April 20, 2000
Andrew Glazer NEWPORT-MESA -- Teenagers say there's nothing stopping them from getting their hands on cigarettes. "That is, unless they make it illegal to sell them," said Lori Rodriguez, 15, a smoker since she was 10. "I really wish they did." Last year, almost 17% more California tobacco vendors illegally sold cigarettes to minors than in 1998, according to a report the released by the state Department of Health earlier this week. The number is based on a study where the department sent 15-year-olds to buy cigarettes at more than 450 California stores.
August 7, 2008
There were 74 arrests at the Orange County Fair this year, county Sheriff’s Department officials said, but none were as odd as the one for grand theft. In the last weekend of the fair, an 18-year-old man decided to steal a 5-day-old goat from the livestock area of the fair, said Orange County Sheriff Sgt. Mark Long. What’s an 18-year-old guy going to do with a 5-day-old goat? Apparently, sell it on the cheap. A Sheriff’s Department deputy saw the man holding something under his shirt and stopped him, but not before the man had already tried to hock the goat to a “carny” for $10, Long said.
August 16, 2007
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vowed to appeal a federal judge's ruling knocking down a state law aimed at banning sales of violent video games to minors. The judge said it violated the 1st Amendment. Do you think the governor should continue the legal battle or should state lawmakers revisit the legislation and rewrite it to satisfy constitutional concerns? I couldn't support this poorly written bill for two reasons: It violated 1st Amendment free speech rights, and it continued the troubling Sacramento "nanny state" trend where lawmakers increasingly use the power of government to dictate ever more detailed aspects of our lives.
January 17, 2008
Two Newport Harbor High School freshmen girls accused of beating a classmate and posting a video of it online could face charges as adults. The 14-year-old girls are being processed through the Orange County juvenile system, but prosecutors are deciding whether to try them as adults. They also face possible expulsion from school, officials said. Certain crimes are mandatory to file as if they were adults, like murder or forcible rape, assuming they’re 14 or older, said Susan Schroeder, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
October 27, 2007
A school board in Maine last week decided to let King Middle School students get birth control at their student health center. The move provoked an outcry from some who cited religious and health reasons for their opposition. Principal Michael McCarthy defended the decision. “I think it makes people nervous to think middle school students are having sex. Frankly, it makes me nervous. But there’s a small population out there that needs protection,” he said. What do you think of the school board’s decision?
June 10, 2000
Claudia Figueroa Art lovers will marvel at the talent of young students who have contributed their work to "Major Art/Minor Artists," which is on display at the Orange County Museum of Art's satellite gallery at South Coast Plaza through June 25. Part of the Imagination Celebration for children, the exhibit features works by third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from four Santa Ana elementary schools. The students were selected for a special-study program based on their artistic achievements.
June 16, 2007
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays drafted Newport Beach resident Robert Della Grotta in the 37th round of the 2007 First Year Players Draft. Della Grotta agreed to a contract with Tampa Bay on Sunday. He reported to training camp on Tuesday in Florida, and is slated to begin minor-league play with the Hudson Valley Renegades, a single A team in the Penn-New York League. Della Grotta, a right-handed pitcher, played at Pepperdine University, where he majored in advertising. Della Grotta played two sports at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, where he went to high school.
September 18, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT-MESA -- Turns out, the airport debate is still full of surprises. In a stunning decision Monday, Supervisor Jim Silva joined his South County colleagues in suggesting that the county's international airport plan be put to a public vote. Silva lent his support to a motion, proposed by Supervisor Tom Wilson, to delay finalizing the planning blueprint for an international airport at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station until county voters approve it. By supporting a public vote on the county's airport, Silva broke from the pro-airport majority on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
September 20, 2005
This week we asked our parent panelists: Last week a report showed that a poor or minority student in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District is more likely to get taught by a highly trained and credentialed teacher than students in other districts. What do you attribute that finding to? It's not surprising that we have many teachers with higher degrees and experience who work with the district's minority students. There has been an effort by the board over the last 10 years to use many remedies to teach the neediest students.
June 23, 2005
Natalie Venegas The Costa Mesa National Little League Dodgers defeated the Fountain Valley Cubs, 9-1, Wednesday at Wardlow Park to claim the Minor A District 62 Tournament of Champions title. It is is believed to be the first championship for a Costa Mesa Minor A team in the tournament. Euphoria was in the air and the smiles were contagious. After battling earlier in the season, the Dodgers made pitching adjustments and won their last nine games, outscoring their last four opponents, 45-9.