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By Barry Faulkner | February 25, 2012
IRVINE — UC Irvine freshman designated hitter Connor Spencer hit his rendition of the pregame national anthem out of the park. But it was not until the seventh inning of the Anteaters' 8-7 nonconference victory over visiting Washington that he executed his encore. Spencer, who had singled but run into an out on the bases in the sixth inning, lined a three-run triple over the head of the Huskies center fielder with one out in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie. Spencer, who at the time was part of a lower portion of a batting order that was four for 47 in two-plus games during the week (.085)
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By Dan Chmielewski | October 5, 2013
One of the great things about social media is it eliminates the echo chamber that often exists in political circles. And last week, a Facebook post of a photo from the most recent Irvine City Council meeting by FlashReport blogger Jon Fleischman, a Republican political consultant and official with the California Republican Party, sought to belittle the progressives on the council but had quite the opposite effect. Fleischman's post that Irvine council members Beth Krom and Larry Agran failed to place their hands over their hearts during the playing of the national anthem got 66 shares on Facebook and nearly 250 likes.
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November 13, 2012
More than 100 veterans and their family members ate breakfast at a Veterans Day celebration at Mariners Christian School, an official said. This year was Mariners' 10th annual celebration for those who served, and vets heard the national anthem, reciting the pledge of allegiance and saw the presentation of colors performed Friday, according to John Reger, who handles media relations for the school. Speaker "Iron Mike" Mervosh, a decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars addressed those in the audience about his experiences, Reger said.
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By Carol Boice | June 11, 2010
"What is that song they are singing?" In the early 1980s this question was posed to me by my Girl Scout troop at an all-county Girl Scout Olympics. Astounded, I answered, "The Star Spangled Banner," our national anthem! The girls said they had never heard it before. It was then that I realized the effects of music program cutbacks in the public schools. Other parents also noticed the negative effects of cutbacks in the arts. Five parents met in architect Brion Jeanette's office to set up the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation.
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February 27, 2003
Saturday marks the beginning of the Little League baseball season for Newport-Mesa, and both Costa Mesa National and American divisions will be holding games and parades. Festivities for Costa Mesa American will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the Major Field at Costa Mesa High with a parade of teams followed by a program that includes the singing of the National Anthem, special guests from the City of Costa Mesa (including Mayor Karen Robinson and the newly appointed Parks and Recreation commissioners)
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July 3, 2005
It's everyone's favorite holiday weekend, and preparations are underway for our nation's birthday celebration tomorrow. The Fourth of July conjures up so many sights and sounds ... hot dogs on the grill, fireworks, ants at the picnic, and concerts in the park. Chief among all the music played will be "The Star-Spangled Banner," our national anthem. As national anthems go, it may be more difficult to sing than other nations' anthems that are hymn-like, but it is incredibly stirring and melodious.
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By Tom Harman | June 12, 2008
When I see the American flag waving high above the ground, I am stirred with emotion and pride. I am reminded of the history and the patriotic call-to-duty embodied in the red, white and blue — particularly during a time when American military personnel, many of them Californians, are serving bravely both here and abroad. On Saturday we celebrate Flag Day, an important time to reflect on Old Glory and its symbolic importance. Ruth Apperson Rous’ poem, “I am the Flag,” aptly illustrates the flag’s imagery: “My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country.
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By Paul Anderson and Alan Blank | August 20, 2008
The Saddleback Church’s Civil Forum on the Presidency got off to a rocky start Saturday. Well, for reporters anyway. Checking in went pretty smoothly, though there were some media outlets griping about their lack of access. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. If you’d asked us to plan the event, we would all have gotten exclusive interviews with both candidates, and John McCain and Barack Obama would still be out there yammering away. Unfortunately for us, reporters weren’t allowed to view McCain and Obama in the church.
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October 9, 2001
As a member of a generation brought up in a time of national complacency after the end of the Cold War, ideas of economic infallibility and America's invincibility became part of everyone's sense of security. However, both sentimentalities had been for so long taken for granted by the entire nation. Even the concept of patriotism seemed foreign when teachers would talk about how sixth- and seventh-graders used to stand taller and speak louder when saying the Pledge of Allegiance during World War II. There had been movies about this abstract concept called patriotism in which an entire nation came together under one flag, indivisible, to support its motherland in time of need.
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December 13, 2004
Barry Faulkner A gifted vocalist, Jacqueline Becker performed the national anthem before several Yale women's volleyball matches this season. But, once the whistle blew, it was the Bulldogs' offense she made sing. A 5-foot-8 junior setter out of Corona del Mar High, Becker helped Yale earn a historic victory Dec. 2, when the Bulldogs became the first Ivy League team to win an NCAA tournament match. Becker, a three-time All-Ivy performer who is just 234 assists shy of tying the school career record of 3,451, had 50 assists, a team-high four ace serves, and added six digs to help key a 30-28, 30-21, 31-33, 30-22 triumph over Albany before a home crowd of 916 at New Haven, Conn.
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By Dan Chmielewski | October 5, 2013
One of the great things about social media is it eliminates the echo chamber that often exists in political circles. And last week, a Facebook post of a photo from the most recent Irvine City Council meeting by FlashReport blogger Jon Fleischman, a Republican political consultant and official with the California Republican Party, sought to belittle the progressives on the council but had quite the opposite effect. Fleischman's post that Irvine council members Beth Krom and Larry Agran failed to place their hands over their hearts during the playing of the national anthem got 66 shares on Facebook and nearly 250 likes.
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November 13, 2012
More than 100 veterans and their family members ate breakfast at a Veterans Day celebration at Mariners Christian School, an official said. This year was Mariners' 10th annual celebration for those who served, and vets heard the national anthem, reciting the pledge of allegiance and saw the presentation of colors performed Friday, according to John Reger, who handles media relations for the school. Speaker "Iron Mike" Mervosh, a decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars addressed those in the audience about his experiences, Reger said.
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By Bruce Bourquin, Special to the Daily Pilot | March 30, 2012
In a recent tournament halfway around the world, Maddie Bauer, a Newport Beach resident, proved she is one of the best teenage girls' soccer players in the world. While playing center backfield for the U.S. Under-17 Women's National Soccer Team in early March at the La Manga Women's Under-19 Ten Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, the 16-year-old helped her team collect two shutouts in international play. Team USA's U-17 team beat the U-19 women's team from France, 2-0, March 4. The Americans followed with a 1-1 draw with England - the U.S. lost in penalty kicks - and on March 9, the national team downed the Netherlands, 2-0. The experience against older girls helped.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 25, 2012
IRVINE — UC Irvine freshman designated hitter Connor Spencer hit his rendition of the pregame national anthem out of the park. But it was not until the seventh inning of the Anteaters' 8-7 nonconference victory over visiting Washington that he executed his encore. Spencer, who had singled but run into an out on the bases in the sixth inning, lined a three-run triple over the head of the Huskies center fielder with one out in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie. Spencer, who at the time was part of a lower portion of a batting order that was four for 47 in two-plus games during the week (.085)
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By Carol Boice | June 11, 2010
"What is that song they are singing?" In the early 1980s this question was posed to me by my Girl Scout troop at an all-county Girl Scout Olympics. Astounded, I answered, "The Star Spangled Banner," our national anthem! The girls said they had never heard it before. It was then that I realized the effects of music program cutbacks in the public schools. Other parents also noticed the negative effects of cutbacks in the arts. Five parents met in architect Brion Jeanette's office to set up the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation.
NEWS
By Paul Anderson and Alan Blank | August 20, 2008
The Saddleback Church’s Civil Forum on the Presidency got off to a rocky start Saturday. Well, for reporters anyway. Checking in went pretty smoothly, though there were some media outlets griping about their lack of access. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. If you’d asked us to plan the event, we would all have gotten exclusive interviews with both candidates, and John McCain and Barack Obama would still be out there yammering away. Unfortunately for us, reporters weren’t allowed to view McCain and Obama in the church.
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By Tom Harman | June 12, 2008
When I see the American flag waving high above the ground, I am stirred with emotion and pride. I am reminded of the history and the patriotic call-to-duty embodied in the red, white and blue — particularly during a time when American military personnel, many of them Californians, are serving bravely both here and abroad. On Saturday we celebrate Flag Day, an important time to reflect on Old Glory and its symbolic importance. Ruth Apperson Rous’ poem, “I am the Flag,” aptly illustrates the flag’s imagery: “My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country.
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By Jessie Brunner | December 7, 2006
The 65th anniversary of the bombing at Pearl Harbor will be observed on land and at sea today in Newport-Mesa, with events at Orange Coast College and aboard the tall ship Lynx in Newport Harbor. While events may be few to commemorate the attack against the United States naval base on Dec. 7, 1941, they promise passion and patriotism. The "date which will live in infamy," as President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it, is one many will never forget. "I think it is important to remember the huge sacrifices that were made in this country and the vast amount of treasure that we expended to defeat Nazism and Japanese militarism," said Charles J. Quilter II, a retired Marine colonel who is working to complete his doctorate in history at UC Irvine.
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July 3, 2005
It's everyone's favorite holiday weekend, and preparations are underway for our nation's birthday celebration tomorrow. The Fourth of July conjures up so many sights and sounds ... hot dogs on the grill, fireworks, ants at the picnic, and concerts in the park. Chief among all the music played will be "The Star-Spangled Banner," our national anthem. As national anthems go, it may be more difficult to sing than other nations' anthems that are hymn-like, but it is incredibly stirring and melodious.
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May 28, 2005
Michael Miller The 37 names listed on the inside of Newport Harbor High School's Memorial Day program included no biographical information. A single phrase at the top summarized them all: "Names of the NHHS alumni who sacrificed their lives on behalf of a grateful nation." But the 38th name at the bottom of the page had a deeper resonance with most of the people present. Jose "Angel" Garibay, a 2000 graduate of Newport Harbor, was the first Orange County serviceman to die in combat in Iraq.
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