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June 14, 2010
I was looking for an obituary that was due to be published Saturday or Sunday. I have checked the Daily Pilot three days running only to see the lemonade stand story and the same single obit — three days running. Nor can I find the columns I loved to read – Geoff West, to name one. As someone who lives outside Newport Beach, and the state of California, I have depended (for the past four years) on the Daily Pilot to keep me updated on all the political and local shenanigans.
NEWS
By June Casagrande and By June Casagrande | January 21, 2014
Don't read this column. Really. It's not like the other articles out there that impart knowledge. Instead, this one could leave you feeling like you know less than you did before you started reading. You see, you're already doing a pretty good job of using hyphens. Most people do. You see it in emails and online message boards and everywhere else: There just aren't many glaring hyphenation errors out there. Not even die-hard grammar snobs who live to nitpick others' writing are finding much fodder in your hyphen usage.
NEWS
April 27, 2003
In this space last week, I asked for opinions on a couple reader feature and on an ethical debate that was sweeping through newsrooms across the country. The reader features I wanted input on included our diary-style Guy Hebert column on the Mighty Ducks hockey team and a car crash reported as a poem by staff writer Deepa Bharath. The ethical question concerned a newspaper in the state of Washington that published a false story to catch a criminal.
NEWS
February 2, 2003
Well here I am in my new Sunday spot. My goal, as always, is the same. To give readers a peek into the inner workings of the newsroom, and maybe explain why we make the decisions we do. What will change today is my focus, which I plan to keep much narrower and honed. So speaking of focus, let's talk a little here about photographs. To begin, I'd like to say that one of the things we are most proud of here at the Daily Pilot is our photography.
NEWS
December 12, 2000
Orange Coast College's speech and debate team finished second at a competition held earlier this month. The two-time state champions finished behind defending national champ Mount San Antonio College at the Fall Championships Tournament, which was held Dec. 2-3 at Cal State Long Beach. Among OCC's standouts were Adam Navarro, who won a gold in reader's theater and a silver in duo interpretation; Melissa Jenkin and Dan Culbert, who won gold in reader's theater; Nick Saia, who captured a silver medal in prose and a bronze in duo interpretation; Heidi Mueller, who won a silver in programmed oral interpretation; and Angel Correa, who won a bronze in poetry.
FEATURES
December 28, 2007
Throughout the year we shoot a lot of portraits here at the Daily Pilot. As photographers, we strive to produce an image that will capture the eye of the reader, while providing a glimpse as to what the subject of the story is about. To accomplish this, we use props or the surroundings at the scene and, hopefully, the end result is an image that provides the reader an idea of what the person is about. This year?s portrait of the year is of Newport Harbor water polo standout Clinton Jorth.
NEWS
By June Casagrande and By June Casagrande | December 10, 2013
Randy in Orange County wrote recently to ask about the following passage, which he came across in a newspaper article: "Pat Haden didn't fire Kiffin. He fired himself. " Randy found this troubling. "What does this technically mean? Who fired himself? Who is out of a job? Haden or Kiffin?" In fact, Randy knew the answers to these questions before he read the article. But the passage raised some larger issues and could even suggest an unfortunate trend. "It seems that more and more I'm running into troubling sentences and their pronoun usage," Randy wrote.
NEWS
July 14, 2003
A very wise person once told me that a good business letter is one that uses the word "you" twice as often as the word "I." I've tried to take this advice to heart, but it can be really difficult, especially when the letter is part of a job application. Still, just reaching for this ideal can help a writer keep something very important in mind: The reader is a living breathing human being. And it's human nature to be more interested in yourself than in someone else.
NEWS
May 15, 2000
Sometimes, even when we have the best of intentions, we can wind up leaving readers with the wrong impression. For example, an anonymous reader took us to task last week for this paragraph regarding a story about two men who reportedly accosted a local attorney outside of his Newport Beach office. "Police are searching for the suspects who are both described as approximately 25 years old, 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds. One of the men was wearing a knit cap and the other had a shaved head."
NEWS
July 20, 2001
I bought a used book recently -- volume one of "The Diary of Anais Nin." It cost $8.50, has a bent cover and some underlined parts. Inside the cover, there is writing. Notes, it looks like, from the previous owner, who I'm guessing was female because the handwriting is loopy and feminine, if you can gender-ize handwriting. o7 "Pebble collection,"f7 it sayso7 . "Sadness in handshaker. I whip the wind, circle roller, run over boulders." f7 I was intrigued.
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NEWS
By June Casagrande and By June Casagrande | April 2, 2014
People sometimes tell me to tell other people what to do, linguistically that is. I'll get an email saying something like, "It drives me nuts when people say 'Fruit is a healthy snack' instead of 'Fruit is a healthful snack.' Please write a column telling them to stop. " The language peeves vary. But the thinking is always the same: I have a soapbox, so naturally I should use it to scold and chide everyone within earshot. As if. It's just not appropriate for someone who writes for a newspaper to use that privilege to boss readers around.
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NEWS
By Jullian Fredericks, Special to the Daily Pilot | February 28, 2014
After 37 years of service at the grocery check stand, Linda Coughlin started celebrating her long-anticipated retirement Friday. Early-bird shoppers will surely be disappointed big time when they learn that she won't be there to greet them anymore. Linda has been a dedicated employee of the Pavilions on Bayside Drive in Newport Beach. Diligently commuting from her home in San Clemente, rain or shine, she has arrived bright and early to open the store, and always with a cheerful smile.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | February 26, 2014
I don't have a recording of the first poetry feature I ever gave, but part of me is glad I don't. As I recall, I was dreadful. Like any nervous undergraduate facing a big-time venue - well, Alta Coffee in Newport Beach, although it might as well have been Carnegie Hall - I overprepared the poems and under-enjoyed the occasion. Rather than treat a coffeehouse reading like the jovial get-together it was, I thought of it as a one-man show to be delivered with intense precision. Before the reading, I rehearsed my set down to the transitions between pieces - which proved difficult, since I was paired on the bill with a guitarist who had a decidedly looser approach.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014
I'll Take Care of You Caitlin Rother Pinnacle Books ; 417 pages The other month, after a school shooting in Colorado, the local sheriff declined at a press conference to identify the suspect by name. Doing so, he explained, would provide recognition to a person who "deserves no notoriety and certainly no celebrity. " Such is the dilemma of crime reporting. As one who has covered a massacre, I've faced it myself, and even a book like Dave Cullen's "Columbine," which thoughtfully examines the communal ripples of a tragedy, walks a fine line between condemning and trumpeting its subjects.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By June Casagrande and By June Casagrande | January 21, 2014
Don't read this column. Really. It's not like the other articles out there that impart knowledge. Instead, this one could leave you feeling like you know less than you did before you started reading. You see, you're already doing a pretty good job of using hyphens. Most people do. You see it in emails and online message boards and everywhere else: There just aren't many glaring hyphenation errors out there. Not even die-hard grammar snobs who live to nitpick others' writing are finding much fodder in your hyphen usage.
NEWS
By June Casagrande and By June Casagrande | December 10, 2013
Randy in Orange County wrote recently to ask about the following passage, which he came across in a newspaper article: "Pat Haden didn't fire Kiffin. He fired himself. " Randy found this troubling. "What does this technically mean? Who fired himself? Who is out of a job? Haden or Kiffin?" In fact, Randy knew the answers to these questions before he read the article. But the passage raised some larger issues and could even suggest an unfortunate trend. "It seems that more and more I'm running into troubling sentences and their pronoun usage," Randy wrote.
NEWS
December 2, 2013
Over the weekend, our Facebook commenting system went down. It appears to be a problem within Facebook itself, but we are doing all we can to restore comment functionality to readers as soon as possible. In the meantime, feel free to hop on over to our Daily Pilot Facebook page and leave any comments you may have there. Thank you for your patience.  [ Update: 9:36 a.m. Dec. 2: It looks like the comment system is back up, but we will continue monitoring throughout the day.]
NEWS
November 27, 2013
In honor of Thanksgiving, the Daily Pilot asked readers what are they thankful for. Below are their edited answers. As Thanksgiving approaches, what I am thankful for this year? Let me share and express my thanks: •I was breathing and, in general, feeling pretty healthy. •My wife gave me a kiss this morning and told me she loved me. •Both of my children have great jobs and are safe and well. •I am a citizen of a great nation, and I get to vote every year on how to make it better.
NEWS
November 16, 2013
As Thanksgiving approaches, the Daily Pilot wants to hear from its readers: What are you thankful for this year? We'll compile the submissions, which will appear in our print edition on Thanksgiving Day. If you'd like to be included, please send your response, in 100 words or less, to Managing Editor Alisha Gomez at alisha.gomez@latimes.com by noon Nov. 22. If you'd like, you can send a photo to accompany your submission. Photos should be high resolution and include caption and credit information.
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