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July 26, 2013
Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Bryan Wadkins is retaining his title as one of the top 10 fittest men worldwide, as measured by the CrossFit workout program. During the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Wadkins finished seventh in the Masters category for men between 40 and 44 years old. His competitors during the three day event that ran Tuesday through Thursday included men from as far away as Amsterdam and Australia, Wadkins said. "It was a good week," Wadkins said. "So many people came out to support me. " One of those in Wadkins's corner was Police Chief Tom Gazsi, who attended one night with one of his daughters who does CrossFit.
NEWS
March 31, 2011
Nils Walter Ramstedt July 21, 1947 – Feb. 21, 2011 Brother, son, friend, teacher, mentor, defender of the planet and artist extraordinaire. Rest in peace, Nils. Outdoor memorial service 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, NB. Reception to follow, 405 Vista Grande, NB. Info: jramstedt@aol.com
NEWS
April 24, 2009
Vanguard University students recently earned $1,000 and an expense-paid trip to attend National Geographic’s Explorer’s Symposium, school officials said. The students, Cody Crawford, Josh Hamilton and Scott Houston, were named the 2009 Audience Award winners in National Geographic’s Preserve Our Planet public service announcement contest. Their project, a stop-motion public service announcement titled “Together We Can Change Our World,” used natural and sustainable resources for its production.
ENTERTAINMENT
By JOHN DEPKO | June 21, 2007
Another high-powered comic book movie hits the big screen this week. Of course the special effects are fabulous. Of course it's a sequel. Of course it's all been done before and will be done again and again — as long as teenagers will pay good money to see these PG films full of hot action fantasy and mindless dialogue. "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" is a mixed bag of cinematic intentions. The Silver Surfer is a cosmic hired gun working for a mysterious master who destroys planets for a living.
NEWS
August 2, 2001
"Get your hands off me you damn, dirty ape." Famous words uttered to dramatic effect by Academy Award-winning actor Charleton Heston in the original 1968 film "Planet of the Apes." These words are spoken -- nearly -- once again in the newly revised "Planet of the Apes" movie; only this time they are cleverly presented with a bit of a different twist. The same can be said of the entirely new "Planet of the Apes" film, directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg in Heston's role as a downed American astronaut on an upside-down, backward planet where apes rule and humans are considered the animals.
NEWS
April 15, 2000
Danette Goulet CORONA DEL MAR -- Students donned colorful Earth Day 2000 T-shirts Friday morning and gave their classmates at Harbor View Elementary School a few rhythmical solutions to some of the planet's pollution problems. In a full school assembly that drew a crowd of a dozen parents, students from two classrooms performed an alphabetical list of pollution solutions followed by an Earth Day rap song. "Turn up the volume, the time is now -- to save our earth, make a difference somehow," sang second- and third-grade students in Stephanie Wallace's class.
NEWS
February 24, 2000
Uncle Don (To the tune of "American Pie") o7 And we started singing, Bye, bye kiss our butts goodbye. Found some monsters in the dark and they bled us all dry. As the bodies are torn apart and we watch the parts fly, singin' this'll be the day that I die -- this'll be the day that I die. f7 It's dark, nearly empty, operating in a vacuum, and heading into nothingness. Nah, it ain't a liberal's brain, though it could be. It's the runaway spaceship "Somethingorother," outta control, shaking like a squirrel treed by dogs, heading toward the obligatory planet of no return.
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | March 8, 2013
So many readers have shared with me the one question they'd ask God. Thank you! Here's another selection, along with my comments. For the authoritative answers, you're going to just have to wait for The Boss to get around to you. Q. When I was 5 years old, I was in the family car coming home from Brighton Beach in Brooklyn and I saw God in the sky. I would ask God, "Why I was able to see you and what did it mean?" (I've never seen Him again.) — D MG: What did God look like?
FEATURES
By B.W. Cook | October 9, 2009
Recently, NASA fired a missile aimed at piercing a specific crater on the moon’s surface. A second stage of the rocket was designed to collect data from the lunar explosion gathering information from beneath the surface dust, in an effort to determine if there is ice on the moon. The estimated 5-billion-year-old satellite, essential to our solar system and our very survival, may hold the seed of life if ice is discovered and scientists deem that the planet may be able to sustain some sort of scientific colonization and prolonged exploration in the future.
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NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | December 13, 2013
Q: I'm a physicist without religious conviction, but I'm very interested in religion and I've read a good deal about some faiths. One of my favorite things to read is your column each week. Here's my question: Modern physics and astronomy have estimated that there are some 250,000 so-called "Cinderella planets" in the Milky Way alone. These are planets with the right conditions for having liquid water, and thus might be capable of supporting life, perhaps even "intelligent" life. What do the major god-based religions say about this possibility of intelligent life on other planets?
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Emily Foxhall and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | October 9, 2013
One Newport Beach family knows quite well the drive to strike it rich that was common during the California Gold Rush. Sarajane Bartholomae, 67, and her four daughters - Kamme Hodge, 45, Korre Hartling, 43, Krista Hartling, 42, and Tori Hartling, 37 - traded five weeks of Southern California sunshine for five weeks of harsh Alaskan cold last fall to reopen the family's gold mines. Their adventure is the focus of "Alaska Gold Diggers," a six-episode series on Animal Planet premiering at 8 p.m. Thursday.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Bryan Wadkins is retaining his title as one of the top 10 fittest men worldwide, as measured by the CrossFit workout program. During the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Wadkins finished seventh in the Masters category for men between 40 and 44 years old. His competitors during the three day event that ran Tuesday through Thursday included men from as far away as Amsterdam and Australia, Wadkins said. "It was a good week," Wadkins said. "So many people came out to support me. " One of those in Wadkins's corner was Police Chief Tom Gazsi, who attended one night with one of his daughters who does CrossFit.
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | March 8, 2013
So many readers have shared with me the one question they'd ask God. Thank you! Here's another selection, along with my comments. For the authoritative answers, you're going to just have to wait for The Boss to get around to you. Q. When I was 5 years old, I was in the family car coming home from Brighton Beach in Brooklyn and I saw God in the sky. I would ask God, "Why I was able to see you and what did it mean?" (I've never seen Him again.) — D MG: What did God look like?
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 4, 2012
Being only about 18 months old, Jane Goodall doesn't remember the moment, but her mother has since retold it to her. She had come into little Jane's room only to find that she had taken a handful of earthworms to bed. Years later, Goodall said her mother's supportive reaction helped set the tone for what would be a lifelong love of animals. "She didn't say, 'Oh, throw those dirty things away,'" Goodall said. "She simply said, 'Jane, if you leave them here, they'll die. They need the earth.' And so I helped her carry them back into the garden.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | February 3, 2012
With a black garbage bag in hand, second-grader Hayden Marshbank led the way at morning recess Friday for more than a dozen of her peers over the blacktop and onto the field in search of litter. Hayden not only leads, but founded Adams Elementary School's Trash Pick-Up Team, which goes out during recess in search of any trash their peers at the Costa Mesa campus might have left behind. "I did this because I thought it would help our Earth be more clean," the 7-year-old said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | August 11, 2011
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is really a jail-break movie. The inmates are not human criminals in jail. The prisoners here are innocent chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas held in cages for medical experimentation. A pharmaceutical company develops a drug to control Alzheimer's disease. Testing on captive primates reveals it profoundly advances their intelligence. But the apes are kept cowering by a malicious security guard. His harsh treatment generates sympathy for them and propels the movie's underdog story arc. As testing proceeds, a special ape named Caesar becomes the most intellectually advanced.
NEWS
March 31, 2011
Nils Walter Ramstedt July 21, 1947 – Feb. 21, 2011 Brother, son, friend, teacher, mentor, defender of the planet and artist extraordinaire. Rest in peace, Nils. Outdoor memorial service 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, NB. Reception to follow, 405 Vista Grande, NB. Info: jramstedt@aol.com
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | February 4, 2011
COSTA MESA — Following a "low-carbon diet" would help reduce the Earth's carbon footprint, but it can also taste better, Vera Chang said. To prove her point, she brought in small plastic glasses filled with orange juice and orange soda and two kinds of bread and jam for the audience to taste in her low-carbon diet workshop. One woman got more in her cup than she bargained for. "It's very low carbon, it's just a little bug," Chang laughed. Chang, who works for Bon Appétit Management Co., taught two workshops on what makes foods high carbon and what foods to eat that are better for the Earth.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | December 24, 2009
In 1977, George Lucas created a captivating new reality for moviegoers in a galaxy far, far away. With “Avatar,” master filmmaker James Cameron has launched that concept into an orbit so high, that even Darth Vader can only look up in awe. The complexity of the new world conjured up by his special-effects wizards makes “Star Wars” seem like a hollow plastic shell. But there’s much more to this epic sci-fi adventure than amazing computer generated images.
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