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February 24, 2010
A driver who ran a red light likely caused a four-car crash in Newport Beach on Wednesday that sent three people to the hospital, police said. Police said a car ran a red light about 8:07 a.m. at Von Karman and Campus Drive and slammed into another vehicle, which started a chain reaction. The first vehicle that was hit was driven into and, in turn, hit another vehicle, which then hit another car, and that car slammed into a pole on the side of the road, police said. The crash left a white Cadillac Escalade upside down with firefighters having to rescue the driver.
By Joseph Serna | February 18, 2010
An Orange Coast College student pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he drunkenly drove his Toyota Tundra through a red light Sunday in Costa Mesa and broadsided another car, killing its passenger. Gustavo Adrian Vega, 22, of Costa Mesa, faces up to 15 years to life in prison for allegedly killing Cara Lee, 20, also from Costa Mesa, when his truck slammed into a Toyota Corolla at Sunflower Avenue and Sakioka Drive. Vega’s accused of having a blood-alcohol level of 0.17, more than twice the legal limit, when, authorities said, he first hit a car in Santa Ana and then sped south on Flower Street into Costa Mesa, crashing about 2:38 a.m. Vega is also charged with possessing cocaine and running from the first crash in Santa Ana. He is charged with murder because of a 2006 DUI conviction, where he also ran from the scene of the crash.
By Dan Pittman | February 1, 2010
A donation totaling over $17,000 to help fund Haiti relief efforts was recently given to the American Red Cross of Orange County by the employees and management of Costa Mesa-based Rutan & Tucker, LLP, California?s largest full-service law firm based in Orange County. The combined donation represented individual employee gifts made via check and online to the American Red Cross and other charitable organizations involved in the relief effort that were then matched by the firm.
By Joseph Serna | January 27, 2010
As Sandy Ryan lay on the table Wednesday morning, with her arm being prepared for its first blood donation, she remembered a young donor she worried would die. With that fear still lurking in her mind, the Costa Mesa resident looked out the window from the Newport Beach Police Department. “At least I have a view,” she said. As she may have envisioned her last moments, Ryan made a donation that will likely keep up to three other people from experiencing theirs.
January 14, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Irving Garcia, a two-time men’s soccer All-American at UC Irvine, was drafted by Red Bull New York in Thursday’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Garcia, a forward and midfielder who was named Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year after leading conference players in points (25) and assists (nine), while finishing second with eight goals, was chosen in the fourth round, No. 50 overall. A two-time first-team all-conference performer, Garcia, a former All-American at Javapai Community College in Arizona, led the Anteaters to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, the only postseason trips in the program’s history.
By Joseph Serna | December 10, 2009
A Marine was convicted of second-degree murder Wednesday for drunkenly slamming into the back of a car on MacArthur Boulevard and killing the driver in Newport Beach last year. A jury Wednesday found Lance Cpl. Elijah Leigh Ferguson, 22, guilty of killing 63-year-old Newport Coast resident Michael Sein on Feb. 22, 2008, when he slammed his Dodge Caliber, traveling 75 mph in a 50 mph limit zone, into the back of Sein’s Aston Martin as it idled at a red light at MacArthur and Jamboree Road.
By Matt Szabo | December 4, 2009
SEAL BEACH — Youth was served Friday afternoon at the Seal Beach Tennis Center for Campbell Hall High sophomore Valerie Thong and freshman Zoe Katz. On the other side of the net, Corona del Mar girls’ tennis coach Brian Ricker proclaimed it the end of an era. “It was a good run and now the Hogan-Matsuoka era is over,” Ricker said after CdM seniors Hailey Hogan and Melissa Matsuoka fell to Thong and Katz in the CIF Individuals doubles final, 7-5, 6-4. Hogan and Matsuoka were just freshmen in 2006 when CdM won the CIF Southern Section Division I team championship.
By Catherine Li | December 1, 2009
            Red Cliff directed by John Woo, the Chinese Iliad                                                                         By Catherine Li             Throughout the centuries, every Chinese schoolboy is familiar with the stories from Luo Guanzhong’s Romance of The Three kingdoms . And those who cannot read listen intently to...
By Michael Glueck | November 3, 2009
Most people, including me, agree that health-care reform is needed to reduce costs and provide care for the unfortunate. The New York Times acknowledges that 84% of Americans are satisfied with their care. What is important is that we make the right kind of changes and “first do no harm.” A quick glance at the latest iteration of health-care reform legislation reveals it is the longest so far at 1,990 pages. Basically it is the same as House Resolution 3200. Provisions can be broadly categorized by effects, which are tax increasing, cost increasing, choice decreasing, hassle increasing, wealth redistributing and growth punishing.
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