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By Emily Foxhall | February 11, 2014
Following remarks from Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill, two City Council members and two representatives from Girl Scouts of Orange County, 11-year-old Olivia Bobrownicki approached the podium Tuesday. Dressed in her uniform, the Irvine Girl Scout climbed onto a green stool to speak directly and confidently into the microphone. Olivia outlined all that she had learned so far as a Scout, a list that included skills in marketing, goal setting and leadership. "And I learned that a girl can do anything," she said to the assembled crowd of more than 150 people.
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NEWS
February 7, 2014
A man who raped and murdered a pregnant woman in her Costa Mesa home 25 years ago was sentenced to death Friday. Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco P. Briseno handed down the sentence in the case against Jason Michael Balcom, who strangled and stabbed 22-year-old Malinda Gibbons in the chest on July 18, 1988. Kent Gibbons found his wife dead in the newlyweds' apartment, bound and gagged with his neckties. Police said she'd been sexually assaulted. At the time of the crime, 18-year-old Balcom was living with his mother and aunt in a Costa Mesa motel less than a mile from the Gibbonses' home.
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By Nuran Alteir | February 1, 2014
Irvine's Jen Necir has been named Big Sister of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. Necir was recognized for her "unwavering dedication to making a positive, long-lasting impact," according to a press release sent out by the organization. "I was very surprised," said Necir, 33, explaining that her story is different from other Bigs of Year, who have seen their "littles" do something notable. "I don't know, we're just very simple people," Necir said of herself and her "little," Abbie.
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By Kate Jeffrey, Special to the Daily Pilot | January 31, 2014
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards told a crowd of more than 250 supporters Wednesday in Newport Beach that the fight to uphold abortion rights must continue because women's health and lives are at stake. "We won the battle in 1973 with Roe vs. Wade, which was very significant at the time, but the fight to uphold a woman's right to make her own reproductive choices is still happening today," she said. In the landmark case, the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy based on the right of privacy, striking down dozens of state antiabortion statutes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | January 24, 2014
The Orange County Museum of Art will join 20 Southern California arts venues during the ninth annual Museums Free-For-All. Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, patrons can enter the Newport Beach location at no charge. Along with free admission to its galleries, OCMA will also offer a docent-led tour at 1 p.m. About 40,000 people pass through the museum's doors every year, with weekends bringing maximum foot traffic. Despite this, OCMA also provides free general admission on the second Sunday of each month.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | January 23, 2014
It is a very special week for South Coast Repertory. On Wednesday, the complex was renamed the David Emmes and Martin Benson Theatre Center. Previously, the SCR complex had taken the name of Paul Folino , former board president and honorary trustee, whose $10-million gift in 2002 was honored with the renaming of SCR the Folino Theatre Center. Last fall, on the occasion of the 50th-anniversary gala season opening ball for SCR, Folino generously told the patrons gathered for the celebration that his gift in honor of the 50th anniversary was to rename the center and recognize its founders, Emmes and Benson.
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By David C. Henley | January 22, 2014
The doughy LSTs, or landing ship tanks in military parlance, were the U.S. Navy's amphibious landing workhorses of World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. Flat-bottomed and keel-less, the 328-foot LSTs, their guns blazing, crawled onto enemy-held beaches through sand, mud and coral reefs, opened their two massive "clamshell" bow doors and sent ashore deadly loads of tanks, jeeps, heavily armed troops, weapons and ammunition....
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By Paul Leon | January 17, 2014
While we live in a tranquil county surrounded by world-renowned beaches, mountains and first-class shopping and dining, it's time for Orange County residents and city officials to face the facts: We share this idyllic region with tens of thousands of homeless individuals. This surprisingly high number is due to a shortage of affordable, permanent housing options in Orange County, in which a minimum wage worker must work 128 hours per week to afford a permanent one-bedroom apartment.
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January 11, 2014
Orange County supervisor candidate Michelle Steel announced Friday that District 5 Supervisor Pat Bates has endorsed her. Steel, who is running for Supervisor John Moorlach's seat in District 2, now has majority support from current supervisors, according to a news release. Shawn Nelson (District 4) and Janet Nguyen (District 1) have also endorsed her. "Michelle Steel has the energy, passion and commitment to be a very effective voice on the Board of Supervisors," Bates said in a prepared statement.
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By Michael Miller and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 8, 2014
Elaine Redfield, a longtime Orange County arts advocate whose campaign for a local performance center led to the creation of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has died at the age of 96. The coroner's office did not have information available on the cause of death, but the county Public Health agency confirmed Thursday that Redfield died Sunday. A New York City native, Redfield grew up three blocks from Carnegie Hall and honed her love of music by listening to her mother play the piano, according to a statement on the Philharmonic Society of Orange County's website.
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