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By Hannah Fry | March 25, 2014
The Orange County Department of Education filed suit Monday against the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and five Corona del Mar High School families in an effort to get judicial clarity about whether it can hear appeals from students expelled in CdM's cheating scandal. Shortly after filing the lawsuit, the county Board of Education held a special meeting Monday night to determine if Newport-Mesa had reached a settlement agreement with the expelled students' families since the board last met March 12. If an agreement had been met, the lawsuit could have been rendered moot, but no such accord was in place, so the legal action will progress.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | March 25, 2014
Two residents have sued Newport Beach in hopes of blocking a residential, commercial and marine development proposed for a section of the Upper Newport Bay. Bert Ohlig and Susan Skinner, who make up the Stop the Dunes Hotel group, sued the city, council members and others March 14 in Orange County Superior Court, alleging that the parties did not provide adequate review of the project's potential environmental impacts. The city and a potential operator of the proposed Back Bay Landing project have called the lawsuit meritless.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | March 24, 2014
Sweaty and visibly exhausted from their mile-long run, a group of boys from Harbor View Elementary School stood in a circle showing off their newly earned participation medals. A parent walked over and high-fived each boy. Ben Schaefer, a fifth-grader at Harbor View, shared his secret for a successful run with his friends. "They tell you to jog so you won't get tired, but I always sprint," the 11-year-old said. He admits, though, that he did get the dreaded side stitch that plagues even the most experienced runner.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | March 22, 2014
MISSION VIEJO - Senior Stephanie Samudro is the only top individual contributor returning from last year's Corona del Mar High girls' swim team, which finished a strong second place at the CIF Southern Section Division 1 finals. Graduation hit the Sea Kings hard. Brynne Wong is now swimming at Texas, as is Ally McCormick at BYU. As for the Greek twins, Stephania and Ioanna Haralabidis, they are currently trying to help the USC women's water polo team win its second straight NCAA Division 1 title.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 22, 2014
Shaun Vetrovec's game ended on Friday, and he joined the rest of his Newport Harbor High teammates on the bus. They waited for their coach, Evan Chalmers, to wrap up interviews. Unlike most of the Sailors, Vetrovec had a long weekend ahead of him, filled with more baseball. Vetrovec planned to head out to Tempe, Ariz., with his father Bob later that night to catch a couple of spring training games. For the past seven years, Vetrovec and his dad have made the road trip to watch the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim before the season starts.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 21, 2014
The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday will examine a settlement agreement reached in the wake of a contentious lawsuit over payments for use of public tidelands. The proposed ordinance would change the issuing of permits for residential piers in Newport Harbor from annually to up to 10 years. "The proposed amendment maintains city control over the tidelands, while giving abutting upland property owners' greater assurances in the residential piers located in front of their properties," according to city staff.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 21, 2014
Opening statements began in Orange County Superior Court this week in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting two women in Newport Beach and Irvine. Charges against Travis Dewayne Batten, 31, include two felony counts of forcible rape, one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, forced sodomy, forced sexual penetration with a foreign object, kidnapping and residential burglary, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Batten, an auto mechanic who lived in Irvine and worked in Newport, also faces sentencing enhancements for allegations of committing sexual offenses during the commission of a burglary and tying up or binding a victim.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 21, 2014
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Evan Chalmers coached Newport Harbor High in a Sunset League baseball game for the first time in five seasons on Friday. He was happy to be back, not so much with his team's start to league. Early on, the Sailors missed chances to jump on host Huntington Beach. Chalmers saw a runner on second base get doubled up after he didn't try to get back to the bag on a line drive to third base. In the next inning, that same player struck out with the bases loaded. The Oilers took the lead in the bottom of the second inning and they went on to open league with a convincing 8-4 win. They are talented, with a half dozen players committed to NCAA Division I programs.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | March 20, 2014
Former state Education Secretary Marian Bergeson has endorsed business consultant Diane Dixon for Newport Beach City Council. Dixon is seeking the seat for District 1, currently occupied by Councilman Mike Henn, who has reached his term limit. Bergeson previously supported Harbor Commissioner Joe Stapleton for the election, according to a news release, but he has since dropped out of the race. "Diane Dixon unquestionably has the experience, commitment and energy to be an excellent city councilwoman for her district and for the entire city," Bergeson, a Republican, said in a prepared statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 20, 2014
For as long as Frank Bruni can remember, food has played a lead role in his life. In his Italian-American household in White Plains, N.Y., every family gathering was marked by culinary creations. He was a ravenous eater, with chubbiness to show for it. And bulimia made an early appearance - when he was still a toddler. A look into the rearview mirror reveals that it wasn't competitive swimming or the Atkins diet that helped him break the cycle of binging and purging. It was professional eating as the restaurant critic for the New York Times, a position he took the calculated risk of accepting.  The Newport Beach Public Library will host the 49-year-old veteran journalist, an op-ed columnist since 2011 and former Rome bureau chief for the Times, on Friday and Saturday.
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