 40 lanes are like his babies.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | August 9, 2007
Philosophers have pondered one fundamental question through the ages, and today — as Newport Beach Assemblyman Chuck DeVore has learned — that question can be answered: What would I look like as a "Simpsons" character? With the wildly popular movie based on the long-running sitcom featuring a yellow, four-fingered family still fresh in his mind, DeVore recently "Simpsonized" himself and his family. He posted the results on the OC Blog Tuesday, and he said Wednesday that he'd been hearing comments about it all morning.
NEWS
November 27, 1999
Cindy Trane Christeson "Gratitude is the homage of the heart, rendered to God for his goodness." -- Nathaniel Parker Willis I love water. I love waterfalls. Waterfalls are some of my favorite creations of God. They are beautiful. They are powerful. They truly are majestic. I have little fountains placed inside my house because I love the sound of water so much. I have little fountains outside for the same reason. I witnessed a waterfall this week and it reminded once again of just how powerful water is. But I've decided that I'm selective about where the water is located for me to be enthralled by it. Sunday at church our pastor had us turn to the person next to us and share two things we were thankful for. That was easy for me because God has blessed me so much.
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By Matt Szabo | March 29, 2014
The biggest crowd in years showed up to Tuesday's Newport Harbor High girls' lacrosse game at Davidson Field. The league game against Yorba Linda was billed as Newport Harbor's "Game of the Month. " The Sailors took care of business, 9-5, and a dance followed at the field. It didn't last long, though, until the police came. "It was an outside dance, so we had the DJ and speakers and stuff," Newport Harbor senior captain Alex Palmer said. "It was only about 8:15 or 8:20 [p.m.]
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NEWS
By Michael Miller | July 3, 2013
From even a few inches away, S.A. Meyer's "Fifty Golden Years: The Story of Newport Beach" looks like a crisp new release, stacked prominently on the shelf by the cash register. But then the title sinks in: Newport Beach is far more than five decades old. And opening the mint-condition cover reveals typeface with a distinct mid-20th century look. "Fifty Golden Years," issued by the Newport Harbor Publishing Co., is part of the historical Newport section at Martha's Bookstore on Balboa Island.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | January 30, 2013
A Costa Mesa teen diagnosed with congestive heart failure in November returned home with a new heart Tuesday, after three months chained to an artificial pumping device in UCLA Medical Center's intensive care unit. "It felt weird, but it felt great," Ezekiel "Zeke" Kendall said of his homecoming. "I hung around downstairs and talked to everybody I hadn't seen in so long. " His siblings visited, Kendall said. His sister, Amber Weiser, played him the "Rocky" theme as he got out of the car. "And then I slept," he added, a little weariness lingering in his voice.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | January 2, 2012
COSTA MESA - Dieters will have to look elsewhere for excuses not to follow through on their New Year's weight-loss resolutions with the reopening of 24 Hour Fitness on 19th Street. The members-only club closed Dec. 9 and reopened Thursday after undergoing a remodel to the exercise rooms, pool and locker room areas and various enhancements, including new cardio-training equipment and fresh paint. Club employees stood at the registration desk, welcoming members back by name as they signed in for the first time in three weeks.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | November 18, 2011
COSTA MESA — Triangle Square's latest addition, 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport, is slated to open Saturday morning. Employees will be offering free tours, and guests will be able to try out the club on the first day for free. The 60,000-square-foot gym is the latest tenant to open at the struggling shopping center as part of property owner Greenlaw Partners' attempt to bring business back. "It's the beginning of the revitalization of Triangle Square," said Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | September 17, 2011
This might not have been the best time to take up a new sport. Aaron Harp started tagging along with his wife, an avid runner, just before he began his post as Newport Beach's attorney. Now he's spending 12-hour days in back-to-back meetings, and barely making it home in time to see his two young children. But Harp and his colleagues say this is nothing new. The 38-year-old works until all the details are done. It's an ethic, some say, that may compensate for his relative youth in this typically career-topping position.
NEWS
By Ron Vanderhoff | March 18, 2011
Imagine walking into a home full of green plants. When you open the door, the area greets you with an unmistakable feeling. The air is alive and clean, full of positive energy. The plants seem to be giving off not only oxygen, but good vibrations. A home with indoor plants not only feels different, but also, science is now proving, it really is different in a very healthy way. Most people would agree that the extra oxygen provided by indoor plants is a healthy benefit. But evidence gained during 25 years of research shows that the benefits of indoor plants might not be from what they give off, but from what they take in. Most houseplants literally eat chemical pollutants, the same pollutants that pervade our homes and offices and are responsible for health issues ranging from sore throats to asthma, and even cancer.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | December 17, 2010
HAWTHORNE — "Snow" fell on John Wayne Airport runways on Friday morning. OK, it was simulated snow, part of an air traffic control simulator demonstration by JWA airport control tower support specialist Joe Santoro. The hypothetical situation created by a high-tech simulator is used to train controllers, preparing them for any scenario they might face in the real world, including the unlikely event of a winter dusting at JWA. "We can create any kind of emergency, special operation or procedure that (trainees)
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | October 25, 2010
NEWPORT COAST — The Resort at Pelican Hill celebrated the first harvest of its olive trees Friday by pressing some organic virgin olive oil that it hopes to use in the resort kitchen and as bottled gifts for guests. The Newport Beach resort is dotted with 750 olive trees of Manzanillo and Sevillano varieties, the latter of which were raised in Northern California. The majority are around 40 years old, but the Sevillanos, of which Pelican Hill has 25, date back 100 years. Mike Ahmer, the resort's landscape manager, noticed fallen olives on the resort grounds and wondered what to do with them.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | August 24, 2010
COSTA MESA — Les Nimmo's other car is a race car. To be exact, it's a vintage 1967 Ford Mustang, one that's scarred and scuffed from 20 years of road racing. "It's not a trailer queen — people can see that it's actually been raced," Nimmo said of the white-and-blue pony car. The black spatter pattern along the bottom and the bumper — caused by burnt rubber and loose asphalt — are proud battle scars. The Mustang has been in countless races — including Nimmo's first race in 1990 — and is one of the many odd projects that come though his Costa Mesa machine shop on Newton Way, Nimmo Machine.
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