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By Leigh Steinberg | December 3, 2011
Sports sections today read like the business section of the newspaper, or even worse the crime beat section. Since I have spent almost 40 years advocating the concept of athletes serving as role models and triggering imitative behavior, it is especially distressing to see the model of poor decision making. The advent of 24-hours-a-day news channels, talk radio, blogs, cellphone cameras and all celebrity oriented media has the effect of amplifying negative behavior. When Michael Vick abused dogs, we saw the story repeated non-stop for weeks and it created the image that Vick abused dogs every day of his life and that is who he is. When Ryan Leaf, the former Chargers quarterback, was caught on tape yelling at a reporter in the locker room it was shown ad nauseum until viewers had seen the same clip over and over again.
NEWS
May 30, 2008
Students who serve as role models for their peers will be awarded by Corona del Mar High School and the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at the Corona Del Mar High School Character Awards ceremony at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Corona del Mar High School’s “big” gymnasium. The award is intended to encourage students to earn respect and be examples of good character. The award will be given to students who have served their community and demonstrated the values the award represents, regardless of race, family background, culture, economic status, academics or physical condition.
NEWS
April 23, 2008
The 47th annual Scholarship Awards Breakfast will celebrate the brightest and best Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high school students Wednesday. While these students are called Academic All-Stars, the term doesn?t quite give them all of the credit they deserve. As they strive for perfection in their academics and often reach that 4.0 grade-point average plateau, their character shines through in activities outside of the classroom. These students aren?t just role models to their peers, but stand tall in the eyes of the community in their high athletic honors, service projects such as building homes through local church programs, and coaching youth leagues, making them role models for the entire community.
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September 25, 2002
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NEWS
October 21, 2009
It is apparent that young people are involving themselves in sexual conduct with a very shortsighted application of lips to loquaciousness. The sense of shame must feel tremendous, and I fear these young ladies could fall prey to other senseless acts akin to drinking and drugs, all used to forget unprepared-for feelings that surface after the morning light has shined through. Youth is a tender time of discovering new talents, learning to cope with new feelings, and an unbridled existence of freedom.
NEWS
By Mike Brumbaugh | September 17, 2011
Admirable, commendable and praiseworthy are a few words I use to describe the Costa Mesa High School cheerleaders and their coach. Along with keeping up good grades and their personal lives, these young ladies always find time for community involvement. Coach Kori Johnson is the driving force behind this noteworthy squad. I asked her to explain the type of standards the cheerleaders are held to: "All the girls are held to high standards and are expected to maintain and achieve high academics (3.0 or higher)
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | May 26, 2012
As far as being a role model goes, Newport Beach mother Alanna Psomas had a pretty full plate raising four children and nine grandchildren. Now, she and three other women find themselves as Orange County's stand-up examples of motherhood. Psomas, Kathleen McGaughan of Irvine, Diann LeVecke of Villa Park and Bonnie Allen-Luna of Irvine were honored Thursday night as the 2012 Casa Teresa Mother of the Year award winners. "I think it's wonderful that I'm being an example," Psomas, 72, said.
SPORTS
By Leigh Steinberg | January 25, 2014
Seattle Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman twerked his way into national consciousness last Sunday night and made himself a household name. In a brilliant marketing maneuver he understood the colossal ratings for an NFC Championship game would provide a stage for some unique activity. With his post-game rant in an interview with Erin Andrews, he emulated Miley Cyrus' attention-grabbing tactics. Much of the public was offended by Cyrus, but it made her a worldwide star and jump-started her career.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | October 3, 2012
Bill Ficker's list of maritime accomplishments is long, but at a luncheon Wednesday he reminded attendees about one that event organizers forgot: early adopter of stand-up paddleboarding. "I'm a little hurt," joked Ficker, an America's Cup winner and architect who was being honored with the 2012 Good Sea Scout Award from the Newport Sea Base. The 84-year-old then showed off a picture of himself as a boy, gliding across a wide open Newport Harbor, using what he said was a kayak paddle.
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By Leigh Steinberg | January 25, 2014
Seattle Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman twerked his way into national consciousness last Sunday night and made himself a household name. In a brilliant marketing maneuver he understood the colossal ratings for an NFC Championship game would provide a stage for some unique activity. With his post-game rant in an interview with Erin Andrews, he emulated Miley Cyrus' attention-grabbing tactics. Much of the public was offended by Cyrus, but it made her a worldwide star and jump-started her career.
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By Jill Cowan | October 3, 2012
Bill Ficker's list of maritime accomplishments is long, but at a luncheon Wednesday he reminded attendees about one that event organizers forgot: early adopter of stand-up paddleboarding. "I'm a little hurt," joked Ficker, an America's Cup winner and architect who was being honored with the 2012 Good Sea Scout Award from the Newport Sea Base. The 84-year-old then showed off a picture of himself as a boy, gliding across a wide open Newport Harbor, using what he said was a kayak paddle.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | May 26, 2012
As far as being a role model goes, Newport Beach mother Alanna Psomas had a pretty full plate raising four children and nine grandchildren. Now, she and three other women find themselves as Orange County's stand-up examples of motherhood. Psomas, Kathleen McGaughan of Irvine, Diann LeVecke of Villa Park and Bonnie Allen-Luna of Irvine were honored Thursday night as the 2012 Casa Teresa Mother of the Year award winners. "I think it's wonderful that I'm being an example," Psomas, 72, said.
SPORTS
By Leigh Steinberg | December 3, 2011
Sports sections today read like the business section of the newspaper, or even worse the crime beat section. Since I have spent almost 40 years advocating the concept of athletes serving as role models and triggering imitative behavior, it is especially distressing to see the model of poor decision making. The advent of 24-hours-a-day news channels, talk radio, blogs, cellphone cameras and all celebrity oriented media has the effect of amplifying negative behavior. When Michael Vick abused dogs, we saw the story repeated non-stop for weeks and it created the image that Vick abused dogs every day of his life and that is who he is. When Ryan Leaf, the former Chargers quarterback, was caught on tape yelling at a reporter in the locker room it was shown ad nauseum until viewers had seen the same clip over and over again.
SPORTS
By Leigh Steinberg | November 5, 2011
Last week we discussed the hyper-competitive world of sports agentry and what qualities it takes to be successful. It is critical to have a great heart and true compassion for the welfare of athletes. It is critical to keep the concept of being a "steward of the sport" a constant priority. It is necessary to have a passion for the pursuit and a compelling work ethic. It is critical to understand the powerful impact athletes can have as role models and to counsel them to retrace their roots to the high school, collegiate and professional community and set up programs that enhance the quality of life.
NEWS
By Mike Brumbaugh | September 17, 2011
Admirable, commendable and praiseworthy are a few words I use to describe the Costa Mesa High School cheerleaders and their coach. Along with keeping up good grades and their personal lives, these young ladies always find time for community involvement. Coach Kori Johnson is the driving force behind this noteworthy squad. I asked her to explain the type of standards the cheerleaders are held to: "All the girls are held to high standards and are expected to maintain and achieve high academics (3.0 or higher)
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 31, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Twelve years ago, he began patrolling parking lots, distributing crime alerts and checking homes while families were away on vacation. That was back when Earl Fusselman was only 81. Now, more than a decade later, Fusselman continues to serve as volunteer with the Newport Beach Police Department. On Wednesday afternoon, NBPD members quietly waited in a conference room to surprise him with a birthday party in advance of his 94th, which is Saturday. As Fusselman walked in, staffers hushed.
NEWS
By Jim Carnett | January 18, 2011
Last week I experienced one of life's poignant little moments. Leafing through the Jan. 12 edition of the Los Angeles Times, I came across an obituary for David Nelson ("TV family's last surviving star," LAT Extra). I spent a few moments in reverie and self-reflection. Nelson was the last surviving member of the Nelson family: Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky. I grew up with the Nelsons on television. "America's Family" subtly influenced my own in the 1950s and '60s. The Carnetts — Bill, Betty, Jimmy and Billy — reminded me of the Nelsons, and we occasionally took little cues from our TV cousins.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | November 20, 2010
Some strive their whole lives to be deemed a "role model," but for two local girls, the job comes easily. The teen magazine "Discovery Girls" recently recognized Gabi Goffman, 12, of Corona del Mar, and Kristina Lai, 10, of Irvine, for their ability to radiate positive values. The magazine held a contest to find 10 great role models for girls. "Our ideal role model is not a perfect girl, but a girl who works hard everyday to become more confident and resilient," the magazine's website reads.
NEWS
October 21, 2009
It is apparent that young people are involving themselves in sexual conduct with a very shortsighted application of lips to loquaciousness. The sense of shame must feel tremendous, and I fear these young ladies could fall prey to other senseless acts akin to drinking and drugs, all used to forget unprepared-for feelings that surface after the morning light has shined through. Youth is a tender time of discovering new talents, learning to cope with new feelings, and an unbridled existence of freedom.
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