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July 18, 2007
Tuesday wasn't the first time 9-year-old Ian McKee held a snake, though he was "sort of" afraid of the 10-foot, 60-pound Burmese python that wrapped around his neck as he posed for a photo. Along with a group of children from the YWCA of Orange County, Ian visited the Webs, Wings & Creepy Things exhibit featuring Prehistoric Pets at the Orange County Fair, where it will be open all day for the duration of the fair. "It feels sort of weird, like a tingly feeling," he said. "You're sort of scared it's going to wrap around and squeeze you, but it's really cool."
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | May 14, 2011
COSTA MESA — Animal pelts covered a table littered with the jaw bones of different animals, a stuffed opossum, ferret and bird, and small cages that housed a fat hissing cockroach, a beetle with spindly legs and a tarantula preparing to molt. Out of one of the largest cages, Michelle Price pulled a snake that was more than a foot long. Its scales shimmered a silvery-purple as she held the reptile, wrapped around her hand, to show students at Woodland Elementary School. "She's using her tongue to smell," Price told the students as the snake's head weaved around with its tongue poking in and out. "She's smelling the first-graders saying, 'Do I like first-graders?
NEWS
September 28, 2004
"I like words that start with 'C.' Like 'Caswell.' That's my brother's name. I like 'cat,' too." Gaby Orr, 6 "I like 'D' words. 'Drew' and 'dinosaur.'" Drew Raguse, 7 "'Surf,' because I surf. 'Soccer' and 'super' and 'set.' I've just got 'S' words in my mind a whole bunch." James Turner, 7 "'Snorkel.' I go snorkeling a lot, and I see a lot of fishes. Once I saw a wild snake while I was fishing. I like snakes." Layson Savant, 5 "'Surf.
NEWS
July 15, 2001
Danette Goulet BACK BAY -- Every day, people jog, bike and walk their dogs along the Back Bay, many never realizing that nestled in the hillside is an unobtrusive treasure. That is the goal of the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, which opened in the Upper Newport Bay in October -- to see humans and their habitat live in harmony. Although the center appears to be hidden, it is not meant to be a secret. In fact, more than 300 guests made their way down the winding dirt path Saturday to explore the center during its first open house.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | December 8, 2008
There was a snake in the auditorium Monday ? and a tarantula and a desert tortoise and a chinchilla, among several other critters. Bonnie McQuisten, who works for the Orange County Department of Education, held up a ball python longer than her arm and explained to about 20 youths how he can smell to the left and right with his tongue, swallow animals three times as large as his head, and slither out of a room at a moment?s notice. ?Ever been bit by a snake on the job?? one boy asked.
NEWS
June 12, 2001
Danette Goulet Colored construction paper covered the desktops as students eagerly cut survey results into pie charts. It was a coloring, cutting and pasting bonanza as little dull scissors held in small fingers flew through the air. Second- and third-grade students in Andrea Dekofsky's combination class at Newport Coast Elementary School were all graphing the results of personal surveys they had taken. After compiling the data, it was time to make pie charts and bar graphs.
FEATURES
By By Ruth Silver | January 12, 2006
`Snake wine, anyone? It was served in a jug with a large snake coiled inside. We passed.'April in Beijing? That's where my husband, Less, and our friends, Jane Kessler and Barry Michaelson, were in April. Beijing is in full-throttle preparations for the 2008 Summer Olympics; beautiful plantings and modern sculptures were everywhere. There is a tremendous amount of construction. As the old hutong dwellings are being demolished, new high rises, most at least 50 to 65 stories or higher, are going up. We were on a 17-day tour of China, with Beijing as our starting point.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | April 10, 2014
With a 10-foot yellow snake draped over his shoulders, Scott Beaver told the crowd of small children that he wasn't in danger. Constricting a human wasn't in this 80-pound creature's nature. But when it wants to, the Burmese python can exert about 100 pounds per square inch of force on its prey. "That's like getting run over by a semi if you're a rabbit," Beaver said. He'd brought the python to the Orange County Market Place, a weekend swap meet at the OC Fair & Event Center, which on Saturday dedicated a corner to pets.
NEWS
February 18, 2005
TOM TITUS Shortly before he lost his life in a plane crash, French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote a fanciful story of a pilot whose craft was downed in the Sahara Desert, but to whom fate was a great deal kinder. That story, "The Little Prince," has charmed readers and -- thanks to the stage adaptation by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar -- theatergoers for six decades. Currently it's intriguing youngsters and oldsters alike at South Coast Repertory.
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | January 11, 2013
Q: The Bible states that the Red Sea was parted by God and the Hebrews walked on dry land with a wall of water on each side. The History Channel claims this is a fantasy. In fact, they claim it wasn't even the Red Sea but the "Reed Sea," and it was shallow and the Egyptians couldn't get at the Hebrews because their chariots got stuck. Can you comment on this? - P., via godsquadquestion@aol.com A: Questions about miracle turn up nearly every week in my e-mailbox. Miracles seem to be a great obstacle to faith for many people.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | April 10, 2014
With a 10-foot yellow snake draped over his shoulders, Scott Beaver told the crowd of small children that he wasn't in danger. Constricting a human wasn't in this 80-pound creature's nature. But when it wants to, the Burmese python can exert about 100 pounds per square inch of force on its prey. "That's like getting run over by a semi if you're a rabbit," Beaver said. He'd brought the python to the Orange County Market Place, a weekend swap meet at the OC Fair & Event Center, which on Saturday dedicated a corner to pets.
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NEWS
By Paloma Esquivel | March 14, 2014
A Newport Beach schoolteacher who was arrested earlier this year after authorities searched his home and found hundreds of pythons, many of them dead, will be formally charged Monday, prosecutors said. William F. Buchman, 53, of Santa Ana is facing a felony count of animal abuse by a caretaker, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. If convicted, the elementary school teacher faces up to three years in state prison. Animal control officers in January discovered more than 400 nonvenomous snakes inside Buchman's home - 240 were dead or died soon after they were taken from the house.
NEWS
By Adolfo Flores and Ruben Vives and By Adolfo Flores and Ruben Vives | January 30, 2014
A Newport Beach grade school teacher who bred snakes as a hobby was arrested Wednesday on animal cruelty charges after authorities discovered more than 400 ball pythons - some alive, many dead - scattered throughout his cluttered home. Animal control officers said it took much of the day to search the five-bedroom home in a Santa Ana neighborhood where residents for months had complained about a foul smell drifting from the home. Investigators said they discovered 404 non-venomous snakes - 180 alive, 224 dead - inside rows of clear plastic containers with labels reading "pastel reaper," "cinny ghost" and "orange belly.
NEWS
By Kelly Parker | May 24, 2013
An hours-long search for a puppy trapped in a drainage pipe at a Newport Coast home ended sadly Thursday night, authorities said. The 7-week-old male puppy named Hunter was reported trapped at 20 Vincennes at 6:53 p.m., according to a news release from the Newport Beach Fire Department. "Unfortunately, based off of our experience there yesterday ... we don't think the dog survived," Fire Capt. Mike Liberto said Friday. A fire engine and the department's Urban Search and Rescue Team responded to the scene, where crews used specialized equipment like confined-space optical cameras to search for the missing canine, Liberto said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013
Hope in Sight Aisha Simjee, MD White Spruce Press ; 240 pages Aisha Simjee is a tough cookie. On her first mission trip as an ophthalmologist, the Newport Beach resident flew to Guyana and set up her equipment in an unused school building. Shortly after, a volunteer came running from the bathroom and screamed that there was a snake inside. Instead of being frightened, Simjee was intrigued - and walked into the bathroom to see what kind of snake it was. Recounting that story in her memoir "Hope in Sight," the doctor notes that she had grown accustomed to the species in her native Burma, "a land full of snakes.
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | January 11, 2013
Q: The Bible states that the Red Sea was parted by God and the Hebrews walked on dry land with a wall of water on each side. The History Channel claims this is a fantasy. In fact, they claim it wasn't even the Red Sea but the "Reed Sea," and it was shallow and the Egyptians couldn't get at the Hebrews because their chariots got stuck. Can you comment on this? - P., via godsquadquestion@aol.com A: Questions about miracle turn up nearly every week in my e-mailbox. Miracles seem to be a great obstacle to faith for many people.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | May 14, 2011
COSTA MESA — Animal pelts covered a table littered with the jaw bones of different animals, a stuffed opossum, ferret and bird, and small cages that housed a fat hissing cockroach, a beetle with spindly legs and a tarantula preparing to molt. Out of one of the largest cages, Michelle Price pulled a snake that was more than a foot long. Its scales shimmered a silvery-purple as she held the reptile, wrapped around her hand, to show students at Woodland Elementary School. "She's using her tongue to smell," Price told the students as the snake's head weaved around with its tongue poking in and out. "She's smelling the first-graders saying, 'Do I like first-graders?
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | December 8, 2008
There was a snake in the auditorium Monday ? and a tarantula and a desert tortoise and a chinchilla, among several other critters. Bonnie McQuisten, who works for the Orange County Department of Education, held up a ball python longer than her arm and explained to about 20 youths how he can smell to the left and right with his tongue, swallow animals three times as large as his head, and slither out of a room at a moment?s notice. ?Ever been bit by a snake on the job?? one boy asked.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | November 9, 2007
With the amount of injuries, defections, suspensions and coaching-staff turnover the UC Irvine women’s basketball program has experienced the last three seasons, Coach Molly Tuter might have expected Governor Schwarzenegger to show up any day with an offer of disaster relief. Instead, Tuter and her players have kept their heads down, kept their rehabilitation appointments, and kept churning toward a time when someone might be made to pay for their collective misfortune. That time may have arrived this season.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2007
Tuesday wasn't the first time 9-year-old Ian McKee held a snake, though he was "sort of" afraid of the 10-foot, 60-pound Burmese python that wrapped around his neck as he posed for a photo. Along with a group of children from the YWCA of Orange County, Ian visited the Webs, Wings & Creepy Things exhibit featuring Prehistoric Pets at the Orange County Fair, where it will be open all day for the duration of the fair. "It feels sort of weird, like a tingly feeling," he said. "You're sort of scared it's going to wrap around and squeeze you, but it's really cool."
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