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January 18, 2012
The Navy SEALs Challenge is meant for high school athletes, but the Costa Mesa Aquatics Club's 10U and 12U teams accepted the challenge. The kids ages 8-12 met the challenge and posted some quality times on Thursday. The polo players were told that their regular practice was going to be turned into the challenge and the kids showed up enthused and determined to finish and finish well. The kids ran one mile, did as many sit-ups, push-ups and pull-ups in a two-minute span and then swam 500 yards.
By Britney Barnes, | August 9, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - World War II veteran Bert Melvin served in 10 major battles during his three years in the Pacific. He shot kamikaze pilots out of the sky, dug mass graves in Okinawa and patrolled Nagasaki only a month after the U.S. dropped its second atomic bomb on Japan. He also helped release 9,000 prisoners of war. "He's my hero," said Bert's son, Gary Melvin. That's why Gary, 52, submitted a name in honor of his 88-year-old father in Balboa Boat Rentals' contest to name two of its new 18-foot Duffy boats.
From KTLA News | February 21, 2011
The U.S. military was said to be "evaluating the options" regarding a possible rescue of a former Newport Beach couple and two other Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates. A military source told CNN that a U.S. Navy warship and helicopters were trailing a boat believed to be the hijacked yacht. On Friday, a distress signal was sent by a yacht from the middle of the Indian Ocean, according to AFP, the French news agency. The hijacking was first reported by Ecoterra International, which monitors regional maritime activity.
December 27, 2010
Ronald A. Smith of Newport Beach, CA passed away Friday, December 24, 2010 after a long illness.  He was born in Fresno, CA on April 26, 1927.  Ron attended Fresno State University, after which he joined the Navy.  Upon discharge from the Navy he became involved in a number of businesses until he found his real passion in the late 50’s in the aviation industry.  Ron was instrumental in introducing the farming community in Central California to the use of helicopters for agricultural purposes where he eventually founded Whirl-Wide Helicopters, a pioneer in airlift engineering.
By Sarah Peters, | September 18, 2010
IRVINE — The U.S. Navy did not detect toxins beneath the former El Toro Marine Base's runways and progress is steadily being made on a plume of contamination beneath other sections of the former base, residents were told at last week's City Council meeting. The Navy plans to reevaluate its findings every five years, and if traces of trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical solvent used on the base in the 1970s, are detected in new areas, the Navy will continue to clean it up, said Jim Callian, Navy Base Realignment and Closure environmental coordinator for El Toro.
By Joseph Serna | July 21, 2010
The sentencing of two Newport Coast men who pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit electronics to the U.S. Navy was pushed back until at least November, federal officials said Wednesday. Mustafa Aljaff, 30, and Neil Felahy, 32, could be sentenced to 2.5 years and three years in federal prison, respectively, for selling counterfeit semiconductors to the military that were not military grade. Semiconductors are tiny integrated circuits used in everything from medical equipment to aircraft.
By Barbara Diamond | May 30, 2010
Edward Louis Armstrong, a World War II and Korean War veteran and longtime Laguna Beach resident, died May 10. He was 86. The Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade Committee in 2002 recognized Capt. Armstrong's service to his country as a submariner when he was named Patriot of the Year. The award is conferred on a Laguna Beach resident who has served the country gallantly or meritoriously in time of war or national emergency. Armstrong moved to Laguna Beach in 1963 and was twice elected president of the Laguna Beach Taxpayers Assn.
By Joseph Serna | March 17, 2010
Two members of a Newport Beach family are scheduled to be sentenced to prison this summer after pleading guilty to selling counterfeit electronics to the military. Mustafa Abdul Aljaff, 30, of Newport Coast, and Neil Felahy, 32, pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington on Jan. 13, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors for buying counterfeit semiconductors and selling them to the Navy as military-grade components. A third defendant, Neil’s wife, Marwah Felahy, 32, was also charged.
By Mona Shadia | March 10, 2010
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe and a group of former Special Forces personnel held a news conference March 4 on Capitol Hill calling on the Pentagon to drop charges against McCabe and two fellow SEALs accused of assaulting an Iraqi. The Iraqi, Ahmed Hashim Abed, is an al-Qaeda leader who was behind the 2004 killing and mutilation of four American contractors, whose bodies were dragged through the streets of Fallouja, Iraq, and hung from a bridge there, according to a news release posted on the congressman’s website.
By Mona Shadia | January 18, 2010
Bill Harrison says he’s mastered the secret to faith. “Start thanking God immediately before he answers your prayer,” Harrison told middle school students during a visit to Mariners Christian School last week. “That’s the secret to having faith.” At 88, his faith remains unshaken. The Hemet resident has always believed in a higher being, but his religious conviction was tested in 1945, when, at 23, he found himself marooned on a raft in the South Pacific for six days.
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