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July 19, 2007
Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park is spread out on 260 acres north of Los Angeles and west of Santa Clarita. It opened on Memorial Day weekend in 1971, and is well-known as the fictional park Walley World in the 1983 movie "National Lampoon's Vacation." With the opening of Tatsu (the world's longest "flying" roller coaster) in May of 2006, Magic Mountain now has an almost record-breaking 15 roller coasters, along with five water rides, games and a variety of shows and concerts to choose from.
NEWS
July 25, 2009
Going to the fair at night is a whole new experience for those who go mostly during the day. Walk down the pathways in the carnival area at night and its a whole new experience of sight and sound. First, it’s not unlike Las Vegas as the lights from the thrill rides blink and spin, covering the whole kaleidoscope of color. It draws you in. Second, as you get closer, the screams become evident from the scariest of rides. Screams rise and fall, disappearing only to rise again, the second one worse than the first.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | August 12, 2011
When David Vobora was Mr. Irrelevant in 2008 he spent some time at Disneyland. But no ride at the Happiest Place on Earth can compare to the one he's been on while in the NFL. It's been like a roller coaster for sure. On Friday, Vobora, a linebacker, experienced a down part of his ride, as he was released by the St. Louis Rams. The transaction came after the Rams signed veteran linebacker Ben Leber. There have been some ups too for Vobora, who starred at Idaho. Vobora, the last pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Idaho, became the first Mr. Irrelevant to start an NFL game as a rookie since Marty Moore started at fullback for the New England Patriots in 1994.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Heidi Schultheis | July 12, 2007
From twisting, dragons for kids to spinning, nausea-inducing thrillers for adults, the Orange County Fair has really beefed up its carnival ride offerings. A total of 14 new rides have taken their place on the midway this year, according to Tony Fiori, director of media marketing for Ray Cammack Shows, Inc., the company that for 12 years has provided rides at the fair. "Fourteen new rides in one season is a lot," said Fiori, who has brought all of his five children and six grandchildren to the Orange County Fair.
NEWS
July 21, 2001
"All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson It feels like I've been riding an emotional roller coaster for the last two weeks. I've enjoyed many wonderful highs with family and friends. We've had people over for meals, barbecues, to play games or just to visit. It's actually been pretty nonstop. One friend watched the comings and goings one afternoon and said, "Why don't you just get a revolving door for your front door?"
NEWS
January 25, 2004
"We find that that is always a problem with seniors, to find inexpensive, safe and nice housing, because most of them are on a fixed income. Costa Mesa is getting more expensive because it's more desirable. People who can't afford to go to Newport come to Costa Mesa." -- Aviva Goelman, executive director of the Costa Mesa Senior Center, about housing for seniors. "I think Bush is going to get beaten and he's going to get beaten rather soundly."
NEWS
June 15, 2003
"I want to compliment the staff we have here that makes the council -- and this council member -- look a lot better and smarter than we really are." -- Chris Steel, Costa Mesa councilman, on how impressed he was with what he called the best budget he has seen in his more than two-year council tenure "Everybody wants a piece of the cheese. We're doing our best, but we're still going to feel the hurt." -- Steve Bromberg, Newport Beach mayor, on the city's tight economic times "We believe the new tenant needs to be a destination client.
NEWS
By Matt Murray | August 6, 2011
There are certain rites of passage that all kids who grow up in Southern California should have. My daughter experienced hers at an early age at the Orange County Fair. It was 2007, I think, and she was 4. I had taken her to the fair for some quality time. We walked around and looked at the baby animals, rooted for the racing piggies, wandered the gardens at Centennial Farm, and meandered through the countless vendor booths. We had no agenda. We were hanging out, father and daughter.
BUSINESS
By Erik Holmes | May 12, 2010
The Irvine City Council this week approved the purchase of a hand-painted carousel that used to be at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The Venetian-themed carousel, which has 32 colorful animal figures and two chariots, can accommodate up to 40 children at a time. The 38-foot-diameter carousel is expected to become part of the Great Park’s Kids Rock playground, which is under construction. “The carousel will be an attractive addition and will add a dimension to the preview park that I know people will enjoy,” Councilwoman Beth Krom said in an e-mail.
NEWS
April 28, 2001
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- Thousands of children have overrun the Orange County Fairgrounds for this weekend's Youth Expo. "This is our favorite weekend," Becky Bailey-Findley, general manager of the Fairgrounds, said Friday. "This is what the fair is all about. You won't see a child without a smile. They are learning new things, trying new things and seeing what ribbons they won. There is a lot of excitement, a lot of energy." Children wandered around the free expo in groups with their parents, their schools or youth organizations on Friday, petting animals, admiring the science projects and listening to the jazz bands.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | August 12, 2011
When David Vobora was Mr. Irrelevant in 2008 he spent some time at Disneyland. But no ride at the Happiest Place on Earth can compare to the one he's been on while in the NFL. It's been like a roller coaster for sure. On Friday, Vobora, a linebacker, experienced a down part of his ride, as he was released by the St. Louis Rams. The transaction came after the Rams signed veteran linebacker Ben Leber. There have been some ups too for Vobora, who starred at Idaho. Vobora, the last pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Idaho, became the first Mr. Irrelevant to start an NFL game as a rookie since Marty Moore started at fullback for the New England Patriots in 1994.
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NEWS
By Matt Murray | August 6, 2011
There are certain rites of passage that all kids who grow up in Southern California should have. My daughter experienced hers at an early age at the Orange County Fair. It was 2007, I think, and she was 4. I had taken her to the fair for some quality time. We walked around and looked at the baby animals, rooted for the racing piggies, wandered the gardens at Centennial Farm, and meandered through the countless vendor booths. We had no agenda. We were hanging out, father and daughter.
NEWS
By Erik Holmes and OCLNN.com | May 13, 2010
The Irvine City Council this week approved the purchase of a hand-painted carousel that used to be at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The Venetian-themed carousel, which has 32 colorful animal figures and two chariots, can accommodate up to 40 children at a time. The 38-foot-diameter carousel is expected to become part of the Great Park's Kids Rock playground, which is under construction. "The carousel will be an attractive addition and will add a dimension to the preview park that I know people will enjoy," Councilwoman Beth Krom said in an e-mail.
NEWS
July 25, 2009
Going to the fair at night is a whole new experience for those who go mostly during the day. Walk down the pathways in the carnival area at night and its a whole new experience of sight and sound. First, it’s not unlike Las Vegas as the lights from the thrill rides blink and spin, covering the whole kaleidoscope of color. It draws you in. Second, as you get closer, the screams become evident from the scariest of rides. Screams rise and fall, disappearing only to rise again, the second one worse than the first.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | September 3, 2007
“I know I’m going to end up where I belong and things will end up like they’re supposed to.” That was the final sentence in Ramzee Robinson’s diary that he wrote on Wednesday. It’s still on the Detroit Lions web site. But Robinson is no longer on the Lions’ roster. Robinson, Mr. Irrelevant XXXII, was released along with 21 other players on Saturday. But the final pick of the NFL draft said he received a call Sunday and took the opportunity to be on Detroit’s practice squad.
FEATURES
July 19, 2007
Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park is spread out on 260 acres north of Los Angeles and west of Santa Clarita. It opened on Memorial Day weekend in 1971, and is well-known as the fictional park Walley World in the 1983 movie "National Lampoon's Vacation." With the opening of Tatsu (the world's longest "flying" roller coaster) in May of 2006, Magic Mountain now has an almost record-breaking 15 roller coasters, along with five water rides, games and a variety of shows and concerts to choose from.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Heidi Schultheis | July 12, 2007
From twisting, dragons for kids to spinning, nausea-inducing thrillers for adults, the Orange County Fair has really beefed up its carnival ride offerings. A total of 14 new rides have taken their place on the midway this year, according to Tony Fiori, director of media marketing for Ray Cammack Shows, Inc., the company that for 12 years has provided rides at the fair. "Fourteen new rides in one season is a lot," said Fiori, who has brought all of his five children and six grandchildren to the Orange County Fair.
SPORTS
By Dominic Perrone | January 26, 2007
COSTA MESA — If there is a prescription for his team, Dan Johnston doesn't know what it is. His Costa Mesa High girls' soccer team has been sporadic all season. The up and down play has led to some players referring to the team as "bipolar." But while there are multiple treatments for bipolar disorder, Johnston is at a loss on how to keep his team from migrating out of the win column. The 15-year coach thought his team had gotten past its pre-league season woes after finishing the first round of Orange Coast League games 2-0-1 and outscoring opponents 8-2, but the Mustangs followed it up with their first shutout loss, 2-0, to Laguna Beach, in over seven weeks and fell behind Calvary Chapel, 1-0, after the first half Thursday.
NEWS
January 25, 2004
"We find that that is always a problem with seniors, to find inexpensive, safe and nice housing, because most of them are on a fixed income. Costa Mesa is getting more expensive because it's more desirable. People who can't afford to go to Newport come to Costa Mesa." -- Aviva Goelman, executive director of the Costa Mesa Senior Center, about housing for seniors. "I think Bush is going to get beaten and he's going to get beaten rather soundly."
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